Skobeleff and the Slavonic Cause

Skobeleff and the Slavonic Cause

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ... but indulged in endless comments, perverted every word, misrepresented every sentence. It amused Skobeleff; it amused many Russians. Nothing diverts us more than 'frightening the foreigner.' I am not defending this--certainly not, but I am stating a simple fact. Last winter a man occupying an official position, cultivated and intelligent, and far from young, called upon me in Moscow. We talked of all sorts of things, when they announced an English traveller. I introduced my two visitors to each other; but fancy my surprise when I heard my compatriot say, ' Have you not just arrived from our future possession--India?' I thought he had lost his senses. 'But, ' continued he, 'perhaps you come from our other possession, Constantinople?' I interrupted; for, although his eyes were laughing, the tone was as solemn as that of a bishop. 'It is much better, ' continued he, ' to designate beforehand what we are determined to take.' Then he added, in Russian, ' Pray let me go on; it is delightful.' I, of course, tried to stop him, knowing the danger there was in such jokes; but he was determined to have his way. If my English visitor is a literary man, I can well imagine the dreadful correspondence he may write about that meeting! Skobeleff, like my mischievous guest, dearly loved a joke; but, clever and ingenious as he was, he always managed to impress his listeners. His words went deeper than those of many statesmen both in Russia and other countries. Skobeleff was no firebrand; he spoke not to provoke but to avert a conflagration. He knew, however, that there were limits beyond which oppression would provoke an explosion. SKOBELEFF ON POLITICS. 225 Russia wanted, and wants, peace; she has plenty of work to do at home, but 'peace at any price' has more

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  • Paperback | 124 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 236g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236509447
  • 9781236509444