File No. 861.00/495

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


1722. Less tension yesterday and to-day but outgoing trains full to capacity and many planning to leave Petrograd through anticipation of Germans coming, and probable food scarcity. German army advance discontinued but whether temporarily only is uncertain. Workmen-Soldiers adopted resolutions appealing to all to defend Russia from invader and claim army fought well at Riga, and that contrary reports politically inspired by officers. Fact remains that Russians were superior in numbers and equally well equipped but retreated. Think be no Bolshevik disturbances to-morrow, Government assuring me by note and will suppress same if occurs.