The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Japan (Warren)
22. Your 35, March 1, 2 p.m.
Communicate to Macgowan solely for his information substance of Chita’s February 27, 5 p.m.72 and say that the Department is confident that in this and other instances he will remain carefully neutral in all conflicts between Russian factions, limiting himself strictly to the direct protection of American interests.
Inform Thomas that he may intimate informally to the Chita authorities that such will be the course of all American officials now as in the past. The Chita authorities will appreciate that this attitude of strict neutrality will preclude the American Consul acting in any sense in their behalf at Vladivostok or from taking on the other hand any measures which could properly be regarded as unfriendly to the interests of the Russian people.
- See telegram no. 35 from the Ambassador in Japan, Mar. 1, 2 p.m.↩