893.00/7615: Telegram

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

376. My 373, September 4, 11 a.m.

1. Following telegram from American consul general, Hankoitem:

“September 6, noon. My September 6, 10 a.m. Special administration district director has just sent a representative to me to say that Hanyang Arsenal has been surrendered and that terms of peace are shortly to be arranged. Wu’s officers and men are understood to be determined to make no further resistance. Wu only is anxious to continue the war. Actual peace terms are now understood to be under discussion.”

2. Above telegram in continuation of telegram September 5, 10 a.m., reporting heavy fighting around Wuchang on that date and announcing presence of Southern troops just above Hanyang Arsenal on Hankow side of river.