793.003 C 73/228: Telegram

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

532. Opening of Extraterritoriality Commission which should take place tomorrow will be delayed until arrival of Belgian, British, [Page 890]French and Italian Commissioners who are detained at Tientsin by the interruption of all means of communication in consequence of factional fighting now in progress. In spite of Chief Executive’s orders to both parties to facilitate arrangements for the operation of an international train it has not yet been possible to effectuate such an arrangement with Marshall Feng’s commander here. Repeated to Tokyo.