McCLUNG, Nellie L. SIMMONS, Mervin C.
Title: Three Times and Out. Told by Private Simmons. First Printing
Publisher:  Thomas Allen / Houghton Mifflin Company, Toronto / Boston and New York, 1918,
Seller ID: 107587
McCLUNG, Nellie L. Three Times and Out. Told by Private [Mervin c.] Simmons. Written by Nellie L. McClung. With Ilustrations. Toronto : Thomas Allen /Boston and New York : Houghton Mifflin Company, (November) 1918. Pp (8),[v ii]-viii,(4),-247,(3), frontispiece + 13 plates. 8vo, blue clth, front board and spine lettered in black, plus a barbed wire fence design to front board. Tennyson, The Canadian Experience of the Great War : A Guide to Memoirs 1623. "When a young man whom I had not seen until that day came to see me in Edmonton, and told me he had a story which he thought was worth writing, and which he wanted me to write for him, I told him I could not undertake to do it for I was writing a story of my own, but that I could no doubt find some one who would do it for him. Then he mentioned that he was a returned soldier, and had been for sixteen months a prisoner in Germany, and had made his escape – That changed everything! I asked him to come right in and tell me all about it – for like every one else I have friends in the prison-camps of Germany, boys whom I remember as little chaps in knickers playing with my children, boys I taught in country schools in Manitoba, boys whose parents are my friends. There are many of these whom we know to be prisoners, and there are some who have been listed as "missing," who we are still hoping against long odds may be prisoners! I asked him many questions. How were they treated? Did they get enough to eat? Did they get their parcels? Were they very lonely? Did he by any chance know a boy from Vancouver called Wallen Gordon, who had been "Missing" since the 2d of June, 1916? Or Reg Black from Manitou? or Garnet Stewart from Winnipeg? Unfortunately, he did not. Then he began his story. Before he had gone far, I had determined to do all I could to get his story into print, for it seemed to me to be a story that should be written. It gives at least a partial answer to the anxious questionings that are in so many hearts. It tells us something of the fate of the brave fellows who have, temporarily, lost their freedom – to make our freedom secure! Private Simmons is a close and accurate observer who sees clearly and talks well. He tells a straightforward, unadorned tale, every sentence of which is true, and convincing. I venture to hope that the reader may have as much pleasure in the reading of it as I had in the writing.(Preface). Contents : I. How It Started. II. Through Belgium. III. Into Germany. IV. The Lazaret. V. The Prison-Camp. VI. Rossbach. VII. The Escape;Chapter VIII. Off For Switzerland! IX. Caught. X. The Cells. XI. The Straf e-Barrack. XII. Back to Camp. XIII. Cellelager. XIV. Off For Holland! XV. Caught Again. XVI. The Invisible Brotherhood. XVII. The Cells at Oldenburg. XVIII. Parnewinkel Camp. XIX. The Blackest Chapter of All. XX. Once Again! XXI. Travelers of the Night. XXII. The Long Road to Freedom. XXIII. Out. Cloth edgeworn, rubbed, slightly darkened, with bubbling to front board, name, else very good. 70.00