Part One - A Typical Group of Cossacks
The Cossacks are a military organization composed of about ten distinct bodies. They own lands from the Ukranie on the Austrian border to the Amur River in Mongolia. Each settlement chooses a head by election; these in turn elect a man who is head of the district. The district has a Congress which elects one head of the entire organization. General Kaledine was Hetman (head-man) of the entire Cossack forces in Russia. A report of his suicide has reached America.