The Wounded Tiger & The Foundling

Anne Gajewsky

The Wounded Tiger & The Foundling

2 mins
November 24, 2021

The Wounded Tiger

by T. Martin Bennett

Bennett reveals to his readers the true story of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The author begins with the Japanese leader, emperor hirohito, in December of 1941, telling of his pride an confidence in his military forces. This leads to his audacious plan of attack on the United States at the naval base of Pearl Harbor. The emperor reasoned that the United States was at its weakest an Japan its strongest. The planned attack brought America into World War Two.

Leading the attack for the Japanese was commander Mitsuo Fuchida, who was born in the year of the tiger. A fierce tiger, he is memorialized in Japan still today. Some may call him a villain while others call him a proud warrior who found redemption. That is the crux of the story, how this pilot finds his soul through a Baptist missionary named James Covell and Jack Deshazer, a Midwest farm boy who was one of Doolittle’s Raiders.

The Foundling

by Dr. Linda Hayner

This story could come right out of a Charles Dickens novel. Jack Crompton, the parish constable, makes his rounds on a cold and windy night in London, taking shelter on the parish porch. Here, he finds 4-year-old Willie, the orphan, the foundling.

Crompton takes the little abandoned Willy to the parish council where plans are to use their charitable funds to place the boy with a child nurse. Willie, if he was to be a ward of the church, needed to be baptized, which he was. Knowing his first name was Willie, the council chose the name of the street where he was found to be his last name. Therefore, Willie became Willy Pankras, a ward of the parish.

Willy was first placed in the home of a prominent family, Mr. and Mrs. Perry. The Perrys had lost their little son, so Willy became a very welcomed foundling and was treated very well. Then, as Willy became of school age, he was placed with nurse mistress Bessie who also had other orphans and was kind and gentle and had a kitten to entertain her foundlings.

Willy also had another friend and mentor named Rodgers the Butler at the Perry home. Rodgers watched out for Willy to see that he was well treated wherever he went.

At the young age of 12, Willy was apprenticed to a shipbuilding company and did very well, despite the hard work and long days. He found companionship with other young apprentices. Then life became exciting and dangerous for Willy and his pals as they were kidnapped by the captain of a ship.

Read this book to its exciting climax.

About the author

Dr. Linda Hayner became intrigued with the lives of children abandoned in the streets of London, the foundlings. Here she found dozens of references to orphans from that time and, from this, came the character of Willy.

This article was orginally reported by
Anne Gajewsky

Anne Gajewsky is a long-time resident of the Owen-Withee Community and has been a contributor to the Sentinel & Rural News since its inception in 2014.