CHAPLAIN OF LENA DIES SUDDENLY ON BOARD
The Departure of the Russian War Ship Is Delayed Until Tuesday in Consequence.
Wasily Osipoff, chaplain on the Russian cruiser Lena, which has been interned here since September of last year, died suddenly early yesterday morning of heart disease. The body was brought ashore in the Lenas launch. The funeral is to take place to-day from the Greek Church, on Powell street. Chaplain Osipoff had been complaining for the past two weeks, but his condition was not considered serious. He joined the navy at the outbreak of the war with Japan.
The Lena was to have sailed at noon to-day for Vladivostok, but on account of the death of the chaplain will postpone her departure until noon next Tuesday. She is in first-class trim and ready for any voyage, and all hands aboard seem anxious to get away for a Russian port after their long stay here. Any rumored disaffection among the men is denied by those on board, all the men being in the best of rumor. This was shown yesterday by the enthusiasm with which the sailors coaled the ship. It is further noted that sixty of the Lenas sailors were given shore leave last Friday, every one of them returning on time to the vessel. Two sailors who deserted while the Lena was at Mare island have voluntarily returned to the ship.
Captain Ginther and the other officers of the Lena laugh at a story that was published to the effect that three of the Lenas men were to be hanged from the yardarm upon the vessel putting to sea. They declare that nothing of the kind is to be done, and that none of the men is even in irons. All the men are in good humor, they declare, and all look forward with eagerness to the time that they will reach Russia and be enabled to join their families. S. F. Chronicle.
The funeral of the deceased Chaplain took place with naval honors in San Francisco Sunday. Interment being at the Greek Cemetery.
The Vallejo Evening Chronicle, Monday, October 30, 1905.