"You are a Russian?"
"I am a Finlander, Madam."
"Have you been a sailor all your life?"
"Yes, Madam. For a time I was an unimportant officer on board a battleship in the Russian Navy, until I was discovered to be a Nihilist, when I was cast into prison. I escaped last May, and came to New York."
Robert Barr: A Rock in the Baltic