The new Commander-in-Chief, Lavr Georgevich Kornilov, was far from fitting the conventional image of a Tsarist officer. In appearance he was short, wiry, and exceptionally dark; his features had a pronounced Mongolian cast. The oriental effect of his narrow eyes and low-set ears was accentuated by a black moustache and the square trimming of his small goatee. He moved precisely and quickly, as though to compensate for his lack of stature by the smartness of his bearing and the air with which he carried his uniform.