393.1163Am3/54: Telegram

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

267. Legation’s 254, April 2 [1?], 7 p.m. Following from Canton:

“April 1, 10 a.m. Telegram just received from Bishop O’Shea states all Americans still safe but Reds continue active and no reenforcements [Page 448] have arrived to assist Government troops. In my opinion Bishop O’Shea and all Americans in South Kiangsi should be advised to leave.”

I have replied as follows:

“You should exercise your discretion with regard to advising Bishop O’Shea and other Americans in southern Kiangsi to leave that locality. American Consul General at Hankow has been advised of these instructions which are given to your office because of disturbed or probably interrupted communications between Hankow and southern Kiangsi.”

Hankow has been advised of action taken.