I hear that nowadays, a Russian cannot even go to a restaurant in France. All the other diners get up and leave. We are spoken of openly as a nation of traitors. England can no longer offer sanctuary to the sovereign. It is a disgrace. We are justly treated with contempt.
We travelled up in the train with Ramsay MacDonald, who spent the time of pawky Scotch humour so dull that it was almost impossible to be aware when the point had been reached. It was decided at Leeds to attempt to form organisations in the various districts of England and Scotland with a view to promoting workers' and soldiers' councils on the Russian model.
On the third day of a dispute at the pipe factory, Pravda supporters grew so embittered with their opponents that they were about to throw the Socialist Revolutionary Kapanitsky into a furnace. Then, they abandoned this humane plan for another – they decided to take Kapanitsky off in a cart and drown him in the river. Luckily, he was freed by other workers. The clash resulted in some casualties.
The first truly hot day. I went to church – today is the festival of the Holy Trinity. After breakfast I set off for Miskhor and on the way there, at the narrowest point of a bend in the road, a huge vehicle packed with soldiers drove out towards us. As there was no room to pass, it almost crushed us. I was outraged to see such shameless driving. They paid not the slightest attention at what was going on around them.
As long ago as April it was established that the war was costing the state 54 million roubles every day, and that the deficit would reach 40 billion dollars by the end of the fiscal year. At the same time, we all knew that the system for levying direct taxes has long been in a state of complete paralysis, and that the country has, without prior arrangement, been practicing a silent conspiracy of non-payment of taxes and duties. See more
Where, then, can the money be found with which to wage war? The ever-faithful printing press has been the sole “mechanism” capable of increasing the monetary assets of the state treasury without sabotaging its duties.
I arrived at Кamenets-Podolsk on Sunday, June 3rd, and spent a month in the nth, 7th and 8th Armies. General Brusilov was promoted to succeed General Alexyeev as Supreme Commander-in-Chief, and left the South-West Front for his new post on June 6th, with three princes, his personal Staff. French officers considered it a fatal mistake to remove the only man who might have induced the troops to attack just as the hour tor the final effort arrived. See more
General Brusilov himself said that he had told Iverenski that if he had decided to transfer him, the transfer should have been made before. “ However,” he added, “ as my name is synonymous with the offensive, my new appointment will have automatically an encouraging effect on the leading on all the fronts.
It was nice weather, without any clouds in the sky. I took a walk with Alexis until 10:00. At 10:30 we began lyiass and then vespers, which lasted until 12:30. See more
During the day we went out into the garden for three hours. In the garden we sawed up some wood into firewood and went for a ride in the canoe and on the bicycles. I read until 7:30 and then took a short walk with the girls until dinner.
Washington, D.C. After efforts on its own part to ascertain whether an important message of President Wilson sent to the American Embassy in Petrograd ten days ago had been delivered, the State Department has asked the cable companies to trace this dispatch, with a view to furnishing definite information as to whether it ever reached the hands of the American Ambassador.