- The Automobile Association (or simply AA Ireland) has been operating in Ireland since 1910. Today, AA Ireland is Ireland’s leading motoring organisation and provider of rescue services.
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John H. Shields
The Wichita Beacon, Friday, Nov. 10, 1916, Pg1 & 8
Died: Nov. 9, 1916
CAPTAIN JOHN H. SHIELDS
The death of Captain Shields yesterday brought genuine sorrow to Wichita. During all the years he has been in Wichita no man has had honest cause to speak ill of him. He came here soon after the Civil War, a brave hearted Southern gentleman, a soldier of the Lost Cause, but he was never an exile, even at that hour when sectional lines had been emphasized by four years of warfare.
And he never truckled to the majority; he never struck his flag except to government. He had fought and lost; he saluted victory with dignity and went to running a Democratic newspaper in the heart of the abolition movement.
He was always kindly, courteous, helpful. He fought on the moral side of every issue—and the entire community expressed gratification at the later successes of his life. He leaves a useful memory in a community that grew to love him.
CAPT. J. H. SHIELDS
HAS PASSED AWAY
Death Came to Him Late
During the Past Year He
Had Been Failing—Was
Captain John H. Shields, who has been postmaster of this city since June 26, 1913, died at his home on Water and Orme Streets a little after 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon at the age of 72.
His physician, who had been passing a quarter of an hour before, dropped in, examined his heart, and found it in excellent condition. The captain was about to take an automobile ride for the fresh air when his head dropped and he was dead. Heart failure was the immediate cause of death.
For a year or more Captain Shields had been failing rapidly in health. His friends mentioned it to one another that he was not long for this world, but he did not realize it himself. He kept at his work all thru the hot weather. Some two months ago his limbs began to fail him and eventually became almost entirely paralyzed.
An Outing Every Day.
He was taken out in a wheel chair every day and during the last three or four weeks suffered great emaciation of body. His indomitable spirit, however, sustained him, and he never for a moment felt that he could not resume his duties in the postoffice.
Tuesday he said he wanted to go to his polling precinct to vote for President Wilson and reluctantly abandoned his purpose in deference to the counsel of his family.
This is the third time within the last three years that death has invaded the Shields cottage, the home of the family for twenty-four years. His wife, who had been a invalid for several years, was the first to depart. Then one of his daughters was taken from him and now he is gone. Some seven or eight years ago his son, Robert Prather Shields, who was getting a fine start in the world, died at St. Joseph, Mo. All of these sorrows had a considerable effect upon the health of Captain Shields, for altho he had a strong spirit, his closer friends knew that he grieved greatly in secret.
A Native of Georgia.
Captain Shields was not a Kentuckian as many people supposed. He was a native son of Georgia and came from an Irish stock that settled in that section before the Revolutionary War. He was born near Madison and while a sister of his still lived a few years ago he made a visit to the old homestead and had a delightful sojourn there. He was born in 1844 and became a printer—and a good one—early in life.
At the age of 17 he joined Cobb’s legion of the Confederate Army and served thruout the war where the fighting was thickest. He saw all the privations of army life, as the cause was losing and the soldiers were hungry and ragged most of the time, but he had a stout heart and never lost confidence in ultimate victory until his prime hero, General Robert E. Lee, offered his sword to Grant at Appomatox Court House in April, 1865. He participated in the battles of Stone River, Malvern Hill, Chancellorsville, Spottsylvania, Knoxville, Chickamaugua and Gettysburg.
General Gordon His Guest.
When General Gordon, the famous Confederate chieftain, came to Wichita sixteen or seventeen years ago, Captain Shields had him as a guest and it was good to hear them going over war times together.
When Captain Shields came to Wichita 31 years ago the story gained currency here that a romance, in the South led him into a duel in which he killed his opponent. The rumor exaggerated the facts. The truth was that he had sent a challenge to another Confederate soldier but the latter apologized and the duel was never fought.
After the war Captain Shields was married to Miss Sarah J. Butts in Morgan County, Georgia, and to them nine children were born, four of whom survive—Mrs. J. Wommack, of Braman, Ok.; Mrs. Sally Bevis and Ernest Shields of this city and Mrs. W. B. Alexander.
He Was a Publisher.
For nearly twenty years he published a daily paper at Paduchah, Ky., and came to Wichita in 1885 as a compositor for the Ea
From ‘The Australian’.comau
CHRISTMAS travel might be cancelled for thousands of stranded passengers as snow and ice continue to cause chaos at airports across a frozen Europe.
The international airline hubs of London, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Brussels are struggling to clear a backlog of passengers stranded over the weekend as holidaymakers tried to reach their destinations in time for December 25.
Some travellers who had been sleeping on airport floors since Friday faced further frustration, with aircraft stuck in the wrong places, throwing flight schedules into disarray.
Frankfurt airport even resorted to sending in clowns to ease the frustration, while another accepted the problems could run on for days.
London Heathrow, the world’s busiest international passenger airport, warned travellers to anticipate delays and cancellations “potentially beyond Christmas Day” as it fought to sort out its schedule.
It cut flights down to a third until tomorrow in a bid to get diverted jets and crew back to their normal positions.
Disappointment turned to anger for many weary travellers as money and patience wore thin. Heathrow’s Terminal 3 had been turned into a makeshift camp with exhausted passengers crashed out on temporary mattresses.
“I am ashamed to be British,” said Marian Perkins, 65, who was hoping to fly to Australia to see her new grandson for the first time.
“It’s disgusting. We are here in the cold with the same clothes since Friday, because we don’t carry winter clothes when we go to Australia,” she said.
American musician Giovanni Bet, 22, was trying to get back to Chicago after a tour.
“We were here last night. It was like a shanty camp with people sleeping on the floor,” he said.
British airport operator BAA was forced to defend its handling of the crisis, with chief executive Colin Matthews saying Heathrow had to bring in earthmoving equipment and 50 trucks to remove the snow.
“I cannot remember in my lifetime any episode of cold and snow remotely like today,” he said.
Night-flight restrictions were lifted until Christmas Eve and special repatriation flights were being arranged.
Temperatures reached a record low in Northern Ireland, hitting minus 17.6 degrees Celsius.
Britain’s National Grid forecast a record demand for gas yesterday, while the Automobile Association breakdown service forecast the day would “break all records” for emergency call-outs.
Eurostar, which operates high-speed passenger trains linking London with Paris and Brussels, cancelled some services due to the snow and operated speed restrictions on trains that did run, nearly doubling some journey times.
“We will operate a contingency timetable with some cancellations for a number of days,” the company said.
Five-hour queues stretched around the block in freezing weather from the terminal at London’s Saint Pancras station.
Brussels airport grounded all departures until tomorrow due to lack of de-icing liquid.
There were fresh snowfalls in France, hitting both Paris international airports, Roissy-Charles de Gaulle and Orly.
“Air traffic at all airports in the Paris region is very disrupted,” the civil aviation authority said.
At Roissy, 3,000 people were forced to spend Sunday night in the terminals after 40 per cent of flights were scrapped.
Authorities banned heavy trucks from the roads around Paris and many buses were cancelled in the region, the RATP Paris transport network said.
Frankfurt airport, Germany’s busiest, resorted to clowns to keep stranded children entertained – after the police were sent in, according to press reports, to calm some angry passengers.
The airport scrapped around 340 flights yesterday – mainly because other airports around Europe were closed – after more than a thousand travellers spent the night on camp beds.
Traffic continued to be disrupted at Amsterdam-Schiphol airport, with flights cancelled or delayed due to problems at other airports, spokeswoman Antoinette Spaans said.
In Italy, the bodies of two homeless people were found yesterday, likely victims of the cold.
The western Mediterranean Sea was also affected by bad weather, with crossings between Tarifa in southern Spain and Tangier in northern Morocco suspended.
Photo from News.com.au
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