File No. 861.00/1123
The Ambassador in Japan (Morris) to the Secretary of State
[Received February 20, 2.48 a.m.]
Reports received by my colleague from French Consulate at Vladivostok concerning conditions there very disquieting. No confirmation from Caldwell or British Consul. I am reliably informed that both Japanese Government and Great Britain are giving aid to Cossack movement in Siberia. Notwithstanding the strict censorship rumors are current of increased activity in Japanese military circles. I cannot confirm these rumors as the utmost secrecy is maintained as to movement of troops or supplies. The present administration is being severely criticized in the Diet and press for not taking more resolute measures to protect Japanese interests in Siberia and may be forced to take some action or to resign. In conference with Viscount Motono to-day, he showed great reluctance to discuss situation in Siberia. He appeared worried and I thought was disappointed that his request for some definite expression of views from the Allies on their attitude toward Russia had not as yet been answered.