The Consul General at Shanghai (Gauss) to the Secretary of State
[Received January 12—6:40 a.m.]
20. My January 11, 3 p.m. It is learned from Eurasia Aviation Corporation that another chartered Eurasia plane left Shanghai this morning en route for Sian and had reached Nanking at last reports. Germans who arrived in Shanghai yesterday by plane from Sian reported situation in that city as extremely grave and highly uncertain and that foreigners in Sian are desirous of being evacuated which appears to be feasible only by plane. They also report that Red elements are becoming stronger in Sian and that anti-Japanese sentiment there is rampant.
Repeated to Peiping, copy to Nanking by mail, and Hankow by air mail.