The Minister in China (Johnson) to the Secretary of State
[Received 2:20 p.m.]
596. Legation’s 574 , July 14, 8 p.m. Following article is conspicuously featured in today’s Leader, propaganda organ of the Northern Coalition:
“Two American airmen assisting Nankingites on Kueiteh front.
Special to the Leader. According to a telegraph advice from Kaifeng two American aviators are found to be in active service for the Nanking armies at the Kueiteh front. The message further states that the machines manned by them were purchased from America and that surprise is expressed by the Kaifeng military authorities over this discovery as it is quite a departure from the traditional policy and practice of America toward China’s international [internal?] struggle.”