National Geographic : 1926 Nov
RUSSIA OF THE HOUR Photograph by John E. Wilson WITH ARMS FULL OF FLOWERS AND FOLIAGE TO DECORATE A RUSSIAN HOME Even the gateposts of a Russian home are frequently decorated with limbs and branches, and refugees used to attach branches to the box-cars in which they traveled. the portieres, walks to the yamen door, or escorts him to the courtyard gate and his waiting ricksha before shaking hands. RUSSIA A TESTING GROUND FOR THEORIES Whether the system of State-owned trusts, industrial and development; mar keting through thirteen syndicates and eventually reaching the consumer through big cooperative organizations, and a rigid State monopoly of all foreign trade, which should be so efficient and economical in theory, are not cumbersome and wasteful in practice is being demonstrated. Soviet Russia will furnish the world test for such economic and political theories. "Citizen, tell me, please, where is the vodka store," a stranger inquired one blustery winter morning as I was hurry ing along at the unseemly hour of 8. No "Spiritorg" sign was in sight in that block, for the vodka stores are not nu merous. "But there's a queue and I don't see any vodka store. I don't understand," he insisted.