File No. 861.00/272

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


1056. Duma meeting February 27 anticipated with great uneasiness. Concerted action effort to produce strike and lawless demonstrations. Petrograd governor posted proclamations condemning strike and stating city under military law which [will] be enforced. Have requested guard for Austrian Embassy. Street-car gossip threatening toward our successors [secretaries] who charged being German sympathizers. Populace ignorant that we still represent Austria.