Kornilov had waited all August for the strong measures that the situation demanded. He had waited while Iverenski, who, if he had been a man of action instead of a mere talker, might in July have finally crushed the Bolshevik movement, did nothing.
As Commander-in-Chief he remained powerless when on September 3rd the Germans captured Riga, the Russians refusing to fight. His visit to Moscow had shown him that he had at all events the support of the great majority of the Intelligentsiya. He had the practically unanimous support of the corps of officers. It seemed to him to be his duty to act before it was too late.
With delight we sunbathed all day on the balcony and in the garden. During the day I chopped down a dry birch tree and cut it into firewood. During tea a thunderstorm came up and brought a little fresh air. I began to read In the Forest by Pechersky.
That voice, with silence disputing,
Has triumphed a little bit more.
Like sorrow or song in me brooding
Is the winter before the war. See more
It was whiter than Smolny Cathedral,
More mysterious than Summer Garden.
Now, we look back at it, so ethereal,
With ultimate longing, downtrodden.
Hundreds of brave honest officers are dying, while thousands of soldiers - rascals, cowards, disgrace to our country - are fleeing.
There is agitation in the streets (people are huddled on street corners, ladies are inciting panic in trams, everywhere it is said that Germans will come here, everywhere one can hear: “Anyways there will be death from starvation”). See more
By evening the excitement seemed to die down, settle across the streets (but I imagine how the phone works!), because it began to rain softly.
The fears expressed by Kerensky of a counter-revolution are to a certain extent justified, as I have since been told that a group of persons, who are said to have the support of prominent financiers and indus- trials as well as of certain regiments, contemplate arresting the Government and dissolving the Soviet. See more
Though discontent is growing in consequence of the fall of Riga and the serious situation at Dvinsk, such an attempt has no chance of success.