893.51/4604: Telegram

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

109. My 99, April 9, 5 p.m.,31 repeated April 11, 10 a.m., for information to Jenkins, who telegraphs April 24, 4 p.m.:

“As British gunboat will be withdrawn tomorrow and Japanese and French also have withdrawn, Captain Lannon and I have decided American destroyer should proceed to Hongkong there to await further orders. This means discontinuance naval demonstration in accordance with plan outlined in your April 11, 10 a.m.”

Commander in chief, Asiatic Fleet, telegraphs:

“Understood that English about to withdraw extra vessel from Canton and that you and American consul and American senior naval officers at Canton consider presence of destroyer no longer necessary. I concur in this opinion and contemplate withdrawing United States ship Whipple in the near future. Extra vessel will be available to return to Canton on short notice if necessary.”

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