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frozen hopelessness and began fore, save wait for a breeze or to talk in low voices amongst nightfall; meantime the work themselves. Two of them also of repairing ship had to be tried to make frionds with the done. orow; but their advances were But before embarking on received with suspicion and those repairs, a necessary coldness. Our men could not function had to be performed. rid themselves of the thought The wardroom had been prothat if the positions had been vided prior to sailing with a roversod, death would have modest supply of obampagnebeen their sentence and nothing to be opened when the first less. In fact, amongst many U-boat was sunk or on the other disoussions that raged on declaration of peace, whichever the moss-decks after the en- came first. To open the bubbly gagement, was a quite sorious water was evidently indicatone as to whether we should ed; also, the mess-decks had have been justified in abandon- to drink SUCOESB to Brig X ing the captives to drown-all and confusion to the Central save one, that is, as one sur- Powers. vivor was necessary to provo
To supply them all with B000088 to soeptical champagne was beyond our element at the Baso.
powers; but a few bottles of I informed the C.o. of the whisky were found, and an condition of our worst-wounded extra issue of grog took place man; and this faot, together on the mess-deok. As many men with the presence aboard of as could be spared from the the prisoners—always a menace deck were invited below, and --decided him to head for port our viotory was celebrated in at the first opportunity. This, the approved fashion. The however, could not be done all C.O. was not a speech-maker, at once.
To proceed under and though he tried his best be engine-power was inviting de- uttered nothing of historical tection, especially during day- interest. light. A square-rigged vessel What he actually said was moving along at four or five something like this: knots in open water with hardly mon, we've done it, and a a breath of wind in the sky d—d good job you've made would be a dead give-away. of it, too. We've nothing to Submarines were reputed to be be ashamed of; but we mustn't fitted with hydrophones of an get too oooky. And next time unoanny porfeotion ; and if we get hit and set afire, don't such hydrophones reoorded a lot any man put the blaze out propeller's beats when no ship without orders, or I'll keelbaul logitimately equipped with a him. Here's luok, and another propeller was in sight, only one Fritz before night!” These inference could be drawn by sentiments seemed to
seemed to meet such German commanders as with the lower dook's commight be in the vicinity. There plote approval; the C.P.O., was nothing to be done, there. as spokesman, tried to reply,
“Well, bat beyoud wishing us as much again. The carpenter had luok as he could expeet for plugged the shot-holes quite himself, he said very little. thoroughly, and it was only
An armed guard was nooossary to pump out the ship mounted over the prisoners, twice a watoh instead of once, breakfast was served, and the as had hitherto been the case. work of the ship went on as The officer of the watch perif nothing extraordinary had formed this duty, in the interhappened. The loss of our vals of maintaining his watch galley was a serious one; bat for further submarines. certain members of the orew But about four in the afterwere adaptable. We boiled noon . the breeze came away water for tea by means of the with inoreasing foroe.
It was blow-lamps used for heating a dead-muzzler for our Base; up the engines; sardines and and as speed of movement was biscuits sufficed to fill the gaps necessary, it was decided to eaused by the excitement of up-stiek and run for a Sicilian sotion ;
and the armourer's port that lay almost dead to mate rigged up an improvised leeward. We tried to report cooking-stove out of an oil
out of an oil. our adventures by wireless ; drum that worked wonders. but
our operator reported A detailed description of the nothing but failure. We could ensuing repair-work would only not gain touch with a single be tedious. Fortunately we station; and we did not persist officers had all served in wind. too keenly, in case of enemy jammers, and we had all been craft picking up our signals. required to deal with mishaps But I think we were all glad of varying kinds; so, by dint when night oame and found us of putting our heads together, running well with a spanking we evolved schemes for restor- breeze. Once the immediate ing the shattered spars and strain was relieved, it was rigging, and before the night possible to realise how great it fell the ship was seaworthy had been.
(To be continued.)
STRANGE ohangos have taken Thoir onge hospitable mansions place in Irish life-some before know them no more: they are the war, some during the war, now occupied by resident and some after its conolusion. magistrates, potty gossions
, Changes social and economio clerks, and profiteers, The have cocurred everywhere, but demesne is broken up; the in Ireland there has beon some- trees are cut down; the lawns, thing more-a change in the on which many generations of temperament and outlook of happy children played, are now the majority of the people. potato-fields. The stables and
The objeots of their former kennels aro in ruins. There is aspirations have now oeased to no longer any cheery rural life attraot.
in the countryside. Every kind of concession, But there is abundant progbounty, and amelioration has perity: everybody has money. been granted. All these bone- The raok-rented farm which fits seem only to inerease their the English sentimentalists hatred of the grantors, and wept over will at a sale bring they have now arrived at a in forty or fifty years' purchase stage where they refuse to oon- of the original ront. template anything but the What, then, is the matter? impossible and the unthink- Why is everybody not conable.
tented ? The old Irish landooraoy is The farmer is a capitalist; gone, or is fast disappearing the labourer has a comfortable
It was often stupidly spoken sanitary house, and wages beof as the English Garrison. yond his highest expeotations
To those who really know, in the past. it was the most Irisb olement What has happened to the in Ireland. Though for the people who were onoe the most most part alien in religion and light-hearted of all races ? traditions, it attracted the ad- Not even a stranger could miration and affeotion of the fail to see that the country is mass of the people for many living in an atmosphere of decades of time. But the fierce terror and nervous apprehenWaves of politioal agitation sion. beat apon it and finally sub- The kindly sergeant of the merged it. To this day, one Royal Irish Constabulary, who will occasionally find an old was the friend and adviser of Irish peasant who regrets its everybody in the distriot, is passing, and sighs over the now shunned as a leper; people disappearance of the “Ould fear to be seen speaking to stock," England of her gener. him.
” osity sacrifiood this class to His children are boyootted at gratify national aspirations. school and at chapel.
But something worse some- over (not without the use of times happens. There comes a guile and sundry devices), day when the sergeant's wife managed to get to the Front is going about distraoted, her at a very early stage : & large face livid with terror- the number of them never returned. police patrol has not come back. The great feature of the race Mysterious motor-cars, full of was its vivacity,-it laughed strange men, hardly disguised, through its misfortunes, and have passed down the road. the world was happier for At length a wounded constable its joviality. arrives, with the news that the But what has supplanted it? sergeant and one of his men Something deadly, sinister, have been shot down from amorphous, that does the work behind a hedge. The people are of darkness, fearless of God or afraid to show any sympathy man. with the suffering family; the Take the ordinary specimen. funeral is attended mainly by He is a thin sallow youth; his the police and military. On hair is black and long; he the following Sunday the parish wears a soft dark hat; his priest will denounow the murder, clothes are quite becoming and and will desoribe the doceased fairly out; his eyes are feveras popular and respeoted, add. ishly bright. He has the air ing that nobody in the distriot and bearing of one who is suffercould have had any hand in ing some intolerable wrong. the orime. There is nobody He is generally silent, but can now to give adequate expres- be induced to talk on occasions. sion to the horror that is felt You point out to him that all by all deoont folk. The land- the old grievances of Ireland lord is down and out, and there have been removed. There is is no wholesome middle-class complete religious equalityopinion in Ireland.
the people have local govern. This Anglo-Irish race, until ment and municipal governthe ovil days oame upon it, was
mont in the fullest sense. A famous all over the world. National University has been
It gave the Empire many provided out of public funds; of its greatest gonorals, some the land is vested in the 06admirals, and some statesmen capier at a cost of 200 millions and diplomatists. It nover to the taxpayer; the onoo oonfailed to produce dare-devil gested distriots are prosperous sons and beautiful daughters. under paternal management; Among the English county labourers' cottages are all over families, who are notably well- the country. Ireland is abfavoured in looks, one is pretty surdly over - represented in sure to find an Irish girl in Parliament. Sootland and the line of desoent. In the Wales are not treated in this Great War the song established generous way, and they are a noble reoord. Every one of content. What grievance has them who was of military age, been left anredressed ? He and many who were under or replies : "What we want and
will have is that the English protagonist and the real oon-
." The gospel their history.
house for arms, ho usually The gist of every agitator's abstains from wanton injury speech has been the tyranny to the premises, or undue and oppression of England. cruelty to the ocoupiers, if they The underpaid National School make no resistance. teacher, in the bitterness of big He shows none of the mean soul, has brought him up to greed that characterised the believe that the English are methods of the Land League pirates and vampires and have in the day of its power. always been suoking the life- He sometimes exhibits desblood out of Ireland.
perado courage, and always England (and in the term discipline. he inolades Great Britain) bag He is not guilty of the unipflioted on him a new insult speakable brutality of the Gerwhich will never be forgiven.
man, or Russian Bolsbevik. She has thoroughly beaten He has beyond doubt a conGermany.
soience, but he has come to It was always his delight to terms with it. ridioule the British Army and Unlimited mendacity has alrejoice over its defeats by the ways been a favoured politiBoers, the Arabs, or any other orl weapon in Ireland from enemy. Now this despised O'Connell's time, and he makes army has been the chief element full 089 of it in the United in laying low the greatest of States and at home. military powers. He tried to Though always collecting disgaise the painful fact as arms and high explosives, and long as possible, making out always gecretly drilling, he that it was Amerion that had has no intention of taking tbe done it. Bat Amerios makes field; he has discovered no such olaim, and in Germany much safer method of carryno doubt has ever been ex- ing on hostilities in organised pregsed as to which was the murder. He satisfies his con.
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