Death and Inquest Upon a Russian Clergy –The Jury Censure the Management of the City Prison.


On Saturday afternoon, an inquest was held in the case of the Rev. Paul J. Kedrolivansky, until lately Arch-Priest of the Greek Church in San Francisco, who died on the morning of the 18th, at the city Prison Hospital. Deceased was a native of Russia, aged 42 years.

From the testimony given it appeared that the deceased case to his death from cerebral hemorrhage, following a fracture of the skull. On last Monday night the Rev. Mr. Kedrolivansky was at the "Tivoli" with a friend, where he had some beer, and at a later hour visited B. Rosenthal, a tobacconist, on Washington street, where he remained in conversion for a couple of hours. He was at that time somewhat under the influence liquor. Among other things he spoke of being afraid of being out late at night, as he had in his possession a paper which was very damaging to a Russian priest, and that


He exhibited the paper, but did not disclose its contents. At midnight he was in a liquor saloon on Kearny street, but was sober enough to take care of himself. Shortly before two o’clock on the morning of Tuesday special officer Stivers found him sitting on the door-step of a saloon on the corner of California and Spring streets, and endeavored to arouse him, but was unable to do so. He managed, however, to get him on his feet and got him to the corner of California and Kearny streets, where he became so lifeless that he was obliged to sit on a step. He then went for a cup of black coffee to see if he could not rouse him by making him drink it. Before he returned, however, officers Brickley and Hill Saw him, and believing that he was drunk, placed him in a hack and had him conveyed to the Central Station, where he


He was searched and his property, consisting of a watch, keys, and a half dollar, turned over to the prison keeper. One of the arresting officers was positive that he did not take any papers from the prisoner, while the prison keeper who was on watch at the time, was under the impression that he received from the officers, a lot of papers, one, a long one, folded in the centre among the number. At the time of his arrest he had on a suit of dark clothes, which was not soiled, and a silk hat which he wore did not appear to have been damaged. After having been searched the insensible prisoner was picked up by a "trusty," who carried and half dragged him to one of the cells. The prisoner could not give his name, but as the prison keeper recognized him as a man who he knew and who had been previously arrested for intoxication, the prisoner was allowed to remain in the cell until half-past four o’clock in the morning, at which time he was transferred to another cell, in order that the one in which he had been might be cleaned out. He was subsequently returned to the first cell, and all this time he remained


At nine o’clock in the morning the prisoner had not recovered consciousness; so the attention of the hospital steward, an apparently cold-blooded and indifferent prisoner, serving out sentence, was called to him. He examined him and said that he was drunk. The police surgeon came into the hospital at about ten o’clock, and remained till twelve; but neither the hospital steward nor any one else called his attention to the insensible prisoner, although he had given orders to be called to see any person, charged with drunkenness, who had been unconscious for six hours. At half-past twelve, one of the "trusties," also a prisoner under sentence, called the prison keeper’s attention to Kedrolivansky, who was still unconscious. He had him removed to the hospital portion of the prison, and had the surgeon summoned. The man was treated, but he was beyond human help, and died shortly thereafter. W. Welesky, the Consul-General at this port for Russia, who was examined as a witness, said that


and upon which Kedrolivansky is represented as having set a price, was only a translated copy of an affidavit, made by a lady in a suit for divorce, and that he did not think that it was of any value whatever, as the original copy is still in existence. The affidavit contains charges against the moral character of a priest of the Greek Church. This paper was not among the effects received by the property clerk from the prison keeper, and the silk hat which the deceased wore at the time he was arrested has also disappeared, it having been given another prisoner who claimed it.


The jury returned the following verdict: "That Paul J. Kedrolivansky, a native of Russia, forty-two years of age, came to his death from hemorrhage caused by a fracture of the skull produced by some person or persons unknown. We censure the method of keeping prison records which give but little idea of the place where persons are arrested, the loose manner of keeping property belonging to prisoners, the rough manner of handling prisoners who are in a questionable condition, the neglect of prison keepers for not examining prisoners and not reporting sick persons, and condemn the system of employing ‘trusties’ in responsible positions."


of the deceased were held at the church on Greenwich street yesterday morning. The whole congregation was present. The church was simply draped in white and black. The casket, covered with flowers, was placed in the middle of the chamber, and at its head sat the weeping widow. A detachment of sailors from the Russian cruiser Krayser was present, as was also Consul Welesky. The services consisted of chanting a requiem in the Russian tongue. On their conclusion the remains were buried in the Russian Cemetery.

The San Francisco Daily Examiner, Monday evening, June 24, 1878.