Dr. Russell's Case Against Vladimir.


The Russian Church Fight in Court.


The Prosecution for Libel on Trial in Judge Rix's Court.


The bishop in court

The charge of criminal libel which Dr. N. Russell preferred against Bishop Vladimir of the Russian Church came up again yesterday in Judge Rix's court.

Eugene Hahn, a reporter, testified that he had interviewed the Bishop in relation to certain telegrams which Dr. Russell claimed to have received from the Holy Synod of Russia referring to the approaching recall of Bishop Vladimir. The latter pronounced the telegrams to be forgeries. The reporter testified as to the accuracy of the interview which he had with the Bishop, and which was published the following morning.

"Did the Bishop say that the telegrams were 'made out of whole cloth'?" demanded Fisher Ames, counsel for defendant.

"He spoke in broken English, of course, but he said either that or something which meant exactly the same thing," was the reply.

"Did he say that the forgeries were 'foisted' upon the public?"

"He used a word to that effect."

The reporter here stated that the Bishop spoke such poor English that in writing the interview he was obliged to frame the answers in good English. The Bishop did not give the interview with very good grace.

Dr. Nicholas Russell, the complainant, then took the stand and testified to the genuineness of the telegrams. He also testified as to the contents of a letter from the ober-procurator at St. Petersburg to the archimandrite in this city, and verified the copy which he made of the letter.

The doctor admitted that Russell was not his original name, but that he had adopted the name while living in Roumania.

An attempt was made by the defense to make the witness admit that he had good reason to believe that the letter was stolen from the archimandrite by some one, but Dr. Russell firmly maintained that all he knew was that the letter in question was copied by a friend who brought it to him in confidence.

Judge Rix decided that he need not betray the confidence of that friend by revealing his name.

As one of the telegrams in question was supposed to have been received by the Russian Vice-Consul, it was stated that that official meant to avail himself of his consular right not to appear in court with the paper.

The hearing was then adjourned until to-morrow at 2:30 P. M., when Dr. Russell will go on with testimony for the prosecution.

San Francisco Chronicle, Wednesday, September 30, 1891, p.10:5.

Illustration: The Bishop in court.

Reprinted in the Holy Trinity Cathedral LIFE, Vol. 2, No. 1, September 1994.

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