File No. 861.77/235

The Ambassador in Russia (Francis) to the Secretary of State

[Telegram]

2076. Also for Willard:

Telegram from Consul, Vladivostok, dated December 3, says Emerson on transport Thomas due about 10th. Stevens at Vladivostok. [Page 211]Caldwell reports quiet there and Harbin and says Admiral Knight there on flag ship Brooklyn and will await Thomas’s arrival.

Wired Stevens December 1 to hold men on transport until otherwise assigned to specific duties as coming ashore in body might create wrong impression; furthermore, accommodations and food probably scarce. Wiring Stevens to-day must follow his own judgment largely in operations thereon. Horn and I still keeping in touch with Department Ways of Communication but daily removals occurring and we may find it difficult to maintain pleasant relations while not recognizing government. Am not recommending recognition.

Francis