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Another game is "Pontoon," played with cards it Is the same as our "Black Jack," or "Twenty-one." A card game called "Brag" is ilM popular. Using a casino deck, thq dealer deals each player three cards. It is similar to our poker, except for the fact that you only use three cards and cannot draw. The ^eck is never •huffled until a man shows three of a kind or a "prile" as it is called. The value of the hands are, high curd, a pair, a run, a flush or three of a kirn} or "prile." The limit is generally penny, so it is hard to win a fortune. The next in popularity is a card game called "Nap." It is well named Every time 1 played it I went to sleep Whist and solo whist are played bj the highbrows of the company. When the gamblers tire of all othei they try "Banker and Broker/ I spent a week trying to teach some of the Tommies how to play poker, but because I won thirty-live francs they declared that they didn't "fawncy" the game. Tommy ploys few card games the general run never heard of poker, eu chre, seven up, or pinochle. They havej a game similar to pinochle called "Royal Bezique," but few know how to play it. Generally there are two decks of cards in a section, and In a short time they are so dog-eared and greasy, yon can hardly tell the ace of spades from the ace of hearts. The owners of these decks sometimes condescend to lend them after much coaxing. So you see, Mr. Atkins has his fun. mixed in with his hardships and, con-j trary to popular belief, the rank and' tie of the British army in the trenches! Is one big happy family. Now in Viis ginia, at school, I was fed on old Mc Guffy's primary reader, which gave me| an opinion of an Englishman about equal to a '76 Minute Man's backed upi by a Sinn Feiner's. But 1 found Tom«i my to be the best of mates and a geni tleman through and through. He neverl thinks of knocking bis officers. If onej makes a costly mistake and Tommy! pays with his blood, there Is no gen eral condemnation df the. officer. He Is just pitied. It is exactly the same, as it was with the Light Brigade at Balaclava, to say nothing of Gallipoli, Neuve Chupelle and Loos. Personally 1 remember a little Incident where •,74 '!-KTE»''V twenty of us were sent on a trench raid, only two of us returning, but I will tell this story later on. ANAMEKKMSOUffll WIIO WENT MHIGUYEIffY MACHINE fflNNEUM IN fHAlp—* f,9t7 DY lARTHUfftUY tflPfy go over the top, but behind the lineal they very seldom engage in digging! parties, fatigues, parades or drills. This work is as necessary as actually! engaging in an attack, therefore I think! it would be safe to say that the all-! round work of the two hundred thou-, sand is about equal to fifty thousand! men who are on straight military du ties. In numerous instances, officers' servants hold the rank of lance-corpo rals and they assume the same duties and authority of a butler, the one stripe giving him precedence over the other servants. There are lots of amusing stories told of "O. S." One day one of our majors went into the servants' billet and commenced "blinding" at them, saying that his horse had no straw and that he per sonally knew that straw had been is sued for this purpose. He called the, lance-corporal to account. The cor poral answered, "Blime me, sir, the straw was issued, but there wasn't, enough left over from the servants'1 beds in fact, we had to use some of the 'ay to 'elp out, sir." It is needless to say that the serv ants dispensed with their soft beds that particular night. Nevertheless it is not the fault of the individual officer, it is just the sur vival of a quaint old English custom^ You know an Englishman cannot be| changed in a day. But the average English officer is a good sport. He will sit on afire step) and listen respectfully to Private Jones' theory of the way the war should be conducted. This war la gradually crumbling the once insur-| mountable wall of caste. You would be convinced of this ilj you could see King George go among his men on an inspecting tour undeij Are, or pause before a Uttle wooden cross In some shell-tossed held witn tears in his eyes as he reads the in scription. And a little later perhaps bend over a wounded man on a stretch er, patting him on the head. More than once in a hospital I have seen a titled Red Cross nurse fetching and carrying for a wounded soldier,' perhaps the one who in civil life de livered the coal at her back door. To* day she doos not shrink from lighting his fag or even washing his grimy body. Tommy admires Albert of Belgium be. cause he is not a pusher of men hq Meeting a Gas a'nd Infantry Attack. I said It was a big happy family, and so It is, but as in all happy families, there are servants, so in the British army there are also servants, officers' servants, or "O. S." as they are termed. In the American army the common, name for them is "dog robbers." From a controversy in the English papers, Winston Churchill made the states ment, as far as I can remember, that the officers' servants in the British forces totaled nearly two hundred' thousand. He claimed that this re-, moved two hundred thousand except tlonally good and well-trained fighters! from the actual firing line, claiming that the officers, when selecting a matt for servant's duty, generally picked tha man who had been out the longest and knew the ropes. But from my observation I find thatj a large percentage of the servants dO| leads them. With him it's not a case of "take that trench," it is "come on and we will take It," It is amusing to notice the different! characteristics of the Irish, Scotch am* English soldiers. The Irish and Scotc! are very impetuous, especially when 1 comes to bayonet fighting, while th Englishman, though a trifle slower, thoroughly does his bit he is more methodical and has the grip of a bull-j dog on a captured position. He la Blower to think that is the reason why toe never knows when he is licked. Twenty minutes before going over the top the English Tommy will sit on the fire step and thoroughly examine the mechanism of his rifle to see that it is In working order and will fire prop erly. After this examination he is sat isfied and ready to meet the Bodies. But the Irishman or Scotchman sits on the fire step, his rifle with bayonet fixed between his knees, the butt of WILUSTON GRAPHIC which perhaps Is sinking Into Ihe mud —the bolt couldn't be opened with a team of horses It is so rusty—but h«* spits on his sleeve and slowly polishes his bayonet when this Is done he also is ready to urgue with Fritz. It is not necessary to mention the colonials (the Canadians, Australians' and New Zealan^ers), the whole world knows what they have done for Eng land. The Australian and New Zeu lander is termed the "Anzac," taking the name from the first letters of their of ficial designation, Australian and New Zealand army corps. Tommy divides the German army into three classes according to their fighting abilities. They rank as fol lows: Prussians, Buvarians and Sax ons. When up against a Prussian regi ment it is case of keep your napper below the paifepet and duck. A bang bang all the time and a war is on. The Bavarians are little better, but the Saxons are fairly good sports and are willing occasionally to behave as gen tlcinen and take it easy, but you can not trust any of them overlong. At one point of the line the trenches were about thirty-two yards apart. This sounds horrible, but in fact it was easy, because neither side could shell the enemy's front-line trench for fear shells would drop into their own. This eliminated urtillery fire. In these trenches when up against the Prussians and Bavarians, Tommy had a hot time of it, but when the Sax ons "took over" it was a picnic they would yell across that they were Sax ons and would not fire. Both sides would sit on the parapet and carry on a conversation. This generally consist ed of Tommy telling them how much he loved the kaiser, while the Saxons informed Tommy that King George was a particular friend of theirs and hoped that he was doing nicely. When the Saxons were to be relieved by Prussians or Bavarians, they would yell this information across No Mau's Land and Tommy would immediately tumble into his trench and keep his head down. If an English regiment was to be re lieved by the wild Irish, Tommy would tell the Saxons, and immediately a vol ley of "Donner und Blitssens" could he heard and it was Fritz's turn to get a crick in his back from stooping, and the people in Berlin would close their windows. Usually when an Irishman takes over a trench, just before "stand down" in the morning, he sticks his rifle over the top. aimed in the direction of Ber lin, and engages in what is known as the "mad minute." This consists of firing fifteen shots in a minute. He is not aiming at anything in particular —just sends, over each shot with a prayer, hoping that one of his strays will get some poor unsuspecting Frit a in the napper hundreds of yard!* be hind the lines. It generally does that'q the reason the Boches hate the man from Erin's isle. The Saxons, though 'better than the Prussians and Bavarians, have a nasty trait of treachery in their makeup. At one point o£ the line wlieie the tranches yere very close, a stake was driven into the ground midway be tween the hostile lines. At night when it was his turn, Tommy would crawl to this itake and attach some London papers to it, while at the foot he would place tins of bully beet, fags, sweets, and other delicacies that he had re ceived from Blighty in the ever looked for parcel. Later on Fritz would come o',f and get these luxuries. The »3ct ntgli^^niniy ^ould go out to see what Fritz put into his stocking. The donntlon generally consisted of a paper from Berlin, telling who was winning the war, some tinned sausages, cigars, and occasionally a little beer, but a funny thing, Tommy never re turned with the beer unless it was in side of him. His platoon got a whiff of his breath one night and the offending. Tommy lost his job. One night a young English sergeant, crawled to the stake and as he tried toj detach the German paper a bomb ex ploded and mangled him horribly. Fritz, had set a trap and gained another vlcj tlm which was only one more blackj 'mark against him ifa the book of .thisj war. From that time on diplomatic re latlons were severed. Returning to Tommy, I think his spirit is best shown in the questions he flair«, it is never "who is going to win but always "how long will it take?" CHAPTER XX. "Chats With Frit*." We were swimming In money, fro®, the receipts of our theatrical venture, and had forgotten all about the war, when an order came through that our brigade would. again take over their sector of the line. The day that these orders were is sued, our captain assembled the com pany and asked for volunteers to go to the Machine Gun school at St. Omar. I volunteered and was accepted. Sixteen men from our brigade left for the course In machine gunnery. This qpurse lasted two weeks and we rejoined our unit and were assigned to the brigade machine gun company. It almost broke my heart to leave my company mates. The gun'we'used was the Vlckers, Light .303, water cooled. I was still a member of the Suicide club, having Jumped from the frying pan Into the lire. I was assigned to section 1, gun No. 2, and the first time I "in" took position in the front-line I trench. I During the day our gun would be I dismounted on the fire st^ ready for instant use. We shared a dugout with I the Lewis gunners. At "stand to" we Would mount our gun on the parapet and go on watch beside It until "stand down" in the morning. Then the gun would be dismounted and again placed In readiness on the Are step. We did eight days In the front-line trench without anything unusual hap pening outside of the ordinary trench routine. On the night that we were to "carry out," a bombing raid ngnlnst the German lines was pulled off. This raid ing party consisted of sixty company men, sixteen bombers, and four Lewis machine guns with their crews. The raid took the Boches by surprise •nd was a complete success, the purty bringing back twefity-one prisoners. The Germans must have been awful ly sore, because they turned loose a barrage of shrapnel, with a few "Min nies" and "whizz bangs" intermixed. The shells were dropping into our front line like hailstones. To get even, we could have left the prisoners in the fire trench, in charge of the men on guard and let them click Fritz's strafeing but Tommy doeS not treat prisoners that way. Five of them were brought into my dugout and turned over to me so that they would be safe from the German fire. In the candlelight, they looked very much shaken, nerves gone and chalky faces, with the exception of one, a great big fellow. He looked very muchj at ease. I liked him from the start. I got out the rum jar and gave each! a nip and passed around some fags, the old reliuble Woodbines. The other' prisoners looked their gratitude, but the big fellow said in English, "Thank! you, sir, the rum is excellent and I ap-j preciate it, also your kindness." He told me his name was Carl Schmidt, of the Sixty-sixth Bavarian Light infantry that he hud lived six years in New York (knew the city bet ter than I did), had been to Coney! island and many of our ball games. He! was a regular fan. I couldn't make him believe that Hans Wagner wasn't the best ball player In the world. From New York he had gone to Lon4 don, where he worked as a waiter inj the Hotel Russell. Just before the war he went home to Germany to see hisj parents, the war came and he was con-j scripted. He told me he was very sorry to hear that London was in ruins from the Zeppelin raids. 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