The Secretary of State to the Minister in China (MacMurray)
104. Your 219, May 20, 3 p.m. Approve your sending Mayer to Hongkong and Canton at once. I appreciate difficulty of your recommending action this Government should take to meet situation facing American interests in South China. This Government desires [Page 708] of course to extend protection for American lives. If problem is one concerning operation of hospitals or schools under foreign control question should be considered from broader aspect of the possible results of the use of force in connection therewith.
See in this connection Department’s telegram No. 67 of March 19, 6 p.m.7