861.00/7142: Telegram

The Chargé in Japan (Bell) to the Secretary of State


353. Information has reached me that recently raids have been made on Okhotsk by bands of Bolsheviki who, coming from Nikolaevsk, are roving through the country. They destroyed the apparatus of the wireless telegraph and fish-canning stations at Okhotsk. They later reached the Gulf of Anadir and made an attempt to enter the Peninsula of Kamchatka, but failed. The Japanese have sent [Page 520]a gunboat to Okhotsk and I know that Japanese business interests are bringing pressure to bear on their Government to give protection to the fishing interests by sending a small force of troops to Kamchatka.