The Consul at Vladivostok (Macgowan) to the Acting Secretary of State
[Received December 31—2:55 p.m.]
129. I am confidentially informed the Japanese regard armed conflict with Bolsheviki unavoidable and near. Japanese intelligence service reports between fifty thousand, sixty thousand Bolshevik troops between Habarovsk and Iman. Japanese aeronauts photographed Bolshevik fortified positions across the Iman [Caret?] River which are reported to be strong. The Japanese plan to retire to their Spasskoe fortifications reoccupying Habarovsk later … Conflict doubtless will be accompanied by establishment Conservative groups here …
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