The First Secretary of Embassy in China (Smyth) to the Secretary of State
[Received 9:55 p.m.]
14. Reference first paragraph of Peiping’s 10, January 5, 5 p.m.,13 marine-gendarme incident. Colonel Turnage has received a message from Admiral Hart expressing thorough approval of the position adopted by him as well as his handling of the matter; the Admiral added that in view of the unreasonable and difficult attitude adopted by the Japanese he desired that Colonel Turnage should confine further negotiations to receiving Japanese amends.
Colonel Turnage states that Admiral Hart has reported to the Navy Department that the matter has reached an impasse and that he (Admiral Hart) considers the conduct of the Japanese so flagrant that the United States Government should take strong measures to obtain redress.
Sent to the Departments Repeated to Chungking, Tokyo, Shanghai.
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