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Bulletin No. 11 (1897)

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


Page 153


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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.
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