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fe: Eight Dugouts Now Serve
^Bl I Men Where U. S. First
Took Hold.
*A>. It Looks After the Social;
\ Side of All Men "Over
]Wlxea the American fighters in
? '2France took over their own sector of
the-battle front, their eyes were glad
- Bated by the sight of eight V. II. C. A.
^^ ^4^-,"- - logouts equipped with scores of the
tomforts. and conveniences which they
. had learned to appreciate so much back
' ?f .the lines.
' Few of them had expected to find
heir old friend, the Red Triangle, dolag'
business in the trenches aiong'
side of the machine guns and all the
other, paraphernalia of underground
warfare. But the Red TriangJe was
there?and .there in advance of the
men'themselves. Eight dugouts now
Srs? serve-the needs of the American nice
in .thetrpnehes as completely as the
-. larger number of huts back in the
camps, and as the number of Sammies'on
the firing line increases, so
will the number of Y. II. C. A. or Red
Triangle dugouts.
'A-vast job is this one of looking
safe - after-the-social, the non-military side
. ' of the lives of men with the colors in
a foreign uand. It requires, according
to the latest word from "over there'
126 .stations at present in operation
and "an additional lot of 104 huts now
under construction.
That means that in virtually every
place in -France where American
trOops and sailors are stationed. Red
triangle facilities are available. To
esrry on .this work requires the ser3.
vices of nearly 1.000 Y. 41. C. A.-sccreBjgaifrf*"''.
taries and 150 Y. M. C. A. mothers,
" orie'-.of the later developments of the
hitman needs of our American army
which the Red Triangle is supplying.
-Every' effort is made to provide a
r*-'.- for the bovs away from home
1^-. and enormous quantities of candy,
|v giim. chooclate, hot drinks, stamps
and-even letter paper and envelopes
??> > are furnished. Many a 'ad novT goes
into the- trenches with the cheery
"Good luck.', my boy" of the V. 31. C.
- A,.secretary acting as the last connectipg-link
between the fighter ana all
% ' the, civilized life he leaves behind him.
. - Th'e' lot of the American soldier 01
v sailor "over there" is at first that of
f a stranger in a strange land. He is
;! . confronted and often confused by a
strange language, strange customs.
>' strange money, strange people, and
sftango mental, moral and economic
He is Just as strange to the good
French people among whom he finds
himself and one of his first and most
.Important needs is that of a friend.
Thkt. ifletld Is the American Y. 31. C.
jjc-'It'is the-steadying influence. It
is ait. work day in and day out. almost
night n and night but, a superb agen'cj.or
service,, helping the men in the
American forces to find themselves,
to .keep'.a grip on themselves; providing
"them with amusement, music, ere?
. store comforts, lectures, religious services.
recreation, banking and eating
This organization is serving American
enlisted men at the American base
I ports In France, at the debarkation
camps near by. at the base camps farV
tier inland, and in tbe villages where
w Americans av billeted. The sailor
finds the familiar sign of the Red Tri?/.
. angle at'every naval base'from which
the submarine patrols operate, and
lately' the' naval authorities have gone
so.far as to take Y. M. C. A. secretaries,
"along to provide many of the "Y"
facilities on board for men on cruise.
X. M. C. A: restaurants and cafeterias
mje in operation in several French cities
and afford the soldiers .and sailors
often the only places free from influences
that are unwholesome. In Paris
a number of hotels have been taken
over by the Y. M. C. A. and at these
men in uniform are all but compelled
to.stay .in the French capital. Two
well-known tourist hostelries in the
French Alps are now operated by the
Y '.M. -C. A. and are designed to attract
American soldiers and officers
en -leave.
. .The Red .Triangle has been put in
. pharge of the social and play activities
In 'the first recreation center for Amer
lean troops on l^are, established In
tij'e French Alps- Casinos and theatres-b&ve
been leased and all amusements,'as.
well as baths, will be free to
men in unifonn. Tennis courts, baseball
diamonds and golf courses also
Wlfl be conducted under Y. M. C. A.
*&.' supervision.
; At the base camps Inland and ?.t the
i . . Awerican.Expeditionary Headquarters.
too. the Bed Triangle Is at work, providing
the home touch, the religions
atmosphere, the means of recration
^nd-amusement, and by every moans
ppssible.taldng the course of monotony
Oa the soldiers leisure hour", and furniphjng_the
antidote for tne al!-workaiid-no-pjay
danger. Buiidiogs somewhat
similar to the standard service
buildings in use In the camps and can.tQumnets
in this country are being
B?'. . erected at these overseas camps as
fast as transportation facilites will per-.
arft. .Meantime,
at points where buildings;
' are-not* yet completed, tents are in;
ttye. In' these are held movies, lectures.
' addresses on various subjects,
tyludluc informative ones as to our
reasons for being in the war. stunt
v nights in which local soldier talent is
Hftr-v. exclusively used and which are most
popular. Songs and concerts and the
???? . like are nightly attractions. The Y.
H. O. A. is exerting every effort to
fceep. going all the time things that
compete" successfully with the crap
and poker games, the wine shop, and
Hi Ifipf-'-mase&s?.
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! the other influences that degrade?or [
at best are far from uplifting."
"What would France be to these men '
, >'n Uncle's Sam uniform but for those |
Red Triangle houses so liberally;
. sprinkled along the road to the front? J
Ask those who have been over there '
that*question and they will shake their
. heads. It would be a lonely and demoralizing
place. But it isn't, and the
rcasoa is found in the tremendously
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i uutrcuv c jjxugiaui v/a. u>v m. . ....
The waking life of the men consists ;
largely of bayonet practice, grenade
| throwing, trench digging, ordinary
' drilling, sentry duty, masking and trot.
ting through the gas chamber, hiking.
: and special work like street cleaning.
\Vhen the men have finished with their :
l day's duties, they are led up with reg-!
: ulations and want to let down.
Here is the. chance for the V. M. C. |
' A. The soldiers have a dollar a day in '
! money to spend ar;d a couple of hours .
in time. Tt is the job of the T. If. C. :
A. to enable the boys to spend that
time and that mosey in and around the
To capture this restless, lonesome,;
vital crowd with spare time and loose '
change is a big job?the finest piece of '
straight service ever offered to a nation.
If the "V" fails to catch the dollars
and the two hours, the boys may j
drift into practices that are anwbole-'
'some. The local shopkeepers"arc on
j the alert for the rain of silver. Sup-'
| plies, supplies and then more supplies.;
| is the answer to this need.
' But the selling of goods is only in-.
cidental to the V. M. C. A. service for
j men overseas. The T. 3L C. A- is
| there for one purpose?-to serve sol-.
i diers and sailors in the best possible
; ways. Conditions nave maae it seem ;
1 wise to Major General Pershing to iru-'
I pose on the Red Triangle as part of
; its program the maintenance in or near
j the "huts" of-canteens where men may ;
! buy certain goods, ranging all the way ;
| from such luxuries as candy and soap
| to such necessities as shoe polish,
i tooth powder and the like.
This phase o? the enterprise is es:
.-.eniially a service-rendering not a
j profit-making one. The goods are
1 boguht in large quantities, most of
! them here in the United States, at
j wholesale prices or better, shipped to '
' France, distributed, often by motor
] truck, to points" where the American
i forces are quartered, and sold over the
; counter to the men at prices based or.
initial cost plus transportation ard
I handling charges.
When a motion picture is on you will
find 1.500 to 2.000 men in front of the ,
| hut. In the village there will be only i
1 two or three small groups of men in
' the wine shops. It is ratheV convinc-'
ing proof of two facts?that the fel-:
i lows know what they want and tuat |
, the V. M. C. A. supplies their needs.
The news that American troops are :
j in the front line trenches has recently
j thrilled the nation. Under the rain of |
; ballets and shrapnel this organization
j serves its hot drinks, its biscuits and j
I chocolate, and there will it keep al-;
ways handy many other treasured com-'
] forts and conveniences for the "Sutn|
mies." This work is dangerous ia the j
! extreme, but it is not the part of the
V. M. C. A. secretaries to seek soft j
" bullet-proof" jobs', to leave the,r men
when they are needed most. Where ;
Amoriraji trnons tro there the V. M. C. I
, A., "will go. too. When ihcy arc under j
: fire, it -will be under fie.. And Amcri-;
can "V" secretaries will probably tail
just as British secretaries fell in the ,
first aprt of the offensive now under
way. j
The last thing American troops will'
get before they go over the top wi-1 bea
cap of hot coffee or tea. a biscuit cr '
two, some chocolate for emergency rations
and a word of cheer and insplra-,
tion from the secretaries . And those!
that come back wounded will find the J
Y. M. C. A. ready for them with more!
[ hot drinks and chocolate and biscuits, I
! and at the forward dressing stations i
busy "cafeterias" improvised to feed
the always ravenous walking woundedSuch
as least is the part in every recent
offensive that the British Red Triangle
has played, and the 'American
counterpart will not do less for its own
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Fairmont Boy Writes About
Life Upon Paris Island.
llarry L. Butcher, a Fairmont lad
who enlisted with the Marines and is ;
now in training at Paris Island, South ;
Carolina, recently wrote most enter
tainingiy to his aunt. Mrs. Metcalf. oi |
116 East North avenue, Pittsburgh.
His letter is as follows:
My Dear Aunt: ? Your letter and :
box of cigars and apples received to- i
day. I have eaten the apples and-1 j
am now resting in blissful content J
smoking one of those long Pittsburgh |
stogies and taking a sun bath.
For the first time in two months I :
have an afternoon to myself to do with ;
as 1 please. Just think. No drills, no ;
lectures, no inspections, nothing to do !
until chow time, so I will, while away
these idle moments writing to you.!
as vou wanted to know all about our
life here. j
I think by fax the most interesting ,
thing about being made into'a soldier :
is the amount of fun the" average fel
lows get out of the hardest kind of :
Long may I live, if the Huns don't get
me. but never will I forget our
first heavy marching order of seven
miles. . I think Uncle Sam's, book of '
rules say. we carry about 4S pounds in
heavy marching order but I am sure
I had about "5 pounds to start with
and it increased in weight every'stop. '
At the finish of that march I just laid .
down and didn't give a hang what happened.
But. Gee! the fun we had on !
that trip. There were two companies
of us supposed to start together; the t
SSth and the S9th. I am in the latter :
company. {
Ever since the day we started our '
training the two companies of us have j
been rivals, friendly rivals but rivals,
just the same, each .straining every
point to excel the other in everything.
As ?I was saying we were supposed ;
to start together, but the S9tb was i
held up for some delayed instructions, i
and when we-ware ready-the 8Sth-was |
already one-half mile on their w.-v. j
Did we despair? We did not. We i
started humping ourselves from the
takeoff and caught them when they j
were taking their first rest.
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and rest. too. for they sat -where they ;
were until we were passing them and ;
then they picked themselves np and '
started again and from that time on it 1
was neck and neck and every place '
where the road was wide enough one ;
company would try to pass the other. '
At such times. , the names'we called
each other! "Whew!
And O hnt it was hot. We all had |
on onr heavy winter clothes and over- i
coats, a heavy pack on onr back, and a j
blanket roll wrapped cunningly around j
our necks. Believe me,.those blanket ,
Keen interest in Orrine. the Scientific
treatment for the drink habit,
now on sale at our store continues unabated.
Orine has saved thousands of drink
lag men. and is sold under a suarau- .
tee to refund the purchase price If, after
a trial it tails'to benefit.
Orrine No. X, secret treatment;
Orrine No. 2. voluntary treatment.
Costs only 31.00 a box. Ask us for
booklet.?Crane's Drug Store, coiner
Main and Madison street% .
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ler for a whala. , "
I perspired ao much that an extra
bar or laundry soap I had in mybloase
melted asd run all over my shirr i and
several guaranteed wrist watches have
since developed considerable rest.
For the ehttre seven -miles our trial
could be easily followed by .the various
<uid> assorted articles scattered along
he way. Just a continuous stream of
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x 3yir iigueiVf ueucs VAUVU??B> ? ** ??
Jnanuels, first Aids to French, spools
of thread, tooth brashes, com salve,
hair tonic, silver framed pictures of
our dearest girl, and . now and then
a pair of drawers or a shirt.
When we finished.np we had nearly
as much staff tucked away in our coats
and in our hands as we had in our roll, j
But the joy of all joys Is that bean- j
tiful exercise known as a skirmish }
drill. Without the skirmish drill army |
life could never be what it Is. Until <
I was in my first drill I:always sup-}
posed the principal products of the j
south were cotton, palm trees and dark ;
complectioned kids with bis mouths, I
but now I know it has another. Thej
same being sand burrs. It was on the ;
skirmish line that I made the acquaint-;
ance of this cunning little weed and I
think it has the most clinging disposi-.
tion I ever saw in a plant'. In fact 11
have about a million of them clinging |
to me still, hut that is only one of the j
joys of this so-called skirmish drill.
Another is the absolute abandon with
[which we are allowed to throw our-j
selves around. It is wonderful!
To start with we are all strung out
in a line across a field, facing the com[mander,
at a signal from him we all
; throw ourselves on our face, unless we .
! should be real fat and leave a hay '
! window to laud on. otherwise our face !
: gets in and plows the ground. By the |
[ time we have worked our way through
j the sand burrs and got ourselves into
! an endurable position, the order comes :
! to rush, then we scramble up and run !
j crouching for about 30 yards and again'j
I fall merrily into the sand burrs. In j
I doing this we are supposed to calcu-;
! late our distance between each man J
I very carefully. I know the mam next j
! to me calculated his distance to a
i nicety for his rifle clips me in the ;
! bank of the head at every fall.
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1 ou saoiaa see bvu? lmo ,
the girls and mothers send the hoys |
down here. One dear darling girl j
By that
then dismiss
papers do th
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they do not
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J-?->?VBgfa. ?^y. - WhWpr-. _ ><? -- - I
wrote, her HeHow aad aiked it be.
wouldn't, like to hare an'electrlc sheet
wanner. A mother wrote her acm, she!
was wndiat Um a willing set' audi
when it arrired.lt was almost * young
office.' Another girl sent her fellow
a pair of wrist warmers that he cas?
uses for a head protector. The things !
sweater to a six-foot fanner that he i
uses for ahe ad protector. The things j
we really Ions for down here are can-t
dy, cigarettes, stogies and home made 1
cookies. Of course we long for our
sweethearts and the good old days ]
when we could lay. in bed half hour:
Longer 8fter mother called us.
The bunk house was so crowded the j
other night I had to set my cot in the
aisle, the only place I had to put my !
hat was on the floor. Everybody who j
passed thought he had found a hat. j
My throat got hoarse explaining.
You -wanted to xknow how my sur- j
roundings were. "Wen, dear aunt, since
we are on an island our surroundings [
are extremely wet. In fact I could not f
walk more than a mile in any direc-!
tion without running into water. We .
always take a zig zag course when we
go any where. j
Retreat just sounded and as I am outside
writing I stood up very straight'
and proud as Old Glody was being
I happen to have a position at the
head of the parade grounds where 1 i
can see the immense field thickly dot-,
ted with men all standing rigid and
silent, their eyes on the stars and .
stripes as it descends at the close of
day. I tell you. auntie, it brings a
mist to a fellow's eyes when he realizes
what that flag means to him and thousands
of other young fellows.
We have all given up everything life 'I
holds dear. Homes, mothers, sweet-j
hearts, everything that this flag may '
go on waving proudly without a blotch
upon its honor, and beli^re me. the Old .
TJ. S. A. will not be asbamed of her :
boys. If you could see the determined |i
look on the men" about me you would
know that the Kaiser has some shock :
coming to him.
Well. aunt, this is a very long letter
and T have stayed outside until it is,
getting dark. The boys inside have ,
cornered all the lanterns, so I can't
see to write more. Give, my love to all. '
From your nephew,
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j West V
Oman's ]
we do not mean that it prints
;es woman as something unwc
at, and it has won the merited i
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Vest Virginian
n Principle an
st Virginian recognizes womar
ankly, fully and without the si;
ge devoted to the household?t
letics and a financial departme
of readers. They help people
want in the paper. Where The
ginia newspaper is in the new
way the equal of man.
st Virginian takes care that s
illy and fairly and with adeqi
proper thing to make their ed
declining influence of some r
d in* accordance with what we
is which are of especial intere
this is appreciated is proved b
s. They write us about the ar
of the day as are men?more
is sets a new standard in Wes
er of"
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ing but Accurate, Concise Coal News.
Most Operators Read It?Why Don't You? |
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Irginian is a 11
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> a few features labeled "for women" and
irthy of further consideration. Many news esentment
of high spirited members of th?
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t's importance in the present day world and
ightest effort to be patronizing. We have a fl
>ut we also have a sport page devoted to
jnt. These are mere classifications for tha^ _ H
? to find what they want and to avoid what
: West Virginian is in advance of every oths
and editorial policy which treats woman
subjects, in which women are interested ara 3
late editorial comment. Many newspapers
itorial pages for men only. Incidentally that
iewspapers. In The West Virginian all mats
conceive to be its importance and its inter
st to women are frequently commented
y the fact that many women regularly read '
tides and show that they are as keenly alive
so in many instances, to tell the full truth,
t Virginia journalism. Are you, madam, ?
irrier for 15 cents per weeifc . .. J
f city. 18c per week.
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