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GERMANS SENT TO GAOL.
[Pek United Press Association.]
AUCKLAND, December 6.
Eight Germans and ono military prisoner, seven New Zealand officers of the Expeditionary Force, and 22 men returned to Auckland last night from Samoa by the Navua. The returned officers include Major Pinwill and Captain Eastwood. The military prisoner was a member of the Artilferv Field Service Corps. He was tried by a field court-martial and sentenced to 90 days' imprisonment with hard labor en charges of theft and drunkenness. One German for proceeding to tho American port of Pago Pago without permission, was sentenced to three years' imprisonment with hard labor in the Mount Eden Gaol. Another German, for assaulting a provost sergeant, was sentenced to two years' imprisonment with hard labor; and others, for changing their places of residence without permission, were each sentenced to six months' imprisonment. The last German is undergoing 120 days' imprisonment with hard labor for being out of doors between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., contrary to regulations. The leader of the German party, when deprived of his personal possessions at the Auckland polico station last night, voiced tho feelings of himself and his compatriots with an emphatic " Gott in Hirnmel!"
SEVEN GERMANS IN GAOL
The complete list of returning officers is : —Major W. R. Pinwill (General Staff officer). Major M. Holmes (New Zealand Medical Corps), Captain T. R. Eastwood (aide-de-camp to the Administrator. Colonel R. Logan, A.D.C.), Captains R. W. Wilkinson and R. L. Evatt (sth Wellington Regiment), Second-lieutenant C. N. Mitchell (D Battery, New Zealand Field Artillery). Three of the returned men are medically unfit, one case of rheumatic fever being stated to bo of a serious nature.
Some surprise was manifested when a Territorial was marched off the steamer with the German prisoners. On November 12 Private Morton, of the New Zealand Artillery Field Service Corps, was tried by field court martial and sentenced to 90 days' imprisonment, with hard labor, on charges of theft and drunkenness. Seven Germans are all undergoing various terms of imprisonment imposed by the Military Court at Samoa. The other prisoner (a plantation overseer) will join the German prisoners of war at Motihi, his case being very different from_ that of his comrades, who have committed serious offences against military law
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BACK FROM SAMOA, Evening Star, Issue 15669, 7 December 1914