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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 11, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta on Western Wfont Pigeons on Milit 1 /, ^aree!s �hils a prisoner. Simnnl is jiow oii of food we, would bavu slarved, 'Ihe iho G. P. R. SS. "Melita." ' . Oormai\ gitflrds 'and sentries took 1; Joflcph Simard, CC y^jars of age, from us what was left of our m*�l�i ot'Montreal, loft Mont-ieal oil ihe ",�tii aiS fbey said tliat the prl.soners got N'ov., 191B, on tbii SS.  "Mount more food than they did. lu one Temple"'as horseman, mi my tirst I month l.r,00 Russian's .died from siar-V05'ag:e to sea., There wpre abouf 750ivation in thl,"� camp. The number of horses on board and about 4"! men lo]prisoners in primdeiiburg Is as near-take'c^re'of them. Xotliing abnormal i ly as follows: l8,O0� Russians. 12,000 happened until the 6th of Dec, and : French.'2,000 .BrlllMi, and riboul MO |about' 3 p.m. on that day a crulEcr j llaliEus. On account .of the British Hying the British fla;;, lame towards i prisoners being more .stubborn than mm m us'at right angles on ilit; .starboard sidB an^ gbout a quarter of a ifiile idlsHijU Bhe hauled down the British dag,and hoisted the CJerntan (lag, she then flred about a dozon shots at ua. iTIie; Chief Steward, Mr. (Albert, was Icljlesl on tho after deck wliile stand-Ing next to me, an(l I also heard that there, had been another member of the; crew, killod. 1 was wounded in thi-BB places, one iiieto of shell amputating the third lower part of my right, leg, another piece struck me aljput the middle part of the leg, and n tliird piece striking mf. above the thigh; came out at the right side of tbo bflsin. , I crawled among the dead horsos for safety �'ind the next thing saw was the crow leaving the .ship ......'JiteboatB. 1 gathered my strengtli audTilDwered myself over ihc aide till I roaobed the water. >where I was picked ui) by one nf lliu lifeboats. Tho German (Jruissr 'Wlopwey scut a launch and took us all prisoners, 'and one of our crow died on board. The German docuir finished the amputation of my log aud I was then put into the cj'ul.scr's hospital. 1 was on tiMin) tlio "Moewe." for four days, and I was well treated .iiul the food WHS good. 1 was I hen transferred to the "Yarrowdale" along with (he rest of our erew, and we were oti hoard this ahlp until the 1st of .ianuury JOn. ' ,The doctor of tho ."Varrow-dale'was \very rough ami didn't seem to care .to attend to the wounded at all, and I wa.i locked iutlie hospital aud could not see very much. W'c were not too well treated, and %ii New Year's morning ail 1 had for br^kktasl; was dry broad and cold watetv We were all landed at Swliiemunde and four lOugllsh cap-taips and myself, woundod. were tranufcrred to a tug and tbken up tbfl vlver to u place called the Australian Hospital, and the (Irst thing they, did wa.s lo remove the sittches iWhlc-U wore put liilo uiy leg by i tho ,docU>r' qf the ".Moewe." and whieh tllo'doclor of the "YaLrowdale"' did 'POt Itioiiblo to remove. The dootor>at the; Australian Hospital was very ['angry abpiit it, and the removal of III* atttRhes gave me'a 1�^ (if i>aln, I wafliat'this imspiial for fife ilavB, ItaiWir^WftSi well eared for and had good ,|foodi.^:After my time e>:plred .at tlig ilioapttal. 1 was sent to barracks, wliero I'iwag Very 'bwlly ireated. J'was there foraboiit-l.'i days, and the fe�d-'Inn ��nd sleeping a.. b.id food, i.'vory ;' Mttlo coal' and bad -;K!0epln(E i,(a9Rjinodfttton, 1 was then sent to I'iBrajKleuihui'jf, and waa 'there, until J ,^va� I'vlfttaod on tho 12th of^.lanuary, ISIN. ,1) WTO voxy. cold iF'thVn'""! ~H P: ! t,"0 i>in i'ot.W!M,W:'krf.p|"MBLITAI'' �� the others, tbey psed.the Russians as horses to draw waggons full of all kinds of malarial, to and from the slatlon. U took about SO or GO men to draw one of tlieso waggons, t |saw a Russian shot dead for rcfitsing to take his boots olf and S'lvo them to one of the guards, after having stated that he had paid fo^- them himself. Two other Russians were wounded by the same shot. 1 also .4aw a man struck on tho head with the butt otp �I rifle to force blm lo work, the pian being unable to do' so on account q)i weakness,, and he died three days later. In (he rjimj) there was a gaol, and In this pjaco itheve were 2 Russians aud T FrehchmaA. One day the place was burned dgwn and the guard that had the key refused to open tho door and' with tlte help of the rest of the guard he kept the prisoners back who tried to break in to save the people:Inside, and (lie ve-stili was that the-iipfortuaate men In tlte gaol were burned to cinders. The guards were very strict and their oBl-cera gave them full- power. The prls-onerh "bave to be' oil' iMii^ado at .'i a.m. to see If there are apy deserters and to find workers, r Had to turn otit with the rest and had to supporj. lU) self with t;Y0 plocs!5;o{,-wood bocauBe they would not -supply me with crunches. One morning 1 refused to turn out arid the guard threaieiiBd to piit his bayonet .through, me, but' instead of that lie look ni� before the Commanding OfBo^r, who seeing my iiKlrmlty releiised; nie fi�i)i falling into line in the mornI�lS.: I hoard duringvuiy stay iherti that four munition fac'torfes were'closied on account of the alibvtage nfi malcTlal. �- I ed throuBli Berlin'twice ^urlng my captivity, and 1 heard fronia FrencTi-maii and a German ^non-cohinilKsLoncd oflicer, that the ' Kaiser had four castles in. fierltn ivith copper roofn and thai the roofaot three of iheso castles had been removed and turned into munitions.  ' ^ On my arrival In I^ondonth� Caua diau Red OvQSs took great care of me and supplied me ,with now clo'th^a and very Kood' food,: and they also showed nie,ti0ndon;ti'pui^one of tbeli cars, forvall of wJilcU I am vciy grijteful. : .:: '-;.�. ',i wish IQ thank,tUe oommauder and officers of the SS; ;!';*Ie)lta" for ..the kindness and courtQBy lUey have .shown mo,during my voyage bock to Canada, th� Miufort. of my (sleeping accommodation, and; the food bei�� the best r have ev�r exp^vlenced. 1 am greatly Inuabtqd to D�;tor C. A. iJupout, rnptaln in tho R. A, JI, C,i and Ijit^'�urBeon. of the CP, R,. tor acting as my Interproter aud thus cnabllniT'mp^o 'Set forth, my experiences In KuclUh; ^ i ' .TOSEPU SiaiARTJ, �Wltneas! � - , ;