•He came to me and in the most
polite and respectful terms bade
me follow him.“I shall have to take
you to the nearest city, Kharkov.”
•Throughout the journey I
impressed him with the fact that I had interviewed Lenin’s widow, and a number of
commissars and great
panjandrums of the Soviet régime, and by the time we reached Kharkov I believed he was thoroughly
convinced that any real
arrest of myself would plunge Russia and Europe and the United States into a world war.
•For he decided to
accompany me to a foreign consulate in Kharkov and he left me at the doorstep, while I,
rejoicing at my freedom
bade him a polite farewell – an anti-climax but a welcome one.