Clipped From The Bakersfield Californian
Six "Columbus" Crew Men Escape to Japan in Ruse S AN FRANCISCO, Jan. 3. (V. P.)— Six German seamen of military age from the crew of the scuttled liner Columbus succeeded In escaping from Angel island immigration station in October and in reaching Japan, it was learned today. Paul D. Butler, British consul general here, verified the successful break of the Germans, who with others of the crew have been "guests' 1 of the United States immigration service at the Angel island station because of British refusal to permit them to return home. Immigration authorities hnd nothing to say about the escapes, which were made October 25 aboard the N. Y. K. liner Asa ma Alaru. The six officers concealed themselves aboard the liner after escorting seven invalided seamen to the Asa ma Maru. The six succeeded in reaching Japan. It was understood but not confirmed here, that the British asked the Japanese government to intern the six men and that Japan rejected the request. One of the six was Henrich Lampe. second officer of the scuttled Columbus. He was the central figure of a romance with a blonde stenographer who resigned her Immigration station post m month ago. It was understood that I-ampe Is waiting for her in Tokio but that she has been unable to get a passport to go to Japan. Passport authorities said that they have been refusing since October to give passports to ^Americans for trips to the orient because of the war conditions there. The 400 other members of the Columbus crew are still at Angel island despite several moves to transport them to aii inland camp. The latest of thoae moves collapsed today when the German consulate announced a plan to quarter the crew at a CCC camp in New Mexico had been dropped. The consulate said the site lacked proper facilities for care of the men. It was also considered too isolated. Previously a proposal to move them'to a camp in Texas was considered and dropped. The British government has been permitting crew men over military age and In poor physical condition 'to return to Germany but it has refused to guarantee free passage on Japanese or other boats to crew men who might become members of the Reich's armies or navy.