893.113/1266: Telegram

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

899. Department’s 165, May 13, 6 p.m., and Legation’s 353, May 21, 2 p.m.

1. Following from Shanghai:

“October 9, 5 p.m. Provisional regulations for issuance of certificates to carry firearms transmitted by Mayor, Shanghai, April 5th, 1930, provide that a guarantee bond shall be given by consul concerned. These certificates are required before a hunting permit can be obtained. Several Americans have requested Consulate General to give such bond. Am informed British Consulate is sealing and writing ‘seen’ on these bonds, charging fee therefor.

Does Legation object to my taking similar action?”

2. Does the Department approve following the British procedure?