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Red Cross Red Cross e : m 5c. a Copy; 3 Months, 50c. (PAYNE FIELD) WEST POIN T, MISS., WEDNESDAY, DEC. 4, 1918. Volume 1. Number 16 GYMKHANA IS HUGE SUCCESS THOUSANDS WITNESS SOL IERS AT WORK AND PLAY Despite inclement weather conditions of the day previous to the celebration of the peace Thanksgiving, our Payne Field Victory Gymkha na was successfully staged be fore a crowd of several thous and people last Thursday. The fete is unparalleled in the history of the state and visitors came from every sec tion and prospered as the guests of the men of Payne Field. The entire affair passed without a hitch, due to the un tiring efforts of the committee in charge and the excellent cood.n-ation of the men on the field. From the time the first few visitors drifted by the guard, - to have their first view of a government aviation field, and to be the guests of the field at the Gymkhana, until the last jitnev carried a load of weary merrymakers back to West Point, there was not a dull moment. Weather conditions put a damper on some of the plans madr for the flying program, but a welcome sun on the morning of the fete day, brought out thousands of guests who had been dis couraged by the heavy rain the night before. There were events going on at •'ll times. The football gam ! at which the untTefeated Payne Field eleven triumphed over that of Camp McClellan, attracted the attention of a large part of the guests, and while it was in progress hun dreds of others gathered along the road adjacent to the flying field to witness the flying pro gram. A crack infantry band from Camp Sheridan proved a big attraction, and as it marched from one end of the field to the other, it drew large crowds for the coming events. Shortly after noon the field events started, and the ladies harvest race drew a winner. The winner of the marathon race from West Point to Payne Field was E. J. Hamil ton, a private in the Student jftrmy TraAning Corps, fAgri cultural College of Miss. The chase of the greased pig and the goose race for the ladies proved the laugh provokers of the afternoon. During the games, a mimic battle in the air between three German bombing planes and pursuit plane piloted by Lieut. R. M. SDencer. furnished con siderable diversion. Lieuts. Strong and Allen, pilot and ob server of one of the German planes, were captured and shot by a firing squad com manded by Lieut. Hamlin. A false report that Lieut. Hubert Leslie was attached to a parachute which failed to open when cut loose from a plane in flight, put a damper on the joyful celebration for several hours, until it was de termined that a dummy had been attached to the para chute in its fall. A flying circus headed by Col. Heard furnished a thriller for the mid-afternoon. Every stunt imaginable was perform ed by the circus of eleven ships, which stunted simulta neously at a signal from the leader. Owing to a delay caused by the parachute inquiry, dark ness prevented the successful completion of the forming of the “Victory” formation, but in its place a well organized “V” formation brought forth much praise from the crowd of visitors. One of the novelties of the fete which many visitors took advantage of was the direc tion of a ship in the air by wireless telephone. Many doubted the sucess of the in strument and it was oiiiy after they took part in asking the pilot of a ship flying over the field to do several stunts that they were convinced. Various types of airplanes on exhibition attracted many of the visitors, as did the ex hibition of the machine guns at the range, and the target shooting galery. A review of the troops of Payne Field, formed in a bat talion under the command of Capt. W. S. Fisher, com pleted the program of the af ternoon. Lieut. Colonel Jack W. Heard was the reviewing officer and the following units passed in review: Infantry band, Camp Sher idan, detachment of flying officers, company bf picked troops, Squadron A, photo de tachment, Squadron B, Squad ron C, Squadron D, medical corps detachment, . machine gun detachment and transpor tation department. Owing to the rain of the night before, certain events of the flying program of the Gymkhana were omitted, but nevertheless, none of the thrill promised the visitors was neg lected The crew contest was the most exciting, as Lieut. E. R. Dougherty and Lieut. B. M. Spencer fought a hard race for the first place. The con test has not been settled as yet, owing to the fact that the race was contested by Spen cer on the ground that Dough erty cut the prescribed course. There was considerable de lay in the egg race which proved to be the most interest ing event of the flying pro gram, owing to accidents in which ships piloted by Lieut. Colonel Jack W. Heard, com manding Officer of the field, and l.ieut. Kirkham were dam aged. The contest was won by Lieut. Green, who gathered all of thd eggs at Bowen and Ilinas Fields, and the field at Artesia, and finished in a rec ord time of thirty-four min utes. Lieuts. Rodefield anu Polk tied for second place. Honors for third place went to Lieut. Spiner, while Lieut. Christensen captured fourth place. Nine other pilots fin ished the race. t During the entire day stunt flying of every shade and va riety entertained the visitors and the flying program was brought to a successful close by a trio of nightflyers, Lieut. Colonel Jack W. Heard, Lieut. B. M. Spencer and Lieut. Hu bert Leslie,who stunted several thou^nd feet in the air, with ships strung with colored lights. The following were the winners of the field and track events: Rescue Race _ First—Tull and Eastwick; Second—Blowers and Searle; i.Thirdi—Seville and Vessel. Marathon First—Hamilton, E. J., time 31 minutes; second, W. O. Spencer; third, Phlyer, J. H. Half Mile First—Tannenbaum, E. J.; second—Glassman, S. J.; third—Sesions, J. M. Hat vest Race First—Mrs. J. K. Cooper, Aberdeen, Miss.; second, Mrs. J. Hardeman, Tibbee, Miss.; MAJOR GENERAL i WILLIAM KENLY f Picture taken of Maj.-Gen. William Kenly when he visited Payne Field on a tour of inspection, November 25. third, Miss Eunice Yarbrough, Aberdeen, Miss.; fourth, Miss Inez Cooper, Aberdeen, Miss. Sack Race First, Tull, R. A.; second, Gentry, R. W.; third, Blowers, B. ui uiiciiu uuauug Albert Ade. Chariot Race First, Squadron B team; second, Squadron A team. Litter Race First, Jack Maddy and John Gusky; second, Lloyd Whipj le and P. H. Temple; third, teams composed, of B. Jones and G. F. Marcoux and J. I J' nes and Braden Hayes, tie. Half Mile Race First, Lieut. B. B. McDonald; second, Lieut. J. M. Rath. OFFICERS DECLARE f INTENTIONS FOR ' FUTURE SERVICE« - i "What promises to be the ^ most important step in solving ' the question, as to when de mobilization of the men in the c Air Service will start, was the c distribution of blank reports for the discharges of the offi cers of the post, authorized on 1 the prescribed forms. I Previous to this cards were t signed, in which the post offi ,-wvn . ,1 i 1- _ _ o ujuig uiutcia £ Payne Field signed, by means t of which they declared their ^ intentions of applying for commisions in the regular * army, immediate discharge or £ a commission in the officer’s Reserve Corps. c Five copies of the stencil g distributed Monday were t signea by each officer of the post and ft is probable that . those who signed for immed- [ iate discharge on the stencil l will be released within the next two weeks. According to the rumors that are current on the post, those asking for immediate discharge will be released first, followed by those who desire commissions in the re svjkt^flf.orps. Those who ap- • ply for commissions in the i regular army, and who are not i recommended for such, will be i the st discharged. i i 100 Yard Dash First, -Lieut. E. L. Dougher ty; second, Lieut. J. M. Rath. Greased Pig \ W. C. Blatt, Squadron A, winner. i Goose Race First, Mrs. J. Hardeman, 1 Tibbee, Miss.; second, Miss < Katherine Cox, Columbus, 1 Miss , third, Mrs. K. P. Miller, i Jackson, Miss. ] Sack Race 1 First, G. O. Jerstead; sec- ‘ and. W. C. Blatt; third, F. C. , Wehrle. List of donors of prizes ty) be < given in next issue. < -t CARRY ON! i ' _ 1 ‘ The Commanding Officer again takes this opportun- i ity to bring to the attention of all officers concerned the t fact that the training and experience they have received involves the duty of placing and keeping their qualificat ions as officers at the disposal of the Country. In order I to train officers for the participation of the United States c in this war, an enormous organization was devised and 1 intensive training was put into operation and m^de sue- t cessful through the expenditure of the greatest ability and application and billions of dollars. The officers training ] was given to and undertaken by thousands of patriotic I Americans. The results speak for themselves. The con-, l elusion of an armistice and the peace that will follow does not discharge any officer from his debt to the Nation should another occasion arise when he will be called up on to contribute his services. Therefore the Command- j ing Officer urges every officer in this command to apply £ for a commission in the reserve corps which is the organ- ' ization which will render his service most immediately ^ and most advantageously available to the Nation. This is not an impersonal matter. It is a situation which calls for serious thought and prompt decision up on the part of every officer. It is not perhaps not as invit- ( ing to be a soldier in peace times, which like the dramat ic background of war, but in the event of war the differ- j ence between victory and defeat will depend upon the 1 speed with which a good army can be mobilized. The lessons of this war should not be left unlearned, and ev ery officer of Payne Field is requested to give these thoughts his careful attention and, in making out Form ISO ,to give the Country and the Army the benefit of any 1 doubt 1 :adets here at last Vhite Bands Arrived Wednes day Night It’.', quite a relief to know hat the cadets are here. We ave been waiting patiently or o er a month. But now /e have them wrch us again. Seventy-six arrived Wednes ay evening and were imme iately quartered in the R. M. i. barracks. Early Thursday lorni .g the^were on the job. !y nine o’clock twenty were in he i ir. There ar,e nearly two hun red due to arrive in a short imn A 4- U I i^e '^,n’t know the exact date. These men will take the rescribed course of training nd upon its completion will e commissioned in the reserve orp’ This work will require pproximately two months’ im_>. IEPARTMENT OF LABOR TO PLACE JEN IN JOBS Harry H. Negley, a promi nent lawyer of Pittsburg, Pa,., •ecently addressed the post •fficers of Payne Field at an •fficers’ meeting, and explain id in detail to them the plans •f the Department of Labor to • lace every soldier discharged rom the army, when peace is leclared, in the same position it which he worked previous o the outbreak of the war. Although the sudden termi lation of hostilities has placed he department in considera >le trouble, owing to the gen iral belief that the war would ast for several years longer, apid advancement of the •Ians to resume normal busi less conditions with regard to oldier labor, has been made. Representatives of the de •artment of the labor will be ent to every camp, field, and onfAnrvionf in o T T n JtnrT States, with the list of jobs ivailable, their location and he number of men needed. Such information will be daced at the disposal of the ommanding officer and he vill be authorized to aid in he placing of the men in the arious new positions. Agents of various independ nt corporations will not be al owed to enter the camps to olicit laborers from among he men for any work, no mat er how important It may be. The Department of Labor is veil informed of the industrial leeds of the country and is irobably the best informed .gency of any in the nation or the re-employment of the oldiers. The direction of the e-employment under this de iartment asures the lack of avoritism and all will be given n equal chance to secure /ork. 1ISS PROUD ASSIGNED AS CHIEF OF NURSES Miss Ethel Proud, one of he four nurses who first ad ninistered to the wants of the latients at the Post Hospital, las been assigned as head lurse at the hospital following he receipt of a telegram from he Surgeon General’s office. Miss Proud succeeds Miss tebecca Steen, who resigned ler position to become the; >ride of Dr. J. Burns Amber on, of Waynesboro, Pa. MAPPING OF AIR ROUTES STARTED SIX SHIPS LEAVE FIELD FOR THIS WORK Six pilots of Payne Field left Tuesday on two long cross country jaunts to other avia tion fields for the purpose of charting air routes for use in the mail service and the de velopment of air travel. Lieuts. B. M. Spencer, J. A. Wooaruff and A. F. Caldwell formed a group of three air planes which headed for Eb erts Field Loanoke Ark., while a group of three ships piloted by B. R. Cloyd, Hubert Leslie and R. C. Chadbourne, left at the same time for Souther Field, Americus, Ga. The ships used in the jour ney were especially construct ed for the work and mechanics were carried tor any emergen cy repairs that might be nec essary enroute. Location of available land ing fields and location for air domes soon to become a part of the great chain that will link the entire nation is the work of the pilots. This work is similar to the work previous ly done by the cavalry, which not only charted out routes of travel >ut also located battery sites and available shelters for troops. The route to Eberts Field will be made via Little Rock, Ark., while the eastern trip is charted via Atlanta, Ga. QUARANTINE JLIOJJN AGAIN Payne Field was placed un der quaratine on Wednesday noon, December 5th. The re currence of Influenza at camp and in the surrounding com munity made it necessary for the Post medical authori ties to take ths step. Following is a memorandum governing the issuing of quai antine passes, and quarantine regulations: On account of the recur rence of Influenza at this Post and nearby towns, a quaran tine is hereby established to become effective Noon, De cember 5th. Members of this command will not be permit ted to leave the Post unless bearing quarantine passes, signeo by the CommandingOf ficop F.vf'pntinns will be made in the cases of members of the command going hunt ing, or walking near the Post and who will not enter towns. Applications for quarantine passes may be made at Head quarters but will be issued only for urgent reasons. Ad mission to the Post Exchange and to the Y. M. C. A. will be so regulated that there will be the least chance of communi cation of the -disease. THE ATTENTION OF EV ERY MEMBER OF THE COM MAND IS INVITED TO THE IMPORTANCE AND NECES SITY OF HAVING INFLUEN ZA VACCINE ADMINISTER ED AT THE HOSPITAL AS A PREVENTIVE AND PRO TECTIVE MEASURE. Violations of instructions contained in this memoran dum will subjects offenders to severe disciplinary action. J. S. SOHLUSSEL, CaptairvA. S. A. Adjutant.