The Consul Formerly at Vladivostok ( Tuck ) to the Secretary of State

No. 140

Sir: I have the honor to report as follows:

In pursuance with the Department’s general instructions and my telegram of May 1, 5 p.m. through the Embassy at Tokyo, the Consulate of the United States of America at Vladivostok, Siberia, was closed to visitors on May 10th and finally closed, and the flag lowered, on May 15, 1923, at 6 p.m.

Arrangements with the “secretary” for Foreign Affairs had previously been made to secure visas for departure for myself, Vice Consul Stephan and Clerk Syvers. In addition, the “secretary” had furnished us with a signed statement requesting local authorities to grant all customs immunities to the Consulate’s archives and our personal effects, all of which should bear our seal at the time of departure. …

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On May 16th we proceeded to the S. S. Hozan Maru and to our surprise and relief were permitted on board with all our archives and luggage after a perfunctory examination. The British Consul and his staff was accorded similar facilities. …

I have [etc.]

S. Pinkney Tuck