A physician detected signs of tuberculosis, and directed that she go to Saranac Lake for her health. Ivanoff arrived at Saranac Lake about six weeks ago, staying at hotels and later at a cottage. The expenses of a nurse and attendants drew on Ivanoff's funds, and he wrote to friends for assistance.
Finally the young wife died, and her body was taken to the morgue. There it lay for eleven days, because Ivanoff expected funds and would not allow the village authorities to place his bride in potter's field. His grief bordered on frenzy as he visited the post office, hoping against hope for assistance.
He finally wrote the Russian Consul, and after a day's investigation, funds were provided by the congregation, of the Russian church of St. Nicholas of New York, whose pastor is Rev. Illia Zoftkoff. That church raised $115, and the remains were taken to New York and the funeral held from that church.
He was kept under surveillance in New York, but succeeded in getting away one morning and tried to escape to his own country without paying his indebtedness at Saranac Lake, which amounts to about $250 for board. An officer brought him back Saturday.