893.115/11–2649: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Consul General at Hong Kong (Rankin)

TelCan 771. [For Chargé Strong.] Inform FonMin Dept still awaiting reply previous representations incident involving Flying Cloud and danger lives US cits and in this connection tell him US vessel Sir John Franklin left Hong Kong Nov 25 expected arrive Fairway Buoy mouth Yangtze early morning Nov 28 (Wash time) bound Shanghai and Tientsin. You shld make clear Dept in conveying this notification to FonOff does not assume any responsibility for giving notification in individual cases in future but in this case was informed by US shipping company schedule its ship and requested inform Chi Govt.

Dept giving no publicity this notification.