Another anecdote that he had
heard in Kharkoff was that of a louse and a pig meeting on the frontier of the
Soviet Union. The louse was going into
Russia while the pig was leaving. “Why
are you coming into Russia?” asked the pig.
“I am coming” the louse replied, “because in Germany the people are so
clean that I cannot find a single place to rest my head. So I am entering the Soviet Union. But why are you leaving Russia?” The pig answered: “In Russia today the people are eating what we pigs used to eat,
so there is nothing left for me, and so I am saying goodbye”. Gareth was to see proof of this in the
market where a slice of doughy black bread was selling at the exorbitant price
of one rouble [(2/-) or equivalent to about 24 loaves of bread in 1933].
Rally that Gareth attended in 1933.