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Bulletin No. 11 (1897)

Taylor, F. W.
Russia,   pp. 150-153 PDF (1.1 MB)


Page 150


WISCOZSI4 FPAREMS' IfS1TrTTt
but to learn what the teacher is doing school that is rent with disensions
and to aid her in her work.        annot give its attention to study. But
The possible future of our public it is not enough that one school
schools is great, but there is work for should be in  harmony  itself.  AU
us all to do.  Never until hostility, schools are aiming for the same re-
jealousy and strife are eliminated suits and should be in harmony with
from  them  can the ideal state be each other.
reached.  These things are a bin- "AU our strength is in our union,
drance not a help to progress. The AUl our danger is in discord."
RUSSIA.
Prof. P. W. TAYLOR., Lincoln, Neb.
Mr. Chairman, Ladies and uentle-
men:-I take it for granted that on
the average this audience does not
know much more about Russi tean I
did before I went there. I know of
no country upon the face of the earth
aDout which so little is known, and
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so incorrect, and I hope that in the
short time that I shall speak to you
I may give you some truer ideas of
Russia than you now have.
About the Convict System
I wish to say at the start, for I
am always asked regarding that point,
that I know nothing about the con-
vict system in Russia, except what I
have read in the books and writings of
others. During many miles of travel
there I have never seen a convict;
during several hundred miles of travel
on the river Volga I never saw a con-
vict boat, and I wish to say emphati-
cally that the convict system seems to
occupy no higher position as some-
thing that needs investigation and
care in Russia today, than does the
system in our own country. From my
own observation and questioning I am
inclined to think that at least ninety-
five per cent. of all the people who go
to Siberia would be behind the bars in
our own penitentiaries in this country.
I am assured by those who know soat
there are not to exceed five per cent.
of political prisoners sent to Siberia,
the ninety-five per cent. being com-
mon criminals and sent for offenses
that would be punished by imprison-
ment in America.
Bie of Russian Empire.
The Russia of which I shall speak is
European Russia, which is about one-
third of the great Russian Empire,
and comprises half of Europe. Euro-
pean Russia is five times as large as
both Germany and France, and the
population of European Russia is
greater in numbers than that in both
Germany and France put together.
Formalities to Enter Russia.
In going into Russia you have to
go through some formalities such -
you do not have to follow in going
into any other European country, ove
in the present year in Turkey. You
have heard about the dangers attend-
ing the getting into Russia, but 1
found no more danger than there is
in going to Berlin. You are obliged
to conform to the laws of the country
and provide yourself with a passport.
You send to the Secretary of State at
Washington, enclosing a dollar, and
receive a document containing your
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