File No. 861.00/1344e

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


15. If you see no objection convey following to Summers by special messenger if necessary:

Important to regularize information regarding Russia. Your initiative in sending men to Siberia wholly approved but to attain full usefulness they must telegraph fully not less than twice a week. Written reports arrived too late to serve immediate needs of the Department. Spare no reasonable expense to keep Department regularly and fully informed of facts in different parts of Russia, specially [Page 83] Omsk, Novo Nikolaevsk, Barnaul, Irkutsk, Chita and intervening points. Also different parts European Russia, specially east and southeast Ukraine and Orenburg districts also Archangel and Kola. Ambassador must be kept fully advised of all reports you receive. …

Secretary of Commerce desires Huntington, commercial attaché, to report to you whenever service no longer needed by Ambassador. Huntington reports he now at Irkutsk working with Macgowan.

Department relies on Harbin and Vladivostok and Peking for information points eastwards from Chita.