File No. 861.00/2980
The Consul at Moscow ( Poole) to the Secretary of State
[Received October 16.]
Sir: I have the honor to report that under date of September 4, I sent a personal note to the Commissar for Foreign Affairs through the Minister of the Netherlands, who was in Moscow at the time negotiating on behalf of the neutrals respecting the several questions [Page 683] which had arisen between the Entente powers and the Bolshevik government. A copy is enclosed.
I also enclose copies of the telegrams which accompanied the note to the Commissar.1 The Department will observe that in No. 2 the last three sentences of the text as sent to the Department were suppressed. The reason is obvious. In the copy of this telegram furnished to the Commissar the next to the last sentence of the third [fourth] paragraph was also altered, reading: “An irresponsible government is venting its desperation in the daily massacre of untold innocents.”
This step was taken with the approval of my Allied colleagues and the Minister of the Netherlands. I felt that it was a desperate situation justifying any measure which might conceivably restrain the Bolsheviki in their lawless and inhuman career.
In connection with telegram No. 1, I invite the Department’s attention to the enclosed excerpt from the report of the Commissar for Foreign Affairs before the meeting of the All-Russian Central Executive Committee on September 2.2
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