393.1111 M Nielsen, Niels/25: Telegram
The Minister in China (Johnson) to the Acting Secretary of State
[Received June 9—4:30 a.m.]
508. Legation’s 471, May 22, 6  p.m.32 Following from American Consul General at Mukden:
“June 8, 4 p.m. The Japanese military report that on June 6 in view of the unsatisfactory progress of the negotiations for Nielsen’s release, Japanese and ‘Manchukuo’ troops surrounded his captors, but that they escaped taking Nielsen with them. The military have lost contact with the bandits who have probably gone far away and state that the taking of further steps must await the location of the bandits. With a view to the taking of more effective measures it is recommended for the Legation’s consideration that appropriate representations be made at Tokyo or/and that I call on Marshal Muto33 at Hsinking for this purpose. In my opinion the former is more important.”
Legation suggests that Embassy at Tokyo be requested to take such action as it deems appropriate.
Repeated to Tokyo.