Russian Rambles

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Houghton, Mifflin, 1895 - Russia - 369 pages
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On the whole sympathetic account of travelsin Czarist Russia. Interstng defebnse of censorship including conversations with Russian censors. Hapgood notes even the Boston Public Library practices censorship. Read full review

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Page 1 - IN RUSSIA. WE imported into Russia, untaxed, undiscovered by the custom-house officials, a goodly stock of misadvice, misinformation, apprehensions, and prejudices, like most foreigners, albeit we were unusually well informed, and confident that we were correctly posted on the grand outlines of Russian life, at least. We were forced to begin very promptly the involuntary process of getting rid of them. Our anxiety began in Berlin. We visited the Russian consulgeneral there to get our passports visid....
Page 35 - ... and where the ground still quakes at dawn, it may not contain the largest and best shops in town, and its merchants certainly are not " Guests " in the ancient acceptation of the word ; but we may claim, nevertheless, that it presents a compendium of most purchasable articles extant, from samovars, furs, and military goods, to books, sacred images, and Moscow imitations of Parisian novelties at remarkably low prices, as well as the originals. The nooks and spaces of the arcade, especially at...
Page 16 - Apathy and lack of interest can always be relied upon to brand one as aristocratic. In this case, however, as in many others, I considered myself repaid for following Poor Richard's advice : " If you want a thing done, do it yourself ; if not, send ! " To sum up the passport question : If his passport is in order, the traveler need never entertain the slightest apprehension for a single moment, despite sensational tales to the contrary, and it will serve as a safeguard. If, for any good reason, his...
Page 47 - His legs are too fat to enter the sledge, — that is to say, if his master truly respects his own dignity, — and his feet are accommodated in iron stirrups outside. He leans well back, with arms outstretched to accord with the racing speed at which he drives. In the tiny...
Page 23 - Okhta, possessed of extensive foreign trade, and of a church older than the capital, which recently celebrated its two-hundredth anniversary. It was in 1710 that Peter I. named the place
Page 48 - ... lined with curled white Thibetan goat, or feathery black fox fur, close about her ears. An officer holds her firmly with one arm around the waist, a very necessary precaution at all seasons, with the fast driving, where drozhkies and sledges are utterly devoid of back or side rail. The spans of huge Orloff stallions, black or dappled gray, display their full beauty of form in the harnesses of slender straps and silver chains ; their beautiful eyes are unconcealed by blinders. They are covered...
Page 56 - Broad ice paths have been cleared, whereon the winter ferry-boats ply, — green garden-chairs, holding one or more persons, furnished with warm lap-robes, and propelled by stout muzhiks on skates, who will transport us from shore to shore for the absurdly small sum of less than a cent apiece, though a ride with the reindeer (now a strange sight in the capital), at the Laplanders
Page 40 - — For Christ's sake. People of all classes turn in here for a moment of prayer, to " place a candle " to some saint, for the health, in body or soul, of friend or relative : the workman, his tools on his back in a coarse linen kit ; the bearded muzhik from the country, clad in his sheepskin...

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