File No. 861.77/343

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

[Telegram]

28. Also for Felton:

Department cables Emerson with 100 engineers operating on Chinese Eastern but have no such direct information. Please ask [Page 225]Willard to keep me advised concerning Stevens; also Emerson force; also delivery of railroad equipment international commission. I have given Russian transportation particular attention in connection with diplomatic duties. After what has taken place Russia would recommend to Willard installing operatives and delivering equipment immediately upon being convinced that same would be safe and not used for German benefit. Have maintained close relations with transportation control, uninterrupted by revolution, having secured two special trains for Petrograd evacuation, and now holding one here for emergency. Relations with Stevens very close and can not account for his failure to keep me advised. Kind regards.

Francis