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EMDEN'S SURVIVORS

AMAZING I OKAS OF AUSTRALIA. " They are not bad chaps at. all." 'lliis was the comment on board the R.M.S. Maloja, by an invalided Australian soldier who happened to bo in hospital at Colombo during tho time that tonic of the KmdenV survivors were thorp. are 12 returning men op board this boat -tw..» officers and 10 of the rank and file, (fays a Fremnntlo wire t<> the Sydney 'Sun'). " I happened to be In th:- hospital .it Colombo," said he, "wl.cn the finnan wounded were brought in. Some of them writ" in a jshockiiiK stat«; from shrapnel. One man had a. gash in hit- thigh, and several inches below this gatdi was found a, pi.'te :>l shrapnel embedded in the llesh. fine man from tho Sydney was in a particularly bad state. Ono of his logs was broken in throo places by shrapnel. Ho received thre-o wounds ln>low tho ankle on tho other foot, and thus rtt-tih of his aUlomen had been removed by shrapnel. Yet ho liv<"d, and there wiif great hone of his recovery. A man mi; tho Knub'n had Ixvn blown cle;;n into the water by one of the sl'-'ir.--, a.nd was afterwards picked up by a. boat from tho Sydney, after ho had been swimming in tho water for se\en hours, it was then found that hj« was sutferii.2 from a broken arm. On his arriva.l at Colombo tho limb was amputated. Ho was a, tine-looking man, a.nd when in j.'ood health was capable of lifting a weight of about 1701b above his head. His mates frr>m tho Elude n states! that he was one of tb--> strongest men in Germany. Many of tho Germans from the Ivmden could speak vory English, and I hod rnanv a long chat, with them. They could not make out why Australia had gone into tho war. They imagined that our compulsory service scheme was formulated for tho 'abject of trying eventually to throw off the British yoko I promised to write to one when 1 returned to Australia, and said I would Mewl him an English dictionary, which he was very anxious to get hold of. " From conversations 1 had with the wounded I judged that tho Sydney, instead of standing out of of tho F,mden. elected to coin- within range, 'litis was done, I was irfnrnwd by one of the Sydney men, for the purple of giving- the E"md<Mi a chance " No. Wo never raw the* commander of the- Emden. and I don't know of anyone that. did. He eemed to be fairly cloaked "P-"

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EMDEN'S SURVIVORS, Issue 15685, 26 December 1914

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EMDEN'S SURVIVORS Issue 15685, 26 December 1914

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