National Geographic : 1918 Mar
VOLGA RAFTS ARE HUGE Sweeping down through eastern European Russia from a point southeast of Petrograd, firsteast tothegreat bend atKazan and then south past Samara and Saratof to Astrakhan, the Volga, unparalleled by a railroad, and only occasionally crossed byone, isagreat artery oftrade up which move the products of Trans-Caucasia and Turkestan, and down which comes the commerce ofnortheastern Europe bound forsouth eastern Asia. A TYPICAL VOLGA TOWN Photographs byWilliam T.Ellis In times gone by many of the cities of the Volga region were wealthy and prosperous, taking tollfrom arich river trade. Now they are all but starving. It is dishonorable now in Russia to be provident, and unpatriotic to advocate the keeping ofinternational covenants, and pros perity can never dwell in any country that entertains such sentiments.