Unbelievable: do I, deep inside, really support lynching? (For a second, in each particular case.)
The Nobel Prize for 1917 has been awarded to the Swedish “Red Cross”. The award of the international prize for the first time throughout the war has been causing much excitement. The prize will be awarded at an unusually grand and solemn ceremony. The King is expected to attend, and the Orchestra of the National Theatre will play a fanfare. See more
Fighting has been going on all this time on the Don river between Cossacks and Bolshevik divisions. In Kiev, the Ukrainians have disarmed the Bolsheviks. The Rada is refusing to submit to the Bolshevik government. Raids on wine cellars are continuing in Petrograd. There is a great deal of shooting and a great many drunk people.
When I arrived in Helsinki, the weather was gloomy and rainy...
Arrived at Brest a few minutes past five. At the station were the Chief of Staff, General Hoffmann, with some ten of his suite, also the emissary Rosenberg and Merey with my party. I greeted them on the platform, and after a few words Merey went into the train with me to tell me what had happened during the past few days. On the whole, Merey takes a not unfavourable view of the situation, and believes that, unless something unforeseen crops up, we should succeed within a reasonable time in arranging matters satisfactorily. See more
Every decent child does three things: breaks things; rips open dolls’ stomachs or timepieces to find out what is inside; and torments animals: for instance, by making flies into “elephants” or at least “doggies”. This involves removing the fly’s middle pair of legs (leaving only four) and tearing off its wings. The fly cannot fly away, and runs about on four legs. This is how decent children behave. Good children. I was an odious child.
The cold went down to 22 degrees with a strong wind which cut the face; it was not a much better condition when I went out in the morning and in the evening. In my study and in the hall with the girls it was very cold, 10 degrees. Therefore, during the day and until night I sat with my Circassian coat wrapped around me. I finished the second volume of General History.