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The following text appears as an English-language reading lesson in
E. Belova and L. Todd,English: A Textbook of the English Language for the 7th Grade in 7-year and Secondary Schools (third edition)State Textbook and Pedagogical Publishers of the Ministry of Education of the RSFSR, Moscow, 1952; pp. 26-27.


The Autumn months are September, October and November. Autumn is the golden season, when everything becomes ripe, and the woods and forests are red and yellow. Only the pines and firs are still green. Many of the fields are bare already, and the tractors are at work. They are ploughing the fields, they are preparing them for the spring. Some of the fields are green with winter wheat or rye. The snow will cover them with a warm blanket till spring comes.

In early autumn threshing machines are still at work in many parts of our country. Lorries and carts carry the corn to the elevators. In Central Asia the collective farmers gather cotton in autumn, and in Georgia they gather tea.

Building workers work even harder than in summer to make the houses clean and warm for the winter. The coal-miners send more and more coal to the towns and cities, for the workers must have light, warmth and power at their work and in their homes. Winter is coming and we must prepare for it. Work must continue as usual all through the winter.

One of the greatest holidays in the Soviet calendar comes in autumn: the anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution. On November 7th the working people of our great Socialist country celebrate their victory over the exploiters -- the capitalists and land-owners, and rejoice in our country's new victories, victories on the collective farms and in the factories, in literature and art.

Soviet people congratulate each other on the holiday. They go to the demonstration and show their love for their Socialist country, the Soviet Government, the Communist Party and their great leader, Comrade Stalin.

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