361.11/3796: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Commissioner at Riga (Young)

97. Your 490, August 18, 1 p.m., and 491, August 20, 10 a.m. Following for Miller12 from Hoover:13

“‘Satisfactory proof of citizenship’ mentioned might possibly permit further detention of American citizens on technical grounds as many Americans have no doubt lost their identification papers. Others are wives and children of naturalized American citizens now in this country. Under present famine conditions it would seem distinctly advantageous to Bolsheviks to allow these people to leave. Relief Administration anticipates liberal interpretation of clause in agreement covering release of Americans. Inform Litvinov. Hoover.”

  1. John C. Miller, Chief of the American Relief Administration Mission to the Baltic States.
  2. Herbert Hoover, Chairman of the American Relief Administration.