393.1163Am3/61: Telegram

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

303. Referring to my telegram No. 290, April 17, 5 p.m.57

1. Following from American Consul General, Hankow:

“April 21, 3 p.m. Telegram from Reverend Tootell,58 dated April 19, at Changteh states: ‘Changteh quieter. Communication to Taoyuan stopped and situation there desperate’. I have today again taken up matter with Chiang Kai-shih,59 through Commissioner of Foreign Affairs, requesting that relief be sent as Ho Chien, who is now at Changsha, professes inability to control situation at Taoyuan. British Consul accompanied by armed guard from H.M.S. Widgeon left Changsha a day or two ago to render assistance to foreigners at Changteh.”

  1. Not printed.
  2. George T. Tootell, of the American Presbyterian Mission at Changteh, Hunan.
  3. Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek.