The Consul at Harbin ( Jenkins ) to the Acting Secretary of State
[Received March 23—8 a.m.]
General Pao, President of the Chinese Eastern Railway, and wife in Harbin and will doubtless endeavor to formulate plan for future management of railway and settle question as to who shall be recognized as head of the Russian civil administration in place Horvat. Chinese evidently favor recognizing Russian consul but are embarrassed by that official having publicly declared he would work in accord with Vladivostok government which Chinese do not wish to [Page 684] recognize. It is rumored another strike is possible if radical elements are not assured General Horvat is entirely eliminated from railway as well as civil administration but Chinese say that they have not been approached by strike leaders.