Wellington Daily News (Kansas), 14 May 1915

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Wellington Daily News (Kansas), 14 May 1915 - ilfn I IMPTflM MAM A GERMAN PRISONER FRED RUWWE...
ilfn I IMPTflM MAM A GERMAN PRISONER FRED RUWWE OF THE SANTA FE i HAD EXCITING TIME UNDER GUNS OF KARLSRUHE "The next morning the one of the newcomers, a Returning From South America He Was Aboard the Vandyke When Vessel was Taken By Big German Cruiser mans used as a naval base, but before we had gone far two other German vessels came up and we stopped. "That night the Vandyke's crew got drunk and celebrated their defeat by slashing open some of the grips and bags belonging to the boat's passengers and by painting on the boat their greetings to the Kaiser. Asuncion, converted German coal freighter, drew closer and the baggage from the Vandyke was sent avross to it. Then the pas jsengers were placed in the small j boats and towed across to the waiting ! vessel." Mr. Ruwwe says that before the passengers were taken off the Van- j dyke, the cry "get a souvenir" went j out, and the doomed vessel's supply of j table linen, blankets, silverware, etc, was much depleted. Mr. Ruwwe him- Ane of the American passengers of the English owned merchantship Van dyke, captured by the German cruiser self has two tablespoons and the brass Karlsruhe ott the coast ot Urazil last fixtures off a water faucet which he October, is working for the Santa Fe took from the Vandyke for remem-with headquarters in Wellington. He brance of the occasion, helps with the agent's relief work and , Some of the boats in whkh the pag just now is helping the agent at sengers taken tQ the Asuncion Kingman, and will return in a week were tQwed behind a motor boat Mr or tw0, !Rewwe was riding in the last boat in The Vandyke, belonging to the Eng the string. The rope which bound his lish firm Lamport & Holt, out of boat to tne others broke and he and Buenos Aires for New York, was his cornpanions were allowed to drift halted by the Germans cruiser the on the open sea for two hours before morning of October 2G, when she was tne motor boat came after them again about one day's run south of Para, a j That wag the Qnl ytime j was town at the mouth of the Amazon! scared," says Mr. Ruwwe. "At river. Her crew and 200 passengers, first wag f un Hding up and down 90 per cent of whom were Americans, on the high wayes but later the m0. were placed on another German ves- tim gQt monotonouS) and t became sel, kept there for five days and then gick We were &n yery much relieved landed at Para. The Vandyke was when the motQr boat came back and later blown up. when we again had our feet on a "Contrary to the opinion of many, more substantial vessel." the Germans treat their prisoners j After aU the baggage, passengers with the best respect," says Mr. Ruw- crew of the Vandyke had been we in telling of the. adventure. "Or at pl&ced Qn Asunciorlt the vessel least I have no fault to find with the mQved away from the others and way they treated me during the five th&t wag the lagt Mr Ruwwe saw Df days I was their captive. With the hig former boat The Vandyke was .exception that they might have put carrying a big cargo of meat from me on a cleaner vessel when they Buenos to New York and Mr. took me off the Vandyke, and they Ruwwe thinks the Germans took some might have fed me better food." Jof it off. The wireless, operator on The vessel to which the Vandyke's thc Asuncion later told hini that : the passengers were transferred was the Germans had put a stick of dynamite Asuncion, a former coal freighter jn tne vessel's hold and sunk her. converted into a cruiser by the Ger- j fjbe Asuncion had gone out from mans. The passengers were given a tne port 0f para a f ew days before slice of bread and a small piece of without clearance papers, and, ac-beef twice a day. For' the third meal cording to the laws of shipping, she they drank a cup of a certain Span- was not supposed to put back into ish drink something like tea. j that harbor, but atfer staying out at "When the German cruiser was sea for five days arrangements were sighted about 1 a. m., October 26," made whereby she could land her pas . Mr Rhwwa. "the omcers ot tne sengers tnere. i savs Vandyke first thought she was a The passengers were kept at Para friendly vessel. But when the two for eight days and then sent to their ships drew closer together the Ger- destinations on the English boat Sao Tnan flag was noticed. The signal paui0 by the British government, to stop was run up by the approach- ' ytr. Ruwwe's home is at Elmont, ing vessel and the Vandyke complied. Mo. He went to South America May A German lieutenant came aboard 16, intending to invest in Argentine and after a two hours conference with land. He found conditions there un-i tho Vandvke's cantain, the announce- favorable and embarked for New ment was made to the passengers that the boat had surrendered but that all passengers wrould be landed before the vessel wras sunk. "We then proceeded toward the islands in the Atlantic which the Ger- York on the Vandyke out Aires on October 15. of may I One-fourth off on all trimmed hats beginning Saturday, May 12 Mrs. E. H. Blackman. 18-19 suitable

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