123 C 353/216: Telegram

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

36. Department’s telegram January 6, 1 p.m.48 Reference Legation’s 34, January 7, 7 p.m., and 35, January 7, 8 p.m.

It will be noted that the statement of Chamberlain and of chauffeur are not identical in respect to Japanese claim that Chamberlain tried to pull one man into the car.
I am of the opinion that Chamberlain did not commit any act which justifies or excuses assault made upon him; however, in view of the amends now made by the Japanese I do not consider that it would be advisable to insist upon any specific punishment of offenders as a condition for closing the case.
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