393.11/1449: Telegram

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

253. Legation’s 219, February 11, 6 p.m.12 Following from American Consul General Hankow:

“February 18, noon. My February 1[2?], 4 p.m.,13 on the subject of the residence of Americans in the interior.

Admiral Williams informs me that the force available at present would prevent efforts to defend more than the Consulate and the Navy godown, including an area of about two blocks.

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The British have made complete arrangements for the defense of most of the area of their former concession in the event of an attack by Communists on Hankow or in the event of threatened failure of the Chinese police authority.”

For the Minister:
  1. Not printed.
  2. See telegram No. 184, February 3, 11 a.m., from the Minister in China, p. 470.