The late J. Kapatzo who was found dead near the Shotover River, had somewhat of an interesting but chequered career in his early days.
He was an old Crimean veteran. He joined the Turkish army first and afterwards enlisted in an Italian regiment in which he was engaged at the Crimea. With others he was ordered to storm a Russian battery, and during the onslaught he had his arm broken and was taken prisoner.
After peace was declared he got his discharge and subsequently became dragoman to the Italian Embassy in Russia.
His next mission was that of a spy in Russia until found out, when he took his flight to England to escape punishment.
Deceased was educated in educated in the Seminary, Constantinople. He was a master of several language — Wakatipu Mail.
Otago Witness , Issue 2742, 3 October 1906, Page 61