Mail Tribune 100

Nov. 21, 1917


Members of the Russian mission due to pass through Medford tonight are touring the country for the purpose of making the United States acquainted with the true story of Russian sacrifice in the war, of telling what Russia has done, what she will do if given proper support, and what the United States may expect to face if Russia falls out of the war. The tour is under the auspices of the state and war departments of the United States government and was arranged by the Russian embassy at Washington.

Composing the part are three men who have intimate knowledge of the status of Russia in the great conflict now raging in Europe. Major Stanley Washburn, at the head of the delegation, a cousin of R.C. Washburn of Table Rock, and a son of the late Senator Washburn, was for three years on the Russian fighting front in the capacity of an observer for the United States army. He witnessed the retreat from Warsaw through Poland, which he has vividly described in his book, "Victory in Defeat." He knows personally most of the leaders of the Russian armies and during his recent visit there as a member of the American diplomatic mission came in touch with the leaders of the provisional government.

Another in the party is Lieutenant Commander Basil Hwoschinsky of the Russian navy, who was at the front as an infantry officer of the Imperial guard. He represents the Russian embassy on this speaking tour. During his service in the war he was in almost continuous fighting with the corps which always was used in the most critical and dangerous situations. While in the trenches he was the victim of poison gas and after recovering from its effects was sent to the United States and assigned to the embassy at Washington, D.C.

Another member of the party is A.J. Sack, director of the Russian information bureau, New York, which supplies the American public with dependable information on political, social and economic conditions in the Far East. He also will interpret the problems which the Russian people desire to solve in their efforts to establish a stable and democratic form of government.

Other in the party are Franklin Reading, who was with the railroad commission in Russia, and James E. Neville, director of publicity for the tour. 

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