File No. 861.00/2539

The Ambassador in Japan (Morris) to the Secretary of State


The Japanese Government to-day announced the appointment of an economic commission to study conditions in Russia with Baron Megata as chief. Stewart; Elliott has arrived at Tokyo and is awaiting [Page 139]opportunity to help in any plan which our Government may adopt for economic assistance to Russia. I am informed that Charles H. Tuck, formerly of the Cornell faculty and recently manager of the Siberian Development Co., contemplates returning home in the near future to offer his services to the Government During his three years’ residence in Manchuria he has won the confidence of not only the foreign colony, but also the Russian and the Chinese, and I should regret to see him leave at this time. Would it be possible to attach him to the Consulate at Harbin, particularly as Moser is quite unwell and has, I am informed, asked for leave? Roger Greene1 telegraphs me that he has offered his services to the Government. Would he not be peculiarly fitted as a special diplomatic agent at Vladivostok to counsel with Caldwell?2 Japan has already designated Matsudaira with rank of counselor of embassy and Kimura with rank of first secretary of embassy to act as diplomatic representative there; Great Britain has designated Sir Charles Eliot of Hong Kong as high commissioner for the same purpose and the Italian Government is sending Gasco of their Embassy staff here with the rank of consul general at Vladivostok. The Japanese Government is facing an unexpected crisis. The rice riots throughout the Empire have revealed a deep social unrest. The papers say Ministry make a serious blunder in trying to prevent any reference to them in the newspapers and is now facing a unanimously hostile press. The Emperor has returned to Tokyo from his summer residence and an important effort will be made to form a more popular ministry.

  1. Roger S. Greene, formerly Consul General at Hankow.
  2. John K. Caldwell, Consul at Vladivostok.