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Thursday, 26 November 1914

Senator PEARCE - The answers are -

1.   Yes.

2.   No, it is not wholly correct. About 150 prisoners have arrived in Sydney. Some of these arc ordinary prisoners of war, and are in the concentration camp at Liverpool. The others are higher civil officials, who were included in the terms of capitulation.

3.   Under the terms of capitulation it was agreed that the higher officials were to receive three months' salary, and the paymaster is now making a percentage allowance of this three months' salary, which is being paid tothe officials weekly. Dr. Habsr, the exGovernor, lives in a boarding-house at Potts Point. One prisoner (Dr. Steubcl) stopped one night at the Australia Hotel. Six ladies (wives of officials) also stayed there one night.

4.   If a prisoner is an ordinary citizen, he is released on taking the oath of neutrality, and must report to the police daily for the first week, and weekly afterwards. He is not permitted to go to public places of entertainment.

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