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Title: The boy travellers in the Russian empire: adventures of two youths in a journey in European and Asiatic Russia, with accounts of a tour across Siberia..
Year: 1886 (1880s)
Authors: Knox, Thomas Wallace, 1835-1896
Subjects: Soviet Union — Description and travel Siberia (Russia)
Publisher: New York : Harper & brothers
Contributing Library: New York Public Library
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN
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A BUSINESS TRANSACTION. EEFORMS OF ALEXANDER II. 171 Having stated tlie business, you invite the man to smoke (everybodysmokes in Russia), and then you hand him the cigar-case and turn yourback to the window, or look intently at something on the table. Hehelps himself to a cigar, and also to the money, and then the affair goeson easily, What a rascally business! exclaimed both the youths in a breath.Doctor Bronson fully echoed their sentiment, and said he earnestly hopedthe condition of things was not as bad as it is portrayed. Alexander II.made a considerable improvement in many things during Iiis reign, theDoctor continued, and it is to be lioped that he reformed the official sys-tem of the Empire in this particular feature.
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PKTEK THE GREAT DRESSED FOR BATTLE. 172 THE BOY TRAVELLERS IN THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE. CHAPTER IX. STUDIES OF ST. PETERSBURG.—MUJIKS.— THE IMPERIAL NOSEGAY.—A SHORTHISTORY OF RUSSIAN SERFDOM.—ITS ORIGIN, GROWTH, AND ABUSES.—EMANCI-PATION OF THE SERFS.—PRESENT CONDITION OF THE PEASANT CLASS.—SEF^ING THE EMPEROR.—HOW THE CZAR APPEARS IN PUBLIC—PUBLIC AND SE-CRET POLICE.—THEIR EXTRAORDINARY POWERS.—ANECDOTES OF POLICESEVERITY.—RUSSIAN COURTS OF LAW. FOR the remainder of their stay in tlie capital Doctor Bronson and tlieyouths were more leisurely in their mov^ements than during the firstfew days. They dismissed the guide, as they felt that they could goaround without his aid, though they occasionally re-engaged him for spe-cial trips when they thouglit their inexperience would he a bar to theirprogress. In thus acting they followed out a plan adopted long before. On ar-riving in a strange city where time was limited, they engaged a guide, inorder that they miglit do the
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