393.1163Am3/58: Telegram

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

279. 1. Referring to my 274, April 11, 5 p.m. Following from American Consul General, Canton:

“Your telegram of April 11, 5 p.m. I have telegraphed and written Bishop O’Shea advising Americans to depart southern Kiangsi, but have no reply. In view of present political situation I am sure Cantonese authorities cannot send assistance to Kanchow which can only come from the North.”

Such information repeated to Hankow with the following instruction:

“You may in your discretion renew your representations to Chiang Kai-shek, as reported in your 44, April 10, noon, looking to prompt action in protecting American lives and property.”