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1901 edition. Excerpt: ...to recall the summary military execution
by the Austrians in 1848? How many victims then perished And no
vulgar conspirators either, but noble warriors who had fought
openly and bared their breasts to the enemy. But of all the
European nations, Spain assuredly holds the palm for cruelty. In
1824, seven Free Masons were there executed, simply for having held
a meeting In 1,831, a young man was hung for having cried "Hurrah
for Liberty " A woman was hung in Granada for having embroidered a
flag with the inscription, "Law, Liberty Equality." Such examples
might be multiplied. But these which I have just cited are
sufficient, it seems to me, to show that the Russian government is
far, indeed, from being as cruel as those of Western Europe. Simply
because it is autocratic, while the others are constitutional, it
enjoys a reputation which it does not always merit. What I have
just said is to prove what I have already advanced on the subject
of the good nature of the Russian people. But, in consequence of
the unevenness of character which is one of their dominant traits,
this habitual good nature may be transformed at times into very
great brutality, as I shall have occasion to point out when I come
to speak of politics. Next to their good nature, one of the most
universal traits of the Russian people is a large share of
melancholy and sadness. The life of the Russian is far from being a
very happy one. The country itself is not cheerful. During six
months of the year, it is shrouded in snow, and, in Summer also,
the coloring is rather dull. The great pine forests which occupy
all the northern part have a melancholy aspect. But even the
caducous species which prevail in Russia (the birch, for example, )
have not very brilliant...
|Country of origin:
Frederick Albert Richardson
||246 x 189 x 13mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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