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'Why not? I express my opinion without hesitation; we must undo . . . yes . . . undo all that has been done.'

'And the emancipation of the serfs.'

'And the emancipation ... as far as that is possible. On est patriote on on ne l'est pas. "And freedom?" they say to me. Do you suppose that freedom is prized by the people? Ask them——'

'Just try,' broke in Litvinov, 'taking that freedom away again.'

'Comment nommez-vous ce monsieur?' whispered the general to Ratmirov.

'What are you discussing here?' began the stout general suddenly. He obviously played the part of the spoilt child of the party. 'Is it all about the newspapers? About penny-a-liners? Let me tell you a little anecdote of what happened to me with a scribbling fellow—such a lovely thing. I was told he had written a libel on me. Well, of course, I at once had him brought before me. They brought me the penny-a-liner. '"How was it," said I, "my dear chap, you came to write this libel? Was your patriotism too much for you?" "Yes, it was too much," says he. "Well," says I, "and do you like money?" "Yes," says he. Then, gentlemen, I gave him the knob of my cane to sniff at. "And do you like that, my angel?" "No," says he, "I don't