393.1123 Reimert, William A.

The Chargé in China ( Mayer ) to the Secretary of State

No. 2624

Sir: Referring to my despatch No. 2575 of October 31, 1924,35 regarding the negotiations concerning the trial and punishment of General Chang Ching-yao for the death of an American missionary, [Page 607] Mr. William A. Reimert, I have the honor to transmit herewith enclosed a translation of the reply made by the Minister for Foreign Affairs36 to the note which Mr. Bell addressed to him on October 22, 1924,36 in which he protested against the appointment of Chang Ching-yao to a position of high rank in one of the military units of the Chinese army. The Minister for Foreign Affairs in his reply states that on October 24, 1924, a Presidential Mandate was issued cancelling the appointment of Chang Ching-yao to the position of Vice Commander of Reinforcements. The mandate referred to is doubtless that abolishing the posts of Commander-in-Chief and Vice Commanders for the Suppression of Rebellion, as no mandate has been issued specifically cancelling the appointment of Chang Chingyao. A translation of the mandate of October 24th was transmitted to the Department with my despatch No. 2583 of November 5, 1924.36

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Ferdinand Mayer
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