811.5034 (China) American Radio Service/55: Telegram

The Consul at Tientsin (Fletcher) to the Secretary of State

Peiping’s 349, October 1, 11 a.m. to the Department, American Radio Service. Transmitting and receiving sets found on the premises were set up and in operation and had not been placed there for storage. The French took possession of the equipment and delivered it to the Japanese Consulate General at 9 a.m. today.

My French colleague this afternoon handed me, under instructions from his Embassy, a formal protest against the activities of American citizens in setting up and secretly operating a wireless transmitting station in the French Concession in violation of municipal regulations, thereby making Franco-Japanese relations more difficult.

Sent to Peiping. Repeated to the Department, Chungking, Tokyo.