811.5034 (China) Eastern Publishing Co./24: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Consul General at Shanghai (Gauss)

121. Reference your despatch No. 665, March 12,29 and previous correspondence in regard to the Eastern Publishing Company. Inasmuch as this case seems to be substantially on all fours with the case of the Searchlight Publishing Company (see correspondence between the Department and the Consulate General in regard to that case, particularly Department’s telegrams No. 230, July 30, 2 p.m., and No. 247, September 8, 6 p.m., 193230), the Department would appreciate receiving from the Consulate General an explanatory statement of the grounds upon which the Consulate General has declined to intercede on behalf of the Eastern Publishing Company in an endeavor to obtain the return to the company of the copies and volumes of the Voice of China seized by the Chinese postal authorities.

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