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formerly of Hertf rd, formerly ex
aminer of the N. C State Medical
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Bonrd; . lately m
charge of V. S. Military Hospital
tZ Mobile, Ala.;v announces the
opening of offices in Elizabeth City.
OFFICE, 326 Hinton BIdg.
109 E. Fearing Street
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Weunderf Soldiers; Almost Invariably
Are Thinking of What They
JWill Do After the War.
Wotukded soldiers invariably dream
of the things they woiald like to-do
when 'they recover and return to
their rilaces in civilian life.
"Afterward" is the password" to
dreamland it visions impossible
bits cf brightness, it lets the mad
dest, jmost fantastic fancies live, it
gilds the commonplace with glory.
The dreams have queer neighbors.
By ttxeside of those who dreSm of
crossing new seas and new countries
are those who desire only to hidfr
themselves, away on a familiar hill
side or seashore, or to lose themselves
again in the city of millions. Some
want to fly, to farm, to grow roses,
to start newspapers, to missionary
the Chinese, to chase whales, collect
butterflies, to roam, to sleep, to-do
great things, to do nothing water
ing a back yard at twilight would
be the dream come true of many.
bdd and beautiful, ordinary and
extraordinary, pathetic and humor
ous are the dreams of today. Many
are too precious to be voiced, others
so airy that even the dreamers smile
at them while they hug them, but
each dream - is something dear and
precious to the owner a bright will-o'-the-wisp
that shines beyond the
dark today.
"That office boy of miaa 'is ter
ribly sensitive'
"How do you know?"
"Every time one of his relatives j
dies he has to go to a ball game to j
get his mind off his sorrow.
Hi y
Carl J. Goe, well'known in ama- : Jim Was Wagging His Stump of a Tail
teur -theatrical' circles ill Indianapo-j and Watching Intently.
lis and formerly office manager for ; a tail and was intently watching Hun
the headquarters of the Associated 1 zry's operation on the bread. Every
Advertising Clubs of the World, in
this city, recently learned that a
man can tumble out of a hammock ;
ten feet high and wake up on a hard j
floor no worse for the experience
than the loss of sleep during the
time it takes to get back up in the
hammock. - , v
Goe is at Camp Farragut, Great
Iiakes, 111., training for naval serv
ice, and has written an Indianapolis
friend about his experience in
"breaking in" a hammock. The
hammocks do not exactly buck and
kick like a wild and woolly broncho,
but he reached the floor with a re
sounding thud, nevertheless. Indi
anapolis News.
"Madam, you see before you a
man who has been harshly dealt
VTith' said the tattered visitor.
"Fate has been unkind to you?"
U "It has, madam. I spent fifteen
years of jny life learning to be an
expert bartender. Now Ive got to
find a new trade and start at the
bottom Birmingham Age-Herald.
he kaiser is a hard man to teach
anything to."
"You'd think by this time he'd
be convinced that the crown prince
will never make a general." Louis
ville Courier-Journal.
"People who do the least work
usually want to attract the most
tention." .
"True. The man" who rocks the
boat is always one who is too lazy to.
help row it." .
, The French, said at Verdun:
fThey shall not pass."
The Americans are saying, on tne
arne: "They shau not siay.
lew York Mail.
tavin,? qualified as aamiiusiraiui i
. j a
the Sate Quinton Forbes. I here oy give
notice to -all persons indebted to hi
estatte to come forward and make lm-
ite settlement, taid those noiaxng
against the same to present
tor payment witmn tweive
le date of this notice, or it, win
rded in bar of their recovery.- -
By ...
Sergeant Arthur Guy
..- Empey
Author of "Over the Top,"
-First CaU," Etc.
Mr. Empey's Experi
ences During His Seven
teen Months in theFirst
Line; Trenches of the
British Army in France
(Ooprright. 1917, ITJeMoOlura Newspaper
Our gun's crew, pa was tfcswont, was
sitting on the straw in the corner of
i bur billet, far from the rest of the sec
tion. The previous night we had been
relieved from the fire trench,, and were
"resting"5-in rest billets. Our "day's
rest" had been occupied in digging a
bombing trench, this trench to be jised
Cor the purpose of breaking in would
be bombers. ,
flungry Foxcroft was slicing away
at a huge loaf of bread, while on his
knee he was balancing a piece of 'is
sue" cheese. His jack-knife was pretty
dull anJ the bread was hard, so every
how and then he would pause in his
cutting operation to take a large bite
from the cheese.
Curly Wallace whispered to me :
"Three bob to a tanner, Tank, tttat he
eats the cheese before he finishes slic
ing that 'rooty.' "
I whispered back :
"Nothing doing, Curly, you are
Scotch, and did you ever see a Scots
man bet on anything unless it was a
sure winner?"
He answered in an undertone :
"Well, let's make it a pack of fags.
How about it, Yank?"
I acquiesced. (Curly won the fags.)
! Sailor Bill was sitting next to Curl,
! and had our mascot, Jim a sorry-look-ing
mut between his knees, and was
! picking hard pieces of mud from its
; paws. Jim was wagging his stump of
ume Hungry
reached for the cheese
! Jim would follow the movement with
1 hies vt7oc onfl 1i5a toil wrmlrt wrifr fnstpr.
Hungry,' noting this look, bit off a
small piece of the cheese and flipped
IC 111 UlieilllUll. JlILi VICJLJJ LUUgUI.
It in his mouth and then the fun be
san. Our mascot hated cheese. It was
fun to see him spit it out and sneeze.
Ikey Honney reached over, took the
candle, and started searching in his
pack, amidst a chorus of growls from
us at his rudeness in thus depriving us
of light. I was watching him closely
and suspected what was coming. Sure
enough, out came that harmonica and
I knew it was up to me to start the
ball of conversation rolling before he 1
began playing, because, after he had
once started, nothing short of a Ger
man "five-nine" shellburst would stop
him. So I alyly kicked Sailor Bill, who
immediately got wise, and then I
broke the ice with:
"Sailor, I heard you say this after
jioon, while we were building that
traverse, that it was your opinion that
darn few medals were really won; that
it was more or less an accident. Now,
just because your D. C. M. came up
with the rations, and, as you say-, it
was wished on you, there is no reason
In my mind to class every winner of
a medal as being 'accidentally lucky.' "
This medal business was a sore point
with Sailor Bill, and he came "right
back at me with : v
"Well, if any of you lubbers can tell
me where a D. C. M. truly came aboard
in a shipshape manner that is, up
the after gangplank then I will strike
my colors and lay up on a lee shore for
Ikey Honney had just taken a long,
Indrawn breath, and his cheeks were
puffed out Hk,e a balloon, preparatory
to blowing it Into the harmonica, which
he had at his lips, but paused, and, re
moving the musical instrument of tor?
tare, he exploded:
"Bllme me, I know of a bloke who
won a D. C. M., and it wasn't acci
dental or lucky, either. I was right
out in front with him. Blime me, I
sure had the wind up, but with French
it was 'business as usual. He just
carried on."
We all chirped In, "Come on, Ikey,
let's have the story." v
"I will If you'll just let mfe play this
one tune first," answered Ikey.
He started in and was accompanied
by a dismal, moaning howl from Jim.
Ikey had been playing about a minute,
when the orderly sergeant poked his
head in the door of the billet, saying;
"The captain says to stop that infer
nal noise."
Highly insulted, Ikey stopped, with:
- "Some people 'ave no idea of ma
We agreed with him.
Somewhat mollified, he started :
Corporal French is the same bloke
who just returned from Blighty and
joined the Third section yesterday."
(Author's Note The Incident here re
l&ted is a true happening. Corporal
jCTencn won me mj. yj. ml.
in the manner
described by Honney. I win not attsmpt
"We were holdlngr 4 part, of the Une
up ; Promelles way, and were about
two hundred yards from the Germans.
This sure was a 'hot' section, of the
line. We were against the Prussians,
and it was e case, at night, of keeping
sour ears and eyes open. No Man's
land was full of their patrols and ours,,
and many fights took place between
them. -
HDne night- we would send over a
trench-raiding party and the next night
over would come Fritz. .
r "There was a certain part of our
trench nicknamed Death alley, and the
company which held it was sure to
click ' It hard In casualties. In five
nights 'in' I clicked for three recon
noitering patrols. -
"John French he was a lance cor
poral then was In charge of our sec
tion. This was before I went to ma
chine gunners' school and transferred
to this outfit. This French certalnlsy
was an artist when it came to scout
ing In No Man's land. He knew every
inch of the ground : out in front, and
was like a cat he could see In the
"On the night that he won his D. O.
M. he had been out 'n front with a pa
trol for two -hours, and had just re
turned to the fire trench. A sentry
down on "the right of Death alley re
ported a suspicious noise out in front,
and our captain gave orders for an
other patrol to go out and investi
gate. "Corporal Hawkins was next on the
list for the job, but, blime me,1 he sure
had the wind up, anil was shaking and
trembling like a dish of jelly.
"A new lef tenant, Newall by name,
had just come out from Blighty, and a
pretty fine officer, too. Now, don't you
chaps think because this chap was
killed that I say he was a goni offi
cer, because, dead or alive, jou would
have to go a bloomin' long way io get
another man lke Newall. But this
young leftenant was all eagerness to
get out in front. You see, it was his
first time over the top. . He noticed
that Hawkins was shaky, and so did
French. French went up to the offi
cer and said :
" 'Sir, Corporal Hawkins has been
feeling queer for the last couple of
days, and I would deem it a favor If I
cguld go in his place.'
"Now, don't think that Hawkins was
a coward, because he was not, for the
best of us are liable io get the 'shakes'
at times. You know, Hawkins was
killed at La Bassee a couple of months
xigo killed while going over the top.
"There were seven in this patrol
Leftenant Newall, Corpora French, my
self and four more from B company.
"About sixty yards from Fritz's
trench an old ditch must have been
the bed of a creek, but at that time
was dry ran parallel with the Ger
man barbed wire. Lining the edge of
this ditch was a 'scrubby sort of hedge
which made a fine hiding place for
a patrol. Why Fritz had not sent out
a working party and done away with
this screen was a mystery to us.
"French leadfng, followed by Leften
ant Newall, myself third, and the rest
trailing behind, we crawled through a
sap under our barbed wire leading out
to a listening post !n No Man's land.
We each had three bombs. Newall
carried a revolver one- of" " fHOSe
Yankee Colts and his cane. Blime me,
I believe that officer slept with that
cane. He never went without it. The
rest of us were armed with bombs and
rifles, bayonets fixed. We had pre
viously blackened our bayonets so they
would not shine in the glare of a star
"Reaching the listening post French
told us' to wait about five minutes un
til he returned from a little scouting
trip of his own. When he left, we,
with every nerve teuse, listened for Ins '
coming back. We could' almost heat
each other's hearts, pnmping, but not a
sound around the listening post. Sud
ly a voice, about six feet on my right
whispered, 'All right the way is clear;
follow me and carry on.'
iMy blood froze in my veins. It
-was uncanny the way French ap
proached us without being heard.
"Then, with backs bending low, out
of the listening post we went, in the
direction of the ditch in front of the
German barbed wire. We reached the
scrubby hedge and lay down, about six
feet apart," to listen. French and the
ofllcer were on the right of our line.
About - twenty minutes had elapsed
when suddenly, directly in front of the
German wire we-could see dark, shad
owy forms rise from .the ground and
move along the wire. Silhouetted
against the skyline these forms looked
like huge giants, "and took on horrible
shapes. My heart almost stopped beat
ing. I counted s'xty-two in all, as the
last form faded into the blackness on
my left. -
- "A whisper came to my ears :
'Don't move or 'make a sound, a
strong German raiding party is going
across. It was French's voice. I did
not hear him approach me, nor leave.
Yank, he must have got his training
with the Indians on your great plains
of America!
"I could hear a slight scraping noise
on my right and left. Pretty soon thei
whole reconnoitering patrol was ly
ing in a circle, heads in. French had,
in his noiseless way, given orders for
them' to close in on me, and await in
structions. . "Leftenant Newall's voice, in a veryj
low whisper, came to us :
'"Boys, the men la, our trenches
have received orders not to fire on ac
count of our reconnoitering patrol be
ing out in front. A strong German
raiding party has just circled our left,
and is making for our trench. It's up
to us to send word back. ' We can't
all-go, because we might make too
much noise and warn the German par
ty, so it's up to one of us to carry the
news back to the trench that the raid
ing, party is on its way. With this
information it will be quite easy for
our boys to wipe them out. ; But its
up to the rest of us to stick -out here,
and if we go west we have done our
duty in a noble cause. Corporal
French, you had better take the news
back, because you are too valuable a
man to sacrifice.' .. -
"French, under his" breath, . an
swered:. ' " - .
"'Sir, Tve been out since. Mons, and
this is -the first time that Tve
If this
been insulted by an officer.
patrol Is going to cUck it, Pnl roln
Von ciA try me for disobedience" f or-
;ders. but here I stick, and
ru be
no ofS-
damned If I go in, officer or
cer ; "
"Newail,: In a voice husky with emo
tion, answered: r. -'i
" 'French; it's men like youVthat
make it possible for "ourUtUe Island?,
to withstand the world. loo are a
true Briton, and I'm proud of you.' .
"I was hoping that he would detail
me to go back, but he didn't. Hender
son was picked for the job. When
Henderson left Newall shook hands
all around. I felt queer and lonely. "1
"You see, fellows, it was this way:
Henderson was to tell the men in the
trench- that we had returned and that
It was all right for them to turn loose
on the raiding party with their rifle
and 'machine gunfire, without us click
ing their fire. Leftenant Newall sjire
was a lad, not 'arf he weren't.
. 'That next twenty minutes of wait-'
lng was hell. Then, from out of the
blackness, over toward our trench,
rang thai old familiar ' 'Alt, who goes
there?' We hugged the ground. We
knew what was coming. Then, a vol
ley from our trench, and four' 'type
writers' (machine guns) turned loose.
Bullets cracked right over our heads.
One hit the ground about a foot from
me, ricocheted, and went tnoaning and
sighing over the German lines.
"Leftenant Newall sobbed under his
'"God, we're in direct line of -our
own fire. The trench-raiding party
must have circled us.'
"Our boys in rar trench sure were
doing themselves proud.- The bullets
were cracking and biting the ground
all around us. .
"In between our trench and our
party, curses rang out in German as
the Boches clicked the fire from the
English trench. Star shells were
shooting into the air and dropping in
No Man's land. It was a great but
terrible sight which met our eyes.
Fritz's raiding party was sure being
wiped out.
"Ten or fifteen dark forms, the rem
nants of the German raiding party,
dashed past us in the direction of the
German trench. We hugged the
ground. It was our only chance. We
knew that it would only be a few
seconds before Fritz turned loose. If
we had legged it for our trench we
would have been wiped out by our
own fire. You see, our boys thought
we were safely" in.
"Then, up went Fritz's star lights,
turning night into day, and hell cut
loose. Their bullets were snipping
twigs from the hedge over our heads.
"Suddenly the fellow On my leTt,
MacCauley by name, emitted a muf
fled groan, and started kicking the
ground; then silence. He had gone
west. A bullet through the napper, I
suppose. There were now five of ua
"Suddenly Leftenant Newall, in a
faint, choking voice, exclaimed:
"'They've got .me, 'French; it's
through the. lung,' and then fainter
you're in command. See that
His voice died away. Pretty soon he
started moaninff loudly. The Germans
must have heard these moans, because
thny. Itumediately turned. their .fire pa
us. -French called to me:
"'Honney, come here, my lad, our
officer has clicked it.
"I crawled over to him. He was
sitting on the ground with the leften
anfs head resting in his lap, anwaa
getting out his first-aid packet. I
told him to get low or he would click
it. He answered:
"Since when does a bloomin' lance
corporal take orders from a bloody pri
vate? You tell the rest of the boys, if
they've not as yet gone west, to leg it
back to our trench at the double and
get a stretcher, and you go with them.
This lad of ours has got to get medical
attention, and damned quick, too, if we
want to stop this bleeding!
"Just then a German star shell land
ed about ten feet from us, and in its
white, ghostly light I could see French
sitting like a bloomin' statue, his hands
covered with blood, trying to make a
tourniquet out of a bandage and his
:"I told the rest to get in and get the
stretcher. They needed no second
urging, and soon French was left fjiere
alone, sitting on the ground, holding
Holding His Dying Officer's Head.
his dvinsr officer's head in his lap. A
pretty picture, I" cafl It. He sure was
a man, was French with-the bullets
cracking overhead and kicking up the
dirt around him.".
Just then Happy butted in with: .
"Were you one of the men who went
in for the stretcher?"
Bcey answered : "None of your d
business. If you blokes want to hear
this story through, don't Interrupt."
Happy vouchsafed no answer.
"About ten minutes after the fellows
left for the stretcher, French got a bulr
let through the left arm."
Sailor Bill interrupted here:
-"How do you know it was ten min
utes?" :
Bxey blushed and answered : ' -"French
.told me when he got back
to the trench. You see, he carried the
officer back through that, fire,--because
the stretcher bearers took too-
UTisked; Bcey how Corporal French
s : w..
Lef tenant Kewall fo Dea six-footer
, and no lightweight. You. see, he had"
at one time been In command of my
platoon at the training depot In Eng
land. ' .T . '
Bsey .answered: , i-'.. - . '..v;r"
Welir you blokes give Me' the proper
pipj and you can all bloomin' well go
to h ,' and he shut up like a clam.
Hungry Foxcroft got up and silently
withdrew .from our circle. In about
ten minutes he returned, followed by,
a tall, -fair-haired corporal, who wore
a little strip of gold traid on the left
sleeve of his tunic, denoting that he
had been once wounded, and' also worS
a little blue and' red ribbon on the left
breast of his tunic, the field insignia of
the Distinguished Conduct medaL
. Hungry, In triumph, brought him
Into our circle and handed him a fag,
which he lighted In the flame from the
candle on the mess tin, and then Hun
gry introduced him to us:
"Boys, I want you to meet Corporal
French." : ,
He shook hands with all the boys.
Brey got red and was trying to' ease
out of the candle light, when Sailor
Bill grabbed him by the tunic and held
Then Hungry Foxcroft carried on:
"French, I'm going to ask you a
mighty personal question, and I know
you'll answer it. How In h did you,
hit in the left arm, bring Leftenant
Newall back from that reconnoitering
French grew a little red, and an
swered: "Well, you see, boys, it was this way.
Honney and I stuck out there witn
him, and, taking the slings from our
rifles, Honney made a sort of rope
which he put around my shoulder and
under the arm of the leftenant, and
Honney, getting -the leftenant by the
legs, ,we managed to get him. into the
trench. You know, I got a D. C. M. out
of the affair, because I was the cor
poral in charge. Damned unfair, I
call it, because they only handed Hon
ney the Military medal, but if the true
facts were known he was the bloke
who deserved, not a D, C. M., but a V.
C. (Victoria Cross)."
We all turned in Honney's direction.
Bill, in his interest, had released his
hold on Honney's tunic and Honney
had disappeared. -
Happy asked French if the leftenant
had died in No Man's land.
French, with tears in his eyes, an
swered : .
"No, but the poor lad went west
after we got him to the first-aid dress
ing station, and next day we buried
him In the little cemetery at PromeV
les. He sure .done his bit, all right,
blime me, and here I am, bloomin' well
swankin' with a ribbon on my chest.
A dead silence fell on the crowd.
Each one of "'us was admiring the mod
esty of those two real- meh.T French
and Honney i
But such is the way in the English
army the man who wins tie medal al
ways savs that the other fellow de
served it.
And 'Germany is still wondering why
they cannot smash through the Eng
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able home winter or sumj
mer, for one wishing to
farm for a profit. The 'soil
is adapted to and yields -large
returns from all crpps.
About 147 acres in Jl, 108
cleared. .
This farm for sale. i'
Or will lease on shares. to ex
perienced farmer who can fin-;,,
ance his own crop. "-C?
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Dr,J.D. Hathaway -tf
Elizabeth Oty, N.
Are cordially invited to
make the
headquarters while in towhv ll
Saturday afternoons. Leave'
your bundles at our office;
use our phone. And if you
want to see a good show,
we run a specially good one
every Saturday afternoon.
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Cor. Water & Mathews .Sts."
Regular Dinner, Everything in
cluded, 50c ' - ; .
Can take a few regular boarders.'
Head-aches, Eye-aches,
Nervousness, are all synnp:,
-fntvie o-f AVA.ttrfl!n anri risain
easily be remedied byfpifbf
i perly fitted glasses. f
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fion win.
,2nd, 1919-
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