Mr. Wurts to Mr. Blaine.
St. Petersburg, April 27, 1891. (Received May 13.)
Sir: Referring to Mr. Smith’s dispatch No. 89, of the 20th instant, I have the honor to transmit to you herewith inclosed a translation of an imperial ukase prohibiting the emigration of certain categories of Israelites from the zone assigned for Israelites, as well as their immigration into the city and province of Moscow, and at the same time directing the expulsion of these classes of Israelites from that place into the zone assigned for their settlement.
It will be remarked that this order applies only to Moscow, no mention being made of the city and province of St. Petersburg, perhaps for the reason that, the number of Jews in this city being estimated at live times less than at the ancient capital of the Empire, no special urgency is felt for a measure to arrest the increase of the Hebrew population in this place.
It is premature to report on how this order, made public only a few days ago, is being executed, but I regret to say that rumors are heard of undue severity in its application.
I am, etc.,