An Alien in the true sense of the word
If one pores over the Second Team
postcard from the 1912-13 season the eyes are naturally drawn to Dr Rumjahn
on the second row and the
eccentric character in the back row, 3rd from the right labelled "M.Grieu".
If anybody was to destined to turn out
for Aliens skipper W.G.Flint surely it was an entry in this ship's
manifest entitled "Alien Passengers"
that confirms this.
Before the Captain signs off the
manifest in Baltimore he puts a large
strike through the name off a certain Marianka Grieu and puts a note on
the left hand side "Not Aboard
As the emigrant ships of the North German Lloyd Line often called
into Southampton or Hull he must have jumped ship.
In July of 1912 a law was passed in Russia to
increase army recruitment in Russia, beginning in 1913, perhaps a
combination of this and tense interior politics were his cues to
upsticks. Throughout 1911–1912 more than 16,000 people from
through Libava, of those more than 6,000 were ethnic Lithuanians.
The manifest is a treasure trove of social history of the time and
records as follows:-
Family Name: Grieu
Given Name: Marianka
is a remarkable finding and semi-authenticates Grieu's appearance,
could this be the first documented evidence of a rugby club embracing
ethnic diversity and sexuality ?
Able to Read: N
Able to Write: N
Federation encompassed the Baltic States and Poland at this time)
Race or People: Hebrew
Last Place of Residence: Libava
Nearest Relative or Friend: father Kahman Grieu, Kovno
Final Destination: Chicago
The North German Lloyd Line steamship
SS Rhein (b.1899)
The manifest states Grieu could not
read or write, perhaps a chance
meeting with the schoolteachers enabled the opportunity to learn
The Committee Minutes reveal that he was elected to the club on
6th December 1912 after being proposed by Liverpool University lecturer
Duncan J. Sloss.
Playing record for 1912-13
Grieu resigned from the Club a year later on the 11th December 1913
and as no
further records exist, perhaps returned to Europe.
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