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Wednesday, Sept. 13, TP18. vi i n ; wmt. .!-" II, H.lli .... .!!...... , !.. IIMII THE TIMES. 1 O to VsPi'lii t m ir "S: "X. Em X? 1 i4 Work 5 IT l yli 1 v ; T "M j JOHN CARROLL, Vice Chairman, Indiana Harbor WM. J. FUNKEY, JR. Vice Chairman, East Chicago LETTERS FROM SOLDIERS From Milan Stiles. France. Auf. 5. 1918. Uy Dear Mr. Smslley; Tour card received that you sent me hi!o you were at Atlantic City and was very glad to hear from you. I Inn you hail some tin;,- there and I wisii tnat 1 onum nave i.-en there an. enjoyed some of ti:v f;ui too. 1 would like to km.w it' they did any thing at the convention about opening a club house over h re for the boys. I know that every placa I have been all the Klks I have run into have been very enthusiastic about something of that kind being started over here. At the place 1 am now there are six of us that are Klks and out of lfiO men that Is a pretty lair perocnta ge. One of the boys wa- a stat" committeeman from his heme lodge at tSalohburg. 111. Well. I have been over a lot of France since I hit tho country and there are some, wonderful places to see. You do not pee frame houses; ail of them are rtone, and If they were built a hundred years ago the natives vvtll t e! I you that it is a modern place. "Well, taking that Morroecan laborers and taey are some for an example, everything Is likv thai. However, a person n' r.-r gets through peeing things of interest, r.o matter whit parts of Franco he goes to. I have had the very good fortune in have, spent about three weeks In Paris and that was an education In Itself. I think. I could write you a book on the things I saw if I had the time. I am saving most of this for the time when I get home and then I will have some thin? to talk about for a lng time. At the present I am with a bunch rf birds too. believe me. We have some funny things happen and it Is a problem n . times to keep mem all straight, go; the work out of them, and kep them in good humor. So far we have gotten p.Iony very well with them. I am flcins the. clerical work for the outfit and I wish you could see the names of them as they appear on th payroll. Their name give their life history. For ex ample this Is pn of their names: Mo- named ben I.achene ben Madjouh. Some monicker to carry around, don't you think. Tf you nsk them v. h. n they were horn they will tell you that it was the year of the big rain or the year their grandfatehr died. "Well, if you can fig ure back from that you do more than we can. There la one thlnj that I would like to tee over her that so far we have no had enough to talk about, and that is summer. They do not seem to have summers here like we do in the States I am wearing the same clothes I did n!'. winter and do not find them uncomfort able. Well. Mr. Smalley. I will close for this time. Give my regards to Bertha and Bee. Hore this finds all of you in the same health that I am for I feel fine and dandy all the time. As ever your friend, MILAN. Sergeant M. A. Stiles, G. P. A. Labor Bureau. A. L. Co. (QMC) No. 104. A. E. F., France. A. P. O. No. 717. 6. mm V r-; ' 'it rmm " J , i , inn i ii imn i ii , , ' -Vf V -y I B V Vf T y Tf e ssn fnss war Nothing else really matters until we do! - fir From Ben Tekip. Somewhere in France. Aug Received Spt 8th. Dear Aunt: My last long letter to you was on the 15th of July and I suppose you ere wondering what all has happened that I harly know where to start, let alone tell all that has happened. When I wrote to you last I was feeling pretty happy at the prospect of being relieved so I will start about there in my letfr After finishing your letter I folded it nicely end put it In my pocket of co.irse and started out to another bat talion to repair a few move tvpewrit er?. 'While I was there the order came to move and I piled right in with one of the compani"? thinking- wa wr going t- be relie-ed. Happy Is no name for It. The truck wouldn't hold me so I climbed on top of the machine, put a cigaret In my mouth, stuck my hat on the side of my head say! I felt as though I owned the world. The French people cheered us along: th way and the V. M. C. A. pave ue some chocolate! say cousin. I Telt as though I won the last battle myself. About midnight I got s;eepy end three of us went to sleep on the can vass roof of the tru-k. Sure fine sleep Ins but toward morning- the machine passed over a bump and wo were rud'ly awakened by the truck caving in and of course we caught hell fr -m the ser geant, and to my great surprise we were traveling toward the lines Instead of away from them. Finally It dawned upon us that possibly we might be go ing into another battle instead of to a rest camp, and we eure did go into another battle. We did a bunch of hiking that would make en army rr.ule lame for life, and took all honors from the camel f. r going without water. As fir eats and f.Wj the less said tho letter. What we went through, you wouldn't believe, nor me either, a year ago. but we are so fioggoned proud of it that we must bra a bit about it. Well, anywav, as soon es I found out what was going to happen, I couldn't resist the temptation to go "over the top." so T forgot all ab-ut repair in sr bn-.t to Ht.mlfiuarters. Sh sure was one Stand 1 tt' battl" and I'm still whole, s . 1 will toll you as much as th censor wi'l let me. It was going to b open warfare, so after doing a bit of pusyfooting. get ting up to Fritz's playground, we duck ed down In a wheat field to wait for daylight and the fun to commence. I sat looking at my watch and at the s?t minute BANG! and the battle was on. I was In th first wave and saw q-tlte & bit of it- M hen those Fritzies saw us coming vp went a rocket of five red stars, which was a signal f'-r heir barrage I gues. oec.v.sse w ? caught hll right there. mm i saw- that barrage tearing "p the landscape over across the wheatfield. they looked as thick as hail stones and 1 said to myself, "Goodbye Tek what kind or flowers do you prefer?" Fit Lord, child, when we got Into it there wts all kinds of room to spare, anyway I didn't crowd any of the big shells, not a bit. While we were in the nvddle o. th barrage I head someone yelling and I looked around to see if It was the commander giving orders. an 1 there was a damphol soldier singing at the top of his voice, shooting Bis gun as fast as he could load it and having the time of his young life. Funniest thing you ever saw. Anyway after we got through the b-.t-r.Tge we felt n let ef ier because it was easy snilin.sr from there; nothing to bother us but a few irtel thing? like marh;n guns. r;Ms. grnnndes and Fritzie. From there on I couldn't give an ac curate description if I had to. of nil that took place. I remember we circled a machine gun and after w- captured it with a bunch of prisoners. I went tearing u? and grabbed their canteen? awav frm them trying to fir.d a little witor. but ail hey had was .1 dirty j"pu" mwu .11 ,m i. ;i The Flavor Lasts colored water that was supposed to be' coffee, but I wouldn't irink it. So w went on. I: was one machine gun n'-t after ano'h-r with a few snipers and torn? artili-'-y thrown in fir variety. I p-uess ou have lead in t'.ie papers what we captured and how far we went. I cn't tell you what battle it was and how far we went, but you can figure it out that it w-s no back yard skirmish but the bige.-st of the season. I'll tell you one little incident in which I thought of you. We captured a small town and as we came up to the stone wall the line split and circled, r and a friend ? mine bappen-d to be right rear a hol in the wall that was made i.v a s'r.'il. so we sr..-:iked in. thinking that we might tir.d so.no -,ri hiding. Wh.ie we wore sr.eaK.nc along doir.fr this sleuth ait we heard a noise in nr. ft of tho dUgOUtS. The dugout had a turn right near the er.trano ar.d we couldn't see very far. We hol lered. "Come out" in four languages Fnglish, French. German and rrofane but narry a sound came from "Mi- Fritz. I suppose I should have sworn bow brave I am and went down and drneeed tl..-m out by the cars, h t ,ii.,n't All we ."ii.I was c a .-n tap e irren.ide in o ir tin derbies and tr them in. While we were waiting f them to go off, 1 thought or mat in'-e pieee you sent lite "I tossed a homo into the air. It came to earth right over there; And when that little bomb it fell A do-on Fritt' s wont t illell)." Those Fritzie? don't go to v.-U on ac count of that turn, but the;- sure h.tnged their m'.nd about staying In the dug v. it. Tb.ev poured eu- s- 'a" ..i couldn't nmn' th'-m. AV lined them against the wall and it was sure a nice oMrh. eighteen men ar.d one officer. After we took abort every thing they had for souvenirs, except their underwear, we sent them back. I copped the officer's trench knife and I am sure I wish I could send it home It sure Is a dandv and all decorated up with n silver tassel. Ar.d what do yew think of this fo now. After we cot back to this ramp I f cind out that Ty Cobb and a couple of the old Montana boys were In the battle too. They are In the sam division as I am in but not th same regiment, and yesterday some more of the boys came to this regi ment and one of my best friends wa assigned to my copy. Isn't that fine? I'll enclose a piece of Fritz's monev now and stop before the censor at the lenrrtn Receive your copy oi the circular we sent out telling about the Wyoming-Thornton Oil Co? It's worth reading and worth YOUR while. Our shares are pretty well sold. The price ad vances to $1.00 per share after Tuesday, Sept. 24. Our stockholders consist of some of the best busi ness men in Hammond, Gary. Whiting and Indiana Harbor. You see this is a HOME company and not thousands of mile:; away from you. You can always ENOW what is going on. Come in early this evening or tomorrow and get your shares. Do not be one of the disappointed ones and have to pay $1.00 instead of 0 cents. S r i" Wyoming-Thornton SSI! Qompantj 302 HAMMOND BLDG.. HAMMOND, IND. Telephone Hammond 2217. Open eves., 7-9 p. m. Sunday, 10-12 a. m. 2-5 p. m. p. s. Oil stock pays well. 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