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BODIES OF DEAD HEROES
HAY BE BROUGHT HONE
Relatives Asked Whether They Wish
Remains Sent Home or Not—
Government Pays Bills.
Adjutant General Greenan is send
ing out information which he has re
ceived from the war department rel
ative to the final disposition of the
bodies of American soldiers who fell
in battle overseas. The families of
the deceased officers and men and
civilian employes who have died
abroad are asked to let the war de
partment know what they desire to
have done—wether to allow the re
mains to lie in foreign soil or to have
them returned to this country for in
terment in either national cemeteries
or in the family burial plot at home.
The exact date when the work of
transfer of bodies will begin cannot
be announced at this time but notice
will be given when the time arrives.
The information contained in the
following memorandum which General
Greenan has prepared from war de
partment instructions, will be of inter
est to a goodly number of Montanans
as follows:
"The war department desires to as
certain the wishes of the families of
officers, enlisted men and civilian em
ployees, regarding the permanent dis
position of the bodies of those who
have died overseas. The representa
tives-of the deceased are being called
upon now for an expression of their
desires regarding the final disposition
of the bodies.
"It cannot be stated now just when
the work of the transfer of the bodies
to this country will begin, as it must
be deferred until the conditions, in
cluding that of transportation, war
rant the undertaking. Due notice will
be given through the public press .
"It is not deemed practicable to
grant requests for relatives, friends,
or undertakers to go to France to su
perintend the preparation and ship
ment of, or to accompany bodies back
to the United States. You will appre
ciate that there were over 69,000 cas
ualties abroad, and to permit even one
representative to cross in each case
would require a great deal of trans
portation both on the sea and abroad.
Upon arrival they would have to de
pend upon the grave registration units
for information and assistance, which
would only interfere with these units
in following any systematic plan of
sending bodies home. Furthermore,
these representatives would occupy
space on returning ships which should
be used by soldiers.
Details Hard to Obtain.
"Organizations have been formed
known as grave registration units,
whose duty it is to VoQkjifter burials
to care for the* cemeterteS^and to pre
serve identification records.
"Details concerning the death of our
soldiers are not ordinarily received by
the war department. It is believed
that you will appreciate the fact that
as a rule it will not be possible to
furnish details. Many of the men
were killed during darkness, or on a
smoky, dusty battlefield, and no wit
nesses are available. You can rest
assured, however, that everything pos
sible is being done to relieve the anx
iety of the relatives of our soldiers
who have made the supreme sacrifice
in the great cause of liberty.
"In case the remains of a deceased
soldier are returned to the United
States they will be interred either at
the former home of the deceased or
at a national cemetery, according to
the wishes of the one authorized to
direct the disposition of the remains,
and all expenses, including transporta
tion, casket, shipping case, flag, and
the preparation of the remains for
shipment, will be paid by the United
States. Hire of a hearse and other
burial expenses incurred at the home
of the deceased may be paid, on ap
plication by the relatives, by the bur
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eau of war risk insurance, treasury
department.
Who May Direct.
"In order that the proper ' dispo
sition of the remains may be, made and
that such disposition be directed by
the person entitled to do so, the war
department will recognize the right
to direct the disposition of remains in
the following order:
"In case of an unmarried man—
"First, father; second, mother, if
father is dead; third, brother, sister,
if both parents are dead and there
are no brothers.
"In case of a married man—
"First, wife; second, parents or chil
dren and other relatives in order set
forth above.
Who to Address.
"Inquiries concerning the following
subjects should be addressed to the of
respective subjects:
"Exact location of grave; address
communication to Chief Grave Regis
tration Service, A. E. F., France.
"Personal effects ;address communi
cation to Effects Bureau, Port of Em
barkation, Hoboken, New Jersey.
"Back pay; address communication
to auditor for war department, Wash
ington, D. C.
"Liberty bonds: address communica
tion to Director of Finance, Washing
ton, D. C.
"Allotments: address communica
tion to Zone Finance Officer, Lemon
building, Washington, D. C.
"Insurance: address communication
to Director Bureau of War Risk In
surance, treasury department, Wash
ington, D. C.
£j c j a | s or bureaus named opposite the
SIXTEEN YEAR OLD BOY
CONFESSES BRUTAL CRIME
Yakima, Wash., June 11.—Roy
Wolff, a 16-year old Yakima lad ar
rested here for officers at Bakers
field, Cal., where he is charged with
the brutal murder of Elmer Greer,
driver of a rent car, late yesterday
broke down and admitted his guilt, of
ficers said.
Officers here gave out the following
account of Wolff's alleged statement
and his behavior since he was arrest
ed:
"Wolff claimed he owed Greer a
grudge and said he planned the kill
ing the night before it was done. He
used a hammèr belonging to his broth
er. He had $7 and hired Greer to take
him for a ride. Wolff said he rode
in the back seat. When they reached
a place where Wolff deemed himself
safe from interference or detection,
he struck Greer on the head with the
hammer. The blow was given with
such force that the skull was crushed.
Greer, the boy said, was not rendered
unconscious, but shouted "What are
you trying to do? What do you
want?"
Wolff said he struck Greer sev
eral times with the hammer, but claim
ed that at no time was the man un
conscious. His victim was helpless,
however, and the boy drovi the car
with the wounded man in the back
seat for some distance, then at a point
about half a mile from the highway,
tumbled Greer out of the car and left
him to die, after first taking his mon
ey, watch and chain and a charm set
with diamonds.
Wolff claimed Greer talked to him
and asked for a drink of water. "He
said that was all he wanted," the boy
asserted. "I took some water from
the radiator and offered to him. He
wouldn't drink it."
Wolff told the police, after making
his confession, that he intended to
kill himself. He added that he al
ready had tried to hang himself in
his cell, using a piece of blanket. Ex
amination of the cell convinced the
officers that the boy had told the
truth. Wolf said he thought of his
the blanket began to choke him.
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112.000 U. S. DOCTORS
IN SERVICE DURING WAR
Response to Country's Call Was
Made Promptly by Vast Army
of Medical Men.
Chicago, June 14.—The story of the
mobilization of the nation's medical
forces for the army, navy and public
health service will form a unique chap
ter in the history of the world war,
according to Dr. Franklin Martin,
chairman of the committee on medi
cine and sanitation of the advisory
commission, and chairman of the gen
eral medical board, council of national
defense.
Dr. Martin, who recently returned
from Washington where the big task
was taken up December 6, 1918, an
nounced today that final figures show
40,000 civilian medical men were mob
ilized as officers of the army and na
vy and the public health service. In
addition, 72,000 medical men and wo
men in the volunteer medical service
corps were enrolled, classified and cod
ed, making a grand total of 112,000
out of a total medical population ap
proximately 140,000.
Approximately 50 per cent of the
doctors in military service now have
been demobilized. They are return
ed to civilian life when the units with
which they are connected are demob
ilized. Most of them are returning
to practices which were left in the
hands of co-workers when they enter
ed the service.
"Practical proof of the permanent
value of the Volunteer Medical Ser
vice corps is the fact that the sur
geon general of the army, Major Gen
eral Marrittee W. Ireland, has asked
the Council of National Defense to
complete its survey and make it a
part of the library of the surgeon
general, where experts will keep the
records up to date," said Dr. Martin.
After reviewing the numerous ob
stacles which he and his co-workers
had to overcome, Dr. Martin pointed
ou that the three governmental de
partments, the army, navy and public
health service, had less than 1200
commissioned officers at the outbreak
of war.
"Our first duty, then, was to obtain
medical officers .for the army and
navy from the civilian medical pro
fession in the proportion of about ten
doctors for each one thousand men,"
he said. "This was accomplished
through organizations already in ex
istence, and through the general med
ical board of the Council of National
Defense, which established a large
committee of medical men in each
state. To sub-divide the work and
make it effective, finally county or
ganizations under the respective state
organizations were effected in more
than 4,000 counties of the United
States."
Dr. Martin said there was no diffi
culty in securing medical men, for the
response of the profession was spon
taneous.
"The only reluctance we observed on
the part of doctors was to blindly ac
cept service without a definite assign
ment. In the first rush of organiga
tion we were unable to properly clas
sify physicians so that they would be
chosen with reference to their special
fitness and desire.
"However, six months before the
end of the war a plan was devised
which relieved this uncertainty. The
Volunteer Medical Service corps, un
der the presidency of Dr. Edward P.
Davis of Philadelphia, was organized.
Briefly, it consisted of asking the 90,
000 medical men not yet enrolled to
agree to serve the government in any
capacity, with the implied reservation,
howevei-, that they would be selected
as far as practicable with reference to
their preference for service.
The applications were so coded that
it was possible to secure almost in
stantly a group of men for a special
line of work, he said. Instances where
large numbers of doctors wre fur
nished within a day or two after re
quests were received from the Public
Health service were cited bv Dr. Mar
tin.
CUT WORMS MENAC E
THROUGHOUT STATE
Wire worms, cut worm# and grass
hoppers have spread wi l ly i i Mon
tana during the last week, says the
weekly crop summary issued Wednes
day morning by Meteorologist Wil
liam T. Lathrop of Helena. Showers
in the eastern part of the state have
helped crop conditions. Winter wheat
has headed low in many fields. Some
farmers are plowing it under and oth
ers are letting stock graze on it so
that it will stool out and head again
if rains come. The summary:
"Daytime temperatures during the
week were favorable for crop growth,
but there were some low night tem
peratures, and considerable injury is
reported to have resulted from frost,
or, in a few localities, from freezing.
There was plenty of sunshine, but
rains were quite too light for vegeta
tion in its present condition and stage.
"The showers in eastern counties,
while light, have enabled the crops
to make some advance generally, but
westward to the divide, and in the
southern and southwestern parts of
the state, where the ground was drier
than in the east, the slow falling off
in condition of crops, gardens and
ranges, interrupted by the rains of the
preceding week, again became notice
able.
"In Flathead county and the north
west, west of the main range, the
condition of crops and ranges is re
ported as very good except where
frost has hurt them. Wire worms,
cut worms and grasshoppers have
spread widely.
"Rains in the immediate future
would, according to correspondents,
restore the spring crops on unirrigat
ed tracts to good condition, but dur
ing the past week there has not gen
erally been sufficient moisture def
initely to stop deterioration. Most
irrigated crops are doing well.
"Vegetables and ranges and mead
ows are suffering for want of rain.
Water is low, and small streams and
water holes are drying up."
ARMY FLYER PLANNING
TO CIRCLE THE GLOBE
Baltimore, June 16.—Next number
on the world's program of high and
lofty tours—the circumnavigation of
the air about this terrestrial globe
by a flyer in the American army. In
other words, a trip around the world
in an airplane.
This is no more a dream than was
the trans-Atlantice flight of Lieuten
ant Commander Albert C. Read in the
NC-4 or the non-stop flight from New
Foundland to Ireland of Captain Jack
Alcock and his Vickers-Vimy bomber,
when those exploits still were in the
table-talk stage. It is a plan—a fair
ly well defined, fully decided plan.
It is virtually all over but the flying.
Apparently there is nothing secret
about it. Dr. Joseph S. Ames of Johns
Hopkins university, who probably
knows more about the air plans of
the United States government than
anybody else in Baltimore, talked
about it yesterday, saying he knew of
no reason why the public should not
know it. He has known it ever since
Brigadier General William Mitchell,
director of military aeronautics, U. S.
A., was here last week for the ban
quet of Maryland's returned aviators,
and probably before that. As presi
dent of the Air Service club of Mary
land, Dr. Ames presided at that ban
quet, and as the foremost aeronaut
ic expert America sent to France in
1917, when America still was a "babe
in the woods" in military aviation, he
himself was a "returned Maryland
airman."
So the third great story of the
world's fight to conquer the air has
"broken." Read's flight, via the
Azores and Lisbon, was the first. The
second is the flight of Alcock and
Brown to Ireland without a stop. And
the third is this flight around the
world. America was first to cross
the Atlantic in airplane. England
was the first to cross it in a straight
away flight without stopping. Amer
ica, if nothing Untoward happens,
will be the first to encircle the earth
by flying above it.
As matters stand now, a Captain
Francis of the United States flying
corps will pilot the round the world
plane. It will be one of the Martin
day bombers, America's newest and
strongest plane, equipped with Liber
ty motors. The one-stop flight from
New York to San Francisco will be
merely the first two legs of the jour
ney. From San Francisco the airship
will hop off over the Pacific ocean.
That is as much of it as can be
told now. The rest of it rests with
General Mitchell, who was jfot in
Washington today, but at Langfield,
Virginia.
HOMESICK SOLDIER
POSES AS A CASUAL
Chicago, June 12.To just what ex
tent can a soldier be held responsible
for being A. W. O. L. who While suf
fering from shell shock and an acute
attack of homesickness, grabs a pair
of crutches and hobbles aboard i
transport and thence to America?
The question will be put up to Gen
eral Leonard Wood in the case of
Roy Curtis Cleveland, 4109 Sheridan
Road, who was a stretcher bearer in
the 108th sanitary train and against
who ma court martial is pending now
on desertion charges.
Following his arrest by Charles
Furthman Of the army intelligence
bureau, Cleveland told a pathetic tale.
He said that while he was carrying:
wounded to a first aid post a shell
exploded a few feet from him, and
the shock developed into extreme ner
vousness, which eventually resulted in
his being sent to a neurotic hopsital
at Benoite Baus, France, September
16, 1918, whence he was sent to Troy
an.
Arriving there, he continued, he was
unable to find his destination point,
the 132nd field hospital, nor could
he discover his service record. He
made up his mind right then and there
that he had seen enough of France
and the war.
So he obtained a pair of crutches
and joined a casual detachment that
happened to be entraining for Brest,
where he hobbled onto the Leviathan.
How Cleveland managed to slip past
the army officials at Brest is a mys
tery to the war department. He came
home without a single official paper
ni his pockets.
Arriving at Camp Merritt, N. J.,
Cleveland threw away his crutches
and clambered aboard a troop train
billed for Chicago. He came home
last December, told his folks here he
was a returned casual, and married a
girl he met while selling Liberty bonds.
"I hadn't been paid since August;
I was fed up with the mud in France;
I was nearly out of my mind, I want
ed to come home so bad," he told
the intelligence officials when they
arrested him. "But I'm sorry now.
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I wanted to give myself up ever since
I came home. I've got a wife to look
after, too."
WHEN YOU KNOW A FELLOW.
When you get to know a fellow, know
his joys and know his cares,
When you've come to understand him
and the burdens that he bears,
When you've learned the fight he5s
making and the troubles in his way,
Then you find that he is different than
you thought him yesterday.
You find his faults are trivial and
there's not so much to blame
In the brother that you jerred at when
you only knew his name.
You are quick to see the blemish in
the distant neighbor's style,
You can point to all his errors and
may sneer at him the while,
And your prejudices fatten and your
hates more violent grow.
As you talk about the failures of the
man you do not know,
But when drawn a little closer, and
your hands and shoulders touch,
You find the traits you hated really
,don't amount to much.
When you get to know a fellow, know
his every mood and whim,
You begin to find the texture of the
splendid side of him;
You begin to understand him, and you
cease to scoff and sneer,
For with understanding always prej
dices disappear.
You begin to find his virtues and his
faults you cease to tell,
For you seldom hate a fellow when
you know him very well.
When next you start in sneering and
your phrases turn to blame,
Know more of him you censure than
his business and his name;
For it's likely that acquaintance would
your prejudice dispel
And you'd really come to like him if
you knew him very well.
When you get to know a fellow and
you understand his ways,
Then his faults won't really matter,
for you'll find a lot to praise.
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