The News Causes Profound Sorrow at the Russian Embassy.
Washington, Nov. 1. -- The announcement of the Czars death brought profound grief to the Russian legation at Washington. Official word came late in the afternoon in the following cable from the Minister of Foreign Affairs:
St. Petersburg, November 1.
It has pleased our Lord to recall to him our most beloved sovereign, Emperor Alexander III. He died at Livadia this afternoon, 20th October (1st November at U.S.A.).
The Minister communicated the information to the State Department, but owing to the absence at the time from the city of the President, who was squirrel shooting, it is probable the message of sympathy and condolence from President Cleveland will not be sent until to-morrow.
Prince Cantacuzene said that history in time would pay its just tribute to the merits of Alexander III. He had given Russia what she most needed -- peace and quiet. For ten years there had been nothing heard of the nihilists except in the inspired attacks of malicious persons. The Emperor had gone freely among the people unguarded and unattended. He was in the habit of driving with the Czarina in a sleigh through the public streets. The sentiment of affection of the Russian people toward the Emperor constituted a protection much stronger than police protection could afford. The previous Emperor had been guarded by the police and yet he had met assassination, while the late Emperor moved openly among his people until he died, to their universal grief.
It is not yet determined whether religious ceremonies will he held in Washington in commemoration of the Czar. There is no Greek church here, and the one at New York is not connected with the established church of Russia. At San Francisco Bishop Nicholas is at the head of the Greek church diocese of Alaska. At the time Alaska was owned by Russia the Greek church was established there, and since the purchase of the country by the United States the many Russians there have continued their devotion to that church. It is probable that Minister Cantacuzene may ask Bishop Nicholas to come to Washington and hold memorial services similar to those held on the death of President Carnot, but there is some doubt as to the Bishop's taking the long trip.
Embassador Patenotre of France paid a high tribute to the late Czar, whom he described as the warm friend of France, whose people would feel his loss almost as much as the Russians. Mr. Patenotre is acting dean of the diplomatic corps, but he says there will be no formalities observed by the diplomatic corps beyond calling and expressing sympathy to the Minister.
Upon receipt of the official notification of the Czars death Mr. McAdee, Second Assistant Secretary of State, Acting Secretary in the illness of Secretary Gresham, called upon Prince Cantacuzene and conveyed verbally to him the condolence of the President and the Secretary of State. A formal letter of condolence from Secretary Gresham will be sent to him later. The members of the diplomatic corps all called and left their cards at the Russian Legation to-day. The only visitor received there this evening was Assistant Secretary McAdee.
Prince Cantacuzene has telegraphed to Bishop Nicholas of the Greek church of Alaska to inquire if he can come to Washington and hold a memorial service to the Czar. No reply has been received from him, and it is not definitely known whether he is in San Francisco or Chicago. It is proposed to hold the memorial service at the Russian Legation, as there is no Greek church in Washington.
The Morning Call[San Francisco], Friday Morning, November 2, 1894, p. 1.
Reprinted in the Holy Trinity Cathedral LIFE, Vol. 2, No. 3, November 1994