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Personal News Items of Camp Hancock Units
Former Barber Now Powerful
• Evangelist. Will Return Later
(By J. E P.)
Mel Trotter is at Camp Hancock.
Some soldiers may not know Mel
Twenty years ago, Mel Trotter was
in the grip of sin and was an outcast
on the Pacific coast.
He was unhappy. He drank exces
sively, even taking the shoes off his
feet in the winter time, to get money
for drink.
According to his own story, he stag
gered home on day only to find his
little baby boy dead. He vowed to
quit drinking, when he saw the cold
body of his child, but in two hours’
time, he was drunk again.
One night he walked into, a mission
on the coast and ten minutes after
he entered, he made a decision to ac
cept Christ as his Savior, and went
out from the mission a clean man.
For twenty years, he has kept
straight. In that time, he has lea
thousands of men to know the Master.
As soon as converted, he went back
to his old haunts and lived clean and
straight among his old cronies. He
fought a tremendous battle, but came
through successfully, and today he is
touring the camps and cantonments
for the War Work Council of the Y.
M. C. A.
On Sunday night, he told the old
story about the love of Christ at the
Red Triangle, near the camp post
office, and thirty-five men went to
the platform, indicating their accept
ance of Christ as their Savior, or re
newing their allegiance.
Os this number, twenty-five made
the decision for the first time.
Mr. Trotter is an evangelist, but
his methods are very simple. Without
any excitement, in fact, with all the
odds against him so far as tent and
weather were concerned, he gave a
strong plea to make the great decis
ion, and the men responded without
undue urging.
He has a breezy style. His epi
grammatic utterances make a hit with
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his hearers and he talks like a Lewis
machine gun.
He has a convincing style and di
rectness of speech that leaves no room
for argument.
He speaks tonight (Wednesday) at
Buiding No. 76, near the 11th In
fantry. Tomorrow night, he will be at
Building No. 79, on the Wrightsboro
road, near the 109th and 3rd Infantry.
Don’t fail to hear him. It is hoped
he may be able to return to Camp
Hancock at a later time for a week
at each Y. M. C. A. building.
supply Train
On Thursday evening, Oct. 18, 1917, we
held our weekly concert, the music for
this occasion being furnished by the 108th
Field Artillery Band. The program in
cluded the following artists:
Misses Campbell, two little ladies of
Augusta, pupils of Miss Smith, who de
lighted the audience with their clever
dancing and singing acts.
Miss Johnson of Augusta rendered
splendid vocal solos, ably accompanied on
the piano by Miss Jackson of Augusta.
Private King of the 10th Infantry
amused the auuience greatly by his clever
Scottish songs and dialogue.
Miss Donen of Augusta received much
applause in appreciation of her solos.
Miss Donen was accompanied on the
piano by Miss Jackson.
Military Police Hawaiian Orchestra, com
posed of Privates Baughman, Montgomery
and the two Stahles, rendered selections
which were received with applause.
Private Spinneili of Truck Co. No. 5,
103 d Supply Train, sang operatic selec
tions from an Italian opera, and then sur
prised tho audience by his strength in
breaking large nails with his teeth, and
also lifting a man bodily with his teeth.
Private Surra. 18th, Infantry, rendered
several solos, accompanied by a violist
and pianist.
Private Geiser, Truck Co. No. 5,103 d
Supply Train, pleased us with a buck
The audience was the largest that has
attended any Os the concerts so far this
season, that have been given at Camp
Hancock, and all acclaim it a pronounced
success. The success was due to the un
tiring efforts of our entertainment com
mittee, composed of Lieut. J. J. Fire
stone, chairman; Sergeants Coons. C. R.
Tracy, and Private Cyrus Hecker, all of
whom are to be congratulated on the most
pleasing result.
The stage was set in a border of pine
trees, having the usual footlights and
spotlight, but Electrician John Herr prom
ises even better settings at the next con
cert. The musicians were seated in a
dug-out, which presented the appearance
of a first-class theatre.
The public is cordially invited to be
present at our next concert, which will
tak e place on Thursday, Oct. 25, 1917,
at p m. and we will spare no efforts
to make them feel perfectly at home.
t)ur football team, composed of mem
bers from the different truck companies
is rapidly nearing mid-season form and
‘ s to me , et any and all comers.
T mJu ,n r W t . under the supervision of
9 in, i c L er ’ C - °- Truck Co. No
Christian Comdission provides com
forts for soldiers.
The united States Christian Commis
sion was organized November 4th 1861
by the Young Men’s Christian Asso
ciation. The impulse came from Phil
adelphia- George H. Stewart and John
Wanamaker, the great merchant, sign
ed the call. John P. Crozier of Chester
was one of the first committee of 12.
The commission undertook the distri
bution of newspapers and books to the
soldiers in camps and in hospitals The
simple presence of good men and wo
men revived the best ideas connected
home, and the reading matter
called many soldiers away from euchre,
bjuff and corrupting conversation.
Hymns and sermons kept some from
breaking guard or smuggling whiskey.
The members of the Christian Commis
sion nursed and fed men in the hos
pitals even sometimes when they were
abandoned by the surgeons. " These
delegates wrote thousands of letters
bringing comforting replies to sick
soldiers from homes and loved ones.
General Grant in general orders, sanc
tioned the work of the Christian Com
mission, but the work proceeded very
slowly until Abraham Lincoln, in 1863,
turned over SIOO,OOO by a wealthy Cal
ifornian, to be used at his discretion.
Five thousand delegates or agents
served for six weeks each without pay,
and usually without remuneration for
expenses. The larger proportion of the
workers were clergymen. A small se
lect' body of paid permanent agents
directed the work at the front, at home
among furloughed soldiers ,and civil*
ians affected by the war. The com
mission suggested the desirability of
doing a work of similar character in
the prison camps of both armies. Thir.
was approved by General Grant, but
refused by Confederate authorities.
The Christian Commission also did
Red Cross work, administering, com
fort to the wounded men on the battle
fields. One striking incident is related
of a Union soldier struck in the mouth
by a shell who refused to drink -water
from the preferred canteen. When
asked why he would not drink, in a
spirit worthy of Sir Phillip Sidney, he
replied: *‘My mbuth is all bloody,* and
it might make the canteen bad for the
The large amount of money was
raised in Pennsylvania. Philadelphia
■contributed $860,000 cash, and $787,000
worth of supplies. Pittsburg gave
$158,000 and $679,000 in supplies. The
figures for Harrisburg were $7,600, and
$2,600 respectively.
Welfare work was secondary in the
eyes of the Christian Commission.
Christian ministration was paramount
and thousands of men were recalled
from a life of sin, while other thous
ands give their hearts and lives to God.
From this initial experiment of helping
soldiers through the humanitarian ef
forts of civilians, has grown the im
mense work of the Young Men’s Chris
tian Association during the present
world war. G. B. L.
The old 'Tenth Pennsylvania regiment
has again been changed by an order from
the war department, and is officially
known as the One Hundred and Tenth In
fantry, U. S. A
Lieut. Col. -Henry W. Coulter is the
commanding officer and the members of
the regiment, rank and file, are delighted
now that they have been permanently
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As a means of furnishing the social
side of camp life, Major Thompson has
started a series of Tuesday evening en
tertainments, which are being looked for
ward to as the event of the week.
The entertainments are not only at
tracting a great number of members of
the camp, but also a number of Augusta
citizens. The programs are of various
natures, and have revealed the fact that
there are a number of real artists iu the
regiment and the services of these sup
plemented by artists from other regi
ments of the camp and friends of Au
gusta furnish an evening’s entertainment
that is difficult to surpass in amateur
The first copy of “The 100 Tenth Re
view’’ regimental paper was received with
enthusiasm that’s encouraging to the
fellows who have assumed this no lit
tle task.
Whatever degree of success the paper
has attained is due largely to our Col.’s
saction and officers’ co-operation.
With Major Thompson as coach, the
110th is expected to produce one of the
fastest football teams in the army can
“We’re in the Army Now” was the
With all the news of the
Camp and the city’s happen
ings, back to the home folks in
Sign and Mail the Coupon.
Send The Augusta Herald
months, for which
I enclose (at the
rate of 60 cents a month) to
the following address:
Street and No.
City and State
Kindly notify party that the
paper is being sent with the
compliments of the under
Co. and Regt
Camp Hancock.
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Oct. 24, 1917.
popular air while moving from our old
camp which was beginning to feel like
home. One soldier was heard to say that
its, “like being a millionaire one day and
a bum the next.”
SEX morality-Tsubject
Dr. A. M. Trawick, of Nashville,
Tenn., has been giving his services to
the various Young Men’s Christian asso
ciations, and to certain military units in
Camp Hancock. His campaign for “Sex
Morality,” is not based on unusually bad
conditions at this camp, but is predicated
entirely upon the lack of information
available for most men concerning the
suffering entailed by venerial disease.
Instruction in sex hygiene has been
neglected, both in the home, in the
church, and in the public school. Most
competent persons refrain from warning
young’ men—or young girls either —con-
cerning the results of irnmirality.
Dr. Trawick's scientific statements
with reference to gonorrhoea and syph
ilis, and his appeal to the higher elements
of a man’s nature, to his love for his
parents and sisters, and his prospective
regard for wife-and children have made
a lasting impression upon many men. Re
liance on higher powers he claims is the
the only sure basis of a pure clean life.
Dr. Trawick will speak this evening at
Y. M. C. A. Building No. 79, at the end
of Wrightsboro road, and Thursday and
Friday nights at Y. M. C. A. Building
west of the Cavalry on Pennsylvania Ave.
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