File No. 861.00/1253

The Chargé in China (Spencer) to the Secretary of State


Four days ago, British and French Legations telegraphed their Governments urgently requesting permission to support Semenov. Yesterday British Legation gave consent of its Government and is dispatching two field howitzers with 800 high explosive shells accompanied by officer and gunner in mufti to instruct Cossacks in use of guns. French Government [Legation] as yet has received no reply.