Sat. 15 YM men left for Samara. We spent entire night before packing. Mr. Anderson came for our trunks at 9 a.m. We had meeting with Anna Vaselina & R.S.S. to arrange for carrying on the work. Our teachers were much distressed and all of us felt heart sick at the turn of potential events.
Clara and her YW colleagues arrived in Moscow from Petrograd on December 1, 1917. The YWCA of Moscow opened its doors to Russian women and girls in a quiet but impressive ceremony on December 30. Through January and most of February, the American women establish themselves in an apartment, settle into routines, and start classes: “On the first of January  we began our class work, opening fifteen classes in English, French and Russian languages, arithmetic, stenography, chorus and gymnastics… Thus far we have 165 registrations, “ reported Bessie Boise to the YWCA’s New York office.
On February 14, the Bolshevik government synchronized the Russian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, used by the western countries. In effect, February 14 (Russian) became February 1 (Western). This simplified communications for the Americans in Moscow. In general, February 1918 in Moscow was tumultuous. Factory workers took up arms against managers and owners, the Bolsheviks struggled to solidify power, and American nationals in Moscow were told to prepare to evacuate south to Samara.