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Scranton Soldier Writes to
Friend Back Home, Telling of
Association’s Activities.
Camp Hancock, Augusta, Ga.
November 8, 1917.
Dear Mr. Jackson:
I have been at Camp Hancock- for
almost two months. Because of the
merger of the regiments, I am now a
member of the 109th Infantry. The
109th is at the extreme end of camp
and about 100 yards from the company
street is Army Y. M. C. Building No.
If the Scranton people could be in
camp and see the work being done by
the Army Y. M. C. A. there would be
no difficulty raising Scranton's part of
the $35,000,000. Before we were moved
t othe 109th, we had a Y. M. C. A. in
a mess shack near the old Thirteenth —
the building had not been finished —■
and here we gathered night after night
and during the day, when we were not
on duty.
Now we have a finished building,
40x120, with many conveniences for our
comfort and pleasure. At one end is
a long counter, behind which the secre
taries give us free writing paper, en
velopes, pens, blotters, wrapping pape:
and twine, besides selling us stamp. l
postcards and express money orders
These men are kept on the jiyup every
night from 7 o'clock until about 16
when the building is closed.
Along each side are writing tables
where the soldier boys write to the
folks at home. About 100 men can be
accommodated at one time. In the cen
ter of the floor are low benches on
which the men sit while a nentertaln
ment or religious service is o.i. A long
table holds newspapers from Pennsyl
vania, including the Times and Repub
lican, and magazines of all kinds. At
the entrance is a large bookcase, filled
with some of the latest fiction and
standard works.
At the other end of the building is
a good-sized stage, with dressing rooms
on either side. A piano stands on tin
platform and here the speakers and
singers, instrumentalists, religion
workers and others stand while ap
pearing before the audience. The build
ing holds about 800 to 1,000 men and I
have seen it crowded frequently.
Here is where I am having the time
of my life when not on duty. Every
night, there is some kind of a program
and the fellows don’t have to go out
of camp for diversion. We have all we
want right near our tents —and it does
not cost us one cent. Everything the
Y. M. C. A. does is free anti 1 have
often wbndered who paid for it all.
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Extends a Most Cordial Wel
come to Soldiers, Visitors
and New Citizens.
Our ample capital, favorable connections, conve
nient location and large corps of efficient assistants
who are trained to courtesy and the transaction of
business in the simplest, most direct manner enable
us to offer a most satisfactory service to those desiring
to transact banking business, large or small.
Accounts, subject to check, large or small, are
invited. We conduct a Savings Department in which
we pay interest at the rate of 4 per cent per annum,
compounded. Deposits are accepted in any amount
from SI.OO up.
We have a large number of safe deposit boxes
which we offer for rent for storage of valuables and
other papers, at very low prices, ranging from $3.00
to $25.00 per
Please remember our bank is located at No. 821
Broad street, in the center of the city.
President. Cashier.
Vice President. Assistant Cashier.
Since the $35,000,000 campaign was
launched, I know now that the money
comes from the folks back home.
I have heard man after man say he
wouldn’t know what to do witho- t the
“Y,” as the boys call-it. It is our only
home in camp. A fellow needn’t get
lonesome in camp if he’ll take advan
tage of the Y. M. C. A., for it is always
full of good cheer, and the secretaries
are always ready with a smile and the
glad hand. The programs are full of
surprises. One night we may hear a
professional quartet, or Mel Trotter,
or Dr. Trawick, on “Sex Hygiene,” or
some folks from Augusta, who come
up every' week to entertain the men in
the Y. M. C. A. buildings.
Every Monday' and Thursday nights
we have free-movies. I.'ntti- two weeks
ago, we saw them outside, but since
the cold spell they' are shown inside
the building. Arfd they’re great—as
good as any movies ever shown in the
Strand at home. All the pictures are
censored carefully before being shown,
so there is nothing oensive in them.
And the fellows enjoy’ them immensely.
Movie night always draws a packed
Tomorrow night we are to have a
minstrel show in the Y. M. C. A. build
ing, given by the boys of Co. C, 109th
Infantry. The secretaries use soldier
talent as much as possible, and every
Saturxlhv night, at. the sing-songs, we
If you would be popu
lar with your troop, get
Kenny’s High
Grade Coffee
Kenny’s Che-on
C.O. Kenny Co.
976 Broad St. Phone 601.
hear singers, reciters and whistlers,
male quartets, etc., from the soldiers
themselves. The Y. M. C. A. certainly
drives the blites away and I cannot
praise it too highly.
When Mel Trotter was at Building
No. 79, more than 80 men made de
cisions for Christ. Every Sunday af
ternoon a Bible class is taught by one
of the secretaries. This morning, one
of the secretaries has a class of twenty
Italians and Polnaders in the infirmary
next to the Y. M. C. A., teaching them
Peter Roberts’ method of simplified
English. These men do not understand
the commands of the officers on the
field and cause a lot of trouble. They’
are among a bunch of 65 drafted men
who live in the infirmary temporarily
and have not been attached to any’ regi
ment. These men make the Y. M. C.
A their home and use the footballs,
baseballs and basket balls provided by’
the “Y.”
I don’t know that I can tell you any
thing more about the work, except to
say that it has been, a God-send to us,
and we expect a lot of the Camp Han
cock secretaries to go to France when
we cross the pond. Anything you or
The House of Dorr
is for those who wish the better grades of things to
Trench Coats, Rain Coats, Jaeger Underwear,
Sweaters, Hosiery, Etc.
Officers’ Uniforms Made in Our
Own Shop, $65.00 and $75.00.
August Dorr’s Sons
724 Broad Street
Have You Written
—or have you failed
to send your weekly
“chat” for lack of
Attention Our ,ine
Army Men Wriling Paper>
WE SPECIALIZE Novelties,Gifts, Kodaks,
on Films, Flash Lights,
Army Printed Post Cards and Athletic
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—Ruling Famous Line
—Binding Is Complete.
DO DEVELOPING J w » t a a a
Send Us The Handsomest and
YOUR FILMS Largest Stationery Store
in the city.
You’re Welcome.
864 Broad Street. Augusta, Ga.
Nov. 14, 1917.
the Scranton people may de to boost
the $35,000,000 will be for the welfare,
of the boys, for the Y. M. C. A. is the*
greatest agency in the camp to help,
the fellows. ’
With kindest regards, I am,
Company D, 109th Infantry. ,
Germany Reaching
Her Man Power ]
Cable reports from Switzerland say ■
that Germany has reached the crisis so
far as her manpower is concerned. For
three years, according to these dis
patches. Germany’ has lost on an aver- I
age of 1,200,000 men annually, and this
number will at least be equalled in
It is contended that to continue the
war on the same scale for another year
the Germans must have at their com- •
mand a reserve of at least two million
men, whereas they actually will have
a reserve of only’ one and one-half mil
lion, including youths of the class of

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