811.3393/12–2747: Telegram

The Consul General at Tsingtao ( Spiker ) to the Secretary of State

138. Four Marine enlisted men on hunting excursion in jeep were seized by Communists noon, December 25 at 2 kilometers northwest Lingshan, 36 miles north of Tsingtao. Party was 18 miles north of authorized hunting limits. Arms included 3 shot guns, 1 carbine. Jeep destroyed by burning. No word has been received from or concerning missing men.

Sent Embassy 1645; repeated Department 138.

Spiker