File No. 861.00/425

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

[Telegram]

1531. Quiet prevailed throughout yesterday and last night. Loyal troops arrived from front, number unknown. Are now surrounding palace on other side Neva which been headquarters Bolsheviks and which near Peter Paul prison where Sturmer, Protopopov and others confined.1 Reported that prison garrison will aid Bolsheviks if resistance offered but uncertain.

Francis
  1. See ante, p. 3.