893.00/10876: Telegram

The Consul General at Hankow (Lockhart) to the Secretary of State

35. The following telegram has been sent to the Legation:

“June 5, noon. My May 31, 4 p.m.; and June 3, 3 p.m.31 Notwithstanding assurances contained in above-mentioned telegrams, it is now well established that Ho Chien has given up Changsha. Troops were being withdrawn to Yochow yesterday. It is also said Chang Fa-kwei’s troops (or Kwangsi troops) are either in very close proximity to Changsha or are actually in the city by this time. Quite a number of foreigners in Changsha including several Americans have gone over to the island for temporary refuge. Apparently [Page 128] thus far all foreigners are safe. U. S. S. Luzon left for Changsha today. Considerable tenseness in local military circles incident to developments in Hunan.…

Repeated to the Department and Nanking.”

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