Uncle Ivan; Or, Recollections of Fifty Years Back

Uncle Ivan; Or, Recollections of Fifty Years Back

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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. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...saying nothing. We children rushed at him, and then he and Ray grasped each other by both hands, and he said in rather a shaky voice, ' Your father would not mind me seeing you this once, Ray, under the circumstances. Where is Alex?' He was much disappointed when he was told that papa had gone to dine and sleep at a friend's at Hampstead, and would not be back that night. He had been away on business that day, and the brothers-in-law had not met. 'I am off to Russia at once, ' he said. 'I saw Plummer at the office and got leave from him--I must go by the boat that starts to-night for Hamburg.' Then, as we all exclaimed, he went on, ' It is a matter of life and death. I should not put my head in the lion's mouth for anything else. Listen, and I will tell you. I have heard that a dear friend of mine, Stephen Robsky, has been taken up as implicated in that plot against the Czar which led to my exile. I can prove an alibi for him. I have papers here which show that he was not in Russia at all at the time, and I can account for every movement of his during that week, as he wrote to me every day; and I am told that Count Spolkeff, who was once one of us, is not ill-disposed towards him, and if he could get proofs of his innocence would bring them before the Government through his brother-in-law. I must get them to him at once.' 'But why not send them by post?' said Ray. 'Wouldn't they get there in time for the trial?' He smiled sadly. 'Innocent little English girl. In the first place, all letters may be opened by the police, and Spolkeff would only be compromised in the eyes of the authorities by receiving any from me; and in the second, there is no public trial of political prisoners in my poor country. Once arrested, you are thrown into a prison--oh, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236639839
  • 9781236639837