393.11/904: Telegram

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

197. Following has been received from Canton:

“March 20, 11 a.m. Telegram received from Bishop O’Shea at Kanchow. Communist uprising in many parts of southern Kiangsi, several localities burned and missionaries forced to flee. General admits inability to protect life and property. This Consulate General has asked local military authorities to issue orders to render assistance.”

I am repeating to Hankow and requesting Lockhart to make a like request to the appropriate military authorities.