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Liberty Bond ' , : ji£j VOLUME !. PAYNE FIELD, MISS., WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1918. NUMBER 9 TALENT OF CAMP AND STATE CALLED UPON TO MAKE COMING GYMKHANA REAL GALA EVENT Officers and Enlisted Men Join in Preparing a Great Variety of Entertaining Events. PROGRAM INCLUDES GREAT DIVERSITY OF SPORTS Athletic. Program of Afternoon Will be Followed by Dinner and Dance in Hangars. Program ot (jymkhana, Payne Field, October 2G, 1918. 1. Finish of Payne Field Marathon. (Open to soldiers and civil ians) 2. Rescue Race. (For enlisted men, with field equipment, armed with rifle) 3. Half-mile Run (For enlisted men) 4. Hurdle Race for Air planes (Pilots to drive ships over obstacles on Flying Field) 5. Sack Race '' (For enlisted men) 6. One - Hundred -Yard Dash (For officers) ‘7. Three-Legged Race For enlisted men) 8. Chariot Relay Race (For Squadron teams of 5 relays of 20 men each, with ’ charioteer) 9. Airplane Pilot and Crew Contest (Crews will put propellers and wheels on ships; will gas, oil, and water the ships; in spectors will approve work, and pilots will fly snips once around the field) 10. “Broncho Busting” (By expert cowpunchers and horsemen of the West) 11. Jumping Contest for Oflicers’ Mounts (Chargers to be ridden by officers) 12. Pursuit of the Lubri cated Pork (For ground pursuit pilots, j the winner being allowed to retain and consume the tro phy) 13. Shoe Race (For enlisted men. Shoes will be piled together; con testants will race to the pile, select their own shoes, put them on and lace them, and return to starting point) 14. Goose-Girl Race (For ladies. Geese to be harnessed with ribbons, and ladies to drive geese with ships over a 100-yard course) 15. Steer-Roping Contest (For expert cowpunchers) 16. Wall-Scaling Contest (For Squadron teams or one ■ squad each, in field equip ment, armed with rifles) 17. Colonel Heard’s Aerial Circus (Airplanes in formations and tactical manoeuversi A Dash for the Pole (During the afternoon, as piring explorers will strive foi the possession of trophies sus pended from the top of an ex ubricated pole) 18. Pony Relay Race (For Western rough-riders, ?ach rider to have three po lies) 19. One-Mile Run (For officers) 20. Parade and Review Troops of Payne Field re viewed by Colonel Heard) Dinner Dance in Hangars (Hangars will be decorated ind prepared for dinner and lancing. One hangar will i>e reserved for officers and their rnests, and one or more hang irs for enlisted men and their quests) Preparations for the gym <hana at Payne Field are mov ng on apace, in spite of the ‘Flu” epidemic; athletes are raining for their special ivents, committes are gather ng the necessary material for he more spectacular features, ind the Field in general Is naking ready to be opened Aide to its friends and the pub ic on the gala day. Gymkhana Not a Benefit. The gymkhana is not for the inancial benefit of anything: t is purely for fun and recrea ;ion, and for the entertainment if tVio soldiers’ Mississmni friends. The merchants of foe surrounding cities will be nvited to contribute various irticles for prizes to be award ed the winners of the contests, aut aside from that the people 3f the countryside are asked merely to give Payne Field the pleasure of their company. The squadrons are showing lively enthusiasm over the “vents for enlisted men, and sarticularly over the so-called •hariot race, in which one man 3n a toboggan will be hauled it high speed by a team of :wenty men. There will be j four toboggans in the race, | ind it promises excitement ind unlimited fun. Lieut. Hamlin, the Instructor Inspector, is training military ;eams for the w all-scaling c-on :est, in which the soldiers will icale a high wall, wearing full field equipment and carrying rifles; and he will train the :eams of two men each for the military rescue race. Athletic Events Popular. Lieut. Duffy, the Athletic Officer, tells something of his ictivities on the sports page ot fois issue, and he promises an jnusual show of talent for the athletic events. The complete plans for the jreat day will be announced m foe next issue, and Lieut. Hic-k Calkins, the well-known t'hl lago cartoonist, is preparing a pictorial surprise for all those who are interested in the ■jymkhana. *****»*»•■»»»•■*»*.»»^« ■•«<**'*»*****■*• a»ww.'.•h»Mt4Wu>MU«n infwuwkvuu^i .wiwwui ,„n„, | Aerial Photographic Section Ordered to Garden City \ .f.n>aMuuu>rww* Mttnx'MutfWui «nnn«o«^Aruu«<*<«iUu>iuw«uH<>o.i>MW«ruuu«r«iWi i ;• i _ POST ADJUTANT IS PROMOTED TO THE j RANKJF CAPTAIN First Lieutenant J. S. Schlussell Receives Merited Advance in Rank. A telegram from Washington on Dctober 10th announced the pro notion of 1st Lieut. Jacob S. Schlussel. A. S. S. C., the Post adju tant, to the rank of Captain A. S. (A.), U. S. A., and about two hours later Lieut. C. A. Neff, the Adminis trative Officer, made a graceful speech of congratulation in the presence of the officers of the Post, and presented Captain Schlussel with a set of silver insignia, the gift of his brother officers. lr..~»n- .-1*" H Capt. J. S. Schlussel. Captain Schlussel is a New York er, and—what is more rare-a native of the Metropolis. He was graduated from Columbia University in I89rt, and is still prominent as one of the workers in alumni ac fii.kies.//:' was, n member of the vJfi&ty Criwof ColmnUa, „■ his fresh-water prowess carried him into the Navy in 1898, when the Spanish War claimed the attention of all active young Americans. He unlisted just before graduation, and served during the period of the War in the U. S. S. “Restless." Prominent in Business Life. After the War, he enlisted in the wholesale grocery business under command of the firm, F. H. Legett & Co., and became assistant superintendent and buyer for that house in two years; then, for further educational advantages, he resigned lis position and traveled extensively in Europe. In 1901 he attacked and earried the outer fortifications of the financial stronghold in Wall Street, and consolidated his position in the citadel by becoming a member of the New York Stock Exchange in 1909. Captain Schlussel attended the first of the famous Plattsburg train ing camps in August, 1915, and was a squad-mate of the lamented Major John Purroy Mitchell, former mayor if New York. In September, 1917, without relinquishing his seat on the Exchange, he closed his business ‘for the period of the War" and en listed in the Signal Enlisted Reserve Corps at Minneola, N. Y. He was tent from Long Island to Kelly Field, Texas, for training at the Cround Officers’ School, and was ‘raduated as a 2nd Lieut., S. R. C., December 17th, 1917. On January !, 1918, he succeed Major George E. stratmeyer as adjutant of Kelly Field No. 2 and was promoted to the ank of 1st Lieutenant on January 19th. When Colonel Heard, who was a major at that time, left Kelly Field to assume command of Payne Field, he took with him a number of ihe members of his personal staff ncludiug Captain Schlussel, and the atter became the Adjutant of Pay le Field. Captain Schlussel does not yet wear the silver wings of the flying jfficer, but he is recognized by air pilots as a flyer of marked ability, fie was permitted to take flying in itructions at Payne Field under War [Department orders for officers of ‘Class II,” and is now engaging in ‘frequent and regular flights" as a tolo pilot. TWO POST FLYERS MEET DEATH AS AIRPLANE' BURNS Plane Piloted by Lieuts. J. J. French and Arthur S. Soule Burns Near Crawford. Second Lieuts. Jasper J. French and Arthur L. Soule, both of Chica go, 111,, were killed almost instantly when the plane which they were piloting fell in flames at Crawford, Miss., Tuesday about noon. The cause of the fire is unknown, the plane bursting into flames while in the air and crashing into .the streets of the village an instant later. Lieut. French is the son of Mrs. Charles French, 5850 Harper Ave nue, Chicago, 111. He entered the service at the S. M. A. at Austin, Texas, November 31, 1917, graduat ing in the class of January 5. He received his flying training at Kelly Field No. 2, San Antonio, Texas, leaving that field March 6, after re ceiving his commission. Although but 23 years of age, Lieut. French was considered one of the most ef ficient flyers on the field. He was an instructor on the Review stage Mrs. French who has been with him in West Point since his arrival at Payne Field, reached the field soon after the accident. Lieut. Soule reported at the post Saturday Oct. 12. and was in the review stage of his training. He is the son of W. D. Soule, 4330 Claren den Ave. Chicago III., Lieut. Soule who was 22 years of age, attended ground school at Ohio State Univer sity, Columbus, Ohio, and of the University of California, at Berkely Cal. He finished his ground training March 9, 1918, and received his flying training at Kelly Field, San Antonio, Texas, leaving there July 17, after receiving his commission. He attended the Armorers’ School at Wilbur Wright Field before reporting at Payne Field. Both Lieut. Soule and Lieut. French attended Northwestern Uni versity before the outbreak of the war. Lieut. French also attended the University of Chicago. OVER-PLEDGE OF LIBERTY BOND Field Nears $50,000 Mark as Closing Date of Cam paign Approaches. FLYERS BOMB CITIES Field Pilots Aid Efforts of Sur rounding Towns by Drop ping Literature. oooooooooooooooo o o o SUBSCRIPTIONS. o o o o Flying Officers, $24,050.00 o o Post Officers^ _ 10,600.00 o o Enlisted Men_ 13,550.00 o o ■ o o Total_$48,200.00 o o The subscriptions among o o the enlisted men is divid- o o ed as follows: o o Squadron “A” $3,550.00 o o Squadron “B” 1,950.00 o o 550.00 o o SquZdroM ‘D” 5,750.00 o o -- ■ ■ — o o Total_$13,550.00 o o o oooooooooooooooo Headed by a single $1,000 subscription, the past week’s pledges for the Fourth Liberty Loan totalled $14,650, there by raising the amount pledged at Payne Field to $48,200. The Flying Officers still retain the lead among the organiza tions and it is expected that the total sales in this depart ment will reach $30,000 be fore the close of the campaign. Lieut. W. S. Hamlin, Post Liberty Loan Officer, asserts that all indications point to ward a heavy over-pledge of the $50,000 quota for the field, and he asks every man on the field to bend every ef fort to make Payne Field’s total subscription far “over the top.” Scatter Loan Bombs Since Saturday October 5th, airplanes from Payne Field have been dispatched to the various towns of northeastern Mississippi and northwestern Alabama to scatter Liberty Loan literature. On Saturday the 5th, Lieut. S. A. Dobbs, As sistant Officer in Charge of Flying, visited Ruleville, In dianola, Moorehead and Greenville with Loan bomb9. On the same day Lieut. W. f. Moore visited Eupora, Green wood and Winona; Lieut. D. E. Thompson visited Coffee ville, Water Valley and Cal houn City; Lieut. W. F. Cloyd visited Louisville, Ethel and Kociusko and Lieut. J. T. White visited Booneville and Belmont. On the same day three ships in charge of Lieut. F. G. Strong bombed Columbus; four ships under the direction of Lieut. C. R. Friday bombed Amory and all available ships at the field visited Macon. On Tues day October 8th, Lieut. D. JE. Thompson bombed DeKalb and Lieuts. W. F. Moore and J. T. White bombed Fayette, Ala. On Wednesday the 9th, Lieuts. S. A. Dobbs and James Loder bombed Montpelier and both Eutaw, Ala., and Louis ville, Miss., were bombed.