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VOLUME I. Price 5c PAYNE FIELD. MISS., WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 1918. Price 5c NUMBERS
MAT OPEN HOSTESS HOUSE ABOUT END OF THIS WEEK, BUILDING NOW COMPLETED Generous Gift of Young Women’s Christian Association tc Payne Field’s Soldiers Ready for Visitors—The Com manding Officer Arranges Accommodations. PROGRESS OF THE JLD~IS MOST GRATIFYING Guests Will Not be Permitted on Flying Field—Demands of Service to be Recognized—Green Passes Will Admit to Hostess House Only. It was expected that the Hostess House at Payne Field would be formally opened September 15. Slight delays have necessitated a postpone ment of the date, however it is believed that before the end of this week the Hostess House will be ready for the reception of guests and will be in oper ation as a welcome addition to the facilities of Payne Field. The Hostess House is the generous gift of the Y. W. C. A., and is intended for the con venience and use of the members of this command in connection with the visits of their friends and relatives to the Post. Conditions render it impracticable to give visit ors free access to the flying field and compel the Com manding Officer to cut down the passes to the smallest pos sible number. The reason for such action is manifest to ev eryone, and the slight hard ships imposed thereby are nec essary to the military service, particularly in the air service. It is believed that the open ing of the Hostess House will eliminate a great many of the trifling inconveniences which have hfiret.nfnrp PYlcforl in nnn nection with visits to the Post. Naturally the guests of the Hostess House will not wish to interfere with the very effi cient team work which has marie possible the remarkable results that are being accomp lished at Payne Field. The fact that flying has been pro duced here in quantity and quality which will compare most favorably with two unit fields, and that such results have been obtained with a personnel far below the allow ance for a one-unit field, is a matter of credit to every mem ber of this command. Great Achievement Payne Field has set a stand ard and has not only equaled, but has surpassed its aims. Resuts have been achieved by the fact that the personnel of the field has always been on the job and by each man per forming his duty cheerfully and to the best of his ability. Therefore, as heretofore, ev ery minute of a man’s time when on duty will be devoted to the performance of that duty. The Hostess House will be a meeting place for soldiers and their friends at such times as will not interfere with the duties of the members of the command. Arrangements will be made so that visits and re ceptions will take place as easily as possible, and with a minimum amount of red tape. Visitors to the Hostess House will apply at the gate for a pass to the Hostess House. They will be required to sign a book showing whom they want to visit and give a few other facts, the entire op eration of signing in, requir ing only a few seconds. A numbered green pass will ther be issued to the applicant with out further formalities. This pass will be worn conspicuous ly by the holder while inside the Post and will entitle the holder entrance into the Posl as far as and including the Hostess House. Green signs have been prepared and placed in positions showing ex actly the limits, within which, the holders of the Hostess House passes will be allowed on the Post, and all members of the command will be. direct ed by the Commanding Officer to see that the privileges of the green. passes are not abused. Visitors who, through their ignorance of the regula tions or who, through thought lessness, get slightly outside the boundaries should be courteously informed that they are breaking a Post regu lation and should be given necessary directions and in formation. Green passes will be surrendered upon leaving the Post. Plan Conveniences Upon arrival at the Hostess House, visitors will be able to get in touch with their friends or relatives in the Post over the telephone. While the mem bers of the command under stand thoroughly the nature of the work conducted at the Post, which demands. the greater part of their time, *>nd does not allow recreations and pleasures to interfere with their duties, civilians are not always able to see the matter in the same light. Therefore it is advisable that friends and relatives of the men of the Post be informed by the mem bers of the command, before their visits and while they are in the Post, that what might seem arduous restrictions are only a military necessity, and that, while the Commanding Officer would like to give vis itors the entire freedom of the Post, conditions make it his duty to act otherwise. All that is necessary for a thorough understanding of the conditions which make such action necessary is for the men to explain them to their civil ian relatives and friends. A thorough understanding will enable the men of the com mand to welcome and see their friends at the Hostess House without inconvenience to the visitors or to the conduct ol the Post and in an atmosphere of cordiality and hospitality. AS SOME SEE IX! . ■ * ----— --■■■ —_____- ---- *>. "S L i LIEUT. MACELWANE A STUDENT IN AUSTRIA WHEN WAR BEGAN IN SUMMER OF 1914 Payne Field's Chaplain Was Arretted as Spy Because of Speaking English. WAS TWIQE INSULTED Says Germany Expected Amer I ica to Declare War on Eng land, Taking Canada. At the beginning of hostilities be tween Germany and the allies Chap lain F. J. Macelwane of Payne Field was attending Innsbruck University, a famous old school in the moun tains of Tyrol, Austria. Friday, Sept. 13, to a large audience, he told about his experiences in Ger many after the beginning of the war. His lecture was much appre ciated because it brought out in a very forcible way the change in the attitude of the Germans toward the Americans. The Chaplain’s talk as remembered by a Zooms reporter, was along the following lines: On the evening of July 31, as the school closed for the summer vaca tion on that day, Chaplain Macel wane, as part of his vacation trip, started to walk over a famous pass in the mountains which ran by two ancient castles. He was equipped with the regular mountain climbing suit of short trousers and stockings, heavy shoes and knapsack. Moun tain climbing was the chief sport in the country. He arrived the same evening at Moetz and as it was late he decided to stop in a hotel over night. The people were all excited over the declaration of war and the town was in an uproar. Every able bodied men was getting ready to go to war. The chief topic of conversation was war and the army. After sup por Chaplain Macelwane while talk ing to his host unwittingly asked several questions about the Austrian army which led the hotel man to believe he might be a spy and as the people were in a treacherous mood it alpiost cost for Chaplain Macelwane his life. The hotel keeper called in the soldiers. As he was preparing to retire they came storming into the room with drawn rifles and re revolvers and demanded Chaplain Macelwane to put up his hands. This he complied with and in this position he was asked about the questions he asked the hotel man and this was all set down. Then he was searched and a small diary which was kept in English was tak-1 en. this was considered a great find by the soldiers, and they were all fully decided he was a spy So they marched him through a threatening crowd of the town's people, who were only held beck by (Continued on page two) FOOD PROVIDERS FORMCOIHE At the invitation of Lieut. Lawrence L. Brooks, C. O. Squadron C. the Mess Ser geants and Squadron com manders of the field met at the squadron C headquarters Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock for the purrose of discussing plans for bettering the pur chasing facilities of those who are providing food for the men of the Post. Although nothing very def inite was accomplished at the meeting, which was well at tended, plans for a subsequent meeting were made. At this meeting a committee or a board will be appointed to in vestigate methods for hand ling the purchasing with less work and greater benefit. It was pointed out at the meeting, by Lieut. Brooks, that by consolidationg their plans and exchanging views and ex periences both money and time can be saved. It is known that a pooling of the purchas ing powers of the mess officers and sergeants of the field would form quite a formidable combine. Robin Jones was commissioned 2nd Lieutentant last Saturday, and who is a flyer of note, left Wednes day for a visit to his home in Col umbia, S. C. EXPECT RIFLES FOR PERSONNEL OF FIELD SOON Interest in Drill to be Aug mented by “Manual of Arms” Instruction. NOW HAVINGSKIRMISHES Lieut. Schlussel Confirms Ru mor of Shipment of Rifles fo. Jse at Post. Official announcement has been made that Payne Field will soon be equipped with ri fles and that Infantry drill with arms will be held regu larly in the near future. Al though unofficial talk has told of securing rifles for the men | of the field, yesterday was the I fiwif offlntol nntra This P.Amfi \ from Lieut. J. S. Schlussell, Post Adjutant, who said that I a shipment of rifles was ex pected in the near future. In spite of their regular du ties the men of Payne Field have gotten in some hours of good drill work, and now are practising skirmishes. The men are anxious to learn In fantry drill, realizing that it affords one of the quickest routes to promotion, and the addition of The Manual of Armsto the exercise will be welcomed. It was said at Post Head quarters this morning that possibly every man in the camp might not be equipped with a rifle,but that a sufficient I number would be on hand to i give everyone their share of ! training. At Last Uncle Sam Has the Right Idea Declare Headquarters Employees The efficiency of Payne Field’s clerical force was aug mented this week by the ar I rival at the field of Misses Vio la Bixler, Dyersburg, Tenn., and Clarissa Hamlin and Car I rie Malone , of West Point. The young women are attach ed to headquarters as stenog raphers. 1 They didn’t enlist, they have 1 no rank, serial number or com pulsory allotment, anyway, they are here, and we are glad ! because—because, well be ! cause. the analysis ZOOM, (zo’om) 11. pl. two or more zooms. Aviation term, meaning a signal by ; Lieut. Malloy, or any other leader in formation flying, for ships to take their designated : positions for cross-country flight. Visual effect—sharp downward dive with quick i change to vertical climb. Re peated several times. Physi ! cal effect—Vacant and unnec | essary feeling in downward swoop with intense rigidity of muscles in ascent and a facial resemblance to Jim Corbett when Bob Fitzsimmons landed his famous solar plexus.