393.4111/33: Telegram

The Consul General at Tientsin (Caldwell) to the Secretary of State

39. My 38, March 20, 2 p.m40 Lieutenant Colonel James42 this afternoon discussed with a Japanese military staff officer the matter [Page 165] of protection of Americans residing in the first special area and was assured by him that their safety was receiving the solicitous consideration of the Japanese military who are particularly desirous of avoiding injury to Americans; and that police and gendarmes in the first special area have been increased since the kidnapping of Dyott, Chairman of British Chamber of Commerce.43

Repeated to Peiping, Chungking, Shanghai. By mail to Tokyo.

  1. Not printed.
  2. Commanding U. S. Marine Guard at Tientsin.
  3. The Consul General at Tientsin reported the release of Dyott on April 3 (393.4111/34).