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Bulletin No. 11 (1897)
Taylor, F. W.
Russia, pp. 150-153 PDF (1.1 MB)
; iT fiffis=,r emit- X m m ; -.- WM800N8M FAUSR8' n .r. r 152 turn from the awful campaign he made into that country. From Moscow we went to Nijmi Nov- gorod, which in one respect is the most interesting city in Russia, be- cause here is to be seen the old yahr- mart or fair, where every year several million dollars worth of goods ex- change hands. A Visit to Tolstoy. Passing along through the country I went down the great Volga river, the greatest river system in Europe, draining a large part of European Russia. We stopped at the various ports along the river, but can not speak of this trip at this time. I will speak only of one little visit I made, before 1 stop, and I speak of this be- cause it was to a man who is inter- eating, not only to myself, but to many people, a great man, Count Tol- stoy. 1 was very desirous of calling upon Tolstoy, but 1 had no special ex- cuse for doing so until I happened to run across a couple of American gen- tlemen who had been studying in Ber- lin. I arranged to accompany these gentlemen on a visit to Tolstoy. We went a hundred and eighty versts or about a hundred and twenty miles south of Moscow to the ancestral home of the Tolatoys. As we drove through the beautiful gateway we heard words that sounded very famil- iar and very pleasant, because they were English. A gentleman came to meet us and said, "How do you do, sir?" My friend answered him, intro- duced himself, and after some little conversation he volunteered to go in and see if we could see Tolstoy. In a little while he came back saying to my friends, "You may come in since you have books for Tolstoy, but I am very sorry the other gentleman will not be able to see him, he is quite ill." This made me feel very badly, but I put in i the next few minutes in taking some , pictures of the house and surround- i ing, and just as I sat down to rest under a tree a very bright young lady came along, and as she came by she said, "low do you do, air. I am Miss Tolstoy," speaking Eng4sh very perfectly. After a little while she asked I[ I had had any refreshments and when I said "No," she called to a serving man who went and brought some refreshments for us. While he was gone I heard quite a commotion in the back yard. I looked out that way and saw a horse tied to a post, which seemed to be having a good deal of trouble. On starting up to see what was the difficulty I saw that in fight- ing the flies, he had gotten his right hind foot into the stirrup, and he didn't seem to enjoy his condition very much. I went toward him and released him. Miss Tolstoy Said, "Oh, don't go near him," but I did go near him and removed the stirrup from his foot and let it down. Miss Tolstoy said, "I don't like to have you do that" I said, "I have always been used to horses; there were plenty of them where I was born and bred, and I am not afraid of them." I maw there an opportunity to increase my acquaintance with her, and I told her a little story of an Irishman whose horse caught his foot in the stirrup, and Pat immediately began to dismount, saying, "Bedad, if you are going to get on I will get off." Miss Tolstoy very kindly smiled, and very evidently thought it was a joke. She began to ask some questions, and I happened to have in my pocket some pictures which I had taken down in old Mexico, which I showed to her and she seemed to be much interested. Pretty soon she said, "Would you like to see my father?" I maid, "Certainly I would, but if he is ill I would not like to intrude." She went in and came back in a minute and said, "You may come in and see him." I immediate- ly acepted the invitation and was led into the presence of this man whom we all know perhaps better than any Dther Busian. I spent perhaps an hour in talking with him, and I wA F I 11 IN 11111111 IF I , I F
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