In some of the great grain-producing States of the West movements have already been organized to collect flour and meal for the relief of these perishing Russian families, and the response has been such as to justify the belief that a ship's cargo can very soon be delivered at the seaboard through the generous cooperation of the transportation lines. It is most appropriate that a people whose storehouses have been so lavishly filled with all the fruits of the earth by the gracious favor of God should manifest their gratitude by large gifts to His suffering children in other lands.
Benjamin Harrison (1833–1901), U.S. president. Special Message to Congress, January 5, 1892. A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, 1789-1897, p. 213, Government Printing Office (1898).
Famine existed in huge areas of Russia in 1891-1892.