394.115 Panay/12: Telegram

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

1141. Referring to Nanking’s 1040, December 12, 11 [7] a.m. reporting the position of the U. S. S. Panay, as a matter of record I report that immediately upon receipt of the message a few minutes after 12:30 o’clock I communicated the information by telephone to the Japanese Embassy through the Japanese Consul-Counselor and confirmed it by letter which was handed to a Japanese consular messenger sent to this office to receive it within 30 minutes thereafter. By letter dated December 12 the Japanese Consul General acknowledged receipt, stated that “the necessary information was immediately transmitted to the Japanese military and naval authorities as well as to my Ambassador”.

Repeated to Hankow, Peiping, and Tokyo.