File No. 861.00/854

The Ambassador in Russia ( Francis) to the Secretary of State


2127. Japanese Embassy in statement published Petrograd Gazette yesterday …

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Concerning secret treaty cabled in my 2118, after saying that heading thereof is unauthorized ends—

With regard to this convention the Japanese Embassy declares that there is being attributed to this treaty a character that is entirely foreign to it and that it is in no wise ambiguous as regards England. The unauthorized heading merely shows that the person who composed it had not penetrated the meaning of the fourth article of the said treaty. The purpose of all this is apparently to call forth among the Allies if only a shadow of confusion.