Mr. Peirce to Mr. Gresham.
St. Petersburg, October 23, 1894.
(Received November 6.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith copies of the certificate of the death of Stanislaus Krzeminski and of the certificate of the attending physician, stating the cause of his death to have been pneumonia, which have been received by me this day.
I will forward the originals with the other documents relating to the case as soon as these latter are received by me.
The United States consul at Warsaw in forwarding these papers writes me the letter, a copy of which I append.
In my letter of the 9th instant, to the consul, I endeavored to impress upon him the importance of using dispatch in reporting to the legation as to the cause of Krzeminski’s death, certificate of which, it appears, he then had in his possession. I have therefore requested him to explain the delay in transmitting this document. It may, perhaps, be fair to infer that he did not consider the report upon the cause of death complete without evidence as to the cause of the disease and identification of the dead.
With regard to his telegram complaining of the delay in obtaining official papers, I at once, on its receipt, called upon Baron Osten Sacken at the foreign office, Mr. Chichkine being absent, and requested that telegraphic instructions be given to the authorities at Warsaw to facilitate and expedite the investigations of the consul, and obtained his promise that he would endeavor to secure this.
I observe that my predecessor in office, Mr. G. Creighton Webb, appears as witness to the signature of the attending physician. Mr. Webb had been active in informing himself regarding Krzeminski’s imprisonment, and before he left here told me that he had been informed [Page 548] by the minister of the interior that the unfortunate man would be released after certain formalities had been observed. This tallies with the statement made to me by the adjoint of the imperial ministry of foreign affairs before I informed him that I had been notified by the United States consul of Krzeminski’s death.
What information Mr. Webb may have obtained regarding the case when he was in Warsaw and witnessed the signature of the physician on October 3, I do not know.
I have already instructed the consul to obtain all the information possible regarding Krzeminski’s imprisonment. As it is not impossible that the disease may have been induced by exposure, I shall now request him to visit, if possible, the exact place of Krzeminski’s incarceration and report.
I have, etc.,