Tereschenko tells me that the Petrograd garrison has declared for the Government, and that the only troops on whom Korniloff can rely are the three cavalry divisions under Krimoff. All the Ministers have resigned, though continuing to act as heads of their respective departments, and Kerensky is virtually a dictator.
In two orders of the day to the army, published September 10 and 11, Korniloff gave his version of the story, which puts his conduct in a very different light. On receiving Kerensky's telegram calling on him to resign Korniloff had to choose between absolute submission or open revolt, and he opted for the latter in the honest conviction that a continuance of the Government's undecided policy would spell disaster for Russia.
The people are entirely passive. There is only one phrase on anyone’s lips: we don’t care. Whether there is Kerensky or KornilovCommander in Chief of the Petrograd command - from 18 March 1917, order, calm, food, does not concern them. Yet on the other hand the mood is fearful, anxious and nervous.
In Buenos Aires, where we had been booked again at the Teatro Colon, Mocci was no longer to be our impresario. He has been replaced by the Portuguese Da Rosa. Our tour began on 11 September and turned out to be among the most difficult I have ever had to direct.
If KornilovCommander in Chief of the Petrograd command - from 18 March 1917 fails, Kerensky’s star will quickly fall - socialists from the Bolshevik bloc will have free reign in their efforts to openly ruin Russia. From a purely political point of view, Kornilov’s intervention was premature. Nevertheless, the realities of the military situation evidently demanded it.
Several days ago E. S. Botkin received papers from Kerensky, which we knew of, that gave us permission to walk in the city. Botkin asked when we could begin this and Pankratov, the rascal, answered that now he could not talk about walks because of some misunderstood fear for our safety. Everyone was very indignant about this answer. The weather became cooler. I finished Ramuntcho.