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Till GARDEN ISLAND. TUESDAY. OCT. 1, lfllS
My Boy at the Front
I Why Heine Don't Need
I lmvo never seen liini luit lie
is in i in-! I liavf never wrillen to
liini ; vet. I liinl. 1 lime sent liini
111.-1 1 1 tilings. IK- never licaril of
me; vet lie ilt'i'inils on me d;iilv.
And now lil't1 is worlli wliilc. for
I IlilVC 11 service s( ;l r h; call
honestly wear, hidden, to lie sure,
ironi eves, lmt lliere. over my
heiiri jnst tlie same.
1 "iive up my profession ut (lie
very start and volunteered for war
work. All went well till 1 liean
io notiee that every yonnn woman
luit myself apparently had some
interest in some man in the serv
ice, roil 1 had nothing in the war
hut my woi'k.
Siiinci liinfi' else pit on my
,'ives too. 1 was the only hoard
Tr in a small houseludd. They
had a hoy at the front, ami at
first the landlady was almost
si.'iril in my eyes.
Then I hejian to notice things.
Mrs. IMank had plenty of time to
make innuinerahle pretty things
for her j;irls hut none to sew lor
the lied Cross; she alwavs had
money lor a matinee, hut never
for a' Thrill Stump. When the
appeals for food saving eame she
went ahead as usual, and had
meat every day hecause she could
wail (ill (he last minute and then
fry something." I asked her a
hiul il. and she smiled her sweet
little smile and said. "Hut we
really use very little."
She always said that, ami he
fore lonjj "very little" heeaine to
me lhe tune of the woman slacker.
Thank heaven there are not many
of her. for. to my mind, she is
worse than the man slacker who
tries to avoid the draff. He's
afraid of bodily pain and danger;
hut she doesn't want to make even
a painless sacrifice.
So she ate toast for breakfast
when whole states were oiiij;
wheat less. And she spent her
evenings knitting colored sweat
ers for every sport skirt her nirls
possessed taking yam away
from the soldiers as consistently
as she did food.
I tried to reach her with Hie
plea that she had a son in the
service. She replied that he had
heen perfectly well outfitted lie
lore he started, and that his let
ters assured her that he always
had piod food to eat.
I hean to think that she was
one of many, and all 1 and other
workers (ould do would merely
halfway neutralize the wastage
of her and her kind. t mU the
life out of my work till 1 eame
near resi-nin, jusl to remove one
less than perfect com ,.om ,iu. j,j.
I!nt this morning came the mo
ment that changed' everythini-- for
me. I hale to make a pun over so
serious a matter but it was the
sutiar shortage thai brought the
sweetness back to my life!'
For Mis. Mlack asked me to ;o
to the -irocer's and brinjr h,.r tH,
Iwo pounds that I could et in
'spite of the fact thai slie had
eouiiled me in her household, and
had already the suar that 1 was
Well, that did something to me.
I turned at the door ( I was on
my way out l and addressed my
self to Mrs. Chick.
"Madam," I said (it
very severe i, "Madame,
eame here I envied you
you had a hoy at the i'rot
I've been positively morbid about
it and have let my work p dull
and stale. Hut this moment I
have made a discovery. It is not
iniir heart that has' a rij;ht 1o
bleed, yet lory. over that boy. It
is mine.' I have saved the food
to feed him. not you. My savings
have sent him food; 1 have sent
him warm j;arinents; I have labor
ed here that the great war mach
ine might not fail him. So he's
iii'uit'.. You nurtured the child and
man. Hut you failed the soldier
and now he's mine. I have a
boy at the front !"'
Then I stopped. I fell heavenly
happy, yet cruel. J.ut maybe it
was not really cruel, for L saw a
look on that woman's face well,
sometliing had happened to her,
She'll live up to that boy now.
lint she can't ever take from me
the glorious knowledge (hat, some
how, somewhere, as long as I do
my part, have it boy at lhe front!
Hy E. A. Bachelor
rnriK. Sept '.), (Dy Mail) Anions
the spoil of war recovered by Ameri
can soldiers In their victorious fig'i
in through the Chateau Thierry jos
ion are numerous pairs of fine binocu
lars, hastily discarded by German
oilicers. In some sections, where the
ankees had made a sudden attack,
and Fritz had been obliged to "beat
it" quickly it seemed to have been
raining field glasses when the victors
reached the scene.
A canteen worker attached to one
of the Y. M. C. A. huts near the
Ifront was talking with a "hard guy"
in khaki. The "hard guy" was from
East St. Louis.
"Why is it." said the Red Triangle
man, "that the Germans threw away
so many pairs of binoculars when
they got ready to beat it? The glass
es weigh practically nothing, and as
they are attached to a strap hung
round the neck, they wouldn't be any
trouble to carry. I can understand a
soldier shedding his overcoat, knap
sack, rille and tin hat, if he was in a
hurry to get thither from hither, but
why unload an article as small and
light as a pair of field glasses?
"Listen, bo" replied the East St.
Louis soldier. "Them Huns ain't
making no sucker play when they
cans them field cheaters. They
knows something, does them Huns.
"After goin' up agin us Yanks a
couplea times, they savvy that they
ain't going to need na glasses to see
us 'cause we're goin' to be right on
toppa 'em. No, sir, when they was
chasin' them Koosians all over the
map over the east front, they had to
have glasses to see their prey, but
they ain't no guy in the Boche Army
that is so near-sighted he won't see
us Americans if he just sticks around.
"What them birds figures they need
is speed, not glasses. And take it
from me, that ain't bad figuring
Nicholas Hoopii of Kapaa, is com
pleting his fourth plowing on his new
homestead, and in a short time he will
be prepared to set out his pines.
Hoopii will have a large produce
garden for home production of vegi
tables . He will plant about an acre
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