Funny Stories Told by the Soldiers: The message was sober, anyhow

General Sir Henry Rawlinson, Sir Douglas Haig’s “right-hand man,” is rather fond of relating a story concerning a major who, sent to inspect an outlying fort, found the commander intoxicated. He immediately locked him up; but the bibulous one managed to escape, and, making his way to the nearest telegraph office, dispatched the following message toT no less a personage than the colonial secretary: “Man here, named ——, questions my sobriety. Wire to avert bloodshed.”