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
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10 IN TIMES OF PERIL.
I got in. So they withdrew as far as possible into
their own corners, and from the looks with which
they favoured me, they evidently thought that I
was either a desperate criminal, or, worse still, a
Somewhere down the line they got out, and the
boy and I were then alone, and with a smile he
leant forward and handed me my book.
“That was a close shave!” he remarked, with a
twinkle in his eye. “ And now,” he added, “ would
you mind telling me why you trusted me rather than
the ladies?” '
I replied that I had put my trust in the Sacred
Heart badge, and he then told me a rather queer
thing. It appeared that he always wore his badge,
but on that particular morning he had left his house,
and was actually in the tram on his way to the
station when he missed it, and returned home for
it. We became great friends afterwards, as we
met and exchanged despatches on several occasions
later on. He was arrested very early in the cam-
paign, and interned; but I suppose-and hope--
that he is now at liberty again, If he reads this
he will remember the train incident.
The next affair that caused me a flutter of the
heart was on one occasion when I was taking
some stuff--rifles and ammunition-down to a
certain place in the country. I was driving my
own car at the time, and was held up by the military
just outside Athlone. I heard the staccato command
-“ HALT!” and stopped. I was closely questioned,
and answered with frank innocence: Iwas a re-
turned W.A.A.C., who had been driving a car
in France, and was now going on a holiday to the