Mr. White to Mr. Gresham.
St. Petersburg, December 15, 1893.
(Received January 2, 1894.)
Sir: Although the newspapers of western Europe inform us that local authorities in the southern part of the Empire have recently driven out a considerable number of Israelites, no corroboration of the report comes from any other source, nor is this legation receiving any of those complaints and calls for intervention which have generally accompanied increased pressure upon the Jewish community.
On the other hand, sundry Russian newspapers of late mention the fact that the Government is issuing tickets from various places within the Jewish pale in Poland to the frontier at specially reduced rates, but these journals significantly add that the reduction operates only in one direction—that is, on trains going westward, and not on return tickets.
This, of course, indicates that Jewish emigration is still desired by the authorities, and is likely to be somewhat increased.
I am, etc.,