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(1931) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen Translator: Gerald C. Wheeler - Tema: Russia
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Our commission of five had been in Armenia, and
on behalf of the League of Nations had been
examining how far it would be possible to settle the
Armenian refugees there from Turkish Armenia,
who were now scattered over Europe and elsewhere.
In the night of Thursday, 2nd of July, 1925, wc
were in the tram on our way home from Erivan.
It was still dark, when towards morning the
tram pulled up with a violent jerk, and I heard
people in the next compartment, where my fellow
commissioners were sleeping. They must get ready
at once, they were told; the motor-cars were
waiting to take them to Batum, and the tram would
not stop for long.
What was it all about? and where were wc?
Wc were in Leninakan, and motor-cars had indeed
been ordered for Batum. The Frenchman, the
lively Carle, was at once wide-awake and ready;
it was he who had wired for cars. Dupuis, the
Englishman, not yet quite awake, stood there in his
underwear and protested loudly against this fuss;
he knew nothing about it all, and would not hear
of going by car. Young Lo Savio, the Italian,
categorically refused, turned to the wall and went
on sleeping; while our secretary, the Norwegian
Quisling, who had not to go to Batum, took it all
quite calmly.
The whole question was about the steamer from

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