861.00/6773: Telegram

The Consul at Vladivostok (Caldwell) to the Secretary of State

113. Supplementing [Harris and] Macgowan’s 101 April 8, 4 p.m.44 Situation here quiet. Government buildings seized by Japanese have been returned to Russian authorities who are functioning partially in portions undamaged by Japanese bombardment; telegraph office accepts telegrams from officials only; land telegraph line is open only to Nikolsk. Railway employees refuse to return to work under Japanese. Only trains running go as far as Nikolsk operated by Japanese crews and are run for Japanese military [Page 510]purposes only. Japanese claim to have released prisoners taken by them but refuse to return arms except to a few carefully selected policemen. Russian volunteer fleet steamships not running, officials stating they fear Japanese confiscation. Repeated to Tokyo and Peking.

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