The Consul at Moscow (Poole) to the Secretary of State
Moscow, May 29, 1918, 3 p.m.
Received June 9, 10.21 p.m.
576. Halsey telegrams from Murman May 25:
Notwithstanding order received direct from Moscow Commissariat Foreign Affiars, district Soviet desires Allies to remain. They inform me in writing that their feelings toward the United States are most sincere and cordial and that this friendship will only be cemented by presence of American warship. Olympia arrived 24th and is under orders British admiral.
Bolsheviks probably hope that by Murman cession to Finland they can avoid issue through direct class between Allies on one side and Finland and German on other . . .