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NORWICH BULLETIN, MONDAY MAY 24, 1915
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Norwich. Monday, May 24, 1915.
The Circulation of
The Bulletin
The Bulletin has the largest
circulation of any paper in East
ern Connecticut and from three'
to four times larger than that of
any in Norwich. It is delivered
to over 8,000 of th 4,053 houses
in Norwich, and read by ninety
three per cent, of the people. In
Windham it is delivered to over
900 houses, in Putnam and
Danielson to over 1,100 and in
II of these places it is consid
ered the local daily.
Eastern Connecticut has forty
nine towns, one hundred and
sixty-five postoffice districts, and
cixtv rural free delivery routes.
The Bulletin is sold in every
town - on all of the R. F. D.
routes in Eastern Connecticut.
CIRCULATION
1901, average ...........r. 4.412
1905. averace 5,920
May 22 9l33
CLEAN-UP WEEK.
, In every city or town -where the
. clean-up movement has been under
s taken with vigor and determination,
- there have been excellent results ob
tained. Thia is what should be and
can be the verdict when on Satur
day night Norwich winds up its week's
-campaign if everyone puts his ehoul
. der to the wheel and does his part.
It is not an endeavor which should
bo left to the few for the beautifica
tion depends upon the manner in
which the people in general show their
appreciation by putting their interest
into it.
Nothing is being attempted but what
everyone should be anxious to have
accomplished. Nothing is sought
which is not for the improvement of
fthe appearance and health conditions
of the city. It is in fact a most com
mendable undertaking in continuation
I of efforts which have been made in
t previous years, and which should
make a direct appeal to each and
every property owner and occupant.
; It Is a time for the demonstra
tion of civic pride. It is a time for
;each and everyone to fall into line and
swell the ranks of those who desire
to see and to keep the city at its best,
land who are inspired by the oppor
tunity for doing something for the
city's good.
; Every man, woman and child can
'make valuable contributions not only
by participating, but in lending en
couragement and giving moral support
;to the cause. It is a time to boost
and not to obstruct. A clean-up cam
paign means just what it says. It is
not aimed at unattainable ends and
should be so tackled that at the end
of the week every section of the city
will be gratified at the change.
ITALY'S ACTION.
. Regardless of the fact that Italy was
member of the triple alliance, there
was further reason for Germany de
siring that it should remain neutral or
at least if it was going to join in
the war not to do so on the side of
the allies. Italy has a war rating of
1,200,009 men and it has even been
claimed that her strength could be
easily increased to over 2,000,000 while
it has a navy of proportions which
cannot be ignored. It is also so lo
cated that its entrance into the strug
gle as an opponent closes an im
portant avenue through which many
supplies have been received by both
.Germany and Austria-Hungary since
the war opened.
Italy's decision means the throwing
into the fight for immediate action
'just as coon as the proper time ar
rives cf a force which is larger than
Kitchener has just called for from
Great Britain. It means fresh troops,
a, new front which will tax the re
sources of what is left of the alliance
and the drawing upon the reserve and
those troops which are now engaged
1n other operations in a manner which
they hoped to avoid. It is a step
which is also bound to have its in
fluence upon other nations in that sec
tion which have been holding to their
proclaimed neutrality. It will bring
out the understanding which it has
been claimed existed between Italy
and Roumania and makes it easier for
Bulgaria and Greece to take up arms
in behalf of their national ambitions.
There are points where Italy could
throw its strength which might have
a more direct influence upon the out
come of the war, but how much it can
and will participate therein for the
direct assistance of the allies must be
determined by the resistance it en
counters in carrying out its own pro
gram. THE SYRACUSE VERDICT.
Few are the instances where poli
ticians are so thin-skinned that they
pay any noticeable attention to the
attacks of their enemies, except pos
sibly to present a stiff denial and al
low the mud-slinging to be forgotten.
This is especially true when the party
who attacks is as deep in the mud as
the one who is attacked is alleged to
be in the mire. Failure to give any
heed thereto is frequently consid
ered to be the most effective answer.
There was a variation to the rule,
however, when Mr. Barnes of New
York resented the terms by which Mr.
Roosevelt referred to him and sued
for libel. After a long review of an
irtent Wptprjtiie-; yerdict affords Jixa
plaintiff no satisfaction. It virtually
declares that from the evidence which
was produced, even though a portion
of what was considered the most
damaging had been introduced before
the jury and then excluded, the plain
tiff had no reason to take offense at
what was said and seek to get dam
ages at law. Notice of appeal, how
ever, indicates that the end is not yet
and this-contest may string along for
many months.
Though the verdict justifies the
statements made about Mr. Barnes,
the testimony has been of such a char
acter that both the plaintiff and de.
fendant have suffered. It has not add
ed anything creditable to the record
of Mr. Roosevelt but shown, as has
been so often maintained, that his
loudly proclaimed stand against cor
rupt politics didn't come until after
he had himself Indulged in political
practices for the advancement of his
personal interests, and practices which
were especially boss flavored. Public
opinion takes into consideration more
than the legal question involved.
A BAD PRACTICE.
It doesn't make any difference
whether goods are being made for the
filling of war orders or in response
to general trade conditions unless the
terms of the contracts are lived up
to little ought to be expected in the
way of 'further business. It is, there
fore, a matter which deserves to be
given serious consideration when the
report comes from France that ma
terials which are being furnished fpr
the army of that country are not up
to requirements. The glaring state
ment is made that socks which call
for seventy per cent, wool contain
seventy per cent, cotton.
It is a well known fact that large
prices are paid for war supplies be
cause of the necessity of having them
turned out with dispatch so that there
are even more than ordinary reasons
for seeing that the orders are prop
erly filled, but when this country is
doing its utmost in an endeavor to ex
tend its foreign trade and get its share
of it from countries which in the past
have been buying from Europe it is
the worst kind of an advertisement
when contracts are not lived up to
and inferior products are furnished as
a sample of American output.
All American goods and all Ameri
can business houses cannot be fairly
judged upon the basis of certain goods
which have been sent to France at
this time, but the danger is that Judg
ment will be fixed upon that very
ground. It is therefore a detriment
not only to those contractors, bait
causes unjust suspicion to be direct
ed against all American goods. If
this country is going to get its pro
portion of foreign trade it must do so
upon the merit of its goods and hon
orable business dealings.
IMPOSED ON HIS COUNTRY.
Although he used the fact that he
was an American citizen in his en
deavor to escape the punishment of
a spy after being caught red handed
in London and as he acknowledges be
ing given "a fair trial in the United
Kingdom" no greater admission of
guilt could have been made by Anton
Kuepferle than was made by his act
in committing suicide. Not only did
he confess his guilt as a soldier in
the employ of the German government
engaged in locating vessels of the
British government and relying upon
invisible writing to get his message
through the censor bureau, but he fully
understood that his citizenship in this
country could not eliminate him from
the responsibilities of his acts and the
penalty for his crime.
Kuepferle had the right to return
to the fatherland, as he is reputed to
have done, when war broke out, and
enlist in the German army, or to ally
himself with any of the belligerents,
but when he did so he cut off all claim
which he had upon this country to act
as his protector in such an emergency
as he forced himself. His entrance into
London and his freedom to carry on
his work for the German government
was insured through the fact that he
was a citizen of this country. He made
full use of the false (position in which
he stood and it is such performances
which can act only to the discredit
of such men. Such deceptions or the
possibilities are what make it neces
sary to guard so strictly the issuance
of American passports. It is a prac
tice which would never be tolerated
if it were known for it simply tends
to the lessening of the value of each
and every American passport that is
issued. There can only be contempt
for such imposition whenever or how
ever it is practiced.
EDITORIAL NOTES.
There should be a bright and early
start made in the clean-up cam
paign. Something to worry about: ' The
earth is shrinking about two inches
each year.
Thus far the middle month of spring
has made no appreciable hole in the
ice supply.
Italy contributes more color to the
war by issuing a green book in ex
planation of its action.
"Victim cf auto accident" is fast
taking the place of that oft-repeated
phrase "killed on the railroad."
The man on the corner cays: Among
those who want a placa in the sun are
those who look 'em oft too soon.
It begins to look as if every retreat
reported from Mexico these days was
to be classed among the strategical.
Great Britain doesn't find it as easy
to swap horses while crossing a
stream as the trick might seem to be.
To make sure of his game Mayor
Mitchel of New York went west to
get a bear. He might have had better
luck had he tried Wall Street.
Those who went to the 'Mohonk con
ference to hear and talk peace got
some good advice on the need of prep
aration if war is going to be avoided.
Inasmuch as those in Rome are ex
pected to do as Romans do, many
people are making it a point to see
that war does not find them even in
Italy.
Assurances have been given to
Switzerland that its neutrality will
not be violated, but remembering Bel
gium, Switzerland should require a
substantial bond.
Figures which are mentioned as the
daily cost of the war are tremendous
but they will not be a circumstance
to what will loom up before the tax
payers who are left to raise the debts
WOMAN IN LIFE AND IN THE KITCHEN
SUGGESTIONS FOR
THE HOUSEWIFE
When cheese 5s used in any large
quantity it should replace meat or
fruit Juices.
If you want to hurry the baked po
tatoes, drop them in boiling salt and
water for 10 minutes. Then put them
in the oven.
Plain baking soda is an excellent
medium for cleaning off mud sains.
Dampen a cloth, dip it to the soda and
rub the soiled spots.
To remove the unpleasant odor of
onions after peeling, rub plain table
salt over the hands and then wash
them in the usual manner.
To prevent pictures from slipping
and hanging crooked, turn them with
their face to the wall and twist around
on the nail so that the wires cross. .
Preserves so often become mouldy
just on the top that it is well to know
that if the inside edges of the jars are
smeared with glycerine before cover
ing, no mold will appear.
When a garment Is to be dipped, in
to gasoline it a good idea to mark
grease spots by running a thread
around them; after the article is wet,
it is difficult to detect the spots.
Never clean aluminum cooking uten
sils with washing soda or any strong
alkalis. Do not use aluminum for
cookirur es. The eggs discolor it,
and an agateware dish is better.
In closets or rooms where it is
difficult to keep things dry, because
the air does not move freely, bowls or
unslacked lime should be kept on the
shelves near the food. It will absorb
the moisture.
When preparing oranges, pour boil
ing water over them and let them
stand stand for about five minutes.
The peeling will then come off easily
and the bitter white lining will come
off with the peeling.
PEELING TOMATOES.
A way of peeling tomatoes which is
not generally known perhaps is t rub
them with the back of the knife, thor
oughly, being particular to rub Cie
entire surface, but not para enougn to
break the skin. Then peel in the us
ual way. It is quickly done and leaves
the tomato in better shape to slice and
in this way they are much firmer than
if boiling water is poured over them.
FOR BRIDAL LUNCHEON
Some pretty place cards for a bridal
luncheon or dinner are decorated with
sprays of white blossoms, put in with
water colors with sky blue and green
foliage to throw them into relief. At
tached to each card is a ribbon about
six inches long, and at the end of the
ribbon is a tiny tulle bag of rice.
TO MEND ENAMEL WARE.
Equal parts of soft putty, finely
sifted coal ashes and sifted table salt
mixed and packed into the holes of
enamel ware make a fine cement. Keep
a little water in the dish until the ce
ment hardens.
HEALTH AND BEAUTY.
Cold sores or fever blisters are often
the result of gland infection or some
intestinal absorption. It is best not to
tamper with them at all.
The nose of a growing child can be
molded into good lines. If the nostrils
are wide spreading, press them to
gether. The treatment will really have
some effect
Burns and scalds should be bathed in
a salt solution. Use one teaspoonful
of salt to a pint of water and keep on
as long as you can. Boric treatment
is anotner thing which is usually to
be found in every medicine chest. It
is only dry boracic acid with lanolin
and hastens the healing process. A
little butter spread quickly over a
scald as soon as it occurs, if possi
ble will take the sting out.
The best treatment for a cut which
is only a flesh wound is to let it stop
bleeding by itself, and to keep it clean.
Of course, one near a large vein may
be more serious and the places above
and below it should be tied with a
cord of some kind until the doctor ar
rives. The ordinary cut should be
bathed in salt solution in the propor
tion given before and tied in clean
gauze.
Cornstarch is very good to remove
the itching sensation of the skin. Ap
ply it either with a powder puff or put
the starch into a little bag made of
thin muslin and pat the skin with
same. You will find that very often
this will agree with the skin much bet
ter than many of the talcum powders
on sale.
A certain amount of physical exer
cise is imperative in order that the
functions of various organs receive
stimulation. Lack of exercise makes
the blood sluggish and the impurities
are thrown from ope organ to another
without being expelled from the body.
Exercise stirs the circultion and en
courages deep breathing, which en
ables the lungs to throw off the im
purities more freely.
FURNISHING VERANDA.
Every well appointed country house
has a veranda, terrace or gallery that
is practically an outdoor sitting room.
Unfortunately, however, the best ap
pointments for these are still expensive
at the select shops being classed as
"novelties" or "specialties". Willow
arm chairs and Gloucester hammocks
have been greatly reduced in price,
but tables, garden seats, setteee, etc.,
of good design are still absurdly high.
On the other hand, it is possible,
with a little skill and a great deal of
paint, to furnish a veranda very at
tractively with little money.
A charming breakfast porch can be
equipped entirely with kitchen furni
ture painted and decorated like the ex
pensive "peasant" and "cottage" seats
which are in vogue at present. One of
the heavy, plain ironing tables that
can be converted into a settle is the
best type of table to buy, and the
chairs should be of the plainest. Get
your furniture in the natural wood and
paint it any color you wish though
green, on the whole, is most satisfac
tory. Make or buy a stencil of some
simple design; conventualized flowers,
like the decorations on the Swedish or
Hungarian pottery, are good. Stencil
a border of these around your table
and on the backs of your chairs. Paint
it in bright "peasant" colors, and when
these are dried go over -the decora
tions with a waterproof varnish.
This is not work that demands any
great skill, but it calls for time, pa
tience and extreme neatness. The ef
fect is well worth the trouble for with
the outlay of a few dollars you will
have a set of furniture that you could
not buy for five times that amount.
Dairy benches and stools decorated
fn the same way make very attractive
garden furniturp.
DICTATES OF FASHION.
, Tiia -wings that trim ha t3 are fre
quently cut into designs that are de
cidedly curious. "
Foulard seems never to be out of
fashion.
All white is quite as fashionable as
black.
Bordered chiffons are revived for
this summer.
Black and white stripes compose
many blouses.
Some navy gabardine suits have tan
buttonholes.
Gathered skirts frequently have
shirred waist lines.
Many buttons are of pierced gilt or
oxidized silver.
Wings on hats are sometimes cut
into curious designs.
Black lace overdresses over black
taffeta are very charming.
New gowns are coming with frill
plaited bodices and skirts.
Even big tucks are seen on the skirts
of full taffeta dresses.
There will be a great deal of gold
used with other braid effects.
Many of the new gowns have net
sleeves and shirred skirts.
Bishop sleeves are seen in frocks to
be worn in the morning as well as
afternoon.
The waists of everyday frocks show
a decided tendency to favor the jacket
style.
Ribbon trimmed frocks will soon be
with us, according to rumors that seem
well founded.
Bordered chiffons, one of the most
attractive materials for warm weather,
have been revived for the summer.
TO CLEAN SUEDE.
If you are wearing a pair of fash
ionable shoes it goes without saying
that they have some suede somewhere
in their makeup. They have suede
tops or they have suede trimmings, or
some place there is some suede. Also
as a matter of fact, the suede becomes
soiled rather easily. Now, there are
several sorts of cleanser sold for suede
and all of them are fairly good. But
a woman who has had much experi
ence with cleaning suede says that the
best way to clean it is to rub it with a
fine emery cloth. This literally rubs
off the dirt and leaves the suede
smooth and clean.
TO CLEAN FURNITURE.
To take white spots from var
nished, (furniture hold a hot stove
lid or plate over them and they will
soon disappear. Spirits of camphor
or ammonia may also be used.
To remove finger marks use sweet
oil on varnished surface and kero
sene on oiled furniture.
Unvarnished black walnut will
look like new if cleaned with milk
(sweet or sour) well rubbed in with
an old soft flannel.
To clean willowware wash with
salt water, using a brush.
NEEDLEWORK NOTES.
Baste small squares of lawn under
neath each place where you wish to
make a buttonhole, then cut the but
tonholes and work them. Cut away
the surplus lawn around the button
holes, leaving them firm and strong.
Also, put tiny squares of the lawn un
der the buttons before you sew them
on.
An original, practical and artistic
table cover is made of black satlne of
good quality and 14 large oriental
tobacco rugs and eight small rugs;
the satine is made into a cover the
desired size and lined with cambric;
an octagonal centerpiece is made of
eight large rugs carefully stitched
into position; the remaining rugs are
used in making the four corners,
which are placed so as to come on top
of the table; these are also stitched
into position. To fill ,up the plain
spaces left between the corners and
the centerpiece also in center of center
piece, a suitable design is worked in
chain stitch of various colored silks
to match the rugs, thus giving an
Eastern work effect: a chain of three
cornered pieces cut from small rugs
and placed 2-12 inches from edge of
cloth forms the border.
HOUSE CLEANING.
When cleaning mop boards the wall
adjoining may easily be protected by
using a piece of cardboard held at the
upper edge of the mop board. This
allows the cloth to soil the cardboard
instead of the wall and avoids the
streak one so often sees upon wall
paper or painted walls.
To freshen gilt frames, dust them
carefully then wash with one ounce
of soda beaten up with the whites
of three eggs. Scraped patches may
be touched up with any gold paint.
Castile soap and warm water with
proper care may be used to clean oil
paintings; other methods should not
be employed without some skill.
To remove paint from window
glass use strong hot vinegar.
A red-hot iron will remove old
putty, or wHl soften it so that it
can easily Be scraped from window
glass.
WASHING FLUID.
One can potash, five cents' worth of
dry ammonia, five cents' worth of salts
of tartar, one gallon of water; use
teacupful to a boiler of water.
Easy method of washing: Place the
soiled clothes in boiler of cold water,
to which has been added a little ker
osene and shaved soap; place boiler
on back part of Btove, and when
water becomes hot (not boiling) re
move clothes to tub; very little rub
bing is needed; in case of very fine
materials, this method of putting on
in cold water may be repeated until
article is perfectly clean, and no rub
bing is necessary.
When vegetables or other foods
burn, place vessel in which they are
cooking in another vessel of cold
water. This keeps the burned flavor
from going through the food.
Remove all canned foods from cans
as soon as they are opened. Use a
brush for greasing pans.
CONCERNING WOMEN.
Possible political opposition is said
to be about all that stands in the way
of passing a widow's pension bill in
New York.
Raveling parties, who prepare soft
dressings for the wounded were first
organized in Austria by Mrs. Penfieid,
the wife of the American axnbassdor.
Investigations of infant mortality in
Manchester, N. H.; Brockton, Mass.;
and Saginaw Mich., are now being
made by the federal children's bureau.
More than 7,000 female employes in
various lines one-sixth of the total
women and girls investigated by the
etate factory investigating commission
i" f
orteous
American Citizens
DO. YOU OWN AN
American Flag?
If NOT, there may be come reason for it, and we -will
TRY and remove it.
We have secured a LIMITED NUMBER of 4x6 feet
AMERICAN FLAGS, which closely resemble SILK when
floating in the breeze. The colors are BRIGHT and
DURABLE, being fast to both SUN and RAIN, and are
called THE NEW 48 STAR O. & C brand American
Flags.
With this FLAG we will furnish a BEAUTIFULLY POL
ISHED POLE, 8 foot long, equipped with a Hard Birch
Gilded Ball and strong halyard. Will also furnish one of
THE NEW PATENT REVERSIBLE BRACKETS for hold
ing Flag Pole, an while they last we will let you have
The Entire Equipment for $1.49
THESE FLAGS will be placed on sale when the store
opens THIS MORNING. Please note that this equip
ment is not of the cheapest sort, but is suitable for any
HOME or PLACE of BUSINESS.
OTHER OFFERINGS IN FLAGS
All Styles and Sizes
Bunting
FLAGS
Size 3x 5 feet, at SI. 10
Size tx 6 feet, at $1.49
Size 5x 8 feet, at $1.98
Size 6x10 feet, at $2.69
Sterling FLAPQ
Wool Bunting." I-Q
Size 3x5 feet, at $1.65
Size 4x6 feet, at $2.25
Size 5x8 feet, at $3.50
Size 6x9 feet, at $4.50
Old Glory Flags at 98c
of fast color cotton fabric, with 48 stars, neatly sewed,
has canvas heading, brass jointed pole with halyards and
holder the whole complete at 98c.
The Porteous & Mitchell Co.
-were found in New York state to be
working- for less than $5 per week.
Canadian women have started a
movement to stop the manufacture of
liquor from grain during the war in
order to save it for the production of
food.
Women and children constitute from
60 to 75 per cent of the employes in
confectionery, shirt and paper box fac
tories and retail stores in New York
state.
Miss M. G. Cuthbertson has been a
factory inspector in Victoria, Austra
lia, since 1895, and her assistance in
preventing sweating has given her a
world wide reputation.
USEFUL HINT.
Pour boiling water on oranges and
let them stand five minutes. This
will cause the white lining to come
away clean with the skin, so that a
large quantity of oranges can be quick
ly sliced for sauce or pudding.
TO CLEAN SINKS.
Coal oil will clean badly discolored
enameled sinks or bathtubs and also
will remove fresh paint stains.
RECIPES. -
Rhubarb Betty Mix together three
cupfuls of fine stale bread crumbs, one
cupful of sugar, a pinch of salt, one
teaspoonful of mixed ground spice and
one half of a cupful of melted butter.
In a baking dish put alternate layers
of crumbs and finely cut rhubarb,
adding more sugar if the fruit is
thought to be very tart. Bake three
quarters of an hour in a hot oven and
serve with sweetened cream.
Southern Sweet Potato Pie Boil
two medium sle sweet potatoes; have
them cold. Line a medium pie plate,
cover bottom of plate with sliced po
tatoes, sprinkle a pinch of nutmeg,
cinamon, ginger, a small piece of but
ter or drippings, four tablespoonfuls
sugar. Fill plate with cold milk or
water: cover with top crust and bake
to a light brown.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Clean Up Week.
Mr. Editor: The ''Clean Up Week"
proclamation of the mayor, published
in The Bulletin of this morning ia
all right.
Coming down own after breakfast,
I met one of our "best known ladies
whose name stands for efficiency in
everything. She said "the Mayor's
proclamation was good but why can't
we have clean up weeks all the time?"
Perhaps for the same reason that
some houses and yards don't have
"clean up week" all the time. The
trouble is, with the cleaner.
In the case of the city, who is the
cleaner?
There the responsibility becomes di
vided between 'officials and the gen
eral public.
In proportion to the division of re
sponsibility, the difficulty increas
es. Under the Prussian system there
would be no such division. The offi
cials would attend to the whole mat
ter or lose their official heads. Under
our way of doing things municipal,
the difficulty can be overcome only by
mutual understanding and systematic
cooperation between the official and
the citizen.
For instance, the mayor's good fore
word might be followed by a vast
Improvement of our present system in
& DO
itchell Po.
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SMALL FLAGS
Special Small Flags, fast color,
mounted on staff with gilt orna
ment. Size 12x15! inches, at 5c
Size 15x24 inches, at 8c
Size 36 inches, at 15c
FLAG POLES
Size 8 feet, polished, at 39c
Size 11 feet, polished, at ......98c
Flag Pole Brackets
Size 1 inch, at 25c
Size 1 inch, at 39o
This set consists of an Amer
ican Flag, size 4x6 feet, made
the collection and transportation of
ashes, general refuse and garbage.
This would imply some pretty stiff
enforcement of ordinances for the sep
aration of ashes from garbages, and a
willing cooperation by those citizens
who now pollute the atmosphere of
the sidewalks by an indiscriminate
mixture.
Again, city carts should and might
be much less liberal than they are, in
the distribution of light ashes and
scraps of paper along- the streets as
they collect their loads especially on
windy days.
This is not as easy as it might
seem, for it involves not only strict
orders from official headquarters, but
an equally strict obedience to those
orders by the collectors; and behind
all that, cards equipped to securely
hold their contents a point where we
are surpassed by some other cities.
The whole subject is too big to be
compassed in a letter of this kind.
After all, the main responsibility
lies with the people themselves.
If public opinion demands and ever
demands clean streets, clean side
walks, clean parks, clean door steps
and yards, those conditions will come
and come to stay.
It is a question of time, patience and
education.
WM. A. AIKEN.
Norwich, May 22, 1915.
Stories of the War
While recovering from a splinter
ed Jaw bone, and another wound
received in a hand-to-hand battle
with the Germans at Ypres, 6amuel
Lasoff, formerly of Baltimore, who has
been with the Canadian troops writes
home as follows:
Deadly gas bombs, and other hor
rors of modern warfare were de
scribed by the young man, who wrote
he was sickened at seeing hundreds
of men fall about him, while those
who escaped the hail of shot shriek
ed and yelled like madmen as they
dealt death and wound to their
enemies. In his letter, there is no
romantic picture of the glory of war;
what he has seen has taught him
it is a dreadful, gruesome business.
Just now he is convalescing in a
hospital at Have Sussex, England;
and does not expect to return to the
front for a long time.
Although born here, young Lasoff
went to the city of Quebec more
than three years ago. At the out
break of the war, he enlisted in
the Canadian reserves, and within
a few months time was at the front
in Belgium. What he saw and suf
fered there is interestingly set forth
in the following otter, the first his
mother has received since be sailed
for Europe:
Dear Mother: I have just arrived
in England, after staying two weeks
in a hospital in France. I am in good
health and my jaw is getting along
fine. I went under a successful opera
tion and had the shrapnel bullet re
moved from my jaw. The bullet
went through my left ear and splin
tered my . jawbone. I suppose you
have read all about the battles, but I
might add to anything you have read,
that it was horrible.
Two days before the battle I am
about to tell you about, we were in
the trenches at a place called Ypres.
in Belgium. The Germans were 300
yards in the front of us. One night
they tried to capture our trench. We
opened fire on them and killed them
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by the hundreds until finally they
had to give up. We, however, re
mained in the trenchv for if we had
advanced after them they would
surely have defeated us.
The fight that night lasted about
half an hour, and after the smoke
cleared away we could see nothing
but dead Germans in the front of our
trenches. The eight nearly turned me
sick. Our artillery played havoc
among the German troops. We lost
but a few men in the trenches, and
it was the first battle we were in.
The Germans did not attempt another
attack until two days later. On that
night, which was Thursday, April 22,
shortly before 9 o'clock, the Germans
began to throw gas bombs near our
trench. They nearly suffocated us.
Our general, 6eeing that if we stayed
in the trench we would all be suffo
cated, gave the order to retreat. We
fell back about a mile and the Ger
mans captured a number of our
trenches and some of the large guns.
About 15 minutes later we got the
order to attack.
It was simply horrible. I was ex
pecting every minute to be killed, for
my comrades were falling all about
me. We charged the Germans and
were running and yelling like mad
men. It was a hand to hand fight
and the Germans were being forced
back, when a shell lit in front of us,
killing our officer and a number of
men and wounding 10 of us. I was
picked up unconscious and rushed to
a barn nearby, where a few doctors
were bandaging the wounds of the
men who were being brought in.
After the wounds were dressed, the
wounded, which included myself,
were sent to a French town called
Boulogne, where I was operated on
a couple of days later. When I was
able to sit up the doctors told me
that we had won a great victory and
captured our guns and drove the Ger
mans back several miles.
I was In the hospital at Boulogne
for two weeks and was then sent to
the hospital at Have Sussex Eng
land. And this latter place is some
swell place, for it is one of the
mansions turned into a hospital. We
get treated fine and have the best
to eat. Eich people come around in
their automobiles and drive us around
the town. We were taken to a show
this afternoon, about 15 of us. As
we entered the theatre we were
cheered and clapped, as a wounded
soldier from the front is just as great
as being the King of England. The
English people have the greatest re
spect for the wounded soldiers and
are not slow in showing their grati
tude. I am reading the papers every day
and from the casualty list I find that
nearly all our officers have been
killed. I don't know if I shall again
be sent to the front. It will be some
time, however, before I go. I must
say I do not want to see such a hor
rible sight again as the battle through
which I went at Ypres. It was a
horrible sight. I am getting along
nicely and there is no cause for you
to worry.
With love, SAM.
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