811.5034 China—Searchlight Publishing Co./33: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Consul General at Shanghai (Cunningham)

247. Your 378, August 31, 3 p.m. You are instructed to inform the Mayor that the Government of the United States recognized the impropriety of the articles submitted in the first complaint and, through you, duly advised Isaacs to discontinue the publication of such articles. Request Mayor to furnish marked copies of additional issues (Department has copies forwarded with your despatch 8418, July 2923) to which objection is made. If you and the District Attorney are convinced that they are of the same general character as those previously objected to, and that American court authorities are not in position to take action in the premises, you will inform the Mayor that this Government considers that the complaint of the Chinese authorities is warranted and will not interpose objection to the suppression of the publication by the Chinese authorities provided that the action of those authorities will be limited strictly to preventing [Page 661] the publication and circulation of the paper without involving the person or property of Isaacs.

Keep Legation and Department promptly and fully informed of all developments and mail copies of additional issues of the paper on which latest complaint is based.

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