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SIX THOUSAND ORDERLY MEN; THEY'RE THE
GERMANS IN ENGLAND'S PRISON CAMP
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ground. BY HARRY PAYNE BURTON
Frith Hill, England, Oct 22 (By
Mail). "Wie geht's, Frits:?
I tossed the question to one of the
6,000 Germans roaming over the
great compound England has built
for her prisoners-of-war in a tight
little valley tucked in amid the hills
of Surrey. -,
"How goes it yourself, kid! And
when did YOU see the Woolworth
tower last?" The German prisoner
answered the question JTJST THAT
WAY, in just those English words,
and his lips smacked "New York"
with each syllable!
"Well," T said, "what are YOU do
ing here with a Jaeger cap on when
you own 4. perfectly good American
accent like that?"
"Oh, just what a thousand more or
60 of us are doing waiting for the
They Have a Canteen Where German
Prisoners May "Buy."
war to finish so we can go back."
"To Germany?" I interrupted.
"Not on your tintype!" he re-i
"To the States! To our jobs. No
more Europe for me. I get my nat
uralization papers the minute I hit
New York this time. The statue of
liberty is my motto from now on!"
"Fritz" was a good sample of most
of these "prisoners," I found. They
are all pretty happy and are more or
less glad they are out of the battle
line. They all tell you they didn't
want war and they add, "neither did
the Frenchies." The little they saw
of the fighting in Belgium has made
them realize that war is no longer a
worthy engagement for mankind, no
matter what the cause, they tell you,.