393.11/427: Telegram

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

25. Price has requested me to transmit the following:

“Referring to my telegram of January 9, 10 a.m. Latest reports lead me to believe American lives Shaowu are in danger. Although the consul general at Hankow has informed me he has made representations to the appropriate authorities I fear actual control does not exist. I have therefore suggested that at least women and children be sent to Foochow provided that I can arrange for safe conduct which I am attempting to arrange. As I am convinced antiforeign feeling [in] the Nationalist army is being deliberately stimulated in various guises, I am advising all Americans in the interior to be prepared to leave on short notice.”