The Consul at Tsingtao (Sokobin) to the Secretary of State
[Received November 25—8:20 a.m.]
Consulate has been informed by commander of British cruiser now in port who visited Japanese refrigerating plant, part of which is now being used by British firm, that engine room was loaded by Chinese last night with 60 pounds of dynamite and other explosives ready to set off.
I have been informed that the instruction of the Generalissimo to the Mayor in regard to destruction of Japanese property was in translation “to take such measures as the situation warrants.”
Sent to Nanking, Peiping, Chefoo.