393.1163Am3/81: Telegram

The Chargé in China (Perkins) to the Secretary of State

1070. In response to telegraphic appeal sent to Lazarist Mission at Shanghai by Bishop O’Shea at Kanchow, Kiangsi, and repeated to me by Cunningham, I have telegraphically instructed Adams26 to deliver the following to the Minister for Foreign Affairs:

“I have the honor to inform Your Excellency that American member of Catholic Mission at [Kanchow,] Kiangsi, has telegraphically reported the capture by bandit troops of nearby cities, stating that a serious situation exists and that the Government troops are leaving the mission unprotected. They request that the commanding officer of the Twelfth Division be directed not to withdraw his forces. I am informed that there are 18 American citizens in the mission, 6 nuns and 12 priests. I have the honor to request that Your Excellency will take immediate steps for the effective protection of the American citizens at Kanchow.”

  1. Walter A. Adams, Consul at Nanking.