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February 25, 1918

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New York Capitulates Before 10,000 Upton Soldiers Who "Split Fifth Avenue Wide Open" on Parade.

 

Frantic, Frenzied Demonstration Accorded Marchers by Million People Thronging Snow-Clad Streets.

 

There's a shortage in dictionaries in the New York newspaper offices. All of them were worn out by the reporters and head writers searching for synonyms for "enthusiasm, pride, ovation," etc., necessary to describe the demonstration accorded the 10,000 Upton men who recently perambulated southward on the snow-clad Appian Way of the adjacent village.

It certainly was one grand, epoch making stroll. One that will never be forgotten by relatives, friends and just plain admirers in New York, and one likewise destined to live in the minds of Upton' Soldiers so long as the memory endures. New York took her own metropolitan Division to her bosom and imparted a patriotic caress which burned its way into the souls of her whilom undisciplined civilians, now upstanding soldiers justifying all the adulation lavished upon them.

It was good to be back in the old town, to hear the cheers and hand-clapping, to see the waving of flags and dainty lingerie handkerchiefs, to hear one's name called out from the dense crowd and to feel that one was a party of the great military machine upon which the world now places such boundless reliance.
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First or Last. Quien Sabe.

And they said, "This may be the last time the boys parade before going 'Over There,' and some of them may never see Fifth Avenue again." That's what they have been saying about the Grand Army of the Republic for the past half century, but the old Boys in Blue are still holding encampments every year. Whether is is the first or last parade, it sufficed to demonstrate to New York that it has a fine a set of soldiers ass could bee selected to "make the world safe for democracy;" a body of men to whom the sight of Fifth Avenue does not mean as much as it once did, and realize that before the magnitude and seriousness of the job ahead of them everything else pales into insignificance.

We should like to answer some of the queries that have been sent to the editor as to "Which command looked the best?" "Which got the biggest band?" etc., but the editor has to live in this camp and believes he can best attend to his duties by keeping his body intact. As near s we could get it, every command excelled every other command, and there was glory enough for all. Upton has just cause to be proud of her soldiers, and the people of New York showed most excellent judgment in idolizing them. It was a fifty-fifty bargain. The people got a great inspiration from the parade and the soldiers came back richer in spirit then they left. It was well worth while. The soldiers will know best what it ment to them when they reach the front line trenches "out yonder."

Then there was hospitality, lavish hospitality for even "Home Coming week." And the big ball, which incidentally netted about $20,000. Although the Uponites scored a clean knockout from a military, social and sartorial standpoint. The soldiers sent the folks "back home talking to themselves," and they are still talking. It was a good day's work at home. Now for the Hun.

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BIG TIME IN CITY FOR IODINE EXPERTS

Needles and Litter-Bears will Be Laid by Temporarily March 3.

 

The 302d Sanitary Train is making history for the Medical Corps of the Army. It is establishing a precedent in that it is the first organization of the service of that branch to give a theatrical performance and military show. March 3 is the night and Manhatten Opera House is the place. Picked vocalists from both the Ambulance Corps and Field Hospital Section, forgetting iodine and litters, will give an exhibition of chorus singing that will make singing societies hang their hands in shame.

Under the tutelage of the popular idol of the embryonic "Medicos." Mr. Walker of the Seventh Street and Second Avenue "Y" ably assisted by Private Schschne of Field Hospital 208, who have devoted time, thought and tenacity to this enterprise, an overwhelming success is predicted.

In addition to the military end of the show, a galaxy of stars from the vaudeville ranks will appear to give their acts. Grace LaRue will lead several numbers with the "Cadushes" boys. Belle Baker, Courtney Sisters, Gus Edwards and a host of others have donated their talent and time. Sam Bernard will act as Master of Ceremonies. "Sufficiency"

The executive arrangements are in the hands of Capt. Engel, Field Hospital 308, and Capt. Armour, Field Hospital 307, who are working night and day to make the event a memorable success.

 

PROGRAM OF CHURCH SERVICES MARCH 3

Many Opportunities for Upton Men to worship in Hut and Club House.

 

Church Headquarters (Upton Blvd)

7:30 A.M., Communion Service; Rev. William T. Manning, D.D. Episcopal Rector

9:00 A.M., Communion Service; Rev. Charles D. Trexler, Luterans Minister.

3:30 P.M., Vesper Service: Music Address.

Friday, March 8, 7:00 P.M.; Jewish Services

Saturday March 9, 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.; Catholic Confessions

Knight of Columbus Buildings.

4th Ave. and 5th St., Holy Mass at 6:30, 8:00 and 9:30 A.M.

Upton Boulevard, Holy Mass at 6:30, 8:00 and 9:30 A.M.

4th Ave. and 15th St., Holy Mass at 6:30, 8:00 and 9:30 A.M.

Confessions Saturday from 3:00 to 5:00 P.M. and 7:00 to 9:00 P.M., in all of above K. of C. buildings.

Y.M.C.A. Buildings

2d Ave. and 7th St., 10:15 A.M., Morning Worship; Chaplain Manning, 302d Engineers; 6:30 P.M., Y.M.C.A. Meeting

2d Ave. and 11th St., 10:00 A.M., Chaplain John J. Allen, 306th M.G. Btn.; 6:30 P.M., Y.M.C.A. Meeting.

2d Ave. and 14th St., 10:00 A.M., Chaplain Trexler, Base Hospital; 9:30 P.M., Y.M.C.A. Meeting

19th St. and Grant Ave., 10:00 A.M., Chaplain George Taylor, 152d Depot Brigade; 7:00 P.M., Y.M.C.A. Meeting

5th Ave. and 8th St., 10:00 A.M., Communion Service; Chaplain Albert C. Thomas, 306th F.A.; 6:30 P.M., Y.M.C.A. Meeting

5th Ave. and 4th St., 9:45 A.M., Communion Service; Rev. Rollo Hunt; 5:30 P.M., Y.M.C.A Meeting

5th Ave. and 1st St., 10:15 A.M., Chaplain Browne, 305th Infantry; 6:45 P.M., Y.M.C.A. Meeting

Base Hospital.

9 A.M., Holy Mass; Catholic Chaplain. 10:15 A.M., morning worship, Protestant minister. 7:30 P.M., evening service, conducted by Chaplain Trexler.

Mid-Week Meetings.

One mid-week religious meeting is held in each Y.M.C.A. Building each week. These meetings are held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. See Announcements.

Jewish services are held on Friday evenings in Y.M.C.A. buildings at Second Avenue and 14th Street and at 5th Avenue and 8th Street. See Jewish Welfare Board in Y.M.C.A. building 5th Avenue and 8th Street for details.

 

Jazzer Supreme at Big Hdqts. 307 Show

 

Capt. F.R. Appleton's Headquarters Company, 307th Infantry, broke into the entertainment field with a glorious "jass night" at the "Y" Auditorium. Lieut. McNeal Swazey had charge of the programme, which featured the Headquarters Jazzers, led by Vincent Rizzo, the "Restless Violinist," Sergt. Markels at the piano. The Jazzers scored a big hit as did the new Service Quartet, with finely balanced harmonies. An array of songsters from New York, introducing recent hits, drew liberal hands. Among them were well knownspinmers of popular melodies. Herman Cohen, the "Yodeling Yit," was a novel and effective master of ceremonies. The evening feature was a Doug Fairbanks film, "D'Artagnan of Kansas."

 

ARTILLERY TALENT APPEARS AT K. OF C.

 

Dancing-the real stuff-band concerts and vaudeville shows are centers of interest at the Fourth Avenue and 15th Street club house. Recently an all star camp talent show went big, with the following contributors; The Only McManus, Kelly and McNulty, "Buddy" Childs, Battery A, 306th F.A.; Joe Cappelo, Hdq. Co., 306th F.A.; Private Barnes, Battery A, 306th F.A.; Sellner and Masterson, Battery E, 306th F.A.; Corpl. Schneider, Russian dancer; Frank Virth, Battery G, 304th F.A. and Richard Pollock, Battery A, 306th F.A.; Frank Russo, Hdq. Co., 306th F.A.; Phil Gleason, 9th Co., Ordance Corps; F.J. Cronin, Battery B, 305th F.A.

Good basketball is staged daily on the clubhouse court, among the recent games being: Battery C, 306th F.A., 12; Headquarters Company, 306th F.A., 11:; Battery D, 306th F.A. 17; Headquarters Company, 306th F.A., 17; Battery C, 306th F.A., 7; Battery A, 5; Battery C, 306th F.A., 11; Trench Mortar Battery, 9.

The 306th F.A. has held bugle and liaison classes in the building recently and the gas mask contest showed some great speed in adjusting the disguises.

The ladies of the Camp Upton Auxiliary have held forth as hostesses to the mud-crushers, coffee, sandwiches and cake being their offerings. The band of the 302d Engineers furnished music. Terence E. Moran, secretary in charge of the clubhouse, and his new assistant, William J. Nolan jr., were able coworkers with the fair visitors.

 

PICK 306TH BASKETBALL SQUAD.

 

Basketball in the 306th is moving apace, with the regimental schedule, begun Feb. 13th, well advanced games will be played almost nightly until March 28. Lieut. M.J. Hayes, 306th athletic officer, has picked the following squad for practice to evolve an all-star 306th five which will compete for the division championship: Doxee, Kenney and West, Headquarters Company; Gold and Rizzo, Company D; Shedlin, Stewart and Breitweisse, Company F; Waxman and Nadel, Company K; Schoeter and Chapin, Company M; Davis, Company L and Rainey, Machine Gun Company.

 

MOPPERS-UP HAVE BUSY DAY.

 

The 11th Company, 152d Depot Battalion's moppers-up tug-of-warriors obeyed Capt. Robertson's forward march recently and led by Lieuts. Brenig, Adaans, Perrin and Miller, went to the 12th Company's area for a pull . The Mopper-up pulled their co-fighters of the 12th half way to Jamaica and return, three times out of four. Here's the 11th Company lineup: Jack murray, Leo Pullard, Gordan Perry, Sergt. William Heart, John Maloney, Teddy Weiler, Pete Waldron, John Loebeck, Sergt. Jim Carney.

 

Question Box Is Opened for Doughboys by 306th

Answers to "Anxious," "Broke" and "Downhearted"- Regimental Gossip.

 

(When in Doubt Write Us)

" A.W.O.L."- It can't be done without serious consequences

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"Marjorie"- The name of the cute little fellow who sings tenor in the Camp Upton Four is Harry Solomon Company I. Ben Baker, Company K, is the lead. (2) No, neither of them is married.

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"Anxious to Go Over" -Don't be anxious. There's plenty of fighting for everybody.

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"Admirer"- Yes, Sergt. Walter Hechtman, Supply Company, was on Keiths circuit. He's on the International circuit now. (2) Yes, his salary has been reduced.

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"Broke"- Don't worry. Tickets to France are issued free.

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"Downhearted"- Why be so? Just see Corpl. Pincus, Company I. He's a sure cure for the blues.

"Knight of Columbus"-"Gas" was originated by the Kaiser. Its just an improvement on "hot air"

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"Constant Render" -Yes, First Sergt. Seewald, Company F, was in Cairo, N.Y. last summer. (2) We don't know what the attraction was, but we can guess.

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"Ptomaine"-The German delicatessen merchant who sold you the bad frankfurters is in the German Army. (2) Send a photograph and description to Gen. Pershing, American expeditionary Forces.

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                                                 FROM COMPANY F.

Oh, it's great (?) to arise so early.

        Long before reveille blows;

The famous Big Ben isn't in it.

     For getting us into our clothes.

What is it that gets us up early?

   It isn't a "what," "it's a "who;"

Smith, he is called in the daytime,

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In the morning-I don't use that kind of language.

Most everybody thinks that one jab of pneumonia is one too many. Not so Corpl. Oppenheimer. Just to show he wasn't afraid, he took two jabs in the same arm. Now he says, "Bring on the Germans."

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                                                 Headquarters Company

Some men are funny some of the time, but Private Lugatsch is funny all of the time ad an even make the cooks laugh. So now the comedian is made to go first in line and puts "Teddy" Kaufman, Slockbauer, et al, in such high spirits that they fill up the mess-kits. Lugatsch, we thank you, our mothers thanks you and our appetites thank you. And we suspect that the officers who manage to get within hearing distance on the hike to and from the rifle range, thank you.

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The Sunday Dance Club is popular with the men and femininity. Good shoes are popular with the dance fiends. Sergt. Singer is the supply sergeant. Therefore, let us make him honorary president of the club. Now that the plot is uncovered, who will second the motion?

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                                                Is it or Isn't IT!

"Port Chester, Somewhere in the U.S.," is the subject of a stirring debate being waged nightly in the Regimental Headquarters platoon quarters. Private Travers, who confesses that he is a proud son of the Port, upholds the affirmative. Opposed to him is the platoon, minus one.

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                                            COMPANY B.

Publicity pays. Mess-Sergt. Gross has already responded to the notice in Trench and Camp recently. Ice Cream and cake.

Corpl. Treakle is thinking of joining the Engineers, with a view to surveying a Lover's Lane soon.

Sergt. Fisher, a regualr army man and regualt fellow, is now "Top" of Company B.

Charlie Schwartz is the company's Steve Brodie, who takes a chance each weekend and buys a railroad ticket.

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NAMES OF TROOP SHIPS AND DEPARTURE DATES MUST BE KEPT SECRET.

 

Every Soldier in training in this country today would do well to remember the "Secrecy Means Safety," and that upon receiving notice that his command is about to sail for France he should keep a stiff upper lip and maintain silence in every language he knows.

The arrest of a young officer who divulged to a member of his family the name of the vessel on which he was about to sail and the date of its departure, shows the War department intends to rigidly enforce the order forbidding the disclosing of such information.

Concerning the arrest of the officer the War Department issued the following statement:

"The war Department authorizes the announcement that a young officer is held in arrest because he divulged to a relative the name of the vessel upon which he was about to start overseas and the schedule date of departure. As a result of this prohibited information the relative of the young officer, a first lieutenant, sent a telegram to him at the port of embarkation, which was not in cipher, furnished information which, in the hands of the enemy, might have endangered the vessel and all aboard.

"The disclosure of such information by officer and men about to sail is strictly forbidden in general orders No. 94, War Department 1917, and warning is again issued that officers and men must not acquaint relatives or friends with details of arrangements for departure. Disciplinary action faces offenders.

"The case of the young officer in arrest in this instance is before the War Department for action, following an investigation at the port of embarkation.

"There is also to be further inquiry to ascertain whether the immediate superior of the officer held in arrest properly instructed this officer as to the requirement of secrecy concerning the names of vessels and sailing dates."

 

Kontajus Klippings from Base Hospital

 

Private Frank Dee of the Medical Department didn't know anything about jiu jitsu before going to the Base Hospital, but the other night he got an eyeful. Now he's absolutely convinced that when a wrestling expert is demonstrating jiu jitsu hods on another man its best for the demonstrate not to start demonstrating on the expert. Something besides the demonstratee's calculations are likely to be upset.

Consequences are bound to follow, instance, when the demonstrator is Irving Osborne of the Second Avenue and seventh Street Y.M.C.A., who is full of Jap wrestling pep. At the latest Thursday evening pugilistic seance in the Base Hospital, Orborne came to show the boys how to tickle a German's funny bone so he'd surrender.

He required a substitute boche who liked punishment. Private Dee rose to the emergency and stepped briskly into the ringin the interest of this form of military manoeuvres. There upon Osbourne manhandled him gently, firmly and scientifically, while the throng watched this slender, undersized athlete, who could lift a heavier man with the ease of a baggage smasher. Perhaps it was the difference in weight that gave Private Dee his great idea, for suddenly, when everything was going peacefully, he decided he had learned enough to be a jiu jitsu expert too.

He siezed Osbourne in what looked like a scissors lock, though the Japanese name for it probably sounds like a cork being drawn from a bottle. Private Dee gave a push, and managed to make Osbourne look surprised. The next moment Osbourne and Private Dee in a nelson, bent him back gracefully and caused him to kiss the floor. Then it was Private Dee got his eyeful of jiu jitsu.

It was observed that the alacrity with which Private Dee had stepped into the ring was exceeded only by the alacrity with which he stepped out of it. "It isn't so bad, this jiu jitsu," said Private Dee, dusting off his left eye.

Private Patrick Keegan, thus addressed, regarded the swelling orb and deliberated a moment. "Well," said Private Keegan, "you can have my part of it."

At the following social evening Private McManus, the uncracked nut from Battery B, 304th Field Artillery, broke up the meeting with laughter, assisted by a gang composed of Corpl. Pincus and Private Cronin, Paiterson, Baker, Kelly, Yap, McCormack, and Davy JOnes, who is Sam Bernards nephew, but father of his own jokes.

The entertainment proved such a stimulus to the local talent that on last Thursday evening the Base Hospital Quartet felt strong enough to face a crowd. The quartet, composed of Ole Sarge Arthur Feeley, Raymond Blake, Harry Morrison and Leo I. Ruggeri, and assisted in part of their stage business by Henry Weber, were led into action first by L. Ignatius Ruggeri, with several solos. He warbled "The End of a Perfect Day" so absorbingly that every one forgot that rain outside was showing him up as a weather prophet. Then the quartet got going on "Hunky Tunky," "The Darktown Strutters Ball" and other selections in a way worthy of the best sound slingers.

The Hospital Instrumental Quartet, composed of Private Wille, violin; Colvert, piano; Odell, cello; and Woodhed, drum, preformed in the intervals while the vocalists were sucking lemons. Private Wille also gave us a rare treat in several violin solos. This quartet has won an enviable reputation among the Hospital Corps, and we trust that we may have the pleasure of their harmony on may a future occasion. "It is up to you Odell."

 

Discover Paul Jones House.

 

A pair of Upton Officers in search of the Ideal Resting Place while in New York report the discovery of the Paul Jones House, No. 24 West 57th Street. The atmosphere is quiet, home like and restful, and the cuisine get that!- is excellent, for tea and dinner, 5:30-7:30 P.M. Ladies may be taken there. Officers of the Metropolitan Division and officer of the French and British Missions are herewith informed of this- Paul Jones House, No. 24 West 57th Street, New York.

 

FROM THE SUICIDE CLUBMAN

            By Mitra Loose

 

Fom the 304th Battalion.

This battalion brags some basketball outfits (acute accent on the "some.") Company A leads thus far with 1,000 percentage the other companies stand:

                                                Won.       Lost.

Headquarters..................     0              4

B Company.....................      2              1

C Company.....................      3              1

D Company.....................     1               4

The five picked to represent the battalion in the division championship is traveling like a machine-gun bullet, and they're going to cut some swath!

Boxing is a star number here now, ith set-tos every night in each company barrack. Also preparing for the divisional supremacy. From the showing in No Man's Land fight the other night-boy! the Gunners will show among the first.

An officers' basketball team is going strong, having defeated the 305th Battalion Officers 15 to 10. The Athletic Officer would like to get a game with the other officers' team in camp.

Intrest has been considerable in a Bible Class taught by the battalion's Chaplain, Lieut. Russell G. Nye.

 

305TH GUNMAN REPORT.

"The army might be worse." says John T Gunman of the 305th Machine Gun Battalion as he steps  out for the twenty third time with a Real One on his arm at the division ball in New York. We were there in the parade.

Company A's song, "If You Want to Have a Good Time Just Stir Up Company A," got in some good work at the Knights of Columbus Auditorium when A's basketball team downed the Machine Gun Company, 307th Infantry, 56 to 21. A's passing was smooth as grease through a funnel and with the enthusiastic backing o their royal rooters swept the 307th players off their feet in the second period. Schmidt's Orchestra helped liven things.

 

MAKE WAY FOR THE 306TH!

Company A has gained an immortal name by showing D.W. Griffith's masterpiece "The Avenging Conscience." featuring Henry Walthall, of "The Birth of a Nation" fame at the 5th and 8th Y hut. The entire battalion enjoyed the show, secured through the influential efforts of L.L. Burstein who is "keeping his hand in the game" just for practice.

Basketball and boxing, along ith bacon and beans-and other B's- occupy everyone just at present.

Leave it to Private McCole, Company A to tip 'em off. Nervo, the high diver of the 308th circus was lamenting that the roof wasn't higher, when Mack broke out with: "Let the machine gunners open up on the roof. They'll raise it for you!"

Private Kloheidanz, Company B, was there with the boxing exhibition stuff the other night. Fortunately for his opponents the bout only lasted to rounds. Young Kid Battling Katz was also there looking for opponents-under 100 pounds and over ninety years of age. Young Kid weighs 210 ringside F.O.B. Yaphank. Lew Burstein, his manager, disappeared, though at th crucial moment and it is feared he was leaning vs. a Postage exchange Bar, bubbling in his Bevo.

 

SERGT. KAHN SCORES ONE.

 

Company E, 306th never does anything to "go big." The recent entertainment in the 5th and 4th Y hut was an example. Sergt. Hochstein's violin offerings were jubilantly welcomed; Sergts. Rosanoff, Abrams and Frank Croswell drew heavy hands. "Love's Claim" was the big Universal fil feature, secured through Mr. Seligman. Sergt. Kahn, athletic director of the company, put the show across.

 

305TH ARTILLERYMEN ENJOY BOXING BEE.

 

A large group of officers attended and the barrack room was packed with enthusiastic artillary boxing fans for a little mitt carnival held recently by the 306th F.A. The plot was laid in Battery E barrack. Private Fisher, Battery D, and Private Al. Innace, Battery E, opened the evening with three speedy rounds. No decision. The surprise party of the affair was a go between Private Becker, Battery D, and Private Saunders, Battery E. In less the thirty seconds D's champion scored a knockout and brought the house to its feet. Lieut. Brooks, Battery E, refereed the bouts, and Lieut. Shutt, Battery D, was the match maker.

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BIG TIMER IN NEW U.S. SERVICE QUARTET.

 

At an entertainment in the 2d and 14th Y.M.C.A. recently the Uncle Same Service Quartet made its first stage appearance. The members are all old hands, and the aggregation promises to be one of the finest in camp. Three of the members- Theodore Kline, Ray Brenna, and Kenneth Johnson, 152d Depot Brigade, have sung together before as members of the Sailors' Quartette, which toured the whole country. The fourth singer is William Liebling, formerly of the Keystone Four of big time caliber. He is now located with the 304 M.G.Bn. Accompanying the quartet and rendering pianologues was Toblas Fitzpatrick, 10th Company, Ordnance Corps, who has previously been engaged as harmony arranger for Al Plantadosi Publishing Company. The work of the entire group, including quartet numbers, solos and pianologues was of high order, and the audience could hardly be prevailed upon to let them quit the stage.

 

304th Entertains Artillery Brigade

Big Guns Have a Notable Evening, With Screaming Orginal Farce.

 

Artillery Night goes into history as a significant event. The 304th Field Artillery was responsible, and much of the success attending the efforts of Col. Kelly's men was due to Lieut. James M. Howard, Chaplain. Lieuts. Howard drilled the battery of actors who put on a screaming original farce, "Sick Call Camouflage," a bright and clever bit of business, with McManus, McNulty and other artillery stars. The program was varied and entertaining. The 304th Glee Club sang and four young lady entertainers brought to camp by Mrs. Davidson pleased, with monologues, harp solos and classic dancing, with camp talent also prominent on the programme.

The hospitable and fraternal spirit underlying artillery night was significant. It was the purpose of the committee to have a 304th man as host to two men, from the two brother artillery regiment, 305th and 306th. Following the entertainment dinner was served in the barracks, with the 304th again royal hosts. The visitors were guests in the officers' mess, where dancing and dining were enjoyed.

 

Draft Actors From Ranks and Show Went With Roar

This Company in 306th Finds Nary Slacker When Call Comes.

 

Headquarters Company, 306th Infantry, is still talking about the "rip roaring" show in the company theater- a new name for the mess hall, in which a portable stage had been erected, with footlights, spotlight orchestra, curtain and everything that pertains to the theatre, including the smell of grease paint.

There had been no rehearsals, so the show was a great success. Actors and acts were made on the spot, and no one knew what was going to happen until First Sergt. Lawrence Kelly announced to the assembled company that it was a happy suggestion of Capt. Patterson's that an impromptu show be held, and that the men be drafted from the ranks and detailed to the stage to do their theatrical bit. There wasn't a slacker. The following heros and their respective deeds of bravery were recorded in the Imaginary Hall of Fame in the orderly room:

First Class Hero, Private Joseph Lugatsch, the "company comedian." He earned a forty-eight hour pass by arranging a mock trial, over which he presided. A rubber boot served as a gavel, and this he wielded in such a masterful way that it is suspected Old King Comedy was his boon companion. Even men burdened with the greatest cares of the world could not resist the lure to laugh at his witticisms. Even the cooks laughed. In inimitable fashion he convicted Privates Madden and Sibeo of outrageous crimes, such as being "A.W.O.L," or failing to stand reveille.

There was also an awkward squad drill, Sergt. Sergy commanding and "Judge" Lugatsch being the squad. He succeeded perfectly in doing everything wrong the should have been right, and in leaving nothing undone that should have been done to do things wrong. A rifle was never so mishandled. Never was a squad so awkward.

Private Paul McPartland was another star performer. His rendition of popular songs, including the regimental song, "When the Moon is Shining Somewhere in France,"  earned him a place right next to Lugatsch in the Imaginary Hall of Fame. Private De Pace sang several opera selections in what has become popularly known as the "De Pacean Style." A bout between Sergt. "Jim" Duffy and Caspar Ricca, both of whom qualified for the regimental boxing semi-finals, was the "real thing." Others preformed creditably were Private Madden and Kildare, the former telling funny stories and the latter reciting abot the charms of his best girl.

One of the funniest acts on the bill was the pie-eating contest. Music was furnished by Corporal Jordan's Jazz band, with Wagner and Leigh at the piano.

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Blood Spilled Freely Around Hill 41 in Y.M. Auditorium.

 

Strike up a dirge for the Fritz who ventured into No Man's Land when the scrappers who fought around the Y Auditorium platform--Hill No. 41- in the No Man's Land fight! it was the howlingest, scrappiest, free-est free-for-all since the days of the first mess call. The scrappers were clad only in determination and blue overalls, with boxing gloves as a side arm. Arms and legs were in the air for five minutes. All managed to find their owner at the end.

The even was the hit of the Division Athletic Night, and went with a roar. It's certain that when another No Man's scrap is announced the Auditorium will be pulled limb from limb by the mob trying to get in. Physical Director Bryant of the Y.M.C.A. originated the fight. Starting it was enough. He refrained from taking part. In the first fight the smoke cleared, and through the gore and blood three 307th Infantrymen were seen on the platform and only two of the 308th warriors. The second fight left one 304th Machine Gun Battalioner supreme on the table. The Depot Brigadier and the rest of the Suiciders were locked in death embraces on the floor.

The tugs-of-war were conducted in a novel manner, with the teams pulling through block and tackle for a flag mounted in the front centre of the stage. The 308th and 307th Infantrymen were rivals again, and for three minutes were unable to gain anything. In the second pull the 307th won in seven and one half minutes. The Depot Brigade found the 304th Machine Gun Battalion easy meat, in revenge or No Man's Land, pulling them off their feet in thirty five seconds. Boxing wound up the evening. Eddie Grover and Ritchie Ryan, 326 Motor Truck Company, had everyone guessing in their clever five round "knockout," while Benny Leonard and John Gaddi, 306th Infantry, gave an interesting exhibition.

Private Kundin, Battery C, 304th Field Artillery, took the honors in bar-chinning, with eighteen and sixteen pull-ups. The others stood or hung up: Private Lebowitz, 304th M.G. Battalion, 13; Private G. Huck, M.G., Company, 307th Infantry, 12; E. Rose, Company I, 308th Infantry; 12; Cuccu, Company M, 307th Infantry, 18 and 8; Rogers, Company 8, 308th 14; and Stunbach, 4th Company, 152d D.B.,14.

 

What's What in Artillery

French Speaking Classes Being Boosted-Basketball going Strong.

 

So many barracks boast of dog mascots it has been suggested in Artillery Vale that a special barrack be set aside for the animals-perhaps in the K Section-maybe K-9!

In the near future new faces are anticipated in the ranks hereward. The new squad of acting privates and near-rank privates will be in prominence.

A golden opportunity to parlez Francais is offered men of the 304th F.A. Classes are in session from 4:15 to 6 o'clock two afternoons a week and evenings 8 to 9 o'clock. The officers favor the course highly and the opportunity is unparalleled. Mr. Brinkerhoff, Y Hut, at Fifth and 14th, or Private Brown will recieve names.

Gas mask contests continue with interest. The results of a recent 305th one in the artillery, Battery C 60; Battery D, 40; Headquarters Company, 5. The individual standing, time being from alert position: Sergt. Bayer, Headquarters; Private Schechey, D, and Corpl. William, Headquarters, tied for first with 3 3-5 seconds. Lieut. Mitchell is directing the contests. Lieut. Rantoul, Company C and Lieut. Moore, Medical Detachment, were judges.

Battery B and Headquarters Company both look strong now in the basketball race of the 304th.

 

MORE CRULLERS!

 

Red letter days are counted by many people in many different ways, but it is pretty safe to say that the 305th has a way all its own. Its spelled this way-crullers ad coffee-as much as you want. Religious Secretary Young has twice been able, through the kindness of churches he ha served in former years, to serve real Bradburry crullers and excellent coffee. The last one of the occasions saw about 1,000 men in line.

 

CAMP BOXING BOILING-306TH FIGHT REGIMENT CHAMPIONSHIP

Battalion Decisions in 307th and Brother Infantrymen Battle to finish.

 

Trench and Camp's Boxing Editor announces conspicuous advances on all fronts during the last week. Especially in the 306th and 307th Infantries have strides been made toward the division boxing. Two rattling battalion events have been run off by the 307th, with some of the best goes yet seen. Wednesday another step is taken toward the finals with fifteen bouts scheduled in the Y auditorium. Lieut. Martin, athletic office, is in charge.

The 306th has wound up its regimental boxing first, and the scrapping bayonetters of Col. Vidmer's outfit are confident the the division will have to hand them something in the way of laurels when Benny Leonard's big boxing carnival is set afoot in March. Every company in the 306th has been encouraging the fighting to the full, special training tables being established for the fighters. Several promotions have been made on the basis of mitt supremacy, officers feeling that if a man can more then hold up his end in a set-to be will make good as a non-com. Lieut. M.J. Hayes, athletic officer, was in charge of the finals, witnessed in the Y auditorium by the entire regiment, which marched. Lieut. Shapiro, Company E, refereed; Capt. Tyner, Company D, was timekeeper, and B.F. Bryant and Capt. Frank Glick, judges. Capt. Sprague's company C, took two bouts with G, Capt. Bull; E, Capt. Wilf, and L. Capt. O'Reilly, one each. TThe results: Feather Weight-Bartenbach, C, beat Blackburn, W; Lightweight, Lombardi, C, beat Senk, L, by two knockouts; 145 pound, Tiplitz, G, beat enney, headquarters, in two knockouts; light heavyweight, Kaufman, E, beat Hine, M.

 

SMALL FIRE FROM COMPANY C, 308TH.

 

There has been a lot of talk about painting the inside of our barracks, together with oiling the floors, and incidental decorations. Capt. Fehnestock had brought the matter to a head, stopping all talk, and in its place substituting action. He has appointed First Class Privates Christ Harrington and Cord Hoeyman to superintend the job and finish it with all the haste that efficiency will permit.

Capt. Fahnestock is financing this job from his private purse.

As long as the barracks continue to be home, it is the captains admirable desire to make it as home-like as possible.

Corpl. Frank Jacobellis has been going to bayonet school for about a month now. He knows "On Guard" perfectly.

Overhead at the non-coms, mess table by our Scout.

Corpl. Raush- This semaphore stuff gets my goat. How do you make "L?"

Corpl. Tuite-Search me. I only know up to B.

Corpl. Sullivan-I just can't seem to get the blame thing.

Corpl. Bandell- They can't blame us, we have only been studying four months. Why, it took some of the privates nearly a full week to get it.

Corpl. Gelmar (interrupting, as usual)- Who's got my r-r-r-rifle?

Corpl. Isaacs- Whats a patrol?
Entrtaining table-talk, isn't it?

Private Joe Bernstein, a budding lawyer before entering Uncle Sam's emply, is now becoming-so he admits- an accomplished orator. After talking an hour or two he always finishes by convincing every one around him. Which, on the surface, is some accomplishment.

Only, our inherent love of truth makes us add, that there is never anyone around him when he finishes.

The babbling brrok and Corpl. Geimer;s "Gimme's" go on forever.

 

304TH F.A. BASKETBALL.

 

Battery B, undefeated, is a strong contender for the basketball championship, 304th F.A., 193 points to opponents' 21. B hopes to fight for the division championship with other regimental teams. Recent results in the 304th tourney: Headquarters Company 20, Battery D, 7; B, 60, Battery F, 4; Battery C, 144; Supply Company, 8; Battery E, 22, Battery A, 8; Battery A, forfeit; Battery D, forfeit; Battery C, 19, Battery E, 11; headquarters and B game postponed.

 

D.B. Paved with Intentions, Kicks In With Big Show.

Lieutenant Major, Exercising Cripples, Told to Pull HIs Curtains Down.

 

They say that the Dpot Brigade is paved with good intentions, and up to the present time the intentions have been good, but completed efforts in the way of real vaudeville entertainment have fallen short of the standard some other outfits have set. It remained for the 3d Company and Capt. Coleman, the versatile and progressive commanding officer of that reliable organization, to put something across in the way of vaudeville that makes 'em look sick by comparison. The first Depot Brigade vaudeville show, given under the direction of Harry Weber, late pf the Weber and Wilson headline act, "Dancing a la Carte," and "The Military Girl" show, was a world beater, and was voted by all the officers and men who packed the 19th Street Hut to be the best they had seen anywhere in camp.

Mesars. Pantzer and Masterson, 306th F.A., gave a clever pianologue and comedy sing. Young and Wheeler of the Keith Circuit delighted with violin and piano numbers distinctly orginal. Miss Nita Johnson-Keith Circuit-entertained with individual charm, her last number being an imitation of a 'cello which made M. Princevalli, the well known 'cellist of New York City, now in Sergt. Casler's orchestra, admit that her instrument was a wonderful one. Gayles and Raymond were a well balanced pair of singers, with some sweet melodies, new numbers, lively steps and funny jokes. Sam Nocinoa-Keith Circuit-Hawaiian steel guitar player, drew great applause. Fred Snyder-known on the boards as "Romanoff" (no relation to one yclept "Nick" of that name that we wot) gave a Russian dance, and last but not least came Si of the clan Plunkett, and he looked it, and acted it, and was it, and sang some funny numbers an told some funny stories in a manner distinctly Plunkettian, being the star act in a galaxy of stars. Plunkett also acted as announcer, leading a subtle humor to the whole evening's programme.

The whole show was good, and Capt. Coleman has the heartiest thanks for his efforts.

 

STUDENTS ENJOY CONCERT.

 

Men from the Officer's Training Battalion composed a large part of the audience which enjoyed a Sunday afternoon band concert in the Second Avenue and 14th Street Hut. The talented musicians of the 306th F.A. offered a programme of classical and modern favorites. The concert was made possible through the courtesy of Lieut. Friedlander.

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