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MEXICO MISSOURI MESSAGE, MEXICO, MISSOURI.
By; Albert N. Depew OopyrlcM, NIB, rr Beflly and Brlttoa Co., Thronfc Bplal ArriSf? With the GUNIVTR DEPEW SHOWS THE NAVAL GUNNER 6yncpala Albert N. Depew, author of the story, tells of his service In Ue United States nary, daring which he attained the rank of chief petty officer, first-class Conner. The world war starts soon after he receives his honorable discharge from the nary, and he leaves for France with a' determination to enlist CHAPTER III. In the Foreign Legion. This time I was determined to en list 80, when we landed at St Na sal re. I drew my pay from the Vir ginian and, after spending a week with my grandmother, I went ont and asked the first gendarme I met where the enlistment station was. I had to argue with aim some time before he would even direct aie to It Of course X had no passport and this made him auspicious ot me. The oflcer In charge of the station was no warmer In his welcome than the gendarme, and this surprised me, because Murray and Brown had no trouble at all In Joining. The French, of coarse, often tpeak of the Foreign Legion as "the convicts," because so many legionaries are wanted by the police of their respective conn tries, but a criminal record never had been a bar to service with the legion, and I did not see why it should be now If they suspected me of having one. I bad heard there were not a few Qer nans In the legion later on I became acquainted with some and believe me, no Alsatian ever fought harder against the Huns than these former Deutscblanders did. It occurred to me then that If they thought I was a German, because I bad no passport I might have to prove I had been In trouble with the kaiser's crew before they would accept me. I do not know what the real trouble was, but I solved the problem by showing them my dis charge papers from the American navy. Even then, they were suspicious because they thought I was too young to have been a 0. P. O. When they challenged me on this point, I said I would prove It to them by taking an examination. They examined me very carefully, In English, although I know enough French to get by on a subject like .gunnery. Bat foreign officers are very proud of their knowledge of English and most of them' can speak It and I think this one wanted to show off, as you might say. Anyway, I passed my examination without any trouble, was accepted for service in the For eign Legion and received my commis sion as gunner, dated Friday, January X WW. There Is no use In my describing the foreign Legion. It Is one of the most famous fighting organizations In the world, and has made a wonderful rec ord during the war. When I Joined La Legion, It numbered about 60,000 men. Today It has less than 8,000. They say that since August 1814, the legion has been wiped out three times, and that there are only a few men still In Service who belonged to the original legion. I believe it to be true. In January of this year the French gov ernment decided to let the legion die. I was sorry to hear It The legion naires were a fine body of men, and wonderful fighters. But the whole civilized world Is now fighting the Huns, and Americans do not have to enlist with the French or the Limeys -any longer. . But one thing about the legion, that I find many people do not know, is that the legionnaires are used for either land or sea service. They are sent wher ever they can be used. I do not know whether this was the case before the present war I think not but in my time, many of the men were put on chips. Most people, however, have the idea that they are only used In the In fantry. With my commission as gunner, I received orders to go to Brest and Join the dreadnaught Cassard. This as signment tickled me, for my pal Mur ray was aboard, and I had expected trouble In transferring to his ship In case I was assigned elsewhere. We bad framed it up to stick together as long as we could. We did, too. Murray was as glad as I was when I came aboard, and be told me he had. beard Brown, our other pal, had been made a sergeant in another regiment ot the legion. We were both surprised at some of the differences between the French navy and ours, bnt after we got used to It we thought many of their cus toms Improvements over ours. But we could not get used to it at first For .Instance, on an American ship, .when you are pounding your ear In a nice warm hammock and It Is time to re lieve the watch on deck, like as not you will be awakened gently by a burly .garby armed with a fairy -wand about the alze of a bed elat whereas in .French ships, when they call the Stretch, you would think you were In a well hotel and had left word at the desk. It was hard to turn out at first, without the aid .of a club, and harder till to break ourselvoe of the habit -4 uiax our relief in the gay and Ex-Gunner and Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Navy Member of the Foreign Legion of France Captain Gun Turret. French BattleshipCaasard Winner of the Croix d Cuerre POILUS HOW AN AMERICAN CAN SHOOT. festive American manner, but as I say, we got to like It after a while. Then, too, they do not do any hazing in the French navy, and this surprised us. We hod expected to go through the mill Just as we did when we Joined the American service, bnt nobody elung a hand ot us. On the contrary, every garby aboard was kind and decent and extremely courteous, and the fact that we were from the States counted a lot with them. They used to brag about it to the crews of other ships that were not so honored. But this kindness we might have ex pected. It la Just like Frenchmen In any walk of life. With hardly an ex ception, I have never met one of this nationality wh cm not anxious to help you In ZZ& way he could ; ex tremely generous, though not reckless with small change, and almost always cheery and there with a smile In any weather. A fellow asked me once why it was that almost the whole world loves the French, and I told him It was because the French love almost the whole world, and show it And I think that la the reason, too. Abont the only way you can describe the Polios, on land or sea, Is that they are gentle. That Is, you always think that word when you see one and talk to him unless you happen to see him within bayonet distance of Fritz. The French sailors sleep between decks in bunks. Instead of hammocks, and as I had not slept In a bunk since my Southerndown days, It was pretty hard on me. So I got hold of some heaving line, which is one-quarter-inch rope, and rigged up a hammock. In my spare time I taught the others how to make them, and pretty soon every body was doing It When I taught the 6allors to make hammocks, I figured, of course, that they would use them as we did that is, sleep In them. They were greatly pleased at first but after they had tried the stunt of getting In and stay ing In, It was another story. A ham mock is like some other things it works while you sleep and If you are not on to it, you spend most of your sleeping time hitting the floor. Our gun captain thought I had put over a trick hammock on him, but I did not need to; every hammock is a trick hammock. Also, I taught them the way we make mats out of rope, to use while sleeping on the steel gratings near the entrance to stoke holes. In cold weath er this part of the ship is more com fortable' than the ordinary sleeping quarters, but without a mat It gets too hot American soldiers and sailors get the best food in the world, but while the French navy chow was not fancy, it was clean and hearty, as they say "With a Fourteen-lnch Gun I Scored Three D's. dewn East For breakfast we had bread and coffee and sardines ; at noon a boiled dlnnor, mostly beans, which were old friends of mine, and of the well-named navy variety; at four in the afternoon, a pint of vino and at six, a supper of soup, coffee, bread and beans. Although the French "seventy-five" is the best gun in the world, their na val guns are not as good as ours, and their gunners are mostly' older men. But they will give a youngster a gun rating if he shows the stuff. Shortly after I went aboard the Cas sard, we received Instructions to pro ceed to Spezla, Italy, the large Italian naval base. The voyage was without mcldent but when we dropped anchor . Gmt Matthnr Adua Service In Spezla, the Italian port officials quarantined us for fourteen days on account of smallpox. During this period our food was pretty bad ; In fact the meat became rotten. This could hard ly have happened on an American ship, because they are provisioned with canned stuff and preserved meats, but the French ships, like the Italian, de pend on live etock, fresh vegetables, etc., which they carry on board, and we bad expected to get a large supply of such stuff at Spezla. Long before the fourteen days were up we were out of these things, and bad to live on anything we could get hold of mostly hardtack, coffee and cocoa. We loaded a cargo of airplanes for the Italian aviators at the French fly ing schools, and started back to Brest On the way back we had target prac tice. In fact at most times on the open sea, It was a regular part of the routine. It was dnrlng one of these practices that the Frencb officers wanted to find out what the Yankee gunner knew about gunnery. At a range of eight miles, while the ship was making eight knots an hour, with a fourteen-lnch gun I scored three d's that is, three direct hits out of five trials. After that there was no question about it As a result I was awarded three bars. These bars, which are strips of red braid, are worn on the left sleeve, and signify extra marksmanship,- I also received two hundred and fifty franca, or about fifty dollars in American money, and fourteen days' shore leave. All this made me very angry, oh, very much wrought up indeed not! I saw a merry life for myself on the French rolling wave If they felt that way about gunnery. I spent most of my leave with my grandmother in St Nazalre, except for a short trip I made to a star-shell fac tory. This factory was Just about like one I saw later somewhere In Amer ica, only In the French works, all the hands were women. Only the guards were men, and they were "blesses" (wounded). When my leave was up and I said good-by to my grandmother, she man aged a smile for me, though I could see that it was pretty stiff work. And without getting soft or anything like that, I can tell you that smile stayed with me and it did me more good than you would believe, because It gave me something good to think about when I was up against the real thing. I hope a lot of you people who read this book are women, because I have had It In mind for some time to tell all the women I could a little thing they can do that will help a lot I am not trying to be fancy about It, and I hope, you will take It from me the way I mean It When you say good-by to your son or your husband or your sweetheart, work up a smile for him. What you want to do Is to give him something he con think about over there, and some thing he will like to think about There is so much dirt and blood,- and hunger, and cold, and all that around yon, that you have Just got -to quit thinking about It or you will go crazy. And so, when you can think about something nice, you can pretty nearly forget all the rest for a while. The nicest things you can think about are the things you liked back home. Now, you can take It from me that what your boy will like to remember the best pf all Is your face with a smile on It He has got enough bell on his hands without a lot of weeps to re member, if you will excuse the word. But don't forget that the chances are on his sldo that he gets back to you; the figures prove It That will help you some. At that, It will be hard work; you will feel more like crying, and so will he, maybe. But smile for him. That smllo la your bit. I will back a smile against the weeps In a race to Berlin any time. ' "So I am telling you, and I cannot make it strong enough send him away with a smile. CHAPTER IV. On the Firing Line. When I reported on the Cassard after my fourteen days' leave, I was detailed with a detachment ot the legion to go to the Flanders front I changed Into the regular uniform of the legion, which Is about like that of the Infantry, with the regimental badge a seven-flamed grenade. We traveled from Brest by rail, In third-class cars, passing through La Havre and St. Pol, and .finally arriving at Bergues. From Bergues we made the trip to DIxmude by truck a dis tance of about twenty miles. We car ried no rations with us, but at certain places along the line the train stopped, and we got our to eat our meals. At every railroad station they have booths or counters, and French girls work day and night feeding the Poilus. It was a wonderful sight to see these girls, and it made you feel good to think you were going to fight for thera. It was not only what they did, but the way they did It, and it is at things like this that the French heat the world. They could tell Just what kind of treatment each Pollu needed, and they saw to It that he got It They took special pains with the men of the legion, because, as they say, we are "strangers," and that means, "tho best we have Is your" to the Frencn. 'These French women, young and old, could be a mother and a sweetheart and a sister all at the aame time to any hairy old ex-convlct In the legion, and do It la a way that made him feel like a lit tle boy at the time and a rich church member afterwards. The only thing we did not like about this trip was that there were not enough stations along that line. There is a tip that the French engineers will not take, I am afraid. There Is another thing about the French women that I have noticed, and that Is this : There are pretty girls In every country under the sun, but the plain girls In France are prettier than the plain ones in other countries. They might not show It In photographs, bnt In action there Is something about them that you cannot explain. I have never seen an ugly French girl who was not easy to look at. We finally got to DIxmude, after having spent about eighteen hours on the way. On our arrival one company was sent to the reserve trenches and my company went to the front line trench. We were not placed in train ing camps, because most of us bad been under fire before. I never had, but that was not supposed to make any difference. They say If you can stand the legion you can stand any thing. Before we entered the communica tion trench, we were drawn up along side of a crossroad for a rest and to receive certain accoutrements. Pretty soon we saw a bunch of Boches com "I Got Wan From Each of Thlm Feb las." lng along the road, without their gunk, a few of them being slightly wounded. Some of them looked scared and oth ers happy, but they all seemed tired. Then we heard some singing, and pret ty soon we could see an Irish corporal stepping along behind the Huns, with his rifle slung over his back, and every once in a while he would shuf fle a bit and then sing some more. He bad a grin on blm that pushed his ears back. The British noncom who was de tailed as our guide sang out: "What kind of time are you having, Pat?" The Irishman saluted with one hand, dug the other Into his pocket and pulled out enough watches to make you think you were in a pawn shop. "Oh, a foin tolm I'm havln'," he says. "I got wan from each of thlm fellas." We counted fourteen prison ers In the bunch. Pat sure thought be was rolling In wealth. After we were rested up we were Issued rifles, shrapnel helmets and belts, and then started down the com munication trench. These trenches are entrances to the fighting trenches and run at varying angles and vary ing distances apart They are sel dom wide enough to hold more than one man, so you have to march single file In them. They wind in and out, according to the lay of the land, some parts of thera being more dangerous than others. When you come to a dangerous spot you have to crawl sometimes. There are so many cross trenches and blind alleys that you hove to have a guide for a long time, because with out one you are apt to walk through an embrasure In a fire trench and right out Into the open, between the German front line and your own. Which is hardly worth while I If any part of the line Is under fire, the guide at the head of the line Is on the lookout for shells, and when be hears one coming he gives the signal and you drop to the ground and wait until it bursts. You never get all the time you want, but at that you have plenty of time to think about things while you are lying there with your face in the mud, waiting to hear the sound of the explosion. When you hear It you know you have got at least one more to dodge. If you do not bear it well, most likely you are worrying more" about tuning your thousand string harp than anything else. Depew gets his first experience. In the front line trenches at DIxmude and learns how the British Tommies "carry on." He tells about it In the next In stallment (TO BE CONTINUED,) 8he Earned It . My little daughter came in with a penny. - I asked her where she found It and she said: "I earned it You see, Carter called me a bad girl and I was going to flght blm, but be hfti some pennies, so I told blm If be would give mo a fcenny I woillda'l oUt blm and ba did," ' 1 r- ,., ' . Hrff ' -.. -rX- . --b? yv-1 .,ri.ri J...JL - Visiting Marines Made Victims of Soldiers' Joke I. t WASHINGTON. There was a bnseball game at the Florida avenue military reservation between the Camp Meigs boys and the marines from Qunn tlco. It was a gala day. All tho marines came to town to see the game, and each marine had a gtrl on his arm. Just within the gate to the camp, and to ono side of tho guardhouse, was an American flag, standing in the sod. It was not a large flag, neither was it a smell one, Just a medium-sized Amer can flag. Each marine passed through the gate with his girl on his arm, all right and each marine failed to see tho flag. When It was taken into consideration that the flag was Just without the range of vision and the girl was well within the range of vision, no one. need feet ahead, the sergeant of the guard back here. Leave your lady." The wondering marine would turn taught to salute the flag" the sergeant would ask. Tp this question the marine would reply In the decided affirmative. "Weil, then, why don't you do it?" the sergeant would say, pointing to the flag. The marine, seeing the flag for the explain. "That's all right" says the sergeant, "let's see you do It right, now. And the marine would march by at salute, while his gtrl would grin from afar, and Camp Meigs soldiers grouped Of Course Her Middle Name Was Generosity, But SHE was as gay as a knitting bag, in tan pongee all over green moons set in pink triangles. Her tan straw was wreathed with more green moons. only" they were grapes, and her tan TOO rllOhT ClVE IT ArYAY exact size of the Venus do thingnmajig, so that time I took art lessons on trial. but it was such n lovely blue crossbar "You might give it away." The unsympathizer was Just the right size for checks. "I see myself! I take notice people hurry to give me things. The. trouble gone and given my cousin a brown silk self." "That old foulard? What on earth "I like your nerve why, woman, "Forty-eleven years ago- "The buttons alone were worth as new, except at the elbows, and say, on and have one." She piloted the way from a remnant cutting coupons, and, being so seriously troubled with generosity to say noth ing of tho extended invitation you would have supposed that knitting bag would have paid for both tickets, but The treat was Dutch. Dare Death and Injury ASOCIAL atmosphere was given to an passengers, who were obviously out serious person aboard was the inotorman, who kept a firm grip on bis lever and looked ahead with an ever-watch ful eye. Bach time the car stopped to let a passenger get on or off people scut tled across the track with the same apparent inscrutability that mnkes a hen cross a road. No one seemed the least afraid of being run over. Such reckless flirtation with danger .sur prised at least, one stranger-looking man who sat on a front seat and could Bee what was going on. "Say, motorman, I'm new to this burg. What's the matter with the people here? Do they all belong to the suicide club? First thing you know you itant or two under your wheels." "They don't mean anything by it. I suppose they know we are keeping a sharp lookout all the time. I reckon there's some sort of excuse, at that You see, we ore forever ripping up tracks here and there overtown and folks get so used to seeing a car poke along over broken places that for a week after a place is mended people risk their lives like this. We have only been mended up a couple of days hi, there I" The motorman stopped his Just-started car with a mighty wrench that Jerked it to a standstill. ' Otherwise a short-skirted young person in high-heeled slippers and floppy panama would have bad her name In the papers next day in the obituary column. Anyway, Oldish Man Had a Way With the Babies A WOMAN with a baby over her shoulder Bat down in a car seat offered to her by a somewhat oldish mun. The baby started in to fret The mother blushed the' red that means embarrassment you know how yon "would feel. Ntii . given up his seat, caught tho, small thing's interest with his silver-knobbed cane. The baby quieted down. The man dandled his cane and the baby chuckled. The woman beamed reliefs The passengers smiled approbation and the cane man looked the pride of one who conquers. And when the baby hud chuckled itself into a doze and the man was getting out, the woman ventured to thank ill in tor his kindness and to say that he must be a father himself, to have such, a-happy understanding of children. "No, madam. No such good fortune. I era Just on old bachelor, buti 1 raus lay, I have a way with the young ladles," ' It wus supposed to be a little Joke and the passenger accepted 'fc at full , value, especially the mother aud another woman who Broiled inscrutably at cash, other as if as if tliey understood about blue ribbon wonder. As the marine would get 20 would call him. "Hey, you, marine. Come and return, "nave you ever been first time, would blush and start to around would smile. feet were classy enough for store ads. Also she was mad enough to bite nails. She said so. Having expressed her willingness to partake of cold Iron she paused for the woman with her to wedge In a sympathetic remark which was where she made her mis take. . ' " J "I don't see how you could expect a store to take back goods you have cut Into. , You were foolish to have bought It in the first place, seeing you are too chunky for checks." . ."I'm no such a thing I I'm the except in height. The teacher tcld me I know stripes make me look taller. and now I suppose I've got to wear it" don't tumble over themselves in their with me is I'm too generous. I've Just that I could have made over for my did she want with It?" that goods cost me $7 when I bought It" and the last lining I put in was as good I'm scorching Inside for a soda. Come counter to where the soda clerk was nay Under Trolley Car Wheels Avenue enr by the majority of the for a denatured joy ride. The one are going to be stopped by un Inhab your own self, with a lot of passengers wishing you and your child were In Halifax make It Jericho, It sounds farther and you could see she was worried half to death. But the baby lacked the finer emotions. He merely considered his lungs. Of course, it might have been a she-being, but It , didn't matter. It could bawl either way. ' The woman was getting more wor ried every instant, and the baby buwllcr, when the oldish man who had