The Evening News - 1-25-1919 pg 11
last ditch.' The weak ones were kept down and the propagandists found it impossible to use them as their tools," says Malburton. "The morale of ninety per cent of the Americans was admirable. They were Bplendid examples of Uncle Sam's soldiers of whom their coun-pear coun-pear try can justly be proud. They worked night and day to curb von TRIED YANKS IN PRISON CAMPS PARIS, Jan. 25. Traitors to the United States worked among American American prisoners in Germany endeavor-in? endeavor-in? endeavor-in? to win them to the German C8U96, i. When they failed them of the right of the Hun. other agents sought to spread the doctrine of Bolshevism. And when this failed every effort was made to break the morale of the man imprisoned, through cruelty and abuse. Sergeant Edgar M. Halyburton, of the 16th U. S. Infantry, who was a prisoner In the camp at ltastatt, Germany, tells tho story of the German German propaganda there and o the disloyalty of two American soldiers. Tlic Disloyal Americans According to Halyburton, Private Nicholoff, 23rd Infantry, and Private Private Ha!ji, 18th Infantry, were traitors traitors to tho United States and co-operated co-operated co-operated co-operated with Captain von Taucher, the German propaganda chief at the camp, to reduce the morale of the other Americans. Neither Nicholoff nor Halas were Americans. Nicholoff, whose real name was Minchoff, was a Bulgarian. Bulgarian. He tried to enlist under his own name at Providence, R. I., and TRAITOR TO WIN was not accepted, but succeeded in buying the citizenship papers of a taxa-man named Nicholoff and enlisted under that name. Halaswas of Austrian origin and enlisted at Columbus, Columbus, Ohio. Both men deserted to the German lines and furnished valuable l.,for- l.,for- mation to the enemy. At the camp they were strong advocates of tho German cause and Private Halas was known to have made frequent overtures to the authorities to bo returned to Austria as a reward for his work. Fought nun Propaganda "All tho other Americans with whom I came in contact in Germany fought the Hun propaganda 'to the Tauscher's work "With other nationalities it was the practice of tho Germans to place pro-Germans pro-Germans pro-Germans in charge of. the pris doners. The men in charge of ths prisoners at Hastatt were at all times absolutely reliable. They were true Americans, first last aijd always." always." '