393.1115/10–1848: Telegram

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

1469. Dept opinion proposed text warning (your 1926, Oct. 18) unnecessarily explicit and may have unduly damaging effect Nationalist position north China. Fol[lowing] substitute phraseology recommended: [Page 854]

“Military situation north China appears to indicate that hostilities may spread to areas hitherto peaceful and that normal transportation facilities may be completely disrupted. Accordingly American citizens should consider desirability evacuation at this time while normal transportation facilities are still available.”