Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes / Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes : a hand-book of agriculture
Bulletin No. 11 (1897)
Taylor, F. W.
Russia, pp. 150-153 PDF (1.1 MB)
tRUBIA. : impressed all the way through with distract the people' attention. They what appeared to be honesty of pur- divide the people into clam. more pose, and the reaching after higher than was true before" Tolstoy be- things for the Russian people; I found lieves, you know, that every man, as it most extremely interesting. well as every woman should do as much as possible of the personal aer- Dome Ideas of Tolstoy. vice which is required for himself. When I went in I had said to my- He think that people should wear self that I would ask Tolstoy a lot of clothes simple enough in form so questions, and l had a list all ready that every man could make his own, in my mind. When I went in he ad, and he thinks that every man "How do you do? What is your pro- ought to go out and at least fession. 1 told him what I did. Then wash the potatoes that he is going he asked how we did this work over to eat, even if he does not ee that the here and I proceeded to tell him; water does not burn while they are while I was catching my breath to cooking. He has a great many no- ask him something, he had another tions of that kind. I was more and question ready, and in the course of more impressed with the depth as about fifteen minutes I began to ee well as the honesty of purpose in his that my only earthly hope of getting heart, and with the fact that he ap- anything from him was to follow up preciates, as few Russians do, their my answers with a question, and in condition. He appreciates the ad- that way we evened up the conversa- vances they have made, and the diffi- tion. He asked me a good many culties under which they labor. In questions about out farmers, and as many ways he is a wonderful ma, you can believe I told him that and made a very deep impression America was a great place. He aid, upon me. "What do you think about railroads?" I never tired of studying the "Oh," I said, "they have been an in- Russian people, ' and I found finite blessing to our country, because very much to interest me and they have opened up sections that to overcome the impressions re- would have been inaccessible other- ceived in reading stories and maga- wise. For instance, the territory in zine articles. I think you will find, which I live would perhaps be occu- as I have, that it will pay you to pied by Indians if it had not been for study about this country, which in a them." "Oh," he said, "you look at remarkable one, and one of the it that way. I don't. I think they present and cominf nations of the have been a curse to Russia. They world. ILag- --- - - - - 0,
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