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THE SUN, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 191G.
RUNNING A GANTLET American Ambulance Driver, Winner of French War Medal, Tells of Service at Fighting Front Br WILLIAM T. MARTIN. William T. Martin writes from personal knowledge of the heroism - A I f . ' r xne Americans vno are unving amtamobile ambulances at the front. Ha has himself served as an ambu lamee driver and so distinguished himself as to win the French war watdat. A series of articles in which ba described his experiences ap peared in The Sun last winter. Since then ha baa done another tour of fluty at the front and the article ptfated here is hased on material he eallected. THE overlong train of a score of conches mov almost Imper ceptibly llo the lone shed of Va Paris station, do noiseless and "tow la the motion that, except for the red light on the 'end coach glow tatf nearer and the wavy shadows along the other side of tho shed, the a train might be standing still. It seems to be floating; In. Standing on the platform alongside to a group of officers watching the aw approach. From their white aprons and velvoted caps several of them are evidently doctors or sur geons. Directly In their rear, on the left of a wide gangwny, half n hun dred soldiers are lined up, waiting. Over their shoulders hang long strips of canvas material with loops at the end. On the right, along the other side, In uniforms of khaki that contrasts with the blue of the French soldiers, stand about forty men In rows of four. The train Is filled with wounded, one at a. number running down from evac uating hospitals alone the front and likely to come Into tho station day or tight on short notice, and the young Mti In khaki are of the American Am- balance. They nre volunteers for the errlce In Paris and have come to take taa wounded from tho cars. A the coaches of the train pass by M by olio they seem It, distinct In the 41m light and are defined rather by the contrast of the tricolor flags and largo red crosses painted on the sides. There Is Bo sound except the measured puff lag of the engine. Finally, after several slight Jerks, the (train stops. For a moment all is stillness. Then doors along' the sides at the coaches are rolled slowly open from within. An officer on the plr.t fana gives a signal and suddenly the Us nee la broken by the shuffle of Many feet as the Americans in pairs at la groups of three branch out In both directions along the platform and enter the cars. The soldiers with the straps over taetr shoulders, brancardlers, move abaut ready to carry away the first Stretchers as the Americans within tka care carefully lift the wounded through the doors. All the wounded easing Into Paris are sent to this sta tion and only the Americans aro al lewed in the ears. In the third car to the right a ample of Americans fumble about in the dimness. More by Instinct than by actual sight they make out the long tiers of bunks running two deep, lengthwise, along each side of the car With only a break for the door. Then, a their eyes become accustomed m the flicker of a murky lamp hang laT from the celling, the soldier at tendant leads them up to the far end at the coach, te a wounded man in nn ttpper bunk, While the two Americans held a stretcher high, slowly and with many attempts the wounded man with the help of the attendant moves over It "Verdun or the Somme?" asks one at the Americans in French. His nc eat Is foreign, for he has been over bat two months. For nine years he Was city editor of a paper at home, "Verdun, of course, old top," quickly bat feebly coms the answer In Eng Man. It Is from the man on the Stretcher. He is looking up Into the ether's face as he Is being let down to the floor, "now Is everything In Paris, anyway? Don't you know me?" It fa an American accent. His bearers stare down at him stu Mly and without recognition. Clad la a French soldier's uniform with his Cam and neck swollen and bandaged aa that little more than an eye looks at, they are at a losi, An American la the Foreign Legion, perhaps. "Oldshue, don't you know me?" he Sntlnues nnd slowly draws a' card from a pocket. It bears his photo graph. "I'm Itoberts. Are you Jok lag? Look!" They recognize him now an ambu lance driver with one of tho American sections at the front. He was wounded two weeks before, caught by a shell that exploded before his car, Badly Wounded about the head, reports said ia had only a slight chance for life. How to see him bark like this Is surprise and his mends nsk many ueatlnns at once, It Is with eyes well filled, for It It Impossible to see aim as the fine fp.it tired young fellow Who left Paris for the front a couple f months before. "I had a narrow one," he Is saying They got Bellly, He was on the eat beside me and It blew his whole bead off. They certainly treated me brell there, gave me every attention, and the train. It's alt rlrht. mo ,lnn nn It " I He Is etl'.l talking as they carry htm Into' the station with the others. "He ln the crown prince didn't help me after all, did It?" he says. They had i nicknamed him that because of a cap i he wore. "It surely Is hot up there at Ver- 1 dun now," hi nasi. "As It Is wee had all kinds of luck. You should see how some df tho cars aro shot u'u." "While the Americans work away in Paris, the Wav Office asks the Am bulance for a new section of twenty ambulances at the front. Weeks ago tho old sections were moved, one by on?, to points where the battle rngee the fiercest. They are places where before the wounded were carried back on stretchers and the renuest for more ambulances Is a tribute to the services ! of the Americans. Tho chads' are already. In Paris. The new recruits from America have i lostly reen coming up from Bor deaux, where they landed from the hnntff from !Crv VnrU. A tew hnv come over by the way of England. ' For some davs back thev hove been ' working like suptrbelngs. making riad.. By the time the last man ar rives workmen In the big establish ment have finished the framework of the bodies for the chnssl, nnd the out lines of the ambulances. rpresetitlng over two years experience In con struction, have taken shape. The new men come from many parts of the I'nltcil States. Prartfrally ah are young men, of good families and j full of enthusiasm for the work. Kach I duy they go over to the factory nnd loe themselves with the workmen to hasten, as much an possible, the de parture of the section. In this section the little compact cars represent the hlzhest point In effi ciency knowledge gained In hard work at the front since the beginning. The small, snug bodies have placet for three stretchers. In a few seconds the Interiors can be converted to accom- modato sitting caes, half a dozen men and their equipment, with places for s.-veral more In the front with the driver. This Is over the worst sort of roads. For cold wenther there Is a de vice to heat tho car by warmth from the exhaust. The diy lofore the morning stt for departure comes and the last touches aro done feverishly hero and there. By now most of the men have become ardently attached to their cars, so there is much friendly competition and some Joking. Karly the next morning before most of the men In the Paris sen-Ice are awake down tho long lino tho men aro at their wheels. There Is the throb of many motors as they await the final order to pull out. It might bo a ship departing for a foreign country. There is the giving of many good-bye as friends of the de parting men flock around the cars, en treaties to write the news, the asking of laat favors and the wishing of good luck while cameras click. Across the sldca of each of the cars In big letters are the words: "American Ambu lance." Once off, there will be no turn ing back. Over remarkably well kept roads, through a picturesque region of state ly chateaux and quaint villages, a countryside fresh and sweet from the much recent rain, the convoy goes. It travels northward bearing to the east. They are In the war zone now. All travel Is done by paused. At bridges anil railroad crossings they stop to .show their permits while sentinels frequently bob up at unexpected places and question there. Things now take on a decidedly military aspect. Peasants still work in the fields as before and all the land Is tilled. Here and there are rows of trenchea. Sometimes the convoy passes bodies of soldiers at target or grenade practice, or mampuvrlhg. The actual trenches are still far away. Now and then they think they hear the sound of guns. Evening finds them at last In a small town with hardly a civilian In sight, They aro to stop here to await further orders. The cars are neatly lined up In a barnyard arter much manoeuvring. Tho men sleep on stretcher! In side them and go to bed by the light of lanterns. They llnd they are but a dozen miles from tho actual front, The next day they are told they will work here for a period. But two days later they are taken up to posts just behind the third line of trenchea They are pushed up in a devastated section In a region under shell flre, That afternoon the Hermans send over some ga shelli. One happens to explodn near two of the ambulances One of the drivers, fixing something at the rear of his car, suddenly keels over aftor the excitement and Is car ried nway on a Btretcher, In the meantime cars working In other sec tions have escapes from bursting shells. Tho one who has succumbed to the gas Is on his feet ngaln by tho evening nnd Is talking of his experience. That nlcht. In their tut e town In the rear. tho men sit nrnund their cara before going to bod. They have had n good day'a work, Now they talk of their escapes with something of the air of veteran. The experience of the first In tho crown prince didn't help mt SHip . JL" VHT' ChBTTVkwv BJl32WBBtSr.l 'asUawVlar I? nfter did he any. They had , IM aTml iJP BawsaaaanEsiplTw him because a cap i .' -i" M-kjimSp aaa9aiSKaaaas nas.UP,,Ae'it hVwe'te . fewaaaw'C 'lJrl9.;jliBKrai ibi a I JdIKjVmBIKJP ' iiOTaSap jk&J ff" '""If W Iff r- luMini I I rL.-vSi JWvm i TJal K iT TaMafaaaMaTaT I IT ! I 1 V aT ' Til I 111 J T W ! I l IH ' II fc I i a w T-UII Haa " pUUlNEW AMERICAN SECTION OF FINISHED time under shell flre has Its novelty, Following days bring more such ex-, perlences. At the end of a week the men are etnnch friends of the troops i Tl ey have worked hard nnd have made a good Impirflon on the French authorities, for they are told they will be niowd shortly to harder service. It Is over In the fiercest of the fight ing. From the present place the can nonadlng Is heard nil day and night until the ears receive the humdrum of It In subconscious fashion. Three days later th'ilr work Is turned over to a French section nnd they move off I:i the direction of the Incessant firing. Among a little roup of buildings a few miles south 3f a enlletit of the great drive the sctlon has Its new' ase. They are to work out from here to the various pot along the. trenches, I bringing back the wnunded to the evacuating hospitals, In n comparative! sense, out of flre. Kvorybndy sets to I work with enthiiHl.ipm malting things' as comfortable n possible. o. A big shed 1 .1.. ...". near by hns been taken ov Alf.An.1i tlm ,ii,,linntn t (I,. ...,!,.,. , ' hnH n InifnlhA- l,U nln.lnl nn.l u - HI. "I ,to ,1,11..-. IU HIIU at work on repairs. It Is a din which never censes, a terrific pounding of cannon nnd the fearsome shrieks and crashes of tear ing shells heemlngly on nil sides with out letup. The earth shakes day and night. In spite of the rains the nlr chokes. Breath ciiiii:h In Jerks, while the head rings. An overwhelming force grips mind and nerves Into a perspective npart from the world without. All els.i seems memory, individuality Is lost In the pulse of the fighting that con sumes everything, And tlw drive con tinues. Several days Inter the men nre es tablished. They work day and night HERE IS USUALLY there Isn't a grent deal to get excited about In tho Innumerable persons who nppear each day In newspaper offices looking for advice, sympathy or aid. Kdltors get blusc nnd hard hearted about them, for they are mostly of the same,,sort. "Btarvlng to death, haven't eaten elnoe yesterday." "Just the price of n one way ticket to Bridgeport, (lot a Job there sure." "My husband has deserted mo and I want you to llnd him." "I wanner sny this guy Wilson ain't got t.ho chance of a ono eyed bird dog In a delicatessen." So It goes, Interminably. But Just the other day came a ray of light. On the printed form provided for such purposes appeared the namo "John It. ," and under the heading "Business," the niiinn of a penlten tlary In western Pennsylvania, That brought attention. "I've been out Just threo weeks." said the rather good looking, slim young man of 2!i yenrH or ho, In the waiting room. "I did three yeara for forgery and I came out nnd wanted to go strnlght, but now I'm down nnd out and I tell you If something doesn't break my way pretty soon I'll go off the straight quick again." Ho luid gone to Philadelphia on his relense, ho said, hnd got n Job on his own resources and was getting along nil right when tho police, discovering ho was an cx-convlot, picked him up, thrust him In a cell for a night and OF FIRE TO SUCCOR . wrv-- rf?i-HW r now In shifts. A? the cars bring down I the wounded In an endless string i empty nmtm.anccs return to bring down more. It Is a land of death. It ncms every trip safely made Is .1 f,.,it. From llio bui-o the road lends among Innumer able Micll holes, As they are tilled up by troops fp'sli ones nre made. Shells of nil Mzes burst In front of the cars, behind and on both sides. So far 110 one In the section has been hit. Often they ownpH as though by miracle. The semblance of the road lends to "pontes seeouij." about fortification as near as potMhle to the actual light ing. There nre no trenche. for In the crash of bursting met il ami the tear of high explosives they cannot ' elst. So the soldiers lie about ill shell holes or In parts of ditches. Here they at and succumb to sleep nt It Is possible and Miulrm In their advance fmin hole to hole. A couple of miles In the ri-nr the road travelled by the ambulances takes a sharp turn. It l.s sheltered partly by ,x cnll)ll, ,lf tmi-.tings that, through 11 freak of chance, still stick up from n Village otherwise levelled, Soldiers warn the men that It Is "tres mauvnls" hero, very bad, and they say to go very fast. At this point "hells drop continually. Amid the unsettled smoke and dust men are at work tilling In tho holes, Mure shells tear down, take their toll of life; tear open more hobs. Tho patch of road looks like n sieve. Further on, down around .1 curve where thu Germans can see their range. Is another spot shelled Inces santly. Troop and equipment coming up In the night go through It. The ambulances pass through It also. So far they have all come out of It safely Hut the other night while one of the cars stopped In tho road with tho pro- ONE WHO In thp morning set htm free but told him to leave ton'n nt once. , "That's the way It's been every where," ho continued, "I've had many n Job, but everywhere as soon ns they found out I'd done tlmo tho cops pinched me and drove mo nut. "You know Now York, Pennsyl vania nnd Ni w Jersey ovohimgei re-cords nnd I suppose every department In the threo Slates has my descrip tion, so I hnwu't a ohanco to stick anywhere. I've had half a dozen Jobs In throe works and each time It has been 'move on.' "Men nre scarce these dnys nnd It's a clnch to get work, 1 le-nrned the textile trade In prison nnd textile workers are scarcer every day be causa so many aro In tho munition factories. "But to get back to It. what am 1 going to do? 1 wn pinched In New ark only yesterday nnd driven out when they let mo no this morning, I haven't had anything to eat and I haven't got n nickel. I tell you I'm getting pretty desperate, Mvorywhere I go It's a tap 011 the shoulder, u night In Jail nnd nut of town on tho run In tho morning." Inquiry brought out the fact thnt , coat without n word, he showcil a tho young man, fearing every minute wiiini gray sweater. Then out of his ho would be picked up In New Ymk I pocket ho look a letter anil two tlck nnd ousted, hnd walked from the ferry I ets, ono on the subway nnd the other to Thomas Mott Osborne's lii'nilquur- j a one way ticket to Olens Falls, tern nt nn uptown hotel, only to (lnd Then: Osborne In Osslnlng, which wan too "Well," ho said, "I've got a Job. I much of a walk. Thence he had come ' went to that plnce you told me nnd AMBULANCES READY FOR THE FRONT trudtng end of a wagon Jammed Into Its radiator, In the blackness of the ' night shells wiped out a post In front j 1 of the iwisslng line of vehicles n ' things were being adjusted, darkness tho wounded were In the from the dead, and the ambulance was tilled. Hero everything roundibout Is lev elled, The only relief Is found In num bers of ilttle hills here and there. 011 the sheltered sides troops take refuge as they go along. Two lonely buildings half shot down stand out together and alone also left through chame. The road has almost been shot away. T!.o cars Piss big batteries that (Ire Incessantly. The and suffocating with air Is hazy the smoke. Along a stretch a row of T5mm. '- i me.,.,. k ,.mh point their nose over the n themnw.iy or bury them. Sol toad. Some of the guns p0nt "lr wh.. wu.t'd bury their .enmrades i... ........ ii,n ,.r,m,i wi. ihev i mild not rntch up with the work, for 1 about to flre soldiers run out and stop tho nmbiilntices until the guns have ceaod. As they tiro It Is hard to dis tinguish tho sound from that of shells bulling at close range. To the left, dug Into the eround, Is one of the posts for tho wounded. The cars puss on their way up and call on tho return trip for the wounded Hero the "boynux" comment u and suddenly the land becomes a maze of trenche.s ami connecting treiv lies leading up to j ambulances ptoceed through tho piles where the men nre lighting In holes 1 of stone where evidently there had nrlil ditches. ! been a gate. A short distance on they Through them nnd on runs tho road, 'go through another gate where slight It Is a steep hll! No military vehicle My more Is left of .111 Inner wall. The are allowed to go further. The only 'gate, or part of It, 4i.mgs from a hinge cars now permitted to proceed nre the to 11 column ami a lock still sticks ambulances of the Americans, They on it. go up the hill on low gear. Their Through the gate Is a sort of draw progress Is slow nnd laborious bridge Over this the oars pass. The As they sneak along soldiers In the ! bridge Is shot down frequently and an trenches on both eldes who wish to other one built In Its place, Within cross tho road Jump out here and there, numbers of small mounds have tho up run hurriedly acro.ss the road and bur- pearanro of henps of dirt ploughed up ticdly dive Into the corresponding from the surrounding ground, Ma- - DID COME BACK down to see Dr. Knthnrlno B. Dnvls, f'emmlsslnner of t'orrertlon. Miss Davis was out West 011 tho women's train electioneering for Hughes. Then he determined lo go to a newspaper oinco and pro If ho could get some In formation as Jo whom to appeal to next. There aren't many plnres whero ex convlcts ge't much s.ym:hthy, but tho ailvlie given this one was to try n man uptown who lias done something In the way of such work. Tho visitor took tho car faro offered him (this Is unusual, It should be noted, that Ij, tho offering, not tho taking) and departed, while the 0110 with whom he had boon tnlklng went back to work, to bo laughed at by Hint hearted editors. Three or four hours later, when the Incident had bpon almost forgotten, them appeared again the namo "John It. " on a slip, this time, however, no mention bring made of prison af filiations. Insti-ad thero was written, "To report an Interesting story of suc cess," Out In tho hnll wns the same ex convlct and yet not the samo. Ho wore , was the same clothes but the look illfforent, Throwing open his trenches on the other side. They scam per ncross like rats. But the ambu-lan-es proceed up the hill exposed to I uiu inc. At the tup a level sfetvh runs by sortdi"onie battcri-s that tlr- oont.nu.itly. Near by ,s . w-u 1 the fiddlers call "dcid men's woods.' Tho wood Is H'lU rt-rl.ti ,1 by H vast patch of black- iit.1 trunks of iters, stumps rather, 'tplintcrrd off nrnr the ground Occa sionally one sticks up among some l r.inclie.s from whb'h the ;nvrs havo 1-een s':ot away. Hound about tho earth Is ploughed tit) In countless great dents, as though cut In by a mighty plough point that has Jumped hero und there vrr uln crnunu. I"ad men nnd horses are scattered their numbers would be added to con tinually. The road leads pn.t the wood. At the further en.i is a fort. It Is here that the last post Is located, The mounds of the fort shelter the ambu lation fiom the view of the Hermans, for tho place Is within easy shot, Surrounding tho fort nre the remains of a mrssslvc. wall shot to pieces. Sol diers move oboiit In trenches, hut the tho man wasn't In, but a nice chap theie sent mo down to a place right near hero and thero I struck It It's the Hmployment Bureau of the Na tional I'ommltteo on Prisons, "I told tin m what had happened to mo ami they gave me this letter" (It was an order to tho superintendent of 11 textile, mill In Olens Falls to gtvo tho bearer a Job and to deduct the price of the tickets nnd a small advance out of his first week's sal nry)l "Also they give me a card which enables mo to appeal to the authori ties nnd get out If the police here should pick mo up before I can get out of town. And they gave me money enough to buy this sweater nnd for some food I've Just eaten n 40 cent moal and best of nil they gave me n few kind words, and that prison begins to look far away again. So I Just came back to toll you what happened nnd to say much obliged and to show you thnt I wns on the level so that maybe If some chap like 1110 conies along again you can tell him where to go. "And so I AM much obliged. Onsh, but I feel good for tho flrat tlnio In over three years." His shoulders, ono couldn't help noticing as he stepped Into the elevator, were thrust back and his chest out and his eyes seemed to look strnlght nt one, which hadn't been so before They, do come back. THE WOUNDED AUTOMOBILE CHASSIS IN PARIS FRESH FROM AMERICA. READY FOR AMBULANCE BODIES FOR NEW SECTION TO BE SENT TO THE1 FRONT. Days Spent in a Land of Death Where Every Trip Safely Made Is a Feat sonry Is scattered over all. It Is an Indescribable scene of desolation and death and the shells fall intermit tently. The cam enter a tunnel. It Is just loug enough to accommodate three ambulances at a time. When the driver finally arrlrea here he feels he has reached safety with an overwhelm ing sense of relief. Alt the way up It has been hln consuming Idea to get here. He now finds himself worrying about how to get back. The cars await their turn to be load ed. The other end of the tunnel leads In mrxri rtt nrtiirt v r1 Tlllrtv fppt - , , acros anoiner lunnei upon ui. i urn tunnel connects directly with the trenchea. Into It the wounded are brought. Then they are brought across the yard between shells, for this part Is shelled Inceswntly. Fometimes while dashing across the brancardlers are caught with the woundcJ and other brancur - , dlers go out to their relief after the smoke clears. It Is the Idea to get tne wounded to tho tunnel where the nm- bulanccs are waiting for the dush down. I Over In the other tunnel tho wound 1 ed are packed on stretchers side by side. While the bearers draw from the near end new cases are coming In at the far end. Tho doctors go from one man to another methodically, hollow eyed with the strain of the work. As they finish the brancardlers, bending under Un loads, nlso give evidence of their ex hausted state. The bearers Just corn Inn In d liver their chargis iird sonic sink down They ure relieved by otheis who depart Immediately. The w lUinb-J men. with the forti tude of French soldlt r suppress their groans, wl.lle oil their fares. Is the d.iz-d look of men frishly hurt. Meanwhile oxnlodlng shells keep up the continuous ro.ir. In the tunnel tilt- explosions resemble those of giant tire- cnuker.s In Uirrels. Shells tearing down above burst nnd shako the place, Some break directly without the tun nel. Already seven of the ambulancis have the woodwork of thrlr rear ends icaved In by concussion, while the bodies ale torn here and there by shell fragments'. Where tho wounded are the only light Is from gasolene torches, The close, smoky air permeated with the heavy ord'T of anaesthetics and the smell from unwashed, perspiring bodies stltles Ul'sid Is everywhere and tho forms, seen spectrelike through tlu haze, cannot be forgotten. "See," a surgeon remarks to ono of the Anierlcnns In a listless tone with out stopping In his work, "Dante falls In his conception of hell." Water Is very scarce, It Is greedily taken for medical purposes. As new cars come up soldiers entreat tho drivers to let them driw from the to- serve cans. If they can get enough to moisten rags to wipe their faces H is a groat luxury. On the return an ambulnnce dirts along through the dusk. By the time I' reaches the plnco Kick on the roid when- the ceaseless train eif supply wagons from tho rear turn off and ills si'tnlnnto It Is dark. The night Ning cloudy, blackness covers everything. Driving becomrs extremely illtllcult. When It becomrs so that the driver can barely see his hands on the steering wheel driving Is done partly by In stinct, partly by sound nnd the fre quent ghastly green Hire of the rockets along tho lino of the fighting. The laden wagons of all sorts creak ing up on one side of tho nnrrow road, tho empty vehicles speeding down on tho other, drawn ofttlmes by middoncd horses as shells crash around, add a new and threatening danger. The driver goes as he can In l'tween, He keeps a whistle In his mouth. It has a sl.irp shriek that even penetrated the din nnd It helps somewhat. Tho French drivers understand and respect tho ambulance. Later the ambulance pulls up at n hospital nyvay from tho er.ish nnd tear. The driver descends, goes nrnund to tho rear of the car and throws open the lck end for tho "Inllnnlers" to unload the wounded men. One of tho wounded has the short, straight stripe of an under lleutetinnt. Ac they tako him out It Is nt first dif ficult to tell from his clean, ruddy face that he Is dead From drooping eyelids ho seems to stare downward nnd smile. A hand resting on his breast dutches tho corner of n picture, It Is In n very old fashioned fmmo nnd It Is the pho tograph of a woman with a girl and a boy at her side. Something Is. written on the back, hut there Is no tlmo to look nt It. Ho wns smiling when they put him In, hnd thnnked the men for tholr care and now the smile Is still there. It h all taken In at a ulance, There Is no time to lose. Several days later the post nt the fort Is no more. Two SSOmni. shells havo hit In the same place, a place di rectly over the tunnel, and 1 Ml wounded hnve been burled; together with tho doctors and stretcher carriers, So the men go to n new post dug down nmong tho trenches further on behind tho ndvance, The Oermans send over many shells of the same type In this neighborhood. Thrown a score of miles the she! s enrry over half a ton of high explo sive. They make no sound as thsv come over and their pieces carry a mile. Other American sections of the am. bulnnce nre scattered over the front not far off. The men meet each ether occasionally at posts. They are doing the same work. In a short while they are carrying back all the wounded In the fighting for miles on either aide. French and Kngllsh sections carry awny the wounded the American bring down to them. About n hundred I . . .. i Americans irom tne amouiance are here, and again as many from othtr American sections. Overhead thero are the dally con flicts high In the clouds. Many of tli graceful bird things that dart here and thero nmong tho puffs of shrapnel , ,r re im.mni, ; or ofttlmes ure fighting single hand'd 1 1 ,,r V.V 1 .L V UU,J hide, until It seems there Is no hop, are piloted by Americans. Tho ambulances do much good work, the French say. As they go along the road soldiers cheer them, Bo nach day, almost, tho drivers receive some special token of commendation. Ill view of assembled troops .-orne of tho drivers are lined up to bo thanked In tho name of France by the "mode clu chef" of the division, the gi ner.il of the division or the general of the army. Sections und m 11 are dworated They have had many escapes by a sec ond or a foot or so. So f.ir the w und" have not been many, for thus far luck has been with them. It Is the occasion of a big review of troops in l'.rls. In honor of tho event perm sioi.s fr.iin the front havo been tiM t. plied All the d.iy before soldiers, h.iiilv 110 ms from the trenches, have I been arriving in town on tho varloul trams All tlm town Is decorated for H e v 'la event. w nn 1110 sonnets come many or tne Aim r.cuis, distinctive In uniform, happy In expression, stnmmerlng oloni in the tongue of the country, somt hard to recognize for tan, dusty and hardy, collars open at the throat, th majority carrying bits of souvenirs from the trenches. With almost n single ncoord thty make for their rooms, places wher they can bathe; then to dig up linen, clean shirts, white collars, for tht great novelty of a few rlorlous hour In "clvlls." They Hock down town, see friend! nnd enjoy life generally. In the eve ning, there Is n big crowd nt "Hen ry's." They sit nrnund laughing unl Joking and exchanging expeilmces. Civilization Is n novelty. Present sre magazine ami newspaper writers who liniig on most of what they s.iy All of them can tell thrilling nnrl In the group are several who hn been wounded. One, with a bojish face, has his arm In 11 sling. Two shell splinters passed through It nt the wrist. "Orcnt stuff being wounded " he says, "Look! See this?" and points to ragged holes In his sleeve wlu'ie the-pieces entered. "See this" W ' n .' And see this? That's gore- n .il g re Blesse! " "Should seo Barber's car," s"iuo on else is saying, "All shot t 1 rree They can't oven move it ! ', lie there for good, Somebodv criw'e.l In side since. lie was wounled I k i'" for he's dead nnd he's stii n '"ve You should s 'o the old qi im rs Ml shot up and now we're over at I They shell tho road oil the time n w They stnrted to rnlfo Cain af' r m left. Fierce!" And another, "Certainly glad -pr Brown Isn't worse. Ho was craw down the road when Harold i-aine iv nnd picked him up Had his r.,' ' ,:' of wounded, so ho propped htm up "n tho running board They v l 'id n piece of shell In hs l.-erl; a ' t o your list. Just grazed bis k.tue i n missed 11 lung' Some luck"' Tho Harold refoned to is .1 h.e w going fellow, who sits at ano'ho- 1 Ho h.ts had tinny escapes Sen, t ago while ho wns lifting a !"d soldier on a stretcher ; it t -bulnnce an exploding shell n. killed the man. Another t un ite is stooping over a re ir w' shel' pis-.-1'd oveihend, tlimoi-'' nnd exploded some distance aw iv .1 a bv l i lug one of the wounded Inside At another table two men are t- -a friend of 11 mutual oxpenm n ' wore standing on n nnd ' 1 hundred feet apart when a - 1 crashed down between them 11 1 plodrd Knch man thought tb- t' " Had been killed. When the st cleared nway nnd they found ' ' were still llllhurt, they rolled i'er f a ditch and waited until the s1 .' it was over. "When nre you going home!" "in" one Is jsklng. "Hang around ut '1 liecembor. My time's up then we'll go back on the same 101 There'll bo a big crowd on that ' ' "iii.Uil b- great." the other r , And a third- "It's n great life "SolPo lire' " "Wei! so long for the pn s. 1 another k snitlg as ho 'ems ir ' adds, "Sec j nn st dinner "'t' Don't forgot. AnJ I'm Bolng to i I up!" 4