the chargé in china （mayer)to the secretary of state
〔Received october15—3： 50 a.m.〕
my 472,october12,5p.m.following from american consul general,Hankow:
"october14,3p.m.french gunboat alerte fired upon yesterday near wusüh,killing one sailor,seriously inJuring another.alerts fired upon again below Hankow this morning but no casualties.fire returned both times．
conditions at wuchang continue to improve.shops are opening and food supplies ample,about 400 bodies re side and outside walls in crude coffins now awaiting burial.all northern troops evacuated．
no change in the situation at kiukiang."