PASSAGE TO RUSSIA
IF REED had no idea what he would be doing a month hence, he knew well enough what he would like to do. Within two months after the abdication of the Tsar, he had begun to change his opinion of the Russian revolution. "We make our apologies," he wrote in the Masses, "to the Russian proletariat for speaking of this as a 'bourgeois revolution.' It was only the 'front' we saw, the wished-for consummation of Kapitaltum. The real thing was the long-thwarted rise of the Russian masses, as now we see with increasing plainness; and the purpose of it is the establishment of a new human society upon the earth." Something new had appeared in Russia, the Soviet of Workers' and Soldiers' Deputies, and Reed felt with the certainty of a good journalist that here was the decisive factor in the country's future. He wanted to go to Russia.
Louise Bryant, returning from France with news of the kindling of revolt in half a dozen countries, was eager to go to Russia with him. Personal difficulties forgotten, they hastened, in the first fortnight of August, to find the means for the trip. A press syndicate was willing to make Louise Bryant its correspondent, but the whole newspaper world was afraid of Reed. He battered at editors in New York, Baltimore, and Washington, but without success. Easnnan was eager to have him represent the Masses, but the Masses could not pay his expenses. Finally, friends of the magazine, notably Eugen Boissevain, raised the money. Less than a year before, Reed could have gone almost anywhere in the world for almost any paper in the country and been paid almost any sum he wanted to name; now he