The Kirghiz with whom we stopped was very well off. . . . After some tea our host asked me, “Where is the Ak Padsha now, the White Tsar Nikolai?”|
“He and all his family, the Tsaritsa, their daughters and son, have been killed by the Bolsheviks,” I answered.
The old man gave a deep sigh . . .“And you . . . Are you one of the men of the regime of Nikolai?”
“Yes, of course,” I replied. “I detest and despise the Bolsheviks.”
The old man . . . began to blink and a tear rolled down his cheek, while the rest of the family sobbed . . .
I was deeply touched by the scene. On this remote frontier of the Empire, . . . a family of nomad herdsmen was weeping for the tragic death of their White Pasha, as the Tsar was known.
In which period of time did this scene take place?