893.00/8–2348: Telegram

The Consul General at Tientsin ( Smyth ) to the Secretary of State

246. Remytel 416, August 21, repeated Department 244,67 Shanghai as 391 and Peiping. No repercussions from student arrests. Chinese educators here somewhat apprehensive over future developments; they [Page 426] say that Tientsin students generally have caused little trouble in past compared with students at Peiping and elsewhere, but that arrests may stir things up.

A prominent Tsinghua alumnus here expresses opinion that National Government authorities should make serious effort to find jobs for university graduates. He says only small percentage of last Tsinghua graduating class had found jobs and many, many others, unable to obtain employment, had joined Communists not from conviction but simply to eat.

Sent Nanking 417, repeated Department 246, Shanghai 393, Peiping.

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