the minister in china （macmurray)to the secretary of state
〔Received december 7—10:40 a.m.〕
my 596,december 4,noon.following from american consul general,Hankow:
"december 6.11a.m.british and french landing parties have now been withdrawn.situation much improved,measures adopted have put a stop to armed soldiers and parades passing through concessions.saturday and sunday passed quietly．
during the last few days large bodies of southern troops have arrived from down river.it is understood some of these have been despatched up Hankow river and also small contingents up peking-Hankow railway.it seems now definitely established that yang sen has aligned himself with the southerners."