"For my own part, I told Lauderdale we were nothing without the Bosphorus, 'the key of our house, as your Emperor called it." "He spoke of Russia, if I don't err," said Duchesne, with an insinuating air of correction. "Pardon me, you are wrong. I know Russia well. I travelled through the steppes of Metchezaromizce with Prince Drudeszitsch.