Russian Rector Still Believes In Missing Wife


Pens Letter to World Telling of Faith; Swears to Warrant for "Friend."


The Rev. Archpriest Vladimir Alexandrof, rector of the Russian Orthodox Holy Trinity Cathedral, 1520 Green Street, who returned recently from Russia to find his wife mysteriously missing and his bank account of $18,000 gone, addressed a letter to the world yesterday, announcing his faith in his wife and the "everlasting devotion" to her. He denied that he had told police that his wife had eloped with the Rev. V. Dvornikoff. He asked for a warrant for Dvornikoff’s arrest on the charge of having swindled Mrs. Alexandrof.



The letter follows:

October 7, 1917.

Mrs. Rose V. Alexandrof, wherever she may be.

Dearest Wife: October first I returned from Russia finding you missing. I know from your letters your desire to join me in Russia. No matter what may have happened to you, please know my absolute faith in your goodness, truthfulness and love for me and children and pay no attention whatsoever to the slandering false stories.

Nobody believed them, as your noble and exemplary record of wifehood and motherhood for twenty years with me, known by many, stands well in your favor, and if you fell victim of prearranged criminal plot of robbery of those whom you and I were helping in their needs and who having robbed you, still, are trying to defame you, please do not for a moment hesitate to communicate with proper authorities and me, as I care so much more for you when you are suffering.

Trust in God’s mercy and help and in my everlasting devotion to you and that soon our hears’ wounds will heal and we will become still happier. My trip to Russia was especially successful. I received special honors for my services to my fatherland in connection with this God-blessed country and have full hope that we shall enjoy life with our dear children better than ever before. My address is 834 Cabrillo street, telephone Pacific 8381, San Francisco, Cal.




Yesterday Father Alexandrof sent a telegram of similar import to Anthony Lutnicki of the Russian Consulate in Chicago, where he believes his wife has gone. He states she left alone for that city on July 20.

Father Alexandrof says that when Dvornikoff came to San Francisco, the latter only had $1.50 in his possessions. Father Alexandrof, just before departing for Russia, asked Mrs. Alexandrof to be kind to Dvornikoff and his sick wife. The Rev. Alexandrof says he gave Dvornikoff about $30 to buy food and also permitted him to live in the parish house, which was empty.

On his return from Russia, when he found his wife had left San Francisco, Father Alexandrof heard that Mrs. Dvornikoff was living with her parents in New York in poor circumstances. Though he had suffered a heavy financial loss himself, he sent her a check for $100.

The San Francisco Examiner, October 8, 1917, Monday, p. 3:4