If you are going to Zurich, — said Lyudmila, — then we will go together. The boss sent me there to the Beyer Museum. This is Bahnhofstrasse 31. A collection of antique wrist, wall and table clocks is exhibited there. It is necessary to agree on the exchange of technical instruments from a similar exhibition at the Geneva Watch Museum.
Lyudmila recommended Vardan at first to stay at a boarding house opened by Lyudmila Petrovna Shelgunova for Russian political emigrants. A well-known feminist, Shelgunova passionately promoted a woman’s right to personal, spiritual and financial independence. Such an ethic underlay the relationship between the Shelgunovs and Chernyshevskys and was reflected in the novel What Is to Be Done? Pavlovich.
The trip to Zurich was postponed several times due to the outbreak of World War II. When on June 15, 1914, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, Franz Ferdinand, was killed in the city of Sarajevo, Vardan said to Lyudmila in his hearts: “I really didn’t expect that my premonitions would come true so soon.” Not understanding what it was about, she looked at him in surprise. He exclaimed, “This is war!”
At the end of July, the Boyajians finally went to Zurich. Lyudmila Vladimirovna, who accompanied them, for the first time after her father’s death, ordered a memorial service at his grave. She was served by the rector of the Resurrection parish, Father Evlampy, a good-natured-looking, ruddy old man. He also suggested to Vardan to look for work in one of the Provisional Committees for Assistance to Needy Russians; such committees hastily arose in different parts of Switzerland — in Bern, Davos, Geneva, Mongier, Zurich. Their main goal was to support Russian citizens who were taken by surprise in a foreign land by the world war. It was supposed to provide them with benefits for returning to Russia, issue loans, provide free housing, lunches and dinners on credit, at a discount and free of charge.