File No. 861.00/2628

The Consul General at Irkutsk (Harris) to the Secretary of State1


At the present moment Czechs are in power from Chelyabinsk and Ekaterinburg to Chita. They were also in power westward as far as Samara, Orenburg, and Kazan but since a week the Bolsheviks have succeeded in breaking the railway line at Ufa and the fate of these towns is not known. This proves that the Czechs are not strong enough to hold their grip on such a large territory and will be destroyed unless Allies hurry to their assistance. Russian army not progressing as it should and can not be depended on to materially assist Czechs.

  1. Sent via the Legation in China.