393.1111 M Nielsen, Niels/45: Telegram

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

635. Legation’s 622, July 24 [25], 5 [4] p.m. Following from Mukden:

“July 27, 5 p.m. I was informed today by the local Japanese gendarme commander that he received instructions to take a more [Page 728] Positive interest in the Nielsen case. He had [sent?] a gendarme to iuyen whose report admits that nothing has been done by the military authorities for some time. Gendarme commander said that he would within a few days send another investigating officer by plane and that he would be glad to have a representative of this Consulate General accompany him if space permits. I request authority to accept this offer.

The investigator of the Provincial Police left 2 days ago for Siuyen.”

Following telegram has been sent Mukden:

“July 28, 1 p.m. Your July 27, 5 p.m. You are authorized to accept Japanese invitation and Vice Consul Hall is authorized to accompany Japanese investigator to Siuyen by plane, there to continue negotiations in accordance with my written instructions of July 11. Department is being requested to grant per diem to cover his expenses. Department has not yet replied as to termination of mission of Boatner.”

I request confirmation of this emergency instruction to Mukden to ask that per diem be granted Hall, My recommendation that Boatner be instructed immediately to terminate his mission is unchanged by latest developments.40
  1. The Department approved both recommendations by telegrams No. 266, July 28, 7 p.m. and No. 269, July 29, 4 p.m. (393.1111 M Nielsen, Niels/46, 47).