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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12 IN TIMES OF PERIL.
sion the letters which had been taken during a recent
raid on the mails. These letters had been censored
by the I.R.A., and had then -been given to me to re-
post.i I was held up by the police and questioned. I
rephed that I was coming from a dance, and had
been driving some boys and girls whom I had
dropped further down the road. I was allowed to
pass, but of course could not post the letters in that
village, as I had intended, and had to take them
home again with me.
In the afternoon of the next day I started for a
small town on the other side, and was again held
up by the police and military. They searched my
car very carefully, and would have searched myself
had I not protested, and reminded the officer In
charge that he was not allowed to search a
woman. He smilingly acknowledged I was right,
and arranged then for two of the policemen to drive
with me to the nearest barracks, so that I could'be
searched there by a woman. I got into conversation
with the two bobbies-they were easy fish to play-
and by the time we had reached the outskirts of the
town we were quite friendly. I then said that the)’
were very foolish boys, as I would be out of the
barracks in the space of a few minutes, but that they
would surely be spotted for having taken me there,
and probably would be shot! Like most of their
class at that time, they were decidedly nervpusi 3”?‘
not inclined to run unnecessary risks of losing thell’
valuable lives. So they consulted togethefa and
evidently concluded that it would be better for them
not to venture through the town with me. The)’ got
out of the car, and let me off the search, but asked
me not to mention anything about the mattefo