The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania on May 25, 1918 · Page 7
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The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania · Page 7

Connellsville, Pennsylvania
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Saturday, May 25, 1918
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i f TTW-TT---V" SATURDAY, MAY 25, 1918. THE DAILY COURIER. .-CONNELLSVIT!f,K PA. PAGE'-SBTOiav. UTWFITING |/L£uTENANT * PAT DnRIEN PREFACE. There Is a common idem that the age of miracles la past. Perhaps it Is, but If to, the chance mast hare come about ·wltbin^tne p«3t few weeks--after I escaped 'into HoUaml. For If anything 13 certain In this life It Is this: this book never wooW hare been written but for the succession of xoiraclcs set forth in these pages. Miracle*, luck, coincidence. Providence--it doesn't matter much what you caj2 It--certainly Clayed an Important part In the series Of hair-breadth escapes IB which I -aspired 'during my short bnt eventful appearance In the great drama DOW being enacted across the seas. Without it, all my efforts and sufferings would have been quite unavailing. ' No one realizes tMs better Urna I do and I want to repeat It right here be- j cause elsewhere In these pages I rosy appear occasionally to overlook or minimize It: without the help 1 of Providence i wonld not lie h«re today. Bat this same Providence which brought me home safely, 'despite all the dangers which beset me, may work similar miracles for others, and It Is in the hope of encouraging other poor devils who may find themselves In situations as hopeless apparently as mine oftentimes were that this boot Is writ- ·ten. When this cruel war Is over--which I trust may be sooner than I expect It to be--I hope I shall have an oppor- - tnnltj to revisit the scenes of my adventures and to thank la person In n adequate manner -every one who extended a helping band to* me when I was a wretched fugitive. All of them took greet risks in befriending nn escaped prisoner and they did It without the slightest hope-of reward. At the same time I hope I shall hare a cbance to pay my compliments to those who endeavored to take advantage of my distress. » In the · meanwhile, however, I can only express my thanks la this Ineffective manner, trusting that in some mysterious way a cnpy of. this book · jnny fall into, the hands of every one who befriended me. 1 hope particularly that every good Hojlander who played the part of the Good Samaritan-to me so bountifully aftertmy escape from Belgium will see these pages and feel that I am absolutely sincere ·when I say that words cannot begin to express my sense of gratitude to the Dutch people. It Is needless for me to say how deeply I feel for my fellow^prisoners in Germany who were less fortunate than L Poor, poor follows--they sre the real victims of the war. I hope that every one of them may soon be restored to that freedom whose value I . never fully realized until after I had had to fight so hard to regain it, PAT O'BRIEN. Moraence, HI., January 14, 1913. tion--three Americans, one Canadian, and one Englishman. Three more were In all probability killed In action al- thouRh officially they are listed merely as "missing." One of these was an American, one a Canadian, and the third a Scotchman. Three more, two of them Americans, were seriously wounded. Another, a Canadian, is a prisoner in Germany. I know nothing of the others. . What happened to me Is narrated in these pages. I wish. Instead, I could tell thy story of each of my brave com- scure corner of It--the little, town of Jlomcnce, 111., where I was born--not very much the worse for wear after all I've been through, and, as I writ* these words not eight months have passed since my seventeen comrades and I sailed from Canada on the Meganlc. Can It be possible that I was spared to convey a message of hope to others who are destined for similar trials? I am afraid tbece will be many of them. Tears ago I heard of the epitaph which is said to hare been found on a child's grave: "If I was so' soon to he done for What, O Lord, was I ever begun for 7" The way It has come to me since I returned 'from Europe Is: ·'If, O Lord, I was to be done for. What were my sufferings e'er begun for? 1 Perhaps the answer lies In the suggestion I;have made. At any rate, if this record of my adventures should prove instrumental in sustaining others who need encouragement, I shall feel that my sufferings were not In vain. -It Is hardly likely that anyone will I quite duplicate my' experiences, but I haven't Uie slightest doilbt that many will have to go through trials equally nerve-racking and suffer disappointments Just as disheartening. It would be very for from the mark to imagine that the optimism which I am preaching now so glibly sustained me through all my troubles. On the contrary, I am free to confess that I frequently gave "way to despair and often, for hours at a time, felt so dejected and discouraged tout I really didn't care what happened to me. Indeed, I rather hoped that something would happen to put an end to my misery. But despite an my despondency and hopelessness, the worst never bap- peued, and I can't help thinking that my miraculous escape may, perhaps, serve a purpose as useful as that of the heroic fate of my less fortunate comrades. Their story, it Is true, might inspire others to deeds of heroism, bat mine; I hope, will 'Convey the equally valuable lesson of the folly of despair. Many were the times In the course of my struggles when it seemed- absolutely useless to continue. In a hostile country, where discovery meant death, wounded, sick, famished, friendless, hundreds of miles from the nearest neutral territory the frontier of which was so closely guarded that even If I got there It seemed too much to hope that I could ever get through, what was the use of enduring further agony! And yet here I am, la the land ot liberty--although In a somewhat ob- my salvation most have been designed to show the way to «f:Kor«, TO BE CONTINUED. my comrades after that, with one exception, I know only second hand. The exception was the cose of poor, brave Paul Raney -- my closest chum -whose last battle I witnessed from my ^German prison -- but that is a story I shall tell in Its proper place. In one way, however, I think the story of my own "big adventure" and CHAPTER I. The Folly of Despair. Less than cine months ago eighteen officers of the Itoyal flying corps, which had been training in Canada, left for England on the Meganic. If any of them was over twenty-fivo years of age, he had successfully concealed the fact, because they don't accept older men for the 11. F. C. Nine'of the squadron were British subjects; the other nine were Americans, who, tired of welting for'their own country to take 'her place with the allies, had joined thu British colors In Canada. I was one of the latter. "We were going to England to earn our "wings"--a qualification which most be won before a member of the It. P. C. Is allowed to hunt the Huns on the western front This was in May, 1017. By August 1, most of us were full- fledged pilots, actively engaged at -various parts of the line In daily conflict with the enemy. · By December IS, every man jack of n» who bad met the enemy io France, with one exception, had appeared on the casualty list. The exception was EL K. .Bovsen, an American, who at last report was fighting on We Italian front still unscathed. Whether his good fortune has stood nlm'up to this time I don't know, bnt if It has I would be very much surprised. Of the others, flve were killed In ac- Lletit Pat O'Brien fn the Uniform of t the Royal Flying Corps. · rades, for not one of them was downed, I am sure, without upholding the best '."rartitioos'of the E. F. C. Unfortunately, however, of the eighteen who sailed on the Meganic last May, I what befell the bands of the Huns, Swat the Kaiser by Buying Another Liberty Bond. Did you buy a. liberty Bond, and it you did, don't you feel that you would like to help Uncle Sam by buying another one? Go to the First National Bank of Connellsville and jola .the LIBERTY BOND CLUB. A dollar is all you need to begin paying for a bond. Don't miss this opportunity to strike a blow for HberLy and at. the same lime make a splendid investment ia easy weekly installments. Full information at the bank.--Adv. Who to Fatronlze. Merchants who advertise their good* The Daily Courier. 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I N the first place, it has enabled the American people, through the Red Cross, to help care for its army and navy. Secondly, it has enabled America to hearten her Allies' fighting forces and to keep up, among the civilian populations, the spirit to win the war. That, alone, has made the American Red Cross one of the largest factors since our entry into the war. X Canteens which provided food and hot drinks--· more than a. million meals to soldiers in December; warehouses, crammed with materials, situated all along the French line, all along the Italian lines, at seaports and at places where our soldiers are going to fight; institutions for the care of consumptives, institutions for the re-education of maimed men--these are a few of the concrete accomplishments abroad. At home---the millions of woolen sweaters, mufflers, socks and other comforts for the men in camps; the work of sanitation around cantonments and the help and advice given dependents of soldiers and sailors --these are things which will '' make you, your children and your children's children, in whatever "part of the world they may be, proud of being Americans." Will you do your share to keep this Hand of Mercy at its work ? Every cent of every dollar received for the Red Cross War Fond got* for War Relief. Ths American -Red Cross Is tho largest and most flffld«nt ors»ni**tlon tor th« pel!** of auRertng that thft World hms oror s««n, It Is mad* up almost entirely of volunteer vorkora, the hlchsr executives beta? without exception men ao- cuatoroed to Ifixge oUalra, who are la alroost LH cases Klvlx their awvtoea -without pay. It I* supported entlrotr br Its membership fflea and try voluntary contributions. It la today bringing- relief to suffering- humanity, both military and olvil. 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