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A MEMORABLE VOYAGE., Issue 15664, 1 December 1914
A MEMORABLE VOYAGE.
NATIVE TROOPS DEMONSTRATION. WAS IT THE EMDEN? Tho same lady who related tho foregoing story had an exciting voyage out to Australia *on board one of tho Orient liners, and although she declared that it was an experience which she would not like to meet with again, yet _ it was a memorable voyage, and one which should afford her an unlimited fund of in forma-
tion when in years to come conversation turns to the exciting jnonths which folthe declaration of war. Wt tilbury docks." isho resumed, . an< l 'night in the Channel was like day, lor a.!I night long the searchlights were playing on us. Down in tho Bay of Biscay wo were bailed up. so to speak, by a 1* tench cruiser, although for some time wo did not, know whether it might not be a German one. it practically encircled us, and finally, having made'sure that wo wore British, a stontnrian voice announced through a megaphone that we might go. After all, it was a great ieliei, for the sight of a big monster riding up close to us, and we passengers not knowing what tlag it was dying, was not altogether pleasant. Coining through the Mediterranean we encountered other warships, and finally, at I’ort Said, we were rewarded by the sight of 43 troopships and convoys taking -an Indian fou-c to France. It was a magnificent sight—one which all of us will remember vividly for many years to come—and tlie way in which the troops cheered us when they recognised that wo were British was 'good to hear, borne came aboard— great big strong men, splendid tyjies or soldiers, and keen as could be to get into the firing line. Wo passed right'- between the two lines of transports and convoys, so it goes without saying that the sight we were afforded there really compensated for some of our earlier and perhaps less pleasant experiences.
But going across from Aden to Colombo we had a thrilling experience, for although it was never ollicinlly admitted at the time, for reasons which arc obvious, there is little reason to doubt tho statement which was generally made that we were not far distant front the notorious Emden. Evidently the night before we were within reach of Colombo the German cruiser tried to trap us with a ‘‘ faked ” wireless message, but our captain was not having any, and all 1 can say is that three times that night I went up on deck, and when I say that wc were showing a clean pair of heels you will know what I mean. We reached port safely, at any rate, and next day canto the news that the Linden had accounted for another cargo steamer. At Colombo even Captain Muller is regarded as a hero, and people there declared that he would not no damage to a ship on which there were women ami children. Nevertheless, it was more pleasant nut to have made bis acquaintance. Iteccms that some years ago he was captain of a cargo steamer which traded around the Bay of Bengal, and it is generally supposed that tho success of the E.mdens exploits was due to the intimate knowledge her commander had of the locality in which sho was operating.”
_ .Finally tho Orient liner steamed with lights out for 14 nights on the route past the Cocos Islands, and when at Albany the passengers had a distant sight of tho New Zealand and Australian transports, with their convoys, and, needless to say, tho New Zealanders aboard experienced an unmistakable feeling of pride when they saw a ilotilla of lighters which included volunteers for the front from our own khaki-clad defence forces.
A MEMORABLE VOYAGE., Issue 15664, 1 December 1914
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