Mr. Peirce to Mr. Olney.
St. Petersburg , December 5, 1896 . (Received Dec. 21.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose copies of recent correspondence in regard to John Ginzberg, from which it will be seen that he has been convicted of the charge brought against him and condemned to deprivation of civil rights and to banishment from the Empire.
It appears that what Mr. Ginzberg himself wants is to leave Russia and to return to the United States, but it now becomes a question of how he is to be transported there. The penalty for remaining in Russia beyond a limited time after the sentence is like that of return after banishment—deportation to Siberia. The officials at the foreign office have given me a verbal assurance that the case shall remain in statu quo for six weeks pending advices from the Department. If the means can be furnished he can travel to the frontier in such way as he sees fit, except that his route must be determined beforehand, with the consent of the Imperial Government. If his friends can not furnish the money for a more comfortable means of making the journey he can be marched to the frontier by “étape” in the usual manner for criminals. But it will be necessary to furnish means to pass him through Germany so that he will not be prevented by the regulations of the German Government regarding paupers from crossing the frontier.[Page 512]
All Ginzberg’s letters to this legation indicate that he is destitute of the means to pay for his journey to the United States.
Awaiting your instructions, I am, etc.,
Chargé d’Affaires ad interim.