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december 3, 1917

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“Vets” Welcome Last Increment in this Week

Last Selected Men Last Draft Will Begin to Arrive Wednesday, With 7,685 Total Due.

            Opportunity will be given Upton’s veterans this week to demonstrate what camp life can do in a few short weeks to transform and develop manhood. The beneficiaries of the object lesson will be the last “tenderfoot” contingent. Hopeful of themselves being soldiers soon, the selected men making up the last contingent of New York City’s draft quota begin arriving in camp Wednesday. The movement hither wood will occupy five days—Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It will bring into camp a total of 7,685 more men. A large majority of these will go to fill in the gaps of the 152d Depot Brigade, quartered in section upper J and L.

            On Wednesday the men from Boards 23 to 35, inclusive, will arrive 916 strong. Thursday 1,693 men are due from boards 36 to 48, inclusive, and Boards 113 to 126, inclusive. Birds 49 to 62, inclusive, Boards 128 to 154, inclusive, come Friday, bringing 1,693.  On Saturday, there will be an increment of 1,682 from 68 to 77, inclusive; 155 to 164, inclusive, and 174 to 177, inclusive. Sunday they will bring the last batch and the largest, 1,705 from Boards 12 to 22, 78 to 88, 165 to 178, 186 to 189, 178 to 185, inclusive.

            There may be no electric sign bearing the words to flare in the men’s faces as they breeze into the local midst, but “Welcome into the Fellowship of the National Army” is graven on each soldier heart now beating under regulation O.D.

 

Watch for cartoons!

            The cartoonist of the 77th Division are rallying in fine shape to make Trench and Camp as blithesome and bright as India Ink and cardboard know how. Through the co-operation of carious talented sketching gentlemen about camp a weekly feature from now on in Upton’s edition of this soldier’s own paper will be a cartoon drawn by “one of our boys.” Watch the paper for this and other things which make Trench and Camp peculiarly your paper. And, by the by, or better, by the mail: are you sending it to the folks at home?

            Among the cartoonists with us are Campbell, coming with us are Campbell, colored artist of the 367th Infantry: Shapiro (“Shap”) of Company I, 306th: Michael Lemmermeyer (“Len”) Battery B. 304th Field Artillery: Sid Hydeman, 4th Company, 302d Supply Train: D’Esposito, 306th Infantry, and Epier, Medical Department 306th F. A.

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Ex-President Taft Coming Here for Two Addresses

Will Speak at Formal Dedication of Y. M. C. A. Auditorium Sunday, Dec. 16.

            William Howard Taft, ex-President, will be at Camp Upton Dec. 15 and 16 and will be the speaker at the formal dedication of Y. M. C. A. Auditorium Sunday afternoon, Dec. 16. The ex-President comes to Upton on the joint invitation of Major Gen. Bell and the General Secretary of the camp Y. M. C. A., W. F. Hirsch.

            The use of the auditorium has been offered to all the regimental commanders by General Camp Secretary W. F. Hirsch, and already a large number of gatherings have been held. The seating capacity is 3,046, which may be increased by about 200 by crowding. It was the original intention to use benches for seating throughout, which would have made the capacity 3,300 but in order to use the central section of the auditorium for gymnasium work, chairs were substituted for benches, with resultant reduction in seating room.

 

Upton’s Laundry is Largest in World

            “The largest laundry in the world,” is the claim of Charles E. Ehle, superintendent of  Camp Upton’s mammoth laundry for that institution, which will soon be turning out 250 bundles of soldier “duds” every eighteen minutes. The great structure on Third Avenue, with its sky scraping stacks, which make New Yorkers here glad that something has been built up in the air to remind them of home, has 78,000 square feet of floor space. It has a capacity of 45,000 bundles, with 600 pairs of hands at work. Four large barracks will be used to house the labor.

            The idea that a laundry should be part of a military post was first put into practice by the commander of the 77th Division, when Major Gen. Bell was in command at Fort Leavenworth. Mr. Ehle, head of Upton’s washing equipment, was in charge of the one started at Fort Leavenworth.

            Camp Upton’s laundry is under the Quartermaster’s Department. Capt. D. A. Gillespie being the officer detailed for supervision.

 

“A Day at Upton” Will Eclipse Any Show Given by Soldiers

Hippodrome Spectacle by 305th Will be Witnessed by Celebrities

            Members of the 305th Regiment declare themselves “all set: to produce the Hippodrome on the night of Dec. 8 the most pretentious theatrical spectacle ever attempted by a regiment of American soldiers.

            While it is realized that the task of putting over “A Day at Camp Upton,” the title of the production, is a big one the boys in the 305th are confident that the performance will be a huge success. Lieut. James E. Schuyler, who conceived the idea of staging the production and is working it through, is sanguine that when Broadway sees this show it will sit up and take notice.        

            Three hundred men from the 305th, picked from the fifteen companies, will participate, while the band, under the leadership of Sergt. Bergman, will endeavor to prove the claim made by its supporters that is the best one in the division. The prologue of the three scene spectacle shows Union Square. Men are leaving New York from the draft boards for Camp Upton. The second scene shows the barracks of camp, and takes the men through the day’s work from reveille to retreat. The third and last scene, from retreat to taps, shows the men gathered outside the barracks around a fire, enjoying a typical Upton “home talent” entertainment, organized instanter from the crowd gathered. Movies taken at camp will be introduced, sowing among other things the men at mess and a delegation rom Company I, 305th, leaving for Canada where they assisted in the recent Canadian war loan drive, Song will play a large part in the affair, all the music having been composed by the geniuses of this “bar-none-of-‘em” doughboy outfit.

            For a week the boys in the how are in New York, rehearsing in the Hippodrome every morning and drilling in Central Park and the 69th Regiment Armory. The broad service which they are rendering for the 77th Division and for the National Army in showing how erstwhile civilians are becoming soldiers is recognized and it is probable that Gov. Whitman, Mayor Mitchel, Mayor-elect Hylan and other prominent men who have been invited will witness the performance. Major Gen. Bell and his staff, it is hoed will attend, while the regimental officers led by Col. Mellberg will occupy boxes.

            The ground has been cleared and work begun on the regimental indoor drilling stadium and theatre which will rebuilt with the proceeds from the big show. It will be available for use by all the regiments in camp.

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Upper “Jays” Enjoy Variety and Wrestling

George West and Millard Bennet Give Fine Mat Exhibition—Boxing and Vaudeville Mixture Popular

By E. O. Alyea, Cor. 2nd Avenue and 14th Street

            The stunt night in Upper J. Y. M. C. A. building recently was as usual a howling success. The feature of the evening was a fifteen minute drawn wrestling match between Corporal George West of Headquarters Company 306th Infantry. 1915 Loval Y. M. C. A. Champion 158-pound class, and Millard Bennet of the 152nd Depot Brigade. These two boys had previously met for an hour and twenty minutes on the mat without a decisive result so there was plenty of excitement for those who watched the bout.

            Several boxing exhibitions also figured. Morrison of the 6th Company 407 M. S. T. had a job to find someone of his weight (120lbs) willing to put the gloves on with him so offered to take on any one in the house. At last “Battling Seccler” of the 5th Company Vet. Corps showed his red blood and during three rounds the dust flew some. Mike Paster, of the Union Settlement boxed J. Schiff in another lively bout. And last but not least our friend J. Entwistle of the 2nd Company Quartermaster Corps played several selections on his “One-lunged violin,” bringing the house down. Good work, old boy!

 

Signalmen Making Live Gridders

            Lieutenant Glann, the athletic representative of the 302nd Field Signal Battalion is coaching the Wigwagger football team, and the boys can lay their splendid work of holding their own 0-0 in the first game to hint. It wont be long before the 321st Field Signal Battalion will also have a tea, under coach Lieutenant Stair, a live wire in the athletic line.

 

Thousand Men Entertained

            Local talent spread itself to the full at the variety entertainment Saturday night, Nov. 24, in the Upper J. Y. M. C. A. Entwistle performed with his usual skill on his one-lunged violin; Sergt. Grant introduced a very original musical act, making of himself a “human Xylophone:” Ratner (casuals) rendered withe excellent expression “The Face on the Barroom Floor” and Gragallalo (Company 5. Veteran Corps) made big hit with his clever impersonation of an aged Italian suffering from an acute attack of rheumatism. Archer, “the Rope King,” was also there with the goods, demonstrating his ability to escape from the tightest knots the boys could tie. He boasts that no guardhouse could hold him, but hasn't yet been able to get away from K. P. The high water mark of the evening, however, was reached when Luke Devlin (casuals) treated the boys to some Harry Lauder songs. The crowd of over a thousand men vigorously encored him again and again, and see,ed better pleased with each succeeding selection. Such appetite “grows on what it feeds on.”

 

“One—Two—Three—Four— Close Up Forty Inches”

            Private Hientz of the 302nd F. S. Battalion, Company C, is suffering from a peculiar type of nightmare. He awakes in the black of the night and sees shining above him the stern face of his beloved Sergeant, while there thunders in his trembling ears the uninterrupted chorus, “One, two, three, four—close up—fourty inches.” Poor boy! Is there no rest for the weary.

 

B. R. T. Picture Dec. 12

            All men who were employed by the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company at the time they were ordered to Camp Upton are invited to assemble in front of the Y. M. C. A. Building at Eighth Street and Fifth Avenue on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 1917, at 1:15 P.M. to have a group photograph taken for reproduction in the B. R. T. Monthly Readers who know former B. R. T. men in this camp will confer a favor by bringing this to their attention.

 

Nuptial Notes

            One of the Trench and Camp’s Social Intelligence outposts reports that Private Joe Potatoes, any company, any regiment, is to be married in the near future to Hermoine Stringbean. Sort Ration will be the best man and the ushers will be boys from the Kitch N. Police Club. Joe’s comrades will give the happy pair a can opener as a wedding present. Tae bridal bouquet will be a task bunch of carrot tops.

 

Harry Barnhart Takes Full Charge of Song

            Mr. Harry Barnhart, director of the New York Community Chorus and one of the best known chorus leaders in the country, will give Camp Upton the full benefit of his abilities henceforth, assuming direct charge of the singing here, which has been heretofore in the hands of his assistant Max Weinstein.

            Mr. Barnhart, in addition to developing the camp singing, will train the leaders of the regimental bands, looking toward a mammoth decision concert to be participated in by all the breast outfits at Upton. The local Sousas have already met with Mr. Barnhart in K. of C. Auditorium, with encouraging results.

 

Green Hut for Hospital

            The great Base Hospital will have another building added to the seventy-seven which comprise the Upton medical headquarters, when a green Y. M. C. A. hut takes its place alongside the post exchange. Harmon Eldridge, who has been at Fort Niagara and Syracuse in war work, is in camp now, serving the base hospital and will be in charge of the hut when completed about Jan 1. The two hundred and more hospital teaches will use it, as will convalescents for whose comfort will be provided easy chairs, fireplace and other home touches.

 

A Cook and Cheese

            The Mess Sergeant of the Seventh Company returned from a brief pass wearing what his chief kitchen mechanic termed a “rosy beezer,” meaning a rubicund proboscis. The Mess Sergeant insisted that the complexion of his olfactory organ was a little rosier than usual purely and simply on account of the fact that a little boil was forming there.

            This Mess Sergeant had occasion to complain about the way the rations were being taken from the icebox without his permission.

            “Who took that piece of cheese from the icebox?” he demanded the other morning.

            “I am!” returned Creo to the cook, meekly.

 

Regular Mexican Army

            The Fifth Company continues to have difficulty finding men for details. The company—like the Mexican Army, all Generals— consisted at the present time of twenty Sergeants and two privates. The Sergeants consider it a trifle infra dig to go on kitchen police and the privates are having a long hitch with the pots and pans. However, the Sergeants get an industrious fit once in a long, long while and they have been out cleaning up their street and fixing up the garden around the barracks.

            Sergt. Brighten invited Sergts. Satchel and Gross, Corpls. Corby and Michael and Private Stadier to accompany him to a neighboring town to celebrate his birthday. They stumbled upon a group of their own officers after the party, and the efforts they made to get back to the barracks before the officers were worthy of a better cause.

 

More About Irish Stew

            First Cook Dumas of the 9th Company is generous with his lum and never kicks on giving the men “seconds” as long as the chow lasts. One day they had a very good Irish stew for dinner, and one man came up for “seconds” and then for a third portion. “What’s the matter with you, you like Irish stew so much, are you Irish?” Dumas asked. “Yes!” was the reply. “What’s your name?” Dumas inquired. “Cohen,” the Irishman replied.

 

Sergt. Ed On Calories

            Sergt. E. C. Roberts of the 1st Company was expounding on food values. “They tell us that a calorie contains so many units of heat, and that all food is food only in that it supplies a certain amount of heat for the body,” he said. Now, the caloric value of a hot cinder out of that stove would be a whole lot higher than that a pound of  butter or a big sirloin steak.: This boy needs a change of diet and a period of rest in a quiet darkened room.

 

The Most Patient Soldier

            Trench and Camp certainly registers a deep amen to the following sentiments, which appeared in the New York Sun:

            “We had thought of a Job as the most patient figure in history until J. Franklin Bell appeared. Here you have a man if sixty-one years that have been crowded with work, damgerl responsibility and honors. At Camp Upton he is the father and mentor of some 30,000 untrained young soldiers. He drills, teaches, counsels and feeds them, Naturally, he is beset with a soldier’s work.

            “Now comes a person, from without the lines, who plans to prove that it is possible for two persons to enter the great camp and feign an immoral rotation, She send the two, who incidentally seem to have been as great as fools herself, on this errand. They are detected. Instead of kicking the male conspirator out of camp and sending the girl to a reformatory, as some military men would have done. Major Gen. Bell spent hours, not merely to establish the character of the conspiracy hat had been attempted against him and the honor of the camp, but to make it plain that no physical harm had come to the wretched girl through her own part in the scheme against the camp and its commanding General.

            Poor Bell! He has fought the Crees and the Sioux and the Filipinos, and now, engaged upon the hardest work of his life, the training of a new army, he has to fight the disgusting creatures who are willing to smuggle counterfeit vileness into his camp to prove that vileness might be there even if it isnt.

            Gen. Bel has the Medal of Honor for his distinguished gallantry at Luzon. He ought to have another medal for his distinguished patience at Yaphank.

 

Camp Now Has a Hotel

            Camp Upton now has a hotel, with grill, lunch room ’n everything. The Acker Merrill & Condit Company’s big red and white building, the largest structure in the camp, built at a cost of $80,000, includes these features, besides a stock of groceries and other commodities. The profits from the sale will be divided with the division. The use of rooms has been restricted to transients, except such ranking officers as the division commander may direct.

 

Upton Players Get On

            Progress in rehearsing on two one set plays, “Peace Maneuvers,” by Richard Harding Davis, and “The Bishop’s Candlesticks” is reported by Charles Wavland Towne, director of the Upton Players. Each east has a full list of understudies and cordial rivalry is developing for parts. The plays will be put on about Dec. 10 in the Y.  M. C. A. auditorium with an all star vaudeville bill. Mr. Towne is receiving cooperation from some of New York’s leading theatrical managers in securing scenery and suggestions as to the development of the Upton Players.

 

307th Benefit is Success; $15,000 for Reg’t Theatrer

Many Broadway Stars in Performance at Forty-Fourth Street Theater

            Marked financial success attended the regimental benefit given by the 307th Infantry at the Forty-fourth Street Theatre, New York, the sum of $15,000 being realized. This will go toward the building of a regimental theatre and drill hall. Progress is reported already on this big structure which will allow the regiment to hold meetings of the full command, put on big shows and moving pictures and also accommodate other outfits in camp which feel the need of such a place.

            Lieut. Everett A. Butterfield was manager of the entertainment, and Capt. William D. Harrigan, president of the regiment’s theatrical board. The program contained the names of many Broadway stars, secured through Lew Fields, whose nephew, Private H. H. Harris had charge of providing the talent. Exhibition drills by men from the regiment were received enthusiastically and caused the large audience to marvel at the strides taken by Uptonites toward finished fighting men. Olaf Nord and his star bandsmen took a large portion of the favor accorded the show, which all the way though was a thundering success for the up-and-at-them 307th men. They have the honors for making the first real debut into the theatrical world.

 

Minstrels Feature Third “Racket” of Signal Corps

            The third barrack party sponsored by the 302d Field Signal Battalion was enjoyed recently in the home of Co. C. attractive with autumn leaves and other festal touches and with a real stage erected over the spot where ordinarily the K. P. hand out the strew and beans. There was nothing lacking. It was another of those rackets that have given the wig-wagging boys a local reputation for putting such affairs across. Nat H. Weiss, Co. C, as heretofore, was largely responsible for the affair. The several hundred present sat cabaret style at the tables during the performance, and, without having to do squads right to somewhere else, partook of a layout of food which included grapefruit, salad, pastry, coffee, bread and butter.

            An all-home talent minstrel show featured the entertainment, J. Raymond Daly acting as interlocutor with R. B. Higgins, J. A. Watson, S. J. Wilde and G. a. Heinz, end men. Private H. Schoem showed versatility by a boxing bout, acting as cook and pulling a xylophone solo. The fistic encounter that drew the largest measure of applause was a four-round affair between Private Tony Perrone, “Camp Upton Champ,” and Harry Smith of New York. The names of all the talented gentlemen who contributed to the evenings fun would read like a page from the directory.

 

D, 307th Inf., Has Organ

            Company D, 307th Infantry, has an organ over which organization might increase its chest measurement with all justice to its rights. The organ isn't of the reed variety, but is able to produce a large variety of effects. “The Bugler” is its title. Milton Woill is the editor in chief and inspiring spirit in the little publication which exudes from the mimeograph on Saturdays, with a cartoon, company news, comment, japes and wheezes on the company’s prominent members. Capt. Hastings is Company D’s leader and is in hearty accord with the notes sounded by the outfit’s “Bugler.”

 

“The Howitzer” is Heard in Artillery Section

            “The Howitzer” has sent its first boom reverberating over the camouflaged area occupied by Upton’s artillerymen. Its managing board claims for “The Howitzer” the honor, which undoubtedly deserves of being the first regular regimental journal to appear in camp. It is a four-page tabloid sheet and will appear now and then in the Field Artillery Regiment under the guidance of Sergt. Major Adler, editor in chief. Private Monroe E. Davis is managing editor, Lieut Thomas. Regimental Chaplain  is advisory editor, while the news correspondents are Corpl. Routh. Battery A; Private Lozier, Battery B; Private Wardwell, Battery C; Private Davis, Batter D;  Private Harvey, Battery E; Corpl. Elliot, Battery F; Private Godbegs, Supply Company; Corpl. Willis, Headquarters Company.

            A well-arranged assortment of news stories, regimental and personal, poems, roster of officers and editorial utterances, one of which is on “The National Army Spirit,” comprises this first issue of “The Howitzer.” “Our Colonel” is an appreciation of Col. L. S. Miller, the beloved commanding officer of the 306th.

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Stumping on the Old Camp Grounds

            We’ve been stumping to-day on the old camp grounds,

Give us a word to cheer our weary hearts’

A word of home and friends we love so dear.

Many are the arms that are weary to-night

Wishing that the work were done;

Many are the hands blistered and worn

And wish the work were dine,

Stumping to-day, stumping to-day,

Stumping on the old camp grounds.

We’ve been raking to-day ‘round the old camp grounds

Cleaning up the old camp grounds.

We've been drilling to-day on the old camp grounds.

And long to sit and rest our weary hones

And tired out limns and think of home that's best

Many are the thoughts that are wandering to-night.

Wandering across the foam.

Many are the boys wishing for the day

They'll bring the Kaiser home.

Drilling to-day, raking to-day,

Stumping on the old camp grounds.

Private E. F. C. Lehmann , Jr. Company C. Signal Corps, 302nd Field Battalion.

 

305th Infantry Grenades.

            Mess Sergeant Deishler, Co. A, has a deep method of locating German agents. When sauerkraut and frankfurters are served, the man attacking the entree with especial gusto is closely watched and his mail censored. Co. B has taken on a big addition, literally, within recent days, in the person of Lieut. William E. Skinner, who attained his growth in Wisconsin. Before coming here he was acting as aide to Gen. Coulter, commanding the 81st Brigade. He is, all things considered, the largest officer the 306th boasts.

            England is well represented in Company C by four non-coms, Sergeant Johnson and Corporals Martin, Leonard and Tweedley.

            Albert Chassard,  Company C’s French chef helps round to in the “allied conference.”

            Company C has a number of aspirants for the regimental soccer team and judging from the kicking that goes on occasionally before (notice it’s not after) mess, they should be successful.

            Company A. boasts of a University Cheferino. The following are professors, heads of the various departments: John Bardes, macaroni; Datta, rice stew; Diplarakos, hash; Smith, frankfurters; Ferris, food conservation.

 

Many Commands of 77th Hear Medical Lecture

            Winfield Scott Hall, head of the Department of Physiology, Medical College of Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., has talked during the past week to practically every regiment in the 77th Division, having visited Camp Upton on a tour of cantonments through the country. Dr. Hali’s lecture here on “Venereal Diseases” was made an official medical lecture by Lieut. Col. C. R. Reynolds, division surgeon, and the various commands which heard hum marched as units to the Y. M. C. A. auditorium, where lectures were delivered.

 

No Need for War if John Lester had been There

Negro Heavyweight Who Has Felled Jeannette, “Porky” Flynn and Others Would Like to Take “Mistuh and Missus Kaisuh” in Hand.

            “Yessah, theseyeuh big men ud justa let me know theuh’d nevuh ben no wah now by the United States.”

            Such was the rather remarkable statement made by John Lester Johnson, lately ranked as sergeant in the 367th Infantry but by a transfer now simply plain Private Johnson, Company D, Medical Corps. And he meant it. His reputation as a heavyweight boxer gave punch to the statement, as you might say. Explaining further how the world war might have been neatly sidestepped had he only been put on the international wires with Kaiser Bill and some others, John Lester went on:

            “Back in them Bible days they didden take no armies out to fight. They picked out a couple boxers like David and Goliath and let ‘em mix it up, ’n the one that licked, why his country won. Now they coulda done that with me. If they'd only let me at thatteuh Kaisuh family I’d whipped Mistuh and Missus Kaisah and the family one at a time or all together, the entiuh collection of them agglomerated. Boy, I’d like one punch at that Kaisah family! Ummm!”

            The last suggestive exclamation was grimly premonitory as the monster darker who avers that he’s “stoutenen up” every day with Uncle Sam’s food and training, rolled his eyes and his fists at the same time. Being declined the privilege of beating up the Kaiser family before war came John Lester aches for a few pokes at the Boches who do the Kaisers’ bidding, and he cares not when the Big Bout is staged.

            And hes been in some large encounters ere this. Joe Jeanette, Hoboken; “Porky” Flynn, Boston; Jim Savage, New York; Sailor Grande of California and Jack Keating are some of the mittmen who have bowed before Lester’s punch.

            He is now acting Crown Prince of the Buffalo contingent and his great good humor, coupled with his pugilistic renown, have made him one of the most popular men in the colored regiment. His only sorrow is that he can’t get anyone to oppose him, and has to get his whiff of ring encounters second handed, from arguments he referees. Lester is willing to accept the post of regimental boxing instructor if it can be secured for him.

 

Machine Gunners Proving Worth as Basket Flingers

            Company B 394th Machine Gun Battalion is proud of the quintet of basket ball stars which has given that outfit the top position in the Battalion Basket Ball League race. In a recent fast tussle on C Company’s court, between Fourth and Fifth Avenues, on 12th Street, the B boys worsted their hosts, Company C, by a score of 12 to 4.

 

2D Regiment Holds Forth

            The 2D Regiment of the 152 Depot Brigade held a regimental night at the 19th Street Y. M. C. A. hut. Capt. Davies, assisted by Lieut. Rudolph, regimental athletic and entertainment officers, were masters of ceremonies, and Lieut. Perkins at the piano was one of the best entertainers of the evening. The program consisted of singing, instrumental music, stunts, contortionist, wrestling, boxing and singing of all the popular choruses by the men of the regiment. And such singing! As soon as the song choruses were thrown on the screen the men took up the tunes led by Private Donnelly on the piano, and the echos could be heard over in the woods. The whole affair had the effect of stimulating the esprit de corps of the regiment and similar nights will be planned every two weeks for each regiment of the depot brigade. The officers who are planning these entertainments are doing a great piece of constructive work in building up the company and the regimental spirit. The next regimental night is planned for Thursday, Dec. 6, and ill be better possible than the opening night.

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Boxing Motto Has Punch

            “Early to bed, early to rise, and early to lick the other guys,” the motto of “Young” Fulton, erstwhile Gotham scrapper, who is now helming his mates in Company C, 306th Infantry, to a better knowledge of the manly art, might be widened into application to the entire 77th division. Boxing is one of the strong favorites here during those off hours when the soldier craves recreation and excitement. Fulton has been of great assistance around camp in arranging bouts, and is especially interested in making his outfit, in every sense of the word, a prize fighting organization.

 

Strictly Sanitary Stuff

            Lloyd Dougherty is receiving congratulations from his associative on having kept a trio of Patchogue misses entertained all at the same time.

            The only pajamas in sanitary captivity, so it is claimed, are owned by a buck private in Ambulance Company 307. Harry Silverman might answer inquiries.

            Harry Best, lately private in 307, is now top sergeant in the 306th Amb. Company. Best luck Harry, say we.

Twelve first class privates were recently appointed in the 307th Amb Company. All were surprised, most of all George Bloom, who sat up all night sewing on his codices.

            Sergt. Fundenburg has recently returned from a leave. Piqua, Ohio, was the objective and the boys are inquiring whether or not his odoriferous barbering wore off during the long trip.

            If it is a matter of comment how many members of the Sanitary Train bought tickets for the football game at the Polo Grounds and never used them; that is, to get into the game. They may have passed them on the L. I. R. R. or used them as meal tickets at some N. Y. canteen.

            The S. T. is lying low for those Engineers after cleaning up the artillery. And speaking of football, Top Sergt. White, late of the Middle West, is there a few, One of the boys has written some poetry to him which will soon be translated into all languages, exclusive of the Teutonic.

            The 306th Amb. has a “Lawyer,” one of the guardhouse variety, who is doing a big business on the insurance information.

            Lieut. Henry Brown certainly fools ‘em. Just as congratulations were being framed up on his promotion to captain, the War Department stepped in and made him a Major. His boys are perfectly willing to follow him through any Flanders mud as Colonel.

 

Liberty Bonds Lost Here

            Two $50 Liberty Bonds, $12 in cash and a dollar’s worth of Red Cross Christmas seals were in a black seal pocketbook with a brass “B” on the envelope flap which Miss Florence Brown lost while visiting at the Trench Mortar Battery, No. 416 15th Street, Miss Brown will be very glad to reward the finder. She may be found at Herzfeld Stern’s No. 40 Exchange Place, New York.

 

Claim Champ. Incinerator

            Members of Company B, 305th Machine Gun Battalion, claim a unique championship. They lay claim to having the finest and most scientific incinerator in camp. Lieut. Williams was in charge of the construction, for which plans were drawn by Corpl. Theodore Ross, a former architectural engineer. The incinerator has a roof ’n everything.

 

HDQ. 305 F. A. Wins in Baseball

            Battery C, 305 F. A. baseballists were fairly easy picking for the swatting Headquarters outfit who added to their string of wins, 11 runs to 4. Private Kell, H. Q., slab man, was largely instrumental in humbling the C gun wielders.

 

Metropolitan Honors Have Been Received by 306th Doughboys

Benefit at Biltmore Distinctive— Frances White Sings the Regimental Song.

            The 306th Infantry has been sharing metropolitan honors with its brother regiments, the 307th and 305th, having appeared in several prominent quarters in the Big City, with full military and civilian honors awarded.

            One of the most distinctive functions Upton men have been responsible for was the regimental benefit held in the Cascade Room of the Hotel Biltmore, with officers present from all the regiments in the 153rd Infantry Brigade. A number of prominent Broadway stars appeared, the committee in charge being Major E. Weaver, Capt. R. J. Aitken and Lieut. J. J. Riordan.

            The regiment and its song, “When the Moon Is Shining Somewhere in France,” were brought prominently into the spotlight when Company H. piloted by Capt. H Eldred, enjoyed a theatre party at the Forty-fourth Street Theatre, “Hitchy Koo” being the production. Frances White acted as impromptu song leader in the rendition of the regimental hit, the band furnishing the accompaniment. Col. Vidmer, Major Weaver, Major Bulger and Major Power were present, the officers being dinner guests at the Friars Club through arrangements made by Corporal Piermont, a member of the club, and Thomas Gray, playwright, who has been responsible for many fine company entertainments.

            Company D is one of the regiment;s livest outfits, having adopted a motto. Its in Latin, too— “Semper Paradis et Fidelis” (Always Prepared and Faithful). Recently the company enjoyed a supper and entertainment, Sergt. Bruce, prominent in all the company functions having been instrumental in the arrangements. The company’s first platoon has some real spirit, taking for itself a little motto, “Courage, Confidence, and Common Sense,” which a member claims are most essential for the National Army to have. The platoon is open to drill contest engagements, feeling such pride in drilling that it is willing to stake it against that of any company in the 77th Division.

 

Five Hangs Up Goose

            The basketball team of the 305th Infantry took a reconnoitering trip to Sag Harbor recently. Result: One game, several complete goose dinners. The score was 43 to 30, the doughboys proving altogether too fast for their civilian hosts. Sergt. William Siegrist jr. motored the party over via Riverbed, where a large quantity of food was taken on board. The fingers included Wagner, Stubenvoll, Gerken and Tonry, all of Company B, and Sergts. White and Jenson, Company C. A multi-course goose dinner was served the winners by the Sag Harborians.

 

Soccer Men Play For Feed

            A big game in Patchogue with banquet to the winner by the loser is the goal of soccer men in the 308th Infantry whose schedule brings the H. Q. Company and Company L to groups as the regiment’s most adroit players. The schedule has been decidedly gratifying to those who have boosted it. H. Q. Company defeated Company D, 4-2, while Company G fell before Company L, 3-2, in semi-focal frame which brings H. Q. Company and Company D against each other for the regimental championship and feed.

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