393.1111 Nelson, Bert N./86: Telegram

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

173. [From Perkins.] Legation’s 170, March 26, 4 p.m. The Minister instructs that he has sent the following telegram to the American Consul General at Hankow:

“Your March 23, 4 p.m. [3 p.m.?], and March 25, 9 p.m. [3 p.m.?]. Ministry of Foreign Affairs promises to have urgent telegraphic instructions issued today direct to General Hsia Tou-ying at Macheng ordering him to advance against Red brigands and effect release of Nelson and Tvedt. Please endeavor to ascertain whether such instructions are received by General Hsia and what action is taken by him.”

For the Minister: