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When Art Imitates Life

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    From Basil Rathbone (1892-1967) at Lolita's Classics --

    Early in the year of 1916, Rathbone left the stage to attend World War I. When he waved goodbye to his mother at the Victoria Station, that would be the last time she saw her. She died in 1917. His brother John would later die in the war, also serving Britain.

    Rathbone joined the London Scottish Regiment alongside some of his future acting colleagues Claude Rains, Herbert Marshall and Ronald Colman. He later transferred with a commission as a Lieutenant the Liverpool Scottish, 2nd Battalion, where he eventually attained the rank of Captain. In a 1957 interview Rathbone recalled the story of how he disguised as a tree to gather information from the enemy.

    "I went to my commanding officer and I said that I thought we'd get a great deal more information from the enemy if we didn't fool around in the dark so much, and I asked him whether I could go out in daylight. I think he thought we were a little crazy. I said we'd go out camouflaged - made up as trees - with branches sticking out of our heads and arms. We brought back an awful lot of information, and a few prisoners, too."

    Christopher T. George, Lyricist & Co-Author, "Jack the Musical" Hear sample song at

    Organizer, RipperCon #JacktheRipper-#True Crime Conferences, April 2016 and 2018.
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      As for the OP... I'm not so sure about the female wasp and bees being the only things that stings... especially female that is...
      Best Wishes,
      Cris Malone
      "Objectivity comes from how the evidence is treated, not the nature of the evidence itself. Historians can be just as objective as any scientist."