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SPIES AND WIRELESS

"CAI'TAIX GIXGER'S" COMMISSION. REMARKABLE SYDXEY COT/RE CASE. Reginald Eustace Austin, a red-headed youth, of about 19, lived like a righting cock aboard tho American mail steamer Sonoma during the time she wj><s in port at Sydney (says the Sydnev ' Sun'). He fully believed, and in turn thoroughly con. vinced the officers of the ship, he was there under instructions from Colonel Wallack to control the wireless aboard and to watch for German spies. But his career was brought to an abrupt termination one Saturday afternoon by Detectives Ramsay and Hawe and Constable Sheehy, and he was charged before Mr Smithers at the Water Court with being found on the steamer with intent to steal. Mr Hogarth appeared for the accused. Constable Sheehy said he fan- Austin aboard the steamer Sonoma at. M'lwraith'.-* wharf on tho Saturday. Ho had six cards, on which were printed "Reginald E. Austin, 34th Infantry of Australia, Detective Department. Victoria Barracks, Paddington," in his possession. Witness paid : "Listen; one of the stewurds has made a complaint to me that you came on board as a military detective, and that yen slept hero for three nights, and after having breakfast left.'' Austin answered : " Yoe- ; Eve been on for three night?. I've been watching for German spies and looking after all wireless." Witness then asked : '■ How could you look for spies when you sleep at night?"' Accused answered: "I instruct the quartermaster to give me a call when there is anything doing." Austin further said, in answer to another query : " Sometimes when I lcok around on board this ship at night I have occasion to wake officers up. and they tell me io go to ." There had been money istolen aboard the steamer, but Austin said h* knew nothing about it. The. Magistrate u r > Mr Tlogarth) : There is no need to cross-examine at present. There i? no eridence to substantiate the charge yet. Mr Hogarth : He is n waiter for the 34th Infantry officers' mens, and was christened "Captain Ginger." He is very proud of hk title. Detective Hawe stated that Austin told him his name was Captain Ginger, and that he was aboard the Sonoma looking after tho wireless and watching for spies.

Eric Meiklo. who ,is in charge of the German prisoners ;it Darlinghonrst. eaid he had known Austin for a. long while. He wae too good-natured, a little silly, and did foolish tliing.s. lie was never taker, seriously, and was popularly known among tin- officer- a.~ Captain Ginger.

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SPIES AND WIRELESS, Evening Star, Issue 15669, 7 December 1914

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SPIES AND WIRELESS Evening Star, Issue 15669, 7 December 1914

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