At the time I commenced writing this this article I was reading A World Can End, by Skariatina. Much of that book is a copy of the diary kept by the authoress and covers a period during which I also kept a diary, and I also was in Russia during that period.
Many of the statements I find in the diary kept by me during 1917 and 1918 seem, at this present date, to be almost impossible and at least incredible. Imagine satisfaction in finding much in A World Can End which accurately confirms the statements made in my diary and now doubted by me.
It is a well-known fact that some persons visit a country foreign to them, stay a short time in one small part of it and then write a book purporting to describe peoples and customs of that country. This is an effort of a different sort, but I will begin by quoting what a Russian friend said to me while I was in Russia:
Foreigners amuse me very much; they come to Russia, remain a month or three months and then claim they know Russians. Why, we Russians do not know what we will do tomorrow or next week.