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His belated story vividly depicts the horror and completeness of Russia's anarchy and the terrible plight of the British, Americans and French in Russia. But it is feared that the situation has become very much worse since, as Mr Dobson states that during August the Bolsheviks were doing everything possible to work up the mob to fury against Allied civilians. Their condition altogether was deplorable. The British were singled out for the worst treatment, being disqualified, outlawed, and arrested, and their property and bank balances confiscated.
The situation in Petrograd is terrible. Anarchy, famine, pestilence, murder, and robbery have become the common terrors of everyday life. Men and women beg to drop dead in the streets from cholera and starvation. The deaths from cholera have reached 900 daily. There is insufficient wood for coffins, and the corpses had to be carted to the cemeteries wrapped in newspapers, and lay unburied for days till the stench became too frightful that the gravediggers refused to go near. There-upon the Bolshevists issued orders for the hated bourgeoisie class to dig the graves. Red Guards promiscuously commandeered groups of them in the streets and marched them to the cemeteries, surrounded them with bayonets, and compelled them to dig the graves and inter the putrifying, naked corpses. Many doctors, nurses, and sisters succumbed to cholera, as medicaments were unobtainable. The lazarettes and hospital wards are in a state of indescribable filth and disorder. The outbreak of cholera started through the consumption of half-rotten fish.
Cargo pilfering ruse
A well-known company of clothiers has discovered another clever method of cargo pilfering (says the Auckland Star). Last week certain cases of clothing were landed upon the Auckland wharves, consigned to them by a costal steamer from Dunedin. The cases were all passed without question as being sound, and their contents intact. But when one of them was broached a small cardboard box right in the bottom of the case was found to be empty, though it was supposed to hold one dozen singlets. There was one small knot-hole in the case, and this was found to coincide exactly with a small hole cut in the corner of the box. It was evident that whatever had been taken from the box was worked out carefully through the knife-hole, and then through the knot-hole, with never a trace left behind to show that the singlets had been stolen.
Sheep losses heavy
Some Mackenzie Country runholders, in getting their sheep back to the runs after they had been down country, as a result of the snow, suffered heavy losses last week, hundreds of ewes dying on the roadside. The sheep were dying so fast that their owners had to stop travelling them, and they sent for officers of the Stock Department in Timaru. The ewes were suffering from ante partum paralysis. - ODT, 27.9.1918.