893.102 Kulangsu/134: Telegram

The Consul at Amoy ( MacVitty ) to the Secretary of State

21. Japanese authorities yesterday presented demands to Municipal Council that a Japanese be made Secretary and Chief of Police, that Formosans be qualified to vote and be elected Councilors, that vacancies on Council be filled by Chinese (puppets), that Japanese Consular police be authorized to make arrests of anti-Japanese in cooperation with municipal police. As these demands would require changes in Settlement of land regulations Council is expected to reply that such changes can only be made by concurrence of governments signatory to land agreements and that the matter must be presented by the Japanese Foreign Office to interested governments. A strong joint note protesting against recent incidents has been made by Consular Body to Japanese. On recommendation of Captain Stapler,2 U. S. S. Marblehead will arrive at Amoy Wednesday morning. Japanese have given no indication as to when marines will leave International Settlement. General opinion here that Amoy incident is a dress rehearsal for Shanghai and that strong protest should be made by governments concerned.

  1. Commanding South China Patrol, U. S. Asiatic Fleet.