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Jan 14, 1919

 January 14, 1919

 

 Furloughs Go Round Of Personnel Office

Serg't L.C. Kellogg

Personal Detachment Representative

 

Hardly a week passes that does not find several members of the Personnel Adjutant's Detachment enjoying furloughs. The exceptional weather, which has prevailed recently, has proved a great stimulus to the many requests which have been handed in for leaves of absence. Many of the homes are considerable distance and this has been the first opportunity to visit them since the holidays.

Serg't Walter Collins, of the Discharge Station, is enjoying a short furlough. While in the Big City the sergeant paid several visits to the New York Times, where he was formerly a member of the staff.

Serg't Irving Epstein is visiting his people in his home town, Providence, R.I.

Serg't Maj. Bernstein has returned from a ten days' furlough.

Corp'l French, Pvts. Letzer, Kantrowitz, and Buckel, well-known members of the detachment, but better known as the "Service Four" are bemoaning the fact that they have been assigned to different departments in the Personal Office. Not withstanding this the men get together for eats at the Visitors' House from time to time to talk over their trials and happenings of the day.

 

Morale Orchestra Is Keeping Busy

 

The Camp Morale Orchestra, under the direction of Band Leader Henry Smith, is playing almost every night in the week at various soldiers’ entertainments. Last Tuesday the orchestra was booked for four engagements but could only one, of course, and places clamoring for its services. The playing is done at the Hostess Houses Base Hospital, Convalescent Group, Officers' Club, Yaphank and organization dances.

The principal difficulty encountered by Leader Smith has been the frequent discharge of his musicians. As soon as a man joins the orchestra, his discharge paper invariably come through so that the personnel is constantly changing.

 

Heavy Casualties Among the Taximen

 

The number of licensed taxi drivers in camp has been reduced from 260 to 140 because of the failure of chauffeurs to pay their fees. The list of those who forfeited their right to drive in camp was given to the Military Police by Lieut. Moore, the Camp Service Officer, who intends to see that the existing regulations in regard to motor vehicles and drivers will be strictly adhered to.

Starting last Saturday, the increase of forty per cent. for taxicab fares between camp and outside points after 1 o'clock in the morning was made illegal. The rates are now the same at all hours. Between camp and Patchogue the one-way fare is 75 cents: between camp and Center Moriches, Yaphank or Manorville, 50 cents and between camp and Bellport 60 cents.

 

O.M. Increasing Civilian Labor

 

The replacement of soldiers in the quartermaster detachment by civilians has been widespread until at present there are employed 150 clerks, 120 laborers, and in addition to the 181 men in the salvage section. Major H.W. Smith, sub-depot quartermaster here, from the signing of the armistice has endeavored to give his men in his detachment desiring discharge every opportunity if the claims are valid. He accordingly introduced civilians to take their places with the result that now there are a very few men left in the original Q.M. detachment.

Civilian clerks are employed in the finance, subsistence, transportation and supply divisions. They receive salaries from $75 to $133.33 per month and are provided quarters and rations free, drawing their subsistence as would any regularly organized military company. The laborers work in the warehouses and the coffee plant. Their wage is $3.75 a day. They pay $4.21 a week for board and are quartered free. In addition, Captain W.S. Bouton has the 181 civilians in his salvage section, working in the shoe repair and tailor shops, the garage plant, the incinerator and the camp laundry. The laborers are paid every week and the clerks every two weeks. Major Smith receives the aid and co-operation of the depot quartermaster in New York in getting men. Lieut. A.R. Barney has charge of civilian labor, assisted by Sergeant L. Grover NyKerk.

 

92 Lads Have Real Patriotic Twist To All Their Names

 

"George Washington Smith wants to change an O.D. coat for one three sizes larger," sang out Supply Serf't William H. Goelich, of the Fifteenth Company, the other day. He was in front of a small mountain of clothing to be salvaged-clothing turned in by 500 colored soldiers from the 92nd Division then in the Fifteenth awaiting, transfer to Southern camps.

"But didn't we just issue him a small coat in exchange for a large one?" demanded Serg't William Singleton, plowing through a row of smiling 368th Infantry boys packed about sixteen abreast.

"No, no," said Goelich, "that was Thomas Jefferson Smith. You have the wrong clothing slip."

An then Singleton, assisted by Corp'l Williams Voigt and Corp'l John P. Magnusson, who complete the personnel of the Supply Sergeant's staff, discovered that there was also a John Quincy Adams Smith who had exchanged an O.D. coat. It was some tangle!

"Ah'll tell you' what," spoke up a colored lad way in the back. "Sarge, yo' can surley straighten out dem clothing slips if yo' go get an American history to help yo'. Dese boys am all patriots!"

 

WORK FOR WATCHMAKERS

 

Watch makers about to be discharged from the service wil do well to couple themselves with Henry Paulson Co., 37 South Wabash Avenue. Chicago, who offer well-paying positions immediately to watchmakers who have been in service.

 

Major Heaney To Marshall Parade

 

Maj. J.J. Heaney, Camp Provost Marshal, has been chosen by the St. Patrick's Parade Committee of New York to act as marshal of the military section of the big parade. Gen. Nicholson has concurred with the committee's appointment by notifying the Provost Marshal that he will be given a two day leave in order to take care of the duties. Capt. Cecil Hooke, of the quartermaster corps, was selected as assistant to the Major in marshalling the soldiers who will appear.

Nothing has yet been announced as to the participation of Upton soldiers and there will probably be no formal delegation from here. Soldiers, however, who wish to march will in all probability be granted passes to the city. All the camps in the vicinity of Long Island will come under Maj. Heaney's marshalship.

 

THOUSANDS HEAR TALKS HERE ON SOCIAL HYGIENE

 

The necessity for social hygiene has been brought forcibly to the attention of thousands of soldiers passing through Camp Upton by means of an educational campaign conducted by the Camp Surgeon's office.

Lectures have been given at the Liberty Theatre, the Y Auditorium and many of the Y.M.C.A. huts by Dr. Gibbs, of the New York office of the Army Social Hygiene Division. Commission on Training Camp Activities. His talks are illustrated by movies and stereopticon slides made especially for this work. Thousands of pamphlets prepared by the Surgeon General's office are distributed after each address.

With hardly any exceptions, the men of the 92d and 93d Divisions, who have been in Camp pending their transfer or discharge, have attended the lectures.

 

General Arranges Leave for Medical Detachment

 

In order that members of the medical detachment at the Base Hospital may have the leaves over the week end which, in some measure, have had to be denied them because of the urgent press of work there. General Nicholson has arranged for a detachment of mend from the 42nd Infantry to report at the hospital each week end. They will relieve men of the medical unit and enable a certain number to go to New York on pass.

 

CHANGES IN HIGH COMMAND

 

A number of changes have occurred recently in commands at Upton. Col. Osmun Latrobe has relinquished the command of the 42nd Infantry and is succeeded by Col. James R. Linday, lately commander of Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico. Col. John O'Shea, head of the 152nd Depot Brigade, has been transferred and Brig. Gen. George H. Estes ordered to his command. Gen. Estes has until recently been the commander of Camp Travis, Texas.

 

HENCE TRENCH AND CAMP

 

Trench and Camp is taking an unfair advantage of its readers by so doing, but with this sketch is begun a series revealing the authors of the Weekly Blurb. The "Pichers" were made right in the office by what is called The Art Staff. Picked shock troops make up this Camouflage Unit of T. and C.

Today's subject is Linday McKenna, T.N.T., J.W.B., S.C.D. and S.O.L. If it weren't for "Mac," Camp Upton simply could not be, which is not jest. During the period of Trench and Camp's Elephant Edition "Mac" was business manager. As a money-changer he is unsurpassed. At present he changes more dollar bills than any living Yaphanker, as manager of the Buffalo Theatre. He is the Silent Influence on Trench and Camp, the Power which stands Out There in the Shadows. Note the insignia. Mr. McKenna wears more decorations than an Admiral in the Peruvian Navy and is compiling a "Guide Book, Explaining My Markings."

 

THE Y.M.C.A. GIRL

 

Here's to the "Girl in Blue,"

With her smile so cheery,

And welcome so true.

The Camp is less dreary

And Home is brought closer,

With each sweetly spoken "Yes, Sir," or "No, Sir."

 

Without this treat,

No Hut's complete;

For books and games

Have failing claims.

E'en a jolly sing, a rousing talk or sweetest music.

Fail to bring as cheering a thought to the homesick.

 

So we'd enthrone our "Girl in Blue,"

As knights of old were wont to do,

And filing by Her in the Y

Are fain to sigh for days gone by,

When 'twas thought a duty to worship beauty.

For now we'd bow to Beauty gracing the Path of Duty.

 

                                                             A SOLDIER

 

Twenty-four Hours After Arriving In U.S. These Boys Begin Jazz

 

"A Night in Jazz-Town" was staged in the Y Auditorium recently by C.B. Phetteplace, the Camp Physical Director of the Y.M.C.A. He put on a program of really "big time" vaudeville acts given entirely by colored talent. Some of the boys were just back from France and had been in camp less than twenty-four hours.

The jazz band from the 366th Infantry, led by Serg't John L. Grinnell, opened the party with the jazziest kind of jazz. By the time its selections were finished, the Auditorium was packed even to standing room. It was estimated that there were 3,500 in the big hall and they voiced enthusiastic approval throughout the show.

The sextet of Battery C, 350th F.A., which has been singing three or four nights a week since December, 1917, and is to make three records for the Victrola people, gave several songs. Otto Doran, Chester Joynes, William Wale, William J. Brown, Matthew D. Graham and Alfred Jones were the boys who made the harmony.

They were followed by a clog-dancing act. U.S. Thompson, of the Hq. Co., 366th Inf., better known as the "Slow Kid," brought the house down with his exceptionally clever dancing. He ended with a "machine gun clog" that was wonderful. Jeffries B. Draper, of the 350th F.A., contributed to the success of the act.

William D. Robbins sang bass solos in excellent voice. O. Robinson, of the 365th Infantry, gave some old time melodies very sweetly to the accompaniment of a harp-guitar.

A quartette from Co. M, 366th Inf., was next heard in some catchy harmony. Tha antics of the bass gave a comedy touch that caused much laughter. W.J. Black, better known as "J.J.," told funny stories.

The big hit of the evening was made by Mirdell Thompson, known as "Young Bert Williams." His fun making with a very clever line of comedy sent the audience into hysterics.

The jazz band brought the program to a conclusion, the leader doing a clog dance and tumbling stunt while he wielded the baton.

 

BUFFALO TO SHOW 20 CHAPLIN FILMS AND 24 SENNETTS

 

Moving pictures of Charlie Chaplin are now is such demand that the leading moving picture houses in New York City are paying big prices for "re-issues" of the old Chaplins. The Rialto and Rivoli Theatres just finished playing "A Night in the Show," which is no doubt the funniest picture Chaplin ever appeared in, and the Marcus Loew houses quickly got into line with the same picture, advertising it extensively.

"A Night inthe Show" will be shown here at the Buffalo Theatre on the evenings of Monday and Tuesday next, March 24 and 25, with the fox feature, "Pursuing Vengeance" to complete the bill. " A Night in the Show" is the most expensive short picture the Buffalo has played since "Shoulder Arms."

Soon after, three other famous Chaplins will be shown at the Buffalo- "Shanghaied," "The Bank" and "Police." In addition to these the Buffalo has booked twenty one and two-reel Chaplin re-issues and twenty-four Mack Sennett-Keystone comedies, some of them featuring Chaplin before he became a famous star.

On the two evenings "A Night in the Show" is shown at the Buffalo three shows will be given, beginning at 6 o'clock.

 

"Miss Smiles," Late of Front, Speaks Here

 

The lady who smiled her way past guards and M.P.'s all along the front line and went flivvering over shelled roads and into country dangerously under fire has been smiling her way into the affections of hundreds of soldiers quartered here. She wears the overseas uniform of a Y worker, with two gold chevrons on the left sleeve. When "Miss Smiles" went abroad from Kentucky in the Y.M.C.A. service she was Miss Elizabeth Perks. Captian T. H. Hutchinson, of the Canadian Second Division, met her, however, and vowed that she should not return to America with the name she took to France. She is Mrs. Elizabeth Perks Hutchinson, therefore, wife of Captain "Tommy Herby" Hutchinson, Member of the British Order and twice cited for distinguished conduct. He has been in France two years and a half and is returning in April to rejoin his bride.

Mrs. Hutchinson was one of the few women who got near the front. She worked with British Tommies, with the "Ozzies" from the little country of the Rising Sun, and finally with Yanks. She was one of the first women also to work in the leave areas of France, being stationed at Aix le Bains. Mrs. Hutchinson was under barrage fire, was in machine gun-swept territory, worked with the wounded, helped bury the dead, helped returned French refugees and generally "carried on," during the war.

 

DAN BEDDOE SIGNS HERE

 

Dan Beddoe won the hearts of Upton's music lovers with a number of fine old Irish melodies at a recent concert in the Y Auditorium. The famous tenor was called upon for frequent encores.

Violet and Mayflower Beasey, of San Francisco, known as the "Gypsy violinists," aroused much enthusiasm by their novel interchangeable duet program of violin, piano and vocal music. Alice Mertens, contralto, and Miles Bracewell, bass, were heard in solo numbers.

The concert was the fifth given in camp by artists brought here by Richard F. Percy, the organist of the Marble Collegiate Church. At the next concert he hopes to have David Bispham.

 

Good Concert By 366th

 

A concert by the 366th Infantry Band was given in the Y Auditorium recently with an interesting vaudeville show of acts by colored soldiers. The band played a march. "Washington Grays," the "Poet and Peasant" overture, the "Kansas City Blues," the "Livery Stable Blues" and other numbers. Buck dancing by the "Slow Kid" in a rapid-fire act entitled the "Argonne Barrage" was the feature of the vaudeville. There was good siging by a quartette, a display of magic and other features.

 

Wonders of X-Ray Revealed By Work At Base Hospital

 

The almost miraculous aid given surgery and medicine by the X-Ray in nowhere better illustrated than at the Base Hospital, where as many as ninety-two X-ray examinations have been made in one day.

Suppose it is necessary to remove a piece of shrapnel from a man's body. Not only will the roentgenogram (or X-ray plate) show the precise appearance and locations of the foreign object, but an exceedingly delicate apparatus will mark with indelible ink on his skin the spot beneath which lies, and it is than possible to measure to fraction of a centimeter how far beneath the surface it is lodged. This is noted in the report and the surgeon therefore knows exactly where to operate. Even in so difficult a case as an eye injury it is possible, by means of a special apparatus, to locate the smallest speck of a foreign body, almost to a hair's breadth.

Equally marvelous is another apparatus that by use of a trigger shoots one x-ray plate after another in such a way as to permit the taking of stereoscopic views. These plates are placed in a specially constructed viewing case that operates like a stereoscope. In this way, depth as well as width is shown; it is just as if the chest were made transparent.

Wonders can be done even without the use of plates. There is a fluoroscopic machine is a dark room that permits Capt. Henry J. Walton and Lieut. Waller, who are in charge of the X-ray department, to look through their patients, literally look through them.

Much of the actual work of operating the intricate and costly apparatus is done by Serg't Alfred Fitzmaurice and Serg't Hugh J. Clarke. The X-ray transformer, which produces from 50,000 to 60,000 volts, is controlled by a timing device like a gigantic camera shutter. The plates vary in size from 5x7 inches to 14x17 inches. Exposures range from instantaneous to 8 seconds, according to the thickness and denseness of the part examined. A portable machine permits the raying of those patients who cannot be moved from their beds; it is used mainly for examine the chests of pneumonia cases.

The X-ray rooms are sheathed with lead and the operators wear heavily landed glove and aprons to prevent burns. A large dark room and endless filing cabinets filled with exposed plates complete the equipment of this most remarkable department of the Base Hospital.

 

Col. Abbott To New York

 

Liuet. Col. James E. Abbott, who has been attached as an officer of this camp for some months and during the past few months has been Camp Athletic Officer, left last week for a command in New York. He becomes the District Military Inspector for the Second Military District, comprising New York and New Jersey and has supervision over the R.O. T.C. and other activities.

 

Policy of Officers' School Is Outlined

 

Camp Upton officers who have put in for the regular service will be interested in the recent opening at Camp Lee, Va., of the school for regular army officers at which Col. Harry A. Eaton, commandant of the new institution, outlined its polices. "The policy of this school," said Col. Eaton, "is to offer the things which you ought to have. We are gathering the most competent instructors we can find and bringing them here. We are trying to systematize our work so that we can give you the vest best that the army has. It is ope for you- take it or not, just as you please. We are trying to do away entirely with the parental attitude, with driving, with cramming things down your throats or into your minds, but offer you a chance to do the work. Whether or not you take advantage of it depends entirely upon yourselves. When it is over I think you will find it has been more satisfactory than any other system we could have adopted."

Student officers from all over the country are arriving daily at the new camp. It is expected that in a short time upward of three thousand will be among those aiming at regular army commissions.

 

CIVILIANS NOW RUN CAMP'S PRINT SHOP

 

The Camp Printing Office, which has turned out hundreds of thousands of forms, special orders and demobilization blanks since it was started in October, 1917, ceased to be run by soldiers last week when the last six enlisted men on the force were discharged. Pvt. Wilson Glover remains as civilian foreman of the shop, which hereafter will employ civilians.

At one time the office ran on three shifts with eighteen men. It now handles between twenty and twenty-five jobs a week, most of them from Camp Headquarters or the Personnel Adjutant's office. When demobilization blanks from Washington run short, the printing office gets a rush order that no discharge will be held up for lack of forms.

The men discharged last week were Corp'ls Stanley E. Seddon and Charles Decker and Pvts. William Yost, Earl Miller, Rudolph Perie and Wilson Glover. The first civilians to come in were Harry Levy and Harry Nickolaus, ex-soldiers, and Ed Futterer.

 

DISCHARGE EXAMING BOARD

Trench and Camp Representative,

              Serg't Max Jacobs

 

Little has been heard of what is really a very important organization in camp, the Discharge Examining Board, where every man mustered out of service in this camp is physically examined. This board is in charge of Capt. W.F. Schmaltz, who has under his direction 55 medical officers and 90 enlisted men. Capt. Schmaltz has a staff of 6 non-commissioned officers: Sgt. 1st. Cl. Harry J. Persononi, Sgt. Max Jacobs, Sgt. Harry Ross, Sgt. Calvin K. Thomas, Sgt. Rudolph A Ochl and Sgt. Jack Sternberg.

Lieut. W.D. Stroud has been appointed Athletic Officer for this board and promises to bring out some good talent among the boys. Arrangements are now being made to form a crack baseball team for the coming season.

Abe Barenson, the only commissioned Private whose specialty is saluting out of order, is bewailing the fact that his discharge has been turned down. The only pleasure left to Abe is that he gets a free ride home weekends on Schultz's bread wagon.

Sgt. Calvin K. Thomas wishes to thank the kind ladies at the Hostess House for the hospitality shown him and wishes to say that he looks forward to the evenings when he makes his quick change to overseas cap, hikers and spiral leggins and is ready to appear before them as the hero of No-Ones's Land.

Pvt. William E. Kay, who has long been recognized by his pals of the D. E.B. as William S. Hart's only rival, wish this opportunity of expressing modestly his belief that he deserves all the credit given him by his friends.

 

No Marine Scenery for Him

 

Some of the colored soldiers now in camp had rough weather coming over and on one boat in particular about everyone was seasick. One buddie wasn't. One day he rushed in from deck and yelled:

"Hey deah, you Mose! Come on out heah! We's passin' a ship."

Mose wasn't in any condition to move and whispered weakly back:

"Boy, doan you call me until we's passin' a tree."

 

 

 

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