893.01 Manchuria/190: Telegram

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

501. Following from American Consul General at Harbin:

“May 5, 1 p.m.

Heilungkiang troops, evidently acting in the interest of General Ma Chan-shan, are holding the Hu-Hai Railway from Hulan north and its rolling stock to prevent advance along railway of Japanese troops some of whom are entrenched near Sungpu and others located at points 2 and 5 miles north of Sungpu.
Japanese troops have reached, by the steamers, Tungho on the Sungari River, engaging small attacking forces in battle on the way.
Japanese troops have reached Mutan River just east of Hailin. Wang Te-lin’s troops are holding railway line from river to Pogranichiiaya.
Old Kirin troops have taken Pinghsien and are moving toward Harbin and Maoershan. Bridges and track along the Eastern line of the railway damaged in many places. Trains can only proceed as far as Maoershan.”

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