893.00/7079: Telegram

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

71. Your number 39, February 10, 7 p.m.

Only information available is message just received from Inspector General of Customs to the effect that he has been informed from Kiungchow, Hainan Island, that students are reported to have invaded American mission compound, Kachek, January 31st, entered hospital, beat Chinese hospital assistants, hauled down, tore up and trampled upon, American flag. No foreigners molested but their servants taken away. Protest lodged by American mission with Commissioner for Foreign Affairs. French consul also protested concerning treatment French Catholic mission. Hoihow quiet.
American consul general, Canton, and commander in chief, Atlantic [Asiatic?] Fleet, informed and former requested to report immediately by telegraph any available information and possible recommendations for despatch of naval vessel to Hainan.