393.1111 Nelson, Bert N./167: Telegram

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

113. With further reference to the capture and reported murder of Reverend Bert Nelson,43 Department desires to know whether, in [Page 527] the considered opinions of the Legation and the Consul General at Hankow, every possible practicable effort has been made by Chinese officials to arrive at a solution of this case or whether, as in the Baker case,44 more assiduous representations to the Chinese Government might lead to more satisfactory results than have hitherto been attained.

  1. For previous correspondence concerning the kidnaping of Rev. Bert N. Nelson on October 5, 1930, see Foreign Relations, 1930, vol. ii, pp. 197223 passim; ibid., 1931, vol. iii, pp. 934977 passim; and ibid., 1932, vol. iv, pp. 470561 passim.
  2. Capt. Charles Baker was kidnaped January 16, 1932, and released May 31. For correspondence concerning this case, see Foreign Relations, 1932, vol. iv, pp. 465530 passim.