By Francis McCullagh
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Another Russian of our party was still more affected by the oratory. He was a young bluejacket, Makarov by name, who had been quartered on us by a Jaeger Colonel in order that he should attend to several of that officer's lady relatives who had been placed in our charge . The Colonel had assured us that Makarov was absolutely Bolshevik-proof, and certainly he was a very handy and active youth . Unfortunately he became so mad-drunk on the Bolshevik oratory that he heard and on a considerable quantity of raw alcohol which he imbibed that he forthwith declared himself a Red, threatened to murder every officer in the carriage, and went roaring up and down the corridor with a revolver .
None of us had enough spare force even to think of anything else . In ordinary times a sleigh can travel from Bolotnaya to Taiga in one day, but we took three days owing to the fact that we made a detour to the north in order to avoid the traffic, and for the same reason we travelled most of the time by night . Owing to the roughness of the road and to the number of gullies, camouflaged with snow, which had to be crossed, we were frequently thrown off our sleighs, and several of us got lost for a considerable time in the forest .
We saw thousands of weaponless men pass in the space of a few hours . Korff, the Russian officer attached to our Mission, said, " These three men should be shot," but a few weeks later he himself was an officer in the Red Army . We felt sure that the Three were not alone, and we afterwards discovered that, behind a hill some 6oo yards off, was a small detachment of Reds with several machine-guns . Rs . (Social Revolutionaries), and that they would soon allow us to pass, we were only amused at first by this extraordinary scene ; but we were rudely disillusioned when one of the Three, a soldier with a red ribbon in his busby, entered our carriage and announced that he was the representative of the Soviet Government (Sovietsky Vlast) .
A Prisoner Of The Reds by Francis McCullagh