I've been formulating an essay in my mind (what's left of
it). I intended to describe an unnamed village in Mexico where violent criminals
rule--they've bought the mayor and police chief. What's a sensible citizen to do
but protect oneself and one's family? A high wall, concertina wire, guard dogs,
weapons readily at hand etc. Reform? Forget it, there's nothing one can
This is, of course, an analogy for how most of us feel about
corruption in DC. We see the problem. We see how it has destroyed our democracy.
It is our nation's most serious problem, blocking effective action on all other
issues. But what can we do? Complain? Get others to understand the problem and
feel miserable as we do? Or, simply hunker down and live with it?
After supporting Lawrence Lessig for years and, more
recently, Rootstrikers, I came to the conclusion that the organization is all
about bemoaning the problem--defining it and following with details ad nauseam
in the hope that by some, undefined, process this would lead to a solution.
Recently, I conducted an informal survey of friends and acquaintances finding
that, while they understood the problem and agreed on its importance, they had
no idea of what to do (Rootstrikers approach seen as hopeless). Further, they
tended to prioritize all political problems in accordance with their belief in
an achievable solution to same. All of this led me to the 'despair' in the title
of this piece.
But wait, there's a glimmer--not the end of the tunnel--not
yet. My hero (I'm not kidding), Lawrence Lessig, has evolved a plan and, I'm
hoping will build on it, which brings some of us to action. To understand,
you'll need to watch the video of his interview with Bill Moyers (I'll provide a
This (my) piece has a dual purpose: the first, to let you see
that there's hope; there's some real action here--some movement. Maybe we should
all get involved. The second purpose is to persuade Lessig that he needs to do
more--give every voter a way to express their disgust at the polls-- a way to
show support for the purpose of Rootstrikers-- for Lawrence Lessig and his
campaign (write-ins, anyone?).
Don't give up. As a token of my continued support, I'm
sending another modest contribution to ROOTSTRIKERS.
The link is to a Bill Moyers interview with Lessig. The first
half deals with the NSA (Snowden) scandal. Here it is: WATCH THE VIDEO.
is now available
in paperback. You can obtain it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble (use title and my
full name). Or, from me $12.00 post paid.
Overcast, warm and humid. Air-conditioning broke down. Checking with the Cortland Travel Center, Travelzoo, Sherman's and Kayak for a vacation deal to Alaska. Only live things zipping around in this weather are flies and mosquitoes, and the birds who eat them. Right about now, the north pole may not be cold enough. Don't know what's wrong with those morons in Albany. They recently passed a plethora of laws which affect all of us, but forgot the one to lower humidity. We hear it was introduced by Senator Sham, but the bill died in committee. Guess the campaign money wasn't there to support it. Speaking of political campaign contributions, our state legislature in session this year appeared unaffected by the heat of public opinion. Approving a four-casino measure for statewide referendum, they voted not to exclude casino operators' political campaign contributions which may influence the referendum. They actually bragged about it and called it governmenttransparency. It is.
Standard, Thursday, November 9, 1899.
AN AWFUL WRECK.
MILK TRAIN ON D. L. & W. R. R. AND TROLLEY
Kennedy and Frank M. Newton of Homer Both Killed—Motorman
injured — The Trolley Car Smashed to Splinters—The Milk Train Derailed and Traffic Interrupted.
The first fatal accident that has happened at
the crossing of the D., L. & W. railroad tracks and the tracks of the Cortland
& Homer Traction company between Cortland and Homer, since the opening of
the electric road, occurred at about 11:15 o'clock this morning and two persons
were killed and one injured. The killed and injured are: Miss Margaret M. Kennedy of Homer, 53 years
old, killed instantly. Frank M. Newton of Homer, aged 36 years,
both legs cut off, died at the Cortland hospital in twenty minutes. Olney P. Chrysler of Homer, motorman of
electric car, injuries about head and knees, probable internal injuries; lies at
Cortland hospital in a semi-conscious state; may recover. At a few minutes past 11 o'clock this morning
when electric car, No. 20, left Homer for Cortland, it had three passengers:
Miss Kennedy, Mr. Newton and Charles Taylor of Baltimore, Md., a representative
of Sperry, Jones & Co. of Maryland, a firm dealing in investment securities.
Its conductor was Orson B. Smith of Cortland, and the motorman was Mr. Chrysler
who was injured. At about the same time southbound milk
train, No. 198, on the D., L. & W. R. R. consisting of the engine, five
milk cars and caboose, left the Homer station. At the junction of the two roads
a collision between the milk train and electric car resulted as above stated, the
electric car was literally smashed into kindling wood and the train was thrown
from the track, and ran south over the ties and came to a standstill with the
engine 35 rods from the point of contact at the crossing without overturning either
engine or cars. A number of people were in the vicinity at
the time of the accident. A STANDARD man was at the scene within twenty minutes
from the time of the catastrophe and found lying in the center of the highway
the bruised, broken and mangled remains of Miss Kennedy covered with some
blankets. The body of Mr. Newton, and the injured motorman had been brought to
the Cortland hospital in an electric car sent up from the carbarn for that
purpose. Mr. Thomas H. Kennedy, the dead woman's brother, with whom she lived
on the Scott road four miles north of Homer, soon arrived and identified the
remains as those of his sister. He said to The STANDARD man that he had brought his sister to Homer on
her way to Cortland to attend the funeral of Mrs. H. A. Bolles. Just as they drove
into the village of Homer, a car was leaving, and she made the remark that she
would wait for the next car as that
would bring her to Cortland in plenty of time.
MR. TAYLOR'S STORY.
Mr. Taylor, the only passenger to escape
with his life said that when he boarded the car in Homer he noticed Mr. Newton
sitting at the front end of the car. He was acquainted with him but, saw that
he was busy reading a paper and did not go forward to speak to him, but sat
down just inside the rear door on the east side of the car, facing the D., L. &
W. tracks. He noticed also the one lady in the car, Miss Kennedy, sitting about
midway on the opposite side. After leaving the business portion of Homer,
he noticed the milk train and wondered which would reach the crossing first,
the car or the train. The conductor was standing on the rear platform
except when he came in to collect the fares. Mr. Taylor says that train and car
approached the crossing at the same time, and that the car seemed to slacken
its speed a little as it struck the curve leading to the crossing, but not to
any extent. He positively affirms that the car did not stop. Seeing that a collision was imminent, he
rushed out of the rear door and leaped from the platform, landing squarely on
his feet without injury. He was followed, he says, by the conductor, and then
the crash came. The car and engine seemed to him to strike
the crossing at the same time, corner to corner, and the car was dashed to
pieces, the body of Miss Kennedy being hurled forward out of the debris and
falling limp and lifeless between the tracks in the highway. The train went on
and after it had passed he saw Mr. Newton lying on the track about 40 feet
south of the crossing, with both legs cut off just above the knees, and the blood
coming forth in gushes from the portion of the limbs remaining. He did not know
whether the whistle of the railroad engine was sounded or not and added that if
it was blown he might not have heard it, owing to the noise of the electric
Andrew Filer, the D., L. W. flagman at the
crossing, said to the reporter that he stood on the track in the highway
flagging for the milk train, and also saw the approaching electric car. He
heard the train whistle, and says that the car did not stop for the conductor
to go on ahead to flag as is
the usual custom. When the two came together he ran to the north and east side
of the track and highway to avoid being caught in the wreck, and saw the conductor
and Mr. Taylor jump from the rear platform.
MAN ON A WHEEL.
Fred Fisher, of Homer, was coming to Cortland
on his wheel, and reached the crossing before the train, alighting there for
the train to pass. He was standing in the angle formed by the junction of the
two tracks, he says, and saw the two coming together. It looked to him as though the electric car was
lifted several feet in the air and then dashed down to the ground a broken,
splintered mass. He says the car did not stop before reaching the crossing, and
the train did not slow up.
WHAT THE ENGINEER
The milk train was in charge of Engineer S.
S. Carpenter, and Conductor I. B. Preston. The fireman was Wm. Hunt. To The STANDARD man Engineer Carpenter
said that they left Homer about ten minutes late and were running at a lively
rate. He saw the electric car approach the crossing and he blew the whistle and
rang the bell as usual but did not slacken the speed as he supposed he had the
right of way. Just before the collision he saw the
motorman turn to the right and look out from his platform up the track at his
train, which was then but a few feet away from the crossing. He
had already set the brakes suddenly and reversed his engine. The sudden setting
of the brakes snapped them in two and the train plunged along for 35 rods,
tearing up some of the rails and loosening the ties, but not overturning any of
the cars. The pilot is gone from the engine, and also
the headlight and number at the end of the boiler. Both the latter lay in the
ditch near the engine on the left side of the tracks. The steps of the forward milk
car were torn off. The road bed was so badly torn up between the two tracks
that the rear cars were sunk to the axles in gravel. None of the train crew was injured. The
wreck blocked traffic on both tracks of the road temporarily, but a wrecking
train from Syracuse is at the scene this afternoon righting things up and
traffic will be resumed tonight.
SEEN AND HEARD FROM
Mrs. William A. Smith, who lives just north
of the crossing and east of the highway says that just as the crash came she
was passing from the kitchen to the sittingroom In the front part of the house.
She heard the crash and ran to the window. As she reached this she saw Conductor
Smith standing east of the trolley car track and north of the D.,L. & W.
tracks about two rods from the flagman. She distinctly remembers hearing the
conductor of the street car shout to the flagman, "Why didn't you flag
that train?" and the flagman replied "I did, and I hollered for you to
stop." She says that at that time the flagman was vigorously waving the
flag and shouting at the top of his lungs.
MR. COPELAND SAW IT ALL.
Mr. Frank Copeland, of Homer, was on his way
to Cortland and was at the crossing when the accident occurred. He drove down
on the west side of the track some distance ahead of the electric car. As he
crossed the street car track he saw the flagman at the railroad crossing and
knew that the train was approaching. He stopped opposite the driveway just south
of W. A. Smith’s residence to let the train cross ahead of him. He
says that the flagman was waving his flag and that he heard him shout to the
motorman to stop the car before it reached the crossing. He also says that the
street car did not come to a stop and he did not see the conductor get off the
car before it reached the railroad track. The electric car was right at the
middle of the track when the milk train struck it. Mr. Copeland jumped from his wagon, hitched
his horse and was the first person who reached the wreck. As he expresses it
"the streetcar was all smashed to splinters." It was knocked clear
off the track and the main parts of it lay in the roadway north of the railroad
track. The first person he saw was Charles Taylor, the
man who jumped from the rear platform just before the crash came. Miss Kennedy
was dead when he reached her side. The body lay between the north and south
bound tracks in the midst of the debris of the street car. He next came to
Motorman Chrysler who lay south of the track and who was unconscious when be
reached him. While bending over the motorman he heard a groan from another
person, a little further down the track. He crossed over to where he was lying
and turning the head so that he could see the face, recognized Mr. Newton. Both legs were cut off and he does
not think that Mr. Newton recognized him. He heard him say. "My God, this
is awful." Mr. Newton was lying between the north and south bound tracks
close to the rail and the whole train must have passed over him. As soon as Mr. Copeland discovered who the
injured man was he hastened to Homer
as fast as his horse could take him to convey the news of the accident to Mr.
Newton's father, Mr. Charles O. Newton. "It was the most awful sight I ever
saw," said Mr. Copeland, "and I hope I may never again be called upon
to witness such another accident."
HOW C. L. GRIFFITH SAW IT.
Charles L. Griffith, who is a salesman for
H. M. Hopkins, the grocer, was delivering goods at the North Cortland House.
Mrs. Kernan, the wife of the proprietor, said to him, "There is something the
matter at the crossing. The milk train is stopping and people are running that way."
With Mr. Kernan he jumped into his delivery wagon and ran his
horse up to the crossing. The train was just coming to a stand. The car was in
kindling wood. Miss Kennedy lay dead in the road fifteen feet southeast of the
main pile of wreckage of the car. Fifteen or 20 feet further south along the
railroad and on the west side of the tracks lay Motorman Chrysler on his face
unconscious. About 20 feet south along the track beyond the carriage crossing
sat Mr. Newton on the east rail of the south bound track. His face was resting in
his hands and he was groaning, but as Mr. Griffith approached Mr.
Newton looked up and saw him, and recognized him. "Hello, Mr. Griffith."
he said, "for God's sake help me. Can't you do something for me?'' Then he put his hand down toward his legs,
and for the first time seemed to notice that they were gone. He groaned as he looked.
The blood was spurting from the mangled legs. The right leg seemed to be torn
and shredded all its length and muscle was cut away so that bones showed. The feet
were partly gone. The left leg was gone above the knee. Mr. Griffith got some cord from his wagon
and tried by a stricture to stop the spurting of the blood. Very quickly a
special car came up from the barn. He helped to carry Mr. Newton on board and
came down with him to the hospital; he was conscious all the way. No one there
seemed to know him. Mr. Griffith knew he had seen him before, but couldn't tell
where. On the way down to the hospital he said he was Frank Newton of Homer,
and then they knew who he was. Mr. Griffith at once asked him if his wife was
with him on the car and he replied "No, but I can hardly breathe, I can scarcely
speak." As they carried him into the hospital he said "Oh, it is so hard
for me to breathe." He passed away about five minutes later.
THE CORONER SUMMONED.
Among the first to be notified was Coroner
Frank H. Green of Homer. He took note of the situation of affair [sic], and
viewed the dead body of Miss Kennedy and ordered it removed to the undertaking
rooms of Briggs Bros, in Homer. He will makean investigation in his official capacity to locate if possible
the responsibility for the deaths. This becomes the duty of the coroner alone,
coroner's juries having been abolished Sept. 1. The injured motorman and Mr. Newton were brought
to the hospital where they were attended by Drs. Higgins, Somberer and Carpenter
of Cortland and Bradford of Homer. Mr. Newton died within five minutes after being
taken into the hospital. The physicians found Mr. Chrysler suffering from cuts
and bruises on the lips and forehead, also about the knees. He was in a half
conscious condition and kept inquiring what had happened. It is feared that he
also suffered internal injuries which may prove serious. The wonder is that he was not killed
outright as he was hurled several feet south of the wreckage. He was reported
as resting comfortably at the hospital as The STANDARD went to press. After viewing the body of Mr. Newton at the
hospital Coroner Green directed its removal to Briggs' undertaking rooms at
Homer and it was taken there at 2 o'clock this afternoon. Conductor Orson B. Smith when seen by a STANDARD man, refused to talk about
the affair, but said that the car did not stop, though he thought it slackened its
General Manager Westcott of the Cortland &
Homer Traction Co. was soon on the scene and directed the clearing of the wrecked
car. He refused to talk about the matter, saying that he had not had time to
learn the exact facts. He stated that the directions for the motormen are to
stop 100 feet from that crossing and wait for the signal that all is clear from
the conductor, who is directed to go ahead to the steam road tracks with his
flag and see if trains are approaching.
Mrs. Kennedy was 53 years of age, and made it
her home with her brother, Thomas H. Kennedy, who brought her to Homer this
morning. She was also a sister of John H. Kennedy of 31 Charles-st., Cortland
and an aunt of Mrs. L. N. Hopkins and Messrs. J. B. and T. J. Kennedy of Cortland.
Frank M. Newton was the only child of Mr.
and Mrs. Charles 0. Newton of Homer. He was 36 years old last April. On Nov.
24, 1898, he was married to Miss J. Hortense Olney, who was the daughter of a
former pastor of the Congregational church in Homer. His wife and parents
survive him. He was one of the most highly respected of young men in Homer.
MOTORMAN CHRYSLER'S CONDITION.
Chrysler is resting easily at the hospital as The STANDARD goes to press. As he regained
consciousness he inquired if he was at the hospital and where the "other fellow"
on the car was. He has not made any statement in reference to the wreck and
does not know how serious an accident has happened. His physician thinks that his
injuries will not prove fatal unless some farther complications arise.
FIXING THE RESPONSIBILITY.
of the responsibility will be left for an official investigation by the proper
authorities. It was a very sad affair, and everyone connected with it in any
way exceedingly regrets its occurrence. The wrecking train arrived from Syracuse at 2:30 P.
M. and the work of clearing up the wreck was immediately begun. It is almost
impossible for one who has not seen it to conceive of the havoc wrought with
that trolley car. It was simply kindling wood. The momentum of the train was
great and the smash must have been something awful. Part of one of the
vestibules lies near the engine, 85 rods down the track. Pieces were strewn in
every direction. Hundreds of people have viewed the wreck
this afternoon and the trolley cars have been pushed hard. The crossing of the
railroad tracks is not interfered with. The car that was demolished was one of the
pair built by the Cortland Omnibus & Cab Co. and was one of the best cars
on the road. It had been refinished only a few weeks ago. Editor recommends: Cortland County Traction by Richard F. Palmer and Shelden S. King. (A
dditional research about the accident and a photo of the accident scene are in the book.)
deaths and forty-seven prostrations as a result of heat was the record in New York yesterday. The official mercury rose 1 degree higher than in Cortland
and was 94. Syracuse claims to
be the second hottest city in the state with official mercury at 89 degrees,
but both New York and Cortland
pictures will be shown at Cortland park tonight. There will be a change in
program and new films will be used.
12 trolley cars leaving McGraw for Little York Pavilion (1907). Photo courtesy of McGraw Historical Society.
Cortland Evening Standard, Saturday, July 11, 1903.
ROUND TRIP ONE FARE.
For a Continuous Ride
on Trolley Cars on Either Division.
Beginning today the Cortland County Traction
Co. will give continuous round trip rides on through cars on both Homer and McGraw
divisions of the road for one way fares, provided that the trip is made purely
for pleasure and the person riding does not leave the car at any point on a
trip. This rate will be maintained every day in the week during the heated
season and is not confined to any particular car. The trip may be started from
either end of the two divisions. This will afford a fine pleasure trip at a
small expense, the round trip to or from Homer being only 10 cents and the same
for McGraw On all warm days and evenings open cars will be run on the McGraw division.
Tickets may be purchased on the cars.
July 1903 a wire story about a woman masquerading as a man appeared in newspapers across the United States.
criminal trial revealed the sex of Miss William Ray, the young woman who
succeeded in passing herself off as a man for eight years in Prentiss County,
Gatlin, a farmer in the neighborhood, was arrested and placed on trial for
assault and battery on William Ray. The testimony was conclusive.
Ray’s eyes were blackened and his face badly cut. A
verdict of guilty seemed probable when Gatlin threw himself upon the mercy of
the jury with a plea, always strong in southern states, that Ray had been too
intimate with Gatlin’s wife and he had assaulted him on that account.
was not nonplussed, but met the charge by declaring and proving that he was a
woman. Gatlin was bound over to the circuit court under bond.
Ray, as the story ran, gave the Boonville authorities much annoyance by
insisting on going back to trousers. After her appearance in the Gatlin case
she was arrested, but there was no law in Mississippi forbidding a woman from
masquerading as a man. She was released.
there is much more to this story than was revealed. Give it some speculation. The possibilities are
Cortland Evening Standard, Saturday, May 23, 1903.
DISGRACE OF RUSSIA.
Denunciation of Massacre by Maxim Gorki.
SUPPRESSED BY PRESS CENSOR
Article Then Sent to the St. Petersburg Correspondent of a German
Paper—Blame For the Atrocities Placed on the Authorities and Cultivated
May 23.—Maxim Gorki, the Russian novelist, recently wrote an article on the
Kishineff massacres for Nijni [Nizhny] Novgorod newspaper, but the censor refused to
allow its publication. Gorki then sent the article to the St. Petersburg
correspondent of the Frankfort Kliene Presse which prints it. The article is as
"Russia has been disgraced more and more frequently of recent years
by dark deeds, but the most disgraceful of all is the horrible Jewish massacre
at Kishineff, which has awakened our horror, shame and indignation.
"People who regard themselves as Christians, who claim to believe
in God's mercy and sympathy, these people, on the day consecrated to the resurrection
of their God from the dead, occupy the time in murdering children and aged
people, ravishing the women and martyring the men of the race which gave them
"Who bears the blame of this base crime
which will remain on us like a bloody blot for ages? We shall be unable to wash
this blot from the sad history of our dark country. It would be unjust, and too
simple to condemn the mob. The latter were merely the hand which was guided by
a corrupt conscience, driving it to murder and robbery.
it is well known that the mob at Kishineff was led by men of cultivated society.
But cultivated society in Russia is really much worse than the people who are
goaded by their sad life and blinded and enthralled by the artificial darkness created
now the duty of Russian society, that is
not yet wholly ruined by these bandits, to prove that it is not identified with
these instigators of pillage and murder.
therefore, all who do not want themselves to be regarded as the lackeys of the
lackeys and who still retain their self-respect, come and help the Jews."
Cortland Evening Standard, Saturday, May 16, 1903.
VICTIMS REACH 1,000.
Sixty-Five Killed In Russian Anti-Semitic Riots.
SOCIETY TOOK PART IN LOOTING.
Over 300 Victims Maimed or Crippled For Life—Damage to Property $510,000—London
Jewish Paper Charges Russian Government With the Responsibility—News Suppressed.
London, May 16.—The victims in the Kishineff
massacre number 1,000, according to the latest information received by the
Jewish Chronicle of London.
Of these at least 65 were
killed, and more than 300 maimed or crippled for life. The damage to property
is estimated at 1,000,000 rubles (about $510,000).
The Jewish Chronicle says editorially:
"We charge the Russian government with
responsibility for the Kishineff massacre. If Europe does not on the present
occasion disassociate itself from the leprous taint of this barbarian power it
writes its humanity down a sham and its civilization as organized hypocrisy.
"The cardinal fact of the whole tragedy
is that the massacre was organized and abetted by Russian authorities. The
killing and pillaging was done under cover of the troops and the police. During
the two days the massacre lasted the governor did not leave his house.
Telegraphic communication with St. Petersburg was stopped.
"All the participants in the slaughter—who
were chiefly imported hirelings— wore red shirts. An eyewitness is quoted as
saying: 'The police and troops formed circles in the center of which the slaying
and looting was going on, the police pointing out the houses of the Jews to the
"The newspaper Weschod of St.
Petersburg was suppressed for printing the facts.
"Jew baiting is now spreading
throughout southern Russia, stimulated by stories of so-called ritual murders.
The judicial inquiry into the massacre is not intended to disclose the facts,
but to smother them up."
CAUSE OF OUTBREAK.
Result of Agitation by Anti-Semitic Newspapers.
St. Petersburg, May 16.—The outbreak at
Kishineff was the direct result of the inciting of the anti-Semitic papers in
The mere plundering, although it has
beggared thousands of wealthy people, pales before the fiendish crimes committed
in those parts of the town that were inhabited by the poor Jews.
The survivors are sorrowfully exploring the
wreckage of their homes and property for the bodies of lost relatives. The
walls of the houses are splashed with blood and brains.
When the miscreants had stolen everything of
value they then in cold blood, set about murdering and maiming women and
children. The hospital mortuary presents an unusual spectacle. The bodies of
the dead had been mutilated with indescribable barbarity.
The Viedomosti [Vedomosti] reports: "Where the mobs
were thickest were men and women of Russian society, persons in gloves and
clean linen and with intelligent countenances. The riots were no surprise, but
were well organized."
The Novosti, a non-Jewish paper, says:
"While the plundering of large warehouses was in progress, women belonging
to the 'better' class appropriated the contents, which they made up into
parcels. The suffering is unparalleled."
Not one single Jewish shop or dwelling
escaped. These Jews were the wealthiest, most cultured members of the community,
numbering 60,000 souls. They would have been well able to defend themselves had
not their fears of impending attacks been allayed by the assurances of the vice
governor of Bessarabia, so they took no precautionary measures.
The shops are still closed, these Jews having
now but one occupation— hospital and cemetery. In the buildings where bread Is
being distributed are hundreds of Jews without shelter and almost naked.
Russian Ambassador Count Arthur Cassini
Cortland Evening Standard, Tuesday, May 19, 1903.
Explains Feeling of Peasants Against Jews.
PREFER TO BE MONEY LENDERS.
Will Not Work In the Fields—Attempt to Establish Jewish States—Ambassador
Says Russian Government Gives Same Protection to Jews It Does to Other
Washington, May 19.—Count Cassini, the Russian ambassador, in a conversation
with representatives of the press relative to the Jewish troubles in Russia,
"There is in Russia, as in Germany and Austria, a feeling against
certain of the Jews. The reason for this unfriendly attitude is found in the
fact that the Jews will not work in the field or engage in agriculture. They prefer
to be money-lenders. In this capacity he takes advantage of the Russian peasant
whom he soon has in his power and ultimately destroys. It is when the patience
of the peasant is exhausted that a conflict between peasants and Jews occurs.
"Emperor Nicholas I sought to help the Jews by ordering the
establishment of agricultural colonies in Southern Russia, hoping to induce the
Jews to engage in agricultural pursuits instead of money lending, but the effort
was not successful; nor have other projects establishing Jewish states been
"There are many good Jews in Russia and they are respected. Jewish genius
is appreciated in Russia and the Jewish artist is honored. Jews also appear in
the financial world in Russia.
"The Russian Government affords the same protection to the Jews
that it does to any other of its citizens, and when a riot occurs and Jews are attacked
the officials immediately take steps to apprehend those who begin the riot and
visit severe punishment upon them. In the past Russians have been punished
severely for attacks upon Jews. But notwithstanding these conflicts the Jews
continue to do the very things which have been responsible for the troubles
which involve them."
Continuing the conversation the ambassador said:
"The Russian readily assimilateswith the people of all other races, andif
he cannot assimilate with the Jewit is apparent
that the fault must liewith the Jew and not
with the Russian.”
ambassador's attention was called to the statement contained in press dispatches
from St. Petersburg to the effect that a ministerial decree had been issued
forbidding the Jews arming themselves for their own protection.
have received no information regarding the nature of the decree," he said,
"but I know that when the facts are made known it will appear differently
and will be shown that the decree does not discriminate against the Jews. The
fact that Lieutenant General Raaben, the governor of Bessarabia, has
been called to St. Petersburg shows conclusively that the Imperial authorities
are seriously regarding the recent occurrences at Kishineff and are taking prompt
measures to punish the guilty and prevent repetitions of these disturbances.”
Cortland Evening Standard, Friday, June 5, 1903.
UNITED STATES AND RUSSIA.
Against Kishineff Disorders Excite Russian Newspapers.
Petersburg, June 5.—The relations between the United States and Russia are much
discussed here. The Novoye Vremya prints a signed leading article, headed
"Russia and America," which says:
"The United States, from time to time, enters the arena of the
anti- Russian propaganda, which finds favorable soil in its politically unripe
population, without governmental traditions and carried away by the successes
of its new imperialistic policy.
Siberian prisons, the Manchurian open door, the Kishineff disorders, all of
these serve as a pretext for the anti-Russian meetings, so advantageous to
Russia's enemies. While Secretary Hay's stubborn Anglophilism lends
governmental importance to the claims of the various groups of American traders
and missionaries in the Far East, our diplomatic agents' activity in America
must take a different course from the diplomacy of Europe.
must create a party and explain our designs and position, not only to Mr. Hay,
but to the people also, which is always the same. They must act through the
American press which, notwithstanding its defects, seems to be not only the
mirror but the lever of American public opinion."
editor of the Syromiatnikoff says:
"Thrice In America have been found hearty Russian sympathies; but Russia
remains dumb while the American papers are filled with all possible accusation
against Russia from English, German and Jewish sources. Count Cassini excellently
defends our political interests; but he cannot undertake a newspaper
controversy, so the accusations remain unanswered."
article concludes by advising Russia to publish in English the relations
between America and Russia since the time of Catharine.