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JACKSON COUNTY JOURNAL, SYLVA, N. C.
EMPEY, QUESTIONING A GERMAN PRISONER, FINDS HE IS FROM NEW YORK. Synopsis. Fired by the sinking of the Lusitania, with the loss of American lives, Arthur Guy Empey, an American living in Jersey City, goes to England and enlists as a private In the British army. After a short experience as a recruiting officer in London, he is sent to train ing quarters In France, where he first hears the sound of big guns and makes the acquaintance of "cooties." After a brief period of training Empey's cone any is sent into the front-line trenches, where he takes his first turn on the fire step while the bullets whiz overhead. Empey learns, as comrade falls, that death lurks always in the trenches. Chaplain distinguishes himself by rescuing wounded men under hot fire. With pick and shovel Empey has experience as a trench digger In' No Man's Land. Exciting experience on listening pest detail. Ex citing work on observation post duty. Back lu rest billets Empey writes and stages a successful play. CHAPTER XIX Continued. 16 At one 5 int of the line where the trenches ere very close, a stake was driven lq'.o the ground midway be tween tin hostile lines. At night when It was his turn, Tommy would crawl to this stake and attach some London papers to it, while at the foot he would place tins of bully beef, fags, sweets, and other delicacies that he had re ceived from Blighty in the ever looked for parcel. Later on Fritz would come out and get these luxuries. The next night Tommy would go out to see what Fritz put Into his stocking. The donation generally consisted of a paper from Berlin, telling who was winning the war, some tinned sausages, cigars, and occasionally a little beer, but a funny thing, Tommy never re turned with the beer unless It was In side of him. His platoon got a whiff of his breath one nfsrht and the offending Tommy lost his Job. One night a young English sergeant crawled to the stake and as he tried to detach the German paper a bomb ex ploded and mangled him horribly. Fritz had set a trap and gained another vic tim which was only one more black mark against him in the book of this war. From that time on diplomatic re lations were severed. Returning to Tommy, I think his spirit Is best shown in the questions he asks. It Is never "who is going to win" but always "how long will it take?" CHAPTER XX. "Chats With Fritz." We were swimming In money, from the receipts of our theatrical venture, and had forgotten all about the war, when an order came through that our brigade would again take over their sector of the line. The day that these orders were is sued, our captain assembled the com pany and asked for volunteers to go to the Machine Gun school at St. Omar. I volunteered and was accepted. Sixteen men from our brigade left for the course in machine gunnery. This course lasted two weeks and we rejoined our unit and were assigned to the brigade machine gun company. It almost broke my heart to leave my company mates. The gun we used was the Vickers, Light .303, water cooled. I was still a member of the Suicide club, having Jumped from the frying pan Into the fire. I was assigned to section 1, gun No. 2, and the first time "in" took position In the front-line trench. During the day our gun would be dismounted on. the fire step ready for Instant use. We shared a dugout with the Lewis gunners. At "stand to" we would mount our gun on the parapet and go on watch beside it until "stand down" in the morning. Then the gun wouia ne dismounted and again placed In readiness on the fire step. We did eight days in the front-line trench without anything unusual hap pening outside of the ordinary trench routine. On the night that we were to "carry out," a bombing raid against the German lines was pulled off. This raid ing party consisted of sixty company men, sixteen bombers, and four Lewis machine guns with their crews. The raid took the Boches by surprise and was a complete success, the party bringing back twenty-one prisoners. The Germans must have been awful ly sore, because they turned loose a barrage of shrapnel, with a few "Min nies" and "whizz bangs" intermixed. The shells were dropping into our front line like hailstones. To get even, we could have left the prisoners In the fire trench, in charge of the men on guard and let them click Fritz's strafeing but Tommy does not treat prisoners that way. Fhe of them were brought into my dugout and turned over to me so that they would be safe from the German . fire. In the candlelight, they looked very much shaken, nerves gone and chalky faces, with the exception of one a great big fellow. He looked very much t ease. I liked him from the start. wno went AfflllMJYffiPEY MACHINE OirfNCR, JERVING W fRANCE ' 1917 BY ARTHUR JY EMPEY I got out the rum jar and gave each a nip and passed around some fags, the old reliable Woodbines. The other prisoners looked their gratitude, but the big fellow said in English, "Thank you, sir, the rum is excellent and I ap preciate it, also your kindness." He told me his name was Carl Schmidt, of the Sixty-sixth Bavarian Light infantry; that he had lived six years In New York (knew the city bet ter than I did), had been to Coney Island and many of our ball games. He was a regular fan. I couldn't make him believe that Hans Wagner wasn't the best ball player in the world. From New York he had gone to Lon don, where he worked as a waiter in the Hotel Russell. Just before the war he went home to Germany to see his parents, the war came and he was con scripted. He told me he was very sorry to hear that London was in ruins from the Zeppelin raids. I could not con vince him otherwise, for hadn't he seen moving pictures in one of the German cities of St. Paul's cathedral in ruins. I changed the subject because he was so stubborn in his belief. It was my intention to try and pump him for information as to the methods of the German snipers, who had been caus ing us trouble in the last few days. I broached the subject and he shut up like a clam. After a few minutes he very innocently said : "German snipers cet paid rewards for killing the English." I eagerly asked, "What are they?" He answered: 1 "For killing or wounding an English private, the sniper gets one mark. For Dead Bodies Everywhere. killing or wounding an English officer ne gets nve marks, but if he kills a Red Cap or English general, the sniper gets twenty-one days tied to the wheel of a limber as punishment for his careless ness." Then he paused, waiting for me to bite, I suppose. I bit all right and asked him why the sniper was punished for killing an English general. With a smile he re plied: "Well, you see, if all the English gen erals were killed, there would be no one left to make costly mistakes." I shut him up, he was getting too fresh for a prisoner. After a while he winked at me and I winked back, then the escort came to take the prisoners to the rear. I shook hands and wished him "The best of luck and a safe jour ney to Blighty." I liked that prisoner, he was a fine fellow, had an Iron Cross, too. I ad vised him to" keep it out of sight, or some Tommy would be sending It home to his girl in Blighty as a souvenir. One dark and rainy night while on guard we were looking over the top from the fire step of our front-line trench, when we heard a noise imme diately in front of our barbed wire. The sentry next to me challenged, "Halt, who comes there?" and brought 3-?'xi:::-:-::-:-::x-:-:- his rifle to the aim. His challenge was answered In German. A captain in the next traverse climbed upon the sand bagged parapet to investigate a brave but foolhardy deed "Crack" went a bullet and he tumbled back into the trench with a hole through his stomach and died a few minutes later. A lance corporal in the next platoon was so en raged at the captain's death that he chucked a Mills bomb In the direction of the noise with the shouted warning to us : "Duck your nappers, my lucky lads." A sharp dynamite report, a flare in front of us, and then silence. We immediately sent up two star shells, and in their light could see two dark forms lying on the ground close to our wire. A sergeant and four stretcher-bearers went out in front and soon returned, carrying two limp bodies. Down in the dugout, in the flickering light of three candles, we saw that they were two German offi cers, one a captain and the other an "unterofflzler," a rank one grade higher than a sergeant general, but below the grade of lieutenant. The captain's face had been almost completely torn away by the bomb's explosion. The unteroffizier was alive, breathing with difficulty. In a few min utes he opened his eyes and blinked In the glare of the candles. The pair had evidently been drink ing heavily, for the alcohol fumes were sickening and completely pervaded the dugout. I turned away in disgust, hating to see a man cross the Great Di vide full of booze. One of our officers could speak Ger man and he questioned the dying man. In a faint voice, Interrupted by fre quent hiccoughs, the unteroffizier told his story. There had been a drinking bout among the officers in one of the Ger man dugouts, the main beverage being champagne. With a drunken leer he Informed us that champagne was plen tiful on their side and that it, did not cost them anything either. About seven that night the conversation had turned to the "contemptible" English, and the captain had made a wager that he would hang his cap on the English barbed wire to show his contempt for the English sentries. The wager was accepted. At eight o'clock the captain and he had crept out Into No Man's Land to carry out this wager. They had gotten about halfway across when the drink took effect and the captain fell asleep. After about two hours of vain attempts the unter offizier had at last succeeded in wak ing the captain, reminded him of his bet, and warned him that he would be the laughing stock of the officers' mess If he did not accomplish his object, but the captain was trembling all over and Insisted on returning to the German lines. In the darkness they lost their bearings and crawled toward the Eng lish trenches. They reached the barbed wire and were suddenly challenged by our sentry. Being too drunk to realize that the challenge was In English, the captain refused to crawl back. Finally the unteroffizier convinced his superior that they were In front of the English wire. Realizing this too late, the cap tain drew his revolver and with a mut tered curse fired blindly toward our trench. His bullet no doubt killed our captain. Then the bomb came over and there he was, dying and a good job too, we thought. The captain dead? Well, his men wouldn't weep at the news. Without giving us any further Infor mation the unteroffizier died. We searched the bodies for identifi cation disks but they had left every thing behind before starting on rhir foolhardy, errand. v Next afternoon we buried them In our little cemetery apart from the graves of the Tommies. If you ever go into that cemetery you will see two little wooden crosses In the corner of the cemetery set away from the rest They read : Captain German Army Died 1916 Unknown R. I. P. Unteroffizier German Army Died 1916 Unknown R. I. P. Empey and his machine-gun company go "over the top" In a successful but costly attack on the German trenches. The story of this thrilling charge Is told in the next installment. (TO BE CONTINUED.) Be Above Gossip. Gossiping is about the most useless kind of work one could possibly en gage In. How much better and more charitable it is to turn a deaf ear to cruel truths, to honorably keep silent about what we have heard, and at the same time give the unfortunate person in the case the benefit of our doubt "Small wits talk much," is an old say ing and a true one. The girl or woman who would be truly happy, and who Incidentally would make others happy, should wisely think twice before she speaks, and then should put Into words only thoughts that are cheering and charitable. New York Evening Mall. His Duty Done. The family is rather demonstrative when the various members of the household come and go. The grand children are expected to embrace every one at the beginning and at the end of a visit. Fred and Albert were get ting into their clothing and making their hasty adieux preparatory to catching their train home after Christ mas. "Hurry up, Fred," Albert shout ed; "you're too slow for anything. I've got mine all kissed." IMPROVED UNIFORM INTERN Af IOflAL s Lesson By REV. P. H. H1Z.W ai jjiR. D. D.. Teacher of English Bible In the Moody Bible Institute of. Chicago.) (Copyright. 1918. Western Newspaper Union.) , LESSON FOR JUNE 23 JESUS TRIUMPHANT OVER DEATH. LESSON TEXT-Mary 16:1-20. ' GOLDEN TEXT Now is Christ risen from the dead. I Corinthians 15:20. ADDITIONAL MATERIAL FOR TEACHERS Matthew 28:1-20; Luke 23:56 24:12; John 20:1-25; I Corinthians 15:1-5; I Thessalonians 4:13-18. PRIMARY TOPIC Jesus power over death. Mark 15:42-16:20. INTERMEDIATE TOPIC The living Christ. SENIOR AND ADULT TOPIC Christ's resurrection and the Christian's assurance of immortality. I. The Ministry of Love (w. 1-4). 1. By whom (v. 1). Mary Magdalene, the mother of James and Salome. 2. When (v. 2). Early in the morning, the first day of the week. (3) Their perplexity (w. 3, 4). They questioned as to who should roll away the large stone from the mouth of the tomb. To their surprise they found the stone removed. They, like us, find. their difficulties are re moved before they come to them. If they had believed him, their anxieties :ul sorrows would not have been. II. The Angel in the Tomb (vv. 5-8). Jesus knew that these women would come to the sepulcher with unbeliev ing hearts, so he had an angel waiting there to announce to them the fact of his resurrection. How many times we are helped out of doubts and difficul ties by an angel which the omniscient Lord knew would be needed at a par ticular time. With such companions and helpers no place need seem lone ly, and no condition need affright us. The angel's message: 1. "Be not affrighted" (v. C). What comforting words these must have been to these bewildered women. The open tomb is the cure for fear; it steadies our hearts when things look dark and we do not understand. 2. "Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified (v. 6). This three-fold designation with marvelous clearness shows: (1.) His humanity Jesus. (2.) Lowly residence Nazareth. (3.) Ignominious death crucified. 3. "He is risen; he is not here; be hold the place where they laid him" (v. 6). These words throw light upon his birth, humility and shameful death. He who was born In lowly circum stances, and suffered the shameful death of the cross, is now the con queror of death. His resurrection gives meaning to his death. If Christ had not risen, then his death would have been meaningless. "If Christ be not risen, your faith is vain ; ye are in your sins" (1 Cor. 15:17). 4. "Go your way, tell his disciples and Peter" (v. 7). As soon as it was known that Christ had risen from the dead, they were to tell It to the disciples. Knowledge of Christ's triumph involves the responsi bility of witnessing concerning it. The disciples all needed this blessed news, but Peter especially since he had so denied him. Wonderful grace, this! 5. "He goeth before you into Gall lee: there shall ye see him" (v. 7). Christ had told the disciples that he would arise from the dead and meet them In Galilee, but their unbelief kept them from this blessed truth. III. The Appearances of the Risen Christ (vv. 9-14). These appearances had as their ob ject the restoration of the disciples from their awful failure and discour agement and the convincing them, without the peradventure of a doubt, of Christ's resurrection. Since his resurrection was to be the central theme of apostolic preaching, it was necessary that they have certainty of knowledge as to this matter (Acts 1:3). Without the resurrection of Christ, his death would be meaning less.' Out of the ten or more appear ances, Mark selects three. 1. To Mary Magdalene (w. 9-11). Mary's heart responded to the Sa viour's gracious deliverance of her from demons. Her sufferings were no doubt terrible. She Is the first to the tomb. Her devotion is amply reward ed by being the first to meet the risen Lord. Light will surely come to the heart that really loves the Lord, though the faith is weak. She went at once and told the sorrowing disciples, but they refused to believe. 2. To two disciples on the way to Emmaus (vv. 12, 13). Luke gives full particulars concern ing this appearance. Jesus had walked, talked, and eaten with them, convincing them that the Lord is risen Indeed (Luke 24:13-35). The testi mony of such is trustworthy. 3. To the eleven disciples (v. 14). IV. The Commission of the Risen Lord (vv. 15-18). After the disciples were convinced of the truth of his resurrection, Christ sent them forth to "preach the Gospel to every creature." What a glorious and supreme task Is this! "He that believeth and is bap tized shall be saved ; but he that believ eth not shall be damned (v. 16). V. The Activity of the Enthroned Christ (vv. 19-20). After giving the disciples their com mission, he ascends on high, and from the unseen sphere directs their activi ties. Wherever they went he con firmed their word "T" Honey and V -w -w m Wattles By REV. HOWARD W. POPE Moody Bible Institute, Chicago TEXT And the taste of it was like wa fers made with honey. Ex. 13:31. After their wonderful deliverance at the Red sea, one would suppose that the people would never mur m u r again, but hardly were they through singing their song of de liverance before they began . to complain of their privations, a nd long for the flesh pots of Egypt. What was God's answer? Honey and waffles for breakfast, and quail b r o 11 e d , fried or frirassed for dinner. The manna was round and white like waf les and had the taste of honey (Ex. 16:13, 31). This story illumines like a search light the duty of daily Bible rending, for while the manna answered their objections, and assured them of God's protection and care, it was also to be a test of their obedience. I. It must be gathered freshly each day. It would not keep until morning, much less could one gather a week's supply on a single day. Neither will half a dozen chapters read on Sunday suffice for our spiritual needs all the week. I!. Each person must gather the manna for himself. No foraging squad could gather for the whole tribe any more than the pastors of a city can gather the spiritual food needed by their congregations. There is a blessing In the gathering which the in dividual cannot afford to miss. III. The manna was suited to the needs of all. The strong and the weak, the aged and the young, found it alike suited to their tastes and needs. And this manna diet was fur nished by God during all the forty years of their wandering In the wil derness. No wonder they called it "bread from heaven" and "angel's food" for so it was. IV. One peculiarity of their superna tural food was this, that when they came to measure what they had gath ered, the most eager and industrious had nothing over, and the feeble had no lack. This was certainly miraculous. But no more so than the way in which God Illumines the Word and applies it to our daily needs. . A minister once told me that he returned from vacation with a heavy heart. He was nearly sixty, and not strong physically. He seemed to have no message for his people, and he felt that he ought to resign. One morning at devotions he read, "The Lord shall increase you more and more." He caught a glimpse of the boundless resources of grr.ee and glory which God had in store for him. He cried out: "Oh! wife, I haven't got to go, after all." When she asked what the verse meant, he said: "Don't you see? It means that an old minister with a new experience is bet ter for a church than a new minister with an old experience." It was easy then to take up the work, and the last I knew he was serving God success fully in the same church. For devotional uses the Psalms are perhaps the best, because they cover so wide a range of experience. In the morning read Ps. 19, and at evening Ps. 8. If you are going on a jour ney, Ps. 121 is appropriate. The Gospels also are excellent for devotional reading, because there we come in contact with the words and works of Jesus. We see how he lived in the home and by the wayside, in the carpenter's shop, and by the open grave. We see him in public life and and in private ministry, always the same, never hurried, never worried, al ways thinking of others and never of himself. We see him playing with the children, watching the hens In the dooryard, and the birds on the trees, the growing grain and fading flowers. In everything he saw God's love. If it be asked how much one should read at a time for devotional purposes, I answer: Read until your heart burns. You may read a chapter or a hook or a single verse, but read, if you can, until you are consciously in touch with God, and then with the Fa ther's morning kiss upon your lips, you are ready to meet the outside world. Some people feel that they cannot spare time for the morning watch, but I question whether any child of God can afford to do without.it Our souls need to be fed dally as well as our bodies, and the Bible is the soul's prop er food. It is a good plan when one has read a chapter to ask oneself : te?? What IS the subject of tWs tfmp- 2; there any examPle In it for me to follow? 3. Any error for me to avoid? 4. Any duty for me to perform? Any promise for me to claim? t. 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