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THE GARDEN ISLAND. TUESDAY, JULY 22, 1919
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Hawaii at the Front
First Hand Experiences
Allan Wilcox Interview
(Continued from las); week)
Roads in France
Owing t the scarcity of men
they could not be kept up. They
are mostly bordered by lines of
poplar trees so all you've got to
do is to stay in between the rows
of trees and you are allright.
Oh yes, we had to drive at night,
that was the safest time, and of
course we weren't allowed to
have any light that would have
been fatal. We weren't even al
lowed to have a lighted cigar
but we generally did have one as
a means or saiety to prevent col
lisions on the road. We just had
to creep along in the darkness
avoiding the shell holes and other
obstructions as best we could.
"For God's Sake Go Easy!''
Of course it was pretty rough
riding sometimes and often my
nnsseneers would cry out be
tween groans of agony "for God's
sake can't you go a little easy!"
Sometimes would get hold of
one that was uncommon manner
ly who would ask me if I couldn't
please go a little slower over the
rough places but for every one
of that kind I would have half a
dozen that would damn me to
the lower regions for a hard
hearted wretch because it was so
rough, and then if you went slow
they would cry out. "when , in
God's name are you going to get
us there?" Of course I was very
sorry for them, and did the best
How the Fares were Stowed
These ambulance cars are fit
ted up with reversable seats that
fold down in such a way that
they make a sort of floor or deck
which takes two stretchers, and
then overhead like upper berths
two more can be put. That is
your load four patients, or .if I
they are able to sit up you can
carry eight or nine. 1
Two men were assigned to
each car, and they generally took
turns on a twenty-four hour
shift basis. I would go on at
two o'clck in the afternoon and
serve till two o'clock the next af
ternoon, when my mate would
come on and I would lay off. Of
course we weren't always going
steady for the whole twenty-four
hours, but but we had to be on
tap, and ready for service, and
occasionally we would have to
drive all night long.
Each company had two ma
chinists and when anything went
radically wrong with our car we
turned it over to them and they
fixed it up. If it was some
minor trouble we fixed it up our
selves.. I have driven those lit
tle junk cars so long that I hard
ly kuow how to handle these big
cars. I'm always afraid of run
ning into something.
Cold in Franee-j-well I should
say so. To take one of those
long night rides facing a biting
wind blowing in off the North
Sea, it was all the cold I ever
want to see. And there was lots
of snow too, along about Christ
mas our first snow came and
from that on we had plenty of it.
We had stoves in our quarters so
that wheu we weren't on the road
we were comfortable enough.
Although we bad our own com
missariat department, with our
own cook, we generally panned
in with the hospital with which
we were connected. Our fare
was passable, mostly out of tins
of course. Not much in the way
of fresh vegetables, bread we got
in generous allowance, but were
generally mighty short on sugar
and milk. The coffee was poor
stuff for anyone who had been
bred up on Kona.
Didn't Bring Home Much French
No I didu't learn much
French. didn't have to. Be
tween what they know of English
and what I could hand out to
them in a Patois lingo I got along
well enough I could always get
it to them when I wanted any
thing. Of cource I got so that I
could understand what they said
pretty well whon they didn't hand
it out to me too swift, or in too
long a screed without a let up.
In regard to furloughs, we were
entitled to ten days exery six
months, and I availed myself of
this privilege to go down to the
South of France, and along the
Mediterranean. Went to Nice,
Monte Carlo and other places of
.interest. One could travel only
on a pass, which had to be stamp
ed at every place, so that when
you got back it was a complete
record of your travels.
. We were paid promptly in
French money, mostly in bills.
My wages was 3!) a month,
which doesn't seem very much in
dollars, but when you put it in
to francs it was a whole, lot.
The Americans are looked up
on by the French as marvels of
prodigality, and as too easy for
anything, and they were always
lying in wait to jar them loose
trom their easy money. There
was a very general tendency on
all sides to "soak" the Americans.
If, in the early stages, the
Americans were looked on as
heroes, benefactors, and saviours
of h ranee, there was a marked
reaction toward the end, and
they became the objects of more
or less suspicion and aversion
because of their free and easy
manners and their aggressive
ways. In the hour of extreme need
any and every American that
could fight was welcome, what
ever his manners or his make-up ;
but when this emergency had
passed by, they began to notice
the defects of their guests, and to
teel the burden of them.
Yes, all along, anywhere near
the front, there was a constant
roar of artillery fire ; one got used
to it, however, and didn't mind it
much at least 1 didn't. It af
fects different people differently.
I had lots of shell-shock passen
gers of all kinds and in all
stages. Some of them were
raving maniacs, while some were
only nervously unstrung. Some
of them I fancy would never get
over it, while others only needed
a little rest and change.
JSaturally in so irregular and
abnormal a life many of the con
ventions of civilized home life
went to the winds you didn't
get your regular laundry every
week, sometimes you had to do
it yourself, and there wasn't a
very fine finish to it. Needless
to say a daily bath was also out
of the question. I believe I wrote
to the folks that 1 had had eight
baths in 9 months. Perhaps it
wasn't us bad as that, but that
gives about the right idea.
I found that the mail service
in France was quite allright, 1
never missed a letter, they came
tegularly and in reasonable time,
about six weeks, which is sur
prisingly speedy for war condi
tions. 13ut 1 can't say the same
for the cable communications. I
sent a cable from France to the
Islands in April and we received
it just the other day, July first.
Two others were lost, never came
at all. I never had much trou
ble with the censor, we knew
pretty well what would pass and
At the end there was a great
rush for souvenirs, and the
French, with characteristic,
thrift, did their bent to meet this
demand, and I picked up a num
ber some of winch I have here.
lie then showed a number of
very interesting as well as artis
tic articles which make very fine
souveruirs. ' Among them the
German Iron Cross, which is of
the Maltese pattern about an
inch and a quarter square, a
black enamel surface, ou what
seems to be white metal, an !
other was a miniature French
canteen, with the distinctive fea
ture of two openings one for the
ingoing air, and the other for the
outgoing water, a very sensible,
practical improvement on the
clumsy, old-fashioned kind.
The most interesting and most
attractive however were the mi
niature replicas of the French of
ficial medals, the croix de guerre,
the medaille militaire, aud the
legion of honor. The first, which
is the most common, is made of
bronze, the others of silver, and
the latter set with jewels, with
the rich, colored ribbons to which
they are attached they form dec
orations which anyone might be
proud to wear, and glad to keep
as interesting and artistic souvenirs.
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