File No. 861.77/229

The Chairman of the Advisory Commission of Railway Experts to Russia (Stevens) to the Secretary of State


American Ambassador, St. Petersburg, telegraphs me 21st that he has sent you cables daily since the 8th but has your cable saying that you can get nothing from him. Control with Lenin, President, Trotsky, Minister for Foreign Affairs; no recognition and no official notice that any government exists.

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For Willard:

Any further efforts toward helping railroads absolutely useless. No government. Mutinous laborers and soldiers command the situation making efforts no value. I can not stand Russian winter. Will shortly leave for the United States.