711.94114A/8–2245: Telegram

The Minister in Switzerland (Harrison) to the Secretary of State

3957. FonOff official telephoned following telegram from Fontanel [at] Shanghai15a (your 2565, August 2016).

Arrival Mission17 created sensation and great excitement Shanghai. Fontanel forced take steps protect Consulate General’s gates against mob. Uneasiness prevails in case occupation by Chinese rather than AM (Allied Military) troops. Conflict feared with Communist elements already seeping into Shanghai. Chinese believed incapable maintaining order (repeated Chungking) without presence AM (Allied Military) or British contingents. Trouble not excluded.

  1. Emile Fontanel, Swiss Consul General at Shanghai.
  2. Vol. vi, p. 395.
  3. Military Relief Mission.