His Enemies Reply to the Defense Made by His Friends.


To the Editors of the Examiner ­ Sir: In your issue of September 27th appears a reply of the Greek Russian Slavonian Eastern Church and Benevolent Society Committee to the resolutions passed by the general meeting of parishioners of September 19th.

The defense of the Bishop by the said committee is so weak, the arguments so poor, circumstantial and personal, the few facts quoted so mutilated, that we do not even undertake to discuss them.

What we want now to prove and disprove are facts, and not such an argumentation that ³the Holy Synod would have never sent the Bishop if he were bad,² or ³the insurance society would not have paid the premium if the fire were not accidental,² etc. That sort of argumentation of the above committee proves only that Consul Artzymovites was correct when, in leaving the meeting of the above society on September 18th, he said to his companion that he never met such a good collection of ³idiots² before. As for facts, they are now before the courts and the Grand Jury who are certainly more qualified to appreciate them than the above collection of its anonymous committee. What we want to make the general public know through this letter is that the name of the above society is longer than the file their real members can afford to exhibit in procession on Market street; that the largest majority of them are either employees of the church or contractors and purveyors of such merchandise that is particularly appreciated by the Greek Orthodox church sorcerers both here and in Alaska. In private conversations every one of them will tell you: ³We know the Bishop is a fiend, but we have to defend the dignity of his office.² They cannot understand that the dignity of the office in this case is due only to the principle of eternal truth it pretends to represent, and therefore has to fall to pieces when it comes in collision with this same truth and justice.

We close this letter by saying, that it is to Mr. Gopchevitch that the Greek-Russian-Slavonian colony in this city owes the very existence of the old cemetery, which, if it were not for him, would have been sold at auction long ago; also that it would be far more decent and effective if the members of the committee coming in defense of the dignity, of the Bishop's office would give their names to the public.

Secretary of the Committee.
San Francisco. September 28, 1891.

San Francisco Examiner, Tuesday, September 29, 1891, p. 6:6.

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