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July 14, 1918

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$80,000 HOSTESS HOUSE IS PLANNED

Catholic War Council Would Provide Funds for Structure.

 

A new hostess house to be built at a cost of $80,000 with funds provided by the Catholic War Council will in all probability be erected soon, following negotiations which the Knights of Columbus, through their cam secretary. John Flynn, have forwarded. Gen Bell has designated a site and looked over the plans with approval. The building will be located in the triangle formed by Second Avenue, 16th Street and a new road soon to be completed. Women will manage the institution. Directive suggestions will be furnished by the K. of C., which is to relate the house properly with military authorities.

There are at present three Y.M.C.A. hostess houses in camp, one for colored troops and their visitors, and so great are the demands upon them that the new house will be a welcome and valuable addition. A two-story frame building 137 feet long by 56 feet wide is specified in the plans. It is to be built in two wings, one 100 by 28 feet and the other 80 by 28. In the centre court is the boiler house. A wide, hospitable porch skirts almost the entire structure. On the ground floor are two large rooms and a foyer which is to be used as an office and information centre. One of the larger rooms will be for visiting, comfortably furnished, with a huge fireplace at one end. The other will contain a cafeteria. They are both 32 by 56 feet in dimension. One wing contains kitchen, dining room for the staff and one for the servants and storeroom. In the other is to be housed a nursery with experienced matron in charge. Upstairs are dormitories for the servants, living rooms for the staff and twenty-five bedrooms to be let to visitors in emergency.

 

OFFICERS ATTEND SPECIAL SCHOOLS

 

Special schools in various branches, most of them related especially to modern warfare, have been opened recently for officers of the cantonment under the tutelage of experts from the Reserve Officers Corps. Major J.R. Ralli, British gas defense authority assigned to this camp, is also conducting courses. Included in the instruction are machine gunnery, automatic rifle, musketry, bayonet, signalling, grenade, gas, topography, open warfare and field engineering.

Classes are conducted in the morning and afternoon on regular schedule, so as not to conflict with routine duties. The certificate awarded will have value to an officer when in line for promotion.

 

Q.M. BARRACKS-FIRST TO BE GIVEN PAINT

 

The barracks of the camp Quarter-master, Upton Boulevard and Second Avenue, have achieved a distinction these days separate from that enjoyed for months because of their inward importance. Coats of paint are responsible. So far non of the military structures in camp have been treated with white lead and oil. The Y.M.C.A.'s Knights of Columbus buildings, Hostess Houses, Officers House, Library, Officers Club and other semi-military buildings have furnished the touch of color. Now the Q.M. comes in with something new, novel and effective. An olive drab tone has been used, and with the well dressed grounds for which the Q.M. have been famous, their establishments stick out from the common unpaintedness as a sort of concession to art.

 

"Art Artists" Capture Camp Upton Without a Straggle; "Close-Up" on soldiering Relives Their Imaginations.

Men and Women who Push Pens or Wield Brushes Enjoy Themselves and Assimilate Valuable Info.

 

A good day's work and a good day's fun and peregrenations all rolled into one.

Such was the summarization of one "art artist," or maybe he was a "Cart Cartoonist," after giving Camp Upton the once over, the side to side, the up and down and the all the way around, in company with ninety-two fellow and sister pen and pencil propellers and brush wielders.

This bunch of illustrators, poster artists and "newspaper guys" may have had a better time than was theirs on Friday, July 12, 1918 A.D., but none of them would admit it.

After a day crowed with activities of the numerous and varied sort and sight seeing until their optics were weary, the nifty ninety-three returned to New York, carrying with them what they were pleased to term "many treasurable memories and much valuable and useful information," together with fifty loaves of Upton-baked bread, not to mention some tons of Long Island dust on their clothing and person. Sufficient real estate was left here, however, to continue the military activities of the camp, for the artists could not carry the reservation away with them, as Major Gen. J. Franklin Bell dared them to.

Gen. Bell and all the other officers and enlisted men in camp were delighted to entertain the artists, and outdid themselves in showing the visitors Long Island hospitality. The artists said the visit had been profitable to them, in that it afforded them a "close-up" of military activities and would go a long way toward relieving their overworked imaginations as to what was going on in the soldier camps.

 

Made Good Job at it.

 

There have been other parties of visitors at Camp Upton, but none of them ever went over Camp Upton with the complete thoroughness or thorough completeness as this one, which cam here as the guests of Gen. Bell and the National War Council of the Y.M.C.A. Arriving on a special train, the men and women sprang into soft seated ambulances and hard seated motor trucks and immediately proceeded to the business of skinning the camp wrong side out to see what it was made of.

 After a delightful and toothsome chow party at the Cooks' and Bakers' School, the repast being garnished off with a graceful, eloquent and witty impromptu speech by Gen. Bell, the party was propelled to the base hospital and visited numerous wards. Then followed a trip to the range, which seemed to fascinate the visitors more than anything else they saw. They not only witnessed a demonstration of the Browning heavy and light guns, but they squatted on the ground and fired the weapons. A tour of the rifle range and marking pits was next in order, and the artists experienced the thrill of being under fire. There were no casualties, however.

The demonstrations of hand grenade throwing, trench work and gas drill, at which real gas and honest to goodness masks were used,elicited much applause from the visitors. They were also greatly interested in retreat and guard mount and thoroughly enjoyed messing with the rank and file of the 3d Battalion, 152d Depot Brigade. But, washing their own mess kits after the meal was something else again. After the evening meal the visitors roamed over and inspected the camp and, following visits to the Red Cross, Knights of Columbus, Jewish Board for Welfare Work and Y.M.C.A. huts, where they saw and heard all there was to be seen and heard, participated in a dance at the officers' house.

The Committees on Entertainment appointed by Gen. Bell consisted of Lieut. Col. E.J. Abbott, Major W. Dreyfus, Major C.K. Higgins and Major W. H. Draper.

Among these in the party were Robert Amick, W.T. Benda, Lesile L. Benson, Franklin Booth, R.M. Brinkerhoff, Clare Briggs, W.B. Bishop, Arthur W. Brown, Charles Livingston Bull, B.C. Currier, Prosper Buranelli, Gordon Conway, Mrs. Gordon Conway, Arthur Crisp, Helen Dryden, Thelma Cudlipp, Israel Doskow, Walter H. Dower, Denman Fink, Arthur Edrop, Howard Giles, Albert B. Elliott, Mrs. Albert B. Elliott, George Eugene Giguere, G.W. Harting, Norman Jacobson, Lucius Hitchcock, Mrs. C.C. Melot, John Newton Howitt, William N. Jennings, F.D. Marsh, Mrs. Troy Kinney, Orson Lowell, Louis A McMahon, Gustave E.R. Michelson, H.C. Howe, Joe Mulvaney, Luis Mora, W.E. Rudge, John R. Neill, Clarence Rowe, William Oberhardt, Ethel Plumer, T.D. Skidmore, Matlack Price, Harry R. Rittenberg, Mrs. C.W. Stukey, Lieut. Henry Reuterdahl, W.A. Rogers, Luis Ruyl, F.Strothman, Paul Rochester, John E. Sheridan, Walter A Sinclair, Dan Smith, Paul Stahr, Frank Street, Olga Thomas, Paul Thomas, A, Scott Train, George Van Werveke, John Alonzo Williams, Miss L.B. Winter, Ritta Singer, May Wilson Preston, Porter Woodruff, J. Thomson, D. Willing and George Wright.

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MANY CHANGES IN "Y" STAFF

 

The last of the original Y.M.C.A.camp headquarters staff leaves soon, when William F.Hirsch Camp General Secretary, gives up his work her to go into the office of the Eastern Department, New York. Mr. Hirsch has built the Y.M.C.A. organization here from its earliest beginnings and his departure is regretted by coworkers who appreciate the extent of his influence upon the Red Triangle activities. He is succeeded by Prof. Ralph Cheney, who has been dean of the secretarial faculty of the Y.M.C.A. College at Springfield, Mass., and professor of sociology and Y.M.C.A. history.

Several other changes have recently taken place. Frederick Schultz, camp physical director, leaves to assume charge of the physical department of the Bedford Avenue Y.M.C.A., Brooklyn. His successor is Fred Henkel, lately director of athletics at Fort Myer, near Washington. Ralph W. Walker, camp entertainment director, has entered the Navel Reserve and is succeeded by James Crunert, the "original social secretary" of the hut at Fifth Avenue and Eight Street. Harry Curtis, building secretary of the hut at Second Avenue and Seventh Street, has left to take part in the fall drive for $100,000,000 for Y.M.C.A. work. He will work with the Southern section at Atlanta, Ga. W.B. Anthony succeeds him as building secretary.

 

TSAR NICKY AND CORPORAL SAPAN OF UPTON HAVE HAD DEALINGS

Nick Passed Joe Ten-Ruble Note and Said "Ataboy" or Something.

 

There is one man at Upton with his own definite, well formulated ideas about Russia. He is Corporal Joseph Sapan of the 27th Company, until five years ago a Russian subject. Corporal Joe believes that Nick, the once Czar, was a pretty good sort, and that the Bolsheviki are a gang of Judases and cut-throats. Joe knows something about the Czar. He's never run afoul a Bolshevik, and doesn't care to, although it would be worse for the Bolsh should he cross Joe. For three years this strapping, handsome American soldier was in the Russian Army as a gunner in the 32d Artillery Brigade.

One day the Czar, with a number of other notables, including Gen. Ivanow, Sapan's commander, reviewed the 32d near Kieff. Then was Joe's close up view of royalty obtained. Nick wanted a few pointers on gunnery, and naturally picked out the beat looking and most intelligent man, the future American soldier. Sapan's answers were so concise and clear that nick dropped him a 10-rouble bill. Which is considerable money in Russia, where private soldiers get-or got-7 cents a day. Joe's Captain gave him a thirty day furlough to go home and see his folks.

Of course he's strong for the Czar and thinks it he were still running things the Allies would have Russia as a good, solid partner in the game.

 

CASUALTIES SLIGHT.

 

The 32d Company Depot Brigade Tonsorial Parlor is now open for business. To date the casualties have been slight and the receipts large.

One of the innovations not practiced in any of the ordinary camp barber shops is PAINLESS SHAVING. The victim is bound hand and foot to his chair and his hirsute adornment is then removed with the aid of callpers and tweezers, and finished off with a lawn mower. The operation is guaranteed painless.

The company prices are lower than those of the camp barbers-10 cents for a shave and 20 cents for a haircut.

The barbers are company men.

 

SECOND JEWISH ENTERTAINMENT

Carmel Myers, Moving Picture Star, Also Comes to Camp.

 

The second of the Wednesday evening entertainments-inaugurated by Field Representative of the J.W.B. at Upton was held last week and again several hundred men enjoyed an extraordinary literary and musical programme.

Mrs. S. Rothenberg, well known in musical circles in New York, was the feature of the entertainments. Mme. Rothenberg was in excellent voice and her repertoire of English and Yiddish folk songs brought forth warm applause.

Saul Raskin, who has recently joined the J.W.B. staff, entertained with readings of Yiddish fables

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Carmel Myers, moving picture star, made the acquaintance of 5,000 soldiers here recently, coming down as the guest of Jack Yell, head Jewish worker. She incited huge audiences to riot in the Knights of Columbus auditorium and Red Cross building at the hospital. At the latter she made 'em forget their crutches. She distributed cigarettes, and ten comfort kits to the "ten handsomest men." All three thousand in the house voted themselves handsomest.

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Seventy-five men from here opened the club rooms of the Jewish Welfare Board in Patchouge recently. The Depot Brigade jazz band furnished the music. The club rooms are at the corner of North Ocean Avenue and Main Street, Patchogue, and are open to all men in uniform.

 

CAMERAS BANNED.

 

A request has gone forth from the adjutant General's office that visitors refrain from bringing cameras into camp. Warnings are issued that violations of the order will be dealt with severely.

 

Company A Will Have Its Little Old Song

 

Company A, 1st Development Battalion, is the only company in any development battalion, as far as known, possessing its own privately written, owned and controlled songs. They are due to the so-called "company dopesters" who refuse to divulge their names. But those who guess the names are promised an extra bean at mess. Here are the lilting lyrics in toto:

Tune of "Where Do We Go From Here!"

                        FIRST SPASM.

We have a shack in our back yard.

    And they call it Barrack C.

And when they wake up in the morn

    They have the fighting bee

    To see which one does K.P.

For the balance of the day.

OH BOY! OH JOY! Where did they go from here?

                                                   (Hospital. Spoken.)

                        SECOND FIT.

They're around the camp all day,

      And hide in every nook;

The greatest object of their lives

      Is dodging Sergt. Cook;

And when they see him coming,

You ought to see them run.

OH BOY! OH JOY! Where did they go from here?

                                                    (Detail. Whispered.)

                       THIRD CONVULSION.

On Friday night the line is long.

     And every one is strong.

They come around with telegrams,

     To unravel some sad yarn--

POP HEANEY is the one they see;

He says it cannot be.

OH BOY! OH JOY! Where don't they go from here?

                                                             (Home. Yelled.)

 

NINTH BATTALION ORCHESTRA.

 

Y.M.C.A. Hut No. 34, Fifth Avenue and 14th Street, recently had an orchestral accompaniment for its movie show. The musicians compose Lieut. W.E. Skinners's new Ninth Battalion Orchestra. This hale officer of the 33d Company sent a detail of electricians and carpenters to rig up music stands and lights and the music was of as good quality as the work they did. "The Heart of a Girl," a feature procured by Private E.C. Jensen, was the film attraction. The members of the orchestra are Fritz W. Wagner, director; M.A. Gysel, traps; C. Guggino, drum; S. Guggino, violin; Joseph Di Francisco, cornet; Jospeh Panzica, banjo; F. Di Glantomassa, saxophone; William R. Moseley, violin; R.W. White, violin, and Angelo Zambuto, clarinet.

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Baseball Outfit For 10th BTN. Warehouse.

 

There is joy in the Tenth Battalion warehouse. Ever since the warehouse baseball team was organized it has been playing very creditable ball, but now there will be nothing to keep them from a championship. The reason is a package Private Maurice September recently received-a complete baseball equipment for the team. A. Bugeleiser of Brooklyn, whose kindnesses have even before this taken many substantial forms is the donor.

 

Signal Office Keeping Connections Properly Hooked Up in Cantonment

Lieut. Gladstone's men Repairing Damage Wrought by Deadeyes on Range.

 

The Cantonment Signal Office, in charge of Lt. William E. Gladstone, has been doing valiant work these latter weeks, one of their duties being to keep all wire connections in camp properly up to date. The office has also taken over the plans for installing a new system of telephonic communicating at the range. Such has been the rifle firing points with the marking pits have been all shot to pieces. The signalmen will put in a large cable, laid safely eighteen inches under ground, from which the wires will be led to the firing pits.

In Lt. Gladstone's office are the following hard working gentlemen: Sgt. Chas. Larsen, Cpl. Wm. Harvey, Pvt. Andrew Zoeller and Pvt. Alfred Donofrio, telephone staff; Pvt. Louis Shore, in charge of range telephones: Pvt. E. Bennetts, cantonment pigeon trainer; Sgt. Chas. Rieder, supplies, with Pvt. Earl M. Butts, Cpl. Fred Lobstein and Pvt. Frank Mulhern.

 

STEEL-WIELDING TENOR SINGING A NEW BALLAD.

 

George Rheimherr, tenor extraordinary, who wields sabres and bayonets with the ease and grace of a Brigadier Gerard, is introducing a new song around camp, which goes almost as big as his exhibitions of bayonet prowess. It is a composition by Fay Foster of New York, entitled "The Americans Come," and has an exceedingly strong setting. The story of the strong setting. The story of the song is an old blind Frenchman who, with his young son, sits at the window and hears the tramp of marching feet. The boy runs to see who it is and comes back with a wondrous tale of columns of brows soldiermen following a flag that has white stars in a field of blue. In the song the old man tells his son that is the Americans who come. Rheimherr is able, with his large dramatic power, to exploit the possibilities of the ballad, which are many. The reception given it by soldier audiences is more than cordial.

 

FIFTH BATTALION ENJOYS A HOME TALENT SHOW

 

The quarantined men of the 5th Battalion, 152d Depot Brigade, enjoyed two hours when Sgt. Cohn of the 18th Company entertained with character songs. Levy Carroll and Thomas Caponi with music and dancing, Rudolph Gliessner with some of his own compositions, Emmett D. Boudreau with some fancy buck dancing, and Robert Strauss and Private Braasch with a numbered of popular songs. Following the vaudeville programme, the entire battalion demonstrated their ability to sing a number of up-to-date songs. Private Louis Goldstein of the 34th Company, 9th Battalion, secured for the men a Triangle film entitled. "The Pinch Hitter," with Charles Ray as star.

Lieut. Munger was in charge of the battalion and marched the men to the Y.M. Auditorium.

 

Monument to 308th Becoming Popular

 

The tidy little theatre which stands where the Boulevard meets Fifth Avenue is making very little riotous noise in the camp life these days, and yet every night a crowd of soldiers whose jeans have held the thin dime required for admission enjoy the movie programmes, and the place is growing into a quiet, refined, gentlemanly retreat where some of our best families gather. An officers' balcony is well patronized. Lieut. E. Wunesch, manager of this monument to the enterprise of the 308th Infantry, who built it before embarking for Potsdam, has been offering first-run movies. A typical programme was last week's as follows: Monday-Harry Morey in "The Game With Fate," Charley Chaplin in "The Count" and a Mutual Screen Telegram. Tuesday-Pauline Frederick, "The Resurrection;" Mack Sennett comedy. "The Battle Royal;" Paramount-Bray pictograph. Wednesday-William S. Hart, "The Dawn Maker;" Sennett comedy, "Skidding Hearts;" Keystone comedy, "An Interrupted Honey moon." Thursday-Harry Morey, "The Glory of a Nation;" Vitagraph comedy, "Tramps and Traiters," Friday-William Russell, "The Midnight Trail;" Charlie Chaplin, "The Rink;" Mutual Screen telegram. Saturday-Charles Ray "The Weaker Sex;' Triangle comedy, "The Late Lamented;" Keystone comedy, "A Hero Fall."

Lieut. Wunsch has an able corps of assistants in the persons of Privates Ferraro, Rosello, Nordoni, Fish, Specland, Schen, Spacek, Fitzpatrick, Stocker, Scheff, and Randazza, all of the 152d Depot Brigade.

 

"It's a Boy" and Cornet's All Right

 

Private Sam C. Millers cornet is again working smoothly after a period of temporary insanity, when it simply wouldn't behave. One night while he was playing in Sergt. Dan Caslar's Liberty Theatre orchestra, his hitherto trusted instrument became mutinous and broke out with a series of piercing shrieks that threw the entire ensemble into an abyss of fearful discord. He tried to soothe it, but to no avail. it continued acting like a decrepit chimney during a wind. Finally he decided to bring it back to normal by a series of practices behind the barrack.

Lullabies were chosen as the most quieting form of music. One day while practicing with his mute inserted, Private Miller was handed a serted, Private Miller was handed a telegram by a lad in blue. The message said: "It's a Boy." The cornetist took out the mute and blew a shrill blast, in accordance with the best shrill blast traditions. The cornet worked perfectly. It had simply been suffering from preminition. Mrs. Miller and the little lad are doing wonderfully. Private Miller before becoming a cornetist was a teacher in Public School No. 160, New York.

 

CY, COWBOY, LOSES "44'S," SO HE'S TAKEN UP BOXING WITH BEN

Scars of Mexican Gun Fracas With This Upton Mule Skinner.

 

If there is any more outa luck guy in the length and breadth of the combined U. of S. armies than Cyrus R. Owen let him but lisp the syllables of his name in the Ed's ear and this Tribune of the Soldiers' Rights will set it in 72-point type and run it for two months. Cyrus is in the Constructing Quartermaster Detachment here and is driving hard talls or, rather, reasoning with them sweetly. Cy's a great little reasoner. And it was knowing about mules that cursed "Poncho's" army existence.

For ever since he was a tot of six or so Cy-or "Poncho" as he is better known-has carried a gun, or guns, on his person. He has been a cowpuncher in Mexico and always had from two to five forty-fours at his belt. And he used 'em. His body bears the scars of a wound received in one fracas when a Mexican got him. But Cy took care of that Mexican and a couple more. When war busted he joined the army because he calculated that was where the shooting was going to be concentrated for the next few years, where all the ammunition could be found, and the guns. But when he got with Uncle Sam they took his guns away from him, learned that he could handle mules, and that's what he has been doing ever since. He hasn't had his finger on a trigger since he's been a soldier. How's that for O.L.?

But Cy isn't discouraged and has arranged to take boxing lessons from our own B. Leonard. If he can't get 'em with lead he's going to account for a couple with his bare fists.

 

RICHIE TRANSFERRED ALSO MICKEY DEVINE;

 

Camp Upton loses one of its best mittmen-cantonment lightweight titie holder-by the recent transfer of Richie Ryan, 326th Motor Truck Company. Richie's friends with great regret see him go, as he was widely popular as well as respected for his prowess with the gloves. His final appearance was in a bout with Irving Osbourne, Y physical director at Second Avenue and Seventh Street. It was one of the fastest bouts yet staged in the box crazy hut, with the honors about even at the end of the four rounds of fast, clever boxing mixed with heavy hitting.

Another popular lightweight recently shifted to an Infantry regiment is Mickey Devine, the speedy New England boy, lately of the Sixth Battalion, Depot Brigade. Mickey and Richie both have the satisfaction of knowing they are going overseas soon to get in some wallops at Fritz harder and stiffer than anything they've ever passed across with padded gloves.

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10th Btn. Has Show at Tangiers Club

 

The 10th Battalion, under command of Major Osborne, went on a ten-mile hike to Smith's Point, where they were stationed until Monday. The hike to and from was made in very good time and all the boys appreciated the vacation. They also enjoyed the swimming and other sports.

At Tangiers Club a battalion show was held under the direction of Private Louis Nilve. The guest of honor was Major Osborne, who attended with his staff and other officers of the battalion, as well as a number of guests. The show was held on the porch. The opening number was "The Star Spangled Banner."

The following privates helped make the evening a success that it was: Jerry Nolan, dancer; the Dizzy Four, James Foley, Armand De Caesar. The hit of the evening was Cronin, McNeal and Bolton, the camp favorites, who were encored about ten times. Private Mark Buckley played the piano. Private Louis Nilve also entertained with monologues and songs.

Major Osborne spoke and commended the fine spirit of the boys and their gentlemanly conduct. He thanked them for the performance. Mr. Allan of the club, members of the Knights of Columbus and the Jewish Welfare league and the Y.M.C.A. all joined and helped make it cheerful for all.

 

11TH COMPANY HAS SERGEANT PROMOTIONS

 

Among the promotions in the 11th Company are those of Louis Spitzer to First Sergeant. He knows the regulations backward and likes to confound the rookies with the weight of his logic.

Corpl. Carl Kammerer, whose home is within earshot of the mighty Niagara, has been made Sergeant. Everybody rejoices forthwith, for here's a lad with a sunny smile for all, rain or shine.

The motion picture star, Williams, of the Vitagraph Company (no, NOT EARL) is also a Sergeant. The boys like him because of his company Sundays.

The Veteran Trio, known once as the Rookie Quartet, is now composed of First Class Privates Buddy Clarke, Reilly and Synder. We always knew that there was something first class about them. They have made the song, "Kaiser Bill's a Bum," famous, and they are now introducing "Swat the Spy" and "Biff, Bang, Bing 'Em on the Rhine."

Corpl. Brown has become quite an English instructor and rather enjoys inculcating general orders into the fledgellings, and inculcating them with words of wisdom.

"Smiling Sylvester," alias Bundock, has been elevated to the rank of Supply Sergeant.

 

These Lads Deserve Fighting 5th Title

 

Fighting 5th is a very euphonious (get that!) nickname. And the boys of the 5th Company, Depot Brigade, are earning the title. Under the command of Capt. H.P. Shurtleff, a Harvard man and a thorough sportsman, they are becoming boxing "nuts" every one of them. They are all the best of friends during the day, but after the evening mess, when the gloves are thrown into the ring, friendship ceases. Sergt. W.L. Peters, an old army "top" supervises the boxing exhibition. Some of the pairs always good for an interesting go are Jack Frost and Henry Meyers, in the 116-pound class; Frank Walker and Jack Rosenstein, in the 130 class, and Tony Grandetti and Arthur Kassan. Tony and Arthur are the David and Jonathan of the outfit most of the day, but when they face each other in the ring everything goes. In a recent bout they went nip and tuck for a couple of rounds, with matters as even as a pair of twins. Grandetti finally landed a crashing left hook and Kassan went down. It was a terrible wallop, but he struggled to get up. Sergt. Peters stopped him. "That;s all right; you're game, all right, we know that-but save it. "You'll get another crack."

All the 5th lads are stronger for that other wallop stuff. They'll take on any company in the cantonment and fight any rules.

 

BOYS HERE PREFER WATCHING A SCRAP TO VIEWING OTHER FORMS OF CONTEST

Boxing Drew Largest Crowds-Company Street Games First in Number Taking Part.

 

That the soldiery quartered hero during the month of June preferred watching a real fight to viewing any other form of athletics is indicated by the report for that month of Frederick Schultz, Y.M.C.A. Camp Physical Director. The report covers the athletics supervised by the Hut athletic directors and the large contests conducted under the supervision of the camp director. Boxing leads with the number of spectators. There were 52,000 men present as witnesses of the 275 formal and 1,550 informal glove-mingling meetings. The second place for number of spectators is held by the stunt nights in the huts, with a total of 29,000. Fencing is third with 3,500.

                                                           Baseball Is Second.

Baseball, the avowed great American sport, doesn't take priority over every sport in the number of men taking part, but is a good second. There were 16,770 soldiers and near-soldiers who informally tossed the spherold about-to use the sport writer's classicism-and 1,055 others participated in formal arguments between the regulation teams of nine men each. The first place is held by company street games, with 18,197 participants informal, and 113 formal. Jiu jitsu is third, with 9,739, which augurs ill for Hudom when the lads recently trained here get within striking distance of the Teutonic throat.

                                                          Altogether 107,000 Looked On.

The summary of other games is as follows: Basketball, fifty-six informal games with 1,317 participants; football, one formal game with twenty-two taking part; indoor baseball, 299 informal games with 3,233 participants; soccer, 255 informal games with 2,867 participants tug of war, twelve formal game with 615 participants; volley ball, 100 informal games with 1,000 participants. The totals are as follows: 765 formal games played; 2,640 informal games played; 12,732 formal participants in sports; 75,871 informal participants, and 107,000 spectators.

 

 


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