STORY OF A BOTTLE
HOW A WAR CORRESPONDENT PELL IN. Li recounting some of his journalistic experiences Mr Frank Dilnot, editor of the London Daily Citizen,’ related a good story concerning a. war correspondent and the Boor War. A famous regiment was returning home after peace had been declared, and the newspapers were anxious to secure interviews. One of the journals happened to have a. correspondent on board the home-going boat, and in order to heat interviewers on land he had arranged to drop his story, placed in a bottle, into the sea for a specially-chartered tug to pick up. As the tug approached the liner it was cheered by hundreds of men, who were looking over her aide. “ I am from tho Daily shouted a. mnn in the tug, as ho looked eagerly for the bottle. In response there came, not one bottle, but literally hundreds of bottles, a straggling, scattered volley, so that there was no chance of alighting on the right one. Storms of laughter swept over the vcreel. 'lhe correspondent on the' Liner had indiscreetly talked about his mission, and completely proclaimed the method. Secret preparations had been immediately made, and every kind of bottle pressed into requisition for the fatal moment. As tin* tug approached the men, with bottles in their hands, had hurried to tho sida.
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STORY OF A BOTTLE, Evening Star, Issue 15693, 6 January 1915