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t. Douglas Featherstoone
Writes Interestingly to
Friends in. Greenwood A.
bout Experiences in the
Front Line Trenches.
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The following letter from ieut.
oiglas 'Featherstone, son of Mr. C.
Featherstone, to at friend in Green
ood,, will be read with more than
ssing interest here lhecause of the
sight wi liet it 9ves it o the life
thev ktys on (he front line trenchtes
id i to because iUeu. Featherstone
as reareti in laurens, where his
any friends feel a deep interest In
s 'work with lclcle Sam's fighting
Feb._ 13, 1918S.
ar Mr. Boiton:
'he very iee box of candy from you
Id your family cale to me som1e
3ys ago and I amll sorry that Imty work
s ben so 1inensing aid exacting
at I have not. heen able to thanik you
I before this iItie.
You aimed the ciant(dy for somewhiere
France at Chrislitlas: bie. 11 didn't
aih Im a1 that tim311 due aiily to
. 11,1y13. mtoves: ju3st at tilie last of the
ar: - but when ' did recach me onl
v firt- lin I :I:aSsure you that It was
-ld hav1% be n i1: 1 3 it rm
Ielli. ip ':'. I 1,1(1 (0 1l 11011
n', the <andy 1.1 4enmlpany wvith two
e wIth g::; mnnsk ott wvainhtg for
lie gas atlack to,1mss over.
The yeal 'II 1 15 ben exceelilgly
tiS f act Ior I o u s so f'ar. 'To h iin
Ith I am working wvitlh one of f1he,
s, if not tull, Ft'st organtizaionl iln
e Ilited States A\rmy -anld mly (n-of
etlont withi it las been of Ite pleas
iest na!1ture po'ssible. \\'ith it I have
een throlugh almost the eittire Iloclie
-up of frigltifillnhess and we have
to fall to gIve them as good as
y sent. We hav'e m11t and3( will meet
lelitie.. oi all sidIe . but the ini
r teally woNl( rs a i'd soiehow we
ltage to 1,1111 tim r, ,Ii. I have heent
.y for'..:11n. inllim 11. have beenl
rough '::n0." Ill es at(i sita otins
tieh usuially conte with years in.
ad of iloniths on 11lhe Ilnilig Ilne.
Fighting i powerflI, w'ollderfilly
gaiied lnemilty fithlee tihousanld miles
i'n home Is a task tle inagnillide of
1IeA we cait hardly realize ourselves
(I we have, mtiany. many lessons to
I'n, but the 1'. S. soldiers are (olt-.
v tthe scratch nobly. I have b10een
t w Qth otir men ind I t1 the largest
rt of Nie hattery is made till of limen
utiger' thant I i iii m-ant 1 a great mttany
the'n) sevventeen. eighteenl and nin1e
(11 yars old) foi r Itl'ee and foti r
Ys at. 111 1d w\0ork whent oill average
ei was close to nlotitg itand they
Drked 'heerfuilly, faithfuilly and(
andlly. Once we w"ere in1 3he saddle
r sIxteen hlours andl ' we got in anid
prted thatI we had to) go (3(1 13n aln
urt foi' eighlt lionurs mlor' titd we Itad(
C tct melwheni Ihere :hoiuld have Imw'n
'e'' jid thatI 03ne~o Im ''43n (ohi
C31mUomptllahinal outi loud and 311wi
s met t Ith a vl'ley4 of "''h~at 'd you
meC ver' herl'e for aniy way3." ''ay you
ght t O've b rough t your nu313rse z'long"'
you come here to get your f1ll of
ow ?" and1( It was sofry3 he htadnit't
Onlyv a few days 'agot a Iloehe bat
'y opened til on 13s with high ex
sivyes and( Ithey were'Rt'twa11stinig thelir
oll all over t'Ihe cou ntry' elither. The
dy w'.as ordered to take the host
eltl'r ava ilale . Thiie Iloche fIi'e got
little prevIous as It went onl antd It
dln't make v'ery nice music14. I inally
g F. - :ome Inforumatiotn as to whlat
ttir' was fiinig onl us and the cap
in tohul me3 to openi lil (on thenm wIth
to gunt 31and1 s('nd~ thle test of thle men(1
vay' from!1 thle hat tery3 position3. We
mputited firinig data ver'y ha~stily' and
1h11 1 sI el '1ed( oulilsde anid blew the
uistle thte men3151 ipanig out 1 t lie gunis
ith a yell -a nd It rein ded 1me of a
othall team whlent thle whistle starits
e game. With IshellI falling all
01131l s we gave Ithem ablout thirty
utnds alnd absolu1tely3 sI lenced them
d if there was a man it thle htattery
searedl as I was he dIdn't11 showv It
at dlay. A itumbe13r of thle men wvere
t, butt not liltrt, bty fragnments and I
Ad three fragmenits try to makk a bell
V of my helmet wh'len a shell hm'st:5 in
0 top of a near'by tree. I was one
the happiest hunches I ever' saw
hell it wvas pthoned Into us a few mIn
es latet' that we had catused a big
plhosion and flre at the Iloche batteriy
ad pult one gun ouit or comml~ision
Pparently havIng lit an3 ammuinititon
ump in their vicintity.
I ige 1been in a forward observation
Ost for the past twodays anid I have
1f opp~or'tunity to wr'liIe thIs only be
ause it is rainIng slIghtly and1( a dense
g c')Oers thinigs and1( where yester'
say I could see niearly every3 mtove
0O3t over a coin of kilometers of
front In No Mar.'s Laud, enemy trench
es and, with th aid of glasses, eight
or ten kilometers behind the enemy
lines, and aerial activity still further
-today I can scarcely see the enemy's
first line trenchez. and it has been the
(luietets day since I have been at the
front. Yesterday we were shelled heav
fly and there hasn't been an in.1pecting
officer around in three (lays-- the Ger
ians are useful for soine things af
Fearly last, night our telephone
wires were, to use technical ternis
"all blowed to hell," and while it
wasn't essential, it was best that they
be repaired as sooni as possible. Two
of the five nien witi me picked up1)
their coats and helmets, shouldered
their kits and started out oh the lines
witliout a word fromi mc- and they
worked for two hours without a light
tInder' sliell fire until the lines were
repai red. coverilig abolit two kilonet
era of wire by feeling their way along
-and Mere was shelling of a light na
ture all the lime. It is tlings like this
which give me a great deal of faith
in tle possibilitles of our army.
I anm here in the "0. P."' to see
Our Easter h
and make a grea
been building a r
ways first with I
the public with. fi
Wlen trading witI us you
have neit her d1ouibts nor dis
appoiitiment is. Good se'vice.
With 1 is -, st nneer, citial1
and style is neer ne
You'd bei siurprI ised to see
how niony ~ wvomien ared buy ing
thei r niew Spin g Skirits no0w.
They h~' ave Ilearn'ted that it
pays to selec't early. We ate
showing a beautiful line of
Silk Skirts in plaids ande
i'. (Clard'(y says it's tnone oif
tits buisiniess, buit. if yo(u wat
a pali' of his nifty Easter'
lie is shiowinig themt in all
M. \\i Wilo wanls to kntow
if' you htave ever h'eardi of
1lirt -Slta ffner' & .\arzx (Clothi
in'g for' yountg tment. If not
you should( get acquia initedl
Mi'. Tomi Reid says that. a
dollar t Sit thlis yeart sitrte
ducs( look like a llollar Shiirt.
Biut if y011 wat 'emi hie has
.\ir. Stev'enison says lie don't
ind ti h Ilese wheialIless antd
mntn!less days. bitt oh, y'Ott
le< piess ni ightis.
.\liss .\amiie Irbhy asys that.
f riiunn ig a lFordn is as harid
als sellinig goods, she '"(ati't
It's nonie of' myt bttsiness but1
(ldon't see' anyi utse ini 1loover'
izinrg ott 1(1ld'e Skirts.
I have ntothintg to dio with
It, bitt what I want to know~ is
just how miuch longer these
are going to last.
Glood-Ilye-l'Il call again.
"A Good Place
things and since the fog prevents that
today, my job Is mainly "sticking
around." iWith five men I am help
Ing fill up (and six of us do fll it up)
a place about the size of a big closet.
We can't move outside during the day
time and can't have a fire until it is
very dark. We are getting "slum"
and "coffee" hot and in buckets, from
an infantry conimny early In the
morning and at night. Our mid-day
meal for the most part just "ain't." To
(lay the fog has enabled us to send
back for supplies and since It is one
of the men's tweiteth birthday and
we can start an early fire, we are hav
ing quite' a feed. In addition to our
slum and coffee, we are having corm'
beef, buttered toast and jam, a can
of peaches and some candy. We have
had no mid-day meal and we'll do a
lot of damage when we fall to in about
an hour. It has been damp and cold
and we have shivered In overcoats
il.rough file day. A fire that we have
just started helps the cause along won
Another treat that tihe fog brought
was a hair cut which I had needed
for weeks. I couldn't leave my post
iter Bu e
usiness is at flood tic
t noise over our incr(
eputation for service,
:he new and unusual
tir prices. Our cust
l1 we do anything to
ul'e fiit . W ('(1111 iia Iell y0
l'Prie'$1.00 aud $1.50 the pal
and after sending several times a
barber from hn infantiy company
came up and did the job almost
in the 'Boche's faces-and not knowing
how far off the next one would be, I
had it clipped so close that it looks
like a shave.
The gift from your family was far
fron being necessary as evidence of
their friendship; but it was extremely
thoughtful and afforded ine much en
Picase pass thi sacross the street
I may not get in another for days
the music has just started and the
rattle of machine guns and thud of
trengh mortars imay he the beginning
of something that will keep it from
being the (Iquietest day I've gone
I I rough.
'My best 'o all the Boltons,
.Joli ). Featlerstone.
21l Lt. iattery "B" 5th F. A., A. M. F.
See our lin i olf MatIing covered
Shirtwaist and Skirt loxes.
S. M.. & 1.11 I. W LK NS & CO.
.Eng1tgraved '"ards and Inuvitations.
Advertiser Printing Co.
le, rolling higher an
,ased business, but
quality and fair pr
at this store ---we a
mers are our frien
sever the threads of
Idiviin l oi i 'it -Yer.
- 1 11 lln and a l1 i 1 'e d
ITIlis. inavy. an :ug
rey I'iev$20.00 to
tige hat "its slix r';
Easte I )resws. Tal t - .
('Tininiationls ill black4.
Intry'V. ('opien., ro an
-r. I ie $15.00 t
For Easter Wear
I av you see il h~lIIle nlew
iport stylesx? Aripe1)4s
jz'rjh':1 II i a I ll r i..'
a154 lso l beain ill )1 pla ids ga
in44') and 'I'iardst. I'roise
$6.50 t o $15.00.
k 1 lose' with1 141 your En liinmps.
losieryv is thle bst an the1 olor411s
nrl liaPs with (iordoni Ilose ' in
n 'en4 shadells of gXrey, and4 whiite.
A II"VILLEI-GLI'tEEN WOO) l1It'rtJAL
INSUiANCE ASSOCI ATI) N,
P'ROP'ERlTY INSU'RtEDI 2:,0$0
WillTi Olt CALT on Ihe - t i -
signed for anty informalotin yoU DMay
desire about our iplani of lnsurana
We lisure your p'operty agai.- :fde
Fire. Windsorm or Liglhitnin.r.
And do so cheael)r than any Iis-.itcfc
comupany In existenice,
Itemenbetr we are prepared to iir')ve
to you that ours*t t is the safes .-ld
cheiapest pjin of insurance ttae knoA a.
Our association is now licen-A I to
wile ttinsuralce inl the counltties .' .\h
bevilie. Greenwood, .\-(( orm Ie. a -
rens and Edgefield.
The olieers are:
SE N. .1. FIllASEI IVON. 'resid0,
T0o1u1ub611, ', C.
.1. it. iI..\ lI -.', Gen. .gI,. Necy. & Trnm .
?reen1woo . '.
A. I. .N.i. . . Ca ri n . -4. ',
.l. .L .4.inbrl. .. ..Abbevl . .
31o . 11 k i t. ......lrad y. . C.
-A- W- Yo nig bl(ood . 1.0,(,'lo (ge . Z. C
J.. N. -Zbran ..l~ r il . 3 '
IIt. If. Nicholson .. ..Edg-f-ield, C.
Tr. I T.iTita m IIerI-m:- n1 . 1 S ,asa t Im,nk . (. '.
I. WhAI ar on1 .. . . ..Wa111trhil . C
W . II .W I -:1 . 1o 11 . 1 3.4 \ E, ( ' ".1\1t
I to, for we have
king. We are al
e ahead in serving
us, and under no
Clardy & Wilson
Ua d IIa tha an!v <,1i i
titedt 1131 tIN m $5.00 to $10.00
For I thiowek' w iin ut h
ntion i hwli~aeaI
win- i n tryi a t hiNnan I. \\'
(ots '. Ptite $2.50 to $5.00.
:o 8 Years).
d t'oltorts P ice turi $1.50 ti
res frmnht 7 to 1:? yeas: madite 'f
t' andl 'olorts. rict'e 75c each I.
Laurens. S. C.
TWENTY LOSE LIVES
IN LUMBER CAMP FIRE
Only Four Persons Amiiong Those ti
Alvinsing Eseape Death in Flamnes.
Truro, N. S., March 16.-Twenty per
sons were burned to death in a flre
which destroyed a lumber camp at
Alvinsing, on the Canadian govern
ment railroad 15 miles from here to
day. Of those in the camp only four
)persons, Including the owner, A. A.
Sutherland and his son, Max, escaped.
The fire sarled from aim mucietrmin
d cause inl a dormitory oceupied by
lumbernen, all or whom were sleeping.
NIVW FOOD PROII(Al. *
* i (uilndaly is Wheatless.
'I' esday is Meatless.
* WelIlesday is Whelldtess.
S aturday is Porkless.
*Onle Wh,1eatless mleal every daly.
One Meatless meal every da11y.
Save Sugar every day.
* Snve Fats every dity. *
d higher every day.
we are not disposei
ices from the beginr
re continually a littl
is; they believe in
confidence. Be a
weka n .\lnr 11
t)' (b-oreteiti mal ('
a dlitliit omtiiier here. S
flesh. Price1 $3.50 andil $5.95.
The1 oi ina 1 - 'ron ' .Ui
'ee howt~ dtil~erent yoaur ire
are sole agiis for- (ossarda
(Ages 3 I
S iy's read-iiin( e \\'as}
I )evonishirle (Clth. iiely nio
$3.50 (eh suit.
oy's.ldras lilnws aS