893.00 Tsinan/35: Telegram

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

153. Shanghai’s telegram of May 5, noon, repeating Price’s telegram of May 4, 11 a.m.

With reference to third paragraph of Price’s telegram Department desires that you inform Price that if and as soon as good offices asked by authorities on both sides, he is authorized, with or without his consular colleagues, to mediate to terminate fighting. Instruct him to telegraph momentarily any developments in this connection.

Department also desires your own views as to possibility of mediation.

Repeat to Tokyo.