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Nov. 28, 1917.
TENT NO. 80 FILLED DESPITE THE GOLD Physical Director Sherwood Added to Staff, Also Secretary Mclntyre. Drs. Tupper and Alexander Bring Messages to Men. Eev. Zeigler Speaks. BUILDING No. 80. (Serving the 19th Field Artillery, Ammunition Train and Base Hospital. Building Secretary—M. F. Hausmann, Erie, Pa. Assistant Secretary—A. O. Germain. New York City. Assistant Secretary—H. S. Mclntyre, Greensburg, Pa. Physical Director—F. D. Sherwood, Wausan, Wis. The past week has been a most en joyable one for the soldier boys using Tent No. 80, regardless of the cold weather. Monday night, Dr. Tupper visited us and gave an interesting talk on “The Humorous Side of a Minister’s Life.” Dr. Maitland Alexander was with us Tuesday night and his address was greatly enjoyed by the boys and un doubtedly helped a great many. Wednesday and Saturday nights are open nights and are devoted to letter writing and reading. The boys appre ciate an opportunity to write letters without being interrupted by speakers or entertainers. Thursday night, Dr. Tupper paid t farewell visit to the old tent and as a final message, lectured on “’-'he Bright Side of Life.” At the religious meeting, Friday night, Dr. Jesse R. Zeigler, of Indiana, Pa., was the speaker and his message Was helpful to all who heard it. Our new assistant, H. S. Mclntyre, of Greesburg, Pa., had the service on Sun day night and spoke on “Wanted, Men.” Groat preparations are being made for a football contest between the Ist and 2nd Battalions of the 103rd Am munition Train. Friendly rivalry is running high and we know that it will be a great contest. The victors of the day will be challenged by the Head quarters team. The game to be played the following Saturday. Activities for the coming week: Thursday, 7:3o—Mrs. M. P. Carroll. Reminiscences of Dixie. Friday, 7:3o—Rev. E. G. Miller, of Columbia, Pa. Sunday -10:0 Hospital. 7:30 —Religious meeting. Monday—Sing song. Alexander Brought Message Os Patriotic Good Cheer BY. MURRIN. Rev. Dr. Maitland Alexander has returned to his home in Pittsburg, but the influence he had at Camp Hancock during his two weeks’ visit among the soldier boys is not going to be forgot ten in a short while. From Y. M. C. A. Building to the church, even into the ranks of the men, he carried his message of pat riotic good cheer—a message that struck home. “If every fellow said to himself, ‘I don’t have to be brave, I’ll just let the other fellow go ahead,’ what would you think such an army would be?” he ask ed, as be spoke to a large -assemblage of the 111th and 112th regiment boys at Building 76 last Wednesday even ing. “If some iMlow in the ranks would say, ‘I don’t have to grasp the gun that way, they’ll never notice,’ don’t fool yourself, for they will. I tell you men, it is the individual effic iency that wins battles. And what you are inside of yourself is the vital thing in making up an army that is to lick the Germans.” Dr. Alexander said that no host of Huns could withstand a charge by an army, patriotically inspired, clean liv ing, clear thinking—an army that had not forgotten God while in training. “ ‘My religion was born on the bat tlefield of the Somme,’ a British major told me. ‘I bad never prayed before in my life, but I did then, and many times, during the 25 months I was in the trenches.’ Men, don’t forget to pray. Back home mothers, sisters fathers, friends are praying for you. Don’t listen to the jeeps of any tent mates; kneel down beside your cot and pray. And when you get ‘over there’] nothing can withstand your charge. You can face death with more courage, more vitality and with more certainty of comi«g out alive in even that awful struggle. That is my message to you tonight.” EPISCOPALIANS ACTIVE. A number of religious denominations have sent representatives to Camp Han cock to work among the men of their particular belief and the latest of these are Rev. N. B. Groton and S. M. Meehan, representing the Protestant Ep iEcopal Church. Mr. Groton is pastor of St. Thomas Church. Whitemarsh, near Phil adelphia, his official title being volun teer civilian chaplain. His duties are tf> seek the welfare of the men while in Augusta. Mr. Meehan represents the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, and will live in the camp for the next three months. He has given up his responsible duties as one of the firm of Thomas Meehan Sons, nurserymen, to serve the 2,000 or j more Episcopal boys in Camp Hancock, i TRENCH AND CAMP FRENCH CLASSES FOR 111th AND 112th JNFANTRY The French classes for the 56th brig ade are now well under way. There are classes in each regiment both for the ofifcers and the enlisted men, and all the students of the langauge are en tering healthily into the task of mas tering it. In the 111th regiment, the officers’ class meets every Tuesday night at 7 o’clock, in the second battalion mess hall. Prof. Foster has been in charge of this class, and it was with great regret that the officers saw him leave the camp for his duties as professor of languages in Penn State College. It is hoped that someone can be found who will in some measure take his place as instructor. The enlisted men of the 111th meet or. Monday night at 7:30, there being a class in each battalion, and one for the headquarters and attached companies. In the 112th regiment, the officers' class is held each Wednesday at 8 o’clock p. m. This class is in charge of Sergeant Humbert, who has had several years experience as instructor in French. The enlisted men are di vided into four classes as with the en listed men of the 111th. About 500 of them have signed up for French, and it is planned to organize a class for each company as soon as the demand is made for it. Volunteer teachers have responded in a spirit to bo commended, and some who are proficient in French have been placed in reserve to be called upon when the classes get so large as to de mand smaller sections. The educational secretary is arrang ing for English classes in” both regi ments. These classes will be for those designated by the captains of the com panies as requiring a better knowledge of our language, and many foreign speaking enlisted men will he given an opprtunity of mastering the funda mentals of our speech. two lucky Toys There are two extremely lucky hoys in the 111th Infantry. If you doubt it. ask Mongo Weimer, of Company C, or Corporal George Grafe, of the same company. These two soldiers were re turning to camp Sunday night, when a big Packard car stopped and a sweet voice asked: “Going to camp?” Re plying affirmatively, the bpys were in vited to get in and soon they were in side the camp. On the trip, they revealed the fact that both would be 22' years old on Monday of this week. On Monday they received a message to stop at the Y. M.- C. A.'administration building and soon after 6 o’clock, both lads were on deck and were ushered into the room of ohe of the stenographers, Frank W. Shriver, who was one. of the party in the car the night* before. On Mr. Shriver’s cot was one of the most beautiful birthday cakes ever seen, the handiwork of Augusta’s most exclusive caterer. The artistic doily on which the attractive cake rested was embellished with the figures: 1895- 1917. On either side was an artistic comfort hag containing a wide variety of toilet articles, and when the boys looked at the cake, then opened the ar ticles in th ecomfort bag, tears filled their eyes at the thought of being so generously remembered, by strangers. Mrs. W. H. Haj'ison presented the cake and Mrs. Henry C. Tinker was the do nor of the comfort bags. If the ladies could have seen the look of surprise and gratitude in the faces of the lads, they would have been repaid for their kind deed to two Pennsylvania soldiers. To tcii off the affair, they were bound for Augnsia, where some friends had planned a birthday party for them. ENJOYINGJJNiaUE TOUR Camp Hancock was given a brief visit last Saturday and Sunday by Dr. Clarence True Wilson and party, including Mrs. Wilson and Mr. and Mrs. Frank M. War ing, of Tyrone, Pa. Hr. Wilson is the foremost man in the Methodist Episcopal Church in the cause of temperance, and is secretary of the board having charge' of the propaganda. He has devoted all his time to combatting the liquor evil and his brilliant addresses have done much towards winning the fight against booze. Mr. Waring is a well-known vocalist, who has been prominent at national gatherings and has been with Dr. Wilson cm a tour of the training camps and to several' conventions. The party travels in Mr. Waring’s handsome Chalmers limousine, averaging 200 miles daily be sides the time devoted to speaking along the way. Gettysburg, Camp Meade, Washingtons Camp Lee, Camp Greene, Camp Jackson and Camp Hancock were visited in one week. The car carries two service flags, Mr. Waring’s son, Mon roe Waring, being a member of Troop B, and a brother is also in the service. While at Camp Hancock the men of Troop B gave the party a royal recep tion and blew them off to a fine chicken dinner in the mess hall. PER SH i NGH ONOR SV i CTIM S OF RECENT TRENCH RAID General Pershing on a trip to the front visited the newly-made graves in which lie the bodies of the three victims of the recent trench raid. They are on a green hill, overlooking a small village. General Pershing showed especial in terest in the simple markers upon the graves, recording the name, company and regiment of each of the Americans buried there, and in a wreath of native flowers hung within the enclosure upon whieh had been placed, in French, the follow ing inscription: “Here lie the first soldiers of the great republic of the United States who died on the soil of Prance for justice and lib erty, November 3, 1917.” DR, LEE RETURNS TO GERMANTOWN Dr. Wilson, Noted Temperance Worker, Speaks. Pennsylvania Pastors Here, BY REV. L. A. WIGGINTON, D. D. During th£ past week Camp Han cock has enjoyed the presence and ministry of a number of Pennsylvania pastors. Dr. Maitland Alexander, who has been with us the previous week, was called to New York for a confer ence, and was not able to be in camp longer than the middle of the past week. He was busy all the time he was here, and the work which he was doing showed a steady increase in interest and power. Dr. W. E. Purvis, of Philadelphia, has been in camp the greater part of the month of November. He has done valuable work among the officers and men of his acquaintance, and lias spok en frequently to the pleasure and profit of all who had the privilege of hearing him. Dr. Jesse R. Zeigler, of Indiana, Pa., and Dr. Edgar Grim Mil ler, o fColumhia, Pa., have been here for the week just closed, and have both done valuable work in personal inter views and public addresses. The camp enjoyed a flying visit from Dr. Clarence True Wilson, secretary for temperance of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and his singers, Mr” and Mrs. Frank M. Waring, of Lyrone, Pa. Al though they reached camp unannounc ed, we gladly made a place for them in our Sunday services. Dr. Wilson delighted the men in one of our build ings with a stirring temperance ad dress which was full of patriotic and religious fervor. Mr. and Mrs. War ing were able to appear in the services of a number of the buildings, and al ways to the delight of the men. We hope to have them for a more extended visit at some future time. The whole Y. M. C. A. force regrets the departure of Dr. John Harvey Lee, whose leave of absence from his church at Germantown, Pa., had ex pired. For a number of months Dr. Lee has been the efficient and devoted religious work director of Building 78 serving the 110th Infantry ar.d the 101st Cavalry. He did a. notable work in the organization of Bible classes and main tained a high grade of wark, both in the religious services and in the per sonal work carried on by him and his staff- The best evidence of the value of his services was to be seen in his last service Sunday evening. The building was filled with men who had been helped by Dr. Lee’s ministry. His farewell message to them was a stir ring appeal for loyalty to Christ, to w r hich the men gave the most earnest attention. A deep and lasting impres sion was made upon them by this final message of a man whom they had learned to trust. FIELD BAKERY HAS INVENTOR Knowing myself to be gifted wit.hj.the power of journalism I choose the more stated subject as my point of issue. The “Great World War” has caused many new necessities and therefore brought into the limelight many many new inventors. Among the most promi nent of these is Corporal Holt, of Field Bakery 102, who is better know as “Cur ley.” His best accomplishment is a little box which is to he placed in a conspicuous lo cation in order to secure best results. Its mechanism was explained to the members cf the bakery by Sergt. Gottlieb F. Rug gaber but owing to the fact that these are war times we are not permitted to tell what it is other than to say it is very useful to a soldier. His other ranking child of the brain is an oven which is perhaps the queerest known. “Curley” claims it is a model of an old Jewish masterpiece. The most pe culiar thing about it is the fact that it is constructed with a special mortar of a secret nature, and makes the oven firm and seeing and able to stand a multitude of abuses and misuse. Anyone caring to inspect the oven will be cordially invited by Carp. Holt, who will he pleased to ex plain its strong points. ROSES AND YOU This morn as I sat in my garden of roses. Just where the sunbeams fell. Our love to the world each flower dis closes—• A story that each one could tell. Dreaming of days when you were mine, My heart beat fond and true; I wonder if there will come a time When I’ll have roses and you. Roses and you are the sunshine, Fragrant with the morning dew. Scented with flowery springtime, Beneath the heavens of blue. I lingered in this vale of memories. Still r..y love stronger grew. And I long for the day, dear, When I’ll have just roses and you. I wandered in my fondest dreams And have tried so hard to forget: Then all my thoughts seem To be in a vale of anguished regret; Come to me in my garden of roses, Without you it is not complete; Come where true love reposes. I want just roses and you. —Copyright, 1917, Francis Irvine Conway, Battery “B“ lOS-th Field Artillery. WOMEN SHOULD KNIT SWEATERS Eed Cross Issues Statement, Calling Attention to Great Need. Sweaters a Comfort to Soldiers. A great number of inquiries are be ing received by the Red Cross from women knitters throughout the United States as to whether they chould dis continue knitting. Sweaters and other knitted articles are designed primarily for warmth. They certainly are not ornamental. Therefore it must follow that when there Is an almost universal demand on the part of our soldiers and sailors for sweaters and other knitted articles the demand is a real one. They un doubtedly constitute equipment that will add greatly to the health and comfort of our men under conditions generally met with. The Red Cross knows that the sol diers and sailors want sweaters and other knitted articles. These goods can be obtained from the Red Cross in single garments only upon individual request; or if in bulk, then upon the request of a commanding officer. How great the need is. is best evidenced by the fact that in addition to the hun dreds of thousands of knitted articles produced by our Red Cross chapters in the last few months we have been compelled to purchase 550,000 extra sweaters alone to meet the insistent demand made upon us by our men. We are sorry we had to do any purchasing at all because we know how'much the soldiers and sailors of this country prefer the sweaters and other articles knitted by the women of this country. It may be understood further that in addition to the demands of our army and navy we have very urgent demands from commissions abroad for like ar ticles for destitute civilian populations, —men, women and chi’.dern —who, if not actually homeless are very scant ily clad and usually without fuel, in this cold weather, to warm their houses. It hoped that this general state ment ivill satisfy the women of this country who have been devoting all their possible time to knitting for out men. We cannot too strongly urge all women who are now knitting to keep on knitting. “The Spiker” Appears in France “The Spiker” is the name of the first American newspaper published in France. It is the product of the 18th Railway Engineers and is published “somewhere in France.” The paper has been held up on a technicality by the strict British censors, but the first issues were decidedly breezy. Kompany B’s Kultur Kolumn re gales the boys with the latest finan cial news somewhat in this fashion: “Cigarettes declining rapidly. Heavy bull movement account delayed pay day. Shortage centimes acute- Bed bug plentiful and strong. Pickering and Riley reported -with heavy stock. Beef stew continues unchanged. Sox con tinue strong. Chicken reported plenti ful. Rumors assaying ninety-nine per cent pure bull.” Romance? Oo la la! Listen to this: Scene: The 18th’s first camp in France. Private Murray, of C Com pany, turns in at his bunk just as taps sounds, and in the darkness de scribes, to his corporal his first French romance thusly: “Her eyes, her hair were raven black. Such beauty!” A Terse Vocabulary. “We embraced over the fence when the guard’s back was turned. She knew only these two words of English, ‘Love you! Love you!’ And I knew only these two French words to answer: ‘Poncho! Poncho! ’ ” The most striking point about the American troops, from the view point of those with whom they have come in contact in Europe aside *om their spectacular money spend ing proclivities, made possible by the comparatively princely salary Uncle Sam Is paying his soldiers —has been the desire of the men for cleanliness and sanitation. The United States is the most sanitary country in the world. The average American is con sidered “finnicky” abroad. For in stance, it caused astonishment in more than one quarter when the members of the 18th, being given their first leave of absence, devoted the earlier part of it to getting a hot bath. STELLAVILLE WOMEN WILL DINE 30 MEN (Continued from page three). Mr. W. E. Duncan, of Aiken, S. C. Program for Week. Wednesday—Song service. Address by Dr. Wigginton. Thursday—Thanksgiving Day sex-vice. Movies. Friday—Open night. Saturday—Sing song. Sunday—Bible classes, 2:30. Religious song service, 7:30. Monday—Movies. Tuesday—To be arranged. 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