103.96/2458: Telegram

The American member of the Inter-Allied Railway Committee ( Smith ) to the Acting Secretary of State, transmitted by the Consul at Vladivostok ( Caldwell )

327. [From Smith:]

Your May 21, 4 p.m.73 Committee April 8 passed resolution asking advance 20 million. At that time did not know what governments would participate. Resolution was telegraphed immediately to all governments. France, Japan have not replied. England very recently replied, each government should advance money for materials purchased in its own country. Italy replied, she will not participate. Nothing definite from China but she will not unless money loaned by some other power.

English and French representatives have again cabled asking immediate action. Members believe that only England, France, Japan, and America will participate and have asked that each government advance one million deposit as requested. Now that Committee know what governments will participate, definite steps will be taken to adjust matters in future for prompt action. Smith.


Executive Order No. 3094–A, June 5, 1919, providing funds for the maintenance or improvement of the Trans-Siberian and Chinese Eastern Railways

Whereas it has become expedient to dissolve and to liquidate the affairs of the War Trade Board of United States Russian Bureau Incorporated, whereof the entire capital stock was purchased with the sum of $5,000,000 allotted by the President to the War Trade Board by Executive Order, of October 5, 1918,74 by virtue of the authority vested in him by “An act making appropriations for sundry civil expenses of the Government for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1919, and for other purposes”, approved July 1, 1918, appropriating the sum of $50,000,000, “For the national security and defense and for each and every purpose connected therewith to be expended at the discretion of the President”:

I hereby order that any and all sums of money which upon or pursuant to such dissolution shall accrue or be distributed to the [Page 266] War Trade Board or to the stockholders of said corporation shall be by said board or stockholders paid into the United States Treasury and returned to the appropriation aforesaid.

I hereby further order that any and all moneys so paid into the United States Treasury and returned to the aforementioned appropriation be, and they hereby are, allotted to the Secretary of State to be by him expended for purposes connected with the maintenance or improvement of the Trans-Siberian and Chinese Eastern Railways and, for such purposes, the Secretary of State may, if he deems advisable, advance all or any portion of the moneys hereby allotted to the Inter-Allied committee, which is exercising supervision over said railways, or to its nominees, upon such terms as may be specified by the Secretary of State.

The foregoing does not affect in any way the special allotment of $5,000,000 made to the Secretary of State by the President’s letter of September 19, 1918,75 from the appropriation for “National Security and Defense” for the provision of winter supplies for the civilian population of the Archangel district of Russia, which allotment was transferred to the War Trade Board of the United States Russian Bureau, Incorporated, on November 27, 1918, by direction of the President.

Woodrow Wilson
  1. Not printed.
  2. For the establishment of this fund, see Foreign Relations, 1918, Russia, vol. iii, pp. 147 ff.
  3. Not printed.