893.825/48: Telegram

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

260. Reference Legation’s 258, June 21, 11 a.m., following just received from American Consul General at Shanghai:

“June 21, 11 a.m. Acting Harbor Master informs me orally he has been authorized to extend licenses of pilots who are members of [Page 603] Shanghai Pilots Association for 90 days from July 1st, also that he will present a draft proposal regarding pilotage to the consular body within a short time. He said he had received no instructions regarding Erbe. Repeated to Nanking.”

Legation is at once renewing representations at Nanking looking to examination without further delay of apprentice pilot Erbe, American citizen, whose case was described in the Legation’s despatch No. 2702, May 3, 1934, and previous correspondence.