393.1115/3980: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Consul General at Hankow (Josselyn)

4. Your 2, January 5, 6 p.m. While the Department is not unsympathetic toward the desire of women to return to Hankow and wishes to alter its present policy of advising against their return as soon as conditions warrant such action, it is inclined to concur in the opinion expressed in the final substantive paragraph of your telegram and desires that women, especially those accompanied by children, be discouraged from returning to Hankow. Upon the receipt of advice from you indicating the return of more stable conditions at Hankow, the Department will give the matter further consideration.

Repeated to Chungking and Shanghai.