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Trapped in 'Black Russia'

Letters June-November 1915

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Author: Ruth Pierce
Published: 1918
Language: English
Wordcount: 30,279 / 92 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 66.3
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 483
Added to site: 2008.04.04 20485

The thrilling experiences of an American girl in wartime Russia. One of the great "human documents" of the war.

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ks of the infidels in olden times. From all over Russia and the Balkans pilgrims go there to visit the catacombs, where many church saints are buried, their bodies miraculously preserved under red and gold clothes--so the priests say.

The road leading to it passed the barracks, where we saw young recruits drilling. They were learning to walk, and their arms swung stiffly and self-consciously, and their legs bent at the knees and straightened again like the wooden legs of mechanical toys. As they marched, they sang wonderful Russian soldier songs. They appeared to be about twenty-three or twenty-four, as though they had got their growth, and were tall and broad-shouldered--not at all like the batch of Austrian prisoners we passed a few minutes later, and who looked like pathetic, bewildered children, beardless for the most part, and in uniforms too large for them. They shuffled along in a cloud of gray dust under a metallic sun. Some were slightly wounded in the head or arm, and were supported by their



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