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THE DUERKOP CASE, Issue 15704, 19 January 1915
THE DUERKOP CASE
111 MICKS Ol- TKAIMXG WITH THF. ' * F.N KMV. IXTF.U FSTIXO liiill! KSPOX 1) KNC K. In the Magistrate's Coml at Wellington vnstVrd.iv further details were h<,,rd m ;,. n „eetiou with live chaiges agamst Hen,i, Wilhcln, Magnus Duerkop of the him „r pue'-kop and Mackay. merchants, Auckland, of bavins traded with an alum ( , V i„i-. The Crown (represented bv .•! T f ,[. (tstlet) alleged that Di-crkop had forwaidfd certain shipments of «'"■-''£■• ( a,ings and kindled goods to ] Witt of Rotterdam, knowing they were ismldto. (iermanv. peaved on behalf -t the areusc-d. *'■■»"■>« i„ aill icmporarily n leased iron, Su.i , Inland to attend the Court Mr D. <- A. Cooper. S.M.. was on tne bench. i. ,1,-. course of his statement on oath ,l le " defendant «,d that hts firm had been , buVin-ss in Aueklund for the pa«t two ' , ' vl ■i-omnt.-. The linn oxpovtrd CzeV , • nrtucv to Kngland, Europe. a,d llie Unild States. While on the Co tinnt .eeetitly he. made an'angemenU -ith (!...«!av J. •)• Witt, o, Hambutg. to „plv hi." -hi, goods. VMtt to pay 7o ', -'v. m on the invoice value ol the ] ,' ,ds Prior to ,he war witness coucv i, .ood, to Witt. <■■ bo «M " n',„'-ion ba«is When the war "" ,' 1 ; !' ',i!;;:,.".„,nds. originallv intended for Hnmbuvg, were on the high !■ ~f the Cermau boats can \ nig on -" 4 firm ~u,1.i shelter ~ »■<•»'. <f 1- "; and the t'vrd vessel was capture. n n, bi gh seas in ignorance thai ua, nad uienced. . . , • , •, j ■|'|, e prisoner .compiaimd that n. ;.ouid help him on that point. Mr ()-tler producer, hirlliei 0,,,,,".,, de u ce received to-day ihrougl. the C ttVVeu Wd. and Duerkop. fnUn.U, ...„„ocs. and what was tn be done about ;;«,„, own,, to vessels being .interned r.i ,-utval nor;-. The communication was Stained in a Handel-Maatschapmj envelope. and was datnt Xovember 24 ■ ..- r h-?ed with it was. a copy ot a letiei ot October 30, and another letter of Octoher 50, wliich Duevkops lartner had evident,y ~f , t sent down. The seciuid letter, whicn Custav ,T. J. Witt Hamburg, commenced: "Through my Eor erdam tirm r came in receipt of your letters o. Jtilv 51. AiiL'iist 6. and contents of which 1 duly noted. I he writer went on to say : " I regret very much tou had such bad luck with the two consignments. However, we cannot do anything 'here in this business.' _ Hcrerenee was also made, to th" detention of the ships Firth and Seydlitz. :mc] Witt 'aid he would communicate on hearing about them. After .stating that, the market '.rns much higher owing to the war, the writer announced that the establishment ot a credit brmk in Germany was being planned to take over the former London credit, bindiiess, but the matter bad not been settled. " T bop?." he added, ''thai the value of your two .dnptneiit* will not be lost to you. but that you will get it back at the final account 'of the two cotmtriee," Mr Ostler cnllfd
.lUentioti to the words "through my Rot-' t-erdam firm T came in receipt of your letter." With this letter there is a copy of a private letter from Witt, datgd November 4. writ!:"!) to Dueikop in Herman, a translation of which had been prepared by Mr Oiler.- who read it over while Uk j •d'efendnnt checked it. The commmiieati'in opened by ucknou ledging a letter from Duerkop, of September 16, and expressi.tg iegret ihat he was dependent on Routers ami other newspaper agencies for news of the war. "According to these." the v liter stated. " the English and Fiench continue pushing on. but probably thry are pushing backw.ud, for up to now the Germans have jai-hcci forward into France, and the Devil himself cannot drive, them out." Tie went on. to state that. London was verv nervous, referred to the extinguishing of the- lights, and averred Unit Buckingham Palace mis insured for £200.000 and Westminster Abbey for £IOO,OOO atrainst Zeppelin attacks. The. writer noted the quietness of the British fleet, the presence of grey uniforms in Hamburg, and denied that'there was any' famine in (icrmany. Then tile letter contained this statement : "As for your two cousionments by the Filth and Seydlitz. •iiy Rotterdam firm will grain an advance of 7fi per cent. fl| if cxpou of casings to j (■'ennauy ir- petmktcd, and (2) if in fait | the consignm-mt, reaches it." He added: "No one Can pretend what will happen, because the English aie stopping not only German but neutral ship.-." Mr Ostler repe;ited the clause* in the letter relating to an advance of 75 per cent, if the goods could be c-hipped to Germany and when thev arrived. Defendant : ft is the first time T have, seen this letter. Mr Ostler: In spite of your partner fcaiing they w.iuld not get to Germany, .and your letteis being read by Witt himself, * and that it was shown that I hey wer;. wanted for i lermany. vou still say y„u ~Ut u«l Uiwv Uvy" ««i« uoiuu; to \ ; Gcvi-innv? i Diicrkop : ] (hd not know. ;ind wlv: nmy jiaitner objected 1 stopped shipping to idermanv. and thev have since been itniug i to f ond'ou. I At this stage the further hearing of the | ea.-e was adjourned. ! ' I
THE DUERKOP CASE, Issue 15704, 19 January 1915
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