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The Central Record, Lancaster Ky. Thursday, Feb 20, 1919.
EK TEE ECONOMY STORE. We are iroud of The Title. We want to assist you all we can In your efforts to economize on your farm tools. We have marked our en tire stock to sell at THE LOWEST MARGIN. It would be untrue to claim we are selling at cost. We are not. But we will sell you anything in our large stock at a very small margin over cost. You can satisfy your wants at this store at live and let live prices. COME AND SEE. Conn Brothers. DESEED E The Central Record Itaued Weekly. $1.50 . Year. payable in Advance. J. E. ROBINSON, Editor. R. L .ELK IN, Local Editor and Mgr. Entered at the Post Office in Lan caster, Ky., as Second-Class Mail Matter. Member Kentucky I'rcss Association and Eighth District Publishers League. Rate, For Political Announcement,. For Precinct and City Offices..$5.00 For County Offices 10.00 For State and District Offices.. 15.00 For Calls, per line .10 For Cards, per line .10 For all publications in the inter est of individuals or expres sion of Individual views, per line .10 Obituaries, per line .. .05 exemplar, a friend and a source of inspiration. Although seventy-nine he recognizes no reason why lead ership and intellectual' devel opment should cease with ad vancing years, therefore the i gingp the shell would hit two or three 1 Camp in Hobokcn for n'week's stay beforo they were loaded onto the transport. However, when we trot to Hoboken, things looked Just n littlo different, we were unloaded from the train and marched right up the main drag at 12 o'clock, middny, to the Pier. I never shall forget that trip through Hoboken. All the people were lined around the sidewalks bid ding us gooil bye etc, and it wns here that I realty realized that I was about to set out on some kind of Journey, for better or for worse. We reached the docks and were met there by tin ned Cross women with "beaucoup" doughnuts and real coffee (tho last I've seen) they had plenty of seconds on them so we got pretty well fed up for the first time since that morning at breakfast. After wo had eaten up nil the doughnuts and drank all the coffee, incidently touching their kind hearts for two packages of cigarettes around, we went aboard the good ship "Martha Washington" Mho was already laden down with some 4000 routs and lots of supplies. The en gines were started that evening about seven o'clock and all the troops were sent down In the hole. When we had been down about half an hour the stairways were opened and we were allowed up on deck, that wns when we had our farewell look at America, tho same consisting of n row of dim lights nlong the Jersey coast and the reflection of the "llright Lights" of Broadway in the sky. The next twelve days was practi cally the same thing day in and day out. Our ship was met by six more when we were two days out and we all sailed along peacefully that day and night. They had target practice the next day. It was quite interest ing to watch the other ships gunner' plug at the target which we were drag Lancaster, Ky., February 20, 1919 The Courier-Journal cf March the 2nd., cannot but be a most pleasing and inspiring journalistic enterprise, for it is to be called the "Marse Henry Edition". This fitting tribute is made apropos by the proximity of Marse Henry's 79th birthday and the dawn of the sixth de cade of his editorial guidance, not only for the Courier Jour nal but all Kentucky newspapers. We cannot realize thatl Marse Henry is about to round out 79 years, for his talents are the kind that "age cannot with er, nor custom stale" so great is his "infinite variety". Few men are endowed with the intellect he possesses, his knowledge of the world, of men and history, has for years been a great treat to nil who could read his writings or come within the sound of his voice. To follow his life is to follow journalism, step by step, for his nnme is synonymous with jour nalism and what he has said upon every vital issue in the world's history for tho past sixty years, will be quoted as long as tho world lasts. Henry W. Watterson is a great man. We have not wait ed for denth to say this, for often editors and writers have said this before and now they but pay a fuller tribute. He did not rise from poverty and obscurity as many great men have done; the door which led to success wns opened to him by birth, education, travel, a sound body and prodigious mind. He possesses in a rare degree the qualifications for successful journalism. Conceding all this, it remains true that, unlike others equally fortunate, he has not squander ed his talents, but used them for tho benefit of his town, his state and his country. He is to his younger colleagues evening hours are kept actively engaged in careful considera tion of subjects sociological, re ligious and political. We are truly glad that all of these tilings and more, can and will be said while he is among us. "Here's to his good health and his family's good health, may he live long and prosper". The observance of Washing ton's birthday recalls to us year by year the patience and faith and courage with which he liv ed the dark years of the revolu tionary war. The dullest and most matter-of-fact history of this period throws a clear light upon these characteristics of Washington. No man ever more truly carried the fate of a nation upon his shoulders. He strove against disappointment, disaster, lack of funds and ma terial, inefficient or disaffected aids, English propaganda at least as strong as tho German propaganda of the last few years, and through it all he looked forward with high faith and courage to the ultimate destiny of the United States. After the war a task of the utmost difficulty confronted him in tho rehabilitation of a country worn by war, lacking financial credit at home and abroad and disturbed by fac tional differences. Here also his wisdom and patience brought their results. It is di rectly to him that we owe our lives of comfort and liberty. We are again in a time of re construction after war. Our problems are different from those which confronted Wash ington and his time, but no less disturbing. It is for us to at tempt to meet these problems with his spirit of foresight and patience and wisdom. So shall we behold, as he did, a greater and more beneficent Americn. hundred yards behind our ship and when she hit the water it would glance off and hit again in a mile or so the other side, when they hit the second time they were pretty well spent as you could tell from the splash of the water that they went down that time. The gunners on our boat were "crack shots", they would hit the target nearly every time. We had Just the one day of target prac tice but the troops had drill every day, until they reached the danger zone, in getting our correct places to hit the briny in case it wns necessary. The weather wns ideal with the ex ception of about two rough days which caused the ship to cut up con siderably, but she is a good old tub and rode those wavesjust as a western cowboy would have ridden n moder- beaucoup vineyards and lots of little t'.elds of wheat or some kind of grain that wai Just tall enough and green enough to make the place look brautl ful. I think that this trip up the Gir onde Is the best and prettiest one I'va had here. The camp we went to from the docks wns about eight kilometers ills (ant, with seven and one half of these up-hill. With much excrslon on our part we at last reached the "woul be" rest camp and put In a few ilays bunk fatigue with frequent Injections of "Corn Hill", canned tomatoes nn hard tack, meanwhile trying to get next to how many centimes It took to make n penny and Just what the mademoiselle mennt when she said that oranges were selling for "un franc cinquanto centimes" per pair, When one learns to Interpret this money here he hns conqucrred the "Battle of Kom Rein" one of the hardest fought battles of this war from n financial standpoint. When you get the art so good that you can get n twenty franc note (about $3.80) changed, carry off the change in any thing smaller than n two-bushel basket and get nil the change count ed before taps sounds, then Is when you have won in the "Battle of Kom Wen". Well, from this camp at Bordeaux we started for tho interior pnrt of I ranee. After riding about forty eight hours in a French sidedoor Pullman" labeled "40 Hommes. 8 Cheaeaux", we detrained at a place called Angers, where I remained some three weeks. This is Just one of the many training camps that nrc scatter ed all over this country. Here they give the men three weeks of real srappy training and prepare them for front line duty. I was getting nlong line at this place, liked It quite well, until they looked me up nnd classified me two or three times one day anil found that I had once said that eould use n typewriter, so I wns told I could help out in the Orderly Boom for a few days. I did. nnd in the meantime got on S O S Job wished upon me. I might mention here Jutt what is mennt by SOS. Some say it means "have Our Ships", I have heard It called "Same Old Stuff" but higher up in Army circles it Is taken to mean Service of Supplies and takes In all non-combatent troops who stay be hind the lines to provide the ways and means of supplying the fighting trcops with everything necessary to go ahead. It takes in the operation of tho Railroads, Docks, etc, and in fact everything that pertains to the backing up of the boys behind the ntely tame two-year old. The "Irish Buns. I KHAKI COLUMN 1 B. 0 Uourges, France, Nov. 24, 191 S. My Dear Homcfolki: Today is the day set apart for the members of the AF.F to write home to "Dad" and tell him Just how this thing happened so far as we, indivi dually, arc concerned. Well, as this is my first experience as historian. I Navy" met us Friday morning at day break, that is, the Friday before Sun day, May 12, and the Cruiser that had accompanied us across, executed an about-face and st arted back home. This "Irish .Navy" of which I speak was fourteen of Uncle Sammio's tor pedo boats. They arc very small articles of war but arc about the speediest thing on the seas, and ore the most important factor in the fact that our army has come to France, tome two million and more strong with only a small percentage of loss. I felt Just like Jumping overboard nnd swimming out to meet them I was so glad to see them. We got along 0. K. until Sunday morning. Mother's Day, we were in the Bay of Biscay when all of a sudden one of Kaiser Bill's "subs" was sited by one of the lookouts on a sister ship. I'll never tell you Just whnt happened after the siren was sounded, more than the fact that I came out of tho deal a knife, fork and spoon loser and one of the "Irish Navy" boys turned in Its tracks and tore across the water at about ninety per in the direction that seem ed to be tho center of attraction. They dropped threo or four depth bombs and took a couple of shots at tho place where the submarine was sited and continued the march, leav ing the two destroyers to entertain the submarine as they saw fit. About noon-time that day we uited the first land, or rather the first thing that left the Impression that land was there, that being a lighthouse on tho coast of Franco somewhere in tho vicinity of Bordeaux. There was Jut three ships left in our convoy when we landed, one of them having been left behind on account of its rudder being out of shape and the other three leaving us Saturday night for England. Bordcnux, the place where we landed, is several miles up tho river Gironde from the sea but tho big ships can go there all O. K. Tho river is very narrow In some places, in fact so narrow that we could talk to the people along each bilnk from the deck of our liner. It looked rather funny to see that great big ship going up Into such a small river. I was beginning to wonder can't say whether or not this Is going to turn out Just as I expect it to, but taking It for granted that you will ac cept it as a combination personal his tory of my seven months in France and a reminder that though I may bo in this country on Christmas Day that my thought and heart will be with you there even more than it has been how she was going to get out, but I each day since I set sail for this land, found that when we reached the place My trip to France began on Mon- where we docked that It was quite a day night, April 30 about 7:30. Wo bit wider there, and I suppose that were called out of Camp Merritt she got out all right as it has made about ten o'clock that morning, rath- a few more successful trips across er unaware of the fact that we were since that Uate. There was certainly to leave so soon as the rumors around soma pretty country along this river. Camp Merritt were to the effect that Wo sailed along the stream all after- an nl) troops left there and went to a noon, passed several little villages, Having had this said SOS Job wish ed upon me, I was sent to Tours, a fairly good sized town which is the headquarters of the SOS. I have teen working In the Central Records Office ever sine my arrival at Tours. The Central Records Office is an of fice the character and nature of the work of which is fully explained in tho three words in its name. At this office are kept the records of each soldier in the A E F. We have hero several different sections, each one JOHNSONS "FREEZEPROOF" PREVENTS FROZEN RADIATORS. It is inexpensive Does not evaporate Easy to use Docs not freeze and oneappllcatlon will last 8)1 winter. One packniic protects n Ford car lo fhc degrees Lclow zero McRoberts Drug Store. boys Who have been raptured, the Service Record Section keeps the Service Records of the fellows who nre for different reasons dropped from the rolls of their orlginnl com panies, then there nrc others which keep records along this line but they all pertain to the keeping up with the fellows so that the folks back home ran know Just where they nre nnd whnt happened to them. The Graves Registration Bureau keeps a record of each grave, wher It it located, the number etc, and the name of the one there. All of these different depart ments nrc collectively called tlw Crn tral Records Office and is operated by the members of Co. I), Hq. Iln, GI1Q, a branch (or rather one company) of tho Octiernl Headquarters of the AF.F, When I first came to this out fit there were about 600 men, working here, now there is somewhere near 3,000 men nnd S00 British Girls, mi you ran see that It hns grown quite a bit in the past few months. We mov- largc rocks, tramping each one Into place as they went nlong, then put on some crushed stone and tho screen ings on top. When they had It com pleted they had n solid rock for -rnad nnd one that I think will stand the wear and tear for some months t come, but when you step down tho road for n half mile or so and sea about the snmo number of "Yanks" put in n road and build n compete camp of thirty or forty barracks in about ns many days ns it took the Al gerians to build 800 yards of road, I'll have to admit that it makes one n lit tle hit homesick. It's Just one ex ample of how things nre done here and how they nre done nt home. They may be right or we may bo right, we will leave that for the Kaiser lo de cide. Well I suppose this Is enough for this time, there may have to be one or more time to write and I'd beder not say everything now. Don't for get to cut off a big illcc tif cake nnd ed from Tours to this place sometime !savc it fur me for if you nrc rcnl rood during September. We are stationed nt counting I'll give you nn Idea of here in French bnrracks, burn, etc. how long it will be before I get back The offices are all in the bnrracks , count eight day for crossing the buildings nnd the barns have bwn i ocean, inc day making connection fixed up a bit and the majority of the I etc, nt New York, two days traveling men sleep in them. ! from New York there, and add the You can tell from the nboe that I, sum on to the number of days that I haven't raptured over three or four am to stay here nnd you have the nn hundred of the Germans like some of swer, its very simple you'll have to the "Doughboys" have, but they call admit, but you know that problem it all WAR and I think it must be right, nt least it seemed like war to me this summer whrn the days were so hot and seventeen hours long. I haven t seen very much of this country so far and don't think that I will have the opportunity to see so very much more. The different plac es at which I have been stationed are all near the central fart of the coun try and nrc very much alike In cuj- tomr, ways of travel, buildings etc We sec some very funny things us they up pear to us but upon a closer examination we find that it is the wnys and customs of the French people. When the French build nn thing they generally built it to stay that is the reason that their buildings and towns look so much uut of date to us. This summer ot Tours they were building a little stretch of road about Keeping a record or each man. Une.louu yards long, there were two or for instance, in the Locator Card See-' three French officers and some two tlon, in this section we have each hundred Algerian laborers worked on man's name on a small card, telling this Job for at leait two months. They when he arrived in France, what or- first dug out the ground where the ganizatlon he came over with, his rank, his serial number and each change that has taken place concern ing him since ho came over. This Locator Card tells Just where this mmi can bo found at any tune. All the information is taken off of the Daily Reports that are sent in by each organization, daily. The Central Post Office is connect ed with this section and get the ad dresses for all astray mail matter from these cards. Then there Is the Personnel Section in which is kept a record slmlllar to the afore-mcntlon-cd except that it pertains to the spec ial qualifications of each man. For Instance, there comes an order In for a special number of motor truck driv ers, all there is to do is to go to the I'ersonnal Section and pull out that many cards of men who are exper ienced along that line. Knch trnde or ipecinl qualification is numbered on tho margin of the card and n small clip (various colors nre used for dis tinction) is placed over that number so that these cards can be pulled right out without even looking at tho man's name. Then there is tho Master Card Section which runs along about the same lino that the Locator does only it takes care of the man in his own division, In this section the cards are filed by the Division, Regiment, Company and alphabetically, so when a man Is transferred from one organi zation to another, his card is taken out of the former organization and placed Into the proper company Into which ho has been transferred. The Master Card contains Information relative to his home address, whom Is to be notified and also the different changes of status. Tho Casualty Section gets out tho Cablegrams you - i.i- i .. .... -I. Man , ivvciio auu venue man iw bv .r.i that the right one Is reported. Then I 'A which takes care of the records of the road was to be to a depth of five or six feet, filled in ail this space with will make .Mr. Arithmetic, Mr. Alge bra and all those boys do lots of think ing. It can't be long now though, as the big end has been left behind nnd it's nil down hill going from now on. Now that you hnve been so patient ns to rend thh far, I'll bring you to the point. This Is no more than my 1-2200000 part of the message that to-day is leaving almost every pro vince, town and village of France to the Fathers in Amerim who have) made so many sacrifices to bnrk us in this cause to accept our thanks and to share with us the glory of Victory and the Brightest and llnppfest Xmns that any of us have ever known. We want you to feel though you do not wear the uniform of a soldier thnt wc know you wear it In your heart ami are Just as much n soldier ns any of the boys in OI). Beaucoup" love nnd the very best wishes for n Merry Xmnj and Happy New Year is the worse wish that I could pjssibly wish upon you. Gus", Private Gus I', Dunn, Co. I)., Hq. Bn... GIIQ., Al'O 902, American K. F. FULLWnCHI.'IUlL SIZE OF WJHE rULLLtfi ITII1 OF ROLL I BECKER and BALLARD. PHONE 27. BRYANTSVILLE, KENTUCKY. m mmm&tmMmmm-- s i ft i