393.1111 M Nielsen, Niels/39: Telegram

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

589. Department’s 216, June 23, noon, and Legation’s 578, July 7, 10 a.m., and 582, July 7, 2 p.m. Matter has been discussed with Danish Minister who has informed his Government of status of the case and of Consul General Myers’ opinion that payment of ransom [Page 725] by the Danish Mission appears to be only method for securing Nielsen’s release. In telegram Danish Minister, however, has urged that Mission refrain from any publicity or other action in regard to ransom pending Myers’ presentation of the case to Marshal Muto and of possible arrangements for the release of captive unharmed without payment of ransom.

Upon authorization contained in the Department’s telegram 241, July 7, 7 p.m. to this Legation36 I have today instructed Myers to proceed in manner suggested in his telegram July 5, 3 p.m. repeated to the Department in my 582, July 7, 2 p.m.
Lieutenant Boatner of Legation staff leaves tomorrow for Mukden where he will assist Myers in any negotiations which the latter deems expedient.
Department will be promptly informed of further developments.
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