File No. 861.48/680b

The Secretary of State to the Russian Ambassador ( Bakhmeteff )

My Dear Mr. Ambassador: I am pleased to note your willingness to transfer to the American Red Cross 150,000 pairs of shoes, for the purpose of supplying the Czecho-Slovaks with footwear, and cordially approve of this effort to relieve suffering and to aid in the common cause.

Notification of your proposal has been sent to the American Red Cross, together with a request that the Czecho-Slovaks be informed of the fact that these shoes were furnished by the Russian Embassy in Washington.

I am [etc.]

Robert Lansing