File No. 861.00/424

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

[Telegram]

1536. Kerensky returned from front last evening much angered by Bolshevik outbreak, having tendered his resignation on learning thereof; resignation not accepted; if should be, would be fatal to Provisional Government. Trust will not be insisted on. Understand he demands that workmen be disarmed which is essential to maintenance Provisional Government. Reported that workmen seized factory, have been manufacturing arms for themselves. Many workmen in citizens’ clothes carrying arms were in Bolshevik manifestation and are in all street parades.

Francis