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A THRILLING ADVENTURE., Issue 15669, 7 December 1914
A THRILLING ADVENTURE.
Ono of the most thrilling episodes of the war has been furnished by tho exploits of Major S. E. St. Leper, of the Royal Irish Regiment, who, being wounded, and finding himself cut off with a few men, and surrounded at Cambrai, managed in the dead of night, under heavy fire, to make his escape with seven men. For three weeks he was in daily contact with the Hermans. Without a map of the greater portion of the 100 miles he was obliged to traverse, Major St. Leger had to guide his little band lncompass and the stars across a country infested by tiie enemy. Marching was only possible by night. Not only did he safely guide, his men through two German columns on the march, but was obliged to cross through their entrenchments, over railways and canals,: strongly guarded by tho enemy. After many hairbreadth escapes Major St. Leger brought his party, fully armed and equipped, safely through thei German lines. Major St. Leger is a well-known army cricketer and amateur actor. A BRAVE RABBI. News has reached tho ' Jewish World' of the tragic manner in which tho Chief Rabbi of Lyons, who was killed on tho battlefield, laid clown his life. He was there for the purpose of tending Jewish soldiers and bringing to them spiritual consolation, when ho was called to the side of a dying trooper who was a Roman Catholic. The poor fellow begged the rabbi, who he probably imagined was a priest, to exhibit before his eyes that were closing! in eternal sleep the symbol of his faith and give him his blessing. It was while holding a crucifix before the , mortally wounded soldier and whispering to him words of comfort that the rabbi fell a victim to an enemy's bullet. FELT THE DISCRACE. A pathetic) letter was read at a recent inquest at Ramsgate (England) on the body of Ernst Kludas (52). It was stated in evidence that deceased, who had been greatly worried concerning the war, was found'dead hanging from a clothes lino in ;( cupboard. Kludas married nn Englishwoman, and their sou Karl is serving in the British Navy. In" a touching letter which he left for his wife Kludas wroto : Forgive me, but you will be free. You can get your nationality back. My nativn country has disgraced itself and all its people, wherever. they are. I am afraid also for Karl. Tell biin to be always straight, which I believe ho is. I think I have, lived to give no offence to anybody. This horrid war! I wish it could he avoided lor Karl not to hear of my doii:gs, so that his mind is free and ho can do his duty. In a postscript ho added : " I shall be sent away, and I cannot bear to leave you." Tho coroner snid there was nothing in tho status of the deceased to cause hi in any alarm, lint the feeling that he. belonged to a nation which had committed a great international wrong had evidently preyed on his mind. The jury returned a verdict of "Suicide during temporary insanity." A largo amount of interest was centred in a church parade at Hokitika yesterday. Tho Territorials, who have been encamped for the past week at the racecourse, wero joined by a contingent, of the National Reserve from Greymouth, who arrived by special train. These, with the members of the local corps and the Kokatahi mounted men, joined forces, and paraded to the various churches, accompanied by a Greymouth hand. In the afternoon the whole o! the men fell in at the racecourse, and were addressed by Colonel Chaftey. Just prior to tho church parada there were murmurings of discontent in the ranks, and Captain Jeffries (officor commanding) was informed that some of the men did not wish to attend tho church service. He was subsequently informed that a number of tho men were Social Democrats, who wero not adherents of any church, and rather than attend the service they agreed to put in the time at drill. Their wish was acceded to.
A THRILLING ADVENTURE., Issue 15669, 7 December 1914
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