893.00/10001: Telegram

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

398. Following from American consul at Hankow:

“Admiral Stirling,16 who returned to Hankow yesterday afternoon with the Tutuila, confirms reports regarding disorder in upper river and states that merchant vessels are being fired upon and that he considers conditions above Ichang worse than upon the occasion of his former visits.

“Hopkins of Standard Oil Company has also returned and views present situation on upper river and future with great pessimism.”

  1. Rear Admiral Yates Stirling, U. S. Navy, commander of the Yangtze Patrol.