861.77/3162: Telegram

The Minister in China (Schurman) to the Secretary of State

290. My 284, August 12, noon. Consular representatives of four powers at Mukden whom Ministers instructed to make joint representations to Marshal Chang Tso-lin with regard to the seizure of the land office of the Chinese Eastern Railway, had conference August 20 with Marshal, who admitted incorrect procedure of Harbin authorities, promised to instruct railway president and desired me to discuss land question with foreign interests concerned and gave assurances that there was no intention of confiscating railway property though full control over settlements was sought.