March 4, 1918

New York Benefit for 305th Artillery

            George M. Cohan’s generosity to the 305th Field Artillery is being gratefully commented on by the officers and men of Col. Doyle’s regiment, who enjoyed a regimental benefit at the Cohan and Harris Theatre recently.  In addition to star civilian vaudeville, there was a line of soldier offerings that compared very favorably with the best anywhere.  The proceeds of the benefit went to the regimental fund. 



Soldiers Hear Famous Orator Convict Teuton and Tell Why U.S. Is In.

            Putting the reasons for America’s participation in the war into ringing, clear, forceful message that burned conviction into the heart of every soldier who heard it, was the service rendered at Camp Upton by Rabbi Stephen S. Wise of the Free Synagogue, New York, recently.  The famous Rabbi’s reputation as one of America’s greatest orators was more vindicated by the address which was heard by a large crowd of enlisted men in the Y Auditorium.  Gen. Johnson heard the address with every sign of deep sympathy and appreciation.  Dr. Wise was the Commanding General’s guest at the officer’s house following.

            The brilliant Jew was brought here by the Jewish Welfare Board, for the celebration of the Purim, in memory of the rescue of the Children of Israel from destruction in Persia, by Queen Esther.  Dr. Wise likened the Kaiser to Haman and scored Germany with withering denunciation. 

            “Germany does not annex”, said the rabbi, speaking of Germany’s hypocritical cry for no annexations and no indemnities. “She stretches her hand indemnities”.  “She stretches her hand ples and- gathers them in.  The greatest moment in history was when Belgium faced the decision as to how to meet the imperial will of Germany.  Belgium might have chosen ease and prosperity, but instead she chose to stand and say, ‘No’ to the modern Hamman. 

            “If America had not entered the war when she did to preserve the world’s sanctities of justice, truth and love, the words ‘too late’ would have been written as the country’s epitaph”.  Rabbi Wise was especially strong in his attacks upon the “peoples’ Council” and the rest of the American Bolsheviki who cry for peace that could not but be premature.

            Every man present felt the hospitality of the Jewish Board in the substantial form of cigars and cigarettes, freely distributed by Secretary Joseph Hyman and his Aids.



President’s Daughter to Appear in Y Auditorium Two Nights.

            Upton men will this week have two days of opportunity to hear the daughter of the President sing, when on the evenings of March 7 and 8 Miss Margaret Wilson appears at the Y.M.C.A. Auditorium for a concert.  She will be accompanied by Melville Clark, famous Syracuse harpist, and Mrs. Ross David.  Miss Wilson has been induced to give most of her time for the next few weeks to the entertaining of soldiers in the Eastern Military Department.

            She is scheduled by the War Work Council, Y.M.C.A. and has appeared in Y.M.C.A. buildings in various camps and training stations, including Fort Totten, Allentown, Pa; Pelham Bay Park Naval Training Station, Cape May naval points and Camps Dix, N.J.  Other dates are being arranged.


            The good fortune the Metropolitan Division enjoys in having the Rev. Dr. William T. Manning as a voluntary chaplain attached to the 302d Engineers is again emphasized by announcement that the Right Honorable and most Reverend Cosmo Gordon Lang, Archbishop of York and Primate of England, is to visit camp Monday, on the invitation of Br.g. Gen. Johnson.  For it is in response to Dr. Manning’s urgent representations that Archbishop Lang visits this country.  Rarely does the Archbishop of York leave England.  There are only three persons in Great Britain who take Precedence over him in official rank- the King, the Prince of Wales and the Archbishop of Canterbury.  Archbishop Lang speaks in the Y.M.C.A. Auditorium Monday evening, March 4, on the issues of the war.

Newly Arrived Draftees Share Calcium With State Executive and Other Notables.

            Seventy-five hundred young gentlemen from New York City and some of its up-State suburbs were so much impressed with what they saw when Gov. Charles Whitman reviewed the Metropolitan Division that they have decided to remain at Camp Upton and learn the business conducted here.

            Gov. Whitman’s appearance at Upton was almost overshadowed by the presence of the freshman, who stood on the sidelines in wide-eyed amazement.  They shared the spotlight with His Excellency.

            The review was a grand and glorious success, and the division gathered in many additional bay leaves to its laurels.  The “Buffaloes” too made great showing.

            Gov. Whitman congratulated Gen. Johnson and the commanding officers of the various units on the soldierly appearance of the men.  The Governor expressed himself as immensely pleased with the reviews as well as camp conditions in general.

            The division was on its mettle for the review and never looked better.  Every man had on his best bib and tucker, equipment was in apple pie order and the marching was nothing less than classy.  The pride of the officers and men was plainly shown on their countenance and in their springy, rhythmic step.  Some of the Colonels, Majors, Captains and Lieutenants dug their heels into the ground with snap and emphasis and in their movements suggested thoroughbred horses trained to a fine point and eager to be off.                          

The lines formed by the companies across the stretch of the fire-break were uniformly good.  Although the parade was impressive from start to finish, it was particularly so when the commands got abreast of Gov. Whitman and marched with eyes right as a salute.            

The soldiers enjoyed the review as well as Gov. Whitman did, and the ceremony was highly beneficial to the newly arrived draftees, as it furnished them an ideal for which to strive.    

 Major Gen. William A. Mann, Commander of the Department of the East, joined Gov. Whitman in praising the division and the 367th Regiment, colored.  Gen. Mann and Gov. Whitman stood beside Gen. Johnson during the review.  Other distinguished men on the reviewing stand included three members of Gov. Whitman’s military staff.  Adjutant General C. C. Sherrill, Col. Burley, Chief of Ordnance, and Lieut. Col. Crall of the Seventh Regiment.                  

Gen. Johnson entertained the visitors at luncheon and escorted them on an inspection of the camp shortly before the review began.

Weddings to Swell K’s Company Fund

There are more way than one of swelling the company fund, but Capt. Joseph Holohan’s  boys in K, 307th , have to date registered one of the most novel methods.  Henceforth, wedding fees will jingle into the company’s coffers, and there are a dozen or so soldiers who vow they’ll be the first to drop a fee for performance of the “Last Sad Rites.”  Lieut. Louis H. Buysch was an Episcopal minister before he put on khaki.  His last parish included some 50,000 square miles of territory in Alaska.  He will perform the ceremony of marriages.  Lieut. King W. Snell is the official company best man.  A special box has been set aside for used-up hiking shoes and the chef putting by a little rice each day.  Whoever makes the break first is due for some ovation.


“Turn to the Right” Will Be Curtain-Raiser in Smileage House.


            Tuesday, March 19, is the date set for the opening of the Liberty Theatre in the center, of camp, now being rushed to completion.  “Turn to the Right,” known to hundreds of New York boys through its record run at the Gaiety Theatre, New York City, last season, will be the opening attraction.

            “Turn to the Right” is the first theatrical company touring the circuit of cantonment theatres under the direct supervision of the War Department.  It is known as “Smileage Company No. 1,” and will present the Broadway success at Liberty Theatre prices.  The smileage tickets being sent here to soldiers by home friends will be as good as cash at the box office.

            According to present plans the local Liberty curain-raiser will play the week of March 19, including Sunday.  The company began its tour at Camp Dix.  The week following it plays at Devens and then Upton.




There is to be a Battalion Boxing Elimination Contest within the next few days, and Company F is to be well represented in this event.  The winners of these bouts, which is in all classes, will fight for the regimental championship, and then will try for the divisional honors.

            Company F is trying hard for these honors, and is putting six good men in the ring; Private Robert Anner (140lbs.) Sergeant John S. O’Brien (131lbs.); Private Thomas Confrey (151 lbs.); Private Leo Birnbaum (158 lbs.); Private Daniel Harnett (170 lbs.);  Corporal Michael McCarren (178 lbs.), and Private John Breen (202 lbs.)

There is a lot of good old Irish in most of these men and all are confident of winning by a knockout.             




            This battalion was at it again with a boxing night at the “Y” Hut, 8th and 5th, some go.  Among the winners were Katz, Co. A; Carrol, Co. A; Legnani, Co. A; Dunnellon, Co. A; Lange, Co. B; Kloberdanz, Co. B; Livingston, Co. C, and Smith, Co. C.  Sou is still the mascot of Company A and Jim wouldn’t part with her for any amount of money. 

The baseball teams of all companies have been out on the fire-break for practice, and as one of the boys remarked.  “We don’t have to go South to train to beat the ‘Yanks’- or the Huns, either.”  The basketball team is ready to enter the divisional play offs with the 304th and the 305th M. G. B., and we look for some sessions. 

Lew Burstein, Co. A. has been engaged by Secretary Riegel, 5th and 8th Y Hut, as a Worrying Expert.  Burstein will do all the worrying for the Y bloke.  Riegel engaged him at a salary of $100 per week, and when asked where the money would come from said, “That will be his first worry.”



There are lots of nights, as many as seven a week sometimes, but there’s a special brand in the artillery, known as Battery Night.  E 306th stated things recently.  Blake and Tex Kelly rattled a good sparing exhibition.  McHugh and De Traine, Hurley and Martin offered clever entertainment.  Music and refreshments also figured in the evening. 





The Aims Are Practical---The Office May Be Two, New York and Paris---Also Plan Sunday Parties

            The “peppy” 305th Infantry are going to take up the Big Work over yonder with a feeling that everything is being done to keep the home folks tied up, since plans were started recently to establish an efficient Regiment Auxiliary.  It will be a welfare organization to serve the families of soldiers, furnish them advice, render temporary financial aid and give them the latest and most authentic news of the regiment.  An office in New York will open, in all probability, and a plan has been broached by Mrs. W. R. Smedberg Jr., wife of Col. Smedberg, 305th commanding officer to have headquarters in Paris, with a Secretary in charge, who would keep in close touch with the outfit and send all possible intelligence to the home office.  The idea also is to have the Paris Secretary keep in touch with Chaplain Browne and help him assist that officer.

The popular two-fisted spiritual leader of the 305th has been prominently concerned in the plans for the auxiliary and acted as Temporary Chairman of the first meeting, held not long since at the home of Mrs. Smedberg, Babylon, L. I.  Among those present were Chaplain and Mrs. Duncan Brown, Mrs. Harold C. Woodward, wife of Major Metcalfe, First Battalion; Mrs. Duncan Harris, wife of Capt. Harris, Company A;  Mrs. Stephen Olin, mother of Capt. Earl Dodge, Company H;  Mrs. Charles A. Miller, wife of Lieut. Miller, Company H;  Mrs. Moses King Jr., wife of Capt. King, Company I;  Mrs. James E. Schuyler, wife of Lieut. Schuyler, Company I;  Mrs. Philip Cocke, wife of Capt. Cocke, Company K; Mrs. Danforth Miller, wife of Lieut. Miller, Company L; Mrs. John H. Mallory, wife of Lieut. Mallory, Headquarters Company; Mrs. Frank J. Seib, wife of Lieut. Seib

It is an achievement to create in a regiment the remarkable esprit which marks all the Metropolitan Division’s organizations.  It is also a distinctive achievement to mobilize the sympathies and labors of those who will be left behind when the Large Move is made.

One other outcome of this meeting at Mrs. Smedberg’s may be the introduction of Sunday afternoon parties for the men of the regiment, their wives, sweethearts, families and other friends, with dancing and refreshments.  Chaplain Browne heartily approved the idea, and steps will be taken to secure some place wherein to hold the affairs.  Lieut. Darragh Park, regimental mess officer, has agreed to take care of the culinary end.


Dan’l Boone’s Kin In This Compay

Also James Dolan, Who Itches to “Get Over” and Join Brothers.


            Private Manly Price Boone, who is a member of the family tree of Daniel Boone, is in the ranks of Capt. Philip Nills’s company, G 308th.  His career is quite interesting.  Born in Galveston, Tex., 1889, he was a survivor of the Galveston Flood in 1900, rescued from a floating house in which there were twenty-one deed persons around him.  From Houston, Tex., he went to New York, in 1915.  Private Boone was tenor soloist of the South Congregationalist Church, Brooklyn.  In the 308th circus parade, Private Boone impersonated the outraged Belgian women with great success.  Private Boone is also a palmist.  He has read the palms of most every man in the company and has told them a lot of things that were true.

            Private James Dolan, also Company G. is anxious to get “over there.”  There’s a reason or two.  His two younger brothers, Jack, who is a member of the Rainbow Division which was the old 69th, and Mike who is a member of the 6th Field Artillery, are somewhere in France.  James is an ex-member of the 69th, having been rejected for poor eyesight. 

            Corpl. Thomas Raffaele still believes it pays to advertise.  Corpl. Raffaele, before becoming a soldier, was a railroad man.  A recent issue of a railroad magazine showed a very fine picture of Thomas in uniform.  A few days later he received an endearing letter from a fair unknown, saying she saw his photograph in the magazine, and could not help falling in love with him.  She gave a description of herself, and asked if he would care to answer her letter.  He lost no time in doing so.  She has sent her photo to Thomas, and the exchanges of letters are very frequent.  She calls him Romeo and he calls her Juliet.




            K. K. K.—the middle initial standing for ukuleles—has put a new twang into the life around Section J (old style).  He was born with a Uke in his hand and a Hawaiian melody in his mouth.  There is joy here that he was, and that he threw up a big vaudeville job with Keith to join the army.  His baptismal handle was Kelvin K. Keech, and his outfit is the 321st Field Signal Battalion.  Every entertainment at the Second and 14th Y Hut has to have him for a note of completeness.  Recently he appeared on a program there which included Benny Leonard, who sparred with Tex Kelley, 378th Motor Truck Company, Sergt. Davis, 379th Motor Truck Company, refereed some other bouts.  Joe Simons, 378th Motor Truck Company met Belifield Wells, 379th Motor Truck Company, and Tony Perrone, 302nd Field Signal Battalion, missed it with Frank McCarthy, Tredennick Company, in a hear of a go, the last round, especially, bringing ‘em to their feet.



            The entertainment of the 307th Headquarters Company was success as usual.  The three-round bout between Private Lou Aronoff, late of Frisco, Cal., and Sergt. Klupatan was the best of the evening.  There was also a five-man battle royal with Aronoff as the first volunteer.  Lou attended to all four of the boys in fine shape.  Lou is a lightweight and the other four were heavies, but—meat is cheap now!  First Lieut. Folter brought a machine full of cakes and soft drinks out for the feed.  S’nuff!




Gen. Johnson Says Camp Church Symbolizes Religious Unity Possible by War Conditions

Protestants, Catholics and Jews Take Part In Presentation Exercises.

            Presentation of Church Headquarters to Camp Upton was marked by an address from Gen. Johnson, commanding officer of the Division, in which he said such a church, bringing together as it does all creeds, would never have possible but for the upheaval created by war.  Protestants, Catholics and Jews took part in the service and men of all these faiths will use the building on Upton Boulevard.

            “I don’t believe in strife of creeds,” said Gen. Johnson, “but getting together for common ends.  The war is too big to allow petty differences.  This church symbolizes the idea of a unity of religions, and the recognition that above us all is One who looks down and sees some good in everyone.  There are forty creeds in camp, but you men forget creeds in the great work you are doing.  Before long, you will all be fighting shoulder to shoulder with your Allied comrades.  Then, the Protestant will be laying down his life for the Catholic and the Jew for the Gentile.  Self-sacrifices is one of the greatest things in life, and it is one of the good things which come from war.  I am proud of the moral tone of this camp, reflected in the general court martial, where there were only fifty-three cases and only a few criminal ones.  And the return of every man from leave to his place is another fine commentary on you soldiers.”

            The building was presented for the use of all men in the camp by the Rev. John F. Carson, Central Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn.  He stated as the church’s object the service of all the men who have given themselves in this war to save humanity.  The Depot Brigade Orchestra, led by Sergt. Caslar, played.

            The full programme of the dedicatory service follows” Jewels of the Madonna (Wolf-Ferrari), orchestra; hymn, “O God, Our Help in Ages Past; “invocation, Lieut. James J. Halligan (Catholic), Chaplain 308th Infantry; responsive reading led by Hermon Eldredge, Religious Work Director, Camp Upton Y.M.C.A.; Y.M.C.A. quartet. “Lead Kindly Light;” scripture, Father Lawrence Bracken, Knights of Columbus Chaplain: prayer, the Rev. W.T. Manning (Episcopalian), Acting Chaplain 302d Engineers: March of the Priests (Mendelssohn), orchestra; hymn, “Faith of Our Fathers;” presentation of builders, the Rev. John F. Carson (Presbyterian); address, Brig. Gen. Evan M. Johnson: prayer, Rabbi N. Blechman (Jewish), representing Jewish Board for Welfare Work; “America;” benediction, Lieut. James M. Howard (Presbyterian).  Chaplain 304th Field Artillery.  The Rev. William Adams Brown, D. D., of Union Theological Seminary, New York, and secretary of the General War Time Commission of the Churches, presided.

            The new building has an auditorium for services and a wing containing conference rooms, chaplains’ offices and living quarters for visitors.


In Memoriam.

            It is with a sad heart that we report the death of Corporal Joseph Xavier McCarthy of Headquarters Company, 308th Infantry.  Our hearts are indeed too full to give adequate expression to the sorrow which we feel.  It is difficult to face realization that “Mac”- has gone from us, has answered the roll call of Him who is the Great Commander of us all.

            He was a good soldier and a fine man, loved by all who came into contact with the sunshine of his personality.  His death is an irreparable loss to us; but deep down in our hearts the memory of his comradeship will remain ever green, until we meet him in the great beyond.

            “And there shall be no more death there; neither sorrow nor crying- neither shall there be any pain, for the former things are passed away.”

CORPL, II. C. FICKER, for the Company.


Headquarter Company.

First Sergt. Larry Kelly is making a reputation as a before—during –and after—dinner speaker.  Realizing that announcements are dry things at best, he lends a humorous touch to them, and even such an announcement as a forthcoming pneumonia inoculation becomes a thing of joy.  It is suspected that he has been scouring Life and Judge, judging from the life he puts into a dead announcement.

            Pursuant to an order from Piano Headquarters, the piano now standing on its last legs in the recreation room will be exempted from military service and a new piano will be detailed to take its place.  The thing that looks like a piano will be sent to the happy hunting ground in pianoland with full military funeral.  We greet its passing, inasmuch as it has served faithfully and well—but, alas, too long—and the regimental surgeons recommend that it would be a charitable act to give it an honorable discharge on account of physical disability. 

            A perfectly good record of “When the Moon Is Shining Somewhere in France” was brought to the barracks recently, but the phonograph refused to play it.  Anybody having a good machine can exchange it for a bad machine by applying to Private Mitteahuber, the bad machine’s orderly. 


            Sergt. Major Tunick was the center of attraction last week in the big parade, walking way up at the head of the line with the Adjutant.  He made his eyes behave, however, and refused to give the girls any encouragement.  This being a very unusual procedure for the Sergt. Major, who is neither a woman hater nor a woman avoider, it deserves to be brought to the attention of his comrades and should serve as an example to Sergt. Singer.





Company F.

            Private John Shea recommends walking as one of the best exercises for keeping in good physical trim.  And just to show that he believes in his recommendation, he does seven miles of walk every day accept Sunday.  But what we want to know is, why should he spend Sunday in bed?


            Private Perey Shults and Corpl. Fitzpatrick don’t speak to each other.  When they have anything to say they, they sing it.  Opera impresarios please take notice.


            Sergt. Jesse posed as a model the other night.  My, but that papoose did look good on his back.  Some of his usual funny remarks helped along the entertainment.


Private Jack Kehoe spent a very pleasant Saturday night.  Ask him to tell you about it.


Which is the best company in the regiment?  Well, we hat to brag about it, but this is their column.



Caslar’s Band may be coming a little slow, because it was the last band organized in the camp, but the Depot Brigade Orchestra is second to none, and Sergt. Caslar and his merry men are being kept busy playing at functions.  This week the officers of the brigade had a couple of celebrations at which the band dispensed sweet music.

            There are many nightingales in the suburbs around 19th Street, but few of them have much on Andy Guy, 9th Company, and Ordnance.  A man who can sing at 7 A. M. of a cold morning on kitchen police would be happy anywhere, and Andy should be attached to the outgoing casuals to keep them happy.

            Private McKenna, Ordnance Provisionals, went away on a two-day pass.  While home at Fitchburg, Mass., he was quarantined for measles.  “The lucky stiff!” is the general expression of regret from his solicitous comrades.

            A bandsman’s life is not all a bed of roses.  Harry Donnelly was sick, and the boys were not a bit sympathetic.  First Sergt. Dan Caslar played “Ave Maria,” then Dave Brown tinkled out the “Dead March,” then Vollmer scraped out “Abide with Me” on his fiddle.  Donnelly was fast reaching the stage when even profanity was no relief, when Chaplain Tayler innocently meandered into the band room, and being somewhat of a piano player himself, sat down at the instrument and softly strummed the opening stains of “Nearer, My God, to Thee,” being absolutely unconscious of the performance that had been going on before his entrance.  This was too much for the sick man, and Donnelly wearily picked himself up and wandered over to the post exchanged to drown his troubles in sarsaparilla. 

            It is with regret that the boys hear of the coming departure of Chaplain Taylor.  A chaplain who drops in at the intercompany boxing bouts, wields a broom with the detail, plays basketball and boxes with the fellows he knows he can handle, is a distinct novelty in these times of strenuous preaching.  Chaplain Taylor says he feels that every man in the brigade is a personal friend, and that before he goes he would be glad to buy all the fellows a drink at the post-exchange that is, if one drink would go round all the fellows.

            Sergt. Mader of the 11th Company usually summons his company to mess with this formula: “Toot, toot, meathounds, meathounds, toot, toot.”



            There is a high private in the 8th Company known as “Ice.”  He is known to all in the Depot Brigade by this appellation, and very few, even of his intimates, could tell his real name if required to.  Questioned about this rather peculiar nickname, “Ice” confessed that he came into Camp Upton one warm day in September with his quota and on awaking next morning his first cry was “Ice!  “Ice!”  His right name is Christian Daescher.



James K. Hackett Meets Actors at K. C.—To Go Overseas.

            James K. Hackett, famous American actor-manager has been at Upton recently as General Director of Amusement for the Knights of Columbus in this country and overseas.  He was very successful here in rounding up talent for producing plays and furnishing other entertainments and held several conferences with men interested.  Mr. Flynn, K. C. General Secretary, will endeavor to have Mr. Hackett “play a return engagement,” although his time is limited for visiting camps in the South.  He sails for France soon to organize a big entertainment work there for the Knights.  Regarding his new work, which is a purely patriotic service, he said:

            “There are probably more actors in the army than men of any other class, when the numerical strength of the profession is taken into consideration.  I am sure there will be no difficulty in organizing companies which will compare in every way with those usually seen in the best theaters, and after examining the Knights of Columbus building I find them admirably suited to productions of the kind I have in mind.  The Knights of Columbus are rendering a splendid patriotic service by the maintenance of these recreation buildings, and I am glad of the opportunity to contribute my experience to the work they are doing.



            Sergt. Major Frank Bibb, Headquarters Company, 305th F. A., recently received commendation from New York musical critics for his finished accompaniments at the premier song recital of his sister, Kathleen Hart Bigg, at Aeolian Hall.  “Her accompaniments were sympathetically played,” said one critic who spoke in high praise also of the singer.  Sergt. Major Bibb’s talented fingers have won him an esteemed place among the soldiers he’s entertained here.




Confidential” Information for Soldiers—Well – Known Stahara Given Space.


“Ten Ways to Get a Boche” is the title of the booklet on jiu-jitsu and the more widely known every day stahara, by Allan Corstorphin  Smith, instructor in the Japanese science, to the men of the Metropolitan Division.  “Confidential” is marked across the face of the publication, which contains clear explanations of some of the best jiu-jitsu tricks.

            “This little pamphlet is dedicated to the officers and men of the 77th Smedberg Jr. and Lieut.  Col. James C. Rhea of that regiment.  The 305th has shown a real fighting spirit by the way it has taken up and made practical use of jiu-jitsu.  This book has been marked ‘confidential.’ As it is not expected to be circulated except among officers and enlisted men of the National Army.”  So runs Mr. Smith’s dedication.



Boxing, With Our Own Ben Col. Sherrill Hands Cup to Co.

Athletic Night for the 302nd Engineers was a rapid-fire showing of interesting events from jiu-jitsu to basketball, with not a dull moment.  The movie of bayonet and boxing showing Our Onw Benny Leonard was watched with keen interest, and a boxing match opened the real live stuff.  Trenticasti, Co. A. had things his way with Sergeant Walsh, Co. A.  The comedy relief was in this match, as in everything, and Lieut. O’Ryan decided to do Walsh a favor by pinning Trenticasti to the mat and holding up Walsh’s hand as victor.  Benny fought shadows until there were great rents and dents in the atmosphere, and went on with a flesh-and –blood antagonist, in De Brose, Co. F.

            Allen Smith and his band of Jiu-jitsu broke loose next and proved one of the evening’s large numbers.  Little Jap Ishii would thing up with a toe hold on a 200 pound infantryman from the 305th, who was as surprised as a rear rank private getting stripes when he saw the tiny Nippon foot sneaking at him from out of the horizon.    

            The regimental basketball championship got the real enthusiastic demonstration, Companies A and E opposing.  E travelled fast, but A was always a lap or so ahead, and the contest finally went to them—18 to 6.  The handsome cup offered as a trophy was presented to Capt. H. B. Perhee by Col. C. O. Sherrill, an enthusiastic spectator.  Line-up of the teams:  Company A – Forward, Delananey  and Kennedy: guards, Briedenback and Tapalow.  Company E Forwards. Reinfsnyder, Reichest and Dickerman:  guards, Bory, Dickerman and Follis: centre, Kirkup.  Officials Capt. Frank Glick, B. F. Bryant, Y. M. C. A.


Buffs and Ruffs of Company M, 308th Infantry.


            Sergts. Winzer, Scariata and Corpls. McCormack and Groh have after careful consideration been selected to attend the Division Field Engineering School.  Sergts.  Rapoport and Wall wish to take this opportunity of complimenting them upon the great honor conferred.  We are sorry that Sergt. Riedler was not fortunate enough to be chosen.  Better luck next time Cy.

            The third platoon squad room was burglarized for a stove door.  Pretty soon some men will attempt to carry off a hot stove.  Sergt. Beifus and his guinea pigs are on the trail and we can shortly expect a solution of this mystery.  Marty looks like a “lost boy” since his recent excursion to the city.

            Corpls. Walsh and Narwat have established close ties of friendship.  They have progressed to the extent of having twin beds.   

            Rumors are flying thick and fast regarding trips to foreign parks.  Company M sincerely hopes the  “Over There” is put across.  The boys are hungry for action too. 

                Boxing has been made a part of the daily programme, and the tilts have been so lively that badges of honor have appeared on numerous lamps.  The color effects reflect credit upon the mitt artists of Company M. 

                Corpl. Piazza, on his return from the parade, fell in for mess with a wash basin.  That’s a new wrinkle for Company M.

                Remarks were passed about Corpl. Bleich’s mid riff.  He finally informed us that he wore a life belt rather than a money belt.  For a member of the “Gimme Club,” where do you get your nerve?

                First Sergt. Winters on his weekly visits to the city frequents Central Park to see the squirrels.  He is always loaded with “peanuts” and other vegetables, and at the same time is women.  Even “Ole” Sergt. Dubrey is following his footsteps.



            Washington’s Birthday weekend found the 305th  Machine Gun Battalion giving its attention to a succession of big events.  On Thursday evening the basketball team of Company A played the Pratt Institute team at the Pratt gym.  A large crowd, civilians and soldiers, saw a thrilling game won by the Pratt team.  Dancing followed.

            As part of the battalion Company A helped to make the good impression given to all who saw the parade Friday.  The machine gun battalions truly created a sensation in New York.  Favorable comment and praise were forthcoming from all sides. 

            But a few of Company A men missed the military ball Friday night.  They later had a gathering at Healey’s.  Sergt. Mayer had the crowd in hysterics with his songs and stories.  Many wives and sweethearts showed talent along lines of entertainment to the great enjoyment of those present.  A huge success hardly describes the party. 



            Arrangements have been made to have the bands of the Division operate on a schedule, and the tentative line-up for the coming week is given herewith:  March 4 to 9 – Y Auditorium, 304 F. A.; 2nd and 7th Hut, 302nd Engineers; 2nd and 11th Hut, 367th Infantry; 19th St.  Hut, Depot Brigade; 5th and 14th, 305th Infantry; 5th and 4th Hut, 306th Infantry; 5th and 8th hut, 304th A; 5th and 1st Hut, 305th F. A.; 4th St. K. of C., 308th Infantry; K. of C. Hall, Upton Boulevard, 307th Infantry; Base Hospital, 306th F. A. For Sunday, March 10—Y Auditorium, 305th Infantry; 2nd and 7th Hut, 307th Infantry; 2nd and 11th St., 367th Infantry 2nd and 14th Hut, Depot Brigade; 5th and 14th Hut, 302nd Engineers; 5th and 4th Hut, 305th F. A.; 5th and 1st St., 308th Infantry; 4th St. K. C., 306th Infantry; ; K. C. Hall, Upton Boulevard, 304th F. A.; 15th St. K. C. 306th F. A.   


308th Film Is Finished and Will Be Used to Help Recruiting.

            Well, the big picture is finished and the dough boy actors are back in camp again.  Some thrillers Manager Stoermer, Quality Film Corporation, whom the 308th Regiment got to work up this feature film, has been putting the boys through!  Of course the recent circus of the regiment is the central scene, and the pictures taken during its progress of the crowd, the acrobatic acts, the clowns, Nervo’s Dive of Death and dainty Miss Lillian Walker as a clown, are all leading scenes.  But Corpl. Mullen’s dive in the ice-filled East River, Private Stutz’s fight with the spy, Sergt. Moore’s crack squad of Company E, and many other thrills will form part of the story.  Miss Walker plays the leading role as Marie Taylor.  Private Louis Stutz of Company L, 308th, plays as Bob Taylor, her husband Corpl. William Mullen, Sergt. Childs and Sergt. De Will Moore of Company E, Corpl. Duffy and Private John J. Murphy of Company D, Private Scheiber of Company L and several other men of the 308th played important roles in the photo play and proved themselves actors as well as soldiers.  Besides Lillian Walker, two other outside actors donated their services to the regiment for this picture, Frank Bemish playing the part of the German spy and William Wynn the spy’s tool.

            When completed, the picture will be the property of the 308th Regiment and will be shown throughout the country to stimulate and to give an idea of the recreation the boys have in the National Army as well as their work.



Ex-New York Traffic Policeman Killed in Motor Smashup.


            Sergt. Samuel Birney, 11th Company, 152nd Depot Brigade, was killed and four soldiers injured, one seriously, when an automobile on the way to camp from Patchogue was struck by a Long Island train at Center Moriches.  The men were all from the 11th Company, those injured being Sergt. Carney, in the Base Hospital with internal injuries due to shock; First Sergt. Hart, slight cuts about the face; Corpl. Spitzer, cuts about the head and leg sprains, and Private Solomon, shoulder bruises. 

            The driver of the machine was unable to avoid the collision when he attempted to cross the  tracks at Center Moriches, although he turned the car slightly, avoiding a head-on collision.  The speeding train stuck the car a glancing blow, it is believed.  The car was demolished.  The dead soldier’s home was in Richmond Hill, L. I.   He was formerly a New York traffic policeman.  He had secured a furlough and was to go home the next day. 






Will Appear in the Long Island Provinces—Show at Y Auditorium.


            Manager C. W. Towne of the Y. M. C. A. Auditorium presented some rattling good programs the last of the week, with movies, music and an all-star camp vaudeville bill among the offerings.  The 307th Infantry band and orchestra, Sergt. Nord at the baton, earned more laurels for their crown.  The films were Dorothy Gish in “Gretchen the Greenhorn,” a Triangle comedy, “A Lover’s Night,” and a five realer, H. B. Warner in “The Vagabond Prince,” Triangle.

            After numerous appearances over camp, by single acts, Manager Towne has finally rounded up an all-star vaudeville outfit that knocks em dead, and will play the Long Island circuit, beginning with Rockville Center.  McManus and McNulty, who have steadily grown funnier, proved by their whale of a sketch at K. C. Hall last week, are on the bill.  The rest of the Big Time Line-Up is:  Harry Weber, Depot Brigade, dancer, who’s toured from London to Australia on Keith’s and will team with Fred Schneider, Eleventh Engineers, Russian dancer, who studied his art in Petrograd; Michael Cavanagh, premier balladist; Kelly, McNulty and Cronin, who went big with McManus last Sunday at the 44th Street Theater in a singing and dancing novelty;  The Service Five, who have the camp by its harmonious ears; Joe Cappalo, classic and jazz violinist; Bolo Yap, Hawaiian, of the 304th F. A.; Jones and Waldron of singing and dancing fame:  Private Bird, Headquarters Troop, female impersonator, Who’s Julian Eltinge over again; McCormick and Thor, live soft shoe dancers, formerly Keith & Proctor boys, and of course, the Incomparable McManus.  Mac’s triumphs have been many in camp, but the one according him recently at the Cohan & Harris, where he was recalled eleven times, shaded em all.  Columns might be written about these boys, every one of whom is doing a strenuous “double bit” by soldiering and entertaining, and in Trench and Camp will appear from time to time stories about them and other lights stories about them and the other lights of the stage in the luminous Metropolitan Division. 



Melulla Oblongata Proves Inferior to Brachia Dextris—or Something


Medical Men See More in Fistic Encounter Than Interchange of Blows—Major Hammond Gives Fencing Exhibition.


Well, it was just as any one might have foreseen.  Jack Himes of the 308th filed Hospital, boxing with Ritchie Ryan of the 326th Motor Truck Company, protected his superior and inferior maxillaries, his clavicle and his sternum so well with his radius and ulna that Ritchie couldn’t penetrate with his padded metacarpals.

That was the way it appeared, anyhow, to the minds of the Medical Department men at the last Thursday evening soiree of the Base Hospital A. C.  Translated into plain Long Island English, it means that Himes covered up so well that Ryan couldn’t break through with a barrage of wallops and land the haymaker.  Himes crowded his head and chest into his arms like an ostrich burying it beak into the sand.  He was the human tank. 

            But this bout was really only one of the flashlights of a big evening that kept a photographer as busy exploding his powder as though he were signaling Headquarters Hill about the large time they were having at the Base Hospital.  It was such a special evening that the nurses off duty—every one of them, if anyone had cared to count—dropped their knitting and caramels and came to view this athletic rampage.

Major Graeme Hammond has a strong right arm and a heart that goes with it.  In his time at college Major Hammond demonstrated some anatomy by breezing around a cinder path for quarter and half – mile trips in a way that made it hard for other to keep up.  Later, he became a national fencing champion and did slashing work on an American Olympic team—might represent the country today if he didn’t have a war on his hands.  His pulse is said, literally and figuratively, to beat 100 to the minute, so it’s small wonder his countenance is always sunny side up. 

Several of the friends the Major has acquired in his travels were invited by him to the hospital, and the first to be introduced on Thursday was Mr. Dutcher of the New York A. C., who crossed foils with the Major in an endeavor to show that the younger generation knows something about fencing, but the Major made his blade flash and parry to better effect, indicating that he could still pink his German before breakfast.

After Major Hammond and Mr. Dutcher again worked up an appetite with a broadsword exhibition, a wrestling bout between two former national champions, Prof. Johnson, Instructor at the N. Y. A. C., and Mr. Jackel was announce by Czar Nicholas Y. M. C. A. Physical Director.  Their fifteen-minute match proved to be so fast that it looked like a collision between two human pinwheels.  Neither gained a fall on the other, though both went over the mat pretty thoroughly.

Mr. Dutcher, who has been a national figure with the Indian clubs, whirled them about in manner suggesting he had an extra arm concealed around him somewhere.  Later, with the hall in darkness, he swung a pair of clubs with tiny electric lights at the end, giving the impression of a couple of well-trained fireflies.  After he tried to tire out the Major some more with sabre play, but found he couldn’t, Ritchie Ryan, still asking for more, did a scrappy dance with Jack Mallon, the hospital champ.  At one point it seemed as if a nurse might get mixed up in the fray—innocently—when the boys started whooping it up in her corner, but the referee ruled her put of the bout and shooed the boys away.  Another wrestling demonstration wound up the evening, and the patients and pill chasers went to their quarters to try out a few of the things they’d learned on one another.

The first of the interbarracks basketball games was played in the gymnasium on Friday night, J-3 defeated J-2 to the tune of 15 to 8, and now J-2 hates everybody. 


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