893.0146/893: Telegram

The Counselor of Embassy in China ( Butrick ) to the Secretary of State

343. The American community at Peiping has reacted favorably to the President’s remarks that consideration is being given to the withdrawal of the Marines from Peiping, reasoning that they would be ineffective because of smallness of numbers in any military engagement and that it would be a shame to incur any serious risk of their internment.

Sent to the Department. Repeated to Chungking, Tientsin, Shanghai and Manila for Commander-in-Chief Asiatic Fleet.