893.20 Missions/3–448: Telegram

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

342. Reference your 398 of March 3 the Army Department is preparing an answer. But meanwhile I wish to express my astonishment at Barr’s feeling it necessary to ask any such question. I tried to do this myself for over a year in China and expressed myself very forcibly on the question to General Barr when I saw him personally here. The Army Department tells me lie has been given no limitations of this nature.

I would appreciate your sending me an eyes only personal telegram to give me some idea of what has brought about such timidity of approach.