The Acting Secretary of State to the President of the Technical Board (Stevens)30
One million dollars deposited today for transfer to branch of National City Bank at Vladivostok to your credit as follows, “Inter-Allied Committee for Supervising Siberian Railways, John F. Stevens, President Technical Board.” Three million dollars deposited to your credit in same way with Riggs National Bank in this city, as balance of American quota of twenty million dollars for purchase of supplies in this country and maintenance of American personnel connected with operation of railway plan. Inform Smith at once. Department will cable further details as to drawing on funds in this country. Unless you have serious objections Department would prefer that all your orders be placed through Director General of Military Railways and transmitted through Department. Director General of Military Railways as result of war procedure is equipped with adequate personnel and in close touch with all manufacturers and can act promptly. Hope to answer your June 22, 4 p.m.31 concerning your own salary satisfactorily in a few days.