But yesterday the word of a Romanov might have stood against the world; to-day there were only a handful of servants and a few aged courtiers to do him reverence. It was the first time in three hundred years that mortal had addressed this word to a Romanov. The historic document was signed by the Tsar in pencil, between eleven and twelve o'clock on the night of March 15, Marie Antoinette never fully understood—in fact, mildly disdained her adopted people.
The generals surrounding the Emperor concluded—and so must posterity—that Nicholas held that most important conversation, his last state council, with the Tsarina. She now wired that concessions were inevitable. No one will ever what feelings wrestled in the breast of Nicholas II, of the monarch, the father, and the man, when on meeting Alexeiev at Mohilev, and looking straight at the latter with kindly, tired eyes, he said, irresolutely,'I have changed my mind.
For that reason We think it right — and the Imperial Duma shares our view — to abdicate the crown of the Russian state and resign the supreme power.
By the spring of the Duma had become a focal point of opposition to the imperial regime. Under Russia's constitution, there are deputies of the State Duma Article 95each elected to a term of four years Article 96 ; this was changed to a five-year term in late Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters theatlantic.
But the Duma refused to be dissolved. A sorrow's crown of sorrow is remembering happier things.