893.00/4–547: Telegram

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

Following from Tientsin:

59, April 5. Remytel 47 [57], April 5. Following press release issued this afternoon by Marine Headquarters:

It has been definitely established that a Communist organization attacked the Marine ammunition point near Tangku at 0115 on the morning of the 5th of April. Papers found on dead Chinese soldiers in the area verified the fact. It appears that this attack was made for the purpose of securing ammunition, but little if any was obtained.

Sent to Nanking as 59; repeated to Peiping. Smyth.