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

No. 461

Sir: I have the honor to refer to the Department’s telegraphic instruction No. 295 of August 28, 1 p.m.,32 authorizing the Legation and the Consulate General to refrain from, filing with the de facto authorities any protest against kerosene and gasoline taxes in the province of Honan, on the basis of special endorsements appearing on transit passes, but authorizing the Consulate General to transmit to [Page 289] the appropriate Chinese authorities protests made by American oil companies in their own names on the basis of such endorsements.

There is now enclosed for the information of the Department, a copy of despatch dated September 8, 1930, from the American Consul General at Tientsin,33 from which it appears that the Standard Oil Company of New York has availed itself of the procedure suggested by the Department and that the Consulate General has transmitted to the Chairman of the Honan Provincial Government a protest made by the Company on the basis of special endorsements appearing on transit passes issued to it.

Respectfully yours,

For the Minister:
Mahlon F. Perkins

Counselor of Legation
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