File No. 861.00/2648

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


381. Lindley says 3,000 tons flour will arrive from England 10th September and 6,000 tons additional about the 15th. I hoped we would be first to report food shipments.

About 4,800 American troops on three transports arrived here to-day, Colonel Stewart commanding.

Naval Lieutenant Riis also arrived on transport not touching Murman where he had orders to report from Admiral Strauss but no official designated in order. He brought two boiler makers with orders to report to Olympia. Riis speaks Russian and Esthonian. I have designated him acting naval attaché until otherwise instructed.