893.51/5058: Telegram

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

1009. Department’s 294, July 25, 4 p.m. Following is substance of radio from commander in chief,34 dated November 16:

“After consultation with the American consul general a shipment of silver to Hankow by a destroyer has been made to [at?] the urgent request of the National City Bank of New York. This was done to protect bank’s credit and upon assurance that the silver would not be used for new commitment; also, after endeavor had been made to obtain permit from local Chinese authorities. There will be no resultant unfavorable reaction on the part of the Chinese authorities, all circumstances considered, it is believed.”

  1. Admiral Mark L. Bristol, U. S. N., commander in chief of the Asiatic Fleet.