In withdrawing, we completely untied the Bolsheviks’ hands, making them complete masters of the whole situation and yielding to them the entire arena of the revolution.
The corridors of the Tauride Palace and the Cadet Corps resounded with rumours to the effect that certain military units, newly arrived from the front, were ready to place the city under martial law on the orders of the authorities, and to turn their weapons against the workers. See more
Word was, some 20,000 Cossacks had been summoned by Kerensky, with alleged sightings in blue-collar neighbourhoods of Cossack units conducting themselves belligerently. In all likelihood, these rumours originated from Vyborg Side demonstrators striving to drive home the necessity of a resolute protest against the authorities.