The Consul at Harbin (Hanson) to the Secretary of State
[Received August 2—1:15 p.m.]
On August 1 General Chang Huan-hsiang attempted to take over land department of Chinese Eastern Railway but met with opposition and protest on the part of railway officials and representative of Russo-Asiatic Bank. Chinese officials now apparently weakening in their aggressive attitude and endeavoring to find satisfactory retreat from difficulties within which they involved themselves. Legation has been notified.