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ft From Mufti to Khaki.
M til la an offlca la Jener Ore.
t-aat sitting at my desk talking to
Meutenent of tha Jersey National
Guard. On the wall waa a big war
map decorated with variously colored
little flaga abowtog tha position of tha
opposing arm lea on the waatern front
la Franca, in front of ma on the deak
. lay a New Tork paper with big flaring
LUtlTANlX SUNK! AMERICAN
LIVE! LOITI -Tha
windows were open and a feel
ing of eprlng pervaded tba air.
Through the opea windows cam the
atralne of a hurdy-gurdy playing In the
street -2 Didn't Raise My Boy to Be
Botoier." me moat was a llfe-slie picture of
"Lusttanla Sunk I American Lives Lord Kitchener with hla linger polnt
Loetr "I Didn't Ralie My Boy to Ing directly at me, under the caption
Be a Soldier." To as theaa did not ' Tour King and Country Need Ton."
aeem to Jibe. I No matter which way I turned, the
The lieutenant In silence opened one
t the lower drawers of his deak and
ook from It an American flag which
IS SB aAlamMlai .a .
he solemnly draped over the war man
on the wall. Then, turning to me with
Brim iace, aaia :
-now BDout it, sergesntT Too had
setter s-et onr tha mm(,f nit A .
uouniea BCOUta. aa I think thav will
v be needed In the course of a few daya." Preaw ",m recruiting of
We bualed ouraelves Ull late In the , fl-" Inside. Bitting at a desk waa a
evening writing out emergency t.w lonely Tommy Atkins. I decided to In-
rrama foe tha man to MtWirt m-hen tha
rait ahnnM ontna tmm Woahlnirtnn ,
Then we went home. j
- - i cTTMseq over u rew xotk, ana aa
I went hp Fulton atreet to take the
subway to Brooklyn, the lights tn the
tall buildings of New Tork seemed to
, be burning brighter than usual, as If
they, too, had read "Lueltania Sunk I
American Lives Lost!" They seemed
to'be glowing with anger and righteous
iKiMgnntlon, and their rays wigwagged
uVmeMsge. "Repay H
Months passed, the telegrams lying .
Jbandy, but covered with duet. Then,
"one momentoua morning the lieutenant
with a algh of disgust removed tie .
ui uwa uie war map ami niuuinu
to his deak. I Immediately followed
this action by throwing the telegrams
Into the waxtehniiket.' Then we looked
at each other In alienee. He waa
squirming In Ills chulr and I felt do
pretaed and uneasy.
The telephone rang and I answered
It. It waa a business cull for me, re
questing my services for an out-of-town
axHlgnment. lluslnexs waa not
very good, no tha wua very welcome.
After listening to the proposition I
seemed to be swayed by a peculiarly
strong force within me, and answered.
am sorry thut I cannot accept your
iffer, but I am leaving for Knglnnd
neTtwevk," aud hung up the receiver.
Tiwf Jit-utennnt awung around In hla
c hair, and stared at me In blank aston
ishment A alnklng sensation came
over' me, but I defiantly snswered bla
look with. "Well, It's so, I'm going."
'And I went
The trip across waa uneventful. I
landed at Tilbury, England, then got
Into a string of matchbox, cars and
proceeded to London, arriving there
about 10 p, m. I took a room In a hotel
' near 8t I'ancraa station, for "live and
elx-fire extra." The room waamluua
the fire, but the "extra" seemed to
tmrv ma warm. That night there waa
a A'ppelln raid, but 1 didn't aee much
ot It because the altt In the curtains
.waa too ainall and I had no dejdre to
niake It larger. Next morning the tel-
. epr-ne bell rang, and aomeone aaked.
"Ate you there?" J waa, hardly. Any
vay, I learned that the Zcpa tad re
ti'rmxl to thilr fiitherlnnd, so I Went
,. irifo the street enpectlng to se?
t , tie 1 1" .- Uuution au-J a cjw-
MACHINE OJrtJIERDiYIMG HUT
u w wry.
enng populace, but everything waa
n(1rmL I"ll re calmly proceed-
ln t0 th,r work Oro,1n tha
,twt 1 ceosted a Bobble with t
"Can yon direct me to the place of
lie asked me, "What damage!"
In surprise, I answered, "Why, the
damage cauaed by the Zeps."
With a wink be replied t
"There waa no damage; we ml Med
After several fruitless Inquiries of
the paaeersby, I decided to go on my
owa la aearch of ruined bulldlnga and
scenes of destruction. I boarded a bua
which carried me through Tottenham
Court road. Recruiting posters were
everywhere. Tha one that Impressed
, accusing finger
. American, In i
! American ring In
I W a .
followed me. I waa
mufti, and had a little
i the lanel nf mv jtrui
I bad no king, and mv count hn.i
, n fit not to need me, but atlll that
pointing nnger made me feel small bp
III at aaa f n n I.-. ' 1 "
" "t ease.
.With the throne -"-
tervtew blm In rccara to joining me
Rritlsh intlT. I opened the door. He
British army. I opened the dior.
looked up and greeted me with "I s'y.
myte, want to tyke onf
I looked at him and answered, "Well,
whatever that la. I'U take a chance
Without the aid of an Interpreter, I
found out that Tommy wanted to know
1 If I cared to J?la the British army. He
asked me: "Did yoo ever hear of the
Royal Fuslllerar Well, In London,
you know, Tanks are supposed to know
everything, so I was not going to ap-
I mr.m n . .till natVANul MHllP '
After listening for one half-hour to
Tommy'a tale of their exploits on the
nnng line, i ueciueu iu jnu. auuiiu;
took me to the recruiting headquarters,
n in i v a j I -- ----r,- .
He asked my nationality. I Immedi
ately pulled out my American passport
and showed It to hltn. It was signed
by Lansing. After looking at the
passport, he Informed me thut he wu
l I. nt mmlil nut enlist me. as It
would be a breach of neutrality. I
Insisted that I wna not neutrul, be
cause to me It seenied thut a reiil
American could not be neutrul when
Mg things were In proKrcKS, but th
cnptoln would not eullxt me.
j With dlxjniKt In my henrt I went out
I In the street. I hud gone about a
. block when n recruiting sergeant who
had followed me out of the office
tnpped me on the shoulder with his
swugger stick and suld : "S'y, I can
j get jou In the aniiy. We have a Vf
tennnt down at the other office who
! can do anything, ne hue Just come
J out of the O. T. O. (Officers' Training
i corps) and does not know what neu
j tmllty Is." I decided to ttike a chance,
' and accepted his Invltntlon for an In
I troluctlon to the lleutennnt. I entered
i the offlce and went up to blm. opened
: op my pnsdtMirt and antd :
"Before going further I wlnh to stnte
that I am an American, not too proud
1 to fight, and wont to Join your army."
He looked nt me In n nonchalant
manner, and answered, "Thnt's all
right; we take anything over here."
I looked at him kind of hard and re
plied. "So I notice," but It went over
He got out an enlistment blank, and
pluclng liU finger on u hhink line an Id,
I unxwered, "Not on your tintype."
"I beg your pardon 7"
Then I explained to hlin Ihiit I would .
not lilgn It without flrt rending It. I
rend It over and finned for duration of (
war. Some of the recrrtlta were lucky. )
They slgued for iw u )i- rs only I j
Then he asked me my l.-tl,;i!:iee. I ,
answered, "Ogden. L'tuh." j
He aald, "Ob, yea, Just outside of i
New Yorkr I
With a amlle. I replied. "Well, It's up .
the state a little."
Then I waa taken before the doctor j
and passed aa physically fit. and waa ,
laaued a ualfotm. When I reported .
back to the lieutenant, be suggested '
that, being an American, I go on-re-creltlng
service and try to shame aome
of the slackers Into Joining the army." j
"All yon have to do," be aald, "la to
go out oa the atreet, and when you aee
a young fellow In mufti who looks
physlcully fit. Just stop him and give
hint thla kind of a talk: 'A rent you
ashaied of yourself, a Brltlxher, phys
ically Ct, ami In mufti when your king
and country need you? Don't you
know that yoar countar ! at war anJ
thut the place for every young Hrlton
la on the firing line? Here I am, an
American, la khaki, who came four
-thousand miles to fight for your king
had country, and you, as yet, Lavs not
n.ltcd. Wiy don't you Join? Now
U the time.'
"Till argument ought to gt many
r-s-rults, Empey, so go out and see
whs; you can do." ,
He then gave me small rosette of
red. white and blno rlbNin. with thre-
little streamers hanging down. Thla
WSS the recruiting Insignia and
to be worn on the left aM of tha rap.
Armed with a swagger stick and my
patriotic rosette, I want out Into Tot
tenham Court road In quest of cannon
Two or three poorly dressed dvll
lana passed ma. and although they ap
peared physically Dt. I aald to myself,
"They don't want to Join tba arcnyr
. v . m . ..
iriiaia inrj nifr wnuvimm nepenaeui
on them for support," so I did not ac
Coming down the street t saw a
young dandy, top hat and all, with a
fashionably dressed girl walking be
side him. I muttered, "Ton are my
meat," and when he came abreast of
me I atepped directly la bla path and
stopped him with my swagger stick,
Too would look fine la khaki j why
not change that top bat for a eteel
helmett Aren't you ashamed of your
aelf, a husky young chap like you In
mufti when men are needed In the
trenches t Here I am, an American,
Swearing In a Recruit
came four thousand mllea from Ogden,
Utah. Just outside of New Tork, to
fight for your king and country. Don't
tie a slacker, buck up ana get into uni
form; come ovfr to the recruiting of
flce and I'll have you enlisted."
He yawned and anawered, "I don't
care If you came forty thousand mllea,
no one aaked you to," and he walked
oa The girl gave me a sneering look ;
I wss speechless.
I recruited for three weeks and near
ly got one recruit
This perhaps was not the greatest
stunt In the world, but It got back at
the officer who bad told me, "Yes, we
take anything over here." I had been
spending a good lot of my recruiting
time In the saloon bar of the Wheat
Sheaf pub (there wn a very attractive
Mondo barmaid, who helped kill time
I was not ns serious In those daya as
I was a little luter when I reuched
the front) well. It wus the sixth day
and my recruiting report was blank.
I was getting low In the pocket bur
moldj haven't muih use fr anyone
who cannot buy drinks so I looked
around for recruiting material. You
know n man on recruiting service gets
a "boh" or shilling for every recruit
he entices Into Jnlnlng the army, the
recruit Is supiHwed to get thin, but lie
would not be a recruit If he were wise
to thla fuct. would he?
Down at the end of the bur wua a
young fellow In mufti who wns very
patriotic he had alwiut four "OIJ
Six" ales aboard. He asked me If he
could Join, showed me bis left baud,
two flngere were missing, hut I aald
thut did not matter aa "vc tuke any
thing over here." The left band Is
the rifle hund as the piece Is carried
at the slope on the left almulder. Near
ly everything Id England Is "by the
left," even general traffic keeps to the
I took the applicant over to head
quarters, where he was hurriedly ex
amined. Recruiting surgeon were
busy In those days and did not have
niU'ii time for tlmroiili physical exam
inations. My recruit wua passed us
"tit" by the doctor ami turned over to
a corporal to make i; re or ms scars.
I was liiysrltle:!. Suddenly the ror..i-
rat burt out with. "H!'mc me. two f
his liners are gone." Turning to mo
be said, "You certainly have your
nerve with you. not 'alf you uln't, to
bring this beggar In."
The doctor ciune over nnd exploded,
"What do you mean by bringing In a
man In this condition t"
Looking out of the corner of my eye
I noticed thut the officer who had re
cruited me had Joined the group, and
I could not help unswerlug. "Well, air,
I was told thut you took aoytklug over
I thluk they called It "Tankee Im
pudence," anyhow It ended my recruit
lug. CHAPTER II.
Blighty to Rttt Billets.
The next morning the ruptuln aent
for me aud Informed me: "Emiey. as
a revriiltlng sergeant yon are a wush
out" and keut me to a trululng d. mt
After arrlvlug at this pIhcc. I wa.
!i-:t'ed to the ouurleriaaster :o;-ea
t -l ' rvies!' r
. r- ct K'.iit
nn awful anm x. j n- i
.n '.he jti uti-J ami i--
. mcnced throwing miscellaneous "a
! mrtmrnt of sti-iipa, buckles and othrr
paraphernalia Into It. I thought h
! wor.ld never Mop, but when the pt
I reached to my km---i be jntio long
i enough to My, ".Next. No.-5217, 'Arris,
1 n company." I gnxed la bewilderment
, st tlte pile of Junk la front of ton, and
ti.n lav vp mnndi'l-oil nrnnn.t lw.lrin..
iir the wngm whlrh was to carry It
to barrack. I was ruddy hrouirht to
aarth by tha "quarter" azclnlrolnit.
"Tre, yoo. 'op It J tyke It aWy; blind
my eyes, Va looking for la batman to
VIp Ira carry If
Struggling under tha load, with fre-
tot re,t 1 rche'1 mr
barrack a (larva oar harnal. anil m
barracka (large car barns), and my
platoon leader came to tha rescue, it
waa a msrvel to ma bow quickly bo
akaastaamtilauf lfi awitilnmnt A - ka
bad completed the task, be showed me
how to adjust It oo my person, pretty
soon I stood before him a proper Tom-
my Atkins In beery marching order,
feeling Eke aa rerloaded cameU
On mr feet were heary-soled boots.
studded wltb hobnails, tha toes and
heels of which were re-enforced by
steel half-moons. My legs were In
cased la woolen puttees, olive drab In
color, with my trousers overlapping
them at tha top. Then a woolen khaki
tunic, under which was a bluish gray
j woolen ahlrt, minus a collar; beneath
this shirt a woolen belly band about
six Inches wide, held In place by tie
strings of white tap. On my head
was a heavy woolen trench cap, with
' huge earlaps buttoned over the top.
Then the equipment! A canvas belt,
with ammunition pockets, and w
wide csnvss straps tike su
called "D" straps, faatei ehoulder.
In front paaalng ' mT
' crossing In tJuckles to the rear of the
'attacbod the right side of the belt
Jung a water bottle, covered with felt ;
on the left aide was my bayonet and
scabbard, and Intrenching tool handle,
thla handle etrapped to the bayonet
sct bbnrd. In the rear was my In
trenching tool, carried In a canvas case.
This tool waa a combination pick and
spade. A canvas haversack was
strapped to the left side of the belt
while on my back was the pack, also
of canvas, held In place by two canvas
straps over the shoulders; suspended
on the bottom of the pavk was my
mess tin or ennteen In a neat little,
canvns case. My wnterproof sheet,
looking like a Jelly roll, was strapped
on top of the pock, with a wooden stick
for cleaning the breach of the rifle pro-
' Jectlng from ench end. On a lanyord
- around my waist hung a huge Jack
knife with a cun-opener attachment.
The rock contained my overcoat, an
extra pair of socks, change of under-1
wear, hold alt (containing knife, fork. I
1. . Ikk .... .1. I.llia. km.k
T" ' " "7. u,,"
VIinvillK BUUIS ailtl a inline r, vi..
with "Made In England" stamped on
the blade; when trying to shave with
thla It made you wish thnt you were
at war with Patagonia, so that you
could have a "hollow ground" stamped
"Made In Oermnnr") : then your house-
' wife, button-cleaning outfit, consisting
of a brass button stick, two stiff
brushes, and a box of "Soldiers'
Friend" paste; then a shoe brush and
a box of dulihln. a writing pad. Indel
ible pencil, envelopes, and pay book,
ond personal belonging, su-h ns r
small mirror, a decent razor and u
sheaf of unanswered letter, and (.'.
In your haversack you carry your Ir:i
rntlons, nieanl-.u; a tin of bully Se.-f.
four biscuits ai;d a c-;in contnlnlns i-:i
suear nnd Oxo cubes; u c-ii:'K' 1
plji.-s ami n pai-k of shag, a tin of r.:i.
II. nnd a pull-tbr tih. Tommy p u
orally carries ti e o!l with Ms ration -:
i! i.Ives tl.e dire a port of sardine
Add to tl-.N n fr-'ild pouch nnd i
long, liiitalnly rl!'. pat'emed after th
Daiiii l ltoor.o period, and you li ive i.-i
Men of n r.ritl-h sohliir In Blighty.
' Before leaving for France, this n:!'
Is taken from 1i!i;i nnd ho Is l-Miod
with n I.eo Enfie!d idiort trench rll'.e
and a ration bag.
In France he rccelvee two gas hel
mets, a sheepskin coat, rubber mack
intosh, steel helmet, two blankets, tear-
. shell goggles, a hnlnelava helmet,
gloves aud a tin of utitlfrostblte grease
which Is excellent for greasing the
boots. Add to thli the weight of hl i
rations, aud can you blame Tommy for
growll.ig at a twenty-kilo route march?
I Having served as sergeant major In
i'.ie I'nlled Stutes cavalry, I tried to
tell the English drill sergeanta their
business, but It til -1 not work. They
Immediately put tue us batman lu their
mess. Many a greasy dNU of stew w as
accidentally spllle-l over them.
I would sooner fight than ben waiter,
m tth(.n p inI(.r t.miu, ,i,r,un fliml
her.d.tu-u t-r" cali!:u for u draft f ,
o.V) re-eofon-emi ..u f.,r Krunce. I v. 1-1
Then we went before the M. O.
(medical officer) for another physical
examination. Thla was very brief. He
asked our names uud numbers uu'd
aald "Fit," and we went out to light
We were put Into troop trulua uad
aent to Southampton, where we de
trained, uud had i our trench rifles Is
sued to us. Then In column of twoa
we weut up the gangplank of a Ilttlt
stesmer lying alongside ths dock. '
.'ythe head of the gangplank there
was an old aergeant, w ho directed that
ve Hue ourselves along both rails of
! tbe khlp. Then he ordered us to tuke
life lielts from the racks overhead end
i t tiieui on. I have crossed the ocean,
k.....rl fll,..,.a knit Ir nuf I m'a tint iiiu,
' si -!., but when I buckled on that life
) it I had a sensation of sickness,
j Alter we got out Into the stream all
j I I'd think ef waa that there were a
' lui.lion Uen.ian submarines with ator
; i !o i n (-in It urrosa.the warhead of
which hum liikcrlbed my name ana a I
;t) e v twtiio 4..MC-
a pf"r tmt. f, rir.tf rked. T"T...Jr
in.nen en..,nr one or ny nmhltlona.
. . . ",m,,"rr, '"nee.- We
alept In tl,.. o;.n that nlsht on the sMe
-i mr- num. Ar.unT mix me. next morn
ing we wire ordered to entrain. I
looked around for the pnnscnger
concnea, fiut all I could see on the sat
ing were rsMle enrs. We ellmhed Info
th on the td of ench car waa
a Un retnllng "HoiMinea ), nieyonut
8." When we got Inxlde of the cars,
we thought that perhupa the algn
painter bad reversed the order of
, things. After 4 hours In these truck a
we detrained at Rouen. At this place
we went through an Intensive training
for ten da ye.
The training consisted of the rudi
ments of trench warfare. Trenches
had been dug. with barbed wire en-
bombing an pa, dugouts,
V"""00 P0 " machine gun
c!1c'm'"f'- We wr lT
J .rL'Dch cookJn nlUtloo,
. , throwln- reconnoHerlng, listen-
TOU"l",run "na rTinng
barbed wire, "carrying In" parties.
Ths Author's Identification Diak.
methods used In attuek and defense,
wiring parties, mass formation, and
the procedure for poison-gas attacks,
I On the tenth duy we again met our
friends "Hommes 40, Chevenux 8.'
. Thtrty-slx hours more of misery, and
we arrived at the town of F .
After unlondtng our rations nn
equipment we lined up on the rood In
columns of fours waiting for the order
i to march.
A dull rumbling could be heard. The
eun was shining. I turned to the man
on my left end asked. "What's the
noise, Btlir He did not know, but bis
face was of a pea-green color. Jim,
on my right also did not know, but
suggested that I "awak" the sergeant
Coming towards us was an old grlz-
sled sergeant, properly fed up with
the war, so I "awaked" blm.
"Thluk It's going to rnln, scrgeunt?"
He looked at me In contempt, and
grunted, "'Ow's It a-goln' ter rnln with
the blooruln sua n-shluln ?" I looked
"Them's the puns up the line, me
lad. and you'll get enough of 'em be
fore you gets back to Blighty."
My knees seemed to wilt, and I
squeaked out il weak "Oh!"
Theu we started our march up to the
line In ten-Kilo treks. After the first
lay's march we arrived at our rest
billets. In France they call them rest
billets, because while In them Tommy
works seven days a week ond on the
eighth day of tN week be Is given
twenty-four hours "on his own."
Our billet was a spacious affair, a
large barn on the left side of the roivl,
which had one hundred entrances,
ninety-nine for shells, rata, wind at.d
rain, nnd the hundredth one for Tom
my. I was tired out, arid uslnij my
shrapnel-proof helmet (shrapnel proof
until a piece of shrapnel hits it), or
tin hat for a pillow, lay down In the
straw, and waa soon fust asleep. I
must have slept about two hours, when
I awoke with a prickling sensation all
over me. As I thought, the straw had
worked through my uniform. I woke .
up the fellow lying ou my left, who had
becii up the Hue before, nnd asked
hi i n :
"Does the straw bother you. mate?
It's worked through u.y uniform an I I
Ia a sleepy vnKc ho answered,
That uln't straw, il.i-m'.i co.iiirs."
From that time on my friemU the
I "cooties" were eon-t mtly with me.
"Cooties," or body lice, are the bane
of Tommy's existence.
The urlstooruey of the trenches very
seldom cull them "cooties," they speak
of them as fleaa.
To nn American flea means a small
Insect armed with a bayonet who Is
wont to Jab It Into you snd then hop
skip and Jump to the next place to be
attacked. There Is an advantage la
having fleaa on you Instead of "coo ilea"
In that tn one ef his extended Jumps
said flea Is liable to land on the fel
low next to you; he haa the, typical
energy and push of the American,
while the "cootie" haa the bulldog
tenacity of the Englishman; he holds
on and consolidates or digs la until
his meal la flnl.-hed.
There la no way to get rid of them
permanently. No matter how often
yoa bathe, and that Is not very often,
or how muny times you change your
underwear, your friends tha coodes"
are alwaya luevldene. Tha billets are
Infested with them, especially to If
Uicic la stiuw on the floor.
,r,,.l w' and.-rwrar ;T7
, ,,. rhtni!m f ur)lfl,nni ,, th,
, ,.,, , for , plsn Tll(. n,. inorn.
1'ig my shirt would be full of tin-in. It
Is a common sight to see eight or ten
soldiers sitting under a tree with their
shirts over their knees engaging la aJ
"shirt hunt." '
At night r.hcut k:.'f an b-:r t-fore'
"lights o-il," you ran eo the Tommies
gmuied around a candle, trying, la Its
dim light, to rid their underwear of
the vermin. A popular and very quick
method la to take your ahlrt and draw
era, and run the scams back and for
ward In the flame from a candle and
burn them out This practice Is dan
gerous, because yon are liable to bura
bolea In the garments If yoa are not
Recruits generally sent to Blighty
for a brand of Insect powder adver
tised ss "Oood for body lice." The ad
rertlaement Is quite right; the powder
Is good for "cooties;" they slmpty '
thrive on It 1
Tha older men of our battalion were
wiser and made scratcbers out e
wood. These were rubbed raovhebeav
a bit of stone or sand toees that eJ
ters. They were aJvtgth will reach
long, and XflTxxJy which may be at
"'d'Some of the fellows were buy,
IJ'only made their scratcbers twelve
Inches, but many a night when oa
guard, looking over the top from tha
fire atrp of the front-line trench, they.
would have given a thousand "quia
for the other six Inches.
Once while we were In rest billets aa'
Irlah Hussar regiment camped la aa
open Held opposite our billet Afteri
they had picketed and fed their horses,;
a general shirt hunt took place. The
troopers Ignored the call "Dinner up.,
and kept on with their aearch for big
game. They had a curloua method ori
procedure. They bung their shirts over:
a hedge and bent them with their en-,
trenching tool bundles.
I asked one of thorn why they didn't
pick them off by bund, and he an
swered, "We haven't had a bath for
nine weeks or a change of clabber. If
I tried to pick the 'cooties' off my ahlrt'
I would be here for duration of war",
After taking n close look aJ bis shirt I
agreed with him; It was alive;
The greatest shock a recruit gets'
when be arrives at his buttullon in
France Is to see the men engaging In S
"cootie" hunt. With nn air of con
tempt nnd disgust be uvolds the com
pany of the older men. until a couple
of days Inter, In a torment of Itching,
he also has to resort to a ahlrt hunt
or spend many n sleepless night of
misery. During these hunts there are
lots of pertinent remarks bandied bark
and forth among the explorers, such
as, "Say, Bill, I'll swap yoo two little
onoa for a big one," or, "I've got a ,
Mack one here thut looks like Kaiser
One sunny day In fbe front-line
trench, I saw three ofllcera sitting out
side of their dugout ("cooties" are no
respecters of ruuk ; I have even noticed
a suspicious uuenslneaa about a certain
well-known general), one of them was
a major, two of them were exploring
their shirts, paying no attention to the
oecnslonnl shells which parsed over
head. The major was writing a letter;
every now and then he would lay aside
his writing-pad, search his shirt f r ii
few minutes, got an Inspiration, tin!
then resume writing. At last he ll;i
Ished his letter nnd gave It to his "run
ner." I wns curious to see whether ho
was writing to un Insect firm, so when
the ruuner pa"M-d me I eagaged him
In conversation nnd got a glimpse ut
the uddress on the envelope. It wu
addressed to Miss Alice Somebody, lu
Ijindon. The "runner" Informed mo
that Mls.-i Somebody wus the major'
sweetheart and thut he wrote to her
every day. Just Imagine It, writing b
love letter during u "cootie" buut J but
iu'-h Is the creed of the treruAes.
The Silo that gives you cne
hundred per cent food valu
Made of California long pit o
and red wood, also Oregon
Despise ths Savoyards.
Even to the present day th Gen
eves hate and despise the Savoyards,
their hereditary enemies, calling thu
contemiuoua attention ot the atrmnger
to the fact that these nelgflbors of
theirs sre unthrifty and still mako
their women work la the fields, ss they
did la former days. Fifteen minutes'
rids la a motorcar will carry one front
Geneva Into Bavoy.