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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16 IN TIMES OF PERIL.
I stopped the car, and we were immediately sur-
rounded by a crowd of the most savage and undis-
ciplined men which it has ever been my misfortune
to meet. They were all drunk, shouting and talking
together, and no one seemed to be in command.
They were a mixed lot, comprising military, police;
and Black and Tans. My three companions Were
at once pulled violently out of the car and searched,
and the automatic pistol which the Commandant
had in his possession was taken from him immedi-
ately. The three of them were very badly used,
and it was impossible not to admire them for their
coolness and self-control.
All was confusion and darkness, save where the
lights of the cars revealed now and again some of
their drunken and savage faces. Various orders
were given and countermanded. Some one shouted:
“ Shoot them!” and shots were fired around us. I
heard one of my companionssay: “ Don’t shoot the
girl!” but one of the police said: “ Oh, WC Cant
leave her to tell the tale!” The boys with me gave
their names and addresses, one of them adding that
he was a soldier of the Republic, for which he got
a blow across the face, and in spite of my OW“
hazardous position I was constrained to admire
him, he behaved with such courage and coolness-
Indeed, all three of my comrades were SP1e“d‘d’
and all their thoughts even then were for me.
Meanwhile, the noise made by the Crown forces
was deafening-it was like Bedlam let loose, and
there was no discipline amongst them, for the Head
Constable in charge of the police and Black and
Tans seemed to have absolutely no control ovef’
his men, while the officer in charge of the khaki-
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