793.94/9416: Telegram

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

431. Radio broadcast Shanghai states at 5:30 that aircraft bombarded Hongkew, bombs falling in Settlement south of Soochow Creek. I have telephoned Donald6 reminding him of statement I made to Generalissimo yesterday afternoon that American nationals were taking refuge in the settlement south of Soochow Creek and he told me that General Chiang had issued renewed strict instructions to [Page 409] the Chinese military authorities this morning to avoid all injury to that area. He said the Chinese authorities would investigate this latest occurrence immediately.

Sent to the Department, Shanghai.

  1. W. H. Donald, Australian adviser to Generalissimo Chiang.