We heard through some Russian people that they were going to kill some more people the next day, so a few of us walked to their killing ground on morning, we had to walk about three miles to get the place and it was an awful sight. All over were people laying around. Some had their arms cut off, others without heads. We came to a ditch where they had them buried and half of them had their arms out of the ground, a lot of them were dug out but dogs and the crows did the rest of them. The way they kill the people is they march them out to the place and they give them a chance to get away but the Cossacks are mounted and they have not the slightest chance to get away. As soon as they let them go they are after them with their sabers. This is the way a poor person has a chance in Russia. And they wonder why they are Bolsheviks.
I was put in Company M. 27 Infantry where I stayed until I was discharged, This was to be our winter quarters as it was almost time for winter to set in. Khabarovsk is 500 miles north of Vladivostok and was a great gold mining and fur district of Siberia. The city had a population of fifty thousand about one third Chinese as this town bordered on the Manchurian line., the line being the Amur River which is the largest river in Siberia. The river runs north into the Okotsh Sea. The river is very wide here as the Sungari River joins here making it over a mile and a half wide. The people live here on the mining and trapping, as the country is pretty wild, there are lots of game here such as Deer, Lions, Panther, Wild Hogs, and all small game. We learned from the English Vise Council that they used to send tons of it to the Royal Palace. About the last of October it got pretty cold and when it did start it stayed cold. We got along pretty good with the Russian people, our only enemy being the Cossacks and we did not love them any too much. During several occasions we had fights with them.
The Cossacks are the former soldiers of the Russian government. They are the only people that have land as they have so much alloted to them for being the Czars guard. They had a habit of declaring innocent Bolsheviks as their prison was full of men and women. When the prison got too full they would take some out and shoot or cut them to pieces.