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The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania · Page 7

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 1918. CHE DAILY COURIJKR, CONNELLSVIIJUE, PA. PAGE SEVEN. OUTWITTING «s£THF HfclM"^ HE F1HN ^LIEUTENANT ^PATD'BRIEN After what seemed like a year or" more, night finally came, and with a "dad" sty, low-hanging clouds and still more rain. Tbere was not a star in the sky, of course, and that made it Tery bad, because without the aid of the stars I had absolutely no way of know- Ing which, direction I was going. It was Just a case of taking a chance. I probnbTy TvonM have been better off If I had .simply picked out a place and stayed there nntll the weather improved, but ncturnlly I was impatient to be on my way when each day without food only lessened my strength and my ultimate cbances of reaching the frontier. So I left the woods and struck off In the direction which I thought wns north. I hadn't been at all sure ot my their fortunate owners. I did hope that I might find a goat staked out some place in the flelds, but in all mv travels I never saw a goat or a pip, and only a few cows. Several times \ searched nests for eggs, but somebody always had beaten me to It, as I never even found so much as a nest egg. There was no chance of getting away with any "bellying" stuff in Luxembourg. I knew, because the joung men have not been forced Into the army and are still at home, and as they arc decidedly pro-German, it would have been pretty hard for me to demand anything in that part of the country It was not like taking things awa fcom old men and women or robbing people that could net top me if the and for the flrgt time I knew I was being followed. I ran up the bank of the canal quite a distance and then swam to the op-1 poslte side, as I reasoned they would { not be looking for me there. I found a sheltered clump of bushes that were In a swnmp near the cunnl and. in the driest part that I could find I cmwled In and made myself as comfortable j as possible. The ^'un come up soon and kept me warm, and I planned to camp rIglit there, food or no food, until the Hun got tired of searching for me. I think I hoard them once or twice Unit day, imd my heiut nearly stopped on each occasion, hut evi- deat'y they derided to look In some other direction ami I \v-as not further molested, j At the same time I figured llmt it ·was absolutely necessary for me to change my course, even nt the expense of jrolnn somewhat out of ray way. I decided to go due west ard I kept En thut direction for four d n j s As I was Jn a Tory \veuk condUior, I did not cover more tbnn five miles i night I kept away from th: ronus and did nil my journeying through chose to do I thought at this time bearings the driy before, and as It had I that I was suffering about the worst. rained the sun failed entirely to help me out. but I was almost sure I had the right direction and trusted to luck. That night I found more rivers, canals and swamps than I ever found In my life before, bet I had the good fortune to stumble on ts some celery, and ftfter my diet of beets It surely was a treat. Perhaps it's unnecessary to add that I took on a good supply of celery and for flnys I "went along chewing celery like a cow would n cud. hardships any human being 1 could be called upon to endure, but I was later to find that the best of my journey was made along about this dme. There were plenty of vegetables, evpn though they wore raw, and these were much better than the tilings I was afterwards compelled to eat or go without AVe frpqnently hear of men who have lived for a certain number of days on their own resources In the woods Just Along towards morning, when I sup- j on a bet or to prove that the "bac^- posed I bad gotrren la a fairly good lap to-nntnre" theory still has the merits of nor journey-- perhaps seven or eight miles--I began to recognize certain objects as familiar landmarks. At least. and will still work. My advice to pome of those nature seekers is that If in the future they wish to ronkc a real J thought I had seen them before and { gootl record, try the little countries of as I traveled along 1 1 knew positively I bad seen certain objects very recently. Off at my right--not over a quarter of a mile--I noticed some fairly good sized woods ard thought I would go over there to hide that day, because it Luxembourg und Belgium with a slice of Germany thrown in. I suppose thnt during this experience of mine I made many mistakes and traveled many unnecessary mllos which one with a knowledge of wood- looked M though tne son -was going to i manship might have avoided arid I «hine and I hoped to get my clothes 1 failed to take advantage of many which would have been quite apparent to one who knew. It must dry, ,KD pera.;* get a decent sleep. I bad this celery and a large beet, so I knew I wooM b* able to live tie day FtnaDy I made my way over to the \ not bti forgotten, however, that I did not undertake this adventure Tolua- It was "wished on me." I Troodi It waa still too dirk In among j simply had to make the roost of the the trees to do much ID the way of knowledge I bod. At about this time blisters began to appear on my iegs and my knees ·electing my quarters for the day and I coold not go a step farther. So I wafted on the edge of the forest until dawn and then set out to explore the place, with a vfew to finding some noofe wbere I might sleep. Imagine my disgust, and discouragement, too, when an hour or so fatter I came upon the exact place where I had spent the day before, and I realised that an night lone I bad been circling the very woods I was trying to get away from. I think perhaps I bad gone all of a quarter of a mile In tne right direction, but then had lost my bearings entirely, and daylight i swelled. In addltipn I was pretty well convinced that I had lost the slpht of my left eye. I hadn't ween a thing out of it since my leap from the train. When I Imagine the villainous appearance I must have presented at this time--my unhealetl wounds, eighteen days* growth of beard and general haggard and unkept visage--I think the fear I felt about mcpting strangers was perhaps unv, arranted. The chances are they would have been Infinitely more scared tlmn i: foosd me with, nothing accomplished, j As it was, I wns nearly out of Lux! Tne son, however, did come out that' embourg before I catne face to fnce day, and I welcomed Its warm rays, as thej, perhaps, have never been welcomed before. I was very tired--Just about aH In--but I spent a better day In the woods than the previous one, That nignt the stars came out; I with anyone. It was about 6 o'clock In lUe morning and I was traveling along a regular path. Just, as I was approaching a cross-path. I heard footsteps coming down it. I stopped short, stooped over and pretended to be ad- located my friend, the North Star, and 3«stfng my shoelace, figuring that if tried to make up for lost time. But ^ e stranger turned into icy path he when one Is making only seven or eight miles a" day, or rather a nigh^. one night lost means a whole lot, especially when each tlay keeps him from freedom. Such III fortune and discouragements as this were harder to endure, I believe, than the actual hanger, and the accompanying worry naturally reduced my weight At times I was furiously angry with myself for the mistakes I made and the foolish things I did, but I always tried to see something fnnny about the situation, whatever It might be, that relieved the strain of habit and helped to pass the time away. I think if a man is overburdened wltb a sense of humor and wants to get rid of It, this trip I took would be a:i excellent remedy for It. Right at this time I would have welcomed anything for a companion. I believe even a snake would have been a Godsend to me. With a name as Irish as mine, it Is only natural that I looked for goats along the way, thinking that I might be able to milk them. There are very few cows in tiris country, and the opportunities for milking them fewer than the cows themselves because they are housed In bams adjoining the homes and always alertly watched by would probably puss right by me. As lack would have it, he continued on his way and never noticed roe at all. After ttiat I frequently noticed groups of Luxembourg peana nta i n the distance but I usually saw them first and managed to avoid them. On the eighteenth day after my leap from the train 1 crossed Into Belgium. It had taken me just nine days to get through Luxembourg--a distance which a man could ordinarily cover in two, bat considering the handicaps under which J labored I was very well satisfied with my progress. CHAPTER IX. I Enter Belgium. I have said it was about the eighteenth day after my escape that I entered Belgium, but that is more or less guess work. I was possibly well Into that country before I realized that I had crossed the line. About the third day after I figured I was In Belgium I started to swim a canal just before daylight. I was then heading due north In the direction of the German lines. I was Just about the wade Into the canal when I heard a German yelling violently. Map Showing the Progress O'Brien Made in Passing Out of Luxembourg Into Belgium. The Heavy Dotted Line Shows the Course of That Part of His Journey Toward Holland. fields beet patches, unuds, p\\ amps--any w here prcn i!(M I «as not likely to be ^e*n and ruptured. Food was tin important consideration to inr, but It was secondary to ccmceulmenL At lost I brought up at the Mouse river ;.t n placr between N u m u r and Hiu, and It was IHTC rlim I rjimt* near est of nil to shlrig up Hie struercle I The Mfiutti at t h U poUU I*, about fialf a mile wide--«s wide !"· in^ Hudson Ttlver at "West 1'olnt, Hud I been In normal condition I wouldn't tm\e hesitated a moment to M\Im across. Son Diepo bay, California, id a raiio and a half wide, tmd I Ivul often «^aui ficross und back, itml (he S.ui T'loqulu, which is nlso a mile und a i tlf wide, hod never proven an obuuMe u rm* In the wretched «-!npe in which I then wii3. howtncr, the MPUSO looted like tho Atlantic orfnn 1o me. I looked for n boat, but cnuld Hud nune. I tried to Bet a piece of wood upon which J hoped to ferry ncross, but I was equally an^Ticci"*sfuL Get ncr(j«^ I mu-rt, find I decided there was notlilns to du but to «im It was tli(?n about 3 o'rlncfc in the morninjr. I waded in und \vns soon in beyond my depth and h:id tn ss\Im. After about nn hour of it I wns very much cshrcuMi'd, find I doubted whether I could nisike the oppnsi t" v bank, although It uns not more tha-i rhlrty or forty feet away, I choked und gasped, und rry arnii art! k'^s were completely fasjgfd out I -vink ^ little und tried to touch b'jliora w i t h my feet, but the voter was still be- fond ray di'ptn, There are times when everjone will pray, und I was no exc' ption. I prayed fw strength to make thost 1 i't'\\ wlrkcd jards. and then, with nil the will power I could summon, .struck (iut for dciir life. It teemed a lifetime before I finally felt tli^ welcome inud of bottom and was able to drag myself up to the bank, but I got there The bank was rather high and I wns shaking so violently that when I took hold of the grnss to pull myself up, the grass shook out of rnj hands. I could not retain my grip. I was afraid I \\oulrt faint th^n and then*, but 1 kept pulling and crawling frantically up that Infernal bank and finally made it. Then for the first time In my life I f.tinted--fainted from utter erhaus- Uon. It «as now about 4 o'clock In tlu morning and I was entirely unprotected from observation. If anyone hud corn? along I would have been found lying there dead to the world. Possibly two hours parsed before I regained consciousness, and then, no doubt, only because the rain was beating In ray face. I knew that I had to get nway, as it was broad daylight Moreover, there wns a tow-pn f h right there and any minute a boat miijht come along and find me. But it was equally dangerous for me to attempt to travel ve'^y far. Fortunately I found .some shoibbery m^ir by atid I hid there nil day, without food or drink. That night I made a little headway, hut when day broke I hntl a (Srcntlful fever and was dGlirloub 1 i taLkrjd to myself nnd thereby Increased my chances of capture. In my lucid intervals when I realized thitt I bad been talking, the thought sent j a chill through me, because in the , silent uight even the slightest sound ] carries for across the Belgian country. I began to fear mat another day of j tins would nbout finish me. j I have a distinct recollection, of a j ridiculous conversation I carried on ' with aa Imaginary Pat I O'Brien--a sort of dapllcu.ta ofc myae'lt 3 argued , ·ttjth him us I marched dronrlly along apd ho answered 'me buck in kind, ' und \\lwn we disagreed, I called uno i j my one constant friend, tho Nor.th Star, to sLapd by me. j "Them you nrc, you old Nortli St:ir," ' I cried nloud. "You want me to get to HoH.md. don't you? But this Pat, O'BrJca--this Pat O'Breln who calls hibflj? a soldlrr--he's got a yellow streak--North Stn^--nnd he says It can't be tlono! Uo wants mo to quit --to lie down here fur the HUPM t o 1 find me nml take me buck to Cour- trai--aftor all you've clone. North Star? I don't want to follow him--1} Ja-st ·NflMf. to follow ynu--because you --yon nrc taking me awny from the i Huns m.d Oils Pat 0 Brlen--this follow -v\hc keeps after me nil the t'mei nnJ leans on my neck and wants me to l l s n.wn--this jellow Pat O'Brcin wr'nM n;u to go buck to tho Huns!" Af'PT a spell of foollh chattfr like Ihpt vy son-os -would come back t o i mo i\)r ?i w l i i l e and I would trud lilonic ui^iout a word until the f c \ c r i caret; 01- mo again. [ I Jme\ tliat I hud to have food be-' cnc«e I was ubottt on my Ififat legs. I va.« T oiv inuch lempted to lie do«~n :fit;ii and theru nnd call it a be:tt. Th'Dc« seemed to In* getting uorse for WtTH 8UILOERS SOUGHT FROM MY *T FROM MY/ " T r-JL-? ^j.- A *" ·^^AHr/criirs^sE 1 COULD NEV£?1 BRAKE A HINGE %^SEs|Ii;J !\^5iii "I K e p t Pulling and Crawling Up That Infernal Bank. in/ 1 the fi rtln^r I w**nt, ami n Q t h t tlr L' t had before ni*» tbn '-JICCTC 01 tht.t fU"*trif burri'T lictVrtH.ii Ui'l^inni ami Holland, t*von If I cvor reached ( tlit-re uMv»». What wns tlit- L-L» of furvhir s»a:Tt i rl«i; when I would prnb- iibiy bti rRpt,;r''il In tht* end aumsn/'' licforo ,; vlnsf up, howovt-r, I decided up i on* 1 bol'l moTO. I would an- pnmch .'ipit- of the hou^ef In the vl- clulij :mU got food there or dlo ID the ^ifon. ! I picked ont a smnll bons^ becnnsp I tiipiivd tlierc vould bf Ic«aj Mi-oli- TIITI I \\ranpod fi stone In my khukl l.anrlkt'rrhlf'f EL" a sort of carnonTfigi'd ·\vwifnn, di'tcrmlnM to kill thf ocon 'pnni; of ilio houso German or Belgian, If :h'!t slrp v~a* nt'Ce^Rary Jn ordtv ' to iror food. I trlrrt tho well In the 1 yftrfl, )ut It wnuhl not work, and fhon 1 I went up to the Uoor nnd Knocked. I II \v;ts 1 o'clock in tho morning. An ' oUl Indy came to thf* winiiow find looked out. She could not iirnglne wlist I wnh. probulily, been use I wa^ ^till at LI red in that old overcoat Sho ' gave a cry nnd her hnsuund and a 1 loy cnmf* to the door. j They conld not speuk English and 1 f could not speak Flemish, but I pointed ! ' to my fiyih£ coat ond thon to the skj and snld "Flogor" (fdcr), which I 'thought would toll them what I wns. \V]iether they understood or wore Intimidated by tho hard-looking up- pennince, T don't know, but certainly it would hnve to be a brave old nmu onrt hoy who would start au argiiu: with such a villainous looking J,. . acter as stood before them that night 11 I had not Phavnd for a numth, my cloven were wo* torn and dirty, my leggings were gone--thry bad g o t f e n 1 so heavy I had to discard Uiora--my hair was mntted t\.nil my chreks were flushed with fevv.4. In my hand I | carried tlio vnck In my hanUU«*rchicf , and I made no effort to conceal Its J presence or Us mission. TO BE CONTINUED. PROTECTION AND SATISFACTION Substantial h a r d w a r e is a most potent factor in the building of or equipment of a home. SlioJih h a r d w a r e I.IMS but a short time, tho Kub.-witial ghes -value in many ways. 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