And what if Russia has lain too long frozen in the mire of slavery? What if she froze solid, and now, having thawed out, is decomposing rather than coming back to life? I cannot, I don’t want to believe that this is so. But the era is singularly arduous.
War, war: now all our energies must be given over to the war in an effort to shoulder its burden and determinedly bring it to an end. War is the only possible means of redeeming the past. Of preserving of the future. Of coming to our senses. The ultimate trial.
Today is the great triumph of the revolution. The Russian revolutionary army went with tremendous enthusiasm on the offensive.
Heat. The earth is like a stone. Nothing grows. I went to Medvedka and piled some manure.
During the night it continued to rain, reviving the air. The day started wonderfully. We walked to Ifess. At 2 o'clock we went to the park to get good soil and then worked in the vegetable garden. Before dinner I helped the gardener water the flower beds. Towards evening the temperature dropped to 9 degrees and there was a light breeze.
An unfathomable and unnecessary demonstration of the strength of the “proletariat” is once again set to take place today. The business life of the city has died off, and tens of thousands of people will take to the streets without a clear understanding of why and for what sake they’re doing so... See more
The Bolsheviks and anarchists decided to adhere to this manifestation their tasks and began to prepare for a "peaceful" demonstration with weapons in their hands. Some regiments, especially those corrupted by their propaganda and idleness, also wanted to show strength. The case threatened to get complicated before the massacre, and we began to protest in the Council of Ministers. Tsereteli and others used all the forces to prevent weapons and, it seems, they still succeed. Now the manifestation is only at the beginning and how it will pass - I do not know.
Today in Petrograd there is a large demonstration: they are carrying posters with writings, “Down with the government!”, “Down with war!” Same here: accompanied by the sounds of the Marseillaise they marched through the whole yard to the tombs of the “victims of the revolution”!!! I think that the demonstration was mostly manifested in silly speeches.
I am terribly worried about all the Cadet and many Jewish, worried about the welfare, ineptness and unwillingness to radically reorganize the structure of the soul and head. Here, at the heart of the Revolution, this, of course, is especially noticeable: eternal rumors and eternal panic (in the Cadets it is expressed in clever irony, and among the homeowners and petty bourgeois like servants, officials, etc., in departures to the dacha, Entrances, etc., but, in fact, there is no difference). See more
In fact, the city is always in a state of such an exemplary order that it has never been (minor riots only emphasize the general order), and is guarded hourly by the entire revolutionary people, more than ever guarded. This fact - in itself - leads me sometimes just into a terrible excitement, instils a special kind of anxiety; I feel terrible loneliness, because no intelligent person - smarter or stupider than me - can understand this (at least I meet with such). In addition, I will not be surprised at all if (though not very soon) a people intelligent, calm and understanding what the intelligentsia does not understand (namely, with socialist psychology, absolutely, diametrically different), will also begin to calmly and majestically hang Rob the intellectuals (to establish order, in order to clear the garbage of the country's garbage).
Serge Basset, a distinguished French war correspondent attached to the British armies, was killed by rifle fire while watching the fighting about the Lens salient. Although several correspondents have been wounded, Basset is the first journalist to be killed in the field during the present war. He had been awarded the Legion of Honor for literary and dramatic work. He will be buried with military honors.