493.11 Hsu Shun Pu, heirs of/4: Telegram

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

228. Your 496, June 20, 6 p.m. and your 538, July 5, 4 p.m.76 The Department has been endeavoring to devise a method whereby it might afford relief to the heirs of Hsu Shun Pu.77 It would not be practicable to make an advance to them to be reimbursed when awards are paid. Department is considering the immediate distribution among all the claimants of the $100,000 already received. This procedure obviously would entail additional labor and might cause complications. The reported action of the Executive Yuan affords grounds for hope that further substantial sums will be paid in the near future if not the entire amount outstanding. The Department desires that unless you have received satisfactory assurances in this regard from the National Government you shall telegraph [Page 871] to the Chinese Minister for Foreign Affairs in the name of this Government pointing out that some of the claimants are in urgent need of the sums that have been awarded to them and that it seems highly desirable that the whole incident shall be settled as soon as possible. Endeavor to obtain definite assurance of future payments. Report by telegraph.

  1. Neither printed.
  2. Deceased former employee of the Consulate at Nanking.