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Mr. Loomis to Mr. McCormick.

[Telegram.—Paraphrase.]

(Mr. Loomis instructs Mr. McCormick to give immediate information to the American consular officers in Russia that the Russian [Page 715]Government has assented to the request of Japan that the American diplomatic and consular representatives in Russia look after Japanese interests after the withdrawal of those of Japan; to instruct them that they may, when requested to do so, take charge of Japanese consulates and archives, but that they have no Japanese consular functions or authority, that they can use their good offices only for the protection of Japanese subjects and their interests.)