File No. 860c.00/9

The Ambassador in France ( Sharp ) to the Secretary of State


5690. [Seyda] requests transmittal of following for publication. The press bureau of the Polish National Committee informs as follows:

Stockholm, November 1. The Socialdemokraten announces that Radek-Sobelsohn, the well known Bolshevik leader, is endeavoring to create in Poland an organization through which he intends to spread a Bolshevik revolution. As the basis of his proposed organization, he uses the newly organized group of Independent Socialists. This group, though numerically very small, is in the possession of very large sums of money to be used for agitation and propaganda purposes. It has the support of the German authorities now occupying Poland and it is on this subject that Radek bases his hopes of success in carrying on his work.

The Cracow Glos Narodu publishes an authentic despatch that in the territory between Irkutsk and Omsk in Siberia the Polish divisions and Bolshevik Red Guards fought a bloody battle. The Red Guards suffered a very severe defeat which resulted in their dispersement. The Polish divisions are continuing their march towards European Russia.

The three largest Polish political parties in Galicia, the People’s Party, the National Democratic and the Socialists, created a joint liquidation commission charged with the work of conducting Polish governmental affairs in territory now controlled by Austria, liquidating interests with Austria and preparing the way for annexing to Poland all of the Polish territory now controlled by Austria. This commission is to be composed of representatives of all Polish political parties in Galicia and of a representative of Austrian Silesia. It will be composed in all of seventeen members and will be charged with governmental administration and all other duties pertaining to the army, militia, demobilization, agriculture, education, finance, justice, public works, public charities, food control, commerce, labor, and mining. Representation will be distributed as follows, four People’s Party, three National Democrats, three Socialists, two Democrats, one Progressive, one Nationalist-Unionist, one Conservative, one representative of the People’s Catholic Party, and one representative of Silesia.