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FOREIGN RELATIONS, 1919, VOLUME II
ing, and that we had not in any way connected the two. He said
that he hoped no further announcement would be made by the
Department of State,'5 and that certainly none would be made which
would connect the two. I told him that we had no intention of
making any further announcement.
He said that the Ambassador had cabled my suggestion that they
should stop issuing " picture brides " passports earlier than February
29th, but that his Government had replied to the effect that it was
impracticable to stop the practice sooner but that they would take
every reasonable step to prevent " picture brides'' coming to the
United States in any quantity after the first of July, and that they
expected there would be very few because of the custom amongst the
brides to leave within one or two months after they received their
passports.
BRECKINRIDGE LONG
711.94/312
The Secretary of State to the Japanese Appointed Ambassador
(Shidehara)
The Secretary of State presents his compliments to His Excellency
the Japanese Ambassador and has the honor to acknowledge the
receipt of his memorandum of December 13, 1919, with enclosure,
regarding the question of the so-called " picture brides."
The Secretary of State avails himself of this opportunity to express
the appreciation with which the Government of the United States has
noted the action thus taken by the Imperial Japanese Government.
It is confidently hoped that this action will remove a source of mis-
understanding between the two peoples and serve to maintain their
relations upon a basis of good understanding.
WASHINGTON, December 27, 1919.
DISORDERS AT TIENTSIN RESULTING IN INJURIES TO AMERICAN
SOLDIERS INFLICTED    BY  JAPANESE-EFFORTS TO      OBTAIN
AMENDS
893.00/2981: Telegram
The Minister in China (Reinsch) to the Acting Secretary of State
PEKING, March 13, 1919, 8 p.m.
[Received March 13, 4.35 p.m.]
Serious fracas occurred between American soldiers, Japanese police-
men, and civilians Tientsin yesterday, to-day. Full report not yet
15The Ambassador's memorandum of Dec. 13, supra, was giveni to the press
on Dec. 20.
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