893.51/5016: Telegram

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

139. 1. In accordance with the arrangements indicated in my telegram 130, February 10, 5 p.m., Aglen made over charge of the Maritime Customs to Edwardes on February 11th. Nationalist regime has however appointed a commission to report on the new situation created by Aglen’s dismissal; and though as yet without official confirmation Customs Administration expects Hankow authorities will refuse to recognize change of Inspector General as Reuter telegram reports as their announced intention.

2. Nationalists are threatening to take over offices of the Salt Administration at Hankow, Changsha and Nanchang[fu]. Salt officials are attempting negotiations but regard seizure as a foregone conclusion.

3. Postal Commissioner at Hankow has reported to his administration here that Nationalist regime desires to make all future appointments of postal commissioners in territory under its control.