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scribes Picturesque Theatri
cal Show iu Base Hospital
Imagine the receiving ward of a base
n&tnlt&l In Franc, fitted un as a tern-
I porary theatre, the makeshift stase at
one end, the audience banked In ro-vs
; of pajama-clad wounded soldiers those
on stretchers nearest the stage, the
heel-ehalr brigade next and those able
to walk In the rear.
, This Is what happened behind thp
lines In Prance, according to Jlajor
, .Charles F. Nassau, of the United States
Siedical Corps, an eyewitness of the
strange scene, In Vihlch a Canadian unit,
the Maple Leaf's, gave a theatrical per
formance before one of the most cos
mopolitan audiences ever assembled.
Describing the affair. Major N'assau
writes to a relative in this city:
"It was a vaudeville' show given by
none of the regular Canadian army troops
, who travel from place- to place giving
""-performances. They carry their own
I, seenetV and properties, which enables
them to show In a tent, a barn or any
old place-they may land.
"The curtain, vent up before an audi
ence that could not be duplicated any
place on earth but in France. The bald
headed rows were not occupied by ladles
and gentlemen in evening dress, but the
place was filled with stretchers, each
occupant being a soldier who could not
walk. Thdr costumes were 'not made
of silk and broadcloth, but were hos
pital pajamas, their only Jewels the dull
Bllnt of a crolx de guerre, and for flow
ers only the snow-white 'bandages In
which they were swathed. ,
, "There were French, British, Cana
dians, Americans, Arabs, Senegalese and
Moors, and their language ranged from
cackling English to the dialects of
northern Africa.
"Behind the stretchers were the
wheeled chairs, and behind these the
wounded who could walk. We officers
stood up outside the doorr, as did an
American brigadier general.
The applause was different from any
I ever heard. Some had two hands
with which to clap, many did not ; some
feet to htamp, more without ; and some
poor devils could only grin. After the
oerformanco the stretcher cases had
r to be carried back to bed, each occu
pant with a grin on his face and primed
with a vivid description of the evening
with which to regale his less fortunate
' comrades in the ward."
U. P. Professor's' Son Among
4 Philadelphians Winning Honors
Philip Werner Amram, son of David
Werner Amram. professor of law at the
University of Pennsyhania and a ref
eree in bankruptcy, has received a com
mission as second Ileutenanfof infantry.
He has be?n assigned to service with
the students' army training corps unit
at Harvard. Lieutenant Amram was a
student last year at Penn.
The commissions announced by the
Wr Department were:
Captain, ordnance John Cordis Baker,
117 Allen- lane.
First lieutenant, ordnance Caleb Field
Purdy, 3324 Tyson street.
Second lieutenants, ordnancn (enlist
ed) Carl Schoenhut, 2355 East Cum
berland street.
Second lieutenants, quartermaster (en
listed) John Elmer Boyd, 2637 North
Eighth stret; Hugh Munro, 3732 North
Carlisle street.
Second lieutenant, motor transport
corps Edwin Gail Crawford, 5451
Spruce street.
Second lieutenants, sanitary corps
(enlisted) William Pyl6 Tomlinson,
Jefferson and Episcopal Workers
Are Located in Italy
A letter received here from Maior J.
Norman Henry, director of the Jefferon
Hospital unit, conveys the Information
that the co.itlneent from Jefferson and
that from the Episcopal Base Hospital
are located within several miles of each
other outside Naples, Italy. In part his
letter says:
"We are in so-called base hospital
center and occupy some fish' build'ngs,
each of which Is but one-story In height,
and erected by our Government. There
are two other such centers in the same
grounds and th6 Episcopal, of Philadel
phia, in about three miles away. The
rround, are thos6 of an old chateau,
about one and 'one-half miles outside
Naples. We are permitted to mention
that, but we do not us6 it as a public
"Shortly after our arrival we began to
take In sick and wounded soldiers, and
In an Incredibly brief period of prepara
tion, we were virtually running full
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Corporal Starr Is Mailing Home
v ' the Story of Bravery
Corporal Morris H. Starr, attached to
the supply station of the Thlrty-nlnth
infantry and in active service for sev
eral months at the battlefront, has writ
tan n his mother, who lives at 2630
North Seventeenth street, announcing
hl citation.
'"W have been very active, on the
move constantly," he writes, "and. to
how that life over herer Isn't entirely a
picnic, 11 nas so nappenea mat, several
Mines, we have been compelled to be
without food for as long as twenty-four
heurs. However, our regiment has won
thV hlrhest nralse from General Per-
Iahlnr, and I-am mailing- a citation
wr hem to you. It tells the story of the
the top. We have captured numerous
towns and many Huns.'
Accused Philadelphian Must
Clean Streets in Gloucester
"Two days at cleahine the streets."
This was the sentence meted out today
to Isaac D. Murray, of Eighth and Lo-
eut streets, this citr. for attempting
to luteal a bottle of whisky in Qlouces-
Murray was arraigned before Mayor
Anderson, of Gloucester. ' Testimony
showed that Murray tried to decoy wil-
Mlim and Joseph Walton Into a deserted
tutlAn nt h Htv tn aret thetp u'hlslcv.
He failed to get the bottle,
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Given War Cross
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l'fCtmmva from Fat One
:Bultlon can never last through an.
, i thr winter" he told hl family, "and -it
' '! doubtful whether the army could stick
-f .'It out that long."
1 i-yliivlii Dnldberr waa aassed at the
tie early In July, but recovered and
ntd his regiment Just In time, to get
the thick of thing at Chateau
rry. He was charging up a hill
m It piiriw?i biivii cmi r "",
Im- o nart of hla left arm. He
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Wounded Wound qd
he had grov n quite frlendlv. Anxious
to save the rinc, he crawled over to
where his severed arm lay and tried to
pull It off, but fainted from loss of
blood before, he could do so Later he
awoke In a hospital, and, much to his
annoyance, the Ited Cross men w ho had
found him, failed to bring In his missing
Later it was necessary to amputate
the greater part of what was left of his
arm to prevent blood poisoning, but he is
being fitted with an artificial arm at th
Government hospital for the maimed at
Washington, and expects to be able to
get along with a fnlr degree of com
fort after the surgeons hare finished
with him.
He Is only on furlough nov ard must
return to Washington to complete his
treatment within ten days. Bugler
Goldberg arried at his home Sunday
night and ' Is name did not appear on
the official 'casualty list Until todav,
though he was wounded about July 28.
His Injury had been reported unofficially
however. He has been In this country
about six weeks but this is his first
visit to his family.
Lieutenant Frank Stronc, of the army
transportation corps, accldentallv in
jured by a train, is the first railroad
man from this city
Officer Injured in to be sent home
R'f j. i -j . from France His
ntlroaiT Accident foot was crushed
i b'v a freight car
while he was trying to straighten out a
traffic tangle at an Important Junction
near'the front line. Surgeons tried hard
to save the foot, but In the end amputa
tlon was necessary. The lieutenant Is
now at a Washington hospital, recover
ing from the effects of the operation.
Lleute-nant Strong was formerly a di
vision engineer of the Los Angeles and
California Railroad, and responded to
the call for Ekllled railroad men to help
organize an efficient transportation serv
ice in .France. He. enlisted in March of
this year, was. promptly given a cap
tain's commission and sent overseas at
once. The lieutenant was born In Phila
delphia, educated at the local public
schools and took his engineer's degrte
at Norwich University, Korthfleld, Vt.
He is thirty-nine years old. In 1912
Lieutenant Strong married Miss Mar
garet Fairer, daughter of William J.
Fairer, of this city.
Corporal 1111am F. Ransom, Wiled in
action, was formerly employed in the
pressroom of the Curtis Publishing Com
pany. At the time of his enlistment, in
April of last year, a few days after this
country, entered the war and two days
before he was twenty-one years old, the
family lived at 433 Fitzwater street.
Since then they have moved to -116 Xorth
Fifty-third street. The change in ad
dress was sent to the War Department,
but apparently never noted on the of
ficial records, for no word has been re
ceived by the young soldier's parents
as to his fate. The first intimation his
mother had that he was killed came
yesterday, when reporters visited her
house asking for a picture of her son
She almost collapsed. "He was my only
son," she sobbed. "I don't see how I
can stand It. He did not ha'ie. to go to
war, but he was eager to serve his coun
try. How am I to break the news to his
father and his sisters?"
Corporal Ransom's father was prom
inent politically In the Fourth Ward
for a number of years, having been a
constable attached to Magistrate Toug
hlll's office.
Goldberg was a carpenter by trade
and was also a noted semi-professional
ball player He enlisted in-the regular
army a few days after war was de
clared against Germany and after being
trained at Syracuse, New York, went
overseas with the Sixteenth Infantry.
Corporal Gordon L. BUblnjr, Com
pany D. 109th Infai try, who was
wounded and gassed on August 13, is
still In a base hospital, but is slowly
recovering, according to letters received
by his parents, with whom h6 resided
at 104 North Sixty-third street. He Is
twenty-seven years old, and enlisted In
1916. serving on the Mexican border.
After being graduated from a Philadel
phia grammar school, he was employed
as.a conductor by the Philadelphia Rapid
Transit Company. A brother in the
sen Ice recently was reported missing,
but he since has been found in a German
prison camp.
Captain .Joseph 'Gray Dunean, of Cyn-
wyd, has been killed In action, according
to an official telegram received by his
familj'. He was
Cvnuivd Captain commander of the
,... i . j machine-gun com-
Killed in Action pany of the 315th
Infantry and had
been In France sinc6 July of this year.
Captain Duncan earned his commission
at the first officers' training camp, at
Fort Niagara. New York, and was at
once sent to Camp Meade. His regiment
is largely made up of drafted men from
Philadelphia and Delaware.
Captain Duncan Is thirty-three years
old and leaves a widow and two children.
He was engaged In the electrical busi
ness when he felt the call to serve his
country and dropped everything to go
to tne training camp.
Corporal William J. Jordan, Company
L. Sixteenth Infantry, of oil Wlnton
street, has been reported missing since
September 17, He enlisted August 34,
1917, trained at Gettysburg and Camp
Greene, and sailed for France last
April. He received ' a grammar Echool
education In thi city and was em-
Competent utenographer, prefer
able with advertising experience.
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advertising experience,
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ployed as a plumber prior to enlist
ment. He Is tuenty-tnree years old.
Private .lme P. Miilhgan, Company
K, lOtth Infantry, has been ofijclally re
ported missing In action since Septem
ber 3. He received his education in a
Philadelphia grammar school and, waf
employed as a clerk. Ilulllgan enlisted
In August. 1317. He lived at 2206
Manning street, and is twenty-four years
old. 1
Private John H. Kirk. Company K,
109th Infantry, was mounded In action
July 30. He Is twenty-three years old.
Before enlisting he lived with his foster
mother. Mrs. Irene Howard at 1618
North Twenty-seenth street.
Captain William 31. S.vItI. wounded,
was buried in a dugout when a bomb
exploded right on top of his shelter, but
managed to dig his
Buried in Dugout, way to the surface.
r,. ' , . c , , He was nearly suf
Digs If ey to Safety focated, and" badly
bruised, but recov
ered rapldlv and was back on duty by
September '23.
Captain Sylvis, a widely known sur
geon of South Philadelphia, is a mem
ber of the medical corps of the 110th
Infantry, formerly the old Third Regi
ment, N. G. P. His Injury was not con
sidered serious enough to be cabled to
this country, but his name was among
the 20,000 "slightly wounded" to be sent
to this country by Courier. These names
are now being given out by the War
Department at tne rate or a nunareu
or so each day
Belated as they .are. the official tele
gram causes undife alarm to the fami
lies of the soldiers, who have long since
heard direct from their lpved ones, as
they Jump to the conclusion that a
second injury is being reported. Mrs.
Svlvis. who was badly frightened until
she compared the dates given In the of
ficial telegram and In letters from her
husband and realized that the War De
partment's message only referred to the
old Injury
Captain Sylvis formerly practiced at
1903 South Broad street, and was widely
known as a surgeon, being attached to
the staffs of both the Hahnemann and
Abingdon Hospitals. He was a member
of the Second City Troop, but not as a
medical man. when it went to the border.
After the Mexican campaign, however,
he was transferred to the medical re
serve corps.
When the National Guard encampment
was established at Camp Hancock, Cap
tain SLylvis, then with a lieutenant's
rank, was sent to the old Third Infantry.
He was promoted to a captaincy about
the time that the Third was amalga
mated with the "Fighting Tenth." ,of
western Pennsylvania, to form the 110th
When Captain Sylvis went to Han
cock. Mrs. Sylvis closed up her home
on South Broad street and went to live
with a brother at the South Nineteenth
street address. The captain served with
the 110th Infantry through the entire
Marne campaign, and at the time he was
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wounded wounded.
w ounded was with the Second Battalion
some miles north bf the Vesle River.
Prhate Herman A. Klesel?103d Engi
neers, wounded by shrapnel on Septem
ber 5 Is only nineteen years old. He
was graduated from a Philadelphia
grammar school, and was employed as
a uamster until his enlistment in July,
1917 He was sent to the other side In
May, after training at Camp Meade, and
later at Camp Hancock. -He lived with
his parents at 4937 Reno street.
Private James S. Harvey, Company M.
126th Infantry, nas neen missing since
August 3 He lived with his sister, at
1429 North Fifty-fifth street, and was
married Just before he left for France.
He was born In Ireland, and came to this
city four years previous to his enlist
ment in September. 1917. ,Hc was for
merly employed by the Pennsylvania
Railroad. A younger brother Is also in
France, attached to the ambulance corps.
Corpora! Henry Shaw, wounded, had
Just been promoted from a private to a
"noncom's" Job when a boche bullet
"dropped" him. He wrote that he was
only slightly injured, was enjoying his
stay in the hospital, but was anxious to
get back to the front and hae "another
crack at Helnln"
Corpora! Shaw is attached to Com
pany B, 109th Infantry, having been
trained at Camp Hancock and sent over
seas last May. He lived at 621 North
Franklin street, with a sister. He was
a member of the National Guard for
three years and went with the First
Regiment to the Mexican border.
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' Ladies' and Misses'
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Street, Top and Motor
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Lieutenant Fell 1000 Yards, Hii
Airplane in Flames
. After a fall' of 1000 feet, his airplane
In flames. Lieutenant S. Ellison Me
Keown, of Philadelphia, landed within
the German lines wounded, and Is now
In a German prison camp.
Lieutenant McKeown waa reported
killed when he was knocked down by a
German aviator from a height of 20,000
New-s that he Is safe came through
a letter to a friend here written from
Festungs Lazaret I, Qermershelm, on
the Rhine, Germany.
"I was brought down on July 7.V he
writes, "after five months on the front.
I am receiving excellent medical treat
ment and don't think I'll have many
marks of my wounds. It Is a miracle
that I'm alive, for I fell nearly 1000
yards In flames. I'll write more when
I m able to. If convenient, send me some
smokes, I need a smoke badly." .
Army Doctor Even Reorganizes
a Laundry
The life of a young first lieutenant in
the medical corps overseas is not a
sinecure, If the dally routine observed
by Lieutenant Roy L. Langdon can be
taken as a criterion.
In a recent letter the youn? officer
tells his mother. Mrs. Louise A. Lang
don, 529 East Chelten avenue, German
town, that In addition to his medical
duties he has enough to do to keep
three men busy.
First, he was detailed to reorganize
an abandoned laundry behind the lines.
This done, he was given charge of ths
plant to keep him occupied whll not en
gaged In the performance of his duties
as detachment commander and evacuat
ing officer.
The latter means' that he must ar
range for ambulances and trains to be
yadywhen the wounded are sent to the
base hospitals In the rear. During a
big drive It is often necessary for Lieu
tenant Langdon to oversee the removal
of as many as BOO patients In a few
Employes' Co-operation Reduces
Accidents at Frankford Arsenal
Congratulations have been extended
to captain C. C. Black, satety engineer,
to thr emnloves nf the Frankford Arse
nal for their safety first work which has
aecreasea tne acciaents auring Septem
ber, according to a 'report Just compiled,
is1 per cent.
The biggest reduction w-as made by
the tracer shop, Mr. Schwlndt, fore
man, which made a 62 H per cent re
duction In could-be-prevented accidents,
nd Is followed by the optical shop, with
52 per cent.
The other 'hops showing a decrease
are. Incendiary shop, Mr. Partridge,
foreman. 4 3 4 , small arms packing, Mr.
Kapler, ."'j per cent: machine shop,
Mr. Cassels, foreman, 3ft per cent : ar
tillery assembling shop, Mr. Miller, fore
man, 2ft per cent: sight shop, Mr. Fur
lev, foreman, 2ft per cent, and the tin
shop. Mr. Brand.
Arrival of New Recruits Given as
Reason for Increase
lVanhtaston. Oct. 29. Both influenza
and pneumonia showed a sharp Increase
at army camps during the forty-eight
hours ending at noon yesterday, the
cause being ascribed by the surgeon
general to the arrival of new men at
camps In the South and Southwest.
Sunday's total of lnfluenzi eases
Jumped to 2436 from the low record of
1602 reported Saturday, and there was
a further Increase yesterday to 2S31
j cases. Pneumonia cases Sunday were
195, against 396 the day before. -Yesterday's
figure was 431. Deaths, how-
,eer, continue to decline, with 193 Sun
day and 194 yesterday.
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and Thanks
Now, while everybody is feeling joyful over the splendid way Philadelphians put
across the Fourth Liberty Loan, we want in this way to reach the thousands of choc
olate and confectionery manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, salesmen and other
employes who woked so faithfully and hard for Uncle Sam.
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Jobbers $67,400
t ., $80,600
Reta,,er8"-f .; i $19,050
Total ,...'.... $1,062,500
Every man and woman who worked on the Loan campaign is entitled to feel
proud and happy. '
Remember the Victory Loan to come. Keep on your toes to subscribe our
quota on the first day. '
Chocolate & Confectioners' Co-operative Committee
Could Think Only of Wounded,
t Says Thomas Webster, Brntc
4 Philadelphian
Describes Moans of Injured as
He Drives Through Shell Holes
in Darkness
T DO not fear a thing when I can
X help those who are helpless." This
statement, Is made by Private Thomas
Webster, a Philadelphian now driving
an ambulance In France, who has re
ceived divisional citation for the Crolx
de Duerra fo: "undoubted courage and
In writing to his mother, at 6057
Itelnhard street, Private Webster, who
before entering the service was an em
ployo of the Evening Pusuc Ledoer,
refrains from telling of the honor he
has won on the battlefield. His citation
sftys he "proceeded without hesitation
up to the firing line, working until en
tirely exhausted."
"I am still at It," he wrote to his
mother, "and maybe this 13 not the life.
This fllwerlng at the front Is sure In
teresting. It is hard to stand the strain
at first, but you soon get used to It
and go without much sleep.
Nothing Held Yon Rack
"When ou see the men in the trenches
fighting for liberty and country giving
their lives fdr them there Is nothing
that will hold you back. You Jurt forget
about the danger and think only of
those-you can be of some help to.
"We have It hard at times, especially
at night, when we strain our eyes In
the darkness and every muscle In our
bodies In driving back with the woided.
You must make time and be careful Oh
how the wounded In your ambulance
moan wnen you nit a shellhole. And you
"'",". "ever use a ngnt. ah that is
called for Is darkness and swiftness."
In a second letter written during .h.
fighting from August 9 to August 12
when Private Webster was cited, he
"Well, this war will soon end, and
Liberty Loan Headquarters
reading "352"
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we will return to our loved ones who
we know are waiting for us. But there
are so many of our brave boys who will
not return
"On one frcnt the Americans were
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had a very hard battle there, and
many of the Americans were wounded.
Those I cared for I found lost, and I
know what It Is to be lost on the battle
field. '
Oised by Oerman
It was In this battle that Private
Webster was gassed by the Germans. In
his letter he tells of meeting an Ameri
can nurse in the hospital where he was
confined. He added that after he re
covered from the effects of tho gat' pois
oning he used to go back to the hospital
to see the wounded Germans who had
been captured.
"There are two French nurses taking
caro of them," he wrote. "They are
very young, but they sure do know how
to handle the Germans."
Private Webster enlisted in the am
bulance corps m May of last year. He
trained at Allentown, and sailed for
France Christmas night, 1917
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