OCR Interpretation

Trench and camp. [volume] (Augusta, Ga.) 1917-1919, January 16, 1918, Image 1

Image and text provided by Digital Library of Georgia, a project of GALILEO located at the University of Georgia Libraries

Persistent link: https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn89053537/1918-01-16/ed-1/seq-1/

What is OCR?

Thumbnail for

II 1 jUlju 7 7 . ®IIII ’
VOL. 1.
Penna. Soldiers Awake To
Unprecedented Chance
Offered By Gov't
' Insurance
Provide for Loved Ones, and, in
Doing So, For Themselves
Company C, 103rd Engineers, High
Organization With Battery A, *iO7th
Artillery Pushing Them Hard
The records in the Insurance Office
of the 28'th division show (hat the boys
fro mPennsylvania ar to
realize the exceptional opportunity of
fered to them by the United States I
government in the form of War Risk
Insurance. Company A, 103? d Engi
neers, under command cf Captain
Harry A. Colie, has the hondi of lead
ing the division at. the present time.
This Company is from Scranton, l’a.,i
and the amount of insurance applied j
for .in this organization is evidence of j
the high grade of intelligence of the
men from this ■an’thracite center. The
records show that the One Hundred
and Forty-Six Men want one million
three hundred and twenty-four thous
and dollars of insurance. flattery A,
107th Field Artillery, from South Beth-i
leheni, under command of Captain S.
W. Baird, has Hie highest average per
man and follows closely in amount.
They have oiie million twd hundred and
fifty-eight thousand dollars from one
hundred and twenty-eight applicants.
In Company M, of the 110th Infantry,
under command of Captain Albert O.
King, with enlisted personnel from i
Altoona and Philadelphia, ninety ’ per
cent of the men have taken out insur
ance. The records show two hundred
and fifteen applicants for a total of
one million one hundred and thirty
five thousand dollars.
As February 12th draws near organ
ization commanders are commencing to j
realize that they owe a responsibi.ity
to theid men to see th it they are given
ample opportunity and encouragement
in making application for insurance.
When it is too late, to take out insur
ance and the casualty lists begin to
come in, the knowledge tha the men
in* their command are properly protect
ed will be a great comfort and many
complications and criticisms from >
those at home will be saved by acting!
The men with wives and children or;
mother Advanced in years depending on
them for support now see the wonder- ,
ful opportunity' of going across witli
the knowledge t.'.at their loved ones are
protected. When a man with a wife
and children goes over thi; top in or
der t odo it with the proper spirit he
should know thtft if the worst befalls .
the ones at home are certain of regu- I
lar income from his insurance policy.
It is the young unmarried men, how- [
ever, who are taking out insurance in ;
the greatest amount and numbers.:
They desire in the f.rsi «'!ace to insure
themselves against total and perma- I
pent disability and in the second place |
they hope, some day, to have depend- ,
cribs of their own. They may be im-l
paired in health and unable, after the
war, to take out insurance. They all
hope, however, same day to marry so ,
they decide to take advantage of the
exceptional opportunity of protecting'
a future wife and children.
A change has been made during the;
past week regarding the amount- of;
Liberty Loan Bonds which can be ter-[
minuted. Bond allotments conflicting i
with allotments under War Risk In-j
surance act c:tn to cancelled providing,
that only' such, number of his bonds
are discontinued us will leave him at [
least $7.50 for personal expenses.
There is not a private in the service
who cannot afford to take out the full
amount of insurance, SIO,OOO. even
though he gives $15.00 per month to
dependent relatives. Take a man aged
22. It will cost him $6.40. monthly’ for
SIO,OOO. Add that to the $15.00 and you
have $21.50. The government is pay
ing for his service in France $33 and
for his service in this country S3O. The;
soldier still has left sufficient money. I
J a relatively much larger amount thanj
the French soldier, and he is building I
up, at a tremendous rate, protection [
for'the future both for himself and his
family, I
The water supply of Camp Hancock is being impaired.
There are numerous wastes of water, some of which are easily
preventable. The filtration plant of the reservoir supplying water is
overtaxed. The water which we use must ail b$ treated with chlorine
before it is potable. Chlorine is ha-d to procure. For these reasons
soldiers and others are urged not to waste water. With care there
will be sufficient for all legitimate purposes. Should the supply fail
we will all suffer untold hardships.
Ambulance Corps Makes a
Swinging into camp with vigorous
step on Sunday afternoon the e nr
ambulance, companies of the ,9 <d
, Sanitary' Train ending a seven-nay
i march filled from the / .11 to arms” to
dismissal in the. company streets with
well planned military’ experience, dis
played both their excellent training to
date and a prime physical condition.
This body of troops under the com
mand of Major F. A. Hartung is com
i posed of Ambulance Companies No. 1,
of Pittsburg, Captain Sterrett; No. 2,
of Philadelphia, Captain McGinniss:
No. 3, of Lancaster, Lieut. Starr; No. 4’,
Coraopolis, Lietit. Wagoner. All men
attached to the section, including Cap
tain Farnoff, quartermaster, with the
exception of a few small details left
behind for camp duties, responded to
the bugle Monday morning at 4:20 and
! fifty-five minutes later the longest al]
round "hike” so far undertaken out of
Camp Hancock was begun.
As the boys stepped out m regula
tion cadence along the old Savannan
Road, it was rumored that a city of
Waynesboro was preparing a barbecue
in their honor. Even on the first stop
i for rest near a grocery store, the boys
bought out everything "except baiting
powder and Lydia E. Pinkham’s Com
pound.” Tents were pitched the. first
night about seven miles from Waynes
boro and the. town was reached next
morning shortly’ before 11 when it was
found that the good citizens of the city
had made large preparations. At l
o’clock on the race track the soldiers
I consumed 800 pounds of pork in addi
tion'to Georgia yams, rice, tomatoes.
I soft drinks, coffee, and all the other
1 trimmings that go with a regular Geor
, gla barbecue. Each company' was also
I presented with a whole roasted hog,
which furnished exce iln n t
at" mess next day. With cheers for
the hospitable and patriotic city of
Waynesboro the march was rest.med
and continued until 8:30 thus giving
opportunity' to make camp in the dark.
| Blue Lick Springs, seven miles from
i Sylvania, reached , over a by-road
i through a turpentine grove made an
i ideal camping place Wednesday even
: ing, at Sylvania, the Red Cross ladies
j served coffee and sandwiches to tne
: soldiers, schools were dismissed and
j bells were rung in honor of the men in
I khaki. The next lap was completed
1 by arriving at Millen at 10 o’clock on
Friday morning. Here the soldiers
were assembled in front of the court
, house and were welcomed by Col. An
. derson, a prominent citizen.. Major
i Hartung responded. Sandwiches, cof
| fee and cocoa were served and the
i "hike” was continued. A short stop
i was made at an old stockade five miles
| from Millen where nortern prisoners
i were kept during the Civil War. Col.
i Anderson accompanied the soldiers to
; this place and explained many facts in
local history with a bearing on national
: affairs.
The city of Waynesboro was again
past-id through at 10 o’clock Saturday
During the entire seven days’ march
it can be truly said that very' little
monotony was experienced. The yery
elements aided the ingenuity' of the
commander in conceiving circum
stances of military value. Breaking up
camp and pitching tents in darkness
; and in daylight and in all kinds of
i weather; marching on smooth roads,
! frozen roads, and muddy roads, march
i ing when the sun was hot, enduring
i cold, rain, snow and hail; setting shel
[ ter tents and equipment sometimes in
I morning covered with frost, and art
JANUARY 16, 1918.
infinite variety of ever changing con
ditions, ah tended to prevent monotony
on the march. In addition to the mil
itary training received, many facts of
historic value were learned by the boys.
It was over the same rout.» that Gen.
Sherman passed when, as Colonel An
derson in his speech io the boys at
Millen said, lie was "careless with
fire.” Some of the boys, who muscle
sore and grumble as Julius Cae.ar said
soldiers always do, remarked that they
knew where General Sherman got his
definition of war.
Aside from the military training re
ceived and historic interests awaken
ed, one thing will surely stand out
prominently in the mind of every man
as long as he may live, and that is the
good fellowship, the free hospitality,
the thorough patriotism and American
ism of the Southern People.
The London Graphic gives interesting
glimpses of one of the most remarkable
and most effective engineer ng features
of the great war —the supplying of Gene
ral Allenby’s forces with an abundance
of good water while they were crossing
the Sinai desert on their steady inarch
toward Jerusalem. Major General Mau
rice, chef director of military operations
at the British war office, gives high place
to tiie part played by this desert pipe
line in the winning of Jerusalem. lie
“In the canxpa’gn as a whole the great
er accomplishment has been not the de
feat of the Turks but the conquest of
the Sinai desert. The troops which
fought al Gaza drank wa er from Egypt
pumped through an American pipe line,
and were supplied over a broad gauge
railroad laid clear across the 150 miles
of desert which has defeated almost ev
erybody that tr’ed to conquer Egypt for j
centuries. Every ounce of material for j
the pipe line, the railroad, and the other '
works came either from Great Britain
or the United States.
“All the time this conquest of the i-.es
et t has been going on the officii I com
munications have been able to say only
‘nothing’ to report' and the public
though: we were idle. The fall of Jeru
salem was made possible, by industry,
organization and help of material from
the United States.”
After the paper was printed last, week
the editors cf Trench and Camp noted a
caption very unfortunately worded. This
fault emphasizes in the first place the
necessity of taking time to do a thing
well, and in the second place the desira
bility of exact use of the English lan
guage. A soldier called our attention to
this tn the following words: “An article
concerning an address made by a certain
general against the use of liquor was
headed ‘Hit the Booze,’ which might leave
the impression that the general himself
had used some liquor, even though in. all
probability there is but little, to ‘hit’ its
litis arid atmosphere of Georgia. Moral:
Speak not falsely in captions lest, ye be
“censored.” Trench and Camp greatly
regrets that an article so excellent was
marred by our use of a word of double
Thousands will notice that this
week's edition of Trench and Camp
has but 12 pages. This is due to
a shortage of paper. Back of this
immediate cause lies the difficulty
of securing ch'crine and some se- I
rious transportation problems.
Since all these inconveniences are
attributable to the war, we may
say with the French “Ce la guerre”
and with the English “Pack all
your troubles in your old kit bag.
And Smile! Smile! IStmile! 11”
New Building’s, Christmas,
Watch Night, Government In
struction, Church Co-opera
i tion.
During the month of December great
progress has been made in Y. M. C. A.
work at Camp Hancock. For a long
while two new buildings bad been great
ly needed, one between General Logan's
Brigade and the Machine Gun Battalions,
i ard another near the Ammunition Tram,
j Base Hospital, and 109th Field Artllb’rj.
j At the conclusion of the fifty million dol
lar campaign these buildings were au
thorized, and erection has been begun. In
addition to these, tents have been erect
ed at the remount station for five hun
| dred men stationed there, one on the rifle
range, and orte for the Field Bakery
I and Quartermaster Corps.
; In the buildings which have been in
I operation the results have been as sat
; isfactory as can Ire expected considering
the inclemencies of the weather. Such
‘severe weather was not anticipated. The
1 fuel supply was not always quite sut
| flcient. In spite of this the huts were
i often crowded to their capacity. One
; hundred and ninety-five thousand attend
ances are reported, and more writting pa-
I per was used during December than any
'other previous month. This was due to
■ Christmas and Now Year’s letter-writing.
[One building displayed a sign: “Write
. that Christmas Letter to Mother.”
Popular Gatherings.
I Os all the entertainments, the movies
are the most popular. Forty thousand
; men attended these shows in the build
ings, and in and out more than sixty five
reel programs were shown. During holi
day week, a special Christmas program
was given. There were frequent en
tertainments of a general character, a
number of sing-songs, band concerts, and
special holiday exercises. On the night
before Christmas, groups sang carols in
our buildings and in company streets.
There were Christmas day services, some
out of doors. Watch-night services were
held for the dying year. One, especial
ly varied, had a boxing match to begin
with, followed by an entertainment, later
movies, then ice cream, and finally a very
impressive religious service.
Gambling in the division has decreased
in part due to Liberty loan bond sales,
allotments, insurance, etc., but also 1’
part, to association influences. Twenty
thousand dollars was sent home from the
Soccer ball in the early part of. the
month was the most popular game but
has given 'place to basketball and volley
bull. Boxing bouts inside of the build
ings are attended by crowds.
Some seven thousand five hundred
books were taken by the boys from our
libraries and many more were read in
the huts. A current topic club has been
; successfully organized. Numerous let-
I tures have been heard—some military
men and some civilians.
The government has used our buildings
for instruction purposes. The majority of
the men in this division have seen the
government moving pictures in addition
to our own. This visual instruction has
helped the soldier very much in execut
ting the commands properly. Brigade of
ficers’ school, regimental officers’ school,
and in some cases schools for the soldiers
have been held in our buildings.
About one thousand men are in French
classes, and since we. have secured the
services of a promoter of French, w«
are expecting much larger results.
Men and Religion.
Religious work has not lagged at all
behind the other departments. In one
of our huts a teachers’ training class has
been in successful operation during the
month. There were larger attendances
at Bible classes than ever. Testaments
were distributed to 1,647 soldiers. Sev
eral of these classes were led by "sol
diers” who are leaders of men." The
religious meetings during the week on
Sundays, at Christmas time and on New
Year's eve, all evidenced a growing re
ligious development among the soldiers.
Roman Catholic mass, Episcopal com
munion, and Jewish synagogue services
have all been held in the Y. M. C. A.
huts. In the midst of difficulties, many
soldiers practice their religion; some are
anxious to be of service.
Addresses of many soldiers were discov
ered and sent to mothers or friends in re
sponse to letters or telegrams. One boy,
discharged from the army for flasifying
his age, was befriended.
Our secretaries followed the troops on
I hikes and to the rifle ranges. Hundreds
of boys come to the secretaries with pre
sonal problems. Temptation comes to
men in the army as well as in civil life,
and men need a friend here in time of
trial, sorrow or discouragement.
Tiie testimony of hundreds shows that
they are not disappointed. The morale
of the division is fortified by the morat
and religious influences established at
Cajnp Hancock.
I 11
It Ybl
Imo? y
w® i S 4
\ A ;
No. 15.

xml | txt