File No. 763.72/221
The Chargé d’Affaires in Russia (Wilson) to the Secretary of State
St. Petersburg, August 6, 1914, 9 p.m.
[Received August 7, 6:30 a.m.]
Austro-Hungarian Ambassador at five evening informed Minister of Foreign Affairs of Austria’s declaration of war against Russia. He then asked me to take charge of Austrian interests and in accordance with Department’s instructions I accepted and have asked permission of Minister of Foreign Affairs. Have notified consuls to act accordingly.[Page 49]
Department’s August 5, 8 p.m. No ships leaving Wasa or other ports for Sweden. Some Americans have left for Stockholm overland via Tornea long and severe journey. Hope to arrange in a few days for transport [?] of the rest of the Americans, about 200, who are very impatient. Embassy staff in spite of temporary [assistance] entirely unable to properly handle immense amount of Embassy work. Even without Austria this will become greater daily. Hope Department will be able to send assistance. Situation quiet here and no street disturbances due to very strict measures.