893.6363 Manchuria/304: Telegram

The Ambassador in Japan (Grew) to the Secretary of State

198. Embassy’s 175, July 2, 4 p.m., American oil claim. Standard Vacuum Oil Company reports that Hsinking authorities are now willing to authorize Monopoly Bureau to negotiate direct with oil companies on a commercial basis for lump sums including compensation in addition to assessed value of property. Although authorities desire to conclude an early settlement it was made clear that substantial reductions in companies’ offers are essential; and that such settlement is not conditional upon political issues.

In view of the foregoing Consul Langdon35 reports that he has made no representations.

  1. William R. Langdon, Consul at Mukden.