893.00/7624: Telegram

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

391. 1. Following from American consul, Swatow:

“September 10, noon. Authorities have officially advised that principal channel at the entrance to Swatow Bay has been mined and issued 5 regulations governing ship movements, including one calling for notice 1 day in advance of arrival of foreign naval vessel. Regulations affecting naval forces are being referred to higher naval authorities by the American naval officer in command here.

Request instructions as to whether I should inform local authorities in case Admiral declines to recognize regulations. Writing in full.

Conditions quieter during the last few days.”

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2. I have requested Chamberlain23 to radio at once more complete information regarding regulations issued by Swatow authorities governing shipping movements.

  1. Culver B. Chamberlain, vice consul at Swatow.