File No. 763.72/5630

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


1442. Just conferred with President of Council of Ministers concerning July 4 celebration. He approves on principle but will submit to Council of Ministers and communicate their wishes Friday. Says conditions so unsettled cannot tell to-day whether such assemblage be advisable week hence. Bolshevik organs advocating assemblages for protesting against Provisional Government which prohibits such on streets. Quiet prevails to-day. Pravda, main Bolshevik organ, to-day calls for demonstrations of opposition to Provisional Government for July 1. Please cable immediately of what Government accomplished toward prosecution of war. Does constitutionalist [selective service] act give President power to assign conscripted to any duties other than military?