A railway strike has begun today. They have no idea what they're doing, they are undermining the life of the whole country.
Madame Patouillet is always abusing Russia. Monsieur is more circumspect: he blames not so much the people as the intellectuals who refuse to take part in the war.
The railway workers are striking. But the strike committee has promised to try not to hinder troop or supply movements.
The Finnish homeowner union has addressed the Senate with a petition to eliminate any Russian names of Finnish streets. For instance: Vladimirskaya, Andreevskaya, Aleksandrovskaya, and others. Moreover, the union demands to wipe out inscriptions in Russian on billboards immediately.
The Freeing of Count Frederiks
Court Investigator Brykin of the Emergency Investigatory Committee has decreed that former Imperial Household Minister Count Frederiks is to be released on bail of 50,000 roubles. The decision was taken on account of the count’s advanced age and current illness. Count Frederiks bank manager, Mr Alberich, paid the bail yesterday, after which the order was given to free the count, who was at that time under guard in the French Hospital, without delay.
The more one reflects on the meaning of the so-called Democratic Conference, and the more attentively one observes from outside—and it is said that the bystander sees most—the more firmly convinced one becomes that our Party committed a mistake by participating in it. We should have boycotted it. One may ask if there is any use in analyzing such a question since the past cannot be remedied. Such an objection to criticising the tactics of yesterday, however, would be clearly unfounded. See more
We have always condemned, and as Marxists we must condemn, the tactics of those who live “from hand to mouth”. Momentary success is not enough for us. In general, plans calculated for a minute or a day are not enough for us. We must constantly test ourselves by a study of the chain of political events in their entirety, in their causal connection, in their results. By analyzing the errors of yesterday, we learn to avoid errors today and tomorrow.
Went to an exhibition opening in Basel, returned to Bern in the evening.
My dear Jacques, I'm probably picking up my quill for the last time today - what a nonsensical phrase! even among similar phrases! "picking up the quill" would have been the most atrocious way of correspondence! - to let you know about my existence, which is only distinguished by the fact that nothing is happening at all. Life goes on, it feels like being wrapped in a duvet: this country is for the "neutral" people, and the last three long months have gone and left nothing behind. See more
Had I been younger, I'd have thought of it as "revenues and expenses" and kept silent. Alas! Things are very different now. Soon there will be an installation of suitcases in my home, and such a sad one.
How is your wife's health?
I don't understand why can't fate give you even a little break? No one wants it more than I do.
Your old loyal friend,
Makarov (Golovin’s assistant) arrived at ours at 2:30. He gave an interesting and detailed account of Nika and his family’s journey to Tobol’sk. After tea, that is: at five o’clock, he left. He is a pleasant and kind person.