CASEMENT, Roger. Original photograph of Roger Casement taken in Berlin on 25th April, 1916. Head and shoulders with jacket, waistcoat, shirt and tie.


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143 x 195mm. In fine condition. Sir Roger Casement, Irish agitator and leader of the Separist Party has been captured from a German auxiliary which attempted to land arms in Ireland and which was sunk. The vessel was convoyed by a German submarine and tried for two days to discharge her cargo. His arrest is the climax of a remarkable career. He had risen from the ranks in the British Diplomatic Service. He had been Consul at various times at Lorenzo Harques, in the Congo Free State, at Pare, Peru, and had been Consul General at Rio Janiero. He was created Knight in 1911. Casement accomplished wonderful work in suppressing the atrocities in the Congo Free State and in the Putomayo district in Peru. At the risk of his life he effectually ended the brutal practice of scourging the natives employed in the rubber trade, and for this received the commendation of the civilized world. Soon after the war he returned to Ireland and declared himself in opposition to the war and was next heard from as having been received by the German Foreign Office. The British Government put a price on his head and Sir Roger accused the British Ambassador to Norway with having conspired with his valet to siege him and send him to England. The British Government has failed to disclosed the disposition they have made of the prisoner but it is reported that he has been sent to the Tower. This photo is one of the most recent and was taken in Berlin where Sir Roger was at the time. 4/25/16.


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