The Minister in China ( MacMurray ) to the Secretary of State
[Received July 14.]
Sir: Referring to my despatch No. 498, of March 10, 1926,10 and previous correspondence regarding the widespread character of the anti-Christian movement in China, I have the honor to transmit herewith a copy of a note which I addressed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on April 7, 1926, protesting against the treatment which had been accorded to missionaries and Christian converts in the district of Waichow in Kwangtung. There is likewise transmitted [Page 710] herewith a copy of a further note dated May 22, 1926, protesting against the continuance of the anti-Christian activity in that region and also protesting against the anti-Christian agitation on the Island of Hainan. As regards conditions in Hainan, I have the honor to refer to the Department’s instruction No. 192, of March 30, 1926 (File No. 393.1162/6), transmitting a copy of a letter from the Executive Secretary of the Board of Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian Church in America, stating that from the latest news received by the Board all was well in Hainan. However, on May 10th the American Consul-General at Canton reported that he had received a telegram from the American Presbyterian Mission at Hainan that the Americans had all left Kachek because of the unfriendly attitude of the Chinese people and also that the mission at Nodoa was occupied by soldiers. This information was transmitted to the Department in my telegram No. 205 of May 11th, 11 a.m.11a On May 18th the Consul-General at Canton again telegraphed that the mission at Kachek had been entered and looted by an anti-Christian mob and considerable damage had been done to the property. This information was transmitted to the Department in my telegram No. 220, of May 20th, 4 p.m.11a The latest news received from Canton in regard to Hainan is contained in a telegram from the American Consul-General, dated May 31st, 5 p.m.,12 in which he states that troops have finally evacuated the mission at Nodoa and that Americans are prepared to leave Nodoa on short notice, if necessary. However, he believes that they can safely continue to remain for the present at Hoihow, which is the treaty port on the coast of the island.
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