Telegram from Admiral Knight

Identifier

WWP25083

Description

Report from Siberia on the Bolsheviks taking over Vladivostok.

Source

Library of Congress, Woodrow Wilson Papers

Publisher

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum

Contributor

Relation

WWP25082, WWP25084, WWP25085

Format

pdf file

Language

English

Provenance

Document scan was taken from Library of Congress microfilm reel of the Wilson Papers. WWPL volunteers transcribed the text.

Text

PARAPHRASE OF A TELEGRAM FROM ADMIRAL KNIGHT RECEIVED JULY 31, 1918.

By sufficient majority giving also control of mayor and duma, Bolsheviki have city election.

Result due to division opposition factors and and [sic] wide abstination from voting. Difficult situation created especially as several members elected Duma now being held by Czechs for recent efforts to create disorder. Among those former Soviet president who will be probably chosen directly.

800 British troops expected Aug. 2d when same number Czechs will be withdrawn for service at front leaving total military force here 2,000 to which added 1,000 from ships. USS BROOKLYN has 250 guarding munitions, consulate and patroling. Russian manager cable station recently shot wounded by discharged employee. Proposal made that Allies declare martial law for prevention repeat. I refused assent considering it unjustifiable although other disorder probably will occur. Nothing alarming present local situation.

At request Czech General, Japanese government sending cruisers, gunboats, four destroyers, to estuary Amur River to prevent rumor active Russian gunboats commanded by German officers and protect Japanese and Allies’ subjects in Nikolevsk.

Japanese flagship ASAHI now here, will be relieved by HIZEN. Acknowledge. 18030.

Original Format

Telegram

Files

Collection

Citation

Knight, Austin Melvin, 1854-1927, “Telegram from Admiral Knight,” 1918 July 31, WWP25083, World War I Letters, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.