WHARF LABORERS AND ALIENS
SYDNEY, December 3. (Received December 3, at 10.20 a.m.)
Tho Wharf Laborers’ Union, at a mass meeting, decided not to work with enemy subjects, whether naturalised or unnaturalised. FOR WINTER CAMPAIGN. SYDNEY, December 3. The first consignment of 1,000 sheepskin waistcoats has been despatched to the soldiers at the front. A steady supply will be maintained henceforward. A FOOLISH FISHERMAN.' PERTH, December 3. An Italian fisherman sailing in the forbidden zone at Rottenest Island disregarded the sentry’s challenge, and was shot dead. CASE OF DR SCHEIDEL. PARLIAMENT DISCUSSES ESPIONAGE. SYDNEY, December 3. The New South Wales Legislative Assembly, in debating the policy of appointing natural born Gormans to official State positions, discussed tho appointment of Dr August Scheidel. the employers’ representative on tho Wages Board. The evidence showed that Dr Scheidel was horn in Germany awl naturalised in New Zealand in 1390 and in the Commonwealth in 1913. Tie was manager of the New Zealand Gold Extraction Company. and was also connected with tho Mining Trusts, Ltd., the New Zealand Mines. Ltd., and recently acted as German Consul. (Received December 3, at 11.5 a.m.) Colonel Onslow, referring to Dr Scheidel’s appointment, said that the German secret service was admirably organised. It was known that information was getting out hy means of wireless messages. Recently a- German professor, who had received ambassadorial rights, was found in possession of valuable military secrets when about to leave Australia. Others had been arrester! with strategical sketches of Sydney coastline in their pockets. The motion was negatived. [Tho cable omits to state the effect of the motion.] RAID IN MELBOURNE. AMMUNITION SEIZED. MELBOURNE, December 3. The military authorities seized the residence of a naturalised German at Windsor (a suburb of Melbourne). They discovered seven rifles, including a Mauser, and 1,000 rounds of ammunition, mostly with dumdum bullets, also two pistols. THE EMDEN. FULLER PARTICULARS OF SYDNEY’S ENGAGEMENT. Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright. MELBOURNE, December 3. (Received December 3, at 11.45 a.m.) The Defence Department supplies further details of the Sydney-Emden encounter. It appears that tho Einden was taken completely by surprise by tho presence of a cruiser at Cocos Island. The Emden had arranged to meet a collier there on tho very day that the fight occurred. When the Sydney appeared she was apparently taken for the cruiser Newcastle or the Yarmouth. The Germans did not know she was the Sydney until she revisited the Emden after the fight.
The Sydney was hit 14 or 15 times out of the 1,500 shells the Emden fired. These were a curiously-assorted lot, due to the fact that the Emden used every projectile ■she possessed, mostly torpedoes, which, ■however, were put out of action early, as she was unable to use her submerged tubes.
The iSydney fired only one torpedo—a long-range shot, which missed.
The Sydney’s damage was very slight. The Emden suffered considerably from gunfire, and nothing remained of her stern except a few tangled ribs. Every gunlayer except one was killed, and scarcely any deck hands remained. Fire drove the remnants of her crew to the forecastle, where the Sydney’s crew found them dazed by their awful experience. There was one most extraordinary case. One of the Sydney’s broadsides blew seven men into the sea, and they were picked up alive. After chasing the collier the Sydney returned, towing some of the collier’s boats. These were cut adrift and picked up the Germans.
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AUSTRALIAN ITEMS., Evening Star, Issue 15666, 3 December 1914