The Acting Secretary of State to the Japanese Minister.


My Dear Mr. Takahira: I beg leave to inclose a copy of a letter from the Secretary of the Navy by which it appears that an American medical survey board reports that Lieutenant Alexis Speshnoff, of the Russian transport Lena, ought to be transferred to the hospital at St. Petersburg for medical treatment.

Will you kindly ascertain and advise me whether I can say to the Secretary of the Navy that the Japanese Government has no objection to granting permission to Lieutenant Speshnoff to return to Russia on an indefinite leave of absence for the purpose indicated, under the same conditions as in the case of Commander Ritchagoff?

I am, etc.,

Alvey A. Adee.