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Page 22 - With Hilda Mleczko, Glace Bay

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1990/6/1 (265 reads)

on you didn't have time to be frightened. It happened so sudden. You were only glad to get a few hours rest between each bomb? ing raid. If you could only have a little bit of rest, that's all you asked for. And then you'd sleep, it's kind of a desperate sleep; you'd go, sort of almost drugged sleep. And then you'd wake up to face an? other day, and another bombing. And hope? fully you'd see the end of that day. Some of my friends didn't. Like I said, I must have had a charmed life. God was in? tending me for other things. But of course, I know now--I'm here, aren't I? But God was good to me. As I said, I'm not as religious as I should be. In fact, I don't attend church regularly. But God knows I believe in him and I love him, and I thank him eve- ry day of my life, for being right here, now, talking to you. It's only for his grace, I wouldn't be doing that, I know. If, you own ecologically valuable land and would like it to stay that way, The Nature Conservancy of Canada can help. • Purchases • Gifts • Bequests • Easements • Stewardships THE NATURE CONSERVANCY OF CANADA 794A Broadview Avenue Toronto, Ontario M4K 2P7 (416)469-1701 I'm telling you, there's so many mira? cles that I've seen in that war, you'd never believe. I wouldn't even try and tell you. (Well, try and tell me.) There's no words-- you just can't.... (What do you mean by miracle?) Well now, I'll tell you, for in? stance.... This is just New From Nimbus Publishing Available at Your Nearest Bookstore Memori' ofa CapeBrefton ChiWliood Memories of a Cape Breton Childhood Earle Peach Earle Peach, a retired teacher, grew up in Black Brook, Cape Breton, where most of his neighbours were relatives. He writes about the characters of his youth • an eclectic bunch by anyone's standards. As Peach so charmingly portrays, the 1920s was a time of simple pleasures, hard work, and years governed by the seasons. 12.95, paperback Johnny Miles Nova Scotia's Marathon King Floyd Williston Preface by Bruce Kidd Introduction by Will Cloney Bom in Sydney Mines in the early 1900s, Johnny Miles became one of the finest runners the province has ever seen. In 1926, at age 20, he made his debut in the United States, coming first in the Boston Marathon in record time. Little did Boston know that it had not seen the last of "the unknown kid" from the coal-mining town. 12.95, paperback KowSp-.tta'i Marathon Kin'' Ml Nimbus Publishing Limited a little thing. I was coming home from a show, and sirens went. And you could see the ack-ack guns started up--blue sparks flying down as the shells kept hitting the sidewalk. And you could see the search? lights trying to catch the bombers. And you could see the bombers --waves of bombers. And of course they'd fire at the bombers and try and bring them down. But it's hard? er to fire up at something than down. So we used to get the worst of it. They just dropped their bombs on us, clobbered the poor guys with their guns and silenced them, and that was it. Well, I was on a piece of ground that had been once a housing development, and it had been bombed. And they'd razed it to the ground, they'd made it flat again, be? cause it was no use, it was only rubble. And there was no protection for me at all. It's in the summer, and I had a thin sum? mer dress on, and sandals--no tin hat. Just carrying my gas mask with me, which you always did--you had to do that--it was regulations. And I didn't know where I could run. Because when the sirens went-- especially when you saw it was action, you saw the planes coming over--you were al? ways told to dive under something, get un? der shelter, under cover. There was no air-raid shelter there. There were plenty of them around, but not there, 'cause they'd just razed it all around. So I didn't know what to do. So I saw this one brick wall--a retaining wall that had been left standing--maybe about 3 or 4 feet high--from a building. They hadn't knocked it down for some rea? son. So what did I do but I rolled right close up to that wall. And I was on my knees, and my chin like that. And I was scraping the dirt like this, trying to make a sort of a shallow trench so I could dig myself in. Because the planes were coming closer, and I could hear the shrap? nel, like rain, coming down.... Jim Sampson Motors Ltd. SAYS "TRY BEFORE YOU BUY" Cape Breton's Authorized '' Volkswagen Audi Dealer '' 539-1610 M 132 TOWNSEND ST. BSl SYDNEY, N. s. The "I Care" People An Established Leader in Fuel Economy St. Peters Drug Store Ltd. Don Stone, Ph. C, Proprietor Open 6 Days a Week Monday to Friday open until 8 p.m. Saturday open until 5 p.m. 535-2203 St. Peters, Richmond County, N. 8.
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