123 Chase, Augustus: Telegram

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

717. With reference Department’s 670, April 18, which repeated Mukden’s 26, April 15. Upon receipt Department’s telegram we inquired of FonOff official whether there was any objection to American Consul proceeding Harbin; he felt it would be preferable await Government troops Harbin, but informed us today FonOff has no objection. However, according to available information, Rigg is still in Changchun where he went, according to Mukden’s telegram, to make tentative arrangements. If Rigg has returned Mukden and made arrangements, Embassy should be informed. Please inform Mukden.23

  1. Repeated in Department’s telegram No. 10, April 24, 5 p.m.