File No. 861.51/137

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


1222. Minister of Finance and myself anxiously awaiting advices concerning Russian credit. Anticipating its extension, Minister of Ways of Communication cabled Schulenburg, Russian purchasing agent, New York:

Immediately order to commence work 500 locomotives and 10,000 twenty-ton cars for quickest delivery. Consult American War Department. Credit terms arranged later but money considered quite sure.

This result of conference with Embassy military attaché. Say to Secretary of the Treasury I have made no definite promise but think advances to Russia safe and advisable for vigorous war preparations.