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HOW GERMAN SYSTEM WAS EXPOSED. Further evidence of how the authorities kept watch upon German agents and spies iu this country was given at Bow street yesterday, when Karl Gustav Ernst (41?.), British subject, a hairdresser, of Caledonian road, Islington, changed under the Oliicial Pecrets Act, 1011, with having obtained and communicated to a German named Steinhauer, of Potsdam, certain information calculated to be useful to nn enemy, was again remanded. Mr Bodkin conducted the case on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions. Mr Frederick Booth, a clerk in the secretary's office at the General Post Office, said that, acting upon instructions, he opened and copied a number of letters passing through the post during 1913. —Letters from Potsdam. — Some of the letters came from Potsdam, and were addressed to J. Walters, care of G. Ernest, Caledonian road, and the others were posted in London and addressed to “ Mrs Tony Rcimers ” (an aline of Stoinhauer’s) at Potsdam. One letter to the prisoner at Potsdam, dated Feb ruary, 1913, contained a registered envelops addressed to “Mr Gould, Queen Charlotte Hotel, Eastgate, Rochester,” and inside this enclosure there were three £5 notes. Gould was convicted of espionage at the Old Bailey some time ago. Another letter to “ Walters” from Pots dam, dated February 10, 1913, contained an Austrian 100-mark note. .Several letters addressed from London to Potsdam in February and March, 1913. contained newspaper cuttings dealing with the arrest and prosecution of a man named Klare. Copies of a large number of letters passing between the prisoner and Steinhauer were put in by Mr Bodkin, but they were not read. The witness added that each letter, after it had been either copied or traced, was carefully resealed and delivered to the addressee in the ordinary way. Similar evidence was given by another post office clerk, Mr John Duncan, who dealt in the same way with the correspondence passing between the prisoner and Steinhauer during the two preceding years, 1911 and 1912. The witness mentioned that inside one of the letters addressed to the prisoner from Potsdam was an envelope bearing a Weymouth address, and this latter envelope contained still another bearing a name only. He had to open all three envelopes before reaching the letter. Mr Bodkin : I don’t thirtk wo need trouble about that, except that it is interesting to see how many envelopes seem to have been wasted on this system. The witness went on to say thatdn one of the letters from Potsdam there was a note reading aa follows : Dear Mr E., please hand enclosed letter to the gentleman at the restaurant. If you do not see him, please return it unopened. Inside the enclosure referred to were bank notes to the amount of £ls. PRISONER’S STATEMENT. Detective-sergeant Cooper stated that on Monday last week the prisoner made the following statement to him : I am sorry I was introduced into this business. Kronan introduced me. _ I thought it was a private inquiry business. I have only seen Steinhauer once. That was just before Christmas, 1911. Ho came to my shop and said: “Do you know mo?” I. said: "No.” He said: “ You have heard of me. I am Steinhauer. I see you are busy now. I want to have a chat with you. I will come back after the chop is closed. What time do you close?” I said; “ Twelve o'clock. ’ He replied : “ All right: I will come back later,” and then he left. He came back later, and went ' into my parlor, where we sat down and had along chat. Other evidence of a formal characterhaving been given, the prisoner (as stated) was again' reuiandwi in cuatocly for a week,

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POST OFFICE AND SPY, Evening Star, Issue 15674, 12 December 1914

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POST OFFICE AND SPY Evening Star, Issue 15674, 12 December 1914