The Chargé in France (Whitehouse) to the Secretary of State
[Received October 26—11:05 a.m.]
463. My 458, October 23, 7 p.m.36 Léger of the Asiatic Division informed me last evening by order of Laroche37 that the French attitude regarding the maintenance of the integrity of the Canton customs had in no way been modified. French Government was quite prepared to oppose seizure and considered that the instructions given the French admiral for last December were continuing and would apply automatically at any recurrence of the same situation. Léger was very definite on this question for naval instructions although I had not mentioned either warships or instructions in my conversation with Laroche.