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THE SiN. SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 1918.
We are, lieciusc if we ever pet started I guess wo will not stop till we get clean to Bcrling Ship ahoye, old pal, Bexxxe, It's Fin oa Board Ship. Dear Mama: I am awful sorry I did not get a chansc to say good by to you but I know you understand bow it was lible to be, and so when yon don't see mc Saturday night and don't bear from mc you 'will .'know I am really started for' Franse at fast Well now Mama picas "don't worry a . lot nbout mc because I am going to be alright and fine and I will be coming back hone one of these days alhnost be fore, you know it. If I was a mother I certainly would want my son to be in the war and doing his duty to his country and to be fixing if so them hunns could not have a ehanse to do to America whot they done to some other countries. We are going to have a fine trip going across and we are safe as if we were on some little lake out in Kansas. We got 8 ships in our ronboy and just a littfc while ago wc got out of site of land and was really started. Already we liave been assigned to our boats and life 'rafts in case something happened to the ship and we had to get off for awhile, and I got lifeboat number 17. If they give a certain alarm CTery- Ixxly puts on their life pursevor which have Imyii given to us too, and all free too Mama, and lines up along sile of his boat We got nice places to sleep down In the second basement of this big ship, and we got bunks and straw inatresccs and of course we have onr own army blankets and things. We had a good supper tonite, using our own mean kits, and we are going to have one fine voage going over. So don't worry Mania and remember you will get your 25 a month from the gov. just as it was before, and then dont forget you got a $10,000 gov.- life insur ing to. Good by Mama, Bexxie. very high grade even on a big ship like this. I gues it must bo pretty fcrec on one of them little ships that are going along with us'. Good by old pal, Bekkie. The Ocean a Bit Rougher. Friday. Dear Gertie: I was going to write you a Kttle letter vest, but I was so busy get ting used to the ship and watching the ocean and singing with the boys that I didn't have time to. It certainly was a ltcautiful day and just as calm .and smooth but right now it is getting a little ruff and is not near so nice, but of corse it dont make no difference to mc. This is going to be an awful short letter old pal because I gucs I musta ct some thing at noon 'today that was not very good for me because I dont feel very well now and I dont feel much like writing long letters.. The food you get aint so He Mutt Have Been Poisoned. Monday Gertie: AVcll I gues I have eertanly poisoned myself prety bad and I aint over it yet. Whatever it was I et eer tanly was awful strong and I been down below in the oascment where my bunk is for two days now. While I been sick down here with some thing wrong with my stomiek we been hav ing a bad storm and some of the boys have been seasick. I feel awful sorry for them because after being poisoned I can sym pathize with anybody siek like that. Hon estly I Iiavent been able to hardly hold even my hand on my stotnick ever since I was poisoned. I aint in no condition to write letters but old pal I just Lad to write a farcwel won! to you because anything might liap pen when a fcllo is this far from home and has got pottamc poisoning. Well farewel Gertie, and God bless you. Bex.vik. Sorry for Those Seasick Men. Wednesday night." Gertie: That fish I et Friday must have been killed about the time tin war started and laying in the son excr since, because to-day I am even worst than ever. It aint so much the thought of Iy:isy that I fear ether old pal but it is of being drowned in the oeean afterwards. When a solder dies at sea they put Old Glory around him and have a sennony and then drown him. Some of the boys in my squad who corns down sfares to see me to-day told me about that and they said to that even if 1 had ct something that made mc siek that I was lucky in a way because there was hundreds of the boys seasick. These boys told mc a lot about subs to and I gues there is about 50 of them trying to get our ship. They was a drill to-day and the of licur of the Day come down here and or dered everybody up stares to the lwats. But of corse I being sick like that did not have to go. "Pretty soft lyin down here all the day nice and siek," Jake Freeman said. "Up stairs the deck is rolling around and jou can't smoke nothing after dark and on got to go around with your life preserver tied on to you all tlie time. Hut we are all trancd now and when we run in them subs tomorrow if they get us all we got to do is jump in our boats and roc off." My frends tried to get mc to go up (Continued on Fourth Page.) Rickenbacker's Own Story of Air Fighting THE first direct word received from Lieut. Edward Biekenbaeker, for mer automobile race driver and bow an American aviator at the front in France, since he leaped into fame with a series of daredevil air exploits, came in a letter to his brother Elks of Lodge 99 of Loa Angeles, CaL Amid tremendous enthusiasm, it was read to the lodge brothers by Secretary Edward B. Lovie. In bk letter. Lieat. Biekenbaeker de clares that the Allies can never be beaten if America will hackle down to war and rush planes, cannon, equipment and ships. He tells for the first -time the ' thrilling story of the air battle in which bis flight captain was apparently killed or captured. He sent photographs of the American airplane mark; Uncle .Sam's hat in the ring; of a German plane shot down and wrecked; of a bullet hole in his own ma chine; of himself with one of the new French airplane bombs," and, most inter esting of all to his brothers, a snapshot showing the insignia of Lodge 99 on the plane which has downed five German hirdmeB. At Christmas time the Elks of Lodge 99 sent to Lieat. Biekenbaeker, ic ap preciation of his patriotic services to his" country, a ring with the insignia'of the order. It is to this that he refers in his letter. Lieut. Biekenbaeker went over to France about eight months ago'. For' a time he was Gen. Pershing's chauffeur. It is interesting to note that since goifg to France the Lieutenant- has slightly changed the spelling of his last name. In Los Angeles tlie spelling was "Rieketa baeber,' but now their is replaced with -k." The change was made to remove the Teuton taint from if. Lieut. Bicktmbacker's letter is given Ie- tow. 1 May 8, 1918. Los Angeles Lodge Xo. 99, B. P.O Elks, 300 South Olive Street. Mv Dear Buothlks: Your token of appreciation for patriotic services re ceived "this morning. I am very grateful, for it makes one realize that we ''over lie re" have not been forgotten regardless of the 6,000 or 7,000 miles which separate us, in body only. You may feel confident that the spirit of all "over here" is of the highest, but allow no one to forget that spirit on the boys" part "over here"' cannot win battles alone; tliere must be a helping hand by every man, woman, boy and girl able to do so, for with the proper material and equipment so necessary to win in these days of destruction and with the spirit which prevails here the Allies cannot be beaten. Itcmcmber tluit kind thoughts and good wishes are always appreciated, but without airplanes, camion and an abun dance of all equipment and ships to carry them we shall be helpless. It is now 3 P. M., time for our patrol to leave, so will finish this after my return. At 9 P. M. It lias been a very sad afternoon, for our flight commander has failed to return. There were three of us . flying over the lines at about 15,000 feet altitude, although wc saw three German .. ' v.m-f-.? .jw WyWI t i 'ic vwJ f 'aw I ,Jt2 - Ml 14?:?M3E9 aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal .Kjtv2JaaavaaaT avaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaai .vf riiEaaaaaa" a- Teseaawjaaaaai &'-3AvreaaaaaaKr & - - vaTajn -xiS'-ssJBsBiBaaaaft'' z .-c.K,.-., -s-C aaasaaaaaaaaaw . tzi&MZlm PHj' ''tfiaaaP'! 'iaaaaaaaSaSaa V"--lIKfiBaa1 BaaaaaawaaaaV'?' 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May rS Encountered three enemy planes northwest of Toul ant) brought dovKtone of them, himself narrowly escaping when his machine collided with a German plan. The collision sent him.spinping downward, but be was able to regain his control. May 23 Shot dowa a German biplane in the neighborhood of Thiau court. The Bght took place 5400 metres up in the air. May 30 Single-handed he attacked two Albatross biplanes, and three monoplanes east of Thiaucourt. He not. only brought down, one of the enemy planes bat rescued Lieut. James A. Meissr.er'of Brooklyn after the tatter's machine had been damaged. , In addition Riekenbacker assisted Capt. Norman Hall in bringing down a German airplane in the Toul sector on April 29. The first aviator to win the honors of ace in the service of the United States was Lieut. Douglas CaapbelL ' - Albatrosses flying about five miles in Ger many, so we turned to meet them. They never come over our Iir.es. You must always tight in their territory or pass them up. Naturally tlie fight did not last long, they never do, but during the attack there were two Germans that fell, and, the last I saw our captain, he was falling near a large wood. Tlie other hy and myself returned to France, for at that time we were flying very low: v- not only had the danger of our enemy avia tors, but volley after volley from their infantry was turned loose at us. You can readily understand how nn feels when waiting for your friends to return but the sound of their motor is never heard again, and these anxious moments are felt often. This same chap and I Mere out on an Alert just a few dajs before ami were fortunate in bringing down a 1 1 tin in flames. However, we always have our one hope, and try our ln-st to Ic-lieve in it. that he has not been killed, but is a pri-oncr. Am enclosing a few simps which may prove interesting. Xo. 1 you uill notice has a small German cross painted on a patch whirh covers a bullet hole. It's our habit; some of the Imys have up to twenty-two crosses where their plane hud been hit that number of times. This is my first. No. 2 shows the remainder of a Ger man 'plane brought down in our lines. No. 3 shows iiivsclf with one of France's new type "peace pills," of which thousands an" being dropped in Germany. Then the large one shows our squadron insignia, Uncle Sam's hat in the ring, using the national colors. Again thanking you for your kindness and good wishes extended. Fraternally yours, II. E. V. KiCKuxr.ACKi.R. P. S. Am enclosing another snap slew ing jour emblems painted 011 my plane, which makes its daily trip into Germany. Kindly extend my sincere thanks to the ladies of the Elks' Cheer and Comfort So ciety for their kindly Easter greetings. Deer Meat THERE has been advocated the scheme of raiding deer as a source of meat supply in this country. It is believed that deer farming could be' made as profitable as any other live stock in dustry. It has been pointed out tliat the Vir ginia deer and the Rocky Mountain elk are best suited for this purpose. Eik have been acclimatized in many parts of the world and everywhere they show the same vigor and hardiness. They adapt themselves to almost any environment and their increase under domestication is equal to that of" ordinary cattle. It is contended that there are large areas of rough land in the United States, like the Ozarks and the Alleghany le gions, where elk could he profitably raised. The Virginia deer is adaptable 'to almost all parts of this country and thrives on land unsuited to horses.