File No. 861.00/272
The Ambassador in Russia ( Francis) to the Secretary of State
[Received February 26, 12.15 a.m.]
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.