In times of peril : leaves from the diary of Nurse Linda Kearns from Easter week, 1916, to Mountjoy, 1921 / edited by Annie M.P. Smithson.
Smithson, Annie M.P. De Valera, Eamon, 1882-1975.
4 February 2016
Dublin : Talbot Press ; London : T. Fisher Unwin Ltd.,
Joseph McGarrity Books.
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RED CROSS NURSE AND DESPATUH RIDER. 9
Call “sevenpenny,” but for which we now pay
more than double that price.
With this held innocently in my hand, and carry-
ing my suit case and rug, I strolled leisurely up the
platform, and took my seat in a carriage with three
other people. Two of these were elderly ladies of
a rather severe and dour aspect, and the other was
a young fellow in the early twenties. My attention
was especially drawn to him by the fact that he was
wearing one of those little badges of the Sacred
Heart which are so generally worn by our young
men of late years. Now, always, from the very
beginning, I had placed what little work I could
do for the cause of my country under the protection
of the Sacred Heart, and so felt a sort of fellow-
feeling for the boy opposite to me. But I had other
things to think about, and after this brief glance at
my companions I turned to arrange my belongings
on the rack, when a detective appeared suddenly at
the door of the carriage, and told me that I must
go with him, as my person and belongings had to
be searched. I protested, of course, in would-be
innocence, but handed him my bag, and as he turned
his back to step out on the platform I swiftly passed
the book across to the boy with the Sacred Heart
badge--passed it quickly into his hands without a
word. I was taken to the waiting-room and
thoroughly searched by a woman, and my bag also
was completely turned out. Needless to say, nothing
of an incriminating nature was found, and I was
allowed to return to the carriage and proceed on my
journey. The two ladies looked very upset when I
re-entered, and would have left that compartment
if they had had time, but the train was moving as