The Consul General at Shanghai ( Gauss ) to the Secretary of State
[Received January 11—8:02 a.m.]
52. Chinese understood to be the nominees of the Japanese military authorities have taken over the consolidated tax office in the International Settlement. As certain consolidated taxes are named as security for the consolidated note of the American wheat, flour and cotton credits of 1931 and 1933, I request instructions whether the Department desires that I now make any representations or reservations at Shanghai. As reported in paragraph 4 of my No. 1138, December 12, 8 p.m.,14 I have already informed the Japanese Consul General orally of the American interest in consolidated taxes as security for payment of this obligation to the United States.
Repeated to Hankow and Peiping.