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

4. Nakayama5 of Japanese Legation informed press correspondents this morning that matter of clash at Shanhaikwan had been taken out of Legation’s hands and was being handled by the Japanese Commandant at Tientsin who was issuing orders to Commandant of Legation Guard here over Legation’s head; that a letter was sent last night to Marshal Chang Hsueh-liang demanding that he accept responsibility for clash at Shanhaikwan and that situation was dangerous as Chinese were refusing to accept conciliatory gestures. Shanhaikwan reported bombed by the Japanese.

  1. Shoichi Nakayama, First Secretary of the Japanese Legation in China.