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

357. My telegram number 348, August 25, 5 [3] p.m. Following excerpt from telegram dated August 26, 3 p.m., from the consul general at Hankow:

“Marshal Wu arrived last night and is bringing with him three divisions of troops some of whom have already arrived. Sun Ch’uanfang’s troops are also arriving and a concentrated attack will shortly be made on the Cantonese forces who made some advance since yesterday. A more hopeful atmosphere prevails among the allies now that Wu has arrived and reenforcements are being put in the field. Local bankers and merchants are somewhat agitated because of the rumored levy of 2,500,000 on them for the support of his army.”