793.94/13413: Telegram

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

976. Following from Hankow:

“July 10, noon. Your 969 of July 9 to the Department. Please inform the Japanese Consulate that U. S. S. Monocacy is quite unable to proceed above Whangshikong as river has been mined and blockaded, that Monocacy is proceeding this afternoon to anchor 3 miles above Kiukiang accompanied by Standard Oil Co.’s vessel, that place in question will be a concentration point for all third country non-combatant shipping during hostilities at Kiukiang, that place is in open river easily seen from air and that Japanese military and air force should be instructed to be on lookout for ships and give them all needed protection. Please inform the Department. Johnson.”

Japanese Consulate General has been informed.