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South Bend news-times. (South Bend, Ind.) 1913-1938, April 16, 1922, SOCIETY FEATURES, Image 33

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'At Your Service, Ladies!"
Says Headwaiter Theodore
Lodijensky, Former Major
General and Once
Military Governor of
Moscow. He Works in a
New York Restaurant.
Countess Nierotts.
Chief Lady-in-Waitins
of the Late Russian
Empress, Ha Been
Reduced to Making
Her Own Clothes.
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WLo Is Now a M anicure :
Favorite Wko Is a Public
Nobl ewoman
a Czar s
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Mme. Kaliniua, a
Countess, Is Conducting
a Studio of Russian Art Objects and a Tca
Room and Is Happy in Her New Plane.
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HE waiter in a quaint little cnfTee ?hop just
otT tr." 1 1 i r a t r i ; a I district of New York, lost
control of a loaded trav one cvcninir and
let it rr cr.i.-hw to the lloor.
"Ala.-," ho ?.ihcd, "I never should have done
that if I had watchod my Ukraincan ervant
moiT clooly. Thfy wore perfect at that ?ort of
thins:." Th--1 waitrr. it happpnod, was a Russian
r.hlf who cv.cn had a hou?e in retrograd and
vast acres, in the Ukraine. So the next time your
waiter blunder.- look at him closely before you
administer a rebuke. He, too, may be sulferin
from the handicap of a noble upbrininjr. And
if your laundry shows unmistakable signs of mal
treatment consider a while before you protest.
Th- untrained finders of an impoverished Uu3
sian counters may hive done the damage.
For it is really not unusual these days espe
daily in New York and Chicapro to be waited on
by a Hus-ian general cr to have your clothe3
:r.rnd'd by a countess. The oxploiion in Kussia
propcih'ii the forlorn aristocracy of that fated
land into all the larfrer cities of Kurope and
America. There are lare colonies of them in
Constantinople. Berlin, Paris, London, New York,
Chicago an 1 San Francisco. In practically all
cases .hey came to their new homes erupiy
handod. And in just as rany cases they hava
turned to any task they could find.
Seme of them developed new abilities rapidly.
Others wore tk! fortunate ar.1, aristocrats thousrh
thev are. f;nd th msei.es tied t such task? as
cleaning un stables, washing: cb'thes, making Uc,
cr trimming nails. The noble refugees in Paris
have developed laee making into a considerable
industry. Here are a few stories of what has
happened tn some of these uprooted nobles. Their
experiences bristle with romance, adventure ana
st rubles with hardship. They are typical.
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A motion!?? form lay in a third class com
tment if the nirht train from Moscow to
Petrerrad. Huddled near, sat a woman dressed
in the uniform of the Russian Red Cress. The
train stepped; the door was tlung open, and a
Polshvist ptuurd entered. He poked the figure
on the bench with tr.e butt of his gun and cursed
him.
"Ihtlz-en," expostulated the Red Cross nurse,
"he is a nu.dman in a strait-jacket. I am taking
him to Petre'ra i under special permit."
The pruard examined the permit, found it cor
rect, lucked at the bc-whiskered face of the mad
man, and slammtd the door. The train wen; 03
its way.
The "madman" was Maj.-Ge.n. Theodore Lodi-
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Mme. Elizabeth Girenko, a Relative of the Late
Czar, Is a Manicure In a Chicago Hotel.
Jer.sky, former aide to the Czar, military gov
pmor of Moscow, and an official hunted by tha
entire Bolshevik army. The Red Cross nurse
was his wife. They were on their way to tha
United States and freedom.
They arrived in New York with $50. After
innumerable hardships, Lodijensky obtained work
in a shipyard on Staten Island at 50 cents an
hour. When this work slackened he got another
job. this time in charge of an express company'
stables.
Meanwhile his wife borrowed a few dollars
and opened up a millinery shop on East Fifty
seventh street. Her success was immediate. This
pave the General an idea which flowered in tha
shape of a tea room over his wife's hat shop.
Visitors to this little inn are now greeted by
the Major-General, who in'the capacity of major
domo, ushers them to their seats and insures their
getting proper service.
The Icdijensky3 not only put themselves on
their feet but were, able, through their good for
tune, to offer sanctuary to another noble lady.
In Mme. Lodijensky's shop sits a woman design
ing charming little hats. This woman is the
Baroness von Heppen, once lady-in-waiting to
the Czarina.
Many of the Russian aristocrats who are now
enjoying sanctuary in this country hope that con
ditions will cne day permit them to return to
their homes. Not so with Countess Maria Son
jrayllj Kalinina.
It tock her six months to reach America and
when, she arrived she had only a few jewels and
a stout heart. She capitalized both and now pre
sides over one of the finest art establishments
in New York City. She has no intention of re
turning to Russia sav as a visitor. .She has ex-
Mme. de
ToronofT,
Favorite of
the Late
Czar, Who
Narrowly
Escaped
Death, Is a
Singer for
Her Bread.
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Princess AndronikoiT Making Lace in Her
Humble Paris Home.
animosity toward each other now, but as a result
of a rivalry for the Czar's favor, which once ex
isted between them, a strange seiuer.ee of event3
was started in motion.
It so happened that the Czar's valet, a man
named Boris Schumalki, was madly in love with
Pavlowa when she was head of tha Imperial
Ballet. When Do ToronotT appeared and the
Czar tired of Pavlowa, Schumalki was infuriated.
And when he saw Pavlowa driving away for a
tour of two continents he vowed that he would
make the humiliation of his ruler and the new
favorite his purpose in life.
His time came with the Soviet outbreak. He
made straight for De ToronnlT, dragged her fron;
the palace and turned her over to a squad of
Soviet soldiers. They carried h?r far into tha
country and left her in a tumb'ed-down castla
under the guard of an ugly old crone who had a
personal grievance against the Czar on account
of having been struck once by the Imperial auto
mobile. After days of bread and water diet and
nameless insults., Mme. de Tv.ronc.T managed to
escape and make her way to the house of a fam
ily she had rnee befriended near Petrograd
Through their aid she finally fled the country and
came to Amerira.
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pressed the wish that her seven-year-oid boy
grow up an American citizen and toward that
end she has taken out her first citizenship paper3.
Mme. Kalinina is a countess in her own right.
Her husband was an advocate-general . in the
Russian Army. Their tangerine plantation in
Batum was a rrodel for all other Russian planta
tions, tmt when the Red armies swept down upon
her they made her estates a waste and herself a
penniless widow. They murdered her husband
before her eyes.
The studio which she now maintains on Tenth
ftreet, New York, is a veritable treasure trove cf
Russian art objects. There are draperies, won
derful wood carvings and brass work, tapestries,
rugs and what not, and she herself cooks dainties
and serves tea. Since setting herself up in busi
ness she has had many remunerative commis
sions. Sive for cria thoutrh she would hr per
fectly happy. She cannot forget the plight of
her countrymen who are still in Russia.
Anna Pavlowa, the celebrated dancer, was in
troduced to a Baroness Lyia de Toronoff at a
fashionable party in an eastern city the other day.
She started, then smiled pleasantly, and extended
her hand. She had met the Baroness before, she
said. Though neither mentioned the fact at the
time, Pavlowa and De ToronotlT had met in the
Royal Russian household eleven years ago when
Pavlowa was about to start on a tour cf Eurcps
and America after being released for this pur
pose by the Czar. At the Earn-? time Mme. de
ToronotT was beginning her reign as the Czar's
favorite entertainer.
Pavlowa is now a fixture with American audi
ences, ar.d Mme. ie TcrnrrT hopes to establis-r
Struck by the qaie-t dignity of the manicurist
who was polishing his nails in a Chicago hotel, a
business man of that :iiy made inquiries about
her. He fourd out that she was Mme. Elizabeth
Girenko, a Russian noblewoman said to be a rela
tive of the late Czir.
Her husband was killed in the revolution. Sh;
made her living for a while by sweeping up side
walks. Finally she escaped to Berlin, where she
met a Minneapolis millionaire who paid her flit
tering attentions. In response to his urging sha
came to America and found that he was married.
He gave her money and sent her tn Chicago, bu:
after three months withdrew all support.
Mme. Girenko is contemplating suit against
this millionaire.
After stowing away cn a steamer in a Ger
man port and being sent back from rnid-ocean,
and after finally getting passage again on an
American-bound steamer, the Princess Elizabeth
Tschernitsehew. formerly Miss Elizabeth Schlich
of Louisville, Ky., reef r.tly arrived in New Orleans.
Chen the Reds broke loose in 1910 they -pt
down upon her family in their castle of Niev
Novgorod. Her husband was crucified cn the
castle entrance-, her property, estimated at mil
lions, was seized, and her 12-year-old son was
taken from her. She has never heard from him
since. She walked all the way across Germany.
She stowed away on the steamer Gascanier,
honnd fo New Yorl:. dressed as a boy. F.r five
oays
fo-d
she
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remained hidden
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:n the hold without
v.-pr--d she was to a

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