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whole time, to be determinedly over to the jailer inside the looking for trouble.

village look-up, they passed on He began to discuss the war to him a recommendation from

the blame, of course, on Eng- be treated as considerately as land and her devilish diplo. was consistent with keeping maoy, and showed himself us in safe oustody. After we absolutely inaccessible to the had had our pockets searched arguments we did not hesitate for weapons, and even our pento advance, when we became knives taken away from us somewhat nettled by his absurd we were taken along a short statement of the case. He left corridor, the cell door was shortly afterwards, and we did opened, and we were shown not see him again. The cor- in. The jailer-a good-hearted poral, who was bubbling over fellow, with the slowest-moving with unotuous respect for his mind I have ever enoountered superior's gay uniform, made (he appeared to live constant& perfoot salute on his depar- ly in a state of semi-coma) ture.

-brought us a little food beWe had assumed that we fore he looked us up for the should remain in the guard- night. room until the transport ar. The cell did not differ, in rived from Berlin to take us any marked degree, from what baok to prison, but shortly I suppose is the appearance of after dark the lieutenant ap- most cells of the same kind, peared again, and apologised except for the faot that it was for having to send us to the abominably dirty, and the bed village look-up. He had tried was so lousy that I was kept hard during the day to elicit awake for hours at night by from us full information con- what appeared, to my vivid oerning the manner in which imagination, to be whole regiwe had esoaped from prison, ments of dauntless vermin. and also how we had managed In one corner of the room, unto get to a point so near the derneath the heavily - barred frontier, but we told him just window, was a nine-foot pile as much as we thought was of bioyole tyres, which had good for him, and no more. doubtless been confiscated by The two soldiers who escorted the authorities some time us, with fixed bayonets, from before, for the sake of the the station through the dark rubber they contained. The village to the village jail, were only furniture in the place good fellows, and did not oon. consisted of a hard bed, with ooal their appreciation of the dirty mattress and blankets, fact that we had several times a wooden, wedge - shaped had a run for freedom, and pillow, a table, stool, and an also their sinoere regret that abominably insanitary conthey were compelled to play venience. We spent three a part in taking us back to days in this cell, our only bondage. When handing us relief coming when we were

oooasionally allowed to tend at each other and look symthe corridor fire which was pathetic. supposed to beat the cell. On the morning of the third When permitted to do this day the cell door was opened, work we usually lingered over and we were advised that our the job as long as we could, guards had oome for us. They before the time oame to be were & corporal and a private looked up again. Whether it from Berlin, who had been was a boon to be allowed to sent spooially to escort us baok live together or not I do not to the prison. We bade farewell quite know, for our minds to our well-meaning if undewere filled with the galling dis- sirable host, and leaving the appointment consequent upon jail, set out for the station, failure in our enterprise, the where we took train for Dortprospect of transference to the mund. Our guards warmed hell we hated so intensely, and up to us after the first few spoonlation as to the punish- minutes, and had they not ment we were likely to receive. been our guards, would have During the time we spent in been quite acceptable travel. this jail we saw no possibility ling companions. of escape, though we might At Dortmund we had to have suoceeded by some ruse change and wait some time or other had we remained there for a train. The soldiers very sufficiently long to make the considerately suggested that necessary thorough investiga- we should go into the thirdtion. Our food was usually class waiting-room, and there pasged in to us through a tiny they allowed us to order a trap-door in the door of the meal and drink beer. Our oell, and we were charged for train from Dortmund to Berlin it on leaving the jail.

was a corridor express train, In the next cell to us was and almost full of soldiers. & Russian Aight lieutenant, For a short distance we had who had been recaptured near to stand in the corridor, but the same village after a very later one of the soldiers suoplucky and determined at- ceeded in inducing the guard tempt to osoape. While tend- to find room for us. The ing the fire we dropped down third-olass compartment which the trap-door of his cell, and he found oontained only two poking our heads through, en- vacant seats. For obvious deavoured to carry on a con- reasons we tried to induoe our versation with him, but he guards to take these seats, spoke no English, no Frenoh, while they, also for obvious and praotioally no German; reasons, and with more suo0088, and as I knew only about insisted that we should take three words of Russian and them. On taking our seats two lines of a Russian song, we found ourselves sitting face whose meaning I did not to face with a private of the understand, we were not able Zeppelin Corps, who, in spite of to do much more than grin the notioe warning soldiers and

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whole time, to be determinedly over to the jailer inside the looking for trouble.

village look-up, they passed on He began to discuss the war to him a recommendation from in its different aspects, laying the lieutenant that we should the blame, of course, on Eng- be treated as considerately as land and her devilish diplo. was consistent with keeping maoy, and showed bimself us in safe oustody. After we absolutely inaccessible to the bad had our pookets searched arguments we did not hesitate for weapons, and even our pento advance, when we beoame knives taken away from us somewhat nettled by his absurd we were taken along a short statement of the oase. He left oorridor, the cell door was shortly afterwards, and we did opened, and we were shown not see him again. The cor. in. The jailer-a good-hearted poral, who was bubbling over fellow, with the slowest-moving with anotuous respect for his mind I have ever enoountered superior's gay uniform, made (he appeared to live constant& perfeot salute on his depar. ly in a state of semi-ooma) ture.

-brought us a little food beWe had assumed that we fore he looked us up for the should remain in the guard- night. room until the transport ar. The cell did not differ, in rived from Berlin to take us any marked degree, from what back to prison, but shortly I suppose is the appearance of after dark the lieutenant ap- most cells of the same kind, peared again, and apologised except for the faot that it was for having to send us to the abominably dirty, and the bed village look-up. He had tried was so lousy that I was kept hard during the day to elicit awake for hours at night by from us full information con- what appeared, to my vivid oerning the manner in which imagination, to be whole regiwe had escaped from prison, ments of dauntless vermin. and also how we had managed In one corner of the room, unto get to a point so near the derneath the heavily - barred frontier, but we told him just window, was a nine-foot pile as much as we thought was of biogole tyres, which had good for him, and no more doubtless been confiscated by The two soldiers who escorted the authorities some time us, with fixed bayonets, from before, for the sake of the the station through the dark rubber they contained. The village to the village jail, were only furniture in the place good fellows, and did not oon. consisted of a hard bed, with oeal their appreoiation of the dirty mattress and blankets, faot that we had several times a wooden, wedge - shaped had a run for freedom, and pillow, a table, stool, and an also their sincere regret that abominably insanitary conthey were compelled to play venience. We spent three a part in taking us back to days in this cell, our only bondage. When handing us relief coming when we were

oooasionally allowed to tend at each other and look symthe corridor fire which was pathetio. supposed to beat the cell. On the morning of the third When permitted to do this day the cell door was opened, work we usually lingered over and we were advised that our the job as long as we could, guards had come for us. They before the time oame to be were a corporal and a private looked up again. Whether it from Berlin, who had been Was a boon to be allowed to sent specially to escort us back live together or not I do not to the prison. We bade farewell quite know, for our minds to our well-meaning if undewere filled with the galling dis- sirable host, and leaving the appointment consequent upon jail, set out for the station, failure in our enterprise, the where we took train for Dortprospect of transference to the mund. Our guards warmed hell we hated so intensely, and up to us after the first few speculation as to the punish- minutes, and had they not ment we were likely to roceive. been our guards, would have During the time we spent in been quite acceptable travel. this jail we saw no possibility ling companions. of esoape, though we might At Dortmund we had to have suoceeded by some ruse change and wait some time or other had we remained there for a train. The soldiers very sufficiently long to make the considerately suggested that necessary thorough investiga- we should go into the thirdtion. Our food was usually class waiting-room, and there passed in to us through a tiny they allowed us to order a trap-door in the door of the meal and drink beer. Our oell, and we were charged for train from Dortmund to Berlin it on leaving the jail.

was a corridor express train, In the next cell to us was and almost full of soldiers. & Russian flight lieutenant, For a short distance we had who had been recaptured near to stand in the corridor, but the same village after a very later one of the soldiers suoplucky and determined at- ceeded in inducing the guard tempt to escape. While tend to find room for us. The ing the fire we dropped down third-olass compartment which the trap-door of his cell, and he found contained only two poking our heads through, en- vacant seats. For obvious deavoured to carry on & son. reasons we tried to induce our versation with him, but he guards to take these seats, spoke no English, no Frenoh, while they, also for obvious and praotioally no German; reasons, and with more su00088, and as I knew only about insisted that we should take three words of Russian and them. On taking our seats two lines of a Russian song, we found ourselves sitting face whose meaning I did not to face with a private of the understand, we were not able Zeppelin Corps, who, in spite of to do much more than grin the notice warning soldiers and

sailors to be guarded in their choice was very much limited, conversation, was allowing I found solace in such books as himself to be "pumped” by the second volume of Morley's his fellow-passengers, and was “Life of Gladstone,' Prescott's talking as freely about Zeppe- History of the Conquest of lins and attacks on England, Peru,' The Autobiography of in which he had participated Lord Herbert of Cherbury,' on three occasions, as though Walton's "Compleat Angler,' he were talking to his Com- and the first portion of 'Don manding Officer.

Quixote.' Another book which We arrived in Berlin late I read was Gordon's Diary in that night, and were handed Khartoum. In one entry, over, in the office of the Gordon, referring to the shortStadt Vogtei Prison, to the age of food from which the care of the wardo.rs whom I besieged suffered in Khartoum, had fondly imaginea I should says: never see again. Great was “The stomach governs the their glee at sight of us once world, and it was the stommore. We were taken to the ach (a despised organ) which worst cells, at the back of the caused our misery from the military part of the prison, beginning. It is wonderful and looked in for the night. that the ventral tube of

I threw myself on my hard man governs the world, in low bed and slept.

small and great things." It soon beoamo evident that It was certainly “that the punishment to be moted despised organ” which caused out to us on this occasion was my misery, and our failure, on intended to be so harsh in its our last attempt to esoape. character that it would aot as Apart from these English a deterrent in the case of any books, I managed to procure of our fellow-prisoners who from a fellow-prisoner à num. might be working on similar ber of reoently published books, plans for escape. We were to written by German flying-men, be allowed no English paroels submarine commanders, naval whatsoever, and our friends officers, and war correspondwere warned that they would ents, and found them intensely be severely punished if they interesting. attempted to pass in food to Two or three days after our us. The reason why we had arrival in the Stadt Vogtei been given cells in the back Prison, we heard that S- , part of the military prison the ringleader of our little was to make it impossible for party, had also been captured our friends to see us or to and brought to the prison. He speak to us. Our oell win. was put into the cell next to dows looked down into an- mine, and on the night of his other yard, where only the arrival, he, Keith, and I were German prisoners took exer- taken to a room near the prison oise. Books were allowed us, office to await examination at and although one's range of the hands of Kriegsgerichtsrat

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