893.00/10732: Telegram

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

124. Following from American Consul at Hankow:

“February 11, 3 p.m. In the course of the last week three American vessels, namely, Standard Oil Company lighter No. 2 and Mei Ming and Yangtze Rapid lighter No. 2 have been fired upon, with no casualties, by bandits at and near Temple Hill, 253 miles above Hankow. I have lodged a protest with the appropriate military authorities and requested that steps be immediately taken to suppress the activities of the bandits in the region named.”