File No. 860e.00/–

The Minister in Switzerland (Stovall) to the Secretary of State


5687. Minister for Foreign Affairs has just handed me memorandum from various influential business organizations in Ukraine [Page 699] which was transmitted to him by the Swiss Minister in Vienna. These organizations request the following telegram sent to President of the United States:

In the name of humanity and safeguarding the rest of civilization, management companies and organizations undersigned beg to obtain from the German and Austro-Hungarian Governments in the signature armistice the obligation to safeguard order in Ukraine until the situation is changed, and to be responsible for all the results of the appearance of Bolshevism in the form of internal riots or violation of the frontier. A memorandum follows by post signed by these organizations.

Memorandum being forwarded by mail.1

  1. Not printed.