793.94/11981: Telegram

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

28. Following received from Tokyo and repeated to Hankow:

“January 2, 1 p.m. Our December 29, 1 p.m. Foreign Office requests that maps referred to be forwarded to Tientsin or Peiping to be turned over to the Japanese Forces there as soon as possible as operations around Hsuchow are about to begin. Grew.”

Following reply from Hankow has been repeated to Toyko:

“It is impossible for Consulate [at] Hankow to furnish maps to Tientsin at this time there being no communication with that office. American property in Hsuchow has been marked with flags. Dr. Brown has been told about use of white flags with blue cross. Japanese forces should be instructed to use all care in attack on Hsuchow to identify and refrain from attack upon American property here. Johnson.”