File No. 861.00/1136½
The Minister in China (Reinsch) to the Secretary of State
[Received February 24, 9.49 a.m.]
Drysdale telegraphs the following from Vladivostok, 21st: that Chinese embargo causing food shortage, also reported advance German troops into Russia creating decided reaction against Bolsheviks. Decided majority of Russian population would welcome Allied intervention to prevent German control in Siberia, even entry of Allied forces would be welcomed. Russian population would be most decidedly [Page 56] unfriendly to entry of Japanese troops if not accompanied by other Allied forces. German advance into Russia may make it advisable to send Allied troops into Siberia where economic conditions are serious due chiefly lack of funds, present exchange value of ruble and unwise measures taken by Bolsheviks. Drysdale left for Khabarovsk 22d.