Mr. Atkinson to Mr. Evarts.
St. Petersburg, May 25, 1877. (Received June 11.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith two copies of an article from the Journal de St. Petersburg, with translation, giving some interesting details of a railway ambulance train which left St. Petersburg last Sunday for the army of the south.
It seems to embrace no feature of distinct novelty in its system, but is faultless in its provision for the needs of those who may have cause to use it. The reference in the article to the work going on with such devotion, for the care and comfort of the soldiers who may be wounded or ill, is not exaggerated, for the glorious deeds of our country, during the war which called the sanitary commission and the Christian commission into existence are being duplicated to-day in Russia, and the fact that noble ladies are picking lint and sewing coarse garments for suffering soldiers, proves that Russia’s best feelings are interested in the war and in the fate of her people. The Empress is pre-eminently at the head of this movement, and both as a sovereign and as a tender-hearted woman, her example places before the people that there are other duties in war than the mere destruction of forces.
I have, &c.,