File No. 861.00/565

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


1823. Quiet to-day but Minister for Foreign Affairs says Bolsheviks circularizing workmen and Bolshevik soldiers directing delegations be sent to conference and protest against counter-revolutionary sentiment which seems prevailing there. This may produce clash as workmen have [not] returned arms as commanded but Minister of Foreign Affairs says Government confident can suppress outbreak and such is also feeling of Minister of War who lunched at the Embassy to-day. Cabled you en chair placarded notice of protest meeting to-morrow evening concerning America’s treatment of Alexander Berkman of which I have notified Foreign Office. Notice unsigned being evidently work of Bolsheviks. Cable immediately about Berkman’s crime and prosecution.