THE SLAVONIAN

Volume 1, Number 1, May 16, 1870.

San Francisco, California.

Editorial Department.

OUR BOW.

California, with its productive soil and genial climate, attracts a great many emigrants from Europe and the Eastern States, and amongst them there are not a few belonging to the great race of the Slavonians, of which Russia is the representative power in Europe. This Slavonian element here, though still proportionately small, is already showing hopeful signs of steady increase and social development. They have incorporated a benevolent society for the purpose of mutual aid and to obtain pecuniary resources to erect a Church, where they may worship God according to the Orthodox Eastern rites. In this they have been so far successful that at present, with an increased number of members, they have a chapel of their own, where on Sundays divine service is held by an Orthodox pastor, sent hither by the Russian government at the request of the congregation. To satisfy their social wants another society has also been incorporated, whose object is to open a reading club, where all may meet for friendly intercourse, and find interesting dailies and journals, both of this city and also from Russia and Slavonia.

Owing, however, to the limited resources of the congregation, the fulfillment of the main object of the former society, the erection of a temple of worship, would have been deferred to some indefinite time, had not the Russian government, with its customary generosity on such occasions, stepped forward and promptly responded to their appeals for material aid, assistance, and relief. The promises of that government have been realized; for under its patronage a very considerable sum of money has been Iately raised in Russia, by a subscription, for the building of an Orthodox Church in our midst, and San Francisco has been selected as the seat of a Russian diocese, under the superintendence of an Archbishop.

This sudden expansion of the Slavonian element in our community on the one hand, and the sincere friendship that happily exists between the two great nations, the Americans and Russians, on the other; the proximity of Siberia, and Kamtchatka, with which San Francisco has opened a steady commercial intercourse; the prevalence of the Russian element in Alaska; all these facts, supported by the urgent requests of our intimate friends here, have induced us to start this semimonthly paper, which we, for the convenience of our various readers, have been necessitated to issue in three languages.

The English part will contain useful and interesting information upon Russia, the Slavonian countries, and Greece, regarded in a political, religious, commercial, and social aspect. The Russian part will, for the benefit of our Russian readers here and abroad, be mainly devoted to a description of the United States, (California in particular) its institutions, social life, commerce, political and religious associations, etc.; and the Slavonian (Serbian) part will contain correspondences from those countries.

As Russians and Slavonians are scattered all over this continent, and a great many reside in Alaska, and as we shall introduce our paper in Russia proper, on the Amoor River, in Kamtchatka, and in the Slavonian countries, and use our best endeavors to secure to it a wide circulation, it will ultimately constitute an advertising medium of no little importance for merchants, bankers, mechanics, and farmers. We feel confident, therefore, that an enlightened American public, which always shows its sympathy with every honest and deserving endeavor, will not fail to extend to us its liberal patronage, and help support and accept this paper in their business circles as an evidence of our humble aspirations to be useful co-workers with our fellowmen in the great path of human progress.

N. KOVRIGIN, Pastor,

JOS. LUGEBIL,

Editors and Proprietors.

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RUSSIAN IMPERIAL CONSULATE.

Office—No. 619 Montgomery St.

Office Hours—From l0 to 11 A.M., and 2 to 3 P.M.

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CHAPEL OF THE GREEK-ORTHODOX CHURCH, No. 509 Greenwich Street, Nicholas Kovrigin, Pastor. Divine Services on Sundays at 11 o'clock A.M.

Strangers always welcome.

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