893.00/13931: Telegram

The Ambassador in China (Johnson) to the Secretary of State

32. A telegram filed by Paxton at Loyang on January 18, 11 p.m. states:

That Barrett and Wang14 returned from Sian to Loyang without foreign passengers.
That 75 foreigners had already left Sian with Scott and had proceeded to Tungkwan.
That Scott had returned to Sian after having carried out the evacuation.
That the foregoing information had been confirmed by telephone call from Paxton to Swenson at Tungkwan.
That Barrett and Fraser were returning to Sian to evacuate Scott and perhaps five British and three Russian[s] who still remained there.

The evacuation from Sian was presumably effected by bus in accordance with a plan arranged by Peck and Captain Scott with Sian authorities during Peck’s visit there.

Sent to the Department, Peiping, Hankow, Shanghai.

  1. Wang Kwong, of the Chinese Foreign Office.