After yesterday's thunderstorms until dinner, today's weather was cold and rainy with a strong wind. All day we unpacked photographs of the Journey of 1890-1891 [his trip around the world]. I brought them on purpose so that in my spare time I could put them in order. See more
We said goodbye to the commissar, who is leaving for Moscow. I took a walk in the garden; the children were swinging in the new swings. We spent the evening by ourselves.
Tolstoy described the conversations of the summer of 1917 thus, “Will we perish or not? Will Russia be or not? Will they slaughter the intelligentsia or let us live?” The other said, “Leave it, old chap, there’s no point in slaughtering us, rubbish, I don’t believe it, but they will ransack the grocery stores;” a third reported, based on a reliable source, that “by the first, the city will start dying out from hunger.”
The Moscow meeting, apparently, is creaking and cracking. It is full of foolish rumours, like smoke…which, however, is not without fire. The fact is that Kornilov solemnly appeared in Moscow, not being met by Kerensky, and even, contrary to Kerensky’s categorical order not to appear, and has gone to the Iversk street in a grandiose cortege, with crowds shouting “Hurray”. Then he spoke at the meeting. Also an ovation. The little crowd, which was demonstratively silent, was shouted at, called “Traitors! Bastards!”. See more
Kerensky - is a railway carriage that has come off the rails. He wobbles, sways, painfully and - without the slightest beauty. He is close to the end, and the most bitter thing is if the end will be without dignity. I loved him the same (and do not deny), I understand his difficult situation, I remember how he, in the first days of freedom, “swore" before the Soviets to always be with “democracy”, how he destroyed “forever", with a single stroke of his pen, the death penalty…
As soon as the Commander in Chief appeared in the dress circle box, the right side of the orchestra stood up as one and wildly welcomed the general, who modestly bowed to all sides. But the left side, where were most of the soldiers’ deputies, stubbornly continued to sit. See more
It rose only when KornilovCommander in Chief of the Petrograd command - from 18 March 1917 disappeared in the depth of the box, and members of the Provisional Government, lead by Kerensky, appeared on the stage. In response to loud cried of, “hail Revolution, hail Revolutionary army,” from the right there rang out, “hail general Kornilov!” The whole right side and the majority of officers, sitting in places designated for the Soviets, rises and gives the general a huge ovation. The hall is shaking with the thundering applause, the likes of which were never produced by Chaliapin himself.
Overall, here in Russia we have a much better mutual understanding and liking with Americans than with the British. We can only accomplish something with Americans. See more
I received a visit from a young sailor eager to enlist in the French army in Romania: as it turned out, it was a woman.
The collection was 14,500 rules, for the payment of all the expenses I received about 10,000 rubles, and of course, there was harassment in the newspapers - I was honoured as marauder, and called many other words, but nonetheless, the tickets were sold out within three hours. See more
Of course, if there was an opportunity, definitely I would have preferred to organise here, just as in Sevastopol, a democratic concert with a low fee, but neither the public nor the premises or the very mood of this place, Kislovodsk, allowed me to do so. But I sang really well - because, firstly, I can, and secondly, because I do not smoke and have a fine voice.