The Consul General at Canton ( Linnell ) to the Secretary of State
[Received August 17—1 a.m.]
Japanese making complete evacuation of Canton today. Japanese gunboat and merchant vessel left this morning with most remaining residents and Consul General and staff leave tonight. With his departure I become Senior Consul. I have called meeting of foreign representatives for consultation and have circularized Americans discussing situation and advising them to come to Shameen at first sign of danger to facilitate evacuation if same becomes necessary.