893.51/5060: Telegram

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

1031. My 1007 [1009], November 19, 1 p.m. Following from Shanghai consul general in response to Legation’s inquiry as to his participation in this matter:

“November 22, 11 a.m. Referring to the Legation’s telegram November 19, noon. On November 4 this consulate general in strict [Page 472] accordance with your instructions of July 27, 7 p.m. supported National City Bank’s application to Superintendent of Customs for shipment of silver to Hankow. After waiting one week without any official action on application, Superintendent of Customs holding himself incommunicado, bank requested direct assistance from Admiral Bristol who in a personal conversation later informed me definitely of his decision to render bank assistance in the matter unless Chinese authorities gave early intimation of their intention to act on repeated applications of bank. Have been supplied with no information as to subsequent action taken. Commander in chief carrying out your instructions of July 27, 7 p.m.”