Thursday, May 22, 2008

Russian Ignorance


Somebody was speaking before Count de Mitkiewicz of the ignorance which prevails among the lower classes in Russia.

"Ah, yes, that is very true," said he, "and it reminds me of a letter I had from a friend in St. Petersburg. It was written just at the time when the late czar's death was first rumored. My friend approached a private soldier in the street and asked him if he were sorry about the emperor's death. The soldier saluted.

" 'My lord,' he said, 'I have not yet received my orders!' " — Washington Post.

Virginia Slims

The young women sent out as wives for the Virginia colonists in 1620 brought from 120 to 160 pounds of tobacco apiece, with tobacco being worth 3 shillings a pound.

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