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Camp Hancock Y. M. C. A. En
gaged in Varied Activities for
Mental Welfare of Soldiers.
Following is an outline of the educa
tional work conducted at Camp Han
cock by the Army Y. M. C. A.:
First—Provision for newspapers.
About one hundred newspapers come
regularly to the association, most of
which have been donated by the Penn
sylvania publishers. A few have come
from outside of the state. The Au
gusta Herald also sends us two copies
of their paper for each building.
Second.—Magazines have been' pro
vided by the good people of Augusta
and Pennsylvania, and though we have
many copies of certain current maga
zines, we do not have too many. Three
groups of friends have provided thirty
two magazines with subscription ex
tending over three months, for each of
three buildings. Three buildings are
still to be provided in this way.
The magazines cf churches and
church organizations, of fraternal so
cieties, of colleges, and fraternities are
placed on the tables when provided by
those interested.
Third.—The library which now con
tains more than fifteen hundred books
for each-building; a total of more than
ten thousand for the camp. The books
have come from individuals, from so
cieties from Augusta and Pennsylvania.
From American Library Associations
Washington, Atlanta, Jacksonville and
principally from the Library Associa
tion of Pennsylvania, of which Mr.
Robert F. Bliss is the librarian.
Fourth.—Clubs. The principal ones
now organized being Camera and Cur
rent Topics. There are a number of
organized quartettes, or other groups
of singers.
Fifth.—Lectures. Lectures have been
given by local and foreign talent.
These have discussed the Civil War;
the reasons for the present conflict;
the negro; the history of Georgia, and
other similar topics of highly instruct
ive character.
Sixth.—Mottoes of a catchy char
acter. Snatches of good poetry print
ed on cards or leaflets, small booklets
distributed by the thousands having
reprints of popular or patriotic songs,
and of lofty sentiments.
Seventh.—Thrift Campaign. Urging
the men to save their money by post
office money orders in postal savings
bank, with the paymaster of the army;
by the buying of government bonds;
by the selling of express money orders,
of which more than forty thousand dol
lars worth were sold last month.
Travelers cheques will be provided for
the boys going over seas. A. perma
nent thrift exhibit is being placed in
each building.
Eighth.—Collections and posters for
display. In addition to the thrift ex
hibit there have been exhibits of the ef
fects of venerable diseases. Posters
and pamphlets on “Sex Hygiene,” post
ers discouraging obscene or vulgar
talk, etc.
Ninth. —Formal educational classes.
the reading and writing of
elementary English. French and other
subjects. At the present time more
than fifteen hundred are in classes.
Tenth.—Publicity. Through Trench
& Camp, of which more than ten thou
sand copies are published each week;
through bulletins in the buildings,
slides run between movie films, etc.
In addition to this work the educa
tional directors generally handle the
entertainment, such as me sing songs,
both popular and religious; the motion
pictures showing thirteen programs per
week each having five or more reels of
films. The entertainments provided by
the five groups of Augusta ladies
each week. The stunts and vaudeville
programs provided by soldiers, the
dinners and social engagements fur
nished to soldiers down town in co
operation with the local committee.
The co-operation with churches and
other organizations furnishing enter
tainments down town, and more re
mote, the programs in the big red tri
angle tent on the Wrightsboro Road
near the postoffice providing high
grade Chautauqua talent from all parts
of the country.
Depot Brigade to
Ammunition Train
The Fifty-third Depot Brigade, com
manded by Brigadier General Christo
pher' T. O'Neill, has been transferred
to the One Hundred and Third Ammu
nition Train without loss of tank or
grade. The brigade consisted of the
men left over from the Third, Sixth,
Eighth and Thirteenth Regiments,
about 2,500 in all. General O’Neill has
been attached to the headquarters of
the Twenty-eighth Division and the
staff has been attached as follows:
Maj. Orlanda C. Miller, attached to
One Hundred and Third Train Head
Maj. J. Markwood Peters, M. C., at
tached to One Hundred and Twelfth
Capt. Joseph M. O’Donnell, attached
to One Hundred and Eleventh Infantry.
Capt. George F. Gaschindt, attached
to One Hundred and Ninth Infantry.
Capt. Joseph A. Wagner, M. C., at
tached to One Hundred and Tenth In
First Lieut. James B. Murrin attach
ed to Twenty-eighth Division Head
First Lieut. Robert P. Fenstermacher
attached to Twenty-eighth Division
What the Amy Y. M. C. A. Means
To The Man In Uniform
By Jas. A. Holloman, Camp Editor, Atlanta Constitution.
1 a ' -
The Red Triangle is "the emblem of the Army Y. M. C. A. activ
ities. It is the emblem of an efficiently equipped organization,
reaching into every army camp in America? into the concentration
camp of the American boys in Europe and is preparing to follow’
them into the trenches, into the hospitals, and even into the enemy
prison. It is using every resource it has and can command to meet
the soldiers* needs. Its job is to look after the welfare of the men in
the army and the thousands of men who are engaged in this work,
many of whom are making great personal sacrifices to do so, are
working together in a system- atic methodical program to carry
out efficiently and effectively a sei-vice second only in importance to
that other great auxiliary to the government’s fighting arms, the
American Red Cross.
The Army Y. M. .C. A. provides every training camp, National
Army, National Guard, student officer, quartermaster, aviator, every
where where the boys in khaki are congregated, a service that min
isters to the whole man. At every camp it provides comforts and
pleasures for men that are far away from home and friends. It af
fords recreation without temptation. It provides social, educational,
physical and religious activity.
In every training camp in the United States and in General Per
shing's field camps in Europe are a number of buildings and tents
located in the various regimental units for the use of the men in those
units. In each building there are five secretaries. They provide
concerts, vaudeville, motion pictures, stunt nights, tournaments and
such games as checkers, chess, quoits and other indoor games of that
kind. The religious secretary provides religious services, Bible class
es, hym singing, etc., and visits the sick in the zone of his building,
ministering to them in every serviceable way.- An athletic director
in each building arranges ail kinds of outdoor athletic activities,
football, baseball, basket ball, volley ball, grenade throwing, box
ing, etc., and provides the equipment. The educational secretary
provides French classes with competent teachers, history classes, ele
mentary English classes for those whose educational opportunities
have been limited, and entertaining educational lectures, screen and
blackboard demonstrations, etc.
Aside from the various angles of program, educational, re
ligious, athletic, the Army Y. M. C. A. buildings are the club rooms of
the boys in khaki. Each building has its reading tables filled with
books, magazines and papers. Long writing tables are provided
with ink, pens, papers and envelopes so that the boys may not only’
find it convenient, but indeed inviting to w’rite a letter to the home
folks, or to the friend or chum behind. These great writning and
reading rooms for the boys are as homelike as it is possible for lov
ing hands to make them. They are not “home”—only a mother or a
dad makes home —but they are more, perhaps, like home for the
boys than any other place could be found on earth. The Victrolas
are running off their latest records; the big red fire places are cheer
ful with the glow of the old plantation log, and there is an ease and
democracy about the whole thing that makes every man conscience
that he is ainpng friends and boon companions, and is thus cheered
by the comforts of a real club.
The Army' Y. M. C. A. is not a religious organization per se; that
is to say, it is not clergical in its ministration, it is not attempting Jhe
functions of a church, and yet everything that emlnates from the
Y. M. C. A., every service it renders tend toward a high ideal and
citizenship, a clean life, thrift in habit and character, a firmer foun
dation on the great basic principles of correct living.
•‘Prepare to live” is the slogan, and hundreds of thousands of
young soldiers, if their lives are spared, will return from the war
better men, stronger characters and more completely equipped in all
the essentials that go to a successful citizenship because of the serv
ice and environments of the Army y. m. C. A.
In all of the service rendered t o the men in khaki through the
Army Y. M. C. A., and in the aggregate, it is a service that is abso
lutely indespensable in its stapalizing influences in whipping togeth
er this great army of invasion to fight and conquer for a world de
mocracy, there is not one penny of expense to the soldier boy.
Government Automatically In
sures Life of Every Soldier
With Dependents For Four
Thousand Dollars.
Congress, at its last session, passed
a law automatically insuring the life
of every soldier in the United States
service for $4,000 until February 1,
This $4,000 insurance is only for
those having relatives totally depen
dent uj oil them—wife, children or par
ents —so that any soldier with de
pendents must begin to pay for war
insurance at once in order to secure
During the period before February
Ist, it was thought the soldiers them
selves could determine how much in
surance they would care to pay for,
and the whole insurance scheme could
be put into smooth operation. The
plan is to allow each soldier to take
out insurance payable at a rate pro
portionate to his age. The amounts
have been carefully worked out by
actuaries, but there are no charges for
overhead expense. Therefore the rate
is extremely low.
For instance, at eighteen, the rate is
but f 4 cents per month for each thous
and dollars of insurance. At 25, the
rate is 65 cents per month. At age
30, 69 cents per month. At 35, 75 cents
and so forth.
The limit for one soldier is SIO,OOO.
These policies carry a total disability
clause providing for the payment of
$5.25 per month per thousand, during
an indefinite period.
This insurance drive will be shortly
under way and will bq in charge of
one officer appointed for each regi
ment or other unit of the troops.
As we go to press, the Italian line is
in grave danger. Austro-German troops
have crossed the middle Tagliamento riv
er in northeastern Italy and taken G.OOO
prisoners and a number of guns.
Premier David Lloyd-George and Presi
dent Painleve, of Great Britain and
France, respectively, have arrived in
Rome for a conferenc and news dspatches
stated that British and French troops
have arrived and are fighting with the
Italians. If the Italians eannot hold the
Germans at this point, the Italian army
will suffer a disastrous defeat and Italy
will be in a precarious position.
Tiie. drum and fife recall the days
Os many years ago,
When past the throng's approving gaze
We marched to face the foe;
And while the music sends its thrills,
As marching lines advance,
One great regret our bosoms fills—
Too old to go to France!
We seem again with jolly boys,
In uniforms and arms,.
All happy in the martial noise
And camp life’s social charms;
To serve their country very glad -
To have the happy chance;
So now the verdict makes us sad—
Too old to go to France!
We think now of the days of old,
When France was our good friend
And sent her soldiers and her gold,
Ond need of both to end.
As savage foes profane her land
And on her heartstrings dance,
' e fain would lend a helping hand—
Too old to go to France!
But we assure our fervent ove
To all who wage her strife,
A.nd human freedom hold above,
The love of home and life; .
And as the flags of our allies
Are flown before our glance.
The heart-born dew-drops fill our
Too old to go to France!
—Thomas Calver in Washington Star.
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1052 Broad Street. Over Goldberg’s
Nov. 7, 1917.
Formally Presented to 28th
Division by Rev. Father Lal
lou. Generals Give Addresses.
Pleasing Program.
Decorated with pine boughs, leaves
and Old Glory, the recreation hall of
the Knights of Columbus was formal
ly opened Monday night in the pres
ence of a large assemblage of officers
and men, including several Augustans
and their wives. It was an auspicious
occasion and the large building looked
unusually’ attractive, with its splendid
illumination and neat appearance.
Rev. William J. Lallou, chaplain for
the Knights of Columbus at Camp
Hancock, made the presentation
speech, conveying the building to the
men of Camp Hancock, and the ac
ceptance address was made by Brig
adier General C. T. O’Neill, in behalf
of Brigadier General F. W. Stillwell,
commanding the division. Addresses
were made also by Brigadier Generals
William G. Price, Jr., and A. J. Logan.
Field Secretary Richard J. Greevy,
in charge of the recreation hall, was
introduced during the evening and fe
licitated on the occasion. John P. Mul
herin, of Augusta, had charge of the
musical program. The Fourth Regi
ment band played a number of selec
tions; W. P. Scull, Medical Detach
ment, One Hundred and Third Engin
eers, and a quartette from Company’ F,
One Hundred and Third Engineers,
delighted with their numbers.
The ly tiding is unusually well ar
ranged and is situated on the Wrights
boro Road, about one-half mile from
the entrance to camp.
Most Complete Line
of Camp Supplies
in the City.
3068 and 566.
922 Walker Street.

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