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The Wulfchen went up about pioked up every message with4.20 and roturned about 5.30, in a large radius, but of course and in the interval our heavy never sent any, would have luggage had been brought up picked up this message, and from the Wolfs hold ready to the Wolf would probably have be transhipped to the Igotz risen to the bait, with the Mendi. At dusk that evening result that she could have been the married people were trans. caught by an armed vessel ferred to the latter ship. The sent in searoh of her on that next morning we were still track. For it must have been alongside the Wolf, and re- known that a raidor was out mained there till the morning in those waters, as the disapof the 17th, our heavy baggage pearance of the Hitachi could being transhipped in the in- only have been due to the terval. There had also been presence of one. transferred the Colonel of the Coaling proceeded without A.A.M.C. and three other men 0088ation till the morning of in ill-health. The message the the 17th, when the Wolf moved seaplane brought back had off a short distanoe, Passenevidently been a reassuring gers on mail boats familiar one, and we heard & long with the process of coaling time afterwards that the Wolf ship at Port Said, Colombo, or had pioked up & wireless any other port, can imagine from a Japanese cruiser, pre- the condition of these ships sumably looking for the Hitafter three or four days' inachi, only thirty miles away. consant coaling day and night. Hence the alarm! Unfortun- The appearance of the Igotz ately for us, if this report wore Mendi was meanwhile undertrue, the cruiser did not turn going another change. When aside to look in the most ob- captured she was painted vious place where & ship like white, and had a buff funnel, the Wolf would hide; so once with her Company's distinmore the Wolf was safe. guishing mark. She was now

If only there had been & painted the Allied grey colour, couple of cruisers, carrying and when her sides and funnel & seaplane or two, in each had been transformed, the two ooean, the Wolf would have ships sailed away, and on the been seen, and her career evening of the 17th, after final brought to an ond long be- orders and instruotions had fore. The same end would been given, parted company. probably have been attained For some days after this painton this oocasion, if a wireless ing was the order of the day message had been sent from on the Spanish ship, which Delagoa Bay to Colombo, say. was now grey on every part ing that the Igotz Mendi had visible. left the former port for the The captain of the Spanish latter, with 5800 tons of coal ship was relieved of his duties on board. The strong wireless -- and also of his cabin, which installation on the Wolf, which the German captain had an

message Bay to Colamendi had visithe captain

was the last occasion we saw Trinidad, where it was underthe Wolf for many days. The stood the Wolf would coal from two ships now shaped a course her prize, and with her spend for the Brazilian island of the Christmas holiday.

VII.

It must not be supposed that was no water supply in the the life of the prisoners on bathroom, and it was kept in the Igotz Mendi in any way an extremely dirty condition. approximated to that of pag- The saloon, about 18 feet sengers on an ordinary pas- square, in which all the meals senger ship. To begin with, were served in two sittings, was there were no ship's servants very rarely clean, and the habits to wait on us with the excep- of the captain's pup did not tion of the Spanish steward, & improve matters, while the youth who waited at table and table appointments were often excelled in breaking ship's disgusting. The tablecloth was crookery. If the cabins were filthy after the first meal or to be kept olean, we had to 80, thanks to the rolling of the do it ourselves. Every morn- ship, but was only changed ing saw the oooupants sweep- twice, sometimes only once, a ing out and cleaning up their week. Cups were used without cabins, as no ship's servant gaucers, and spoons graduever entered them. The water ally disappeared, so that tosupply was very limited, and wards the end one had to had to be fetched by ourselves suffice between four or five -10 matter what the weather persons. --sometimes from the forepeak, We got thoroughly sick of and sometimes from a pump the food provided, but the near the ship's galley. Wash- German officers and crew had ing water and drinking water just the same. The Hitachi were served out twice a day, had been carrying 10,000 cases at 8 A.M. and 4 P.M., an of canned orab to England. A ordinary water-oan being the great part of this was saved allowance of the former, and and divided between the Wolf & water - bottle that of the and her prize. None of us ever latter. The supply of washing want to see or hear of this water was very inadequate, and commodity again; we were fed no hot water was over avail. on it till most of us loathed able. After washing ourselves, it, though when it was served we had to wash our clothes in we perforoe had to eat it or the same water-for there was dry bread, and several of us of course no laundry on board chose the latter. Bully beef, -and then the cabin floor after every variety of bean, dried that. It was impossible to vegetables, bean soup, dried fish have a proper bath all the that audibly announced its time we were on board. There advent to the table, and peaand we knew we should not be came down from the bridge fired on by a hostile oruiser, and told us there was no relief as might have been the case if for us yet. We all felt that if we had remained on the Wolf. the Hitachi had only avoided There was on board a certain distant smoke as the German amount of live stook; a couple captain had done, we need of cows, each had a calf born never have made the acquainton board ; these all met the ance of the Wolf. usual fate of such things on On the 24th we again met appropriate occasions.

the Wolf in the evening. WhenWhen we arrived on the over the Wolf had an appointSpanish boat we were served ment to meet her prize at a with meals at the times to certain time and place, the which the Spanish officers prize always hoisted recognihad been acoustomed - i.e., tion signals direotly she saw breakfast at 9 and supper at the Wolf on the horizon. These 4; but these times were soon were made of wicker, and afterwards changed to break. varied in shape on different fast at 8.30, tiffin 12.30, and cooasions. supper 5.30. We were lucky We were now well to the to get fresh food for some days. south of Africa, in the roaring But this soon came to an end, forties; we saw many schools though the stook of musoatels, of whales, and albatrosses a quince preserve called mem- 200ompanied us for several brillo, and Spanish wine lasted days. By December 1 we had very much longer.

begun to steer N.W., and For many days after we on the 3rd the captain inparted company with the Wolf formed us we were the nearest we ambled and dawdled we should ever be to Cape through the sea on a south- Town, the port to which I had westerly course, sometimes stop- set out. We were then 150 ping altogether for an hour or miles off. We met the Wolf two, sometimes for half a day, again on the 5th, and travelled sometimes for a whole day. in her company during the

On the afternoon of the 23rd remainder of that day and the the Germans became very next two, stopping, as usual, agitated at the sight of smoke for communication and the on the horizon. At first we sending of stores to us in the all thought it was the Wolf, evenings just before sunset. but before long we could see The Wolf on this occasion told two columns of smoke, evi- us she had sunk the American dently coming from steamers sailing vessel John H. Kirby, travelling together. We at from America to East London, once changed our course, and with a oargo of 400 motor-cars manoeuvred at full speed in on board, when two days from such a way that we quiokly her destination, the officers and got out of sight of the smoke. orew being taken on board the Then we resumed our original Wolf. course, and the German captain The evening of December 7

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was the last occasion we saw Trinidad, where it was underthe Wolf for many days. The stood the Wolf would coal from two ships now shaped a course her prize, and with her spend for the Brazilian island of the Christmas holiday.

VII.

It must not be supposed that was no water supply in the the life of the prisoners on bathroom, and it was kept in the Igotz Mendi in any way an extremely dirty condition. approximated to that of pas. The saloon, about 18 feet sengers on an ordinary pag- square, in which all the meals senger ship. To begin with, were served in two sittings, was there were no ship's servants very rarely clean, and the habits to wait on us with the exoop- of the oaptain's pup did not tion of the Spanish steward, a improve matters, while the youth who waited at table and table appointments were often excelled in breaking ship's disgusting. The tableoloth was crookery. If the cabins were filthy after the first meal or to be kept clean, we had to 80, thanks to the rolling of the do it ourselves. Every morn- ship, but was only changed ing saw the oooupants sweep- twice, sometimes only once, a ing out and cleaning up their week. Cups were used without cabins, as no ship's servant saucers, and spoons graduever entered them. The water ally disappeared, 80 that tosupply was very limited, and wards the end one had to had to be fetohed by ourselves suffice between four or five -10 matter what the weather persons. -sometimes from the forepeak, We got thoroughly sick of and sometimes from a pump the food provided, but the near the ship's galley. Wash, German officers and crew had ing water and drinking water just the same. The Hitachi were served out twice a day, had been carrying 10,000 cases at 8 A.M. and 4 P.M., an of oanned orab to England. A ordinary water-oan being the great part of this was saved allowance of the former, and and divided between the Wolf & water - bottle that of the and her prize. None of us over latter. The supply of washing want to see or hear of this water was very inadequate, and commodity again; we were fed no hot water was ever avail. on it till most of us loathed able. After washing ourselves, it, though when it was served we had to wash our olothes in we perforoe had to eat it or the same water-for there was dry bread, and several of us of course no laundry on board chose the latter. Bully beef, -and then the cabin floor after every variety of bean, dried that. It was impossible to vegetables, bean soup, dried fish have a proper bath all the that audibly announced its time we were on board. There advent to the table, and pea

ceeding of full

for this the

soup we got just as sick of, The few books we had between till, long before the end, all the us were passed round and read food served nauseated us. Tea, over and over again. Some sometimes made in a coffee- were also sent over from the pot, sometimes even with salt Wolf for us. Card games of water, was the usual hot drink various kinds also helped to provided, but coffee was for pass the time, whioh neverthesome time available once a day. less dragged very heavily. We owe a great debt to one We next picked up the Wolf of our fellow-prisoners, a ship's on the afternoon of Deo. 19, oook from one of the other cap- and the two ships proceeded tured ships, who in return for on parallel courses for Trinihis offer to work as baker was dad, but about 8 P.M. both promised his liberty, which turned sharply round and fortunately he has now secured, doubled on their traoks, prothough no thanks to the Ger- ceeding on a south-easterly mans. He baked, under the course at full speed. We most difficult conditions, ex- learned the reason for this the traordinarily good bread, and next day. We had been proover and over again we should ceeding towards Trinidad, have gone without food but for where German raiders had this.

previously coaled and hidden; Mention has been made of but Brazil was now in the the ship’s rolling. Her oapacity war, so that hole was stopped, for this was incredible--in the and the Wolf had intercepted smoothest sea, whether stopped a wireless from the commander or under steam, she rolled of a Brazilian cruiser to the heavily from side to side, and garrison on Trinidad. Hence caused great discomfort and her rapid flight! But for that inconvenience to all on board. wireless message the Wolf The remark, “The Mendi roll, would have walked right into fresh every day for every meal, the trap, and we should have for breakfast, dinner, and tea,” been free within twelve hours was made by someone at from the time the message was almost every meal-time, as we picked up. olutohed at our food, gliding Once again, wireless had or jumping from end to end of been our undoing. The Hitachi the saloon table, accompanied had wirelessed the hour of her by the smashing of crookery arrival at, and departure from, and upsetting of liquids and Singapore and Colombo; the soup. Even the captain was Wolf of course had picked up astonished at the rolling of the the messages and was ready ship, as he might well be, when waiting for her. One other one night he, in common with ship, if not more, was caught most of us, was flung out of in just the same way. The his berth. No ship ever rolled Matunga had wirelessed, not like it!

even in code, her departure, As may be imagined, there with the nature of her cargo, was not much to do on board. from Sydney to New Guinea,

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