Interesting Ceremonies on the Yard This Morning.
Yesterday, one of the crew of the Russian ship Lena met death by accidentally falling through a hatch on board. The unfortunate man was dead when picked up by shipmates, having fallen a distance of forty-two feet.
He was buried on the yard this morning with full naval honors.
At 9:45, the cortege left the ship, headed by the Station Band playing the ever-beautiful Dead March in Soul. Immediately in the wake of the band, came a company of the U. S. Marine Corps; after these came the hearse, containing the remains around which was wrapped the flag of the Russian Empire. The hearse was followed by a file of the shipmates of the deceased, the officers in full uniform, and Captain Berlinsky in the carriage of Admiral McCalla. Sailors, carrying immense wreaths, preceded the ships chaplain, who was arrayed in the flowing robes of his order, a long tunic of black velvet, trimmed in broad silver braid, with black stole and black head gear. The priest carried a large crucifix of dull gold. Following him came the Lenas crew, while another company of U. S. Marines formed the rear of the procession.
A very noticeable feature of the proceeding was a large double cross, carried by one of the shipmates of the dead man. This man walked behind the file of marines. The cross was of hard wood, the upper arm being at right angles with the upright, while the lower was placed diagonally through the upright.
Naturally, the funeral was of much interest to Americans, showing as it did, the customs of the Russian people.
The Vallejo Evening Chronicle, November 2, 1904.