The Ambassador in China ( Johnson ) to the Secretary of State
[Received 11:20 a.m.]
862. 1. After consultation with Dr. B. Borcic, representative Health
Department, League of Nations, and consultation between him and Minister
of Health, Borcic has submitted following suggestions for use of funds
remaining out of original Red Cross appropriation:
Embassy approved these suggestions as meeting most urgent present needs with exception that one item (preferably item number 3, bed sheets) should be reduced by Chinese dollars 5000 now being considered for Nanking University hospitals. Gauss has expended approximately United States dollars 22,000 (Embassy’s 842, October 21, 10 a.m., and Department’s 327 October 21, 6 p.m.20), United States dollars 10,000 has been expended for Canton (Embassy’s 786, October 9, 11 a.m., and Department’s October 11, 7 p.m. to Canton20 not received Nanking), making total of almost United States dollars 33,000 expended and leaving United States dollars 67,000 still to be expended. It is recalled that Department’s 279, September 29, 5 p.m. asked for suggestions concerning expenditures United States dollars 50,000 and Embassy forwards recommendations herein with hope that second United States dollars 50,000 can now be made available.21
3. [sic] Generosity of the Red Cross has occasioned much favorable comment in official Chinese circles and press. Embassy believes that all above recommendations, including item number 1, will be of value in connection with our policy of friendship for the Chinese people.