861.77/1009: Telegram

The President of the Technical Board (Stevens) to the Secretary of State

Your cable of recent date to Smith about a (?) change of gauge. I have never made any agreement with anybody for such. On the contrary blocked such a proposition at least until after the end of Allied supervision. My letter of May 21 to Nagao: “As far as change of gauge is concerned you will recall that I distinctly said that it was a matter I could not discuss or even express an opinion upon. It was a matter for Russia and Japan as far as I was concerned, if Russia wanted it done I could have no objection.”

By Russia meaning regular recognized government. …