Nicholas II; Behind the Scenes in the Country of the Tsar

Nicholas II; Behind the Scenes in the Country of the Tsar

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...and began to force the doors with pick-axes and iron bars. The military were called in, fired a few salvoes into the mob and then scattered them by bayonet charges. Next morning all in Slotoust was as peaceful as a churchyard, the rising was at an end and the hands crawled to their employers like whipped dogs. There was cause enough for this cringing submission. Over a hundred corpses lay on the market-place, 2oo persons were severely wounded in the hospitals, and a great number were under arrest in the police-cells. Those in power at St. Petersburg were again in the right. Order can after all always be restored by the help of the knout and the rifle. Shortly after these sanguinary disturbances I had the opportunity, as I said before, of conversing on the subject with a Russian official, high in office. He shrugged his shoulders compassionately and used these very words: "I cannot think why people in Europe make so much fuss over these few deaths. Could they expect us not to have fired? If one once decides to shoot, then fire right into the middle of them and order is restored. There is no other way. But, of course, because they fell in a conflict with the authorities people write about it and talk about it. If, however, at the annual fairs, thousands are injured by their own brawling and carelessness, no one says anything. After the last fair at Kiew no less than 5,000 cases were treated in the hospitals. Among this number there were 696 light casualties, 317 were wounded severely by knife-thrusts, 3 by fire-arms, 1,160 with other forms of injury, 14. with sprains, 78 with broken arms and legs and 422 with burns; the total number of all the injured amounting to 2,700. To the 2,700 wounded must be added more than 2,500 persons more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236845129
  • 9781236845122