The Fate of the Former German Colony in the South Seas

Taken from the Syracuse Union, Thursday, June 8, 1922 p.3


Former German New Guinea has been handed over to Australia

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German New Guinea, the only German colony in the South Seas and the most magnificent tropical paradise on earth with its extensive island meadows, is now fully in the hands of Australia.

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Illustration near top of article reads: Village in New Guinea.

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According to German officials, reasonable people of Australia, and all other critics it is maintained that this may lead to the island's ruin. It was reported in an article in Steades Revue that the expulsion of the seasoned German colonists by the Australian government will cause financial loss of 250,000 Pounds per year.

The German settlers, who have dedicated ten to twenty years of hard work in the tropics, will be robbed of their capital and their occupations. They haven't been left a penny with which to build a new life in the world. Just about all of them are being forced to return to Germany and declare their losses to the government. As a token of peace they will receive compensation in English Pounds valued at the 1920 rate of 20.50 Marks even though the English Pound has risen dramatically in value since then. Travel costs alone at this time come to around 100,000 Marks and the Empire delays payment to the destitute ex-patrioted Germans. What these returning colonists can bring back with them is a matter of how much they can afford.

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Illustration at center of page reads: A Young New Mecklenburg Girl.

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It would be nice if the German colonists, who would find it difficult to adjust to the German climate and other conditions could receive help in returning to the tropics. It is certainly acknowledged that these pioneers accomplished much for German culture until they lost their money due to the war. They could resettle in the Dutch colonies and South America.

Driving Germans from the former German colonies is one of the most evil results of the World War. The harm is not just to the expelled colonists but to the lands taken away since those who get the land will find that the Germans are hard to replace. What's happening in the South Seas is also occuring in East Africa where the work of many years will be destroyed by incorrect handling or neglect of the crops. One of the most promising crops, hemp, will most likely fall completely into decay.

Anyone who knows about the joyous tropics and the work the Germans accomplished there will mourn what Germany has lost. How much sadder it is for those who placed their life dreams in this land then saw themselves robbed of the fruits of their labor and everything that all their efforts produced through such hot work.

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Illustration at bottom of article reads: Inner Harbor of Rabaul.


In a Nutshell

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Professor X. was giving a lecture on the origin of man. "First there were primordial beings," he said, "who lived in the trees and moved on their hands and feet. Basically they were life forms, which today we call the apes. Over the course of the centuries the light of intellect developed from their instincts. They climbed down from the trees and started to walk on two feet. Gradually they became human. So what are we humans today?" he asked one of his students. The prompt answer was, "Actually, we're disgraced apes!"

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— Teacher's blunder. "With a bronze stylus the pyramids inscribed the name Napoleon into the Book of Fame."

— The Sleepless Professor. Physician: Do you suffer from sleeplessness, Professor? Perhaps you work too much or think too hard when you're lying in bed?

Professor: No, that's not the case.

Physician: Then perhaps you are disturbed by noises during the night?

Professor: Yes, that's absolutely right! It just occurred to me. Since boyhood I've snored too loudly.

— In the meat market. Customer: Please show me a nice, fat goose, young man!

Apprentice. Just one moment, Sir. The owner's wife will be here shortly.

— A child of the times. Hans, do you know the old bible story of Jonas in the stomach of the whale?

No, Uncle. What kind of old fashioned game was that?


Translation by Susan Kriegbaum-Hanks, September 25, 2021