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Buchen, Walther (ed.) / The Wisconsin magazine
Vol. VII, No. 8 (May 1910)

Religion,   p. 30

Page 30

ing himself for the profession of medicine.
  Gutowski's father desired him to become
an agriculturalist. His mother wished
him to be a priest. But he chose a mili-
tary training, and after work in an agri-
cultural college, and later a gymnasium, he
entered the Imperial Military Academy of
Alexander III at Vilna, near Poland, and
but a few miles from his home at Rosini.
EHe was drafted into the military service
in 1904. Then followed two years of op-
pression as a member of the great Russian
army, from which he finally ran away. He
learned the English language at the same
time that he began to save up money to
pay his expenses at a university. After
a few Years in England, France and Ger-
many, he decided to settle in America, and
began his studies. He has attended Michi-
gan, Valparaiso and several other uni-
versities, but expects to make Wisconsin
his Alma Mater.
  In Siberia, where Moiseveff was born,
the hapless condition of the common peo-
ple claimed his whole attention. He lab-
ored in their behalf. He was an active
member of one of the secret societies work-
ing for the emancipation of the nation.
One dav the house of his father, who was
one of the most prominent citizens of
Tomsk, was searched by the police, and a
note from a committee of his secret society
was found. Moiseveff's entire family, in-
cluding his little fifteen year old sister,
were at once imprisoned, but of course all
except he were able to eventually prove
themselves innocent. Leonard B., who had
already served one prison term, was sent-
enced to ten Years' imprisonment in Si-
beria under conditions which led him to
believe he would never return alive. He
escaped and fled to Russia, where, under
an alias, he worked with his party in the
election of the last Duma.
  Then Moiseveff forever turned his back
on his native land, and gave up the work
he had been doing. In America he will be-
come an electrical engineer.   It is not
his intention to ever again return to the
propagation of socialism.
  These three men, whose lives have been
so similar, know little of each other be-
yond a casual acquaintance. While they
are all Russian, personally they draw dis-
tinctions, even of countrv. Emmet is a
native of St. Petersburg, Gutowski, a Rus-
sian Jew, and AMoiseveff, a Siberian. They
worked for a common cause, but have now
set for themselves the great goal of
American citizenship.
Once there Tvas one who sang aloud
And praised right well the Lord of Life,
Then sat him down-elated, proud-
And lusted for his neighbor's wife.
Another stood, stiff-necked apart,
His faith fixed him firm in earthly laws;
And, sneering, said within his heart.
"There is no God, there mlay be Cause."
And one there was who bent the knee
  To worship in a chapel dim,
And writhed his neck around to see
How well his new coat fitted himt.
But there was one who had no creed,
  Who did his work and went his way;
He cheered the 'weaklings in their need
  And quite forgot to kneel and pray.

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