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"Somewhere in France"
W. B. Toole. Former State College Student, Recount'- Incidents of Days Spent 111 ,\\ .11 I < Mill , Life in the front trenches in France, with the ever-present danger from a hundred and one things, in due, sudden gas attacks and air raids, together with the entertain ments given by the men to raake them forget the honors of war, is graphically told by W. Brico Toolo in an article printed In the Daily Missoulian. Mr. Toole was form-, fcrly a member of the 101S class of j the state College of Washington, and enlisted in tho American Red', Cross as ambulance driver. Mr.! Toole is a member of the Sigma j Nu fraternity and was a member ofj the glee club during ' be 1916-17 sea son. The article is mad up of ex tracts from letters written by Toole, to his mother, Mrs. .lohn R. Toole,! of Missoula. "As I told you before, things a" quiet here. It is queer how soon one becomes acclimated. When a. man comes in off duty the following l conversation almost always takes; place: " How are things?' "'Oh, they shelled for a! while this morning and dropped a few on the road coming down.' "Then no one pays any further at tention. It has got to be the usual life. The thing that is a continual 1 wondut to me is how seldom anyone is hit. But the French here have the most artillery and shoot 50 shells to one from the Germans. The con tinual banging is taken as a matter of course. "Last night six of us were invited to a concert and 1 was asked to bring my mandolin. We left here just be-! fore dark in one of the ambulances. I have forgotten whether 1 have told you about the night driving. Of course, we do not have any lights and the roads are overcrowded with | everything from a five-ton truck to the little cars they use in the I trenches. "We drove for about five miles j and arrived at our destination in j total darkness. It is queer how one knows when one gets into a place where hundreds of people are living. Naturally there were no visible lights and you could not tell that you were In town because the houses were knocked down. When I say knocked down, I don't mean ruins like you see in photographs, but that there is not a wall standing over the height of a man's bead. "However, from all about in the j darkness came a vague humming and we were sure that here men were liv ing and that it was not the noise of the open road. "We were stopped by a sentry and j gave him our password, which seems to open the road to every possible courtesy— 'Ambulancier Am rlcain.' The sentry replied, 'Oh, dpi mon comrade,' and called into the dark ness. "A French lieutenant came up and we, left our car in care of the sentry. We went down the road for a couple of hundred yards and then took a trench. After what seemed a mile of zig-zagging back and forth,: we came to a door, which we entered. "This was the entrance to a the atre at the front. It vi sa long, low hall, the roof of which was on a level i will, th,. ground and covered with layer upon layer of sand bags. The Btage was simply a platform with some burlap curtains at the sides. "About 300 poilus were standing: in the back. In the front of them were seated the officers of the regi- 1 ment who were off duty. In front' of them was the band. "As an added touch was a poilu at an old battered piano with, a i bloody bandage around his head. "We were given a .-eat of honor with the officers. As I told you, this division is about to move and the three regiments were combed for men who had been on the stage be fore the war. They were very, very good, and classed up with any vaude ville I have seen. '"Along about the middle of the program I played the 'Indian Love Song,' and as an encore 'La Paloma." They seemed to like it very much. I have played at a good many glee club concerts while in college but never before, and probably never never again, to an audience like that. "Usually the audience looks from the stage like a sea of while faces. This was a sea of muddy, jaded faces, all with an undercurrent of Btrai'i, lit by smoky lights. "A little later on we were asked, as a great favor, to sing The Star Spangled Banner.* Luckily two c' the fellows had very good voices and after all the courtesy that had been shown us we could hardly refuse. I So the two men stepped up on the platform and sang very well Indeed. "It is not ths custom hero to land j up for the national song, but, at a sign from the colonel, everyone stood at attention during the song. "The show was over nil too fcoon aud we came back to camp through the dark twisting trenches, out on the crowd' d road, through the mur muring city nud back in our car I along the crowded road ;;gain. 1 I shall never f. rget that night. "My letter was interrupted by a 1 pas alarm. Whenever the wind is ! right for Fi Itz we* are perpetually on | the gui vlve for gas. When the wind ! changes, I hope we worry him ns | much as he does us. "Wo heard tho alarm blow for ! 'ready,' so we all rushed out to our cars and started them; to be sine they wen working, and the drivers got out their special masks "I guess Fritz had only set over a few gas bombs, as tho alarm to put on masks did not sound and after about a half hour we stopped our motors and came back into our barn, where we live, "I rather enjoyed my Stay in this town, as it was a very interesting place before the war. There had been a wonderful old castle with moats and dungeons and everything that is supposed to go with such a place. It was, of course, of no mil itary value, but as the Bodies knew it was the source of a lot of pride to France, they did the usual thing and destroyed if. At. present the only thing left standing is the tower over the Inner moat. "By such acts lias the German made himself a Hun and placed him self outside the pale, socially and morally. After what I have seen here I will never be able to look up on a German in the same light as before. "There was an air raid last night and it was interesting to watch the change in the men after just a month at the front. The raid took place at about 10:00 o'clock. Most- of the men were in bed when the warning sounded to get off the streets. They use the same warning here for the air raids as they use at the front for gas. . "A Claxou horn, blown in long blasts, started up and of course we know that there was no gas here and supposed that It was some officer who had a little too much 'penard' under his belt and was out on a joy rido. "Then an anti-aircraft battery opened up ami we knew what was going on. The battery was only a block away and made an awful racket. If such a thing had hap pened on our first stop here we would have all gone down the cellar. But, after just a short month at the front, only three men out of the 1" got up to see the fun. The rest stayed in bed and cursed because they had been awakened. "1 happened to be on guard and so saw everything from start to finish. The fuss started when the Boche dropped a few bombs. They hit the edge of to** and 1 thought thai it was a locomotive coming up a grade. But a dozen or more searchlights flamed up in the sky and after about five minutes they lo cated Fritz. By that time he was very close and the sound of the- mot ors was very audible. Then the guns started in and they kept up a fairly steady fire for about five min utes, Fritz had either accomplished his mission or was driven off, 1" cause at the end of that time he left. He Hat Some "Luck" "We have been moved from the headquarters town and have had the luck to become attached to a fight ing or flying division. By that I mean a division that goes from one place to another in case of an at tack. That is much better than be ing with a division that stays in one place and it gives us a chance to win distinction for sector 58 and we will see more of the line. "At our 'permanent camp' we are living in a barn about three of four miles back of the lines. At the pres ; ent moment i am on duty at an ad vanced Poste de Secours. I am about a mile from the German trenches and can see very plainly the I houses of a town that is in German i hands. "We have two men to an ambu lance .md go out on 24-hour shifts. l have charge of my ambulance and j Iho other man is under my orders. ; l have a car behind a hedge so Fritz . can't see it. When we go out on duty wo eat, sleep and live In the I cars. When an ambulance Is all 1 closed up it is really very comfort ' able. "We have a little gasoline stove s on which to make < offer and choco late and boil eggs when we can get them. Although the stretchers are covered with dried blood they make us comfortable cots, When anyone is hurt a French soldier conies and cither shows us the way or takes us where we are to get Hie 'I less. as the wounded are called here. Then we take'the man or nun as the case may be, back about six miles "to it hospital. '.'There Is always a car on reserve that comes up ami takes our place in case we go. To day it has been very quiet. We sit. here in 'the car and talk .md smoke and read, and on the whole have a hard time killing time. If you ant to know what it is like. drive the Packard out on the flat .and stay within 50 feet of it for 24 hoi, "Of course there is the incessant sound of guns. There Is a French battery about 100 yards to my right, another behind me and a third over to left. They keep up a stead) ban-' - ing all the while and every now and then Fritz sends one over. How ever, ho is not coming within 700 aids of either myself or the -bat teries he is trying to hit. "I have a hole about as deep as our house is high to go clown into in case he gets in range. It sounds ex citing, but it is not at all. There Is none of the 'flying shot and shell' stuff that you Bee in the movies. "As I sit here listening to the hanging all for the purpose of kill ing Fritz and then hear him banging away to kill the friendly poilus that pass by here, it seems the most mon strously senseless thing in the world. It is insane and was all brought on by one man who 1 believe is insane, who misled his people. The devil must be fought with fire, however. and I hope that he is getting his fill. "I am supposed to be in a town but I did not know it for over an hour. 1 was shown a hedge and told to drive my car behind it and wait for calls. I looked about a bit and discovered low piles of red mud that had once been houses. It is a popu lous place, however, as I discovered by keeping my eyes open. In the middle of every clump of bushes and under every*pile of rocks is a door leading down into the dugouts, and the unshaven, smiling faces of the poilus keep poking out from all sorts of unexpected places. They remind me of gophers, the way they keep popping out. "They call us their American en marades and can not gel over the tact that we are volunteers. It is worth all the discomforts and a thou sand more in go out after some poor fellow, and although his face is white and drawn with pain and his young body shattered, to hear bin, say 'American eamarade' and si-.c* him try to smile. That is what re pays us and I count myself far richer than the highly paid German general ho specializes In killing and not saving . SIMMONS BY PUBLICATION in Justice Court Before Ceo. N. Henry, Justice of the Peace, in and for Precincts 41, 51, t'4 and 12. Whitman County, Washing ton. F. A. Masek. Doing Business Under the Name. The Rodrick Tailor ing Co., Plaintiff, vs. Mrs. C. 1). Wilson and C. L. Wilson, De fendants. state of Washington, County of Whitman, ss. : State of Washington to Airs. C. D. Wilson and C 1.. Wilson, defend ants: In the name of the State of Wash ington you are hereby notified that IX X. Masek, doing business under the name of The Rodrick Tailoring Co., has filed a complain against you in ;gd court which will come on to be heard at my office in Pullman, in Whitman County, State of Washing ton, on the 24th day of November, 1917, at the hour of 10:00 o'clock a. m., and unless you appear and then and there answer the same will be taken as confessed, and the de mand of the plaintiff granted. The object and demand of said complaint is to recover against you a Judgment on your promissory note for the principal sum' of. $31,75. with in , .: oifab , terest, attorney fees and costs, and to garnishee money due from the Northern Pacific Railway company to said defendant, C. L. Wilson. Complaint filed herein October 25, 1917. GEO. N. HENRY, Justice of the Peace. 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