National Geographic : 1917 Mar
Photographs by Gilbert H. Grosvenor SCHOOLMASTER AND BOYS: MOSCOW, RUSSIA The percentage of illiteracy in Russia is higher than in any other civilized country. According to the most recent estimates. (198), only 211 persons out of every I,000 can read and write. But these conditions are being remedied rapidly, for a census taken during the last decade of the nineteenth century showed that at that time only 50 out of every I,ooo could read and write. Illiteracy among the women of Russia is far greater than among the men, the proportion being more than two to one. OF SUCH ISTHE EMPIRE OFRUSSIA A kindly, noble raceof tremendous vitality and fecundity, inwhich the leaven of national intelligence hasbegun towork with amazing rapidity and power. Their inheritance isaland offabulous resources and unlimited potentialplenty; thepossibilities oftheir development under a liberal and enlightened government enthrall theimagination. Truly, "the world is all before them now, and Providence their guide."