393.1115/10–2748: Telegram

The Consul General at Peiping (Clubb) to the Secretary of State

396. Accord with instructions Embassy telegrams 19322 and 194, October 24,23 Peiping is refraining from issuing written notice until explicitly instructed do so by Embassy or Department. Reference Embassy telegram 196,24 invite attention to circumstance that matter will immediately become known in town when some 500 Americans are thus formally notified, that newspaper speculation will, of course, immediately follow, and perhaps giving restrained statement to press, in addition to providing American press representatives with copy notice as suggested Embassy telegram, would limit somewhat such speculation.

Understand British Consul General, Peiping, is warning British subjects tomorrow and French Consul General, now Nanking, proposes discuss matter with his Ambassador.25

Sent Nanking 594, repeated Department 396.

  1. Telegram No. 193, not printed.
  2. Sent to the Department as telegram No. 1985, p. 859.
  3. Sent to the Department as telegram No. 1994, October 26, 9 a.m., p. 861.
  4. Text of British circular notification dated October 28 was quoted in telegram No. 412, October 30, 4 p.m., from the Consul General at Peiping (393.1115/-10–3048).