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No. 3816 August 25, 1917
CONTENTS 1. Thoughts on the Russian Revolution. By Stephen Graham
LONDON QUARTERLY REVIEW 451 II. The Dawn of the Air Age. By Claude
Grahame-White and Harry Harper CONTEMPORARY REVIEW 459 III. Christina's Son. Book II. Chapters VI
and VII. By W. M. Letts. (To be
466 IV. The Question of Alsace-Lorraine.
Ву Ernest Lavisse and Christian Pfister FORTNIGHTLY REVIEW 474 V. Foul Weather. By Fleet Surgeon
CORNHILL MAGAZINE 483 VI. The Raid. By 0. C. Platoon
CHAMBERS's JOURNAL 488 VII. Food and the Frenchwoman. By Marie Belloc-Lowndes
NEW WITNESS 493 VIII. Popular English Literature Today
SATURDAY REVIEW 496 IX. Towards Industrial Peace
ECONOMIST 499 X. The Infanticide
PUNCH 501 XI. The Evolution of Emma. By G. K. Chesterton
NEW WITNESS 502 XII. The Daughter Question
SPECTATOR 505 XIII. In the Name of Charity
SATURDAY REVIEW 507
A PAGE OF VERSE. XIV. In Memoriam. By Frederick Niven .
SATURDAY REVIEW 450 XV. The Cuckoo in Camp. By Eric Parker
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THOUGHTS ON THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION.
It was made possible by the great stupid, more, blind, deaf, divided in war-strain. Two and a half years' himself. . The revolution is accomstruggle with Germany wore out the plished without even the birth of a system. It was so weak at last,
royalist movement, and without even the revolutionaries so skilful, that the prospect that the poor little boy there was no "bloody revolution." Alexis will be a Russian Prince Charles. The Tsar was removed almost, as it In 1902 Tolstoy wrote in a sort of were, by sleight of hand or magic. valedictory letter to Nicholas II that Suddenly the most mighty and mys- however good and wise a Tsar may terious monarch of the world, having be, he cannot rule 130 million subjects. fled from his capital, finds himself The rule was bound to pass out of his running about the streets of a wretched hands into' those surrounding him. provincial town unattended, unrever- A Tsar could not choose disinterested enced, and without mien or bearing; and able helpers, for he knew only a looking like a bewildered townsman few score men who through chance or who had lost his way. He goes into a intrigue had got near him, and were church full of peasants praying, falls careful to ward off all who might on his knees and weeps, prays ardently supplant them. Autocracy. was, in aloud, and then through his tears, asks reality an obsolete form of government, forgiveness of the worshipers. But And yet it. served in time of
peace; they for their part seem stupefied, not and the Tsar did find and use Stolypin quite able to understand who he is or and Sazonof and Bark and many what he means. He goes out into the another able man. It needed two and street once more. A company of a half years of war to show in practice soldiers passes: once they were Tsar- that the system was unfitting for the worshipers, making the sign of, the time, was in fact obsolete because of cross after singing the national anthem these defects which the ancient Tol -“God save the Tsar!" The emperor stoy adumbrated to his brother"
as salutes them --"Hail, my fine fellows!", he called him. But they do not return his salute or In the first splendor of the opening answer to his words. The Tsar was a of the war the Tsar never stood higher; gentle and religious monarch. But he obtained apparently complete forhad he been an Ivan Grozny or a Nero giveness for errors in the past. He one would have thought that the could dispense with his enormous bodyspectacle of the "sacred person" guard and the "ten thousand soldiers” abased would have evoked partisan- to guard him. The anthem was sung ship, the impulse of devotion, at least everywhere and by all classes on the in some; the Tsar's tears would have impulse. These was no hint of revolustarted into armed men, and such a tion. Fortune smiled on Russian arms, force risen behind him that the hand- and her victories and the heroic deeds ful of daring idealists and Socialist of individual soldiers cast a glamour agitators in Petrograd would have been from all Russia upon the throne. At swept away. But no! Fate and the the same time the remarkable vodka circumstances of the time and the prohibition appealed to Russian inaddition of war-sorrows and a strange telligence.,
telligence. Both heart and mind
i glimmering light of new destiny inter- acclaimed the Tsardom, and who vened, making the peasant more could have surmised that these splen