Alexei Nikolayevich related to me yesterday’s conversation between Kerensky and the Tsar. No sooner were they alone than Kerensky said to him, “Do you know that I’ve managed to get the death penalty abolished?.. I did this despite the fact that many of my comrades perished as victims of their convictions.”
Did he not want to flaunt his generosity and hint at the fact that he has saved the Emperor’s life even though the latter doesn’t deserve it?
He proceeded to speak about our departure, which he’s still hoping to arrange. When, how, where? He wasn’t too clued up on this himself and requested that no mention be made of it. For Alexei Nikolayevich, the blow was a heavy one indeed. He hadn’t yet fully grasped their new situation. He now saw for the first time that his father was being given orders – and that he was executing them in the manner of a subordinate.
And here’s a detail worthy of particular note: Kerensky arrived at the palace in one of the Emperor's private cars, chauffeured by a driver from the imperial garage.
During the night there was a storm and a lot of snow fell. The day became sunny and quiet. Olga and Tatiana went out into the air for the first time and sat around the balcony while I walked. After breakfast I worked for a long time. The youngest slept a little more and felt better. We passed all the time together.
British officers, accompanied by bluejackets, came aboard the Chrisliani- afiord and demanded, in the name of the local admiral, that I, my family, and five other passengers leave the boat. We were assured that the whole incident would be cleared up in Halifax. See more
We declared that the order was illegal and refused to obey, whereupon armed bluejackets pounced on us, and amid shouts of "shame" from a large part of the passengers, carried us bodily to a naval cutter, which delivered us in Halifax under the convoy of a cruiser. While a group of sailors were holding me fast, my older boy ran to help me and struck an officer with his little fist. "Shall I hit him again, papa?" he shouted. He was eleven then, and it was his first lesson in British democracy.
If we’re going to have universal suffrage, what’s the rationale for preventing women who wish to participate in elections from doing so? Our electoral law is being developed. In its final form, it is contingent on the total composition of the provisional government. But I’m for the participation of women.
Like microbes on the body of a sick man, the rumours grew more numerous with every passing day; newspapers born overnight disseminated panicky information and concocted slander. How the big posters hanging in the main street escaped my attention, I don't know. In the evening the telephone rang, and an old friend anxiously asked, “Are you safe?” I couldn’t believe my ears when he told me that today’s posters featured my full name, with the words “German spy” inscribed underneath.
There are only two ways of winning the war, and they both begin with A. One is aeroplanes and the other is America.… Everything else is swept away.
The Minister of justice, Kerensky, yesterday paid a visit to Tsarkoïe-Selo to see for himself the arrangements made for guarding the ex-sovereigns. He found everything in order. See more
Count Benckendorff, Grand Marshal of the Court; Prince Dolgorukov, Marshal of the Court; Madame Naryschkin, Mistress of the Robes; Mlles. de Buxhoevden and Hendrikov, Maids of Honour, and the Tsarevitch's tutor, Gilliard, are sharing their monarchs' captivity. Madame Virubova. who was also residing in the Alexander Palace, has been forcibly removed and confined in the Fortress of SS. Peter and Paul---in the famous Trubetzkoï bastion.
Kerensky had a talk with the Emperor. In particular he asked him whether it were true, as the German papers have reported, that William II had frequently advised him to adopt a more liberal policy.
"Quite the reverse!" the Emperor protested. The conversation continued for some time and was marked by greatest courtesy. In fact, Kerensky ultimately succumbed to the affability which is Nicholas II's natural charm and several times caught himself addressing him as Cosoudar (Sire)!
But the Empress was as frigid as she could be.
Madame Virubova's departure has not affected her, at any rate in the way that might have been expected. After all her passionate and jealous attachment to her, she has suddenly made her responsible for all the evils which have overtaken the Russian imperial family:
La détestable Œnone a conduit tout le reste!
The wife of the former Russian Premier Boris V. Sturmer has attempted to commit suicide, according to Reuter dispatch from Petrograd. After receiving a letter, the contents of which are not known, she cut her throat. She was taken to a hospital, where she was said to be in a dangerous condition. Madam Sturmer is 60 years old.