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Wio Was First Civilian To Aid Survivors
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Says " WE'RE Americana
We Can't Surrender'9
Wgm Real Reply of Lieut'
Cot Whittlesey To German
Demand To Quit f
One of the most prized tradi
tions of the -war has been shattered
Che famouis "Go to hell" of Lieut.
Col. Charles W. Whittlesey, of the
"Lost Battalion." in reply to the
German demand for surrender.
The message which thrilled the
world when the story of the Tost
'Battalion" was told was nerer sent,
according to Stephen B. Burrows,
of Naw York a Y.M.C.A. man, re
cently re turned-'Trora France, who
with Harry W. Blair, of Carthage,
Mo another Y" man, was the first
civilian to give aid to the American
heroes when they, were rescued in
the depths of the Argonne Forest
last October. Burrows asserts that
no reply whatever was mad to
the ooche call to the Americans to
Quit. . .. - -
During the six days and nights
in which the battalion, cut off from
all help, was enduring wounds,
thirst, hunger and constant attacks
by the Germans, Burrows and Blair
were within 1,000 yards of the be
leaguered troops, helping to care
for the wounded and giving; out
supplies. In support of bis state
ment -that no reply was made to the
Germans. Burrows points out that
there were no means at hand for
sending an answer unless that an
swer was an agreement to surren-
t der.
Followed Boys Over Top
Burrows and Blair were at
tached to the 308th Infantry and
followed the boys 5 over the top
when the 77th Division began its
great drive on - the Argonne For
est last September. During the
first five . days' fight," in which the
doughboys hacked their way to
tho middle of the fourteen-mile
wedge of woods. Burrows was at
work giving out supplies and car
ins for wounded, and he was in
the front lines when, on October
"2, the order came to CoL Whit
tlesey to advanco bis men . .1,000
yards. ;,. - :;:. ' v
The! jungle-like density of the
forest, the YJU.CjL man relates,
was largely responsible for the suc
cess of . the German coup which
nearly cost the lives of Whittlesey
.and 600 men. - As soon as Whittle
sey: advanced, the enemy filtered by
both his flanks and within a few'
hours, by means of hidden machine
guns and. squads of snipers and
grenade throwers, had cut off the
battalion entirely from the 77ths
lines. . -
For two days. Burrows says, the
fate of the battalion was not
known. Then some pigeons arrived
giving some details of the disaster
and describing the battalion's pos
ition in the forest. Meanwhile ev
ery effort was being made to cut
a way through to the relief of the
boys. So strong was the concentra
tion of machine guns, that daylight
fighting was little better than sni-
1 "
B. B. Burrow, Bse
811 Beverly Roes,
Brooklyn, N. Y.
Uy dear If r. Burrow:
- Ton have called my attention to
the fact that - the tatemcnt ha
been made that, on the relief of
the "Lost Battalion," money was
charged by the YJt.GJL for choco
late and cocoa supplied, to the mem.
Of course you and I know that thi
i not a feet, and, I take great
pleasure in stating that on that
occasion the first hot food which
the men received wa the cocoa
supplied by the TJf.C-s. .
The assistance of the YJt.GJL. at
that time wa tremendously appre
ciated by the mem and by the , of'
fleers, and wa given in a Jlne and
liberal spirit without any sugges
tion of reimbursement. Further'
more, the YJt.GJL wa the only- or
ganization present at that time. I
should like, to add that the work
pf -the TJf.CA. in our regiment
was of the very ' greatest help, and
wa thoroughly and crctzfrily ap
preciated. Sincerely, -
Charles W. Whittlesey.
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4 it
eide. All the attempts had to be'
made at night.
Would r!t Signal Jrm-m
How little intention WhitUesey
And his men had of surrendering is
indicated. Barrows points out, by
their sacrifice of food and ammu
nition which they could hare had
by attracting the attention of the
aviators, who flew - over every, day,
trying to locate the battalion to as
to drop supplies. The besieged bat-,
talion was provided with squares of
red and white oilcloth which,
spread on the ground, could be seen
by the airmen, but the men refused
to use them for fear that the Ger
mans would mistake the white of
these cloths for a sign of surrender.
One package of ammunition and
food landed near the battalion. Bur
rows says. When ' several dough
boys crept down from the hillside
into which they had dug them
selves and tried to get this package,
the German snipers and machine -gunners
wiped out the little group.
CoL Whittlesey ordered that no
more attempts be made to get this
food. 'k- ,'- . " 1
These airmen won the admira
tion of the entire division by
their , daring attempts to help ' ,
the trapped men. Burrows says
that the aviators, in their ef
forts to see the men. would come
down almost to the tops of the
trees, flying through a hail of bul
lets from the German rifles. Two
of . these aviators were shot down.,
and be wings of every machine
that went over were riddled, yet
the fliers returned every day and'
resumed their eearch.
. Semnder Dtmapd Anitw
. It was on the fourth day that the
surrender demand crrived. Toward
late afternoon the men on the left
of the battalion heard a hail from
the rrocds and a German, in Eng
lish, shouted that he had a pris
oner with a note for the battalion
commander. This prisoner was a
doughboy who had been one of a
party of ten that had tried to get
back for help. Six were killed and
the other four captured after they
Two Y. 11. C A. fen Were
Within 1,000 Yard of Be
diejed Doajhbcye during
Week of Peril, and Were
First Civilians to Aid Tksm
had keen knocked out with gren- .
ades and wounded by machine gun
This survivor, blindfolded and
with the German note in his hand,"
was led to a point: near the left
flank of the battalion. One of
Whittlesey's men crawled through
the underbrush, found the prisoner
and guided him back to his com
rades. The note was taken to CoL
Whittlesey. In effect, it is said
that the battalion, which had been
without food for four days, was en
tirely surrounded and ' .could not
hope to escape; and urged. that, in
mercy to the wounded and to those
still living, further resistance , '
should be abandoned.
According to : members of the :
battalion whom Burrows talked
with immediately after their rescue;
CoL Whittlesey remarked, after '
carefully reading the note:
"We're Americans we cant sur
render." .
Cowld Not Send Reply
In erder to make any reply, the
"7" man explains, either a dough
boy would have to carry . it, becom
ing a prisoner, or it would have to
be shouted, a dangerous proceeding
because it would help indicate the
position of the battalion. So the
boys simply dug themselves in and
Lung on. -
In two days, more than 1,000 cas
ualties resulted from the attempts '
to resoue. the battalion. Burrows
says. , The troops had to make ail
their dashes by night, and the only
route by which they could approach
the advance, position was up a
winding ravine in which the Ger
mans had ' built a narrow guase
track. The enemy kept this ravine
under constant fire, and the casual
ties among the relief squads were
: When the battalion finally was
rescued, Burrows and Blair who
had moved up their supplies, had
hot drinks and cigarettes for the .
400 survivors as they were brought
back into the lines and helped give
first aid to the wounded and get
them back to the dressing station.
Burrows is loud in praise of the
late MaJ. James A. Roosevelt anl
his men of, the supply company
since without their help it would
have been' impossible to get Y. M.
C. A. supplies up to the boys In the
front lines. As it was. Burrows and
Blair were always able to give fair-'
ly prompt service.1 After the first of
October they gave away more than
18.000 francs of . supplies to the
doughboys of their division, mak
ing no attempt to sell anything.
Burrows and Blair were with the
77th .Division during the Argonne
fight and remained with , it until .
the armistice was signed. Bur
rows is married, has three chil
dren and Is an electrical engineer.
Blair, who is still in France, Is a
lawyer. v-
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GtKor Flours may
promise much, but
Pens-eels, Fla.
SCew Orleane. April 2 After a
welooming celebration . , which. It Is
claimed, te unparalleled In the history
of the city, Louisiana and Mississippi
contingents Which Arrived here early
today from a year's eerviee overseas;
left tonight for Camp Shelby for de
mobilization in a few days. The units
consisted of a detachment of the S4th
brigade; . base hospital units, 2,402;
six batteries of 141st field artillery,
and 114th trench mortar battery, about
thirteen hundred in alL Following &
procession along the streets of the ciy.
the soldiers were given the freedom
of the city. .
Tokohoma, April 28. A large 'sec
tion of Yokohoma burned today. Two
hundred , buildings, including part of
the business section, were destroyed.
Tokio firemen helped . to check the
names before they reached the foreign
residential section.
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rremOmnt Slutet Uske her
snappy' That-a-boyr
"Who wus the bird. Bait Looked
like a six-cylinder officer, but they
don't ride in no fllwer.' ..
Ton ; ere guessln , close, Ireland.
Didn't you see the Bed Gross on his
Jitney? That's the Bed Cross Man.
He's got a real handle but few know
what It's like. Every jack from the
C O. to the ducks in the guardhouse
call him the Jted Cross Man, Got 'em
In air the camps.
"I didn't see none at Wheeler's fielfi.
Is be what, yon call not a preacher
but a .
No,' Mike, he ain't no chaplain, If
that's the handle you wuz huntin for.
The cross Is a big red one, an' the A.
R. on his jacket don't; stand for
aero reserve corps, but the American
Red Cross. I heard him the other
morning when he tried to start his
flivver after the rain. Captain Welsch
said his language was Biblical, but it
wuxn't Orthodox, whatever that means.
It sounded like good old United States
to me. No, he ain't no preacher, but I
reckon he knows how to talk turkey to
the ; boys all tight, Corporal Murphy
hadn't been ; giving his folks a square
deal ; never sent any money home,
a-soakin his pay ; shootin' craps two
hours after gettln. It. The corp. tole
me the Bed Cross Man talked, to im
like a Dutch ancle, an, when .he got
through, the corp. had signed a paper
tell in' Uncle Sam to take a strangle
hold-on half his pay, an slip It to his
mother. Take It from me. Uncle Sam
mle likes to hear them sort of orders,
an, to show how happy he wuz t6 get
the . corp's message, he chucked in
twenty more plunkers to the corp's fif
teen an' the mother's gettln' thirty-five
per. Sure she ain't happy less she's
wraslin with a washboard every day,
but the cdrp. tole me she wuz only
a-takln' in five family washes now, an
the kids 'wuz goin to school again.
When the Red Cross Man had a toe
hold on the corp., he persuaded him to
take out Insurance, same as the rest of
ns boys, an then he tole him he could
gamble bis bloomln block off with the
rest of his pay. The corp. gets a good
night's sleep now on pay day, cause
whafs left of his pay only, lasts till
about ten thirty. '
"Is this here Bed Cross Man a real
for-sure officer, Hal?"
Rank of Officer. ,
Well, I d'no, Ue ought to be. We
leall him captain, or lieutenant, and
say 'sir to 'im. He says he's an offi.
cer without rank. Says the leather
putts and green pants show that he's
part officer and the rest's Irish. The
new fellers don't know whether to
s'lute or not. He says we can s'lute
the. cross if we feel like it, but he don't
care a tinker's hammer whether we
s'lute him or not We old vets know
'im' an' s'lute the cross an the man
that's behin' it But officers and pri
vates are all the same to him. I seen
Im talkln to the C. O. the other day,
an he wuzn't actln as though he was
any scared of him. They seemed to
be real friendly-like. But he don't
seem to care whether he's talkln to
the C. O. or a N. C." They all look
alike to him. He takes chow at our
mess sometimes, an tin dishes don't
upset his stumik any. The boys like
to have him, cause he joshes 'em alohg
andthey forget the'r still in the
States 'stead in France where they: all
want to be. He can deliver the mer
chandise too. Last winter when Tom
Mason's wife and four kids come down
here from Detroit an got sick, the Red
Cross Man got Tom a leave an, took
'Im to the burg in his flivver. Then he
sent Tom's wife a doc, an some coal,
an some eats. . Reckon he must a
helped Tom get a discharge so he
could support his family, though" no
body knows nothln for sure. Slim
Dawson thought he did, ; though, an
asked the Bed Cross Man to help htm
get off Uncle Sam's pay rolL The
Red Cross Man wrote some letters up
to SUm's home town, an' when they
come back, he tole Slim his wife and
kids wuz a-drawln forty-seven fifty
per and they wuz better off with him
workln for Uncle Sam, an he'd better
jstlck aroun and help make Germany
safe for democracy"
"Most have the spondullx an some
pull, if he's so free with the cash an
knows o many people everywhere."
He Ain't No "Plut
"No, he ain't no "pint. They "say he
don't draw no pay, an he polishes his
own shoes, an in a pinch washes his
own shirt But yon see, Mike, this
Bed Cross Man business is all over the
States. .When a soldier from Millers
ville gets word his folks is in bed, he
goes mopin aroun like a dofwa's met
up with a skunk. He's soured on the
whole show, an all the sugar this man
Hoover's saved couldn't sweeten him
up none. His oft? see he's punk an
they try to work it outer him, bat it
only makes"lm punker. They look for
him to go over the hill next Then the
Bed Cross Man hears about it He
gets him In his office, or In his Jitney,
an', believe me, he knows how to find
out whafs wrong. Hen he writes up
to Millersvllle, where they got the Bed
Cross too, - an; they go see whafs
askew with the doughboy's folks an
they pun the fly out the lemo and
write back that all's hunkadora an
that sick bbra just goes to eatla mj,
the work agJun, Xipj the Bed Cross
tZan can do most anything, from patch
taVitp busted matrimonies to patSn
tea in the family refrlx. Carl Wall
burgsr was busted up when, he heard
he was a-goln' to lose the little house
he an his frau had most paid for,
cause they couldn't die up the interest.
Ihe Bed Cross Man wrote to somebody
an one day Carl wag a-emUln all over
bis Dutch phis, cause he'd got a letter
sayin he could pay the interest when
he'd cracked Kaiser Bill's strong box.
Carl's United States If he Is Dutch. He
wuzn't aroun' when they picked his
name. Motors dont go dead when he's
given them the once over.
"There's that Bed Cross on that um
brella.'' -
"Bet yur neck. The M. Ps wuz get
tin their kukus dried up, standln out
in the sun keepln the trucks from
a-gettln jammed at the crossln's. 'The
Bed Cross Man got umbrellas an put
'em on those platforms, an now tho
M. Ps ain't afraid o loosln their think
boxes an are all scrappln for a shady
cro3sin job. He's always doln some
thin for the boys. Last winter, when
we most froze stiff, he got fifteen thou
sand blankets, an sweaters, an" muf
flers, an gloves, an . sox to keep us
warm. They say he worked four days
an nights fore he got us warm and
feelin limber. Last Xmas he give ns
dandy boxes of stuff, candy an the
makln's, an a lot of stuff. Made ns
feel like ole Santa hadn't passed ns
up but had come a-slldln down our
tent pole.
Helped Him Out Then.
"Where'd you learn to know hlmr
"Him and me got real chummy, last
spring when I wuz In the hospital aft
er that propeller blade mussed me up
some. He'd come aroun' to see me
most every day. Always had some
thin to say that made me feel better.
Why the nurse'd get so she'd bring
me that damned hospital cocktail when
he wuz there, cause she knowed I'd
take it without CussinY
"A cocktail, an you cussln'l Quit
your kiddin' 1"
There you go again, showln what
you don't know. Mike, my boy, a. hos
pital cocktail Is just plain straight
castor oil, without any water as a
chaser. Take it from me an stay
away from them docs at the hos
pital or you'll . get one o them cock
tails. The nurse tole me they most
run out of the durned stuff one day,
an' the next batch had got tied up with
red tape an' couldn't get in. She said
the patients wuz all a-gettln' sick,
cause they get well to keep from get
tln them cocktails,1 but the Bed Cross
Man went out an bought a hogshead
j or two and the patients began to get
weu again, go s tney could do without
their toddy. She tole me I musn't hold
It agin the Bed Cross Man tho, cause
the docs tole him to get it, an' that
he gave right smart nicer things to the
hospital than them durned cocktails
It makes me cuss to think about 'em.
Well, I wuz a-tellin you how me' and
him got chummy. He saw I couldn't
write, account my bum wing, an h
asked me if I didn't want him to write
my letters. I had him write to nftth
er, an, after we'd got acquainted, 1
asked him to write to Nellie) my best
girl back home. I reckon he thought 1
wuz some mush on her all right, but
he never said nothln ; just put it down
like I tole him. He looked funnj
aroun the eyes sometimes, but 1
reckon he wuz happy cause we wu2
wrltln to my Nellie. When the doei
lets me go, I wun't good for nothln'
an' wanted to go home till I got strong,
but I didn't have the coin for the f ar
all the way up to Indiana. But dart
my cats, that Bed Cross Man got me f
leave an' then loaned me the cash U
go. . . ;
Paying Back Loan.
He didn't charge me no Interest
neither. I got It most all paid back
now, but he ain't pushln me none fof
It Nell says she's a-goln to kiss th
Bed Cross Man first chance she gets
Well, I reckon he's the only bird about
this post she's got my O. K. to kiss 11
! she's got the nervei The Bed Crosf
man says he can stand it if she can
That's his quarters over there with thi
red roof and the sign out in front. He't
got a card in the door that says, 'Com
In an you don't have to stand at a'ten
shun when yon talk to him. He pushef
out a chair, passes the smokes, an
first thing yon know you're tellin bin
all. about .yourself and all your trou
bles. It don't make no diff what's gol
your goat, hell sure find somethin U
make yon feel better or forget it II
yon ever get the blues, or the willies
go see him ; he's better than six doct
an ten hospital cocktails darn 'em
Here he comes back again. Beet
helpln some' bird in i the 73rd, I
reckon. He's goin to Btop
"Hello, Thompson, how's the shoul
"Fine, sir. Gettln limbered 'up al
right" '..vV? r .
"Who's your buddleT
"Mike O'Conner, sir. Just In wit!
the 195th.
"Glad you ana here, O'Conner. Tot
Irish lads are the very deuce when t
comes to a scrap. Hope you get yom
chance soon.
- "How's the, mother and v Nellie
"Mother's well and Nell's as fine ai
Ok but lonesome."
"A good sign, Thompson. Just loot
who she's lonesome for. Bring O'Coo
ner around some time. Got some mort
Bed Cross stationery yesterday. TThex
yon need more, drop In and see me."
-Tea, sir--" '.
"There he goes a-gjvin that privati
a lift la his jitney bus. Nobody wsXa
who's goin his way, if Lis c4 Cirrcrt
hold them. Take it frost oe, ZZe
he's helpln ns win. TheyU be stadia
him across one o these cys I bop
we ' get to go with him. Wen, tr
alonz now. See you after chow."
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ChocoSite Flarored T7afc
Ciekeainsr, naussatlna ealoaaal mn&
oil are dreaded bv mo muy ambu
jthat the evils of eoastlpatioa are often
j preferred to these drastle drugs that
jast with such violnei But ft Is no
tloncer aeeesaary te sabjeet the system
jto such herolo treatment The bowels
jean be kept regular and all the 111
'effect of constipation avoided by the
a.. f-s. .
Itghtful choeolate ' flavored wLzzj
that has all the neoesry medical i
efaeacr to oleanse the system tkr
oughly. Tet their action is mild ar.2 .'
gentle without the slls;hteet unplMLS- j
aataess. Simphr dissolve one of thec
WW ere in the mouth at bedtime, ana
thorough results will follow with a?a- j
solutely ftio unpleasant effect. LA12-,
ABIKD WAFSZtS are sold at an cru3
stores, at thirty seats a paokaae. Oe
a package today. -r '
P 6 6
Standard groceries, such as Ivory Soap, Royal Baking. Pow
der, Post Toasties, etc, are the same wherever you buy them.
We sell standard brands you know, for less. We have no one
day specials or jokers. Every day on every item you save!
money at Pisrgly Wifirgly. . '-" '
Navy Beans, 1 On Lighthouse or Star
per lb. v -"-aSi . Naptha Washing A A
Powder ,
Premier Salad Qfic
Dressing, 15c and . . Hershey's Cocoa O fC
9c and ........
Campbell's or Van Camp's . ., , "
Soups, - IOC Baker's Cocoa, OQn
per can ..... . . . iC
9c and
Matches, 6 l-2c per pkg.
Ohio-Blue Tip, F Libby's Red Salcon - Oc
per box 1-2 lb. can ..... AO
16 N. Palafox St.
One Lesson a Week. ' Four Dollars a Month
At Pupil' Residence
Clutter Music iiouse. Phone 15
Special Facilities for Out-of-Tewn Pupil.
.... -
' . Ort alt Cash Purchases. - Save Your Coupons. .
Druggist and Prescriptienlst
212 South Palafox Street. Phone 844
Corner Garden and Spring. Quick Delivery. Phono 234 :
But the . soldiers and sailor wiU
never stop talking about the comfort
they got from the Allen's Foot-Ease,
the antiseptic powder to be shaken
into tbe shoes which their sweet
hearts, mothers or sisters sent them.
Until It is tried no .one knows what a
quick and wonderful relief Allen's
Foot-Ease la to painful, aching-, swol
len, tender feet. Corns, Bunions and
Callouses. It makes walking a de
light. Sold everywhere. adv.
The regular K , of C. dance which
was to have been held onIf?ht has been
postponed until Friday, night. f
C7fcsn ths Children Ccush, Rub
Musterole ca Threats
cad Checta
Ilo teSSea bow toca the ciiLtuns em
Csrtlop tsto crochet worses. Andthena
when you're Tozx bare m Jar of Mas
terete at faanJ fc rhre garcaayt, sure re
lief. It does net V zizr.
As first tsL a crrftUi resttAr.
tluttetrt iJ czxT-. Thocsnds d
oothers taow tL Yea docM top a
far ia the tame, rtttrtat tastxst
u o tss rcaaecj t? ccats, too. ce
leres sore tarc cr tocrtrft,
crotBL tta cry c rrnrt'r'x beta-
tiaeXxz Fra ci r'i d tsck or
trostsd fact tA tx c2 Cas ctcst (it
Loriarille & NtshviDe IL IL
Arrival and departure of passenser
trains at PensaeoU, Fla.
Tbe followinr scbedale figure pub
lished information and net guaran
teed. ' -
rcentral Standard Tim.
S:30 p. m. Montromery. Birmtng
hsm, Nashville. Louts
; rvvllle, Cincinnati .-..18:30 p. m.
5:10 p. nktrft. Louir. Chicago,
Memphis ............ 13:30 p. m.
S :30 p.m. New Orleans, Mo
bile 13:3 p.m.
1:30 p.m. Atlanta, Washington.
New Tork 11:30 p.m.
8:43 a. m. Montgomery- ' Blrm
. Ingham, Nashville,
Louisville. Clncin-
nati 1:48 p. m,
: a. m. Memphis. St. t Louts.
Chtofcco ....,,..... .10:45 p.m.
6:41 a. m. New' Orleans. Mo- .
bile .,....-. ie:4e p. to.
S:46a.m. Atlanta. Washington,
i New Tork 10:45 p.m.
(:4p. m. Mobile Local.. . . .s:00 a, m.
a. m. Jacksohtlle, Tallahas
see .A. .......:15a.m.
10:SSp. n. Jaekaontlle, TaHahaa-;
see ....Clip. m.
Datly eaeept Sunday.
INtT&0 STA-rstS
Sen Carlos Hotel. ; ,-t.,:.. Phone 41.
Pecsacola's Rrcsestative Stcre
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! Hayes' Hellncr; Mes 5 -
Stop the Tickle. Heals the Throat I
Cure the Cough. Prlee toe. A free '
Colds, Head Colds and Croup Is enc .
with eevry bottle.

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