893.5045/392: Telegram

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

487. Following from American consul general, Canton:

“October 16, 1 p.m. Referring to my telegram October 11, 2 p.m. Strike pickets have been removed and Chinese are now entering Shameen freely. Passenger traffic with Hongkong is also quite free but no British goods are moving, and stevedore coolies are declining to handle cargo for British ships or goods routed via Hongkong. Unless this situation clears up in a short time, British will have gained nothing as a result of the so-called ending of the strike boycott.”