Hi there;
There is such a simple code here, and with the propotion of its simplicity, it drives me crazy.
Here is the code:

private void fillArrayLists(String fileName,ArrayList <String> list)
	{

		try{

			// Open the file that is the first 
			
			// command line parameter
			
			FileInputStream fstream = new FileInputStream(fileName);
			
			// Get the object of DataInputStream
		 
			DataInputStream in = new DataInputStream(fstream);
			BufferedReader br = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(in));
			String strLine;
			//Read File Line By Line
			
			while ((strLine = br.readLine()) != null)   {
				// Print the content on the console
				System.out.println (strLine.trim());
				list.add(strLine.trim());
				
			}
			//Close the input stream
			in.close();
		    
		}catch (Exception e){//Catch exception if any
		
			System.err.println("Error: " + e.getMessage());
		  	
		}
		  
	}

It simply reads the input and fills proper arraylist.
I call them such like that:

System.out.println("*** RANKS: ***");
		fillArrayLists("ranks.txt" , this.ranks);
		System.out.println("*** Departments: ***");
		fillArrayLists("departments.txt" , this.departments );
		System.out.println("*** names: ***");
		fillArrayLists("names.txt", this.names);
		System.out.println("*** surnames: ***");
		fillArrayLists("surnames.txt", this.surnames);

RANKS printed such as:
*** RANKS: ***
��t��u��g��g��e��n��e��a��l instead of "tuggeneral"
surnames are bad as mentioned above. But names and departments are printed as expected.

Why?

What kind of file are you reading? How was it created?
It looks like it contains Unicode characters with a leading id character. Here is the contents of a file in hex that I created with Wordpad by selecting Unicode Text Document as the Save type:
FFFE540068006900730020006900730020006100200074006500730074002E00

Notice there is a 00 every other pair of digits except at the start.

Thanks for your reply.
I've read txt files, and I've changed them as a UTF-8. Problem solved such a way.

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