（1926年 9 月 30 日）
the chargé in china （mayer)to the secretary of state
peking,September 301926—10 a.m．
〔Received September 30—6：25a.m.〕
my 432,September25,1p.m.following from american consul general at Hankow:
"September28,4 p.m.cantonese authorities have laid small mines electrically controlled at chenglingki.vessels from ichang.must stop2 miles above kweiyinchow spit from changsha off the creek in changsha village and from Hankow off lienhuatang.after stopping,vessels will be met,examined and guided by military launch through the dangerous area.mines are buoyed to indicate position and two have been fired off the bund at chenglingki by way of demonstration to local inhabitants.american merchant vessels will endeavor to meet regulations,but naval vessels exercising due caution in the navigation of the area involved will not stop and allow inspection．
no american vessels fired upon for more than a week,notwithstanding several have passed danger zones.i shall call to the attention of the commissioner of foreign affairs the notes quoted my telegrams September21,6p.m.,and September23〔22,1p.m.? 〕 and say that it is not understood that any 〔apparent omission〕 will be made to apply the inspection regulations at chenglingki to naval vessels．
the situation at wuchang remain unchanged.large bodies of sun ch′uan-fang troops on both banks of the river a few hours this side of kiukiang.situation at kiukiang for several days has been rather tense.gunboat pi geon proceeding there today.Hankow quiet.british volunteers withdrawn yesterday.some of the native banks have reopened but business remains practically at a standstill."