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GERMAN PRISONERS

EXTRA fiT:r>iX Aft V ALLKGATIOX*. The German Press is ii[> an agi; t,itir>n w;rh regard to the treattmcm of Ommu prisoner* in (saya ' The Times"). It is Y>,i>'\l upon de]Mi! 1 rat* false statements, concertiim: the treatment of Germane; at the iH'yiniiitr; of the war. The ' Cologne Gazette' reproduced on Sunday, as a to!e,ur;iin from Hamburg, a series *o: false statements said (o have been communicated to the ' Hamburger Fremden.hlatt ' by a iwt.;iiii !I <i;• Kmd >elcko. whose address was wiven as Kuhberg .15, liambmar,. Ho said that 1.340 Germans wore e mimed in a. training ©table, eicdit or ton men iyine,on chl straw in a horscdmx. Mach man received two thin blanket:-' and iiotliinj.' else. There v, a> m> furniture and no light, so that in dusk they must- all " creep into their straw." "Iboy had to cook their own food in the open air "" a hearth oousistine; of a. ditch and seme bricks, on whioh stood saucepans which had to bo used alike for cooking tea and thin soup. The toa was strained thromth old sacks, and was perlecily dirty. Tito .-<>np contained a lit'!-.' fat and about a cubic inch of meat for each prisoner. The whole nourishment consisted of a. cup of tea r.nd piece of dry lire.id in the morning, one dish soup, :v.m potatoc., and a piece of dry broad at noon, ami toa and dry bread 'in the evening. Thenwere no sanitary preoautic ns, and it was only throi.tdi the energetic action of a number of doctors that- 59 prisoners, wiioin tht'y found ho is>j/Y--ri:tLr i'roi:t a serious infectious disease, were "siia; up in a separate stable." ■—The Truth.— A representative <>f ' T!:e Times' has visited the camp at Newbury in dialer n> investigate, these cha'xes. lie fonnd Colonel G. ?. Haines, the Commandant, at a concert, by the pra-onc rs, tn vited. The cuiio'i'i was beim," h'dd in tinyard of the raeiue; stables, ami the first whioh could ho noticed on eiiterit-.ee the comrniiwl was the fibre oi H edit i rem : I'.v numerous electric are lamp... The ; prisoner.", who number several t housawis, ! revived the eolone 1 wiih respectful but! triond'y salutes, and the expression on j their faeov very much resembled tiio ox- j prew-rms t-> he in any lartro crowd. • N'ovitere wn- there a sioat of discontent. | Most of the men interned aio civilians.! li.'ht civy field kit of the German soldier. ( and. jtici_ r i:i'_r by their looks, none of ! them seemed any tim worse off for the>r I r!ef»>i;t;on. The men. it is true, sloop in the ' stabhs in this part- of the eommmnd. i bm the cables are well aired, the' straw j is clean, anrl c-aolt n;an is provided with ! t'.«a> blankets, a towel, it- tin jr.lv,'. and a i knife and fork, and, when compared with j the life of their own comrades at the 1 front, their p<: sit ion would seem to be: almoyr. enviable as far as persona! coin- I toit is concerned. j

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GERMAN PRISONERS, Issue 15695, 8 January 1915

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GERMAN PRISONERS Issue 15695, 8 January 1915

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