393.11/1998a Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Consul General at Shanghai (Gauss)

214. In order that no possible measures of precaution may be omitted, it is suggested that you take steps towards seeing that American nationals at and around Shanghai be informed, through whatever agency you deem practicable, of sailing dates and accommodations available on merchant vessels, of which any who may desire to leave, especially women and children, might take advantage.