The Consul at Swatow (Young) to the Secretary of State
[Received June 26—11:05 p.m.]
30. The commanding officer of the U. S. S. Pillsbury has been notified by the senior Japanese naval officer in Swatow that Japanese naval forces are commencing operations today against Wenchow and Foochow and that all third power vessels are requested by the Japanese authorities to leave those areas by noon, June 29th, notification received specifies certain harbor areas which will be blockaded or become otherwise dangerous after time specified. Responsibility for damage to third power vessels if orders to depart not carried out disclaimed by Japanese. Third power nationals are requested to seek refuge elsewhere as soon as possible.
Repeated to Chungking, Peiping, Shanghai, Foochow.