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SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 1918. THE DAILY COURIER, CONNELLSVTLUB. PA, -PAGE SEVEN. OUTWITTING LIEUTENANT PAT DBRIEN \ Thl» guard seemed to be even morel perturbed about my complaint than I' myself, eridently fearing that he would be blamed for my condition. The commandant was summoned «nd I could see that lie was very an- fry. Someone undoubtedly got a severe reprimand for It . I was taken ont of my cell by a Ruard with a rifle and conducted about a quarter df a mile from die prison to an old factory building which had been converted Into an elaborate fumigating plant. There I was given a piclvle bath In some kind of solution, and while I was absorbing It my clothe*, bed clothes and whatever else had been In my cell wns licing put through another fumigating process. . While I was waiting for ray things to dry--it took perhaps half jin hour-I had a chance to observe about one hundred other victims of "cooties"-German soldiers who had become Infested In the trenches. We were all nude, of course, but apparently ft was not difficult for them to recognize me as a foreigner even without my uniform on, for none-of them made any attempt to talk to me, although they were very busy talking; about me. I could not understand whnt they were snying, but I knew I was the butt of most of their jokes and they made no effort to conceal the fnct that I was the subject of conversation. AVhen I got back to my ce!I I found .that it had been thoroughly fumigated, and from that time on I had no further trouble with "cooties" or other visitors of the same kind. : As we. were not allowed to write anything but prison cards, writing was out of the question; and as we had no reading matter to speak of. reading was nil. We hod nothing to do to pass away the time,.so consequently cards became our only diversion, for we did, fortunately, have some of these. There wasn't very ror.cb money as a · rule in circulation, and I thinl; t'or oace 'in my life 'I held most o£ thut, not due to any particular ability on ray part in the giirae, but I happened to have -several hundred francs in my pockets when shot down. But we htild a lottery that was watched without quite such intense interest as that. The drawing was always held the day before to tenrn who was the lucky mnn. There was as much speculation as to who j ·would win the prize as if It liad been | the finest treasure in the world. The great prize was one-third of n loaf of bread. Through some arrangement, which I never quite figured out. It happened that among the eight or ten ofucers who were there with me, there was always one-third of a loaf of bread over. There was just oae way of getting that bread* and that was to draw lots. Consequently that was what started the lottery. I believe 1C a mnn had ever been Inclined to 'heat he would have been sorely tempttd in this instance, but the game was played ^ib- somtely square, and if n man had been caught cheating the chances ore that he would have been shunned by the rest of the officers as long as; he was la prison. I was fortunate enough to win the prize twice. One' maa--and I think he was the smallest eater ic the camp--won it on three successive days, but it -.vas well for him that bis luck deserteii him on the fourth day, for he probably would have been handled rather roughly by the rcst.'of the crowd, who W'ITB growing suspicions. But we handler! the drnwirg ourselves and knew there was notlilng crooked about it, so he was spared. We were allowed to buy p».ars, and being small and very hard, they -were used as the stakes in many a game, j But the Interest in these little games i was as keen as It the stakes liad been j piles of money instead of two or three ! halC-sturved pears. No man was ever · so reckless, however, in all the betting as to wager his own rations, By the most schooling and sacrificing I ever did in my lite I managed to hoard two piece* of bread (grudgingly spared at the time from my daily rations), but I was preparing for the day when I should escape-- it I over should, j It was not a sacrifice easily made | either, but instead ot vntlng bread I i ate pears uni.il I finally got oae piece of bread ahund; and when I could lorce myself to stick to the near diet agnir.. I saved the other plrce from that clay's allowance, and in days to come I had cause to credit myself fully for the foresight. Whenever a new prisoner came in and his German hostg bad satisfied themselvfs us to his life history and taken down «J1 the detail*--that i* all he would give them--be was immediately surrounded by his fellow prisoners, who were eager for any bit of news or Information hr could possibly give, them, and as a rule he was glad to tell us, because. If he bad been ra the hands of the Hum for any length of time, he had seen verj few English officers. ., . The conditions of this prison were bad enough when a man was In normally good health, bat It was barbarous to subject a wounded soldier to the hardships and discomforts of the place. However, this was tbe fate'of a poor private we discovered there one day in terrific pain, Buffering from shrapnel in his stomach and back. All of as officers asked to have him sent to a hospital, but tbe doctors curtly ,refused, saying it was against orders. So the poor creature went on suffering from day to day and was still there when I left--another Tlcttm of German cruelty. At one time in thtt prison camp there were a French marine, a French flying officer, two Belgian soldiers, and of UK United Kingdom one from Canada, two from England, three from Ireland, a couple (ram Scotland, one from Wales, B man from South Africa,' one from Algeria, and a New Zealander, the latter being from my own rqnadron, a man whom I thought bad bten killed, and he was equally surprtied when brought' into the prison to flnd me there. In addition there were a Chinaman and myself from tbe tl» S. A,. It was quite a cosmopjoUtai' 'group, and as one typical Irishman said, "Sure, and we hare erery nation thafs worth mentioning, including tbe darn Germans with ns whites." Of course this was not translated to the Germans, nor was it even spoken in their hearing, or we probably would not have had quit* so cosmopolitan a bunch. Each man in the prison was ready to uphold his native country in any argument that could possibly be started, and it goes without saying that 1 never took a back seat in any of them with my praise for America, with the Canadian and Chinaman chiming in on my side. But they were friendly arguments; we were all In the same boat and that was no place for quarreUnf. Every other morning, the weather allowing, we were taken to a large swimming pool and were allowed to have a bath. There were two pools, one for the. German officers and one for the men. Although we were officers, we had to use the pool occupied by the men. While we were In swimming a German guard with a rifle across his knees sat at each corner of the pool and watched us closely as we dressed and undressed. English interpreters accompanied ns on all of these trips, so at no time could we talk without their knowing what was going on. Whenever we were taken out of the prison for any purpose they always paraded us through,the most crowded streets--evidently to give the populace ao Idea that they were getting lots of prisoners. The German soldiers we passed on these occasions made no effort to hide their' smiles and sneers. The Belgian people were apparently very curious to see as, and they used to turn ont In large numbers whenever the vord was passed that we were out. At times the German guards would strike the women and children wbo crowded too close to us. One day I smiled and spoke to a pretty girl, and when she replied, a German made a run for her. Luckily she stepped into the bouse before he reached her, or I am afraid my salutation would have resulted seriously for her and I would have been powerless to have assisted ber, Whenever we passed a Belgian home or other building which had been wrecked by bombs by our airmen our guards made us stop a moment or two while they passed sneering remarks among .themselves.. One of the most interesting souvenirs I have of .my imprisonment at Courtr.il is a photograph of a group of us taken in the prison courtyard. The picture was made by one of the guards, who sold copies of it to those of us who were able to pay his price--one'mark apiece. As we faced the camera I suppose we all tried to look our happiest but the'majority of us, I am afraid, were .too sick at heart to raise- a .smile, even for this occasion. One of our Huh guards is shown in the picture seated at the table. I am standing directly behlud him, attired la my flying tunic, .which they allowed me to wear all the time I was in prison, as is the. usual custom with prisoners of war. Three of the British officers shown in the picture, In the foreground, are clad in "shorts," Through all my subsequent adventures I was able to retain a print of this interesting picture, and although when I gaze at it now it only.serves to.lncrease ray gratification at my ultimate escape, it fills me with regret to think that my fellow prisoners' were not so fortunate. All of them by this time . are undoubtedly eating their hearts up lit the prison camps of interior Germany. Poor fellows 1 Despite the scanty fore and tbe restrictions we were under In this prison, ·we did manage on one occasion to arrange a regular banquet The planning which was necessary helped to pass the time. At this time there were eight of us. We decided that the principal thing we needed to make the affair a success was potatoes, and I conceived a plan to get them. Every other afternoon they took us for a walk in the country, and it occurred to me that It woald be a comparatively simple matter for us to pretend to be tired and sit down when we came to the first potato patch. It worked out nicely. "When we came to the first potato patch that afternoon, we told our guards that we wanted to rest a bit and we were allowed to sit down. In the course of the next five minutes each o£ us managed to get a potato or two. Being Irish, I got six. When we got back to the prison, I managed to steal a handkerchief full of sugar, which, with some apples that we were allowed to purchase, w£ easily converted Into a sort of jam. We now had potatoes and. jam, but no bread. It happened that the Hun who had charge of the potatoes was a great musician. . It was not very difficult to prevail upon him to play us seme music, arid while he went out to get bis "zither I went into the bread pantry and stole a loaf of bread. Host of us bad saved some butter from the day before, and we used it to fry our potatoes. By bribing one of the guards; be bought some eggs for us. They cost 25 cents apiece, but we were determined to make this banquet a success, no matter wht it cost The cooking was done by the prison cook, ' whom, of course, we had to bribe. When the meal was ready to serve It consisted of scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, bread and jam. and a pitcher of b.cer which we were allowed to buy. That was the 29th of August. Had I known that it was to be tbe last real meal that I wns to eat for many weeks, I might have enjoyed It even more than I did, but it was certainly Tery good. We had cooked enough for eight, but while we were stfll eating, another joined us. lie was an English officer who had just been brought lu on a stretcher. For seven days, he told us, he had lain In a shell hole, wounded, and he was almost famished, and we were mighty glad to sharo our banquet with him, We called on each man for a speech, and one might have thought that we were at a first-class club meeting. A few days a:[ter- that -our party was broken up and some of the men, I suppose, I shall never see again. ' One of thi;_ souvenirs' of my adventure Is a cheek given me during this "banquet" by 'Lieut James Henry Dickson of the Tenth Boyal Irish Fu- sileers, a fellow prisoner. It was for 20 francs and was made payable to the order of "Mr. Pat O'Brien, 2nd Lieut" Poor Jim forgot to scratch ont the "London" and substitute "Conrtrnl" on the date line, but Its value as a souvenir is just as great. When he gave it to me he had no idea that I would have an opportunity so soon afterward to cash it in person, although I am quite sure that whatever financial reverses I may be destined to meet my want will never be great enough to Induce me to realize on that check. There was one subject that was talked about In this' prison whenever conversation lagged, and' I suppose it la the same in other prisons too. What were the chances of escape Every man seemed to have a different Idea acd one way, I suppose, -was about as impracticable as another. None of us ever expected to get-a chance to put our ideas into execution, but it was interesting speculation, and anyway one can never'tell what opportunities might present .themselves. One suggestion was that we disguise ourselves as women. "O'Brien would stand a better chance disguised as a horse 1" declared another, referring to the fact'that my height (I am six feet two Inches) would make me more conspicuous as a woman than, as' a man. Another suggested that we steal a German Gotha--a type of airplane used for long-distance bombing. It is these machines which are used for bombing London. They are manned by three men, one sitting in front with a machine gun, tbe pilot sitting behind him and an observer sitting In the rear with another machine gun. We figured that at a pinch, perhaps, seven or eight of us could make our escape in,a single machine. They have two motors of very high horse power, fly very high and make wonderful speed. Bat we had no chance to put this idea to tbe test j j I worked out another plan by which I thought I might have a chance it I could ever get inijo oue of the German airdromes. I would conceal myself in one of the hangars, wait until one of the German machines started out, and as he taxied along the ground I would rush out shout at the top of my voice and point excitedly at his wheels. This, I figured, would cause the pilot to stop and get out to see what was wrong. By that time I would be up to him, and as he stooped over to inspect the machine, I could knock him senseless, jump into the machine and be over the lines before the Huns could make up their minds just what had happened. It was a fine dream, but my chance was not to come that way. There were dozens of other ways which we considered. One man. would be for' endeavoring to make his way right through the lines. Another thought the safest plan would be to swim some river that cro-ssed the lines. The Idea of making one's way to Holland, a neutral Country, occurred to everyone," but the one great obstacle in that direction, we all realized, was the great barrier of barbed and electrically charged wire which guards every foot of the frontier between Belgium and Holland, and which is closely watched by tbe German sentries. This barrier was a three-fold affair. It consisted first of a barbed wire wall sir feet high. Sis feet beyond that was a nine-foot wall of wire powerfully charged with electricity. To touch it meant electrocution. Beyond that at a distance of six feet, was another wall of barbed wire six feet high. Beyond the barrier lay Holland and liberty, .bat how to get there was a problem which none of us could solve aud few of ns ever expected to hav a chance to try. 'Mine came sooner than I expected. TO BE CONTINUED. CATCHING IT, An Irishman was coming down one of the bridges of the Liverpool landing stage on his way to tbe Blrkenhead boat Over his shoulders hung a bag containing about a bushel of potatoes, and in his hand be carried a 'stout (tick. Being under full sail, the momentum acquired In coming down tbJe steep slope carried him nearly across the landing stage, when, seeing a boat about ten feet from it he shook ont another reef, made an astonishing sport, and jumped. Just ns he reached the deck the potato bag shifted heavily to port and laid out a clerk, who was smoking a cigar through a meerschaum -bolder, while the stick hit n rotund merchant In tbe waistband, shutting him up like a knife, and Pat himself assumed an involuntary devotional attitude. He was the first to recover his perpendicularity, and, as he replaced the bag in its normal position, he complacently remarked: "Be me sowl, that was a powerful jump; but I got the boat bedad." "Got the boat," shrieked the clerk, spitting out pieces of amber. "Why, you confounded Idiot, this boat IB coining in." And so she was. Plentiful Stock. The prodigal had returned and was trying to'justify himself. "Ot course I've been a failure," he said resentfully. "But how could I have been otherwise? Ton can't gst anywhere in this world without pu!IL Wherever you look it's pull, pull, pull --nothing but everlasting pull, .'in politics It's puIL In literature you can't get anybody to look at your stuff unless yon have pull. In business if you haven't pull you might as' well put .up tbe shutters before you begin--and where could I, tbe unknown, nameless, insignificant son of a farmer like you, get any pull?" "That's all right, Sammy," said the old man. "Te done wise to come right back here. This is the place to git what ye need. You go out in.tbe truck garden behind tbo barn and yell find a year's supply o' pull waitln' for ye right thar among; them there weeds." Mirror Aids Irupeetlon. s To euftble a track Inspector to Inspect rail Joints while standing erect there, has been invented an Instrument carrying mirrors that fit down on each side of the rails. TRINITY REFORMED CHURCH, corner South Pittsburg aud Bast Green streets. Sunday school at 9.45 A. M. Preaching services at 11 A. M. Sermon by the Rev. puff. H. M. J. Klein o£ Lancaster, pa,, a. member of the Franklin, and Marshall college faculty. Evening worship at 7.45; sermon by the Kev. Alpha K. Kline of[ Jeannette, Pa. There will be held immediately after the close of the morning services, a congregational meeting for Uie purpose of electing a pastor. The consistory has nominated Mr. I. G-. Nace of Hanover, Pa,, a graduate of this year's class in the Theological seminary of the Reformed church, Lancaster, Pa. The consistory vrill hold its regular monthly meeting in the study of th« church on Monday evening at 7.30. The regular monthly meeting of the Woman's Missionary society will be held in the parsonage 0:1 Thursday evening and will be entertained by the men of the congregation. All the members and friends of the Sunday school and congregation are cordially invited. Choir rehearsal, including the Junior choir, will be held in the chapal on Friday evening. Rehearsal for Children's Day by the Beginners' and Primary departments on Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock. TRINITY L.DTHEKN CHURCH, Rev. Ellis B. Burgess, pastor. The Bible school will meet at 10 A. M.; the Luther League at 7 P. M. Dlvins services will be conducted by the pas-, tor at 11 A..M. and 7.45 P. M.. Please note the change in the evening hour o( worship. Morning sermon, "The Grain of Mustard Seed." Evening sermon, "Truths That Cannot be Denied." Strangers are invited to worship with us. SECOND BAPTIST CHURCH, DUN- bar. Rev. C. M. Gregory, in charge. Preaching at 11 A. M. and 7.30 P-.M. Sunday school at 2.30 P. M. Rev. Dr. H. B. Boonson, pastor of .the Rising Sun Baptist church and principal of the Jerico Normal Industrial Institute and Divinity School of Jerico, Ark., will.nil the pulpit all day. CHURCH OP THE BRETHREN, West Side. Sunday school at 9.45. Preaching at 11 A. M. by the pastor. This will be a missionary sermon, after which a missionary offering will be taken for world wide missions. All who give one dollar for this work are entitled to the Misionary Visitor for cne year. Young People's meeting at 7.30 P. M.. Preaching at S.30. TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH, M. S. Kanaga. vicar. Services held in new church .house, corner Fairview avenue and Prospect street. Sunday chool at 10 A. M. Morning services at 10.45 A. M. FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, J. L. Proudfit, pastor. Sabbath school at 9.45. ilorning service at 11; subject of sermon, "Where Rest is Found." Evening service at 7.45; subject, "Our Help." Christian Endeavor at 6.4D. Wednesday evening prayer meeting at 7.45. THE UNITED PRESBYTERIAN Church, South Pittsburg street aud Morton avenue. William J. Evorhart, minister. Morning worship at 11 o'clock; sermon topic, "A Great Trust" Evening worship at 7.45 o'clock; sense*! topic, "Out of tbe Depths." Sabbath school at 3.45 A. 31. Juniors at S P. M. Intermediate Y. P. C. U. at 3 P. M. Senior Y. P. C. U. at 6.45 P. M. Prayer meeting Wednesday evening at 7.45 o'clock. THE METHODIST PROTESTANT church, West Apple "street, John H. Lambertsou, minister. Class meeting at 9 A. M. Sabbath school at 9.45 A. M. Morning worship at 11 A. M. Communion, baptism and reception of members. Christian Endeavor meeting at 7 P. M. Topic, "Christian Duty and Privilege," In the evening the service will be of a patrotlc nature with the unveiling of a service honor roll and a service flag. Wednesday evening prayer meeting at 7.45 o'clock. Subject, "Cheerful Christians." THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH,. South Pittsburg street. Wilbur Nelson, pastor. Sunday school at 9.45 A. M. Classes for all. Public worship at 11 A. M. and 7.-15 P. M. Morning sermon, "Keep Yourselves in the Love of God." Evening sermon, "The Extravagance of Love." Young Pto- ple's meeting at 6.45 P. M. CHRISTIAN CHURCH, GEORGE Walker Buckner, minister. Bible school and Christian Endeavor as usual. Morning sermon, "Tbe City on the Hill." Evening sermon, "The Monroe Doctrine of the Old Tosta- ment." The Children's .Day exorcises, which were announced lust CHILD'S COAT WITH SttK S3IOCKETG AND CROCHETING. Sillc smocking and crocheting are things that give charm to clothes for tbe little folks. The coat is pale-blue satin and the top is smocked and crocheted. The salin bonnet is covered with rows of light-blue worsted and two velvet leaves. Real Money Can" Be Saved by Having Sour Hat Cleaned and Reblocked into the. Latest Shape by our Experienced and Expert Hat Cleaner, who.makes a special study of all Panama work. We use no acids "and guarantee all our. work to be the best - Established 1900, Ik American Up-to-Date Hat Cleaning Parlor 3. i. PKEBl'S, Proprietor. Ill TV. ·Crawfbra""Ave., CONNELLSVILLE,'."- PEKNA. JNo More Guesswod. | when you bake. No ruined pastry,n'' poorly done bread, no wasted mates* ' bee "" 8 ° f "* °" week to be given tomorrow, have been postponed until Sunday evening, June 9th. THE · COVENANTER CHURCH, Sabhath school .at 10 o'clock. Preaching service at 11: topic. "The Blindness of the Chosen. Man." Evening service at 7.30; topic, "The Convincing power of the Spirit." C. Y. P. U. at 6.45; topic, "Goodness, a Fruit-of the Spirit." "Nell Rose" Sags. "Nell roae," the lovely new shade of cerise named In honor of Mies Eleanor Woodrow Wilson, apears in a series of handbags of the finest of pin sealskin. They are mounted on Invisible steel frames, having handles of self material or steel linking, and self-colored linings of moire or fine glace kid." Legal sized envelopes ot the same pelt and color, made with two flap-covered compartments on the front side, have strap handles crossing the hack, and interiors fitted -with a complete vanity- equipment in addition to handkerchief, purse and card case receptacle. The "Nell rose" handbag series also Includes the square, oblng and blunt-topped triangle shapes. Get A. Direct Action Oven Thermostat and measure the beat as easily as you measure milk in a pint cup. You simply set the -Temperature Wheel and obtain any degree of oven I heat that the receipt culls for. CHICHESTER SPILLS W^--^. _ THE 1ULMOK1 BBAKD. A Best. Safct, Always Relbbt* SOLD BY DRUGGISTS EYERYWHERF F. T. ET1SS ESTATE, Agente, Botli Phoaes Patronize Those Who Advertise --THE-- ITMJMAMT EVERYTHING COOKED LIKE AT HOME. Strictly Fresh, Glean and Pure. ASK FOR OUR .SPECIAL CLUB 'BREAFAST . AND SUNDAY DINNER, "Our Pastries Are Delicious Because They Are Homemade." NEST DOOR TO -WEST PENH . WAITING ROOM. Title and TrustConipani -of 1 WesternPennwhianfa . THE ERGEXT NECESSITY ·' ' There is urgent necessity this year is the production of vegetables and fruits. Do all you can to .supply the demand. 4- .garden in your backyard, if properly cultivated, can be made to prdduce enough vegetables for your entire family during the summer. Also cultivate the., practice of regular tank . deposits. . . . :.._, Your 'account 3s invited. This is the only Bank in this communitj- paying 4% interest on Savings-Accounts. · (WESTSIDE) THE GROWTH OP SMALL ACCOUNTS The Union National Bank takes a.per- sonal interest in the growth of stoall ac- county. It gives encouragement to- the young man starting in business, even if he has not a large amount'of "Capital.-- We believe that'the small, account i/rilL:. increase through proper financial management. _ . . . _ , checking Accounts, large-or small,-are -invited and excellent service afforded. TOflOX 5ATIOSAL BA5K. T T.TVK--Thorp Isn't Anything a Woman Can't Think Of Br C.£A. 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