Bishop Vladimir’s Supporters Denounce His Accusers.



No inconsiderable quantity of very genuine indignation was let loose at the meeting of the Greek-Russian-Slavonian Orthodox Eastern Church and Benevolent Society last night. About seventy-five members were present, all of whom are warm friends and supporters of Bishop Vladimir, and some very severe remarks were made regarding the character and motives of the prelate’s accusers.

L. C. Jancovich presided and explained in a short address that the meeting had been called for the purpose of obtaining an expression from the members of the society of the general feeling toward the traducers of the Bishop and the enemies of the church.

T. V. Tomanovich characterized the ecclesiastical dignitary as good, noble and intelligent man, and added that if his parishioners did not defend him he might go away, and it would be a long time before they obtained another pastor who would labor so faithfully. He concluded by stigmatizing the Bishop’s opponents as a gang of blackmailers.

J. P. Angjus followed with a heated address, stating that there are eight men who are persecuting the Bishop, and that they are a gang of scoundrels. He alluded to them in turn, declaring that their leader was forced to run away from Chicago to avoid criminal prosecution, and has existed during the years of his residence here upon the charity of the Bishop and the bread and cheese of the free-lunch counters.

M. Dabovich and George E. Dabovich followed, in the same strain, extolling the Bishop and bitterly attacking the leader above referred to as a contemptible specimen and a travesty upon his sex. It was stated that the latter would have Bishop Vladimir summoned before the Grand Jury, in which case the speakers thought the informer would be "hoist with his own people."

L. C. Jancovich introduced a resolution which was unanimously adopted expressing the regret of the society at the conduct of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, through its agent, C. B. Holbrook, in entering a house where fourteen orphans were being cared for and in incarcerating the boys for three months and branding them as criminals. The resolution declared that it was a violation of the law for Holbrook to break into the school, and cruel and unjust to arrest and jail E. P. Alexine, the deacon, and Paul Ligda, the assistant of the institution, as well as contrary to the spirit of the American constitution, an outrage upon the rights of the corporation and a cruelty to the children.

The committee of fifteen appointed at the previous meeting to aid and defend the Bishop was not ready to report and was continued by the Chairman.

The Morning Call (San Francisco), Saturday, October 3, 1891, p. 7:2.