893.00/6–2147: Telegram

The Ambassador in China (Stuart) to the Secretary of State

1360. Paxton’s 272, June 19 states that as he considers visit without delay to scene of Peitashan incident important he had that day sent [Page 567] Mackiernan35 in command car with Consulate chauffeur and Chinese-Kazak interpreter in attempt to reach that place. As Mackiernan speaks no Chinese, General Sung agreed send along his own interpreter. As road reported impassable in spots for motor vehicles, they may travel last part on horseback. Trip will probably last 10 days. Sung pledged to secrecy and no one else informed.

  1. Douglas S. Mackiernan, American clerk at the Consulate at Tihwa.