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Three Times and Out, Told by Private Simmons: A Canadian Boys Experience in Germany
Author: McClung, Nellie L.
Reference #: 2219
Status: For Sale
List Price: $80.00
Thomson Allen/Houghton Mifflin, Toronto/Boston, 1918. Small octavo in blue cloth with double-ruled border and barbed wire fence motif behind titles in black on front boards. Previous owner gift inscription on ffep, Else Near Fine, and uncommon in such condition; lacking dj. First Edition. xii, 247 p.; 14 b&w illustrations including frontispiece port. with tissue guard. There are two leaves with folded bottom corners including the Christmas card (see image) that the Germans supplied to the prisoners.
A recounting of Simmons’ experience in German prisoner-of-war camps during WWI, and his repeated escape attempts. The last portion of the book details his experience after his final attempt was successful, taking refuge during the day and traveling by night. His powers of observation include the following, which still has a message for conservationists today: “There was no waste wood; there were no stumps, no hacked trees, no evidences of fire – such as I have often seen in or forests in British Columbia. The Germans know how to conserve their resources!” (p. 209)
Equally as notable is the choice of Nellie McClung to write his story. She was a leading suffragette, and was one of five women who lent their names to "the Persons Case" which was resolved only upon appeal from the Supreme Court of Canada to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. She was thereafter elected to the Alberta legislature as a Liberal M.L.A.
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