Kerensky, the new Minister of War and Marine, was looked upon by every one as the only man who might put matters right with the soldiers and persuade them to fight. He adopted Tolstoi’s principle not to oppose himself to evil. One of his first acts when he became Minister of Justice had been to abolish the death penalty. He was only thirty-six years of age, and was known for his extraordinary energy and eloquence; but his health was so delicate that the doctors gave him only two more years to live.