124.936/4–2649: Telegram

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

866. This morning Embassy personnel attempting to come to work from Ambassador’s and adjacent compound were stopped by armed soldiers and ordered to return to compound and not attempt to ride or walk out of compounds. Personnel entering compounds likewise [Page 725] not permitted to leave. However, some American employees Attaché staffs driving jeeps and walking were allowed free passage. Will keep you advised as situation develops.

Sent Department 866, repeated Off Emb Canton 308; Shanghai 448; Peiping 136.