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A CYCLIST’S EXPERIENCES.

HOW HE HOT OUT OF GERMANY. A. H. Shepherd, the well-known Australian racing cyclist, who has„ been riHing with considerable success behind pace in Europe during tho past season, had a unique and unenviable experience in getting out of Germany into England just previous to the war breaking out. The first evidence that anything was wrong was when Shepherd _ went to the manager of a race meeting at Nuremberg for his prize money. The money was not forthcoming, and he was told to see the authorities. In relating his experiences, Shepherd states that he (Bel “ They told me to clear out—quick. Then we heard rumors that war had been declared with England, and that no one was allowed to leave the country. You see I was in a serious position. Pretty well all tho money I carried was in the form of French notes. Change it? Why, bless you, the Germans went pretty nearly mad at the mere sight of it. I called on

the British Consul. He, so it appeared, had no earthly use for French paper money. He reckoned 1 had bettor go and try the' bank. I did. The bank was closed. Then I began to fear that even with money it would bo impossible to get oufr of Germany. Only one route through Zurich was open, and even that was said to be monopolised by troops. Well, I just had. to get out somehow. Early in the morning I mado another visit fo the British Consulate. It was closed. Then Hedspath, the American colored racing man, and I tried the American Consul to, sec if ho would change our French Tibtes. Not to-put too fine a point on it, he wouldn’t. We scraped up every German coin we could, and determined to try the railway. There were sentries at the entrance. - They wanted to see our passports—an unwelcome desire when you don’t happen to have one, and the' other fellows happen to have guns. Wo explained who we were, and showed them photographs of ourselves racing on the track—all of no avail. The beggars wanted passports, and nothing but passports would satisfy their unnatural appetite. It was then that Providence or luck—call it what you like—came to ray help. In my, pocket I had a racing license of the Australian Federal Cycling Club. It had broad red bands top and bottom, making it rather a striking document. On searching carefully through my pockets for documents to prove my* identity I came across it, and then a brilliant idea struck me. Tho sentry wanted my passport—l handed him the license, I’ve many times felt more comfortable m an easy chair, with my feet on tho mantelpiece, than I did when that chap was looking at my old license. However, I could see that the red ink impressed him before he handed the license back. Hedspath had shown that ho was an American, but the sentry couldn’t get hold of my exact nationality from the passport. ‘ln what part of America is Australia P’ he asked. I was in a quandary. Was he laying a trap for me? I resolved upon a compromise. ‘New South Wales,’ I said; and in reply he grunted ‘ Good,’ and shoved mo through the gate into the station. After that I journeyed through Switzerland and France, and after some amazing experiences succeeded in getting back to England.”

DUNEDINITE IN THE FIRING LINE. Mr J. B. Moss, youngest son of Airs J. Afoss, of Albany street, who went Home as extra engineer on the last trip of the Turakiaa, with th? idea oi arranging for some commercial agencies, at once joined th© Navy during the outbreak of hostilities. A letter received by the family to to-day’s mail states that tho Admiralty engineer had already rated Air Mess third class E.R.A., with an appointment to one of the large new warships. GENERAL ITEMS. A cable message has been received at Wellington by the Russian Consul from the Imperial Russian Alinister of Foreign Affairs to the effect that the Tsar has consented to allow all Russian reservists desirous of doing so to join tho New Zealand Expeditionary Force. The Kaikorai Presbyterian Sunday School scholars have decided to “ roach hands aross the sea ” by willingly relinquishing their annual picnic excursion in order that the cost (about £7) might be devoted to the fund to help the British and Belgian children. On and after Monday next, 25th inst., registered code indicators will be allowed as addresses in telegrams exchanged: (1) Between any two places in British territory, including Egypt; (2) between British territory, including Egypt and territory of allied countries and United States of America. The name and address of addressee must be written at the foot of the telegram by the sender, but not telegraphed. No telegram for an address registered since June 30 last is to be accepted. The censor at the office of destination may require the delivery office to furnish the address at which a telegram is to he delivered. Code indicator must not be accepted as tho signature of a telegram. Cable and inland telegrams will be accepted under these conditions from Monday next. Tlie Dunedin Choral Society have decided to sing ‘The Messiah’ early in December, and apply the money proceeds to the local -distress fund. The employees of Air F. J. Carter’s box factory forward ns £3 5p in .aid of the Belgian £m*d.

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A CYCLIST’S EXPERIENCES., Issue 15630, 22 October 1914

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A CYCLIST’S EXPERIENCES. Issue 15630, 22 October 1914

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