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“Money In Germany Becoming Short,” Toronto Globe. June 25, 1918. Page 05.

Pensioner Told He Need Not Expect Any More for Some Time

(Canadian Press Despatch.)
Kingston, June 24. – A day or so ago S. J. Rodger of this city, acting for the Netherlands Government, paid to Karl Kessler, a convict in the Portsmouth Penitentoary, the equivalent of about $300, being his pension from the German army, of which he had been a member for many years. Accompanying the pension was the intimation from the German authorities that this would probably be the last instalment which Kessler would receive for some time, owing to the fact that money was becoming short in Germany. 

Kessler was among the Germans interned in Fort Henry early in the war, and he gave considerable trouble to the guards over there, finally assaulting one of them so severely that he was landed behind the bars at Portsmouth for his offence. He has still some time to serve there.

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“Hun Prisoner Killed In Wreck; Two More Hurt,” Sudbury Star. January 25, 1919. Page 01.

Two Injured Are in St. Joseph’s Hospital – Train Jumped Track.

Paul Stehr, a German prisoner of war, was instantly killed, and F. Hiemenich, another prisoner, and Pte. Gorge Hawkey, of Portland, Ontario, had their legs injured, and a score of other prisoners and guards had narrow escapes from more or less serious injury about two o’clock on Wednesday afternoon when a work train on the C.N.O. Railway left the rails near Stackpool. Five cars went over a ten foot embarkment into the ditch. The dead man and the two injured ones were in a car which turned on its side and dragged quite a distance before the train was brought to a standstill. Three other men in the car escaped without a scratch. The two injured men are in St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Were Hurrying to Wreck
The work train was part of what is known at Kapuskasing Camp as a railway detail, and the men were being hurried to a wreck near Capreol when the accident happened. The train was running at a fair rate of speed, and twenty-five cars suddenly left the track, five near the rear end taking to the ditch. The car in which the dead man and injured were riding suddenly turned on its side, the boxes and barrels in it being thrown about. Stehr was thrown out the side door, closely followed by Guard Hawkey. Stehr was pinned under the side of the car, it being necessary to raise the car with jacks to release the body.

Hawkey Dragged Thirty Feet.
Hawkey was more fortunate. Some of the boxes in the car went out the door ahead of him, and when the car turned on its side these boxes were under, preventing the weight of the car from catching the prostate man. He was dragged about thirty feet, but the only injured he sustained was to one of his legs.

The other men were in cars which left the rails but did not go over the embankment. They were merely shaken up as the train bumped along over the ties.

Huns Were Sailors
It was learned today that the German Stehr has been an interned man since shortly after the war started. He was taken off a German liner in New York and first taken to Kingston and interned at Fort Henry. He was later transferred to Kapuskasing. Deceased was thirty-six years of age. The body is at Henry’s morgue.

Heminich it is claimed, was one of the crew of the German steamer Navarra, which was captured by the British early in the war. He also has spent time at Kingston and Kapuskasing with the rest. He was under close guard at the hospital today and it was impossible to get any information from him.

Pte. Hawkey is a native of Portland, near Kingston, where he has been a guard, but more latterly has been stationed at Kapuskasing. Pte. D. J. James, of Paris, Ont., doing duty as guard at St. Joseph’s Hospital in charge of the prisoner Hemmich, was also in the wreck, but escaped uninjured.

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