The Little Grandmother of the Russian Revolution: Reminiscences and Letters of Catherine Breshkovsky

By Ekaterina Konstantinovna Breshko-Breshkovskaeiia; Alice Stone Blackwell | Go to book overview

CHAPTER IV

CATHERINE now made all her preparations to start out as a missionary of revolution among the peasants. She invited two comrades to go with her, Masha Kalyenkina and Yakov Stephanovitch.

Stephanovitch was one of the most sincere among the young revolutionists. He was a boy of twenty, tall and broad, with an open, honest face, and lips so thick that he was often called "the White Negro." He was very silent. He was the son of an intelligent priest, who was an inspector over thirty schools, and who had secured positions for many revolutionists as teachers.

Stephanovitch had fitted himself to be a shoemaker and cobbler. Masha had gone among the dye-workers and painters and learned their trade. Then she taught it to Catherine. This was an itinerant trade, and hence well suited to revolutionists.

One bright morning in July, 1874, the three set out together from "the commune." Interested eyes watched them from every window, as they passed down the narrow street. All three were dressed as peasants, and carried packs on their backs, containing a few coarse garments and the tools of their respective trades. They were provided with false passports. Catherine's passport described her as forty years of

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  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Chapter I 1
  • Chapter II 12
  • Chapter III 27
  • Chapter IV 41
  • Chapter V 59
  • Chapter VI 76
  • Chapter VII 89
  • Chapter VIII 103
  • Chapter IX 111
  • Chapter X 123
  • Chapter XI 133
  • Chapter XII 148
  • Chapter XIII 178
  • Chapter XIV - George Lazareff to Miss Blackwell. December 20, 1911. 213
  • Chapter XV 236
  • Chapter XVI 276
  • Chapter XVII 310
  • Appendix 331
  • Index 339
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