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Page 171 from Ethel Moir Diary, Vol 1

Moir, Ethel, 1916, Document
Page 171 from Ethel Moir Diary, Vol 1
Page 171 from Ethel Moir Diary, Vol 1
Page 171 from Ethel Moir Diary, Vol 1
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Page 171 from Ethel Moir Diary, Vol 1
Dec: 21st Here we are once more in a delightful Russian troop train. This time our "'appy 'ome" is truly delightful - a horse box! Very dirty, very smelly & very cold. "The Fortunes of War" - cheeryoh! We kicked our heels at a little wayside station all afternoon yesterday, waiting for general Sakaroff [Sakharoff] & his staff to pass. We were sitting in the "feeding room" when they came in, so had a good view of them - they were all attired in very gorgeous uniforms & were very much bemedalled. They ought to know us the next time they see us, for they didn't "half-stare"! Their curiosity proved too much for them, for very soon one of the officers came across & spoke to us & asked a few questions, but we found he already knew about as much about the "S.W.H." as we did ourselves.
From what one of the officers said, things are not as they should be in the Russian Duma. The Tsarina is decidedly pro-German & not for us. Her party - a man of the name of Rasputin & Stürmer [Sturmer] being the chief instruments - are all for peace. Their idea is to make a separate [separate] peace & then declare war against us.
This may read exaggeration to you people at home - but it's not - the army & people are up in arms against the Tsarina & the court party, they who are playing in to Germany's hands.
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20.4 x 16.0 cm
Edinburgh and Scottish Collection