CHAPTER I-lnlroductorr. Pat O'Brien
tails of in iuriu tu writing tu autiy
or hi adveuiurvs.
CHAtTER II-Telle of hi enlletment In
the Koyal Dying turpi, hie training la
Caoaua and iiw uanirtcr to i'rauo for aw
CHAPTER Ilt-Descrtl flgbta In which
b brought down iwu German alrpliuiee
and hi tlnul lluht in wli.cli tin tu
brought duH'a (Vinindml within tho Ger
man Une unU w made a prliuuor of
CHAPTER IV-Dlaeovsr (hat German
hoapluU staff borsuroualy neglected tho
fatally wounded and devoted their ner
girs to rculorlnc thuae wuo liucUt bo
returned to the firing- line. Wuneaaee
death In tit; lit of hi beat chum, Ueuu
' CHAPTER V-He la taken to the of
ficers' prison chip at Courtrai. There ho
began planning hla eacap. By great ae
rlilca he manugea to aave and hid away
two doily rulioiui of bread.
CHAPTER Tl-IIe rnnnacates a map of
Germany and Juat half an hour later Is
fmt on a trolu bound for a prison vamp
n Germany. He leap through a window
while the train la u-avehug at a rate of )
mlica an hour.
CHAPTER Vlt-Fnr nine day h
v'rattia through Germany, hiding during
Hi day. traveling at night, guided by tu
star and subsisting- on raw vegetable
lie covers la mile befora reaching i-ux-niburg.
CHAPTER VIII For nine days more b
struggles on In a weakened condition
ihrough Luxemburg in tu direction of
CHAPTER lX-He endures terrlbl
hardships, awinia rtver while delirious
from hunger, living like a hunted animal
and on the eighteenth day after Jumping
from the train lie uroaaea lute lUlgluin.
through Belgium he Is befriended one
ilglil or- a i-iemion snauiii
.i i ....... tilm In u man In u Vl l
,11111 wuu uninii. i . . . " w -
gian wiy wno win ucip mm to hoi a pun-
CHAPTER Xl-By mlneling with Bel
gian peaaanls he manage to elude Ger
man soldiers and reaches the Belgian city
where he rinds the home of the man from
whom he expect help.
'1 wnnt to rejoin my squadron as
sood as I possilny can, I told him,
"but 1 renli7.e that It will take cor
tin length of time for you to make the
necessary arrangement", and I will he
as patient as I can,"
- - - Th first thing to do, HuyBgeiTtoial
me, was to prepare a passport He had
a hlnnk one and It wos a comparatively
nlmple matter to fill in the spaces, us
ing a genuine passport which Huyllger
IKjssessed as a sample of the hand
writing of the passport clerk. My oc
cupation was entered as that of a
pallor. My birthplace we gave as
Bpala, and we put my ago at thirty.
'As a matter of fact, at that time I
could easily have passed for thirty
live, but we figured that with prope
food and a decent place to sleep at
nlpht I could soon regain my normal
appearance, and the passport would
have to serve me, perhaps, for several
weeks to come.
Filling In the blank spaces on the
passport was, as I have said, a com
paratively cany matter, but that did
not begin to fill the MIL Every genu
Ine passport bore an official rubber
stamp, something like an elaborate
postmark, and I was at a loss to know
how to get ova that difficulty.
Fortunately, however, Huyllger had
half of a rubbcrstmp which had evi
dently been thrown awny by the Ger
mans, and he planned to construct the
other half ont of the cork from a wine
' bottle. He waa very skillful wlth: a
penknife, and although he spoilt a
- scoae or more of corks before he suc
ceeded In getting anything like the
result he was after, the finished article
waa far better than our most sanguine
expectations. Indeed, after we had
pared It ovor here and there, and re
moved whatever imperfections our re
peated test disclosed, we bad a stamp
which made an Impression so closely
- resembling the original that without a
magnifying glass, we were sure, it
would, have teen Impossible to tell
that It was a counterfeit.
Huyllger procured a camera and
took a photograph of me to paste on
the passport In the place provided for
. that purpose, and we then had a pass
port which was entirely satisfactory
to both of ns and would, we hoped,
prove equally so to our friends the
Huns.- . ...
It had taken two days to fix up the
passport In the meanwhile Huyllger
Informed me that he .bad changed his
plana about the convent and that In
stead he would take me to- an empty
house, where I could remain in safety
until be told me It was advisable for
me to proceed to the frontier.
This was quite agreeable to me, as I
had had misgivings as to the kind
of priest I would make and it seemed
to mt to be safer to remain aloof from
everyone in a deserted house than to
have to mingle with people or. come In
contact with them, even with the beat
of disguise. H
That night I accompanied Huyllger
to a fashionable section of the city.'
. ..where the house la which I was to be
cMcealed waa located.
This ooe txtrned out to be a f our
tory structure of brick, HiyUxertold
bm that tt had fern eaMtrpled hy
e tvt rj tri
slnvelDH'R tail bee&'OhlnhabUea'iavu
for the occasional habitation 'of some
refugee whom Huyllger wss befriend
Huyllger had a key and let me In.
but he did not enter the house with
me, stating that he would visit me In
the morning. '
I explored the place from top to bot
tom as well as I could without lights.
The bouse was eluborately furnished,
but. of course, the dust la a quarter
of an Inch thick everywhere. It was a
large house, containing some twenty
rooms. There were two rooms In the
, basement four on the first floor; four
j on the second five on the third and five
on the top. In the days that were to
I come I was to have plenty of oppor
tunity to familiarise myself with the
contents of that house but at that time
I did no know it and I was curious,
enough to want to know Just what the
Down in the basement there was a
huge pantry but It was absolutely bare,
except of dust and dirt A door which
evidently led to a sub-basement at
tracted my attention and I thought It
might be a good Idea to know Just
where It led to in case It became neces
sary for me to elude searchers.
In that cellar I found case after case
of choice wine Huyllger subsequently
told me that there were 1,800 bottles of
It ! I was so happy at the turn my
affairs had taken and In the rosy pros
pects which I now entertained that I
was half Inclined to Indulge In a little
celebration then and there. On second
thought however, I remembered the
old warning of the. folly of shouting
before you are well out of he woods,
and I decided that It would be Just as
well to postpone the festivities for a
while and go to bed Instead.
In such an elaborately furnished
house I had naturally conjured up
Ideas of a wonderfully large bed.
with thick hair mattress, downy
quilts and big soft pillows. Indeed, I
debated for a while wnlch particular
bedroom I should honor with my pres
ence thnt night Judge of my disap
pointment therefore, when after vis
iting bedroom- after bedroom, I discov
ered t that there wasn't a bed In any
one of them that was In n condition to
sleep In. All the rhattresscs had been
removed and the rooms were abso
lutely bare of everything in the way
of wool, silk or cotton fabrics. The
Germans had apparently swept the
There was nothing to do, therefore,
but to make myself as comfortable tie
I could on the floor, but ns I had grown
accustomed by this time to slecplm?
under for less comfortable conditions
1 swallowed my disappointment a:
cheerfully as I could and lay dowu
fof the night.
In the morning Huyllger appeared
and brought me some breakfast, auri
after I had eaten It he asked me what
connections I had In France or Eng
land from . whpu. I could obtaii
I told him that I banked at Cox A
CoH London, and that if he needed
nny money I would do anything I could
to get it for him, although I did not
know just how such things could be ar
ranged. "Don't worry obout that, OUrlen,"
he replied. "We'll find a way of get
ting It all right What I want to know
Is how far you are prepared to go t
compof sate me for the risks I am
rendering you !"
The change In the man's attitude
stunned me. I could hardly believe my
"Of course I shall pay you as well as
I can for what you have done, Huyll
ger," I replied, trying to conceal as far
as possible the disappointment his de
mand had occasioned me, "b" i don't
you think .that this is hardly t.e proper
time or occasion to talk of compensa
tion? All I have on me, as you know.
Is a few hundred francs, and that ol
course, you are welcome to, and when
I get back, If I ever do, I ahall not
easily forget that kindness you have
shown me. I am sure you heed have
no concern about my showing my
gratitude in a substantial way."
"That's all right O'Brien," he In
alsted, looking at me In a knowing sort
of way; "you may take care of m
afterwards, and then again you may
not I'm not satisfied to wait I want
to be taken care of now J"
"Well, what do you want me to dol
How much do yon expect In the way
of compensation? How can I arrange
to get it to you? I am willing to do
anything that is reasonable."
"I want pounds," he replied,
and he named a figure that staggered
me. If I had been Lord Kitchener In
stead of Jnst an ordinary lieutenant
In the R. F. G, he would hardly have
asked a larger sum. Perhaps he
thought I was.
"Well, my dear man," I said smiling
ly, thinking that perhaps he was Jok
ing, "you don't really mean that do
"I certainly do, O'Brien, and what Is
more," he threatened, "I Intend to get
every cent I have asked, and yon. are
going to help me get It" -
He pulled out an order calling for
the payment to him of the amount he
had mentioned 'and demanded that I
feign It !
I waved It aside.
"Huyllger," I said, "you hate nelped
me out so far and perhaps yon have
the power to help me further. I appre
ciate what you have done for me, al
though now, I think. I see what your
motive was, but I certulnly don't In
tend to be blackmailed and I tell yon
right now that I wont stand for It"
-Very well." he said, "it IS Just as
you say, but before you make up your
mind so obstinately I would advise
yon to think It over, m be back this
My first Impulse, after the man had
left, waa to get tmt of that house J sat
mnm g.I erm'it. I fca ttw
Ce had1 prewired Ior"iueh and X figured
rthat even without further help I could
now get to the border without very
much difficulty, od ben I ot there
I would have to use my own Ingenuity
to get through.
- It was' evident towever, tbat' Euy
llger still had an Idea that I might
change 'my mind with 'regard to the
payment he had demanded, and I d
elded that It would be foolish to do
'anything until he paid me a second
At the beginning of my dealings with
Huyllger Z had turned over to him
some pictures, papers, and othef things
that I had on me when I entered his
house. Including my Identification disk,
and I was rather afraid that he might
refuse to return them to me.
All day long I remained In the bouse
without a particle of food other than
Vm breakfast Huyllger had brought to
me. From the windows I could see
plenty to Interest me and help pass the
tlmo awny, but of my experiences
while In that house I shall tell In de
tail later on, confining my attention
now to a narrative of my dealing with
That night he appeared as he bad
"Well, O'Brien," he asked, aa he en
tered the room where I waa awaiting
him, "what do yoa say? Will yon sign
the order or not?" i
It had occurred to me during the'
day that the amount demanded was so
fablulous that I might have signed the
order without any danger of Its ever
being paid, but the Idea of thla man,
who had claimed to be befriending me,
endeavoring to make capital out of my
plight galled me so that I was deter
mined not to give it (o him whether 1
could do so in safety or not "j
"Xo. Huyllger." I replied. "I have
decided to get along as best I can with
out, any further assistance from yon.
I shall see that yon are reasonably'
paid for what you have done, but I
will not accept any further assistance I
from you nt any price, and what la '
more I want you to return to me at
once oil the photographs and other
papers and belongings or mine whicn
I turned over to you a day or two
"I'm-sorry about that O'Brien," he
retorted, with a show of apparent sin
cerity, "but that Is something I cannot
"If you don't give roe beck those
papers at once," 1 replied hotly, "I will
take "teps to pot them, and d d
"I ilnii'i know Just what you could
i'.o, O'Erien," be declared coolly, "but
its a mutter of fact the papers and
pictures iu refor to are out of the
country. I could not get them back
to you If I wanted to," ' I
OUIlIf tiling tuiu UJC lilt? uiuu naa
"See here, Huyllger!" I threatened,
advancing towards him, putting my j
hand on Ids shoulder and looking him ;
straight in the eye, "I want those
papers and I want them here before
midnight to-night. If I don't get them
I shall sleep In this place Just once
more and then, ut 8 o'clock to-morrow
morning, I shall go to the German an-
-Your Uvea Wont Be Worth a Damn."
thoritlea, give myself up, show them
the passport' that yon fixed for me,
tell them how I got It and explain
Huyllger paled. "We had no lights
in "the house, but we were standing
near a landing at the time and the
moonlight waa streaming through a
. The Belgian turned on his heel and
started to -go down the stairs.
"Mind you." I called after him, "I
shall wait for yon till the dty clock
strikes twelve, and If yoa dont show
up with- those papers by that time, the
next time yon will see me is when yon
confront me before the German au
thorities. I am a desperate man, Huy-.
llger. tod I mean every word I say."
He let himself out of the door and I
tat on the top stair and wondered Just
what he would do. Would he try to
steal a march on me and get In a first
word to the authorities so that my
story would be discredited when I
pnt It to them?
Of course, my threat to give mvaelf
np to the Huns was a pure bluff. While
I had no desire to lose the papers
which Hoyliger had and which In
cluded the map and the last resting
1 ; lp
talnlyTaJTho Intention -of cutting" off
my nose to spite my'face by surren
dering to the Germans. I would have
been shot M sure as fate, for after all
I had been able to observe behind the
German lines I, would be regarded as
a spy and treated as such.
At the same time I thought I de
tected a yellow streak In Huyllger, and.
I figured that he would not want to
take the risk of my carrying out my
threat even though he believed there
was but a small chance of my doing so.
If I did, he would undoubtedly share
my fate, and the pictures and papers
he had of mine were really of no vse
to him, and I have never been able to
ascertain why It was he wished to re
tain then unless they contained some
thingsome Information about me
which accounted for bis complete
change of attitude towards me In the
first place, and he wanted the papera
as evidence to account to his supe
riors for his conduct towards me.
When he first told me that the pun
of placing roe In a convent disguised
as a priest had been abandoned be ex
plained it by saying that the cardinal
had Issued orders to the priests to
help no more fugitives, and I have
since wondered whether there waa
anything In my papers which had
turned him against me and led him to
forsake me after all he had promised
to do for me.
For perhaps two hours I sat on that
staircase musing about the peculiar
turn in my affairs, when the front door
opened and Huyllger ascended the
"I have brought you such of your be
longings as I still had, O'Brien," he
said softly. "The rest, as I told yon, I
cannot give you. They are no longer
In my possession."
I looked through tho little bunch he
handed me. It included my Identifi
cation disk, most of the papers I val
ued, and perhaps half of the photo
graphs. "I don't know what your object Is In
retaining the rest of my pictures, nay
llger," I replied, "but as a matter of
fact,- the ones that are missing were
only of sentimental value to me and
you are welcome to them. Well call It
I don't know whether he understood
the Idiom, but he sat down on the
stairs Just below me and cogitated for
a few moments.
"O'Brien," he started finally, Tm
sorry things have gone the way they
have. I feel sorry for you and I would
really like to help you. I don't sup
pose yon will bclli've me, but the
mutter of the order which which I
asked you to sign was not of my doing.
However, we won't go Into that; The
proposition was made to you and you
turned It down, and that's the end of
It At the same time, I hate to leave
you to your own resources and I am
going to make one more suggestion
to you for your own good. I have an
other plan to get you into Holland
and If you will go with me to another
house, I will Introduce you to a man
who I think will be in a position to
"How many millions ef pounds will
he want foe his trouble " I answered,
sarcastically, r .
"Yon can arrange that when you see
him. Will you go?"
I suspected there waa something
fishy about the proposition, but I felt
that I cqutd take care of myself and
decided to see the thing through. I
knew Huyllger would not dare to de
liver meto the authorities because of
the fact that I had the tell-tale pass
pott, which would be his deathknell aa
well as my own.
Accordingly I said I would be quite
willing to go with him whenever he
was ready, and he suggested that we
go the next evening.
I pointed out to him that I was en
tirely without food and asked him
whether he could not arrange to bring
or send me something to eat while I
remained In the house
Tm sorry, O'Brien," he replied, "but
I'm afraid you will have to get along
aa best you can. When I brought you
your breakfast this morning I took
.a desperate chance. If I had been dis
covered by one of, the German soldiers
entering this house with food In my
possession, I would not. only have paid
the penalty myself, but you would have
been discovered, too. It la too danger
ous a proposition. Why don't you go
out by yourself and buy your food at
the stores? That would give you con
fidence and you'll need plenty of it
when you continue your Journey to the
- There was a good deal of truth in
what he said and I really could not
blame him for not wanting to take any
chances to help me In vfcwiof the rela
tions between us. "i" '. . . ' "
"Very well," I said; Tve gone with
out food for many hours at a ttrae'be
fore and I suppose I shall be. able to
do so again. I ahall look for yon to
The next evening he came and I ac
companied him to another house not
very far from the one in which I had
been staying and not unlike It In ap
pearance. It too, was a substantial
dwelling house which bad been unten
anted since the beginning save perhaps
for such occasional visits aa Huyllger
and hlaT associates made to It
Huyllger let himself In and con
ducted me. to a room on the second
floor, where he introduced rue-to two
men. One, I could readily see by the
resemblance, was his own brother.
The other waa a stranger.
Very briefly they explained to me
that they bad procured another pass
port for me a genuine one which
would prove fax more effective In help
ing to get me to the frontier than the
counterfeit one they had manufac
tured for me.
I think I saw through their gam
right at the start, but I listened pa
tiently ta what thej had toiaj.
tr mmw. ran ST tt f?
to us" the passport 't you before
we can give you Uu uJ one," said
"I Imvcri't the sllchteirl objection," I
replied, "if the new imssjHirt Is all you
claim for It. W1J1 you let me aee It?"
There was considerable hesitation on
the part of Uuyllger's brother and the
other chap at this. .
"Why, I dont think that's necessary
at all, Mr. O'Brien," said the former.
"Tou give us the old passport and we
will be very glad to give you the new
one for It Isn't that fair enough?"
"It tuny be fair enough, my friends,"
I retorted, seeing thut It was useless to
conceal further the fact that I waa
fully aware of their whole plan and
why I hud been brought to thla house,
"it may be f ulr euough, my friends," I
suld, "but yon will get the passport
that I huve here," patting my side and
Indicating my Insldo breast pocket
"only off my dead body 1"
I suppose the three of them could
have made short work of me then and
there If they bad wanted to go the
limit and no one would ever have
been the wiser, but I had gone through
so much and I was feeling so mean to
wards the whole world Just at that
moment that I was determined to sell
my life as dearly aa possible.
"I have that passport here," I re
piled, "und am going to keep It If
yon gentlemen, think yon can take it
from me you are welcome to try!"
To tell the truth, I was spoiling for
a fight, and I hulf wished they would
start something. The man who bad
lived In the house had evidently been
a 'collector of ancient pottery, for the
walls were lined with great pieces of
earthenware which had every earmark
of possessing great value. They cer
tainly possessed great weight I fig
ured that If the worst came to the
worst -that pottery would come in
mighty hundy. A single blow with one
of those big vases would put a man
out uh neatly as possible and as there
was lots of pottery and only three men,
I believed I had an excellent cbnnee of
holding my own in the combat which I
I had already picked out In my mind
what I was going to use, and I got up,
stood with my back to the wall and
told them thnt if they ever figured on
getting the passport, then would be
th4r best chance.
Apparently they realized that I
meant business and they Immediately
begnn to expostulate at the attitude I
One of the men spoke excellent
English. In fact he told me that be
could speak five languages, and If he
could He In the others nswell as I
kuew he did In my own tongue, he was
not only an accomplished linguist but
a most versatile liar into the bargain.
"My dear fellow," said the linguist
"it Is not thnt we want to deprive yon of
the passport Good heavens! If It will
aid you In getting ont of the country,
I wish you could have six Just like It
But for our own protection, you owe
It to us to proceed on your journey
as best you can without it because as
long as yon "have It in your possession
you Jeopardize our lives, too. Don't
you think It Is fairer that you should
risk your own safety rather than puce
the lives of three Innocent men In
"That may be as It Is, my friends,"
I retorted, "and I nm glud you realize
your danger. Keep It In mind, for In
case any of you should happen to feel
Inclined to notify the German authori
ties that I am In this part of the coun
try, think It over before you do so.
Remember always that if the Germans
get me, they get the passport, too, and
if they get the passport your lives
won't be worth a damn I When I tell
the history of that clever little piece
of pasteboard, I will Implicate all three
of you, and whoever Is working .with
you, and aa I am an officer I rather
think my word will be taken before
yoifrs. Good night 1"
The bluff evidently worked, because
I was able to get out of the city with
out molestation from the Germans.
J have never seen these men since.
I hope I never shall, because I am
afraid I might be tempted to do some
thing for which I might otherwise be
I do. not mean to Imply that all Bel
gians are like this. I had evidently
fallen into the bands of a gang who
were endeavoring to niuke capital out
of the misfortunes of those who were
referred to them for help. In all coun
tries there are bad as well as good,
and In a country which has suffered so
much as poor Belgium It ra no wonder
If some of the survivors have lost their
sense of moral perspective.
I know thnt the average poor peos
ant In Belgium would divide his scanty
rations with a needy fugitive sooner
than a wealthy Belgian would dole
out a morsel from his comparatively
well-stocked larder. Perhaps the poor
have less to lose than the rich If their
generosity or cbnrity Is discovered by
There have been many Belgians shot
for helping escaped prisoners and other
fugitives, and it Is not to be wondered
at that they are willing to take as few
chances aa possible. A man with a
family." especially, does not feel Jus
tified In helping a stranger when he
knows that he and his whole family
may be shot or sent to prison for their
" Although I suffered much from the
attitude of Huyllger and bis associates,
I suppose I ought to hold no' grudge
against them In view of the unenvjsble
predicament In which they are In
Five Days In an Empty Hews.
The five days I spent In that boust
seemed to me Ilka five years. During
all that time I had very fittla to eat
tSe fields: "I "did" not feel ft so la
haps, because of the fact that I v
longer exposed to the other prl
which before had combined t
my condition so wretched. I no w
good place to sleep, at any rate. .
did not wake every half ho.: cr ,
I had been accustomed to do U
fields and woods, and, of eouii, .
hunger was . not aggravated ty t
physical exertions which had t
Nevertheless, perhaps because 1 1
more time now to think of the hur
pains which were gnawing at & t
the time, I dont believe I was ever t
miserable as I was at that' period
my adventure. I felt so mean tows:
the world I would have eomm.'::
murder, I think, with very little r:cv
oca U on.
German soldiers were passlrt t'
house at all hours of this Liy. I
watched them hour after hour from L
I Rummaged the House Many Times.
keyhole of the door to have shown
myself at the window waa ont of the
question because the house in wtici
I waa concealed was supposed to be
Because of the fact that X was un
able to apeak either Flemish or Ger
man I could not go out and buy food,
although I still had the money with
which to do It That was one of the
things that .galled one the tbouxt
that Z bad the wherewithal la try
Jeans to buy all the food I needed tad
yet no way of getting It without .en
dangering my liberty and Ufa.
At night, however, after it was daiX
I would steal quietly out of the bouse
to see what I could pick up la the way
of food. By that time, of worse, the
stores were closed, but I scoured tia
streets, the alleys and the byways f oz
scraps of food and occasional cot
courage enough to appeal to Belgian,
peasants whom I met on the streets,
and In that way I managed to kec?
body and soul together.
It was quite apparent to me, how
ever, that I was worse off In the city
than I had been In the fields, and X
decided to get out of that house Jart
as soon as I knew definitely that EC
llger had made up his mind to do nett
ing further for me.
When I was not at the keyhole of a
door I spent most of my day on the t ?
floor In a room which looked out on t'; )
street By keeping well away from tl a
window I could see much of what we?
going on without being seen mja'L
In my restlessness, I used .to walk btu'i
and forth In that room and I kept It t
so constantly that I believe I must hava
worn a path In the floor. It was'clr't
steps from one wall to the other, an 5
as I had little else to amuse me I f
ured out one day after I had bea
pacing up and down for several hours
jnst how much distance I would hav's
covered on my way to Holland If tc?
footsteps had been taken in that C5r
tlon instead of Just up and down tr t
old room. I was very much surprr: r.
to find that In three hours I cros:
the room no less than 6,000 times t :
the distance covered was between i '
and ten miles. It was not very -fylng
to realize -that after walklsg t
that distance I wasnt a step nearer r
goal than when I started, but I had t
do something while waiting for X:., -llger
to help me, and pacing tap "
down waa a natural outlet for i .
While looking out of the top f:
window one day, I noticed a cat c i
window ledge of the house across t
street I had a nice piece of a trc'
mirror which I had picked up In t
house and I used It to amuse rr .
for an hour at a time shining It Vx '
cat s eyes across the street At '
the animal was annoyed by the t
tlon and would move away, clj
come back a few momenta later. .
and by, however. It seemed t
used to the glare and wouldnt t
no matter bow strong the sunlit
Playing with the cat In this wcy
me Into the habit of watchirj
comings and goings and tu
rectly the means of my gettinz f
day' or two later at a time v
was so famLihed that I wss r:
do almost anything to ?;c: -htmgen
i airs. Carl Viumb oi lo',in,
toest of lira. F. IX. rcilL
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