File No. 861.00/3285

The Acting Secretary of State to the Consul at Vladivostok ( Caldwell )

[Telegram]

Your 296, November 26, 5 p.m. Please inform Committee on Public Information that this Government has expressed no views whatever regarding the appointment of Admiral Kolchak and is not prepared at this time to recognize any new government in Siberia. The Department will take this matter up directly with the chairman of the Committee on Public Information at Washington but, in the meanwhile, desires that no further misconstruction of the Government’s attitude be allowed to appear. In this same connection Department is informed that an article was published as emanating from the Committee on Public Information at Harbin or Vladivostok containing a statement that the United States had made a loan of $5,000,000 to the Omsk government. Please investigate and have statement corrected if you think advisable. No such loan has been made or has been contemplated.

Polk