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May 6, 1919, Vol. 2, No. 31

 

“Take A Victory Bond As Bonus,” Is Slogan

            “Take a Victory Bond As a Bonus” is the slogan of the Victory Loan campaign in camps.

            The thousands of men about to be discharged from the service in the great demobilization machines are being urged in a brisk and systematic canvas to use $50 of their $60 bonus for the Purchase of a Liberty Bond.  No effort is made, however, to persuade any soldier to take a bond unless he is sure he can afford to do so.

            Captain G. A. Rau, the Assistant Camp Morale Officer, was appointed the Victory Loan Officer of Upton and an officer was named in every organization and each battalion of the Depot Brigade to cooperate with him.

            “We wish to make it particularly clear, “said Captain Rau, "that while we wish every man to take a bond if he is able to, we do not want a soldier to embarrass himself financially by doing it. That would be poor policy both from his own and the Government’s standpoint. If, however, a discharged soldier is going to a good position, he can afford to use his bonus for a bond and it will be a profitable investment.”

            The Q. M. C., Capt. Rau added, has requisitioned $500,000 worth of bonds to have on hand for soldiers who wish to use their bonus in this way.

 

Sends “war” garden seeds

            Congressman Frederick C. Hicks, Representative in Congress from this district, generously sent a quantity of vegetable seeds to be used in the war gardens projected by the convalescent men at the Base Hospital. It is hoped that an interest in gardening may be aroused among the convalescents, and that their work in the garden will be a means of restoring them to health. The work will be under the supervision of the Reconstruction Department.

 

A practical pessimist

            A buck private in the “chow house” continue to eat serenely after all of the rest of the company had had their fill. After ten minutes had passed the cook said disgustedly:

            “There's going to be another meal at five o'clock, you know.”

            “That's what I thought once before our house burnt down,” said the heavy eater. “I ain’t taking any more chances.” —Judge.

 

MAIL HERE FOR 77TH

            Mail is already piling up for the members of the Metropolitan Division. It is evidently being sent by relatives and friends who wish to make doubly sure that the boys are given a royal welcome when they reach camp. The letters are being held at the Personnel Office and will be distributed as soon as the units arrive.

 

“Finis La Guerre” For 77th Argonne Conquerors In Camp Where They Were Sent As Recruits

            They're Home Again!

            And those three words are three open windows. Through them may be visions of the early September days of 1917 when drafted recruits from New York came timidly to Old Mother Upton; the days of training here; the nights when marching feet re-echoed on the camp streets as the 77th division passed to the Big Test; the weeks of Trial by Fire on the fields of France and, finally, the Homecoming.

            “Coming Home” for the fighting men of the liberty division means returning to the dusty training ground where was first installed the spirit that rose to immortal heights at the Argonne.

            Trench and Camp greets the returning Metropolitan division with just a bit of a catch at the throat.

            These war-tested veterans with the twin gold stripes on the left sleeve, many of them with a chevron of the same royal color on the right arm, are distinctively Our Boys. It is like reading alumni coming back to the Alma Mater, to welcome Uptonites who gave this camp its reputation at its glory.

            Trench and Camp says weekly what is felt by the entire Yaphank sector and by every New Yorker –Welcome Seventy-seventh, and Well Done!

            Camp Upton has been synonymous with Seventy-seventh ever since the first drafted man set foot on this portion of Long Island wilderness. The men who trained here as a division have been absent for over a year, yet their influence has been a rock-bedded deposit in the life of the camp and will always be here—after the Liberty fighters have returned to the pursuit of peace.

            Camp Upton is the Seventy-seventh’s birthplace. It will always be hallowed as such.

            And as the division returns, on the last kilometer of the journey from New York to France and return, the Camp remembers with head bowed those of the outfits who were left in France. It is their a sacrifice to which their buddies point as the one to be remembered and revered and Camp Upton pays its silent tribute to the division’s heroes.

            Since the Seventy-seventh left, the Camp has the lat only of the day when the men would return.

            They're here.

            Their stay Will not be longer than is necessary to demobilize. So effectively has the camp’s machinery for muster-out operated in the past that it is sure the time will not induce impatience. Major Nicholls, camp personnel officer, has promised that the last man in the organization will be out within ten days of arrival.

            The demobilizing process is not a simple one and involves a tremendous amount of paper work which is aimed to safeguard the interests of the soldier as well as the government. Lectures must be attended by every man, equipment turned in, with the exception of what each man is allowed to keep allowed to keep, and the various examinations under gone, the first of which is the physical one.

            But while the division is here – the camp belongs to it. It was theirs, months ago. They are merely coming back into their own.

 

21 Upton P. O. Clerks Joined Army Or Navy

            Twenty-one employees of the Upton branch of the Brooklyn Post Office have entered the military or naval service at various times. This remarkable patriotic showing of the postal Clerks was revealed the other day when Assistant Superintendent John J. Dowd looked over the records to see just how many service stars the branch was entitled to.

            “Considering that we have here altogether at the present time only twenty-seven clerks,” said Mr. Dowd. “ I think our men did pretty well. Probably the military atmosphere in which they worked had something to do with it.”

            The list, as compiled at the Post Office, is as follows: Edward Anderson, Blush, Bloom, Byrne, Phil Diamond, Walter Fleeson, Francis Haynes, Herskowitz, John Hartnett, Charles Klein, S. Litowlitz, Nat Rubenstein, Robert Ryan, Martin I Spencer, L. Sorin, Samilowitz, Abraham Spector, Schlosser, Abe Taub, John Weissberg and Fred Wallace.

 

Why Work On A Farm

            Who wants to work on a farm when there is so much more fun to be had in the city? Is it the boob?

            Or is it, by any chance, the levelheaded chap who sees just a little bit further than his nose?

            What do you get in the country, anyhow, except hives, warts and sunburns? Well, they do say that now-a-days every farmer worth his salt has a flivver at least.

            And he has a telephone and a piano and a graphophone. Won't be long before he has a private movie.

            And he takes the catalogs of the big mail-order houses to bed with him every night. And he has money to buy the things that strike his fancy in them. He has money in the bank.

            Doesn't give any of it to the doctors. Doesn't need to.

            And gee whiz, he looks good in uniform when straight shoulders and straight back and straight eyes came into their own.

            Lots of fun, too, fishing in the old mill pond. Leaves less dust in your eyes then the bleachers at the ball game.

            Time to read at night. Cultivate your intellect, go to Congress n’everything. Funny how the politicians think a lot of farmers.

            And The way city folks come out to get some real food once in a while – strawberries fresh from the vine, cherries, watermelon, turkey; oh Boy! Makes the city seem pretty stale and frowsy when the Spring days come. Who wants to be bending over a desk or working in a shop when he could be plowing on the side of a hill with the peach and apple trees in bloom, the bees buzzing and the good old son shining down.

            City looks good sometimes. Pretty girls, movies, bright lights. Where's a get you? Chum borro money, doesn't pay it back. Girl goes off with fellow with better job. Takes all you make to buy decent clothes, wear white collars, put up a false front. Never feel quite right. Times when you would give anything to be away from it all.

            Back to the farm, Boys! Let's go!

 

TO THE DISABLED SOLDIER IN HOSPITALS OF ARMY

            As a disabled soldier or you should remember always that the Surgeon General’s Office and all its employees and the Federal Board of Vocational Education and all its employees are mutually interested in your welfare solely. They have arranged a definite plan of cooperation to help you in every possible way. You cannot afford to leave the hospital until the medical officers have done everything that they can for you to restore you to physical health and strength. Any other course will interfere with your vocational success later. Furthermore, you should be by all means take advantage of the educational opportunities which the hospital has provided for you.

            While you are making up your mind what line of work you want to follow you should take advantage of the opportunities to try yourself out in the different lines of activities which are provided at the hospital. When once you have made up your mind as to the employment you want to enter or the kind of training you want the Federal Board to give you after you leave the hospital, you should ask the vocational officers at the hospital to provide for you the kind of training which will advance you in the direction of the occupation you expect to follow or for which do you expect to be trained after you leave the hospital.  You will find the educational officers at the hospital eager to render the service for you, and you should consult them early and your hospital career.

 

 

War Risk Insurance Head Urges All Soldiers To Hold Policies

            “Government Life Insurance is a reward for service.” Col. Henry D. Lindsley, Director of the Bureau of War Risk Insurance, himself a soldier with the overseas force and the wearer of the Distinguished Service Cross, makes the statement in urging all soldiers to maintain their insurance and take advantage of the reward their government offers them for their service.

            Col. Lindsley’s statement to soldiers is as follows:

            “Government Life insurance is a reward for service. Because the men of America have answered their country's call and have done the bidding of their government in wartime, the nation expresses its gratitude by providing permanent insurance protection for the men who have served. Government insurance is provided at liberal rates. Overhead charges are borne by the Government which enables an attractive rate to be made.

            “The United States government is staying in the insurance business for the men who have been in the service. All men who serve during the war with Germany are given the opportunity to maintain the insurance protection afforded them by the government during their service, and the privilege of Government Insurance is limited to men who have been in the service.

            “Secretary of the Treasury Glass has approved the plan for converting war term insurance into permanent Government life insurance, and the Bureau of War Risk Insurance is now arranging for this conversion. All men who hold war term insurance are privileged to convert this insurance, which exists only for the war period and five years afterward, into one of six standard forms of life insurance policy. To avail themselves of this privilege, men War term insurance should keep up their payments after discharge and convert to permanent Government Insurance when practicable, sending their monthly premiums to the Disbursing Clerk, Bureau of War Risk Insurance, Washington, DC.

            The date for conversion from war term insurance to Government Life Insurance has not yet been set but conversion will start in the near future. In order to convert insurance a man must continue his term insurance in force. No medical examination will be required at the time of the conversion. The only requirement is that the insured has kept up his term insurance premium payments.

            The insurance will be issued at the nearest attained age of the insured at the time of making application for the conversion. And no case does the converted insurance take affect until approved by the Bureau of War Risk Insurance and the first premium on the converted insurance paid.

            The Insurance will take affect on the first of the month succeeding in the month in which the application is made, provided the premium on the term insurance payable on the first of the current month has been paid. If the premium on the term insurance payable on the first of the month in which application is made has not been paid, then the converted insurance will take affect on the first day of the current month, provided the premium for the converted insurance for the month is paid. All the converted insurance will date from the first of the month rather than from scattered dates throughout the month.

 

G. L. Moore, Editor, Leaves Camp Upton

            George L. Moore, editor of the Camp Upton edition of Trench and Camp since it was first published in September, 1917, left camp last week carrying with him the best wishes of his associates and of hundreds of friends among the officers, enlisted personnel and welfare workers of Upton. Hey is able literacy and executive ability, which made this edition long the leading camp paper of the country, and the even more rare sincerity, discretion, helpfulness and genuine kindness he constantly displayed in all his relationships will be a distinct loss not alone to Trenton camp but to all camp Upton.

            It is doubtful whether any man had more personal friends here than Mr. Moore and he was equally in the Seventy-seventh division. He saw raw material of the division arrive as drafted civilians from New York and described with vivid pen every step in their transformation into the fighting machine that was later to sweep the Argonne.

            A New York newspaperman, Mr. Moore came to Upton for the purpose of establishing Trench and Camp here. The first number appeared on September 25, 1917. Under his able directions in the paper became the official organ of the Seventy-seventh Division. Incidentally, it has not missed an issue since and has survived three other camp papers of a commercial nature. Until the beginning of this year, it was published through the courtesy of the New York World and for many months last summer and fall it appeared as a full 8-column and 8 page newspaper with the staff of thirty contributing editors. 

            Mr. Moore sought out a notable group of assistants, including such cartoonist as Jack Callahan, Milt Gross, Syd Hydeman, Michael Lemmermeyer, William J Bell and Dick Loscalzo and equally well-known writers, among whom was Lt. Arthur McKeough, who has since Britain one of the histories of the Seventy-seventh.

            As editor of this paper and representative of several New York newspapers, Mr. Moore came in close contact with and enjoyed the highest personal confidence of General Bell, General Nicholson and other camp commanders.

            Mr. Moore began his writing career before he left college by contributing to various magazines and papers. Upon graduation, he went into newspaper work and had a county daily of his own in Ohio. He did postgraduate work at Union Seminary and Columbia University and has continued to contribute to various publications and to write occasional short stories.

            It had been his desire to remain with Trench and Camp to the end and he was especially anxious to see the return of the Seventy-seventh to its “home” camp, but it could not be arranged. His plans have not quite crystallized and his new line of work cannot therefore be announced until after his return to New York from a visit to his home in Ohio.

            The appreciation generally follows for Mr. Moore's long service here was voiced by Hermon Eldredge, the Camp General Secretary of the Y. M. C. A., who said:

            “I know folks say “There ain’t no such animal,’ but I say that my friend George Moore, of Trench and Camp, is a Christian bohemian and I am honored and bettered by his friendship.”

            Mr. Moore left Trench and Camp in the hands of a staff of soldier-ed-itors, headed by Sgt. Arthur Wakeling.

 

THE PORT OF MISSING MEN

            Private James Riddle, Company E, 305th Infantry. Identification No. 1, 681, 647. Last heard from in Base Hospital No. 85, last October. Inquiry from cousin, Mrs. Mary G Webster, 241 Park Ave., West Springfield, Mass.

            Pvt. Edward A. Smith, Co. E, 315th Infantry, 79th Division, was reported wounded and in a hospital on September 29. No definite word has come to his mother, Mrs. Smith, 1229 Shackamaxon St., Philadelphia, PA., who has been told by a neighbor that her son was killed.

            Ambrose McIver, formerly of the 18th Infantry, Co. C. Last heard from in August, when his address was C. O. D. S. O. S. A. P. O. 726 Blois. Information sought by his sister, Miss Catherine McIver, 2573 Eigth Ave., New York City.

            Pvt. William F. Heald, American Ambulance Replacement Division, Medical Co. 3. No word has come except the postal announcing his safe arrival in England and the card of welcome from the King of England, signed by Pvt. Heald. His anxious mother seeks information concerning his present address. Right to Mrs. James Heald, Chalfont, Pa.

            Pvt. George Smith, Co. M, 109th infantry, was reported missing July 15, 1918. His sister, Elizabeth Smith, 1846 North 23rd St., Philadelphia, PA.inquires for information concerning him.

            Miss Anna Kates, 195 Lamberton St., Trenton, NJ., Inquires for two soldier friends: Pvt. Merle A. Varney, Headquarters, Horse Battalion, 812th Ammunition Train, and Pvt. Otto Kano,  Co. 1, 117th Supply Train.

            Sgt. Harry B. Schmidt, Co. B, 109th Machine Gun Battalion. Anyone who knew Sgt. Schmidt is requested to write his sister, Mrs. H. Hartman, 1046 Pacific St., Philadelphia, PA.

            Pvt. John Franklin Burt, Co. D, 311th infantry, was reported missing in action September 26. Information concerning him is sought by his mother, Mrs. Lillie Burt 27 Whittier St., Rahway, NJ.

            Sgt. Romeyn Smack, Co. F, 114th infantry, reported missing in action October 12. No news from him since September 5, 1918. Information desired by his mother, Mrs. May Smack, 16 Clifford St., East Orange, NJ.

            Pvt. George Drew, 164 U. S. G. Last known address A.G. S. C. Amer. Exp., France, A. P. O. 714. Present whereabouts desired by his uncle, Mr. Alexander Ross, 44 19th Ave., Newark, NJ.

            Sgt. John Dillon, Quartermaster Dept., A. P. O. 708, France. Information desired by his sister, Mrs. Frank Reed, 250 Buchanan Ave., Trenton, NJ.

            Pvt. Cyril A. Newman. Last known address Convois Automobiles par B. C. M., S. S. U. 592, Paris, France. He has not been heard from since the armistice was signed. Communicate with Mrs. Verna E Newman, 1276 S. Broad Street, Trenton, NJ.

            Corp. Willet C. Sanford, Co. C, 9th Infantry, reporter killed in action July 18, 1918. Information is requested by Mr. Frank P. Hall, 238 Bank St., Morrisville, PA., for Corp. Sanford's mother.

            Private Willie Schriver, Company G, 128th Infantry. Reported October 24, missing in action. Inquiry from mother, Mrs. William Schriver, Kendall, Wisconsin.

            Pvt. Henry E. Eberle, Co. F, 307th Ammunition Train, reported one did October 8, 1918. No further word has been received to say whether he recovered or not. Information is eagerly sought by his cousin, Mrs. Mary A. Eberle, 2063 East Dauphin St., Philadelphia, PA.

            Pvt. First Class, John Burkes, Co. G, 26th infantry. Was reported missing in action July 18, 1918. Communicate any information to his sister, Anna Smith, 37 Homestead Ave., R. F. D. No. 1, Trenton, N. J.

            Corp. Edwin E. Ferguson, Company E, 113th infantry. Reported severely wounded September 27, 1918. Increase from sister, Delia Ferguson, Phillipston, PA.

            Private Uldrick Moen, Company ? 139th Infantry. Reported missing in action September 27, 1918. Inquiry from father, Andrew U. Moen, Shawnee, N. D.

            John H. Keesling, Company A, 162d Infantry. Identification No. 1,563,907. Reported missing in action July 20, 1918. Inquiry from father, John H Keesling,  Castleton, Ind. Box 33.

            Pvt. Arch L. Greggs, Co. F, 125th Infantry, 32nd Division has been reported killed and later severely wounded. Was reported to be in Base Hospital No. 18 in November last. Information eagerly sought by his family. Write to Miss Ruth Greggs, 2006 Edna Ave., Scranton, PA.

            Corp. Thomas H. Lewis, Co. M, 109th Infantry, reported missing in the battle of the Marne, July 15, 1918. Further information is desired by his brother, John E. Lewis, 2819 Stiles St., Philadelphia, PA.

 

Base Hospital Chorus Makes Debut In Camp

            The Base Hospital Chorus of sixty-four nurses and enlisted man made an impressive debut in camp at a union praise service in the “Y” Auditorium on Sunday evening, April 27.

            Singing a hymn, The members of the chorus marched through the center doors and up the middle aisle of the Auditorium to the stage at the opening of the service. The nurses in their white dresses and the aides and blue formed a tableau such as is in frequently seen in cam. Later on, under the baton of John Boyd, the chorus gave several sacred anthems with creditable spirit and no little delicacy of tone and phrasing.

            Hermon Eldredge, the Camp General Secretary of the “Y,” made a brief uninspiring address and a straight-from-the-shoulder fashion that immediately won the approval of the big soldier audience. John W. Reynolds, the new “Y” song leader, lead the mass singing.

            The Auditorium, which is rarely if ever used for religious services, what is wealth filled with overseas men, many of whom had left their transport only a few hours before.

 

New “Y” Song Leader

            John W. Reynolds, a new Y. M. C. A. song leader, is holding nightly “sings” at the “Y” Auditorium and various huts. The “pep” and pleasant personality he puts into his work has quickly won the “boys.”

            At Camp Humphreys, Va., from which Mr. Reynolds comes, he led as many as 15,000 men at a time in the great natural amphitheater there. On his way to Upton he conducted “sings” at Merritt and Ft. Slocum and on the battleships Nevada and Wyoming. He was invited to go on a cruise by the officers of the latter as song leader.

            Mr. Reynolds has the natural Welsh gift of song. He was with the company of Rev. J. Wilbur Chapman for years. His home is in Washington DC.

 

“Turn To The Right In Marching!”

            Did you ever stop the wrong way over at your own toes and ball up the whole squad when the “top” yelled:

“Col’m ri! H A R-R-H!”?

            Of of course, if you were ever really and truly a “rookie.”

            The doctors could give you a long name for what happened inside your brain and  along your nerves and in your muscles. It wasn't your fault, even if the first sergeant did jerk you out of the formation and put you in the awkward gang the rest of the period.

            Here is how it happened, how it happens to every man who is trying to do an unfamiliar thing, unless he has been especially keyed up to it:

            In the brain there is one division that may be termed the Information Office, another may be called the Operations Office. The first records what are icy, and our ears here, our fingers touch, our nose smells, our palate and tongue taste. It not only records, but it interprets. And having interrupted, it passes the news along to the Operations Office. If the news calls for action—the Operations Office makes up a set of orders and telegraphs them along to the nerves to the appropriate muscle. The muscle is like the buck private, it “does the work”!

            When you blundered, there had been “lack of coordination.” Your mind, nerves, muscles, were not tuned up to the job. The sergeant said “ri—“ and the Operations Office in your mind didn't tell your feet the proper thing to do.

            “O’Grady drill” used to turn you into a stumbling, blushing, flustered kid. Then it became a good game. Then you progressed to  the real thing with the Enfields, The machine guns, or the ‘75s.

            What had happened? Your information Office was “on the job.” Your Operations Office was “on the job.” Nothing could fool the one or confuse the other. Your nerves were tuned up, the line was never out, to fingers, feet, legs and arms.

            What tunes you up? What put you “on your toes” mentally and physically?

            The “drill, the drill, the bloody, bloomin’ drill!”—that straightened your back, flatten your stomach, thickened your neck, also brightened your eye, quickened the brain and tautened the nerves.

            And that's one of the two or three big assets you are taking back with you into civil life.

            What is it worth? Just this:

            That you can now learn new things more quickly, more accurately than you ever could before; that surprise doesn't throw you off your balance, in mind or muscle; that your fingers and feet answer to eyes and ears swiftly and surely. You don't fumble, in wit or body.

            Can you cash in on this?

            Surely, if you keep tuned up. But remember that the human frame is delicate in adjustment susceptible to abuse. Leave a buzzer open, in the rain, overnight, and the signal detail has a job getting it to work in the morning. Leave yourself “out” for a week or so, blowing that sixty dollar bonus, slacking off in cleanliness of body and decency of mind, “sousing up just once before July first!”—and you'll need “tuning up” a lot before you'll be as fit and keen.

            But try this:

            Keep the “sixty” in your pocket, put it in the bank, or buy good civilian clothes; continue to walk, “head erect, chest arched, stomach in,” give yourself five minutes “setting up” in the morning, rush the bathtub or shower as you do in the army—and—

  Take the “old job” back (if you haven't a better one at hand), bucking into the hardest, surest,              best way your fit body and your fit mind can. Show yourself, your employer, your fellow              workers that you ARE a keener, quicker, more dependable man (as you know you are) then you've ever been.

“And for the same old pay?” ask you.

            Surely, if the employer doesn't offer more. PROVE yourself— and then go after more pay or a better job elsewhere. But more often than not, YOU’LL not have to raise the question for the employer will raise the pay by promotion to better, better things to do at more money for the doing.

            Keep the goods that Uncle Sam gave you. They're  precious. They are easily lost as all precious things are. Invest them in your daily life—and they'll bring you dividends all your days.

 

Post Office Unit Organized To Look After “Dead” Letters

            The difficult task of re-addressing and forwarding mail to the discharged and transferred soldiers is now in the hands of a new military detachment, known as the Post Office Section of the Camp Personnel Adjutant's Office.

            The unit is hard at work going through a score of bulging mail sacks which represents The reset an accumulation of undelivered mail intended largely for members of the Twenty-seventh Division and received after they had left camp. Before a start could be made it was necessary for the clerks to familiarize themselves with the card index and rosters heretofore used by the postal authorities. Those lists are estimated to contain not less than 90,000 names.

            The section is composed of ten enlisted men under Lieut. Roland J. Easton, formerly of the Fifty-fourth Infantry Brigade Headquarters. It will be increased to fifteen men, all of whom probably will be appointed army field clerks.

            The creation of the unit will lift a burden from the postal employees, who will be left free to give their entire energy to the handling of the 15,000 pieces of outgoing mail, the 90 bags of parcels post and the incoming flood of mail which represents the average day’s business at the Upton branch. It is as much as in a city of 125,000. The stamps sold amount to about $1000 a day and the money order window handles $5000. There are twenty-seven employees in the branch. Charles Cohen is the superintendent;  John J. Dowd, the assistant superintendent; William H. Moore and Victor Caro, chief clerks , and William Spranger, record clerk.

            A revised and up-to-the-minute card index will be kept by the new military section of the Post Office. It will show the location of every man in camp and as far as possible of every man who has been in camp together with the home address of every discharge soldier and the camp to which each transferred man is sent. With this data it will be nearly a matter of routine to find out where to forward undelivered mail, even in the case of letters which have followed men around for weeks or, as occasionally happens, four months.

SUNDAY CONCERT AT “Y”

            A well-attended concert arranged by the Globe musical editor was given in the “Y” Auditorium on April 27. An unusually large number of women relatives and friends of the soldiers were present. Marion Veryle, soprano; Samuel Montandon, baritone; Margaret Baker, contralto, and Marie Deutscher, violinist, were the soloists. Alberta Mathews and Marie Lafaret played the accompaniments.

 

Three New Field Clerks

            Rudolph Messer, Thomas E. Cushing and Corp'l. Paul J. Fowler have been appointed Army Field Clerks. Mr. Cushing has been assigned to duty with the Camp Recruiting Officer, while Messer and Fowler will be on duty in the Camp Personnel Office. Corp'l. Paul J. Fowler has been in Camp about a year and formally was in the 31st Co. and the Convalescent Center.

 

Promotions at Camp Hdqrs.

            The following promotions have been made in the enlisted detachment at Camp Headquarters: To be battalion sergeant major, Sgt. Arthur E. Hess; to be sergeants, Corp'l. H. W. Smith and Pvt. 1st Cl. Olaf Peterson; to be Corporal, Pvt. 1st Cl. Carl P. Zimmerer.

 

Raise for Field Clerks

            Ten recently appointed Army Field Clerks in the Camp Personnel Office have been given a raise in salary to $1400 a year. They were sworn in again at the new rate of pay.

 

Prepare Papers For 77th

            To expedite the demobilization of the Seventy-seventh, a detail of eighteen officers, three army field clerks and fifty-three enlisted men were sent to Camp Mills to do as much as possible of the preliminary paperwork. The detachment was in command of Lieutenant H. W. Rathke.

            The work accomplished by this trained staff will make it considerably easier to handle the gigantic task of discharging the division in the five days in which the Camp Personnel Adjutant plans to accomplish its demobilization.

 

Chaplain Taught Men Boxing In 130th F. A.

            Lt. Earl A. Blackman, One of them most famous boxing chaplains in the A. E. F., was in Camp Upton last week with his regiment, the 130th Field Artillery.

            Hard-hitting religion was the kind the Rev. Dr. Blackman preached. He took every opportunity to put on the gloves and not only trained his “boys” in putting across scientific wallops, but actually vanquished most of the scrappers of his weight in the Thirty-fifth Division. On one occasion Lieut. Blackman challenged the Rev. Charles Rexrode, chaplain of the 316th M. P., for a ten-round bout at the Palais de Glace in Paris, but the army authorities finally prevented the bout. His fights in the A. E. F. were managed by Capt. Victor J. Wagner, of Battery E, 130th F. A.

            Lieut. Blackman was with the regiment on two fronts and two offensives, the Vosges Mountains and the Verdun sector. He distinguished himself by bravery under fire at Varennes.

 

 

Saw Hun Planes Attempt To Bomb Pershing’s Hdqrs.

            “There weren't many American troops in France when my unit went over in August, 1917,” said 1st Cl. Pvt. Charles Sherry, of the Headquarters Company, “but General Pershing had already established his headquarters at Chaumont, then seventeen miles behind the front line. And his headquarters remained there in spite of all the Hun threats to dislodge him. We were hauling wood to the headquarters for a time and from our wagon seats we could often see the enemy aeroplanes soaring over us and fighting the French planes in their efforts to bomb Chaumont.”

            Out of the 120 men in Sherry’s organization, which was the 100th Wagon Train attached to the First Division, only nine escaped being put out of action. The outfit landed on August 19 after witnessing a battle with German submarines that lasted for two hours and forty-five minutes. Five transports guarded by six American and three French destroyers were attacked by a fleet of subs said to number nine, of which one was sunk.

            The wagon train drove for seventeen days going up to the front and stayed there constantly while the roads were too bad for motor-trucks. Sherry was finally struck on the head by shrapnel when he was driving through the artillery lines at Verdun. The impact did not injure him very much but knocked him off the wagon and the wheel crushed his chest. He was in the hospital for a month.

            Sherry served for two years in the Philippines, three years on a prison guard in California and then re-enlisted in 1913 and saw service on the border.

 

Golden Opportunities

            The Soldiers’ School, at 2nd Avenue and 12th Street, continues to attract ambitious men who appreciate the exceptional opportunities being offered there in the way of free education. Courses are given every day except Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 4 PM and from 7 to 9 PM in stenography, typewriting, penmanship, business arithmetic, business correspondence, English, French, Spanish, agriculture and automobile mechanics.

 

Division Of Correspondence Created To Furnish Information To Soldiers

            Announcement has been made by the United States Employment Service that arrangements have been made with the Emergency Employment Committee for Soldiers and Sailors, of which Col. Arthur Woods, special assistant to the Secretary of War, is chairman, whereby special information can be furnished soldiers and sailors regarding allotments, War Risk Insurance, bonuses, civil rights and vocational training as well as employment.

            The new service will be known as the Division of Correspondence. In organizing the new service for the benefit of enlisted men Colonel Woods made the following statement:

            “It is not the purpose of the Division to in anyway supplant the work of any other government department or bureau that is taking care of specific lines of information such as the U. S. Employment Service, to whom all questions on employment will be referred, or the Red Cross which is furnishing information as to casualties, civilian relief, etc. Nor is it the intention of either the committee or the new division to attend to anybody else's business —the purpose is simply to render a distinct service to those soldiers and sailors and marines who do not know where to write or who, having written, have received no action on their letters.

            “It has been noted that men who have been in the service turn naturally to the War Department for information, and it is the sole purpose of this Division to direct these men wear the information can be obtained.

            “Whenever A leather is received asking for specific information which can be furnished by some other government department or organization, it will be referred to that department and the writer advised that it has been so referred. If no action is obtained, the Division of Correspondence will then take the matter up for the soldier or sailor with the proper official.

            “This new Division is simply a court of last resort to service man discharged from the service who do not know where to obtain desired information or who, having written, have received no response.

            “Captain C. B. Hammond will be in charge of the Division. All requests for information of the above nature should be addressed – not to the Employment Service—but to Colonel Arthur Woods, special assistant to the Secretary of War, Council of National Defense Building, Washington, D. C.”

            The work of placing returning soldiers and sailors in civil jobs is being carried on at the rate of about 2,000 placements a day by the Service. Owing to Congress’ failure to provide the necessary funds for the maintenance of the Service there was a temporary curtailment of placements find officials of the Service have announced that through state, city and private support of the field organizations it is possible to remain 450 of the most important offices throughout the country and that through these 450 offices and the 2,000 for returning soldiers and sailors that the work of placing discharged men was now being carried on at practically the same rate as before.

            Placement figures for soldiers for the week ending April 12, has been received from 16 of the 30 demobilization camps in which the Employment Service has offices. Using these 16 report that of 8,470 discharged man who applied for help to find jobs, 8,042 worry for two positions and of this number 5,429 reported back as having been placed. Actual number of total placements, however, cannot be has due to failure of many of the soldiers to report whether or not they have taken the job is offered.

            “The ‘folks at home’ are not lacking in patriotism or energy in finding jobs for returning soldiers and sailors,” said Director Densmore of the Service in announcing the fact that through voluntary support it would be possible to maintain the 450 offices.

            “The issue of jobs for gobs and doughboys has been put squarely up to the people and the response is all that could be expected.”

 

 

SOLDIERS CAN SAVE MONEY IN U.S. ARMY

            Serg't. Claggett of the 161st depot brigade received his discharge at Camp Grant and drew $600 payback. He has been in the service nine years, and enlisted for war service at El Paso, Texas, so he drew a pretty good five cents a mile railroad transportation fun, his month’s pay and the $60 bonus, making a total of $917. His unused clothing allowance was included in this sum. Serg't Claggett intended to go straight to his farm in Texas and get his spring work done before any other mixup calls him back to the colors. His experience shows that a man can accumulate money in the army if he wants to.

            One of the members of the President’s guard just back from Paris, a former Blackhawk machine gunner, stated that he saved more money on his $44 a month sergeant’s pay than he did out of his $1,200 a year salary in government work before he entered the army. He was on the border before the war, as a member of the second Wisconsin infantry, and has five years of service to his credit, so he understands the game. He allotted $25 a month to his home bank, to be deposited to his credit. He enlisted for this war February 23,1914, and went over with the 33rd division. Since his enlistment he has accumulated $325 in the bank and saved $25 extraThis, with the $60 bonus, his month’s pay of $44 and $8 mileage, turned him loose last week with $450, which, he says, is more than he ever got together at one time at his old job.

 

HOLDING THE CAMP SPORT PIVOT

                     By G. A. P.

            Mike Ryan is the original hard luck kid. At Philadelphia his team again ran second, being only beaten by about thirty yards over the whole distance. The Navy Yard team gained a lead in the first lap, and although the Uptonians fought hard for the remainder of the distance, they were unable to diminish the lead of their rivals to any appreciable extent. Larry Scudder stepped off his quarter in fifty-two seconds, but was too far behind at the start of his lap to overtake his man.

            Mike has worked hard on his team, and has succeeded in being placed each time he entered his team in a Service Relay. When the fact of the constant changing of the personnel of his men is taken into consideration, the difficulty Mike is up against is getting a relay team together can be better appreciated, and he deserves all the credit for having a team that can even place second under such circumstances.

 

Benny Is Still There

            Benny Leonard, the old Upton boxing instructor, redeemed himself in his recent battle at Newark. There was no doubt about the decision in the minds of the Upton fight fans, and the Uptonians who were there to see Benny come back at Ritchie are unanimous in voicing the opinion that the World's Champ was never in better condition, and never fought harder or faster than in his last fight. Ritchie put up a game fight and made Benny produce all he had, but in the final stages of the fight the superiority of the champ was obvious.

 

Leonard’s Weight

            There is no doubt about the fact that while at Upton Leonard accumulated weight to the degree that was almost dangerous. There were times when he would have had difficulty reaching the welter limit on short notice, and nobody knew it better than Benny himself. Dieting was out the question with a man working as he worked, and it was about time he returned to his training quarters and the sheltering wing of the infallible “Gib,” greatest of all managers—according to Benny.

 

Base Nine Beats 91st Div. Casuals

            The Base nine won its first game this season after dropping two in succession to two of the camp teams. The 91st Casuals looked like a fast aggregation for the first couple of innings, but in the third Gallagher walked, and with two down, Hennegan doubled to center field, sending Gallagher home, and Harding’s two-base hit sent Hennegan home. In the fourth everybody hit, and five more points were added to the pill rollers’ total. Hennegan doubled and Harding followed with a triple again in the sixth, Harding coming home on a passed ball. Gallagher pitched for six innings for the Base, allowing only two hits, and shutting out the casuals. Comash went on the slab for the last three innings, and allowed only four hits, which gave the Casuals a chance to score. Slim Kelly, the Casuals’ twirler, scored both runs for his side.

                                                      Base Hospital

                                                                               ab  r   h   Po   a

Bowen, rf……………………………………….……..2   0   0    0     0

Hennegan, 3b…………………………………………5   3   3    2     1

Harding, 2b……………………………………………5   1    2   2     1

Comosh, ss-p…………………………………………5   2    2   1     1

Hamje, lf……………………………………………….3    2   1   2     0

Nelson, 1b………………………………………….…4    1   2    4     2

Hornstein, c…………………………………………..5     2   2  14    0

Gallagher, p-ss……………………………………….3     2   0   1     1

Crowley, cf…………………………………………….2    1   0   1     0

Markhausen, Rfd……………………………………..3    1   1    0    0

                                                                               —   — —  —   —

Totals                                                                      37  15 13  27   6

                                                     91st Div. Casuals

                                                                                         ab    r    h   po    a

Donovan, 2b-p……………………………………………….3     0    0    1     4

Dorn, ss……………………………………………………….4     0    0    1     1

Purdin, lf……………………………………………………….4    0    0    1     0

Dossey, c………………………………………………………4    0    1    9     0    

Burns, rf………………………………………………………..4    0    0    0     0

Sailor, 1b……………………………………………………….4    0    1    9     0

Kelly, S., p……………………………………………………..4     2    1    6     6

Fisher, 3b………………………………………………………1     0    0    1     0

Olsen, cf……………………………………………………….4      0    2    2    0

Kelly, G., 3b……………………………………………………3     0    1    0     0

                                                                                          —    —   —  —   —

Totals…………………………………………………………..35    2    5   24   11

 

            Three base hit, Harding. Two Base hits, Hennegan 2, Harding, Comosh, S., Kelly. Errors, Hennegan, Hamje, Donovan, Nelson. Stolen bases, Hamje 3, Hennegan 2, Comosh, Nelson, Hornstein, Gallagher, S. Kelly, G. Kelly. Sacrifice hits, Vomosh, Nelson. Struck out, by Gallagher 9, by Comosh 4, by Kelly 8, by Donovan 1. Bases on balls, off Gallagher 2, off Comosh 1, off Kelly 5, off Donovan 1. Left on bases, Base Hospital 5, Casuals 6. Hit by pitched ball, off Gallagher 1, off Kelly1. Umpires, Krause and FitzMaurice.

 

 

C. B. Phetteplace Hurt

            Y. M. C. A. Athletic Secretary C. B. Phetteplace sustained an injury of a painful nature when he twisted his ankle in a game of volley ball recently, while playing against the Dental Clininc five. He was removed to the Base Hospital, and is progressing favorably.

 

Twilight League Will Have Trophy

            The Twilight League of the Base Hospital, composed of teams from the officers and men of the Medical Detachment, will open its schedule early in May.

            Mrs. Rath Litt has generously promised a trophy for the winning team. Mrs. Litt presented the handsome cup, now adorning the club rooms of the 306th Infantry, the winners of the Upton Cantonment Football Championship in 1917.

            It was the generosity of the donor of the cup that excited such a keen interest and resulted in such competition for the 1917 Football Championship, and it is hoped that the enthusiasm now evident at the Base Hospital will continue throughout the season.

 

 

 

Capt. W. J. Bott Appointed Athletic Officer At Base

            Capt. W. J. Bott has been appointed athletic officer of the Base Hospital. He will officially supervise the athletic and games program of the hospital and attachment, and will help coordinate the activities of the Reconstruction Service, Red Cross and YMCA.

            Captain Bott is an all-around athlete, and knows the game from the practical as well as the technical side.

 

 

F. C. BEEBE AT HUT 33

            The latest addition to the YMCA staff of athletic secretaries is Mr. Frederick C. Beebe, athletic director at Hut 33, on 19th St.

            Mr. Beebe is a graduate of Springfield High School and of Springfield YMCA College. While at Springfield College he represented his class and swimming, baseball and basketball, and on the track. He played on the football squad, and later played on the 135 lb. basketball championship team of Connecticut.

            He coached athletics at Bristol, Conn., being recreation director of the 1st Congregational Church and coach of the high school. He comes to Upton as a “Y” worker following two years’ service in the Field Artillery, having served in this country with the 301st

F. A. and overseas as a lieutenant with the 349th F. A.

 

 

Guileless Gurgles

By Greaseball

JUST RETURNED FROM A PASS, GOT BACK ON TIME, TOO, I ONCE GOT “TIME”—TEN DAYS OF IT—

FOR NOT GETTING BACK ON TIME.

 

On pass” describes it exactly,

It was just before pay-day,

And I passed up everything I saw,

The Winter-Garden was beyond me,

And being in the two-bit class,

The Golden Glades glittered in vain.

 

Finally I decided on a movie,

And recklessly squandered my two molecules,

I had a reserved seat, next to a lady,

Who suffered from the same complaint,

She was the most reserve young lady

I ever had the doubtful fortune to meet,

When I moulded my classical features

Into a seraphic, sentimental smile,

And murmured, “You appear to be alone!”

She cheerfully replied, “Yes!” Preferably!”

 

The picture was the same old tangle,

Two lizards and a vampire,

With the money all on the vamp;

And a sweet, innocent little girl,

The home-grown, hand-picked variety,

Reserved especially for the movies,

But not quite as reserved as my neighbor.

 

IN THE LAST REEL SHE TOOK ALL MARBLES,

AND MARRIED THE LIZARD WITH THE “JACK,”

THE VAMP, IN A FRANTIC FIT OF RAGE

TOOK BEVO, AND DIED ON THE SPOT.

 

It was as weak as army coffee,

And when I got back to camp,

And strolled in on the same picture,

A day later, and a free show,

I wanted to write a letter home.

 

BUT SOMEHOW IT WAS ALL DIFFERENT.

WHEN THE VAMP APPEARED ON THE SCREEN,

AND SHOOK A WICKED PAIR OF BRACELETS,

THE GREASEBALLS ALL YELLED,

            “OO-LA-LA!”

WHEN THE HEROINE ASKED,

            “WHERE IS MY THEODORE?”

SOME DUMBELL CRIED, “HE’S GONE OUT FOR A PINT!”

 

And in the last spasm,

When the vamp began to shed tears,

Having shed almost everything else,

In the bed-room scene previously,

A raucous voice rang out,

“Don't cry, little girls!

I'll buy all ya goldarn flowers!”

 

 

IN THE LAST SCENE THEY ALL YELLED,

WHEN HE KISSED HER ON THE PORCH,

A COMPROMISING PLACE TO KISS A GIRL,

AND WHEN I LEFT THAT HALL,

I FELT BETTER ABOUT THAT GIRL,

AND ABOUT THE PIC.

 

 

I have not yet decided to re-enlist,

But if I ever go to town again,

And come back, and make comparisons,

Then, “Goodbye, Home, Sweet Home!”

 

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