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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 28, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 14

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Daily routine is observed just as
If they were still on shipboard.
A big bell calls them to dine and
to drill just as it did on the high seas.
A big bulletin board tells the news
of the day.
Commander Thierfelder's word is
absolute law.
The enemy is an immaculate chap,
even when isolated as a prisoner of
war.
He dotes on ,pets and whittles dolls
and miniature submarines and some
times he sings.
Tritz wants to learn to play base
ball. He's soon to be put to gardening
to raise his own food.
He salutes Old Glory when he hap
pens to be out of doors at "retreat,"
but generally manages to find busi
ness indoors about time for the sun
set gun.
When the Seventeenth regiment's
band gives a concert Fritz crowds
against the barbed wire enclosure
and applauds everything except
'Dixie."
The first day he reached Ft. Mc
pherson he refused to make any
promises not to try to escape.
STUVftshOSE
.SLEEP OVER?
(l WONDER WHAT'S)
1IN THAT ,
I uiT CASE r
He's a soldier of the kaiser
through and through, 24 hours a
day, but he's wise enough always to
remember the dead line for Uncle
Sam's boys have drawn for him.
It is hard to get to the camp. There
is much red tape. Uncle Sam is tak
ing no chances on a spy slipping
through into the barracks.
Barbed wire 15 meet high and
studded with electric lights, a pace
inside of this 'another strand of wire,
about the height of a man's knee.
Should Fritz raise a foot over this
wire he would learn how well the
boys of the Seventeenth can sho.ot.
Inside Fritz marched briskly back
and forth, tiger-like.
I found the man whose duty had
taken him on the inside -of the wires.
He described the interior of the camp
to me.
The sailors scrub floors for decks
and live as nearly a sailor's life as
conditions will permit
"Upper deck," reads a sign over a
little door. There is tacked up. a Red
Cross and a sign bearing the word
"Hospital." It has one patient
In the sleeping quarters pictures
adorn the walls and bedsteads, pic
tures of girls back home.
In the kitchen the cooks, in im
maculate white uniforms, mince
onions and potatoes.
Over to one side is the U. S. pa
rade grounds. Fritz stands behind
his barbed wire, his face toward the
Stars and Stripes, as "Retreat" is
sounded.
Very lonely Fritz appears. He
doesn't look like the enemy but just
a lonely bunch of men silhouetted
against an amber sky.
After I left the camp a desire again
grew to invade the privacy of Fritz's
camp. I wrote Capt Thierfelder a
polite note asking permission to call
on him. He answered immediately.
I quote verbatim: '
"It is useless to come, for there is
nothing to see nor to say. I would
not admit you. Respectfully Thierfelder."

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