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The cruelties and massacres at Dorpat (liberated Jan. , produced an anti-Bolshevik feeling among the Esthonian soldiery. A Finnish loan and war material from Great Britain helped to arrest the enemy's advance 30 m. from Revel, and the Bolsheviks were driven out of the country in the course of a month. But fresh forces were threatened Latvia having become Bolshevik all along the 300 m. of land frontier. With the help of the British navy, which Dec. prevented the Bolshevik fleet from taking Revel, it again in May to land forces in the rear of the enemy (Luga river) in cooperation with Russian anti-Bolshevik forces, a cooperation which tended to grow less close towards the autumn The commanding town of Pskov was taken when an unexpected incident threatening a new German danger necessitated military operations in the direction of Riga.

Educational work (theatres, libraries, museum, literary society). The figures for 1917 were: 99 societies of mutual credit with 42,606 shareholders; 98 cooperative supply stores with 15,052 members; 12 agricultural cooperative societies with 2,018 members; 138 cooperative milk societies. A wholesale cooperative society is preparing for large activities in timber, flax, fish, vegetables and manufactured goods. Before the war Esthonia and northern Livonia were almost self-supporting in regard to foodstuffs.

Except Baltic Port, which is to be declared a free port, all Esthonian seaports are icebound for some time of the year. , capacity of tonnage 55,000, warehouse area 1,333,005 sq. ft. is the most important. , and shipping of a total tonnage of 145,000 can be berthed. Special harbour dues, 4d. per each % % ii the shipping which gross registered ton. For the first half of 1920 entered Revel was 709 Esthonian ships, net tonnage 27,886; 29 German, net tonnage 18,653; 107 Finnish, 16,860 tons; 47 Swedish, 10,001 tons; Danish, 6,882 tons; 2 American, 5,055 tons; I French, with 91,524 net ton1,190 tons; British none.

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