"THE PEASANT CZAR"
That Was the Title In Which He Glorified.
London, Nov. 1. -- M. de Staal, the Russian Embassador to Great Britain, did not receive an official dispatch at the embassy announcing the death of the Czar until 5 oclock this evening. The Prince of Wales, who together with the Princess of Wales, in en route to Livadia, telegraphed the intelligence from Vienna to the Queen and Duchess of York. The Queen immediately sent a telegram of condolence to the Czarina. The Foreign Office at mid-night had received nothing beyond a short dispatch, which was communicated to Prime Minister Rosebery and the members of the Cabinet. There were many callers at the Russian Embassy, who came and expressed their condolence.
A notable obituary sketch will appear in the Times to-morrow. The author of the sketch of the dead Emperor was on intimate terms of friendship with the Czar, and he says the Czar never had the slightest sympathy with high culture, adding:
"Indeed, the Czar rather gloried in the idea if being of the same rough texture as the majority of his subjects, and if he knew he was sometimes disrespectfully referred to as the Peasant Czar he regarded this epithet a compliment. His straightforward, abrupt manner, savoring sometimes of gruffness, and his direct, unadorned method of expression harmonized with his rough-hewn, immobile features and somewhat sluggish movements. The impression he generally made in conversation was that of good, honest, moderately intelligent, strong-willed man, who might, perhaps, listen to explanations, but who certainly would stand no nonsense from his subordinates nor any one else.
"Only those who have had the privilege of observing him in the unrestrained intimacy of his family, especially when romping with his children or amusing himself with his four-footed pets, could fully realize what a simple, kindly nature was concealed behind a by no means sympathetic exterior."
The writer then alludes to the Czars strong anti-German feeling from the time he was Czarovitz and says: "But he always had pacific intentions. He feared that Russia might be made the victim of a coup detat of the young Kaiser and therefore thought it advisable to make persistent advances to France. But his attitude was strangely exaggerated if not entirely misunderstood by France. The Czar was too autocratic to enjoy hearing the Marsellaise in his own capital and too prudent to ally himself closely with an importunes nation under a weak Government, which was quite ready to make use of an entente for diplomatic purposes. He had no intention of letting himself be dragged into war."
Vienna, Nov. 1. -- The Prince and Princess of Wales arrived here at 5 oclock this afternoon and proceeded to the British embassy, where they were informed of the death of the Czar. The Prince and Princess will continue their journey to Livadia by special train at 10 oclock to-night.
The Morning Call [San Francisco], Friday Morning, November 2, 1894, p. 1