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Another interesting article on the aerial protection of the AP and surrounding area during years c1909-1917:

Note the following which relates to the decision of replacing the AP iron roof by S. Danini:
В последний год царствования, по инициативе дворцового коменданта, было решено заменить обыкновенную крышу дворца (из кровельного железа) на укрепленную для защиты от бомбовых ударов. Детальная разработка такого покрытия была поручена архитектору С.А. Данини, при этом планировалось сделать особый спуск над карнизом, который бы, в случае сбрасывания с аэропланов бомб, мог помешать падать им возле стен. В 1917 году должно было состояться осуществление этого предложения.


A detailed descriptive journey by a fascinating woman:  Russia Through The Stereoscope A Journey Across The Land Of The Land Of The Czar From Finland To The Black Sea (1901) Personally Conducted by the Author Mabel.Sarah Emery (born 1858). An excerpt on the Alexander Palace:

Not far from Peterhof is another summer resort of the imperial family, Tsarskoe Selo (The Czar's Village). It has been a favorite retreat of city people ever since the beginnings of life in St. Petersburg. The little town is only fifteen miles from the metropolis, and the fact that the imperial family spend some time here every year attracts each season a large colony of summer residents and a troop of summer visitors. There are two especially interesting palaces at Tsarskoe Selo, belonging to the royal family. We shall see both of them.

Again we must have recourse to the map "Environs of St. Petersburg." There we find Tsarskoe Selo about fifteen miles south of the main city.

40. The Alexander Palace, Tsarskoe Selo.

We come in sight of one of these palaces, the Alexander Palace, as we cross the Lesser Garden of the Imperial Park. It certainly looks like a delightful house, and it is no wonder
the great Alexander was so fond of it. They say he used to live very simply here, with little show or state. One day in his time an English lady was walking down this path where we are now, when two dogs that were being exercised by a gentleman near by ran up to her with doggish curiosity ; she was frightened, and their owner, seeing this, called them off and apologized to her for their bad manners. He seemed a very kindly and agreeable person, so the Englishwoman, being anxious to see all the sights intelligently, asked him all sorts of questions about the palace and the different pavilions and monuments in the grounds. " But most of all," she confided to him, " I want to see the Emperor. Where do you suppose I could catch a glimpse of him? "" Oh, you will very likely see him around here somewhere," her guide assured her. " He often walks here." She passed on and later met an officer, to whom she repeated her question about the
Emperor. "That was the Emperor himself, madam," said the officer, "the gentleman with the dogs."

The same simplicity and hospitality are still kept up in this lovely, rambling park. These little folks sitting on the bank are children of the people, and this park is practically a free, open playground for them and such as they, with boats and swings and all sorts of out-of-door games freely at their command. The privilege does not seem to be abused either, for these embryo Russians, while they love to romp and run like human children the world over, seem to have naturally gentler manners than our young Americans, and can be trusted to keep out of uncouth pranks and destructive mischief.

The young Grand Dukes and Grand Duchesses have their fun here, too. The Duchess of Edinburgh, Victoria's daughter-in-law, is an aunt of the present Czar Nicholas. When she was a little girl the size of our shy friend here on the grass, she used to play about here with her dolls. She and her brothers planted a good many of the willows that grow so abundantly alongside the water-courses (is not that a beautiful tree growing out over the water?) ; for they had the pretty custom of setting out the pussy-willow twigs that were given to them at church every Palm Sunday.



Excerpts on visits to the Alexander Palace from the memoirs of Prof. Dr. Sergei P. Fedorov, St. Petersburg Surgeon who treated the Tsarevich:

The date that I was sent for to the Imperial Palace in Tsarskoe Selo for the first time was the 8th  September 1904.  It was late afternoon around 6 o'clock, and the imperial adjutant who awaited in the front of my home in one of the rare cars at that time seemed   quite excited.  "What is it?”  I asked.  He replied: 'To His Imperial Highness, the Tsarevich.”  For further explanations, he was not forthcoming.  I grabbed my bag and we drove in high speed to Tsarskoe Selo…We reached Tsarskoe Selo and rolled up the ramp. He led me immediately to the rooms of the Imperial family…Doctor Korovin …
"It is the small Tsarevich," he said with a strange uncertainty.  "I'm not a surgeon, but internist.  I have therefore suggested that you see him … "It is a strange bleeding in the umbilical area, which occurred this morning”…

…Three years passed until I was called me again…In October 1907 I was back in St. Petersburg…. I was urgently called to the court …. While other visitors were stopped repeatedly, questioned and their names entered in different books, I was led straight through ignored by the palace commanders, convoys, palace police station, and taken to the private rooms of the Imperial family.  I knew at that time that Dr. Korovin a few weeks earlier had been replaced by Dr. Derevenko... He led me through corridors to a large room, which at that time was deserted.  I had never before, not even in the largest Paris or Berlin exhibitions, seen such a beautiful and precious collection of toys.  It was for the most part for the Tsarevich.  Dr. Derevenko said "It is thought that the Tsarevich would not need to move from his seat to play as on the children's chair are the buttons with which the Tsarevich sets each toy in motion.  He can move ships in the swimming pool and the railways run, he can have the workers move in the mines and traffic on the streets of the city”…It was decided that Rasputin would visit the Tsarevich on this same evening at 9 o'clock secretly. He was led to a side gate at the rear of the palace as the Tsar believed that this side gate was not guarded…

…The visit to the Tsarevich on the morning of the 6th December 1915 was my last ever in Tsarskoe Selo… I left in mid-1916 St. Petersburg and took over a military hospital in the Caucasus. The stay in the Caucasus gave me the opportunity later amid the turmoil of the revolution to escape first to Belgrade and later to Paris. With me I took the personal experience of those three key periods in the life of the Tsarevich…



I know it's been a while since this post has been written, but I have been desperately searching for Professor Sergei Petrovich Fyodorov's memoirs for months. I never found any trace of them and had come to believe that they had never been published as such. Could you give me the references of these memoirs, excerpts of which appear in the previous post? Was it a German translation of an original Russian publication?

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