100 years ago in COUN­TRY LIFE

Novem­ber 4, 1916

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country Notebook -

IENCLOSE the pho­to­graph and his­tory of a cat, Smuts, whose ca­reer has been re­mark­able. Its story runs as fol­lows: ‘June, 1915, picked up as a kit­ten at St Al­bans; July 24th, em­barked on for­eign ser­vice to Dar­danelles; Au­gust 11th, landed Su­vla Bay; Au­gust 28th, taken to Lala Baba; Au­gust 31st, to Aus­tralian Gully, An­zac. (Dur­ing more than a month it lived on bully beef and bis­cuit.) De­cem­ber 4th to Mu­dos; De­cem­ber 17th to Alexan­dria; De­cem­ber 28th to Senussi fron­tier, Egypt. Still go­ing strong.’ One would imag­ine that the cat has used more than one of its nine lives in this ad­ven­tur­ous ex­is­tence. Let us hope it has enough left to bring it home at last.—b.

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