Part One - The Duma in Session
The Cossack's lands were free from taxes. Each male at birth received a small parcel of land to hold in perpetuity. The Duma, against the wishes of the Czar, decided to tax these lands. After a bitter argument, the Czar yielded. The day he signed the degree he signed his abdication, just as surely as he signed the actual document at Pskoff. The Cossacks answered him by saying: "we have defended you for the last time against your own people; when the next revolution comes we shall fight with the people." The picture shows the Duma in Session, It will be noticed that every man is in uniform.