File No. 861.00/340
The Ambassador in Russia ( Francis) to the Secretary of State
[Received May 2, 6.15 p.m.]
1241. An immense crowd of enthusiastic Russians have just left Embassy where they came to extend salutation from free Russia to free America and at their earnest and repeated request, I am now expressing their greetings to their brother freemen in the United States. Speeches were made by several in the crowd and I made response thereto. All of the speakers declared that Russia would not think of making separate peace and they wished to hear no more from America about it. They request that a wreath be laid on the grave of Washington and that their best wishes for long life and happiness be conveyed to President Wilson.