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GERMANS DEPART.

A LONG FAREWELL.

[•••■■■ • l AUCKLAXD, May 13. , | A party of 168 prisoners of war .who expressed a desire to ..be sent.backi to iHeir respective'"countries left by special train this evening for 'Wellington to join the Willoehra. There were 71 Germans —many of whom have been interned since the occupation of Samoa— three German women, and 13 children, 80 Jugc,-Slavs, and one Austrian. The prisoners were brought across the harbour from Narrow Neck camp in the Defence steamer, and were entrained at Queen's Wharf. • _ Among the prisoners were Dr. &. Schultz (ex-Governor of Samoa), Dr. G. Sessons (formerly Agricultural Adviser in Samoa), Count Felix yon Graf Luekr now, and Navigating-Lieutenant Kirschei&s, whosa exploits are well-known to New Zealandefs. ' . The greatest excitement prevailed among the Germans at Narrow Neck camp during the afternoon. Everyone appeared to be in the highest spirits.. The men who were to leave rushed round among their friends who were to remain, shaking hands constantly and smiling broadly. Count yon Luckner displayed almost. schoolboy excitement. He wore 3 new naval uniform, bearing four,ribbons, "and he passed from group to group, calling loud farewells in his own • tongue. ,: The Count was not the only well-groomed prisoner. Many of the Germans had new clothes and boots 3 and some of the first-class-.prisoners wore gloves and carried canes. What struck the onlooker was the healthy, well-fed appearance of the prisoners,'who marched in perfect step from the camp to the wharf. The German? had a much more pronounced military appearance than the Jugoslavs. As the latter marched out of the camp, the Germans looked on in silence, but when the Germans left there were noisy farewells. Motor-cars were provided for Dr. Schultz, Count yon Luckner, and a few other officers, and the women and children. Dr. Schultz adopted a superior air, aiid gave the impression that he was riding in State. Not so the naval officers, who passed the mam procession in a car. They waved their hands and shouted greetings as if. on a joy ride. , No crowds gathered to witness the march through the suburb of Devonport, the military officers having succeeded in keeping the departure of the prisoners almost a secret. A few ;boys "counted out" the prisoners as they passed, and two other juveniles commenced the refrain" ■of the song, "Good-bye-ee." «. Speaking to an Auckland officer, Count yon Luckner boasted that the Kaiser would rejburn to the throne. -He made a remark about the German Navy. /Major C. Schofield is in charge of the

It is understood the Willochra wjjl sail on Thursday. She wiU have 410 prisoners on board, and will embark more in Australia. About 40 prisoners remain at Narow Neck camp.

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GERMANS DEPART., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9609, 14 May 1919

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GERMANS DEPART. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9609, 14 May 1919

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