The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania on June 11, 1918 · Page 7
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June 11, 1918

The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania · Page 7

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TUESDAY, JUNE 11,1918 fHB OA1JJY COURIER. CONNELLSVITJ^E, PA. PAGE SEVEN. OUTWITTING 7 ^LIEUTENANT PAT O'BRIEN' Tber» WM considerable hesitation on the part of Hoyllger s brother and the other cbap at this "Why, I don t think that's necessary at all, Mr OBri«n," said the former. "You gWt us the old passport and we will be very glad to give you the new one for it Isn't tint fair enough?' "It may be fair enough my friends ' I retorted, seeing that it was useless to conceal further the fact that I was fully aware of their whole plan find why I had been brought to this house. "It may be fair enough, my friends," I said,-"bat you will get the passport that I ha\ e here." patting my side and indicating my inside breast pocket, "only oft my dead body'" I suppose the three of them couio tone made short work of me then and there If they hud wanted to go the limit, and co one would e^er hjrve been the wiser, bnt I had gone through so mttch and I wa* feeling so mean toward* tie whole world Just at that moment that I was determined to sell ay life an dearly as possible "I bane/that passport here ' I replied, "and am going to keep it If yon gH»tlem»c think you can take it from me you are welcome to try' To tell the- truth, I was spoiling for a fight, and I half wished they would start something The man who had Uted in the house had evidently been a collector of ancient pottery, for th« walls were lined with grear pieces of earthenware which had every earmark of puamsteg great value Taey certainly possessed great weight. I fig nred that if the worst camp to the worst that pottery would come In mighty handy A single blow with one of those big vcses would put a man oat a neatly a* possible and as there was lots of pottery and only three men, I believed I had an excellent chance of holding my own in the combat which I had invited. I had already picked out In my mind what I WM going to use, and I got up, stood with my back to the wall and told them that If they ever figured on jetting the passport, then would be their best chance Apparently they realized that I islxiess and they immediately i to expostulate at the attitude I ·wtm taking. One at the men spoke excellent Knytlah. In fact, he told me that he could speak five languages, and if he could He in the others as well as I knew he did in my own tongue, he was not osdy an accomplished linguist, but a moat versatile liar into the bargain, *Xf dear fellow." said the linguist, It toaottbat we want to deprive you of the passport. Qood heavens' If It will aid yon In getting oat of the country, I wish yea eoald have six just like it Bnt for OUT own protection yon owe It to us to proceed on your journey aa best you can without it because as lonf.a« you have it in your possession yoti Jeopardize our lives', too Don t yon think it is fairer that jon should risk yoor own safety rather than place the llw» of three Innocent men In dangerT 'That may be as It is, my friends,' I retorted, "and I am glid TOO realize your danger Keep it in mind, for in case any of yon should happen to feel Inclined to notify the German authorities that I am in this part of the country, think it over before you do so Bemember always that If tlie Germans get me, they get the passport, too and if they" get th« passport ycmr lives won't be worth a danm ' Wh«n I tteil th« history of that cleve- little piece of pasteboard, I will Implicate all three of yom, and whoever Is working with jam. and as I am an officer I rather thtafe my word win be taken before yours. Good rdgfct"' The bluff evidently worked, because I WM atfle to get out. of the city without Aoiestrion froco the Germans. I h*ve never seen these men grace. I a«ge I never shall, be2inse I am afradd I mli'irt be tempted to do some- tbtag for wUch ! might otherwise be j sorry, I do not men to impiy ttart all Bel- giaat ace like tbU. I bed evidently fatten Into the hands of a gang wfco w«n endeavoring to make capital oat of the misfortunes of those who were referred to them for a«H In all conn CAT"STCBBS tries there are bad as ·well as good and In a country which has suffered so much e poor Belgium it is no wonder If some of tie survivors have lost their sense of moral perspective I know that the average poor peasant la Belgium would divide his scanty rations with a necdv fugitive sooner t*mn a wealthy Belgian would dolR out a morsel from his comparatively well stocked larder Perhaps the poor have less to-lose than the rich If their generosity or charity is discovered by the Huns There have been many Belgians shot for helping escaped prisoners and other fugitives, and it is not to be -wondered at that they are willing to take as fc v chances as possible. A man frith n family especially, does not feel Justified In helping a stranger when tie knows that he and his whole fnmi?j may be shot or sent to prison for their pains Although I suffered much from the attitude of Hoyllger and his associates I suppose I ought to hold no grudge agntnst them In view of the unenviable predicament In which they are ia themselves CHAPTER XMI. FIvo Day* In an Empty Houte. The five days I spent In that house seemed to me lite five years Daring all that time I had very little to eat-less in fact than I had been getting In the fields I did not fed it so bad, per haps, because of the fact that I was no longer exposed to the other privations which before had combined to znnke my condition so wretched. I now had a good place to sleep, at any rate and I did not wake every half hour or so aa I had been accustomed to do In the fields and woods, and, of course, my hunger was not aggravated by the phv*dcal exertions which had been necessary before, Nevertheless perhaps because I bad more time norv to think of the hunger- pains which were gnawing at me all the time I don t believe I was ever so miserable as I was at that period of my adventure I felt so mean towards the ^orld I would have committed morder I think, with very little provocation German soldiers were passing the nouse at all hours of the day I watched them hour after hour from the I Rummaged the Howe Many Times. keyhole of the door--to hare shown my*df at ttu "Window wits out of the qoe*tioo becatwo the house in which I \ra« concealed was supposed to be uatenacted. Because of the tact that I TT«S un able to speak either Flemish or German I coulQ not go oat and buy food. although I still hflfl the money witu ·which to do it That was one of tlie things that galled one--tile tnougrht that I hod the wherewlthi! In my Jeans to buy ail the food I needed and yet no way of getting it without endangering my liberty and life At nlgnt, however, after It was dark, I would steal quietly out of the house to see what I coold pick up In the way of food. By that time, of course, the stores were closed but I scoured the streets, the alleys and the byways for scraps of food and occasionally got up courage enough to appeal to Belgian peasants whom I met on tha streets, and tn that -tvav I managed to keep body and soul together It was quite apparent to me, however, that I was worse oft in the city than I had been in the fields, and I dedded to get out of that bouso just as soon as I knt\v*ii^finltely that Huy User had made up his mind to,do noth ing further for "me When I was not at the keyhole of the door I spent most of my day on the top floor in a room ·which looked out on the · street By keeping well away from the window I could see much of what was going on without being seen myself Jn my restlessness I iwcd to walk back j and forth in that room and I kept it up so constantly that I believe I must have worn a path In the floor It was nine steps from one wall to the other, and aa I had little else to amuse me I fig ured out one day after I had been pacing up and down for several hours just bow much distance I would have covered OB mv way to Holland if my footsteps had been taken in that dtrec tlon Instead of just up and down that old room I was very much surprised to find that in thr^e hours I crossed the room no less than 5,000 times and the distance covered nas between nine una ten miles It -was not very grati fying to realize that after walking all that distance I wasnt a step nearer my goal than \vhcn I started but I had to do something while waiting for nuy Ilger to help me, and pacing up and down wss a natural outlet for my restlessness 'Whne looking out of the top floor ·R-indow one day I noticed a cat on a window ledge of the house across the street. I had a nice piece of a broken mirror which I had picked up In the house and I used it to amuse myself for an hour at a time shining it In the cat's eyes across the street At first the animal was annoyed by tho reflec tlon and \\ould move away on]y to corns back a tew moments later By and by however, it seemed to get used to the glare and wouldn't budge no matter bow strong the sunlight wa«t Playing with the cat in this tvay got me into the habit of watching her coming^ and gotngs and wn« Indl rectly the means of my getting food a day or two later--at a time when I was so famished that I was ready to do almost anything to appease my hunger It v.ns about 7 o clock tn the even i n j I was expecting Unyliger at 8 bn I hadn't the slightest hope that he would bring me food, as he had told j rne that he wouldn t take the risk of having food In his possession ·uben cafllng on me I ^as standing at the window In such a way thnt I could see what was going on In thprsTreet without being observed by tho^e who passed by ivheo I noticed my friend, the cat, coming down the steps of the opposite hou^e with something in his moatb Without considering the risks I ran I opened the front door ran down the steps and across the street and pounced m tlmt cnt beforo It could get auay \Uth Its supper for thar, ns I bad Imagined was what I hnd seen In Its mouth It turned out to be a piece of stcwprt rabbit, which I confiscated engerly and took back with me to tlie hoa^e Perhaps I felt a little sorry for the cat, but I certainly hnd no qualms about eating the animals dfmer I was much too hungry to dwell upon niceties and a pif^e of stewed rabbit was^ccrtalnJy too good for a cat to eat when a mnn was .starving I ate and enjoved It and the 1 incident suggested to me a way in which I might possibly obtain 1 food nguln "when all other avenues failed From mv plncc of concealment I fre- j qently saw huge carts being pushed through the streets gathering potato peelings refuse of cabbage and similar food rtmnnnts which, in America are considered garbage and destroyed In Belgium they were using this "gar-' bage to make their bread out of, un« svhlte'the Idea may sound revolting to us the fact Is that the Germans have brought tlicse things down to such a ··ciea.ce that the bread ther moke tills way Is really very good to cat. 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