"They got terribly soiled and foul-smelling," he later recalled, "and after a while you detested them. Coming to port, finally, at the conclusion of my tour of duty, I threw mine overboard. And watched it sink."
["The Balfour Mission to America set forth on board the Olympic on Saturday April 14, 1917, and encountered a storm that forced the escort of destroyers to turn back almost as soon as the liner came out of the Forth. A life-preserving suit of india-rubber was placed in [former British prime minister] Lord Balfour's cabin, but after inspecting it for a moment he said that on the whole he would prefer to drown in his nightshirt."]