TRANSPORT IN DANGER
"SAVED BY A .MIRACLE." Tn a letter to some friend- in England a member of the Australian Expeditionary Force writes :—" The most exciting part of the vuvage was when we and mx other hoals that were short of water had gone ahead of the othei*. I had a touch of the measles, and was lying asleep in the hospital. ■ At 5 o'clock in the morning I awoke. There was a crash, and the ship shivered. A huge boat lit up appeared alongside, and I saw men running about her decks. Two white guns were staring up at me. and ray first thought was that we had been captured by the Germans. Then T saw her stem swing round straight for our stern, and I understood that it was a collision. One of our lifeboats was swept "If like matchwood. God only knows what happened to her bows. The bugle sounded the alarm, the, crew rushed up. and lights were flashed everywhere. A nurse ran up on deck. The bugle sounded the advance, and the companies came up in perfect order and put on lifebelt.. Y\ e soon hoisted the signal that no material damage had been done. The retreat sounded, and lights ila-hed across the msi everywhere. The other ship- then formed a -eini-cin.-le around Us The cause o; the colli-.i>mi has ~„(, been officially announced, but neither .ship suffered much. A. cruiser passed lis. and a. few minutes afterwards swept alongside, when the captain megaphoned to" our captain that it was a miracle that neither boat went down." " FOR BRITAIN'S HONOR." "For Britain 1 !* honor."' was the stirring war cry with which one British regiment, whose name has vet to be recorded, was le<] into battle by its colonel. This was apparently on the occasion when the Prussian' Guard met with disaster. The following account is given in the French Press : The Gennan i.ohunn included numerous ca\alry and several infantry rcgimcnUs. 10 batteries' of 77-millimetre guns, and two heavy gnus. The jtllled troops reached the plain of Zonnd.eke before the Germans' guns had taken up positions, and began shelling the enemy. As. the latter gave no answer, the. British general thought he had be-n misinformed, or that the Germans had altered th" direction of their advance, lie scut, n wireless message to Yprcr- ordering aeroplanes la leave Vpros and direct, their seaivhlight.s upon the plain. The searchlight.- revealed the presence, 200 yards south of Zonnebeke. of the German army, which was advancing on the British lines. The euemv had been informed of the Allies' movement, and while the latter expected them from the north, they were preparing to attack by the south, thus imping to i teule confusion in the- ranks of ;ho Allies. One aeroplane directed its .searchlight upon the enemy's advanced (guard, and discovered the Prussian Guard at a distance of hardly a hundred yards from the British line.". The, British general ordered the infantry ;e> make a. ! right-about turn, and the battle began. One rank was shooting lying down, the second kneeling, the. others standing. When one German fell another took lr.s place immediately. The firing continued for seme. time, then the German ranks opened, disclosing mitrailleuses, which, can sod Cm British heavy losses. The situation became critical. the British general ordered a havonet charge. One oo]ni:--.l led hi.s regiment, crying : " For | Britain's honor!" On the right, "si a disj tatieo of 2CO yards, was a railway cin- | baukment. on the left, a vast plain, in front | the road leading to Ypres. There was not I a single tree, no; the slightest cover, j Ilaiid-to-h'iml fighting heean. and went ;on furiously for a considerable time. The ' ground was covcr"d vii'n fiend and S wounded of the Prussian Guard. The Allies were slowly gaining ground, d'he German genera! ordered a retreat, whereupon ihe British infantry charged anew. The Gentian rout was comphte. and the enemy retired on lenders. AT THE POINT O'F 'Hi K BAYONET. Nothing can suppress the nassion of t h<> French soldier for a joke, as the official eoiiimiinirpie lias iufotaned the public, the respective trenchei are ;n some eases not more than 50 vards apart. The " pioupio„s," dolorous by reason of the cold and rain. <\a,st about for smim method of enlivening the hours. A t .-od idea! Why tint, telt the " Bodies." 50 yards .away, of the defeat of the (.rc.wtt Prince's army m Poland'.' So the news v.as serihlded on a piece of paper (wher-i-n a caricature of his Imperial flightless, was added), and heir] on a bavo.net. was waved above the parapet of the trench to attract the attention of the enemy. In a few minutes, the vagelinsr of a bayonet in the opposing trench signified that the " Bodies" were ready to receive the communication. A lustj infantryman, having wrapped it up securely around a. seme, hurled it forth, fid so good was the aim that- it, struck the ground within arm's length of the enemy. A grey-clad arm reached for it. and carried it, out of sight. I mmediately froiu the Gorman trench came hoots ami scrollns ot (Wrisicm. •■ l-„ is Ime." »1-iv>viVc<l the, Frenchmen. "It is a, llt>." shouted back- the Germans. Thi* Ample form of i ontrov<»r.\v developed into an interchange of insults,' coarse on the .«:d? of the Germans, niipinnt. but just, ns rude, on tl.c part of'the French. In the. end both shies became quite au-ry. and the peace v. nidi had hitherto reigned over this socti.-u of tin' interminable haulo line was saiilVeed by the'rattle of a bia.sk fusillade. A -MAD BAY API AX. Maybe the Bavarian • Prince Royal's hatred of England and our Army should not be taken seriously at all, for Rupprecht comes from insane stock. His uncle Lutlwig died a madman, and his uncle, Olho was recently deposed as King of Bavaria for being a madman. Insanity, by the way, was carried into the family of theWittolsbuchers by Queen .Marie, a Prussian Princess, who was an aunt of Frederick William IV. of Prussia, and who died in a strait jacket. There is a tine frenzied touch about bis latest order to his troops : —•' You are lighting agaizist the English with the eyes of the world upon you. The point is now not to retrsat in this fight with our hated enemy, but at last to break his arrogance. fie will soon be paralysed. A number of officers and men havo already surrendered voluntarily. A great decisive battle is sti'l imminent ; therefore you must endure, to the last. The enemy must be beaten. You must not loosen your grip on him. We must win, we will win, we are winning."
THE CHAMPION LIE
It is unfortunate if the Germans wish the world to believe the news that they are sending out in all directions that they should publish statements capable of _instant disproof. The ‘Frankfurter Zeitung ’ has published a letter, nearly a column long, from a captured “ German soldier in England.” This correspondent, among other things, made this astounding declaration : Last week, as true as I now live, wo had 46 deaths, nil of them from inflammation of the lungs and stomach troubles. If only we could get reasonably good food it would be tolerable, but what we are given is nothing but food for dogs, and it is very seldom cooked at all. The, reply of the War Office was prompt and most convincing. Out of the whole number of prisoners of war interned in England only five have died, and none of those wore victims of inflammation or stomach troubles. The causes of death were : Valvular disease of the heart 11) : aneurism of the heart (2) ; fractured skull, the result of accident (1) ; and dropsy (li. Tims another lie. manufactured for home consumption, has been nailed to the counter. SHOT LIKE CATTLK To the horrors of the fighting at A'prcf a revolting story is added by a wounded British officer. He states that some French troops were tut ot! from their main body and hemmed in near a wood by n superior force of the enemy. They threw down their arms and held tip their hands in token of ennender. A German officer advanced towards them. and. waving Ida hands in the manner of a .shepherd herding sheep, collected them in a helples* group in front of the wood. 'I hen he gave the word to Ids men to open hro upon them, and every man was killed British troops in the vicinity were unable to inlerv me, Thcv woro ; Items,elves hotly engaged against overwhelming numltors, and had not lime to divert their lire to aid their helpless French comrades. REMARK ABU'. AELITA R V H ISTOJIY OF A FAMILY. Ilis grandfather fought in the Peninsula and at Waterloo; his father was in the (idle Brigade; and he himself had been 29 years in the East Lancashire Regiment. This splendid military history was brought to light at Maiichest"' Assizes, where .folm Cuttle. 56. m( occupation, pleaded not guilty to an indictment which charged him with unlawfully shooting .lohn Grundy, at Bury, on July 2. it appeared that prisoner, without any apparent reason, shot at Grundy, his next-door neighbor, with a, revolver, Mounding him in the mouth. He afterwards made a number of incoherent ■tatemciits. Tim medical officer at the prison now stated that Cuttle was of unsound mind.—The jury found him guilty, but that he was not responsible, and the Judge directed that he be detained during the King's pleasure. Guttle is an exlieutenant and quartermaster of the East Lancashire Regiment, in receipt oi a pension. On his behall Mr Jackson said that Guttle was in the Afghan anti Ashau-tc-c campaigns—being with Lord Roberts in Afghanistan and in the Fnntli African War. He was invalided home seven vears ago. He had two sons, one of whom lia.fi hceu 12 years in .South Africa and was now in court, having horn invalided home from the .Marne, and the other son was a color-sergeant in the least Lancashire Regiment, and was fighting lor liia country, also having been many years in the service Of four nephews, one was serving in the North Sea. one in Egypt, and two were on foreign service. Un his wife's ride, her t;vai id father fought in the Crimean War, and her grandmother served as a nurse under .Miss Florence Nightingale. Her father was for 21 wars sergeant drummer m the Bird Regiment. now the 2nd Battalion of the Black Watch. It seemed a- great pity that » man with such a record should conic to so sad an end. — The Judge, said Cut-tie’s affliction came upon him as the result of military service, and his pension would he perfectly wife. If at any time it was thought, proper, he would he released. CAUSED SGOTTI K TO 6WEAR. ••Von meet many queer chans out there, be.it 1 think the queerest of all was a Highlander from l‘e; tli that we. tamo on one day,” said a cohlier who has returned home, wounded. ”He had got knocked out, and was uuconscious when we picked, him up. At some risk and inconvenience we carried him to Hie base hospital. i here he recovered eonseionr.ne.-s and began to take stock of tilings. He also began to swear, and it warn pointed out that this was a strange wav of showing his gratitude to men who had most likely saved his life. ‘ Maybe ve ‘ave, and maybe ye ’aven t saved niv lil-c. Im said, in ids dogged, dour wav. ■ A’ni, now saving onnylhing aboot that, ’av a : but. what A want, to hear is what did. ye dae wi’ ma wee cap'.' It’s lest, it is. air A 11 line tae pay for anil her out o' run ain pocket,’ In our excitement w-‘ bad left ilis glengarry behind, ami i don't support' he will ever forgive us. Ddjereiit in every way was the Bushman we er.me cm aider one of the fights on the Aistif. ‘\A lint can we do for yon';’ we | ashed lendc-rlv. fur wc could sec he wa> j not limit foe lln- world. ‘ ('n.n you whut If.';' was dm surprising reply. Two j of us sal 1 we <iudd. and asked what Im would like '"A Nation Once Again,”' he replied. Tommy Burke whistled a few liars, and tire doing man's ryes were list'd on him thinly all Hie Hmc, When it wa; over he held out has ha ml to ’1 ovnuiy amt saiil 'Thank' yon, lad ; it floes me In-art good to hear the ouid tunc for the last j time ibis side of the grave.' 'limn lie i turned over cm! died with a. smile on his i farm M am mro the ' o;dd time’ meant a lot to that pool- Irishman flying so far from the laud of his lurth.” MISCELLANEOUS. Both the sons of the late Oscar M'ilde are servinrg their country in the Army. Cyril, the elde.-i , who was in (garrison ir. India, volunteered for the front, and accompanied the Indian Expeditionary Force to Frame Ayvvyan. the younger, who was married in Loudon last, year, has been appointed interpreter to the. Army, a. position which carries with it a. commission as second iieiuenant. In tho Tramways’ recreation club room on Saturday evening the tramway stall' met to say good-bye to their comrades who are leaving for the front rind for Stfjvwoa.. T’tv-s V'.'-0.-.01,. u* of the etui-, V 1 v J. Broom) apologised for the absence m the tramways manager Air G, F. Alexander). and eidled on Mr AV. H, Saunders to present a. set of silver-mounted jmir brushes to each of the following ; -Mr 11. Browing iwho is going to Hie front). and Messrs O. Laura-nee, F. Baper, .). .Johnston. A. .Jones. I). Heat ley (who are going to Satnoa-i. in making the presentations Mr Saunders wished them a. pleaaunt voyage and a sale return. Mr Laura nee responded on behalf of himself and comrades. The gathering afterwards sang ‘For they are jolly good fellows.' The following contributed to the musical pan of the. programme ; —Messrs G. Lanranee. .1. Broom, VV. H. Saunders, R. Brown. Mr AV, AAh ’Fox accompanied at the piano. At the Dunedin Fibrous .Blaster Company’s office. Manor street, on Saturday .Messrs J. Bain ami L. Jenkins, who left to-day to join the reinforcements at Trentliain, were given a farewell. Mr R. S. AATmlrop presented each of the guests with a. wristlet watch, and spoke of the good-fellowship which had existed between them, and trusted that on their return they would again have them i:i their midst. In the meantime their positions would lie kepi open. Mr Hosie then handed to both Alossrs Bain and denkins a set of pipes as a. mark of esteem and good wishes from the employees, while Mr .Johnston, on behalf of tin? Plasterers' Union, presented them with a ease of razors apiece. The recipients .suitably returned thanks, after which a pleasant hour was spent in toast and song. Mr AA’ardrop supplying refreshments for the company.
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TRANSPORT IN DANGER, Evening Star, Issue 15697, 11 January 1915