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Nov. 28, 1917.
Physical Director Sherwood
Added to Staff, Also Secretary
Mclntyre. Drs. Tupper and
Alexander Bring Messages to
Men. Eev. Zeigler Speaks.
(Serving the 19th Field Artillery,
Ammunition Train and Base
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
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.
-10:0 Hospital.
7:30 —Religious meeting.
Monday—Sing song.
Alexander Brought Message
Os Patriotic Good Cheer
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
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
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
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.
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. Wilson, Noted Temperance
Worker, Speaks. Pennsylvania
Pastors Here,
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.
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
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.
This morn as I sat in my garden of roses.
Just where the sunbeams fell.
Our love to the world each flower dis
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.
Eed Cross Issues Statement,
Calling Attention to Great
Need. Sweaters a Comfort to
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
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.
(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.
Friday—Open night.
Saturday—Sing song.
Sunday—Bible classes, 2:30. Religious
song service, 7:30.
Tuesday—To be arranged.
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