File No. 861.00/3037
The Ambassador in Russia (Francis) to the Secretary of State
[Received October 24, 11.14 a.m.]
510. Chaikovski reports mobilization proceeding quite satisfactorily and Ironside encouraging. Less friction since the departure of Poole, Thornhill, Grimes. Chaikovski respected by all and situation improving but would be greatly benefited by eminent Russian general as Minister of War and ranking all Allied generals. President says General Lechitski who commanded Russian army in the last success on south front is available but would not be subordinate to any Allied general. He says that Lechitski is desired by Omsk government. If you could possibly arrange with Allies having forces here to agree to such arrangement I strongly recommend doing so. He is recognized by all as having ability, fidelity, character [Page 562] with brilliant record; is liberal conservative, been hiding since last revolution but whereabouts known.
I think this very desirable not only because it strengthens government, aids mobilization, but would be in line with our policy by divesting Allied occupation of its conquest or military phase. Have we received replies from Allies to plan outlined in your telegram 193 , October 11, 1 p.m. [8 p.m.],1 to London, or from neutrals concerning protest against Bolshevik crimes? Please answer.