893.01 Manchuria/207: Telegram

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

531. Following from American Consul General at Harbin:

“May 13, noon.

Japanese troops from the south still continue to arrive at Harbin. Difficult to ascertain numbers. They are being sent east along the Chinese Eastern Railway and down the Sungari River towards Sansing engaging old Kirin forces and brigands en route.
There is danger that the west line of the railway might soon be cut near Anda Station in the vicinity of which are concentrated breastworks and troops of General Ma Chan-shan, who appears definitely [Page 16] to be opposing with force Japanese military advances in Heilungkiang.”