File No. 861.00/3432

The Minister in Norway ( Schmedeman ) to the Secretary of State

[Telegram]

1451. Norwegian newspapers have reported that Norwegian Legation at Petrograd has left but the Minister of Foreign Affairs informs me that if so he has not received advice of its departure. Minister for Foreign Affairs anticipates departure at any time however. On the basis of press reports regarding departure of Norwegian Legation a meeting of Norwegian Bolsheviks took place last night at which resolutions were passed recommending to the workmen’s party and to the secretariat of the trade-union organization a representative of “working Norway” be sent at once to Russia to take the place of the representative of “capitalistic Norway” and that a three days’ strike be declared as soon as possible as a protest against the rupture with the Russian workmen’s and peasants’ republic.

American mission advised. Copy to London.

Schmedeman