893.102S/1572: Telegram

The Consul General at Shanghai ( Gauss ) to the Secretary of State

2. Shanghai Municipal Council late yesterday issued an emergency proclamation to the effect that as a period of grave emergency continues to exist, armed outrages continue to occur on a grave scale in the Settlement, and it accordingly appears necessary to the Council to accord to the police certain emergency powers, therefore it is proclaimed that “any person committing an offense against armed forces in the International Settlement will be liable to be handed over to the armed forces concerned, that any person committing armed crime in the International Settlement will be refused the sanctuary of the Settlement and will be liable to expulsion therefrom, that the municipal police are authorized to search all premises public or private for unauthorized arms” and that rewards will be paid to persons giving information leading to the apprehension of terrorists or to the seizure of unauthorized arms.

Repeated to Hankow and Peiping.

Gauss