811.5034 China—Searchlight Publishing Co./35: Telegram

The Consul at Shanghai (Josselyn) to the Secretary of State

389. Department’s 247, September 8, 6 p.m. China Forum has not been published subsequent to issue of August 13th. I am informed this is because Isaacs has been unable at this time get any firm or person to print it; Chinese and nonextraterritorial printers are unwilling to print it because of probable prosecution in Chinese courts. International Settlement police have information that Isaacs is now trying to buy his own printing press but he has not yet done so.

If and when China Forum is again published this Consulate General will, unless the character of its articles has changed, follow Department’s instructions but in the meantime it seems preferable to take no action.

Repeated to Legation.