893.512/816: Telegram

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

173. Your 392, May 25, 5 p.m. Department considers action of Consul at Tsingtao technically correct but that unless forced by circumstances it was inopportunely timed. Department desires that you confidentially caution the consular officers in Shantung, Tientsin and Manchuria to be not hasty to take advantage of opportunities for benefit which are created by and based upon presence and use of armed forces of other foreign countries. Ordinarily it may be regarded as advisable for them to consult Legation before thus acting.