893.102 Kulangsu/171: Telegram

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

52. With reference to my 48, June 9, 5 p.m.,10 yesterday Japanese sponsored newspapers in Amoy published a notice to the effect that food and fuel shipments to Kulangsu would no longer be permitted. The blockade of food from the mainland is being carried out stringently. A Japanese spokesman has stated that the food and fuel blockade of the International Settlement would continue until the Municipal Council came to its senses.

While the food situation at present is not serious due to reserve supplies it may become so in a few weeks. Wood supplies for cooking are limited and will have to be replenished shortly, this problem presents great difficulties especially in view of the complete blockade of Chuanchow and Foochow. A committee has been established and an endeavor will be made to import food and fuel by British ships from Shanghai and Hong Kong. The above is cited as an indication of the Japanese attitude in attempting to force full compliance with their demands.

Repeated to American Embassies at Peiping and Chungking, American Consulate General at Shanghai.

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