Excerpt from What I Saw in Russia
I started from Moscow on my journey across the plains on the 2nd May. The trains were running four times a week as in times of peace, and as they do at present. There were seven officers on board the train, a few officials, and three war correspondents besides myself - Lord Brooke, Reuters correspondent, M. de la Salle of the Agence Havas, and Mr Hamilton of the Manchester Guardian. I made the acquaintance of the officers, who were friendly in the extreme. There was, however, in this paradise a snake in the shape of a merchant from Vladivostock, who, I was told, was fabulously rich. His avocations led him to read the English newspapers. He was consequently appalled by the fact that the representatives of the Morning Post and Reuters Agency were going to the seat of war.
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