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ARRIVES FROM MALDEN ISLAND. MAN LOST OVPiRBOARD. GERMANS AMONG CREW. [SrECIAL 'JO THE Sl'Aß.] BLUFF, December 15. The Norwegian barque Irene arrived at the Bluff this evening from Maiden Island with 1,600 tons of guano. She experienced a rough trip, extending over 52 days, as compared with only 22 days from the Bluff to Maiden Island. The sailmaker (John Stanley, a Spanish American, 50 years of age) wae washed overboard 10 clays ago while 150 miles from Blnff. As the crow included four Germans, a cquad of Territorials arrested them on arrival. Their names are Hans Olsen, Walter Schneider, Hans Meyer, and Erz Possehl. They seemed surprised at their arrest, although they had received news of the outbreak of war while at> Nine (Cook Islands). They took their lot philosophically. "Where are we to go?" asked one.— " Wellington." "What to do?"—" Nothing." "Oh, that's all right; nothing to do. That's funny, ain't it?"—" You'll get plenty of grub and have a good holiday at the JKiiig's expense." "When I heard wc were to be arrested I reckoned it was rotten luck being a German, but this is not so bad. Any pay for doing no work?" —"As a prisoner of war you will get paid all right." • " Mein Gott, that's a funny way of doing things. Grub and pay for doing no work ; but all the same I'd sooner be at liberty. We'll get fat on this if they feed us any better than on this here packet." they gathered up their belongings and were escorted to the lock-up, where they spent the night. To-day they go en to Dunedin en route to Somes Island in anticipation of a good time.

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THE BARQUE IRENE, Evening Star, Issue 15676, 15 December 1914

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THE BARQUE IRENE Evening Star, Issue 15676, 15 December 1914