893.00/7652: Telegram

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

413. My 410, September 16, 10 a.m. Following from American consul general, Hankow:

“September 16, 4 p.m. American volunteer forces and naval units will be withdrawn this afternoon; small naval guard at the consulate general.

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French gunboat Balny fired upon by shore battery at Chenglingki Tuesday afternoon and returned the fire with 75-millimeter gun.

Plight of inhabitants in Wuchang gradually growing worse as they are cut off from the outside world. Have made arrangements through the military authorities to send limited food supplies by mail to Americans there.”

Mayer