The Consul at Tientsin (Atcheson) to the Minister in China (Johnson)29

Sir: Adverting to Mr. Gauss’ despatch of August 11th30 and the Legation’s instruction of August 14th, concerning a goods tax on the Tchengtai Railway, I have the honor to acquaint you that the Standard Oil Company of New York reports the receipt of unofficial but reliable information to the effect that the tax in question has been abolished.

I may add that, in compliance with the Legation’s instruction, the Consulate General on August 15th made telegraphic representations to Marshal Yen Hsi-shan protesting the imposition of this tax.

Respectfully yours,

George Atcheson, Jr.
  1. Copy transmitted to the Department by the Minister in China in his despatch No. 447, September 6, 1930; received October 8.
  2. Not printed.