File No. 861.77/297b

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

[Telegram]

2081. Department has authorized Stevens, who is now at Yokohama, to return with Colonel Emerson and his party to Harbin and [Page 222]to commence their efforts from that point, working both toward Vladivostok and also westwards.

Original friendly purpose of these experienced American railway operators to assist Russian railway authorities modified in no particular. Stevens will notify you when he arrives Harbin.

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