When this Russian sailor, Alex, came to Cardiff on his ship in 1907 he booked into a Russian lodging house in Sophia Street, Tiger Bay. Opposite the lodging house was a grocers and its owner had a beautiful daughter.
In just three days the sailor fell in love. His ship sailed and Alex was not the same man. He appeared listless and his mind was not on his work.
When the ship arrived at Hamburg he jumped overboard, made no attempt to swim and was drowned. He was buried in Hamburg.
Enquiries with Mrs Starky at the Sophia Street lodging house and with the grocer verified his infatuation with Elizabeth. It is not known what the Grocer's daughter did and felt after she heard the news.
My thigh muscles were in spasms and I was wondering how I was ever going to complete the 90 km trek....