711.0011 Lic. Martin Company, Glenn L./93/25: Telegram

The Consul at Hong Kong (Donovan) to the Secretary of State

Department’s telegram of October 7, 7 p.m.35 Following is text of letter from Gauss, American Consul General at Shanghai to Harry Roland, dated August 26, 1937, of which the original has been seen by me:

“You have informed this office that the Central Trust solicits the despatch of Mr. F. G. Foster and Mr. J. Gody, two American citizens, attached to your company to proceed to Nanchang for the purpose of repairing a Martin bomber understood to have been sold by you to the Chinese Government.

In view of the present combat operations between the Chinese and Japanese forces, the Consulate General considers it unsafe for Americans to proceed to Nanchang at this time. Further, in this connection, your attention is directed to section 21 and 22, title 18, and section 167, by [title] 22, Code of Laws of the United States, which govern service by American citizens with foreign armies in event of war between countries with which the United States is at peace.”

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