THE LESSON OF FOOTBALL
AN INCIDENT OF WAP,. The story I am about to unfold, ami which I am translating from ‘ Sporting,’ is perfectly accurate. It should be published in every sporting paper (writes the Paris correspondent of the ' Sporting Chronicle ’). Somewhere a French artillery regiment was in contact with some German batteries, including heavy guns. Our lines were literally swept by a- hail of shot, but the 75 guns could not bo silenced, and in the tragic dialogue they spoko so high and crisp that the big German pieces could not cover (heir voices. The colonel was the fust to fall, then a lieutenant, then a. captain. . . . One after the -other all the officers were killed. A sergeant then took command, and in . ir-h a manner that there was no panic—not oven the slightest hesitation. The duel continued. It, lasted three hours longer, ami suddenly ended, the last German gnu having been destroyed by one of onr shells. In the evening tho general wished to congratulate ill" authors of such a brilliant performance, mu’ demanded to nee the colonel.
“He was killed, sir,” was the reply, “And tho commandantT’ “Killed also, dr.” “Aid tho other officers?” “ Ail dead, sir.” “ But, then.” questioned the general, 1 who commanded the men
A sergeant was pointed out to him. The genera! hurried towards the man, a-nd, taking In's two hands, shook them with sincere emotion. He could not prevent, expressing his astonishment that a- non-commissioned officer should show such coolness and decision iu such trying circumstances. “ Where did you learn lo possess so much coolness (snug frokl)?” he questioned. “On tho football field, my general,” simply replied tho sergeant. That sergeant was no other than Condinc, the oentdo three-quarter of the Association Sportive Perpignan, the actual Rugby chain pious of France. Tho Legion d’Honncur (the greatest distinction over here) will be ConJine’a reward both for ills remarkable pluck and that fine reply he made the general.
“ The lighting at -Spion Kop was child's play compared with what I went through during the Crimean War,” said a veteran to a recruit. “ 1 .suppose you had some exciting experiences F’ replied the recruit. “Well, 1 should say so. My regiment was ordered to charge a Jort. IV e (lashed amid a storm of grape and canister into the very midst of the enemy, and not a man escaped to tell the tale. .Every man, from the colonel to the drummer-boy. was killed.” “ How did you manage to escape';” “Well, you sec, I was at home .on furlough at the. time.”
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THE LESSON OF FOOTBALL, Evening Star, Issue 15702, 16 January 1915
THE LESSON OF FOOTBALL Evening Star, Issue 15702, 16 January 1915
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