893.00/12927: Telegram

The Chargé in China ( Gauss ) to the Secretary of State

22. Legation’s 21, January 16, 10 a.m. Following from American Consul at Hankow:

“January 15, 5 p.m. No information Szechwan developments. I telegraphed General Liu Hsiang today giving names of places where Americans reside in Szechwan and requesting information whether any of those places dangerous for Americans in order that I may inform them accordingly. I also requested him to instruct by telegraph local authorities to protect Americans and insure their safe conduct to places of safety should it become necessary for them to leave.

I am sending by air mail third warning letter to one American in each mission station and institution in Szechwan outside Chungking. Warning telegrams sent to Suifu, Nanki and Kiangtsing.”

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U.S.S. Palos Chungking reports January 15 that general opinion there is less pessimistic.