M. Kerensky opened the Conference with a vigorous speech in
which be appealed to all Russian citizens to unite, as the country was in mortal danger. In face of a powerful, implacable, and organized enemy, Russians must put aside their domestic quarrels, which tended only to disorganize the-nation, imperil the Army, and encourage the separatist ambitions of various nationalities within Russia. The Government would, he said, be implacable in re- pressing any Anarchist attempt to overturn it. Russia had indig. nantly rejected the enemy's proposal for a separate peace, and welcomed the equally definite rejection by Use Allies of the less direct offers made to them. The Russian people would, he said, deal fairly with-the Ukraine and Finland, but would not tolerate any effort on their part to take advantage of its passing difficulties. The Govan-moot would forcibly prevent the reopening of the Finnish Diet, which had been dissolved for showing open hostility to Russia.