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Oct. 10, 1017.
Work of the Army “Y” at Camp Hancock During Week BUILDING No. 75. Building Secretary R. A. Spahr, Sewickley, Pa. Religious Work Director W. J. Miller, Jr., Philadelphia. Physical Wprk Director F. W. Prechtel, Lancaster, Pa. Educational Work Director —L. H. Richardson, Olmsted Falls, O Assistant Secretary —R. E. Miller, Lancaster, Pa. -Building 75, serving all units bordering <mi Whelees road and the artillery street, was opened on the night of Saturday, the 22nd. with a concert by the Orpheus Four, of Los Angeles. Most of the equipment has arrived, in cluding the piano and Victrola, both of which are usually going at the same time, a state of affairs whrich produces a pe culiar set of sounds, known technically as discords. Each Monday night the fellows have been regally entertained by some Augusta ladies who have given them mixed pro grams of music, readings, and popular song singing. One of the most enjoyed features of these evenings has been th® kindness of Miss Mabel Abernathy, who has played popular songs for the fellows to sing. Saturday night, the 29th, the Univer sity of Chicago Saxophone Band gave a fine but short program of Saxophone and -vocal numbers. Our building is used on Sunday morn ings by Chaplain McFetridge of the 2nd for his regimental services, which are well attended, and hy the 2nd regimental band for its rehearsals on the weeks days. The facilities for writing and reading are being used in increasingly large numbers, and when we are able to have current for our movies, we expect even larger crowds. By invitation of the colonel, the Y. M. C. A. is holding regimental services for the Ammunition Train, and for the com bined Truck and Sanitary Trains. Nearly a thousand men have signified tlrtir de sire to take French under the auspices of the Y. M. C. A., and classes are be ing organized to care for them. A "Stunt Night” was put on at the building last Wednesday night by men from the Field Hospital and Ambulance, and proved very successful. Private Drego with his orchestra, and Dembo and Murphy with their singing and dia logue were features. Program This Week. Wednesday-ACaptain J. Rice Smith, at 8:00 p. m. Thursday—Religious meeting. Friday—Motion pictures. Saturday—W. A. Rogers, Wilkes-Barre, entertainer and reader. Sunday—Meeting, 7:30. Monday—Augusta entertainers. Tuesday—Moving pictures. W. A. ROGERS. At Ammunition Train. BUILDINGNo.'76. Building Secretary—W. C. Timmons, New York City. Religious Work Director— R. S. Dickson, Lewistown, Pa. Physical Work Director .—■ B. C. Curry, Punxsutawney, Pa. Educational Work Director —J. Campbell Brandon, But ler, Pa. Chorus Director —A. L. Tebbs, Dayton, O. Assistant Secretary —M. F. Hausmann, Erie, Pa. Regardless of the handicap and incon veniences of our temporary tent, the week has been one of active and effect ive work. Sunday morning at one of the regi mental services conducted by the chap lain, four men from the audience came forward at the chaplain’s invitation and in the presence of over 500 men and the officers of the regiment, were baptised with water from the chaplain’s canteen. The informal open air service was very impressive. Plans are being made for baptism and communion at other serv ices. Mr. Orr Buffington, of Kittaming, Pa., a brother of Judge Joseph Buffington, of the United States court, was in camp this week visiting the boys of Co. K, 112th Infantry. Mr. Buffington has a son in the Signal Corps. Thursday evening at our religious meeting we had a very interesting talk by Captain Sharp, Co. E. 112th. He also read a fine letter that he received from a woman in California addressed to "her boys” in camp. The flooring and frame work for offi cers’ tents is about completed. Some of the officers along the regimental street are turning to landscape gardening. The sand can be worked to very good ad vantage and the “war gardens” are quite ornamental. The Week’s Program. Wednesday Entertainment, Augusta talent; Mrs. Brand, patroness. Thursday—Sing-song and address. Friday—Motion pictures; W. A Rog ers, Wilkes-Barre, entertainer- and reader. Saturday (afternoon)— Athletics games; (evening) Brigade musicale Sunday—Sunday school in afternoon; 7:00 p. m., religious service. Monday—Dr. Trawick, on "Sex Hy giene.” Tuesday—Moving pictures. 200 RESERVE OFFICERS' HERE. Two hundred men of the United States Officers Reserve Corps have ar rived at Camp Hancock, from Camp Dix. The men represent many differ- I ent states and received their training at Madison Barracks. They are a fine “bunch” of men. TRENCH AND CAM. “WE’LL LOOK AFTER CATTLE WHILE BOYS HOGTE KAISER” p 1 iL /IzA I i W ilw hhh| ,f Ff flu .... £ KLJS9 Hard-riding, fearless cowgirls of the West are taking the place of cowboys who have left many of the big cattle ranges to join Uncle Sain’s military forces. In Pendleton, Oregon, an entire company of cowboys was made up. Attempts have been made to. have these buckaroos exempt from service but the boys themselves are keen to rope and hogtie a few of th Prussian mavericks. “Let the boys go,” say the women range riders. “We’ll take care of the cattle.” BUILDING No. 77. Building Secretary R. P. Zebley, Camden, N. J. Religious Work Director — William Berg, Philadelphia. Physical Work Director E. H. Landis, Dayton, O. Educational Work Director —W. K. Warfield, Rockville, Md. Assistant Secretary— F. R. Hean, Harrisburg, Pa. Assistant Secretary— W. E. Griffin. Our work for the past three weeks has been carried on in a mess shack very kindly loaned to us by our regimental commander. We expect in one more week to be in our new building which will give us more room. Our religious secretary has held regi mental services in the old 13th Penna In fantry. In the Engineers Co. B, there has been formed a crack soccer team which will make a strong bid for division honors. One basketball court, recently laid out, is in constant use. Three moving picture shows have been given. Although the screen has been out in the open, the pictures have been plainly shown and well attended. In the 103rd Engineers about 350 are studying French. Chaplain Houghton is the regi mental director and has a corps or 25 teachers from the ranks. Among the of ficers of the same regiment there is a group of seventy studying French under Prof. Foster. Engineers are fully justi fied in claiming the first organized regi mental French class due to personal ef forts of Mr. Foster. This Week's Program. Wednesday—Religious meeting. Thursday—Moving pictures. Friday—Augusta entertainers, Mrs. Eve, patroness. Sunday, 9:oo—Religious services; 13th Inf., 3:30, W. A. Rogers. Monday—Moving pictures. SPEAKS TO ROTARIANS. Rev. Reid S. Dickson, of the Y. M. C. A. forces, who is acting camp re ligions work director, addressed the Augusta Rotary club at last week’s luncheon ,and told of the work of the Y. M. C. A. BUILDING NO. 78 (Serving the Ist Penna. Cavalry, 3rd Penna. Infantry, 6th Penna, Infantry.) Building Secretary Ralph A. Tracy. Religious Work Secretary— John Harvey Lee. Educational Secretary Frederick V. Geier. Social Secretary—Frederick B. Heitkamp. Physical Director Albert H. Marvill. Realizing that construction delay would continue, Secretaries Tracy and Lee de cided not to wait for the completion of the building, and on Thursday, Sept. 13. pitched and opened—for service the tent which has ever since sheltered Army Y. M. C. A. 78. Magazines and stationery were supplied that first day, and the following evening about three hundred men were pleasantly entertained at a concert. With five secretaries in camp, work was begun along every department al line. Sunday morning Mr. Lee lead the regimental service of the Ist Penna. Cavalry which was held in the tent, where the service has been held each Sunday since that time. Sunday even ing song services have been well at tended, as have the mid-week services. A large audience paid tribute to the splendid message of Dr. J. Ashby Jones, and the address by Dr. Jenkins on Fri day of last week was received with real appreciation. Hrs. W. W. Battey, Sr., of Augusta, has won high favor and appreciation for the enjoyable entertainment she has pro vided Tuesday evenings for three weeks past. When the time came for the mov ing picture show on Saturday, Sept. 29, a heavy downpour swamped the tent, both afoot and overhead. But the rain didn't swamp the show, for as soon as the electric current was turned on again, a screen went up in a jiffy, and some seventy-five men saw the five-reel film of Shakespeare’s “King Lear,” while George Megarian turned the crank of the machine under an umbrella. Last Wed nesday 1,000 men got healthy laughs from the screen up over Secretary Mar- Vill's boxing ring. Just beyond the boxing ring, stakes outline a baseball field, where details from the Ist Penna. Cavalry have been busy leveling off the infield and claying the base-lines. Games between the Troops for the Regimental Championship have crowded the base-|ines. Volley ball in the Troop streets is taking fast, so that not enough sets can be obtain ed to keep everybody happy. Inside the tent there is a new sign over the counter. “Southern Express Money Orders Sold Here,” which goes to show that we too are eagerly awaiting, pay-day. Checkers and quoits are grow ing in popularity, and more and more men are using the privileges of the li brary of almost 200 books. Besides the magazines and Philadelphia newspapers, papers from many other Pennsylvania cities and towns will be found on the reading-table. When we are established in the new building, we’ll be looking forward to the next milestone, when we can celebrate these splendid new quarters and the greatly increased opportunity they give by a great house-warming and dedica tion that will be an earnest of the larger service which is the goal of your Y. M. C. A. Program This Week. Wednesday—-Moving pictures. Thursday—Religious meeting. Friday—Stunt night. Saturday—Moving pictures. Sunday, - 9:oo—Regimental services; 3:‘30. Bible class; 7:00, song service. Monday—W. A. Rogers of Wilkes-Bar re., impersonator. Tuesday—Augusta entertainers, Mrs. Battey, patroness. BUILDINISNoTYg. (On Wrightsboro Road, at western end of camp, serving the First and Fourth Regiments.) Building Secretary Wm. Milton Hess, New York City. Religious Work Director A. B, Curry, Jr., New York City. Physical Director To be appointed. Educational Work Director —J. Edgar Probyn, Altoona, Pa. Assistant Secretary J. R. Doxzon, Baltimore, Md. In a little more than one month, the attendance at Building 79 has been 15,000 men, equal to one-half of the strength of the 7th Division. Nearly all have visited the 40x60 tent for a definite purpose: They have been served with tree station ery, post-cards, stamps, parcel post fa eiliSies, express money orders, enter tainment or lectures. Fully 12,000 post-cards and letters have been sent to the folks in Pennsylvania from Building 79, and the stamp; and stationery for this unusually heavy mail were furnished at the building. The par cel post business has -been very heavy. Packages are wrapped, weighed and the rate given, so that the men are en couraged to remember the folks at home. At present, the men are availing them selves of the express money order privi lege, than than SI,OOO being handled the first two days. The library of 225 volumes has been very popular, an average of 25 books be ing circulated daily. On Wednesday. Saturday and Sunday, the tent is packed iwith men. Electric light was installed last week and the showing of motion pictures on Monday night for the first time was witnessed by hundreds of men. The pictures were exhibited outdoors and made quite a hit. I hey will be produced every Monday and Thursday nights. Among the speakers have been Fred B. Goodman, of the International Com mittee; Rev. John S. Jenkins, of St John’s Methodist church, Augusta; Rev Dr. William Milton Hess, of New York City, and Rev. A. B. Curry, Jr., of New York City Thanks are extended to the fourth Regiment band and the Augusta talent, chaperoned by Mrs.- J. p. Mui herin, for delightful concerts. Sing-songs were conducted on Saturday nights and amateur stunts added variety to the singing. Due to the absence of a physical direc tor no organized effort was made along physical lines. Through the courtesy of Colonel Shannon, of the Fourth Regi ment, a detail of 100 men graded the basketball and volley ball court. A base ball diamond has been staked out and will be finished soon. It looks as though the building will be ready in a week’s time and the force is tuning up on “When Do We Go From Here, Boys." Many Testaments have been distribu ted, sick calls made and letters written for the sick at the Field hospital and in quarters. Secretary Porbyn gave an address on “The Army Y. M. C. A.” at Thestone theater in Aiken, S. C., during the usual motion picture show, through the court esy of Manager W’altar Duncan. Our building "secretary is sporting a two-wheeled flivver in chasing about the camp. Moral: “If you can’t get a Liz zie, get a bike. Hess, Curry and Probyn have assisted the chaplains in their regimental ser vices. This Week’s Program. Wednesady-—Religions service, address by Rev. William Berg, of Philadelphia. Thursday—Moving pictures. Friday—Third Regimental band and soloists. Saturday—Sing-song and amateui stunts. Sunday—Sacred song service at 7:30. Monday—Moving pictures. Tuesday—Augusta entertainers. “SOME SORT.” - A colonel walked up to a soldier re cently and asked: “What are you?” “I’m some sort of a guard,” said the soldier. “Who are you?” “I’m some sort of a colonel.” “Then I’ll have to give you some sort if a salute," answered the guard grave ly- Page 3