The Secretary of State to the Minister in China (MacMurray)
38. Your telegram 76 of January 25, 4 p.m.4 You should inform consuls concerned that the authorization granted to them to incur expenses actually necessary in the evacuation of American citizens covers only additional expenditures such as demurrage for vessels which may be essential in making transportation facilities available [Page 255] to endangered American citizens and does not include ordinary charges for transportation such as the usual steamship fares. If, however, any American citizen is unable to meet such ordinary charges they may be defrayed for him on his written undertaking to refund the amounts as soon as practicable. Inasmuch as funds for this purpose are limited, Department must be promptly informed of all expenditures authorized.
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