The Ambassador in China (Stuart) to the Secretary of State
[Received March 9—5:06 a.m.]
499. Following repeat Taipei number 45, March 9, 2 p.m.
“Heavy sustained firing broke out Taipei late last night which Govt representative informed Consulate this morning caused by Formosan attempt capture Govt arms stores. Scattered general firing throughout city continuing and still in progress. Martial law reinvoked Keelung–Taipei 6:30 this morning with streets almost deserted but frequent firing by sentries.
About 2000 troops (described by Govt representatives as gendarmes) landed Keelung dusk yesterday with total of 2 divisions expected from mainland south China aboard 5 additional ships reported presently en route.
Heavy firing Keelung streets yesterday afternoon and rumored Formosans attempted capture garrison headquarters there. Blake.”