The Consul at Foochow (Atcheson) to the Minister in China (MacMurray)23

No. 109

Sir: I have the honor to inform the Legation that an open show of anti-foreignism in Foochow occurred on December 27, 1928, in the form of a parade organized by the party delegates from Nanking who have been “stationed” here since early October, and composed of students, representatives of guilds and various organizations and, according to the Chinese press, officials.

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At my suggestion the French Consul and Senior Consul, with the approval of the other members of the Consular Corps, addressed a note to the Provincial Government Administrative Council protesting the unrestrained broadcasting of these incitations to antiforeign sentiment. This note, dated December 31, 1928, a copy of which forms Enclosure No. 3,24 was delivered today. …

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I have [etc.]

George Atcheson, Jr

The Dean of the Consular Corps at Foochow (Soulange-Tessier) to the Provincial Administrative Council of Fukien

Sir: In my capacity as Dean of the Consular Corps of Foochow, I have been charged by my colleagues to draw your most serious [Page 436] attention to an article in the Chiu Shih Pao of December 27th and to various placards of propaganda which were posted on the same date in the streets of Nantai (Nantai Island, Foochow).

You will find these documents annexed.26

The Consular Corps declare on this occasion that the repeated requests which they have made during the year 1928 to all the local authorities, to point out the danger of a propaganda of violence against foreigners, have remained without effect.

Public appeals such as “Take back the Concessions,” “Drive out the imperialist troops stationed in China,” “The unequal treaties are sharp instruments used by the imperialists to kill the Chinese,” cannot but excite the population to disorders involving the responsibility of the authorities just as has happened in the past.

At a moment when new treaties are being signed with the Nationalist Government, at a moment when this same Government is declaring its desire to maintain peaceful and friendly relations with foreigners, the Consular Corps of Foochow point out with displeasure and regret the discrepancy between the deeds and the declarations of the authorities.

In the interest of all, Chinese as well as foreigners, it is deemed necessary that the protestations of good will of the Nationalist Government and of the local authorities translate themselves into deeds, and that in the future all provocations to violence, whencesoever they proceed and whatever their nature, be made an object of public repudiation and legal repression.

Accept [etc.]

R. Soulange-Tessier
  1. Copy transmitted to the Department by the Consul in his despatch No. 198, January 4; received February 15, 1929.
  2. Enclosure infra.
  3. File translation revised.
  4. Not printed.