Foreign Affairs: Bread, Bologna, Fish & Soldiers

After speeding 5,000 miles through Russia and over the new "Turksib" railway connecting Turkestan and Siberia (TIME, June 9), members of a pioneer U. S. party of tourists and newsfolk last week cabled two preliminary conclusions:

¶ Fresh meat, sugar and butter are scarce to the point of extreme rarity in the interior, but black bread, bologna and fish seem fairly plentiful.

¶ But the peasants are learning a painful caution about black bread. It is made of rye. Russian rye is subject to ergot rust. Sometimes only one or two grains of the rye...

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