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m THE NEZPERCE HERALD mmm NEZPERCE, IDAHO, THURSDAY, IANUARY 16, 1919 Subscription, $1.50 Circulation, 1,400 Officiai Paper Lewis County 1. 21, No. 33 the TORY DIRECT FROM THE BATTLE FIELDS icom Billups Vividly Portrays lis Experiences In the Great American Campaign In France. harlcs Bascom Billups, Avho over thirteen months inten serviee back of and on the ng line in Prance, Avas un. t of our boys to return from i"real thing" over there, and dong after his arrival the sad is of the death of Basil Yate: illed in action in the Argonne ist on Oct. 8—Avas received i. In the memorial service, at the Community church in [ city Jan. 5th, for the dead I, Bascom Billups was pre fed upon to relate some of his [ experiences, which held the ivided interest o£ the large fence. We give his story, i, Avhich covers the time from (sailing of his regiment to his jg dangerously Avounded in (Chateau Thierry fighting [ 11, 1918. Mr. Billups said: t Camp Mills, N. Y., on Nov. 1917, our captain gave orders as to have everything packed [veiling so we could take the [clock train. We didn't knoAv le we were going, but every thought avc Avere on our Avay ^Bancc. Hat night at 12 Ave took the for Ncav York City, Avhere |Hld ship Tanadoris was Avait Hlor us in the N. Y. harbor. In Honvoy there Aver e eight trans H, but avc AA-ere not very avcII ^Bcted (or at least that is Avhat Hhought), as there Avas only ■battle ship and one destroy Bid that didn't seem like much Hction for such a long and Herous journey. Most of the |B were seasick and I myself Bp-cry sick for fn-e days. Hr company—E of the 116th Hneers-—had the guard on B and F company had the job Board in Avhat avc called the pOAv's nest", Avhere they watch p[or submarines and other ves K that Ave were liable to meet me going over. «ft er AA'e Avere out seven days, destroyers met us to take us Mv to harbor. On December Bp suav land, small islands off Hoast of France. On Decem Hoth avc arrived at St. Neza HPranee, but Avere kept on Bl till Dec. 12th, before land e French people gave us a ;y Avelcome, and avc had a of three miles to camp, Avhere smained for three days. Then regiment Avas again divided •small groups, and avc Avere sto different divisions AVhieh [short of their quota of men. le third day 120 men, includ hyself, were sent to the 2nd keers. We were placed in box and the weather at this time I A-ery cold; avc had a dis able trip. jWhen Ave landed [ville, Avhere the 2nd Engin fwere located, avc Avere not lo our companies immediate ht put in barracks under Intine for 30 days. The 1er here was very cold and pod supply was limited. But I quarantine Avas lifted, avc Iseut to our companies. 1 »signed to Co. A. Here avc lenty to cat and a very good go sleep, Avhich made it seem pike 'home. Ithe 15th of March Ave Avere lo the Toul sector, at the |of Menil a Tour, Avhere we Iharge of an engineer dump. Inp is Avhere supplies are I until needed at the front. |we Avere visited very often Irman airplanes, and it gai-e I pretty shaky feeling while ibombs Avere dropping about fecuously. I Toul sector is Avhere the leans first entered the real En the trenches. One night ■of the Germans made a raid K American trenches. Kr had been very rainy and Lund Avas slick. An Ameri |y Avas out of his trench and Sen by one of the Germans, p the German shot, the Sam (éet slipped and he fell. The he had killed The supposing n, started proudly off. The tot up and Avinged the Hun t Avas brought into camp. :ficers asked him what he ft. of the Americans. He re "We Avili never lick you 3 Americans, for you-don't when you are hit." fay 5th aa-c AA-ere started on ly to the Chateau Thierry front. One day we traveled thru French trenches and reached a little French town where we rest-1 ed four days. On May 9 we made 18 miles to another French town, where we took charge of another engineer dump. But were here only 10 days when our captain got orders to move us to the front. So on May 29 were again loaded on French trucks. This time we rode a day and night and during the night our trucks were bombed by German airplanes, but the trucks were 100 yards apart and old man Boche missed his target. After leaving the trucks, we marched till 3 p. m., when we stopped at a little French town for dinner. We were out of ra tions, but the inhabitants had de serted the town and left a great many chickens, rabbits and pota toes, so we prepared to eat. As this was near the front, in our ap proach, we met a great many wo men and children leaving their homes, having with them only a few clothes and looking sadly weary. Before our meals were cooked we had to leave them and start on our way to the front. After marching an hour or two we received orders to go to a differ ent front. When it got dark Ave came to a steep mountain, which avc either had to climb or go around thru a very dense forest, so our captain chose the forest. Going thru these Avoods avc had to hang on to each other's coat tails to keep from getting lost. No one Avas alloAved to talk above a whisper. We were close to the German lines and could hear the big guns roaring, and the machine guns were very busy all the time. After getting-thru the forest we came to a road which avc fol loAved for about two hours; then to a field of grain. We we came started thru this and got lost and wandered around for tAvo or three The men Avere just like hours. tired dogs, and could hardly take It began to rain, to an old another step, and finally avc came chateau Avhere I suppose some French farmer had lived, but it had been deserted by its owners. Here avc laid down to rest, right in the rain. Some of the boys no than touched the ground till After a feAv more they AA-ere asleep, minutes rest, Ave started on. When AVe had marched about another hour, day began to break and aa c had to stay in the woods all that day, to -keep hid from the Ger mans. About a mile from these woods found another French tOAvn that had been deserted. Here avc got a Ecav potatoes, chickens and "abbits which tasted mighty good to us as it had been about 36 hour s had eaten anything. After staying in these woods for tAvo days, avc started again on our way to the front just at dark. We marched all night and when day break came on us avc sec'n by the Germans, as they had several observation bal loons up ; and they can see several miles with their poAverful field glasses. The first thing avc knew they were shelling us with their heavy artillery. This first experience under shell fire. No one can imagine what kind of a feeling it is to be under shell fire unless they have been right AVC I since we were Avas our there. The first three shells killed sev and Avounded We AA-ere close to the eral of our men some more, woods, so stayed there that day. Here Ave dug ourselves in, laying limbs of trees oA-er the top of our trenches and covered them OA r er Avith about three feet of dirt to protect us a little from the shrap After finishing my net shells, dugout, I Avent out to get some leaves for a bed. While out there the Germans began shelling _us again : a piece from the outside of a shell fleAv by me and cut off a small tree close to the roots. I decided right then that I didn't need any leaves for a*, bed ; and I almost ruined my dugout trying to get into the small hole I had left for a door. Towards evening avc started again on our way to the ( hateau When Avith in Thierry front, four miles of this front, the Ger began to shell the roads ; and the shells fell all around us, and some of them almost on top of us. When -within about a mile of the front, we heard a truck doAvn the road; and the shooting one mans truck passed us it seemed to me like they started shooting all the comme Germans pounders at it, as it was coming from the front and could be heard very plainly by them. When this Avere j faster ; and those shells flew all ' around us. if that fellow driving the truck was going one mile an hour he was going sixty, but he didn't go any too fast to suit me. it must have been a miracle the way we went over those roads that night without losing a man. When we reached the front there was a small town there by the name of Bouresches, it Avas here Ave learned that the German drive had been partly stopped by the Marines tAvo days before, and this town had been taken from the Huns by 78 Marines just a feAv hours before Ave got there. But Avhen Ave reached it there were only 11 Marinos left out of the 78, but they Avere still holding the town. They Avere very glad to see us land in there even if avc were the 2nd engineers. We also learned that this was the famous Belleau Avood, later called the Hell Avood, which T think is a very good name for it. The next night the 2nd engi neers Avere put dn the front line. We Avere shelled a great deal the next day by the German artillery. At this time Ave had no artillery support at all, as it Avas a newly established line and the artillery, had not yet been moved in. That night the Germans came over and tried to lake the town and here was some scrap. For about 2 Y? hours, machine gun bullets Avere flying so thick and fast that it sounded like a strong Avind Woaa- ing thru a bunch of trees. But they finally gave it up as a bad job and started back to their own lines Avith what few men they had left. Dead and Avounded Germans were lying thick, but our losses were very light. A day or tAvo later we had or ders to take a certain part of woods Avhich the Germans Avere holding. We started at day break and Avhen the German lines Avere reached Ave had some very stiff fighting, but with machine guns, rifles and a feAv hand grenades we soon drove them back. After fighting this way for a feAv days, the Marines and Engineers had taken the greater part of the Avoods. On June 11th my company Avas •sent about one mile back of our front line to put up some barbed Avire entanglements, to help pre vent a German advance in case they got to us and made one. We had been working there about tAvo hours Avhen the Ger mans began shelling us Avith high explosive shells. Six of the boys and myself Avere driving stakes to string the Avire on Avhen Ave heard a shell coming that sounded like it was going to light right on top of us, so avc dropped doAvn. This Avas our orders as a man al lias a better chance for his ways life lying doAvn than standing when a shell explodes near by. We had no more than hit the ground Avhen the shell hit. It did get over me and lit square behind me. Tavo of the fellows who Avere lying behind me were blown to pieces. Tavo others Avere also killed, another received five wounds in the legs and arms and I received seven vvounds in my right leg and four in the left. Thus avc had four killed and two Avounded out of the seven of us Avho were Avorking at that place; one man out of seven getting aAvay without injury. We Avere picked up in about half an hour by some of our oavu men and Avere taken to a first aid station Avhere our avouikIs were Avrapped to prevent bleeding. Then Ave Avere moA-ed to a field hospital ; and operated on about II o'clock that day. We remain ed here ten days, and had fine doctors and nurses, but the pain was so great I didn't sleep hardly any during that time. I Avas then taken to base hospital No. 27 at Angers, about 150 miles behind the lines Avhere I had still better care, as they were not so crowded. I was here nine Aveeks, and Avith out money. The Red Cross kept us in smoking tobacco, etc. After leaving here I Avas sent to Saveney to base hospital No. 8. I stayed there.one Aveek, and was then sent to Brest AA-here the old steam ship Princess Matopia Avas waiting to take us back to the good old U. S. A. We were on the Avater 10 days, and it seemed like a very long trip. We ran into a big storm tAvo days out from Ncav York har bor, and they tied us in bed to keep us from falling out. I was certainly glad to reach the States, since I Avas no good for further service in Prance. 1 1 Avas placed in the U. S. general hospital at Rahway, X. J., where good doetors and nurses gave me excellent care until my furlough home, where I'm having the time of my life. From my experiences, I want to say right here that the govern ment ought to keep Germans from coming to this country ; and that young German who shot down Li. Roosevelt and his air ship and just lately offered to join the U. 8. army air service—if they'd let me meet him first, he wouldn't join any army of Uncle Sim's. LOCAL NEWS. Need hay? Call up the mill. This is the Aveek to hell» starv ing Europe. Community church box social, Friday, Jan. 24. Dr. Schilling coming Jan. 20-21. Hoav about your eyes? Box social, Friday night, Jan. 24th, 'Community church. Banker Ernst Wienss returned yesterday from a business visit to Spokane. County Attorney G. C. Pennell AA'as in Ho yesterday on profes sional business. W. F. Johnson came in from Spokane Saturday to look after his interests here. Karl C. Franke, the tomb stone man, Avas up from Kamiah Fri day, en route to Cottomvood. Lost—Boston bull dog; collar with brass plate on top; answers to name of Ted. Reward for infor mation. • Ernst Wienss. Bernice Thomas is said to b*e so far recovered from his re/ent serious illnessi at Camp LeAvis that he Avas allowed to sit up Tuesday. County Auditor Schnell was called to Orangeville Saturday by the serious illness of his father, Avhose condition is reported some Avhat improved at this time. Frank Zolber, one of the big farmers of the Vollmer section, returned last Thursday from a visit AA-ith his sister, Mrs. Carl Williams, and family at Kenne Avick, Wn. Harry C. BüIoav returned the latter part of the Aveek from Gal arnfmlle, Alta., Avhere he has been engaged in farming for the last several years. He plans to try his luck again on good old Nezperce prairie. His folks and many friends are glad to have him back. The total Red Cross roll in LeAvis county is 1863, a total to be proud of. The Kamiah total is 249, instead of 230, as reported in these columns last Aveek. Kam iah, like the rest of this patriotic commonwealth, has been right up and over the top at every oppor tunity. Mrs. A .E. Sickler came in Tues day night from Savageton, Wyo., for a visit with old Nezperce friends. She reports conditions good with the Nezpercers noAv lo cated in and about Savageton ; and she also brings the report that no word has been received by her from her sons, Eph. and Wm. Testerman, since Oct. 27. The last report she heard of Eph. was that he had recovered from the Avound he received and return ed to his old command for active service. The boys belong to Co. B, 2nd Engineers, AA-hich certainly had a fighting career. C. Bascom Billups finished a very much enjoyed furlough Avith his homefolks and old Nezperce friends this morning and began his return trip to the government hospital at RahAvay, New Jersey, Avhere the army surgeons hope to remove the effects of his avouikIs as far as possible ere he is dis charged. While the eleven wounds he carries m his legs and feet yet make the use of crutches more or less needful, he manages to get around considerably without them, and the inconvenience did not prevent him from greatly en joying the èntertainment the old home gave him. As a suggestion of the feeling the community bears him, it tendered him, thru Joe Mitchell, a purse of +80 to help make his return trip to the hospital as comfortable and pleas ant as possible. For this and the many other kindnesses extended, he asked The Herald to extend his sincere thanks to all. Good Ones at The Artie. Marguerite Clark in Man, Poor Man," Friday night. The first shoAV starts at 6:30 sharp. Mack Sennett comedy with Marguerite Clark Friday night. Four changes of program week ly. Get your program. Always a warm house. Rich ( t Nolen Hollen Returns From Over seas. X'olen Hollen, avIio has been in the aviation service at an English base for the past several months returned to this country about a month ago and after being at Camp LeAvis three Aveoks, Avas dis charged and reached home here Monday, Avhere a hearty and glad Avelcome aAvaited him by his par ents, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Hollen and his many old friends and school mates. Nolen enlisted in the aviation branch at Spokane about a year ago, and after spending a season at Ft. Wright Avas sent east to Camp Morrison, Va. Here he en deavored for several months to get an overseas berth, and finally succeeded, but had only just com pleted the intensive training he received in England and Avas on the point of transfer to France when hostilities ceased. HoAvever, he appreciates the experience he had, and after it's all over is glad to be back. home. Memorial for Carroll Rowe. Once again Nezperce Avili meet and pay tribute to a hero; one Avho gave his life for America and freedom and democracy. The floAvers that may be given' the family and the services next Sun day evening at the Community church only sIioav in a very small Avay, the appreciation and the sympathy of this community. The services Avili consist of an thems by a mixed choir under the direction of Mrs. Elizabeth Pen nell . Reading of the Honor Roll—-the names of all who are "under the colors." Reading of an original poem by Sunt. Skinner. .Addresses by Re\-. George Ellis, Miss Retta Martin and Rba-. Claude B. Martin. The Odd Fellows Avili attend in a body. Those desiring to give floral tributes to the bereaved family see Rev. Martin. Red Cross Meeting. A meeting of the Nezperce Branch of the Red Cross Avili be held Friday evening, January 17, at 8 o'clock, in the Red Cross scav ing room to elect officers and to transact such other business as may come before the meeting. Ev-efy member is earnestly in quest ed to be present. A complete report of the activities of the Branch during the past year will be read. For (he benefit of ladies Avho are not acquainted Avith the lo cation of the sewing room, it may be Avell to state that the banquet hall of the Fraternal Temple building has been used for this purpose for over a year. Enjoy Pleasant Surprise. A pleasant surprise party Avas given Miss Louise Davis, by a number of her young friends Avho gathered at the L. E. Williams home, in Mohler, on Jan. 13th, the event being the young lady's eighth birthday. Many interesting games Avere played and a general good time Avas enjoyed by all until a late hour, Avhen dainty refreshments Avere served by Mrs. Williams, after which the children departed, each wishing Miss Louise many happy returns of the day. Koepl-Heck. Married, on Tuesday, Jan. 34, in the Chapel of the Catholic school at 8 o'clock a. m., George Koepl and Aurelia Heck. Best man, Joe Koepl, brother of bride groom ; 'bride's maid Margareta Heck, sister of the b7-ide. The Avedding feast was at the house of the groom's mother, Mrs. Clara Koepl, two miles east of town. Only the nearest relatives and friends AA-ere present. Booth Fathers Soldiers' Legisla tion. , Patriotic measures to .protect the civil rights of returned sol diers and sailors in the service of their country were introduced hr the Idaho senate Friday by Sen ators Daniels of Camas and Booth of LeAvis county. Mortgages and indebtedness pending against sol diers cannot be prosecuted under the terms of the act. ! James Carlisle, our new county surveyor, Avas up from Kamiah Monday tt) take his oath of office, and he talks of making Nezperce his permanent headquarters. NEW COUNTY OFFICERS DON WORKING HARNESS 1 Oaths Administered Monday and Business Proceeding Smooth ly.—Commissioners In Action. . All the neAvly-elected county of ficials on Monday morning went thru the required formula which clothes them AA-ith the "full pow ers" of their several positions, except Miss Norma Wilson, of Kamiah, county superintendent of schools-elect, who is convalescing from an attack of influenza and could not be present; though she hopes to report for duty before the board adjourns at the end of next Aveek. In the meantime, Miss Martin, the retiring incumbent of the office, is taking care of its duties. The ncAv board of county com missioners—of Avhich Messrs. I. J. Longeteig and Harley Huggins are serving their initial terms and John F; Pomeroy his second term —Avas organized by the election of the later gentleman to the chairmanship. The usual big grist of the first session in the year confronted the board and it set about disposing of this in a very businesslike manner, and ex pects to have the slate clean by the end of the week. Routine road matters, accounts and action on official bonds have been the principal features of en tertainmejit thus far this week, and this morning the board took a trip to the grade recently com pleted at the Stevenson crossing of LaAvyer's canyon and took a look over it, being very favorably impressed by Avhat they saw. Action was taken on deputies for the offices of sheriff, assessor and collector, each being allowed one regular deputy at a salary of .+95 per month. A salary of +3 per day Avas fixed for extra deputies for the sheriff. The board favors the carrying on of Boys and Girls' club Avork and ordered an allowance of +1 , 125 per year for this Avork, pro A'iding a like alloAvanee is made the Federal Government. The Avork is to be carried on in connec tion Avith the county superintend ent's office. Sheriff A. W. Mitchell filed the appointment of W. J. Smith as his regular deputy. The jury list for the current vear Avas made up and filed. Rochdale Shows Flattering In crease.—Install Bean Plant. The Nezperce Rochdale Com pany—the clearing house of farm products of this rich section—has grown to be about the biggest in dustrial plant in the open priarie country. This fact was disclosed at the semi-annual meeting of its stockholders held in this city Tuesday afternoon, Avhere a good attendance was had and the ses sion Avas full of business and in terest. President N. H. Jacobs presided and Secretary II. A. Von Bargen took care of the minutes • of the meeting, while Manager B. L. Cole gave the record of the business done by the company during the past six months. This statement of business handled during the unusually try ing period Just closed shoAved net earnings of +9,219.77, a 50 per cent increase over the same period last yeaf*. The total business for the six months amounted to +239, 191.95, and increase of +92,247.05 over the next previous report. An important feature of the meeting Avas the decision to in stall a complete bean-cleaning plant, including polishing and drying equipment. This is some thing the territory has much need ed, especially since the bean ac reage has become so large a fac tor., in our farming industry. Thirteen new members haA-e been admitted to the organization during the past six months, and George P. Christenson Avas elected to the board of directors, to suc ceed George I. Lynn, resigned. This is indeed an institution that the citizens and the farmers in particular may AA-ell point to Avith pride. Box Social. The young people of the Com munity church Avili give an old fashioned Box Social ; a Aveek from Friday ca-c. A program con sisting of a short plav and negro ministrels Avili be given ; after Avhich the boxes Avili be auction ed off.