893.00/8149: Telegram

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

88. Following from American consul, Amoy:

“January 26, 3 p.m. Conditions at Amoy and interior appear to be very peaceful at present; but I think that bloodshed elsewhere will probably bring forth serious state of affairs at Amoy and that, if such bloodshed occurs or if there is imminent danger thereof, a foreign war vessel should be sent at once without waiting for request from here. There is no foreign warship here at present, Japanese cruiser having left 23rd. All British subjects coming in from interior and I have advised Americans at inaccessible places that it is advisable to come. I am informed that authorities of the Tungan district have issued proclamations for protection of property and life of the missionaries.”