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The fact that there is a very large number of Germans resident in this country has caused a certain amount of uneasiness,-and the authorities have taken active steps to obtain information about them and to deal with any cases of suspected espionage. Many of the Germans living here are naturalised, and are more British than German in sentiment and sympathies. Others, of course, are open to suspicion. A statement on the subject was issued by the Home Secretary on August so. ” During the last two days,” he said, “a considerable number of Germans, chiefly reservists, have been arrested in various parts of the country.
This has been done as a precautionary measure and in accordance with what is usual in the early stages of a war, but it is not likely that the detention of most of the prisoners will be prolonged, and every consideration will be shown them while detained. Those aliens who were known to be spies were arrested early last week ; and though there is at the present moment a clear necessity for taking precautionary measures, the public may rest assured that the great majority of Germans remaining in this country are peaceful and innocent persons from whom no danger is to be feared.” Some two hundred German reservists were prevented from embarking at Folkestone for Flushing. Others were taken from Sheerness to Horsham.