The Consul General at Shanghai (Gauss) to the Secretary of State
[Received August 19—noon.]
518. Reference my No. 487, August 15, 3 p.m. Japanese Consul General informed me this afternoon orally that Japanese have received reports that American aviation instructors are participating in the Chinese Air Force operations. I stated in reply that I had no information to confirm this report; that I knew that two of these instructors were in Shanghai at this time and that I have seen them daily and know they are not participating in any such activity; and that if he would inform me of the name and whereabouts of any American concerned I would put the information in the hands of American judicial authorities for consideration and proper action under the American law.
Repeated to Nanking.