the minister in china （macmurray)to the secretary of state
my 609.december 9,4 p.m.following from american consul general,Hankow：
1."december10,11a.m.eugene chen and party arrived late yesterday.other high officials of the canton ese government accompanied by approximately one hundred attaches have arrived and affairs of new government will henceforth be conducted from here.not yet definitely decided whether offices will be established on Hankow or wuchang side of river.most of higher officials with their families and staffs now quartered in terminus hotel in german 〔 french〕 concession,Hankow.lampson is seeing eugene chen today.mayer （ferdinand l.mayer,counselor of the american legation in china.expected today.unless otherwise instructed,will pay my respects to chen,since i shall necessarily be compelled to have certain official relations and contacts with him and his govern ment."
2."december10,2 p.m.my december 8,11a.m.all employees of standard oil company candle factory and number2 oil installation now out on strike.both plants which are outside city limits and below Japanese concession are being picketed but no disorder thus far.as a precautionary measure american gunboats now opposite each plant for the purpose of protection."
3.mayer arrived in Hankow december10th．