The intimate connection between Brasol, the Russian monarchistic and anti-Semitic propagandist, and the Grand Duchess Cyril was revealed when a reception was given the Grand Duchess by a number of Russian exiles, hailing her as the “Czarina of Russia.” Brasol, who is the representative of Grand Duke Cyril in this country, was the spokesman of the Russian royalist audience. He told the Grand Duchess that the representatives of the nobility, the army, the bourgeoise and labor were present to proclaim “your majesty as our Czarina.” The orchestra played the hymn, “Hail to the Russian Czar,” which was followed by the Russian national anthem, “God Protect Our Czar.”
The Grand Duchess who, on her arrival, claimed that her visit was of a purely social nature, made public yesterday letters disclosing Cyril’s attempt to win the approval of Maria Feodorovna, Dowager Empress of Russia, and the Grand Duke Nicolai Nicolayevitch for his claim to the Russian throne.
Some surprise has been expressed at the reception given to the Grand Duchess by Mrs. Joseph Pulitzer. It was not expected that the wife of the founder of the New York World, a newspaper which has always been a champion for the ideal of libehalism and democracy, would want to honor a member of a family which will always live in Jewish history by the memory of the bloody pogroms in Russia. The courtesy extended to the Grand Duchess by Mrs. Pulitzer is in great contrast to the attitude taken by the World, which continues to severely criticize New York’s upper social circles for catering to the Grand Duchess. The following sentence from an editorial in the World of December 15th is recommended to the attention of Mrs. Pulitzer.
“Under the aegis of half the Queens and former Grand Duchesses of Europe, the Monday Opera Club during the winter will give a series of parties; and those who are allowed to come will be Society and those who are not asked will be Nobodies. Probably they can survive the ordeal. But can the self-appointed authorities on “fastidious taste’ survive an exhibition of not very good taste?”