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White-Stoned:"Little Mother Moscow," the Old Russian Capital

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I. SET UP IN MEMORY OF THE PRESENT EMPEROR OF RUSSIA’S FATHER : THE GREAT ALEXANDER III. MONUMENT IN MOSCOW.


2. NAMED AFTER THE TSAR’S FATHER: THE NEW PICTURE GALLERY OF THE EMPEROR ALEXANDER III. IN MOSCOW.


Writing of the old capital of the Russian Empire, Professor Barnes Steveni says, in ” Things Seen in Russia ” : ” Oh, Moscow, Moscow ! White-stoned Moscow ! the Muscovites sing of their beloved and beautiful city-beloved not only on account of its wealth and picturesqueness, but also on account of the great r6le it has played in the history of Russia. Well may the people call it ‘Little Mother Moscow,’ for of all the


cities it has been in the past a refuge and a source of strength and consolation to the Russians in their tragic and terrible struggles . . . There are many cities In Russia older and perhaps more interesting historically than ‘Mother Moscow,’ but she is, as it were, the heart and centre of the Russian People.” Alexander III., who was a son of Alexander II., was born in 1845, and reigned from 1881 to 1894.



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