893.00/7609: Telegram

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

372. My 366, September 1, 7 p.m. Following from American consul general at Hankow:

“Urgent. September 3, 7 a.m. Heavy sustained attack started from Pagoda Hill on Wuchang this morning at 4 o’clock. Heavy artillery, machine-gun and rifle fire plainly heard here and visible. Bombardment still continues but now somewhat reduced. Distance from Pagoda Hill to Wuchang about one mile. Volunteer forces and naval units were called out here at 6:40 this morning. Much excitement but as yet no actual trouble reported on this side of river. Will telegraph later.”