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Ilis Appolitment has been Announced
at Washington. Had Place Once
Before, But Was ItecaMed.
'Washington, Feb. 24.-Charles '11.
Crane, of Chicago, business man, mil
lionaire and world traveler, who was
appointed minister to China by Presi
dent Taft in 1909 and recalled while
hn the -way to Peking for "talking too
much" has been delected by President
Wilson for the same post to succeed
Dr. tPaul Reinsch.
Mr. Crane's selection by the ipresi
dent reopens a chapter of diplomatic
history, which although forgotten by
many, was one of the most likely in
cidents in American foreign relations.
ilt was quite generally stated, and
believed by many in touch with for
eign affairs, that Mr. Crane's recall
in 1909 was at the Instance of the
Japanese 'government, which was re
'ported not only to have regarded his
appointment as offensive, but objected
also to a man whom Mr. Crane was
taking as a private secretary and ad
viser and who was quite well known
for 'writings construed as anti-Japan
None of the real inaide story of Mr.
'Crain's recall appears on such diplo
matic documents as 'were pmerinitted to
beconme 11puiblic and as the records
stand 1l osident Taft changed his mind
pbout Mr. Crane's fitness for the post
in the Far lEast after agreeing with
Secretary Knox that Mr. Crane had
"talked too much" and had been Ili
diire,et in some of the speeches he
itmade while on his way to San Fran
cisco to take an army transport for
.\Ir. Crane came again into public
notice during President Wilson's ad
ministration when the president of
fered hm the post of ambassador to
Russia, which he declined. Later Mr,
Vrane was a member of the commis
sion headed by Former Secretary Root
which went to Russia and he has gen
erally been regarded in governmen
circles as one of the few men whc
-were "close to the president."
Of course, the Chinese governmeni
has accepted Mr. 'Crane as being per
sona grata, as it had in 1909; other
wise, according to diplomatic proced
tire, he -would not have been selecte(
again'. Whether the Japanese govern
ment knew of President Wilson's in
tentions to send Mr. Crane to Chim
can only be a conjCctu'e, for whill
it is not customary for one govern
ment to consult a third governmen
on' Its selections of diplomats to b
"accredited to another power, some of
fiedal folk in Washington feel that I1
view of the previous incident In whic
Mr. Crane figures and the genera
aspects of the situation In the Fa
E'ast, President Wilson probabl
would not have selected him withou
feeling -that his alppointment woul
cause no disagreeable incident b
tween the United States and Japan.
MI. Crane was appointed minist(
to China by President Taft ilp Septenf
*tber, 1909, and in 'Chicago while o
his way to San Fr'ancisco at a con
yilimentary luncheon quoted Mr'. Ta
as haviing told him of Ameirica's ii
terest in China's welfare and hiavin
addedl that whenever' Mr. Cranne mad
a speech he ought to "speak it o1
redhot.'' That utterance seemed to a
tract no par'ticulair attention and latt
Mr. Crane attendeld another luncher
at which Wu Ting Fang. Chine:
miniisteir to the United States, empmh
sizted the friendly interest the Unit<
States had in China.
Tihe stom'm did( not br'eak, howeve
until a month later when In San Frial
elseo, Mmr. Cr'ane got a bief telegra
fr'om Secretar'y Knox, on the eve
embarking, order'ing him back
Washington. The reason for the su
den change was not mlade publlic
the time, Mr. Ciranc professing igne
ance of it, hut dip~lomats in Washin
ton began talking about his speech
and it began to leak out that soi
one was offended.
It finally developed that a sto
apipearing in a western newspap~er I
credited to Mir. Ci'ane and represei
ing him as attacking the Manchuri
agreements between China and Jap
were the real causes of his r'eca
Trhe story also appeared in the J1!
anese priess and caused a consider'al
reaction in Jap~an over the suipipo
views of the new minister from I
'I'nilted States to Chna,
Scretr Knox issued a statem'
saying that while 'in the departm'
preparatory to leaving for his p
Mmr. Ciane had learned from minor
icials that the government was mi
ing an examination of those agk'
ments and "withotit the knowledge
authority of anyone connected w
the department gave out a newwpal
story to the effect that this gove
ment was preparing to protest agaf
some of the features of the agr
ments and that the promulgation
the protest only awaited the rett
of an offioial who was to formnul
Secretary Knox's official statem
added that Mr. Crane had "admit
hiaving an indiscreet talk with
porter" and that he had "reluctam
reached the conclusion that the good .
>f the service demands that I shall *
inform Dr. Crane that his resignation
will be accepted and I have done so."
President Taft told Mr. Crane that he
concurred in the views of Secretary a
Knox and "greatly regretted the cir
Mr. Crane announcedl at the time
that he had never seen the offending c
article, but assumed fwly responsibility
for his connection with It "purely in
cidental," as that connection was.
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