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Camp Hancock Physical
• Directors Leave to Enter the
United States Army. Regret
at Departure.
Many Y. M. C. secretaries at
Camp Hancock have resigned their la
bors to enter the service of their coun
try on the fighting field, and the force
is changing constantly.
Withing the past few days, a number
of secretaries have definitely decided
to leave Camp Hancock, to enlist in
various branches of the service, and up
to the present time, nine men have
given up Y. M. C. A. work or will do so
in the next few days. Three education
al secretaries are included in the num
ber and four physical directors have
decided to cast in their lot with Uncle
Educational Secretaries.
The first secretary to enlist was Lee
. H. Richardson, educational secretary
at Building 75, who entered the 103 d
Ammunition Train at Camp Hancock..
Mr. Richardson established a
classes and had his work well organiz
ed when the call to serve his country
Frederick Gier, of Cincinnati, who
served at Building 78 as educational
secretary left several days ago for his
home, to be examined for some branch
of the service. Mr. Geier was an in
defatigable worker and rendered ex
cellent service in the First Cavalry,
the Sixth and 110th Ifantry.
G. P. Warfield, educational secretary,
who has been in charge of the activi
ties centering about Building 77, will
in a few days to enter the avia
tion corps. Mr. Warfield is a graduate
of Dickinson college and has proven
one of the most affable and efficient
workers in Camp Hancock. He will' be
missed greatly by the 103 d
His home is in Rockville, Md.
Physical Directors.
Georgy R. Tyson, of Philadelphia,
who spent several weeks at Building
79 as physical director, and who was
of great assistance to the officers in
the 109th Infantry and among the
drafted men who are not yet attached,
left last week for his home, prepara
tory to taking a course in the ordnance
training school at the U. of P.
He is a graduate of the Central High
.School and Philadelphia School of
Pedagogy and the University of Penn
sylvania. During the past six years he
has been a supervisor of one of Phila
delphia’s playgrounds and was very
active in promoting athletics. His as
sociates at Building 79 regret his leav
ing exceedingly. If George doesn't be
come a major general before the war
is ended, it won’t he the fault of his
A. H. Marvill, the genial and witty
physical director at Building 78, who
has been a tower of strength guarding
the goal for the British Tomies in their
soccer attacks against the 110th and
111th Infantry teams, took the exami
nation for the aviation corps at Atlan
ta. las week and passed successfully.
He expects to leave for his home in
Germantown, Philadelphia, in a day or
so. If A1 can shoot some of his funny
stuff at the Germans, they’ll die laugh
ing. In fact, we have a picture of Mar
iell flying above the German first line
trench a feW feet above the ground,
then getting off a few puns and while
they’re holding their sides laughing,
peppering them with his rhachine gun.
Anyhow, he’s some boy and we hate to
see him go from Camp Hancock.
B. C. Curry, of Punxsutawney, who
has been guarding the activities of the
athletes in and about Building 76, took
the examination for the aviation corps
at Atlanta and qualified with flying
colors. Blaine is one of those quietly
efficient chaps, who does things with
out a lot of fuss* but gets them done.
We may expect to hear of Curry re
ceiving a number of medals for his ex
ploits in the air, if grit and determina
tion count. He will be shaking the
dust of Georgia from his feet in a few
days and the men of the 56th Brigade
will miss him.
One of the finest physiques at Camp
Hancock is possessed by Emerson H.
Uandis, physical director at Building
79, who has supervised activities
among the Engineers and has assisted
at division headquarters at times. Mr.
Landis is a product of Dayton, 0., and
his stalwart form and handsome face
have won for him many friends in the
camp. In addition, Emerson is some
baritone, and when his machine gun
blocks above the German trenches,
E. H. can soothe the savage Huns
with a ditty from his melodious voice
and make a clean getaway. Landis is
so tall and well proportioned that he
exceeded the aviation requirements a
trifle, but is hopeful of being passed by
the censor. If necessary, he could
clean up a regiment of Huns himself
in hand-to-hand fighting and we’re
hoping for great tilings when his aero
plane propeller begins to buzz back of
the German lines.
Other Enlistments.
In addition to the above*? the Army
Y. M. C. A. at Camp Hancock has sent
, Rev. Reed Dickson to France to do re
ligious work, and Herbert Landis, an
assistant—secretary, .Jjas gone home to
enlist in the service. With this splendid
record, it will be seen that the Y. M. C.
A. men are doing their bit, even though
their position with the Y. M. C. A.
might have given them exemption.
Later, Emerson was deleted by the
aviation censor and has enlisted with
Page 6
Ralph Lamade Has Thrilling Time Driving Truck Loaded
With Explosives—Sees Huge Tanks.
Ralph L. Lamade, of Williamsport, *Pa.,
son of Dietrick Lamade, owner of Penn
sylvania Grit, has been serving with the
United States Motor Transport in France
and has seen some lively doings. His
work is carrying munitions and suplies
to the trenches from the railroad lines.
The following letter Was written by Mr.
Lamade and published in Grit:
I had quite an interesting trip on Mon
day and am going to tell you about it
before I forget some of the details. We
got an order for sixteen cats to go to
, so we left camp at 7 o’clock in
>ark n we n L ng i’ and ~g oins to our loading
pai k we had our first accident. It had
rained hard the afternoon and night
before and the roads were pretty slippery
VVhen we tried to pass another convoy;
, coming tn the opposite direction, one of
‘ P wh and bum bed into one of
uieir cars. When we got the two
but r om^fr f ° Und that our car (not mini,
mi, , ~ , 1 OUr ! ec i k ! n > a broken
spring and a smashed lamp. The other
fmme ad w« ?nTn P " boxes a »<l a bent
itTSr/vJY e ,ef J the ea l on the road with
its and proceeded to the park.
ir P,* Ihe park we loaded our cars with
unou’ ga ?,, sbel, - s - each car carrying 108
shells. Ihese contain enough high ex
plosive to break open the shell and set
free the poison gas. We started home
and reached camp about*.! o’clock in the
afternoon, for the park was about 26
kilometers (about 18 miles) back of camp.
We ate our supper and started out
again, for it was to be a night trip, but
while eating supper it had started to rain
a S a >n- of course, made us feel
a little discouraged, for it is hard enough
to drive in the dark, Without driving in
the rain too. W e started out at 5 o’clock
and we should have reached our unload
ing park at about 7 o’clock.
Rain and Trouble.
After we had been on the road about
an hour, it started to rain pretty hard
and we also struck a lot of traffic, mak
ing our travel very slbw; so slow, in fact,
that for at least five miles we never got
put of low gear. We would move about
30 or 50 feet and stop—move and stop.
There would be a mixup somewhere up
the line and we would stop for 10 to 15
minutes before we could move again.
All this time I was lying out on the mud
guard watching the road and telling the
driver when to stop in case there was
some one coming, or when there was a
bump in the road. Oh! it was a fine trip.
Once we stopped on a hill and the driver
was pressing on his foot, brake as hard
as he could, and he had the emergency
brake on as far as it would go, but he
slid down against the car in front of us.
He thought the other car had backed
into him and couldn't quite believe it
when I told him that he had slid into
the other car.
After we had gone through mile after
mile of this, we reached a village which
is a quarter of a mile from the unload
ing park. J.n going through this town
the road takes two very sharp right
angle turns. In going around the first
one of these turns the eonvov stopped
very suddenly, but “C*y” (the other driv
er) couldn’t stop, so he bumped into the
car ahead of us, and this time he bumped
so hard he smashed our radiator. There
we were, in the middle of a convoy, lots
of traffic, and the water was just pour
ing out of our radiator. We finally decid
ed to tow the car to the park and then
home again. So we got out a tow rope
and started off. I still lay on the mud
guard and kept “Cy” warned as to
whether the rope was tight or not. When
we came to the next sharp turn, we slid
over into the gutter, and the car that
was towing us couldn’t pull us out. So
there was another problem to face, for
we were tying up traffic on a very busy
corner. ~-
Boche Shells Fall Near.
After trying to talk with some French
officers, we started our own engine and
pulled away from the corner, up the
road about 100 feet. There we pulled to
the side of the road and stopped. The
sergeant said that when the first car
was empty he would send it back to us,
change the load into their car and have
them take it up to the park, and then,
later tow us home. This was at 9:10
o’clock. It had taken us four hours to
A service of unusual interest was con
ducted under the direction of Chaplain
Futcher, of the 109th Infantry, last Sun
day morning. The occasion was the bap
tism of two little children, one of them
by the Chaplain, the other by Rev. Wil
liam V. Berg, of Y. M. C. A. Building No.
Mr. Berg made the address, speaking
on the ‘ Rights of the Child.” He said
the first right of the child was to be
WELL BORN. The mystery of birth is
as sacred as the mystery of death. Every
child brought into the world has the
right to a clean bill of health. If the
blessings of physical fitness and mental
alid spiritual qualities can be transmitted
from generation to generation, the same
law makes it inevitable that the iniqui
ties of the fathers shall be visited upon
the children. Hence the unspeakable
wrong in contracting disease that may
bring upon an innocent child blindness,
crippled limbs, or even worse handi
The second right of the child is TO
PLAY. Forcing upon children the cares
of adults; for the sake of greed, Snaking
them wage-earnvs before their time;
the fearful sufferings of the Belgian chil
dren, and the starving Armenian and
Syrian children are the most awful re
sults of German brutality. „„„ .
The right of the child to AN EDUCA
TION was the third point the speaker
made He commended the American
school system for its healthy democracy
and wonderful assimiliating power with
the children of aliens. .
The fourth light of the child is the
was the purpose of the baptismal serv
ice to emphasize this. A child is God s
the Military Police at Camp Hancock.
He’s on the job in the sanitary detach
ment, where he promises to give a good
account of himself.
go where we usually went in two hours
at the most.
While we were seated in our machine
awaiting the return of the cars, a few
Boche shells came in. We heard the
first one whistle, and the second one,
and w 6 decided that they were passing
over our heads. When the third shell
landed v somewhere to our left, we
jumped out of the car and started a
hunt for an "abri” or dugout. At last
we went down to the corner and found
the road guard. He is the'same as a
traffic cop,” and took us to an old house
near by. There we soon had a nice fire
going by which we warmed ourselves
and tried to dry out, as I was pretty wet
from lying on the mud guard so long.
The guard told us that the Boches were
trying to shell the bridge at the end of
town, but that the shells were going ev
erywhere but toward the bridge. We
counted twenty-four shells come in in
about twenty minutes.
Big Tanks Passed.
Pretty soon we heard some Pierce-
Arrow trucks, so we beat it back to our
car, but they were not from our section.
We can easily tell the sound of a Pierce-
Arrow from the Fiat and French cars.
Things died down and at about 12:30
two large tank# passed by us. They are
very huge affairs and look just like the
photos we used to see in the papers at
We got out to stretch our legs and
saw a light. When we reached it we
found that it was a cook stove and the
cook was taking out coffee. It didn’t
take us long to get some of it, and then
the cars started to come down from the
park, so we had to get back to our caf.
We waited and waited until about 3
o’clock, when our sergeant came along
and said that we would have to stay
where were until morning, when he would
send another car up for us, and at that
he left.
Can you imagine how we felt? There
we were, with a car full of big shells,
in a place where a boche shell might
come in at any time, a broken radiator,
adn orders to stay there until some one
came for us. We soon decided that be
ing with the fire back in the road guard’s
house, was better than being in the car.
We were pretty sleepy and it didn’t
take long to lie dowff on the dirt floor
before the fire and go to sleep. At about
4:15 o’clock some French soldiers who
lived in another part of the house came
in, wakened us and asked us if we want
ed some breakfast. We w r ent into an
other room and had a French soldier's
breakfast, consisting of coffee and bread.
It went very well, for you know how
hungry one gets after. be,ng out fishing
for many hours, and that is the way we
Guard Duty Tiuir Luxury.
After breakfast started out to see
how our truck was, then the boches
started to send in some more shells.
W hen they stopped, we had counted 27
more shells. Os course, we were inside
when these came in. but afterwards we
went out and looked around. We went
down to an ambulance station about 8
o’clock and had some toast and jam
with several fellows who, it just hap
pened. had come over - n the same boat
that we did. After that we went back
to the fire to wait until aid came. Help
came about 12 o’clock, but up to that
time we had jumped up from the fire
about every three minutes to see if the
machine we heard was for us. We finally
got back to camp about 1:30 o’clock and
we were pretty tired, believe me.
Things would have been all right even
then, but we were kept busy all after
noon, and then put on guard that night.
“Cy” had the 1 to 3 o’clock watch and I
had the 3 to 5 o’clock watch. The thing
we did get that we enjoyed was a per
mission to go to town. We went early
and got in the public bath house and
had a real hot bath. It was the first
bath in hot water that i had had since
I lefff home, and it certainly did fee!
wonderful. Then we went down town
and had supper. After supper we paid
seven francs, 50 centimes, for three ci
gars, which means stbout 50 cents apiece,
and they were only ten-cent cigars in
the States. But as we always say, “C’est
la guerre.” _ (’'lt’s on account of the
child, even before it is the child of earth-
Jy parents. To dedicate a child to the
Lord is the sacred duty and privilege of
every parent. Training in the Scriptures,
family prayers, good hymns, Sunday
School and church are the child’s normal
rights. This is the father’s business as
much as the mother’s.
/ Kent Him a Brither
(Scene —An English Hospital: A
Highlander with a German Helmet.)
‘‘So you’ve brought baqk his helmet,
Sandie, my man;
And you killed him, T guess? It’s a
trophy you’ve won?”
"Na-a, na-a!” replied Sandie, “That was
no the plan;
The man was a freend, giri ye’ll wait till
I'm done.
I dressed his wound an’ he sorted mine.
No’ a word could we speak, the ane tae
tho ither;
Bu: 1. lookit at him, an’ I kent him a
An' I gid hint my bcinnet, in token, ye
He lauched, an’ he grippit my han’—an’
He gied me his helmet; an’ it cam’ tae
my mind,
Here’s a trophy, thoucht I, of a new
fangled kind.
I dressed his wound, an’ he dressit mine-
No’ a word could we speak, the ane tae
the i'.her;
But tho’ he was German, I kent him a
—H. J. Dowtrey, in the Western Under
W. J. Miller, of Supply Co., lOSth Field
Artillery, was married Wednesday, No
vember 14th, to Miss Ruth McArthur, of
A man doesn’t see any use in following
his wife’s advice as long as ho knows
it will always follow him. „
Nov. 28, 1917.
Member of Governor Brum
baugh’s Staff Expresses
Opinion of Army Y. M. C. A,
Under the caption, “Y, M. C. A. Ge
nius,” Colonel Henry W. Shoemaker,
of McElhattan, Pa., and New York City,
who is a member of Governor Brum
baug’h staff and accompanied the gov
ernor on his recent tour of the train
ing camps, writes editorially of the
Y. M. C. A. in the camps as follows:
To the writer the one grand out
standing feature of his recent trip to
the southern military training camps
With Governor Brumbaugh and party
was the sight of the magnificent work
being accomplished by the Army Y. M.
C. A. This splendid organization was
early on the scene at the new canton
'ments and won from the start the con
fidence and. affection 'of the Honor
Men—the only name by which the
young heroes of the selective draft
should be known.
No matter where ones home the
cozy Y. M. C. A. buildings bring back
that cheery, familiar atmosphere, arid
take away the seeming formalities of
catnp life. No matter- what one’s
home surroundings were, the Y. M.
C. A. headquarters is up to the best
and brings a wholesome influence in
to the lives of those who were with
out Christian home surroundings be
fore joining the colors.
The personnel of the Y. M. C. A.
directors and workers has much to
do with the success of the undertak
ing. They are kindly-faced, sincei-e,
earnest young men, steeped in hu
manity and helpfulness. The selection
of these active workers was most
happy and in appearance they com
pare favorably with the army offi
cers. In their olive-green service uni
forms with open collars and four-in
hand ties they have been mistaken
for British or Canadian officers by
newcomers at the camps.
The Y. M. C. A. is the Christian
hub of the great military wheel that
revolves its daily grind camp
and cantonment. Well lubricated with
sincerity and kindliness it gives a
brightness and cheer to the vast ma
chines that , are plowing their way to
wards France and victory. Just as
a foreign embassy is technically home
soil, once inside of 'the doors of a
Y. M. C. A. building,* one is home,
spiritau’.ly in accord, with all that
is cleanest, sweetest and best in life.
Parents of soldier boys can rest
assured that their sons are in good
hands at the great cantonments. The
officers are all working for their wel
fare, they are comfortably clothed,
housed and fed, but above all, their
leisure r-.oments are thoroughly pro
vided for by the genius of the Y. M.
C. A, This organization has been
doing a grand work for our civilian
youths for many years; it Las the ad
vantage of these long years of train
in gin it has found
its ultimate and fullest goal among
the Honor Men. The happy, smiling
faces that the young soldiers all
wear come from several causes; the
fact that they are doing their duty
for their county, the comfort of their
surroundings, the healthiness of their
work, and the home that is brought
literally to their cantonment doors by
the Y. M. C. A.
Along the same lines the Knights
of Columbus, the Young Men’s He-
Brew Association, and other organiza
tions are carrying out a superb work.
Happy in the soldier, for lie is one
with Christ and one with his con
science. The Christian or the God
dominated soldier is sure to win this
war. Righteousness cannot perish
while the Y. M. C. A. reminds each
man daily of his duty to his higher
self. H. W. S.
Three Classes
Os New Officers
Graduates of the second officers’
training camps, which closed yester
day, will be commissioned in three
classes for immediate active service,
under orders made public by the War
Men in List “A” are to fill'existing
vacancies in the national Army or to be
attached to regular organizations for
duty. They will be given leave until
December lSth, when they will pro
ceed to their stations.
Those on List “B” are recommended
to be commissioned eventually as pro
visional second lieutenants in the reg
ular army.
At the close of the camps, they will
be commissioned second lieutenants in
the officers’ reserve corps and attached
to regular army regiments for duty, to
be commissioned in the regular army
as vacancies occur.
List “C” includes all other men from
the camp who are recommended for
commissions. They will be commis
sioned in the officers’ reserve corps or
national army, called to active duty
and assigned as additional officers to
various units when vacancies for them
After a married woman has been read
ing the v eather forecasts everv morning
and listening to a man’s “explanations”
everv e\ening for a few years her credu
lity has been so educated that fortune
tellers and bargain-dav ''advertisements
sound perfectly plausible and convincing
to her. “

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