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The Windsors / Re: Cousin Toria
« on: April 20, 2004, 06:26:29 PM »
I am unsure whether "Toria" did leave behind any memoirs--if she did, someone around here is bound to know!  :)

I know very little about her, myself.  It was probably a very difficult life that she led.  Most historical works paint her as a rather sad old sour "spinster," simply because it's such an easy cariacture (gee I hope I spelled that right) to lean back on.  I suspect she was a much more complicated person than simply "poor Toria."  She suffered from poor health, as did both of her sisters.  I know she apparently nursed an unrequited passion for one gentleman in her brother's government.  And her mother certainly expected her to be a constant companion.  I've always felt rather sorry for her in a way--she seems to have been kept on a bit of a leash by her mother.

Jane

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I found this on today's online edition of The Guardian.  Here is how the Manchester Guardian (U.K.) reported the Revolution in 1917.  No byline on the site.  I will post it in sections due to the length--Jane

How the Bolsheviks took the Winter Palace

Thursday December 27, 1917

When I left the Palace on November 6 I was under the impression that the New Bolshevik rising had completely miscarried. But the next morning the situation changed almost miraculously. It appeared that all the reports which the generals had given to Kerensky were misleading. hardly a single unit in the Petrograd garrison executed the orders given them on Kerensky's instructions. The troops guarding the arsenal joined hands with the Bolsheviks, who got possession of all the artillery and ammunition and enormous stocks of rifles. Every regiment or company of soldiers in the city had passed a resolution supporting the Bolsheviks, who accused Kerensky's Government of wishing "surrender Petrograd to the Germans so as to enable them to exterminate the revolutionary garrison." The Bolsheviks spread the rumours that the government was preparing to move to Moscow. Although a very small minority in each regiment took part in these meetings the effect was to paralyse the Government, because the vast majority of soldiers remained passive. They said they would not interfere in the struggle for fear that "brotherly blood" might be shed. In this way the telegraph and telephone passed into the hands of the Bolsheviks almost without fighting during the night of November 6, and there were no armed forces upon which the Government could rely for its defence. Personally I am under the strong impression that there was a strong element of disloyalty among the military command in Petrograd.

When I arrived at the Palace on the morning of November 7 I found that its food supplies had been stopped, so that the guards had left, being unable to get food. Kerensky had set out on a dangerous mission to bring loyal troops from outside the city.

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