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About Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922 | View Entire Issue (July 21, 1918)
OMAHa SUM DAY B&bl: JULY 21. 1U1.
BY HUNS IS BACK
Nodding Guard and Pick Han
dle Give Donahue a Chance
to Escape From
This Is the story of Private Dona
hue. It is the story of a young ma
rine who. in the midst of a confused
and savage midnight skirmish on the
edge of a ravine up Torcy way. north
west of Chateau Thierry, vanished
from the ranks of his company and
was not seen again until eight days
later, when, hungry, dirty, ired, sore
and happy, he crawled into the Amer
ican lines at dawn.
How he got into "Germany," he is
not sure. He remembers a rush of
troops in the dark and a blow over
the head. The next thing he remem
bers he was lying on the ground out
side a candle-lit tent.
There was a nightmare scuffle and
bustle going on around him. It waa
etill dark. His rifle was ro:. Hi9
clothes had been ripped open and his
pockets emptied. As he found out
later, they had taken everything. "ii,
dog tag, his note book full of l is
thoughts on war, his money, his let
ters and clippings and snapshots from
He Got His Information.
Some one was standing over him,
Bpeaking to him in passable English.
It was a German officer a lieutenant,
he thought He scrambled to his
feet. The lieutenant eyed him sternly.
"How many Americans are over
The young marine, as though he
had been rehearsed in the part for
weeks, looked his captor square in
the eye and answered:
"Thirty-two American divisions and
The next moment he lay sprawling
in the dirt, and from that posture
into which the lieutenant had kicked
him he was rewarded by the music
of that worthy relapsing into angry
"Schweiner Amerikaner, schweiner
The refrain was caught up by the
underlings, who hustled him away. Of
all the jabber that reached his ears
during the next few days, that was
what he heard oftenest. It was Ml
he understood. It was the favorite
form of address used by the wearv
succession of guards put over him.
1 As he was the only prisoner in
sight the only American save tor
five or six wounded Yanks he once
saw carried past him on stretchers
he was not made one of a party of
prisoners to be shipped directly to
the rear, but rather was he handed
back from group to group and made
to work his way.
From sun-up to sun-down he
worked with the camouflage men.
masking batteries, cutting branches,
and piling bough on bough of leafy
green to screen the roadside heaps f
Shared Captor's Mess.
He had no blankets to roll in at
night, but his captors shared thejr
mess with him, pouring out each time
an unsavory soup or gruel, and toss
ing him chunks of coarse bread to
sop it up with.
Each day a different soldier took
him in tow. Each day the shifting
sound of the artillery told him he was
gravitating slowly toward the rear.
Each night an armed guard watched
Then one night the seventh the
guard, who sat huddled with his back
resting against a tree, dropped off to
sleep. Dark was just settling over the
patch of woods on the edge of which
they had turned in. By the moonlight
that filtered through down the
branches he could see the guard's
head nodding, nodding. He itched to
get his hands on the rifle, but the
guard was holding it upright between
his knees as a sort of prop. Donahue
was afraid even to try to disengage it.
He groped about for a weapon. His
hand landed on the short, light end of
a broken pick-handle. It wouldn't do.
He looked for the other piece, found
it, hefted it. It would do. With that
piece of wood he took one vicious
swing at the head of the guard, saw
that nodding head stop nodding and
slump forward. Then Donahue went
away from there.
Woods Thick With Them.
All around him Germans were
sleeping audibly. The woods were full
of them. He had heard the unintel
ligible, gradually subsiding hubbub of
their talk as they settled down for
the night. He bumped into more than
one of them, but they only grunted
and swore while he held his breath
and, after a time, crept on. After a
journey that seemed to last hours and
must have lasted at least ten minutes,
he reached the edge of the woods and
crawled under a bush to think.
Very close to him the German ar
tillery was making an occasional
crashing reply to the allied shells
which whirred nasally overhead in an
unending chorus. Gunfire is as good
as a compass. It was easy enough to
take his bearings, and, though he
could not guess how far he had moved
in the days of his captivity, he thought
"America" could not be more than
eight kilometers away, perhaps not
that far if the bunch had advanced
any in the interval.
He knew his only chance was to
crawl there by night and lie low by
day. He started out.
Crept All Night.
All that night he crept along hug
ging the hedgerows and the shadows,
stopping to listen, lying still as death
when soldiers were tramping by,
crawling on again, dropping flat,
crawling on. All the next day he
lay, hungry and thirsty, in a friendly
oat field, with the grain standing
straight around him so that no one
would notice him from the field's
Several times some soldiers made
short-cuts across and passed so close
he could hear them talking. Once an
artilleryman, riding a horse and lead
ing another, trotted so near that they
all but tramped him underfoot.
But the only ones who found him
were the dogs, and they did not tell.
Twice a shaggy Red Cross dog, with
its first aid pack and food strapped
to its back, proudly tracked the wor
ried Donahue to his hiding place,
flourished enthusiastically around him
and threatened to bring him succor
willy-nilly. He longed to rifle their
packs and eat again, but each time ne
only lay quiet and prayed for the
amiable dog to be off.
It was toward the end of the second
night that the young marine, creeping
up the side of a ravine, was stopped
in his tracks by the voice of a sentry.
It was the word he had been sick
with fear he should hear during two
interminable nights, but when he
finally hearJ it the voice was an
On His Feet Once More.
"I'm an American," he answered,
and investigated to see what it felt
like to stand up once more.
"Oh, hell!" said Private Donahue:
"where's brigade headquarters?"
A little later, after a stolen nap un
der cover of two discarded potato
sacks and a sunrise breakfast at the
field kitchen of another regiment, he
was telling brigade headquarters all
After that he told his story to
everyone, from the credulous cook
and the skeptical top to some impos
ing beings who questioned him at
French headquarters before his bat
talion went back into the line. lie
had kept his eyes open, and he had
information to give that can hardly
be set forth here.
His audiences were not without
their dojbters, but these had not
much to sa when the report came
back from the French that Private
Donahue's account of his eight days'
AWOL was packed with detail that
could not possibly have been fur
nished except by one who had actu
ally journeyed some miles into "Ger
many." FromStarsand Stripes.
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In case the motor fails to start after
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If a clicking or tapping sound is
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