National Geographic : 1918 Mar
:. .Photograph by William T. Ellis RUSSIAN SOLDIERS ON A VOLGA BOAT: EVENING Creature comforts are almost as unnecessary to the Russian peasant as are sheer luxuries to the people of the western world. He never slept in a bed with springs in his life, a bath tub is all but an unknown quantity to him. Give him a pillow for his head, black bread and soup for his stomach, and simple clothes for his body, and he has fewer worries than the ox that grazes in the pasture. Photograph by Charles E. Beury WAKING HOURS ON A VOLGA RIVER STEAMER "The story of the Volga is the story of Russia. Slav, Tatar, Mongol, and German, all have left their impress upon its banks. Khan and Mogul, the Golden Horde and the armies of the Czars, have written their stories about this water. The tangled tale of Russia's people and history can best be understood when read in the leisurely comfort of one of the steamers on the Volga" (see text, page 245).