A TEUTONIC BLUNDER.
Writing, on the subject of the Hamburg-America , conspiracy trial, the New York correspondent of the "Central News" says:—
"Teutonic thoroughness of tail, of which a (great deal is being heard" just now, was at fault in one instance brought out by the evidence offered on the last day of the Governmenl/s case. It appears that when the accused German citizens chartered and sent forth from Philadelphia the" Steamship Unita, laden with supplies for German war-
ships—all of which the defence
conceded—they overlooked the detail that the skipper of the Unita was a loyal British subject. Doubtless the name' of the Unita's captain, Emil Olsen, had misled them. Olsen was born in Norway, but many years ago was naturalised in Canada. ';When the Unita started from Philadelphia-he* was told he was to clear for Cadiz, with his cargo, but as soon as the Delaware Capes had been passed a Ham- , biirg-A?nerica supercargo, who had corrVe, aboard with a letter directing the skipper to obey the supercargo's instructions, told that what he really was supposed to do was-to coal and supply German warships on the high' seas. "
Nothing doing, I told the supercargo,' said Captain Olsen in his evidence, whidh' caused much. laughter in Court." So the supercargo offered me 500 dollars toj change my course; Nothing doing—nothing doing •- for a million dollars. The thifd j day but he offered me 10,000 dollars. NoJ;hingv.tk!ing.: So I called the Unita to Cadiz, and after we got Inhere I*spki the cargo, and then looked up the British Consul.
"Defending counsel suggested that the supercargo thought Olsen ym , a Norwegian or a Swede, and picked the wrong ma?n to betray his' country for 10,000 dollars. 'He sure' did,' bellowed the skipper."
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A TEUTONIC BLUNDER., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3526, 29 February 1916
A TEUTONIC BLUNDER. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3526, 29 February 1916
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