393.1111 Nelson, Bert N./74: Telegram

The Consul General at Hankow (Lockhart) to the Secretary of State

21. The following to the Legation:

“March 14, noon. Doctor Skinsnes sent an additional $3,000 yesterday through a trusted agent for ransom of Nelson. Skinsnes has not yet been able to arrange for sending medicines.

A letter has been received by me today from Nelson dated February 21 expressing gratitude for efforts made by this office to effect his release and adding ‘It goes without saying that I have had my fill of this life months ago’. Repeated to Nanking with the suggestion that appropriate authorities there be requested to send peremptory orders to military officials at Sinyangchow authorizing them to issue permit for despatch of medicines. Repeated to Department.”