I am much better informed about the prevalent moods in the extremist left circles and have become convinced to do everything in my power to not let this slide into Jacobinian terror.
Do not get too carried away, do not allow yourself to succumb to naive optimism and warn others against this disease. The situation is very difficult and dangerous. Take cake of your son; his strength will still be needed by this country. We won’t soon get over this chaos of destruction and construction, this fever of passions and illusions. Be healthy, consider everything in a calm manner, work, work!
Their Highnesses visited us in the evening: they were more natural. We were exchanging opinions about the current situation. I feel deeply sorry for them. I don’t think she realises that she was the reason for the collapse.
When I was more or less recovered, I began to wonder whom I could go to for defence. During the first days I had told nobody where I was living, and my friends had lost sight of me. So I decided to return to them, and I turned first to P. N. Karabtchevsky. See more
As a well-known lawyer, he had many strings to his bow: I had also been told that he was on good terms with Kerensky. I also remembered the performance at his house, and how he had promised: "Kill someone! I'll defend you, and you will be acquitted !" I had not killed anybody, but I was in a difficult position : the time had come for him to defend me. So I telephoned Karabtchevsky, in the certainty that he would help me and use his influence with Kerensky to spare me further trouble. The result was totally unexpected: Karabtchevsky replied that I was Kschessinska, that it was the wrong time to act on behalf of
Kschessinska, and so on. I did not even go on listening, but snapped down the receiver.
Petrograd reports the killing of eighty Russian naval officers by mutineers. And this is what telegraphic reports from home describe as a ‘peaceful revolution’!
Since the wreck of tsarism. all the metropolitans, archbishops, archimandrites, abbots, archpriests. and hieromonachs of whom Rasputin had formed his ecclesiastical clientèle have been having a very uncomfortable time. They have everywhere seen not only the revolutionary gang but their own flocks, and often enough even their subordinates, rise up against them. Most of them have resigned their offices, more or less spontaneously: many are in flight or in prison.
Russian brothers, who recently smashed their chains, and in a single shot caught up with revolutionary France, surpassed it to complete its and our tasks, and give the West an example of a great united and free and people that rejects and vanquishes imperialism of all kinds—both external and internal. Don’t lull yourself to sleep. Avoid any excesses that the reactionaries could take advantage of. You must achieve order and discipline in order to be victorious. Be just, calm, firm, and patient. Don’t rush to build until you are sure you have sound footing. Build an unbreakable wall stone by stone. Move forward step by step but never give up. You work for the freedom of the entire world. And let the world wake up to your example.
It was a clear cold day. During the morning I took a walk. Marie and Anastasia were in the same condition, lying in a dark room and coughing badly; they have such bad colds. Marie's and Anastasia's high temperatures were high and alternatively rose and fall. They also were weak. During the day I took a long walk and worked; Dolgorukov and I finished the path to the old summer house. In the evening I stayed up with Anna and Lili Dehn.
WASHINGTON, March 29. - Important improvement in the Russian situation was reported to the State Department in a dispatch today from David R. Francis, the American Ambassador at Petrograd. He said that the great problem in Petrograd for the last ten days had been the maintenance of complete order and the restoration of discipline among the troops. See more
For ten days five regiments, outwardly loyal and orderly, had shown a disposition to ignore their officers and to disregard discipline. They were addressed by superior officers, who persuaded them that the only way in which they could gain permanent freedom and enjoy the full success of the revolution was to defeat the Germans. The soldiers returned to the observance of discipline and obedience to orders, there resulting evidence of a stronger, determination than ever to achieve national victory.
The army officers at Petrograd have held a meeting which was attended also by the Military Attaches of the Entente Allies. All pledged their best efforts to conduct the war aggressively and victoriously.
Ambassador Francis stated that the soldiers paraded the streets of the city and pleaded with the workingmen to return to their labors and assure the manufacture of an adequate amount of war supplies, especially munitions. The 100, 000 soldiers in Petrograd were all declared to favor revolution.
LONDON, MARCH 29. The former Russian Emperor has asked the Provisional Government to permit his little son to go to Norway for the sake of his health, according to a Petrograd dispatch to the Exchange Telegraph Company. The dispatch says that permission has not yet been granted. See more
The former monarch and his family are said to appear cheerful under their imprisonment. The man who a few weeks ago was autocrat of all the Russias spends most of his time working in the little garden outside his room. At the services last Sunday in the church at Tsarskoe Selo the former Emperor was the first to kneel when the prayer for the Provisional Government was read.