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There—it was no use questioning it—sat the men who represent the unchallenged masters for the time being of the fate of that formidable, but very distressed people. The millions of Russia could only be dealt with through them. They could only be brought into contact with the outside world through them. They could only be rescued from hunger and death through them. The treasures of Russia could not be unlocked to the outside world except through them. Peace or war with Russia could only be made through them, and whether Russia marched forward or retreated, whether the 1,500,000 she has under arms marched to-day, and whether the 4,000,000 she has in the background in reserve would march to-morrow is a question whether they obey them or not. That was the first fact that you had to get well into your mind before you began with the business of Russia.