“Anna Akhmatova” - What a magnificent lack of comfort!
After a pleasantly cool night, the day turned hot. During the morning I took a nice walk with Valya Dolgorukov. I gave a geography lesson to Alexis. During the day we dug up a large flower bed in our garden, after which we rested in the canoe. During dinner a thunderstorm came up, with a refreshing shower.
Petrograd. Charles Edward Russell, Socialist and a member of the American Commission, outlined the aims of the United States and the reasons which brought the country into the war before a full council of Workmen’s and Soldiers’ Delegates. See more
He said that the United States was fighting only because the democracies of the world were in danger and that after democracy was safe the people would turn to social reform, was cheered to this echo. After the meeting Mr. Russell was told that he was the only foreigner who had addressed the body who had not been heckled.
It may be of interest to remind your readers how completely, judged by every test, the British soldiers have mastered the German during the war. See more
After the foolish gibe of the Emperor, and the constant sneers of the German Press, which made merry for so long over our attempts to raise an army, it is instructive to get down to the actual figures, which would be infinitely more favourable if it were not for the losses in the first week of actual fighting, when we were in the presence of forces which outnumbered us by five to one.
In prisoners we have at least double, the British prisoners in Germany being about 34,000 in number, while we have close upon 70,000 Germans. Only during the Mons retreat have the Germans taken any considerable number of prisoners from us. Our losses during that week came to nearly 15,000 men. On the other hand, on the Marne, at Loos, again and again at the Somme, on the Ancre, and now at Arras and the Vimy Ridge, we have made captures which run into thousands.
The comparison of captured guns is even more remarkable. Our losses during the Mons retreat may be put at about 60, the great majority of which were at the glorious defeat of Le Cateau. Afterwards, the guns which we have lost could be counted upon the fingers of one's hands. There were two at the La Bassee action in October 1914, four heavy guns in the poison gas action of April 23, 1915, and possibly one or two at different times, but the total certainly could not exceed 70.
Against this, we have up to date taken about 200 in the present fighting, and 140 in the fighting on the Somme. Eight were taken in the Battery L action and four by the cavalry next day. Six were taken by the Lincolns on September 9, and about a dozen others, mostly disabled, during the Marne retreat. Twenty-one were taken at Loos.
Altogether, our total amounts approximately to 400 guns, as against 70 which we have lost. It would be well if some prominence could be given to such figures in those little neutral countries where it is not yet understood that the German soldier has found his master. The superstition of Prussian supremacy never rested upon any very firm basis, and now it has been destroyed for ever. Giving our enemies credit for all the military virtues which they undoubtedly possess, it has none the less been clearly shown that brave slaves led by clever fiends can and will be beaten by freemen led by gentlemen.
Within a short time the cars stopped at the Detention House in the Furshkatskaya Ulitza, and I was, carried into the office of the commissioner. He was an officer, rather short in stature, but dignified and efficient. Offering me his hand, he asked me if I would be seated while he made out the necessary papers. See more
I had time to see that the House of Detention promised to be quite different from a prison. Indeed the soldiers of this house would not even permit the entrance of the fortress guards who had come with me. As if he divined that I was too weak to walk upstairs the commissioner gave orders that I was to be carried. It was into a large, light, clean room that they took me, and at my exclamation of joy at sight of windows the soldiers laughed heartily., But the doctor silenced them. "Go," he said, "see that her parents are telephoned, and send a woman to bathe and dress her. " His own arms lifted me from the chair on which I half sat, half lay. On a bed softer and cooler than even existed in my memory he laid me, said good night and gently left the room.
The Provisional Government is under a deep illusion. They thought that the “import” of Lenin and Co by the Germans would in itself completely discredit them in the eyes of the public and prevent anyone from successfully preaching them. And indeed, at different rallis, the subject of the “sealed car” always had great success. See more
But this did not prevent their development through “Truth”, and number of other anarchic leaflets of the most aggressive and destructive propaganda. The Provisional Government is bound by its declarations on the freedom of speech, by its entire ideology.
In our favorite cafe, “Novedades,” we noticed a small, dark, young dancer, who stood out with his elegant movement and irresistible power. When he finished his dance, Diaghilev asked him to come to our table. He introduced himself as Felix Fernandez Garcia, and as we were talking I felt in him a quivering sensibility of a person who has original talent. See more
Soon we understood that he was not happy with his current life, and even though he found it relatively amusing dancing in a cafe, he did not find it worthwhile. Diaghilev invited Felix to the performances of “Sheherezade” and “Tamara”—they were a true revelation for him, for he has never seen classical ballet before. He expressed his desire to join our company, Diaghilev immediately signed a contract with him, and Felix, who was at the time about twenty-one, became a member of the Russian Ballet troupe.
During the short season in Barcelona, Felix began teaching me the intricate movements of feet and legs in flamenco. And even though he obviously lacked our classical training, he was a naturally gifted dancer and a very patient teacher. When he sensed my strong desire to learn his national dances, he introduced me to his elderly teacher, who in turn, agreed to teach me the zapateadoSpanish folk dance style characterised by a lively rhythm punctuated by the striking of the dancer's shoes. technique.