The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania on June 18, 1918 · Page 7
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The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania · Page 7

Connellsville, Pennsylvania
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Tuesday, June 18, 1918
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TUESDAY, JUNE 18,1918. '. THE DAILY COURIER. CONNELLSYUJLiE, PA. PAGE SEVEN. OUTWITT HE' n /cf? AJtlCUHNANT PAT D'BRIEN- PHIt _ . .^.ftufr. I?OS? OFFICE TSLEGB.JHS.I S^ Clnfcirf jpt»r Posiagre Stamps Lieutenant O'Brien'* Answer to Summons of King George. There will always be a warm place Jn my heart for the Dutch people. I had heard lots of persons say that .they were not inclined to help refu- ·frecs, but my experience did not bear bad no idea where he was taking me, these reports oat ThT certainly did more for me than I ever I had a little German money left. stand one he might recognize an- othur. He eyed me with suspicion and mo- tlonc'l rno to get in and drove off. I but after a quarter of an hour's ride ho brought up in front of the British consul. Never before was I so glad but as the value of German money Is to see the Union Jack! only about half in Holland, I didn't! I beckoned to the chauffeur to go have enough to pay tte fare to Hot-] with me up to the office, as I had no terdam, "which "was ray next objective.; money with which to pay him, and It was due to the generosity of these when he got to the consulate I people that I was rtble to reach the British consul- as quickly as I did. Some day I hope to return to Holland and repay every single sou I who played the "part of the good Samaritan to me, · With the money that these people 'gave m e ' I was able to get a thiroV ; class ticket to Rotterdam, acd I was told them that If they would pay thu tax* fare I would tell them, who I was and how I happened to be there. '("hey knew at once that I was an escaped prisoner and they readily puld the chauffeur and Invited me to give .«ome account of myself. Td ( i y treated me most cordially and were intensely Interested In the brief ,glad that I didn't have to travel first-j ace.-Mnji I pave thorn of my adven- (dass, for I-would have looked as much I tures. Word was sent to the consnl tout of place In a first-class carriage Keafral u:id he Immediately sent for as a Hun would appear in heaven. :nf. \Vtion I went In he shoolc hands That night I slept in the house of v,-Hh mo, greeting me very heartily my Iutch friends, -where they fixed j a m ! '.ff".:nic me a ebnlr. jme up most comfortably. In. the morn- Ho U*!n »iit down, screwed a mon- i.'C:3 uu ?MS eye and. viewed rite from top ro toe. I con Id* soe ttm: only good r-Inx -H«p' Mm from laughing at ling they gave me breakfast and Uien escorted me to the station. While I was waiting at the station ft crowd gathered round rue and sooul t~p 5T* 1 **·'-"'" . x^-t^tc-il. 1 cuulO sec It seemed as if tho whole town had: he wncttc -n Innph In the worst way. turned out to get a look at me. It was! "Go about! and iauch !" 1 said. "Yon very embarrassing, particularly as I: can't offend rnf? the wny I feel this could give them no information re-j blessd day!" and he needed no second Igarding the cause of niy condition, al-j Invitation. Incidentally It gave me a though, of course, they nil fcncw that :!u:ncc to InuRli nt him,' for I was I was a refugee from Belgium. j about aa much nmnsed aa ho wns. As the train pulle-l out of the sta-1 After he had Jangfced himself nlxrat 'tion, the- crowd gave a loud cheer anil · sit-lc ho pni up and tupped mo nn ibe ·t3ie tears almost cacic to niy eyes os| bucfe nnd invited me to tell him my jl contrasted In my iniml tho conduct; story. lot this crowd and the one that h a d : "Lieutenant," he wild when I had rgathered at^thc station In Ghent when! concluded, "you can hnve anything jl had departed a prisoner en routei you want. I (hint year experience the reprisal camp. I brathed Isigh of relief as I tl.ought'of that reprisal camp arid hov- fortunate I hnd .zcally-bcen, despite all my sufferings to have escaped it. Now, at any rote, I was a free mnn an-1 I would som i,e Bending homo the Joyful news that 1 had made good my escape! nifties you to ft." "Well, consul," I replied. 1 - **! would like a harh, n s)»ave, a haircut and some civilized clothes about as "badly as a man ever needful them, I suppose, but before that I would like to get a cable off ro America to my mother telling her tlmt T am safe and on my At Etnhoffen two Dntcl; oricers gnt' way to Knglnnd! Into the cor*:p::rtiTje7it with me. They I TUc cotmul gave me th« necessary looked at i:ie v/uh very inucli disfavor, information and I hnd tho Hhtlsfaction not kno*."i;!^. of cfn:vsc, that I was a of know-jag 1 before I left the office that British o:Ticcr. My clothes were still] tiie cable, with Its good tidings, was pretty ?nuw in ihu condition iht-y' on its way to America; were ^Thon I rro y . c cd the border, a l - i Then lie sent for one of the naval though f. Iind been able to scrape o f f - men who had bwn interned there soir.e of tbc 'Jt:d I bad collected the since the beginning of the war and who was able to speak Dutch and told him to take good cure of me. After I bad been bathed nnd shaved and hod a haircut I bongbt some new clotliet* and had something to eat, and I felt like a new man. As I walked through the streets of Botterdam brenthlnt? the air of frec- niffht i-c^fo. I had not shaved aor · tzinwitid icy beard for many days, an:- 1 ninst have presented a sorry HFp:*ttrtt!i"c. I cot:ld hardly blame I!M^A for edging away from me. 'J*- trip from Einboffen to Hotter- t!:in "pdwrd without special incident. At various stations passcntjers wo aid dom again and realizing that there unusual appearance, would j was no longer any danger of being " · to'start a conversation with , None of them spoke English, ho^pvsry nnd tney had to use their o^rn jjnnglnatlon AS to ray identity. V.'jicn I arrived at liotterdam I asltcd a policeman who stooI in froot of-the station where I could find the BfHVA eonsal. but I could not inalLe Wic iwxlerstand. 1 next applied to a tiixlcnb driver. "English consul--British, consul-American consul--I'rench consul*"' J ssid, homing that if he didn't under- cnptured and tafcen bact to prison, It v.-as a wonderful sensation. I dont believe there win ever be a country that will appear In my. eyes quite as #ood as Holland did then, I haU to be- somewbat careful, howerer, bec-ause Holland was fall of Gernum spies and. I knew they vould be keen to learn all they possibly eotad about my escape and my adventures so that the authorities-in Belgium could mete out punishment to everyone wtu was la nny respect to blame As I was in notterdom only one day, they didn't have very much opportunity to learn anything from me. The naval officer who accompanied me and acted aa interpreter for me introduced me to many other soldiers and sailors who hau escaped from Bel- glum when the 'Germans took Antwerp, and aa they had arrived In HoU land in uniform and under arms, the laws of neutrality compelled their internment and they had been there ever since, The life of n man who Is interned In a neutral county, I learned, is anything but satisfactory. He gets one month a year to' visit his home. If he lives In England that Is not so bad, but if he happens to live farther away, the time he has to spend with, his folks Is very short, as the month's leave does not take into consideration the time consumed in traveling to and from Holland. The possibility of escape from Holland Is always there, but the British authorities have on agreement with the Dntch government to send refugees buck Immediately. In. this respect, therefore, the position of a man who Is Interned Is worse than that ot a prisoner who, if he does succeed in making his Is naturally received with open arms In his native land. Apart from this; restraint, bdw- ever. Internment, with all its Craw- backs, Is a thousand .times, yes, a million times, better than being a prisoner of war in Germany. It seems to me that when the war Is over and the men who hnve been Imprisoned in Germany return home, they should be given n bigger and greater reception than the most victorious army that ever marched Into a city, for they will here suffered and gone throagb. more than theworld will ever be able to understand. Kb doubt you wilt find In- the German prison camps one or two fainthearted Individuals with a pronounced yellow streak who voluntarily gave up the struggle and gave up tholr liberty rather than risk their lives or ILrabs. These snd cases, however, are, I am sure, extremely few. Nine hundred and nlnetj'-nlae out of a thousand of the men fighting la the allied. lines would rather he in tho front trenches, Sghting every day, with all the horrors and all tho risks, than be a prisoner of war In Germany, for the men In France have a very keen realization of what tliat means. But to return to my day In Hotter- dam. Mtur I "was filed np I returned to the consulate nnd arrangements were made for my transportation to England at once. Fortunately there was a boat leaving that very night and 1 was allowed to take passage on it, Just as we w^re leaving Itotterdum, the boat I was on rnmmcd our own convoy, one of the destroyers, and injured it uo bndly that it had to put back to port. It would have been a .strange climax to iny adventure If the disaster had resulted In the Binklnj of my' bont and I had lost my life while on my way to England after having successfully outwitted the Huns. But ray lack was with mo to the tost, and while the accident resulted in some delay our boat was not seriously damaged nnd made the trip over In schedule time and without further accident, another destroyer having been assigned to escort as through the danger aone In place o£ the one wiln-fa. hud been put out of commission. V.'bcn I arrived In London, the re- actiou from the strain I had been under for nearly threo months Jmm- dlutoly became apparent. My 'nerves won* In snch a state that It was absolutely Impossible for me to cross the street without being in deadly fcur of Doing nm over or trampled. I stood at the curb, like an old woman from the country oa her first visit to the city, and 1 would not venture'across until some knowing policeman, recognizing my condition, came to ray assistance und convoyed mo across. Indeed, there was a great number of English officers at home at all Umes "getting back their nerves" after a long spell of active service at the front, so that ray condition was anything bat novel to the London bob- bfes. \ It was not many days, however, before I regained control of myself nnd felt In first-class shape. Although the British authorities In' Holland had wired my mother from Holland that I was safe and on my way to England, the first thing I did when we landed -was to send her a cable myself. The cable read ns foUo%y«: "Mrs. M. J. OTJrien, Momen'ce, BL, 0. S. A. "Just escaped from Germany. Letter follows." As I delivered It to the cable dispatcher I could just imagine the exultation with which my mother would receive it and tho pride she would fed as she exhibited it among her neighbors and friends. TO BE COMTINOET). . Patronize thome wno aflvonlae. ]Vo person "\vlio really cares to make lioine a more delightfnl spot will pass up the wonderful opportunities which are now being offered to every family in tliis community. 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