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RUSS NATION NOW IN BEST POSSIBLE HANDS
by the reactionary classes, and the
emperor always was being solicited
to extinguish it
Among Americans, probably the
best informed on Russia, its people
and affairs, including its politics, is
Charles R. Crane, multi-millionaire
manufacturer of Chicago. For 25
years Crane spent all his summer
vacations in Russia. Until the war
broke out he never missed a season.
As head of the Crane company he
had large business interests in Rus
sia, but this became secondary to his
interest in the Russian people and
politics, the latter his hobby and his
special study. Moreover, for a long
time Crane has taken an interest in
the radical movement in Russia, an
interest manifested by private but
large contributions, and probably no
important Russian revolutionist has
come to America for the last decade
without reporting directly or indi
rectly to Crane. He has a persorfal
acquaintance with most of the prin
cipal figures in the present revolu
tionary government. The present
foreign minister was his selection to
deliver the Slavic lectures at the
University of Chicago. He speaks
with great familiarity and authority
on all things Russian.
BY CHARLES R. CRANE
Perhaps the most notable and for
tunate thing about the new Russian
government is the way it combines
all the elements necessary to a
strong and permanent government.
The war has brought together the
various radical groups.
The first imperial dumas were
made up of a number of parties, fre
quently having brilliant and scholar
ly leaders, but as there was little co
hesion among the various groups it
was always possible for the govern
ment to play one against another,
and Russia was not very much
helped by its work and outside na
tions were not very much impressed
by its value.
A perpetual fight was made on it
Its fortunes reached the lowest
ebb around 1909 and 1910, and Milu
koff very pessimistically said that he
hoped even the slightest flicker
would be kept alive, for he felt sure
that in the course of time the duma '
would come into its own.
This prophecy has been entirely
justified during the last week.
As the war developed and the in-'
efficiency of the central government '
became more and more obvious and
the position of Russia more and more
perilous, the various groups in the
duma began to poalesce, and finally
they formed a compact government '
of very able and patriotic men, with
great experience and steadiness, who
represent and have the confidence of
all the various groups concerned in
the welfare of Russia, both at home
Milukoff, in charge of foreign af
fairs, not only has a great following
in Russia, but has the absolute-confidence
of all the allies. He has vis
ited this country twice to lecture, '
once in 1901 on Russia and in 1903
on the Balkans. During both of these
visits he made a fine impression on "
many of our leading men, and there' '
is no doubt whatever that he will ac
tively concern himself with every"
reasonable effort to put our relations
with Russia on a firm and enduring'
The revolution has come about in '
characteristic Russian fashion, en-
tirely free from brutality, and the"
whole world can feel that the new
Russia ii in the best possible hands.
The Russian people are fundamen
tally very democratic, as 80 per cent
of the people are small landed pro
prietors. They are not only small
landed proprietors, but . they have a
genius for co-operative movements;
and there are a vast number of co:-