The Consul at Foochow (Rowe) to the Secretary of State
[Received May 23—10:34 a.m.]
The presence at Sharp Peak anchorage of two Japanese armed trawlers, estimated 100 tons carrying around 40 men, has suspended all shipping for the past few days. Formerly they would appear and depart after a short time but since May 16 they have remained for periods of as long as 48 hours one relieving the other and have fired upon lighters and tugs. Even foreign launches have not ventured beyond the barrier during their presence and it has been impossible to engage Chinese lighter owners and coolies. Several ships have waited days and departed without loading and mails have been held up since May 20. Local businessmen are fearful of completely closed port.
Sent to Peiping. Repeated to Chungking, Shanghai.