Reaches a Fugitive Cossack Traveling in California


Simeon Ivanow Grin, a young Cossack now in custody of United States Marshal Shine, is wanted in Russia for embezzlement of 25,000 roubles, equal to about $12,500. He was a clerk for a firm at Rostow, on the Don, in Russia, and was sent to cash a check for the sum named. According to the papers in his case, he drew the money and left the city. After traveling in the Orient he arrived about two months ago in San Francisco from Japan.

Grin put up at the Grant Hotel, where he lived quietly for some time, and then moved to rooms on Sutter street. The young man delights to pose before a camera and had his picture taken in almost every town he visited. These photographs he sent to his father and by means of them the police were able to trace his wanderings and finally locate him here.

Horace G. Platt, attorney for the consulate, communicated with the Russian Embassy in Washington and warrants for Grinšs arrest were issued by Assistant Secretary of State Adee.

When the papers arrived here, Grin, who was traveling under the name of Samaska, had gone to Pasadena, where he entered the Polytechnic School. He was traced to that place and taken into custody on Tuesday. The prisoner will arrive to-day from Los Angeles and Judge De Haven will certify the case to the secretary of State as a proper one for the issue of extradition papers, if he deems the evidence to justify that course.

Mr. Platt is positive that Grin has not spent much of the money and he hopes to recover some $10,000 which has been located in this city.


SF Examiner, October 31, 1901.