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JACKSON COUNTY JOURNAL, SYLVA, N. 0.
lAHKlFS ENJOY BOXING LESSONS AT MANAGER HENDRIP.kq CALIFORNIA NAVAL TRAINING STATION TAKES SUGGESTIONS New Pilot of St. Louis Cardinals Gives His Players Power. By An American Soldlier Who Went Arthur Gwy Empey Machine Gunner, Serving in France Methods of Mound City Leader In Di. "OVER THE TPTnl 11 JK recting Team Are Being Closely Watched by Critics Refuses to "Ride" His Men. No person in the major leagues r.-. Copyright 1917, by Arthur Guy Empey EMPEY AND HIS COMRADES ATTACK MADE BY 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 company 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 post detail. Ex citing work on observation post duty. Back in rest billets Empey writes and stages a successful play. Once more in the front trenches, Empey goes "over the top" in a successful but costly attack on the German lines. CHAPTER XXIII -Continued. 19 A gas helmet is made of cloth, treat ed with chemicals. There are two win dows, or glass eyes, In it, through which you can see. Inside there is a rubber covered tube, which goes in the mouth. You breathe through your nose; the gas, passing through the cloth helmet, is neutralized by the action of the chemicals. The foul air is exhaled through the tube In the mouth, this tube being so constructed that it pre vents the inhaling of the outside air or gas. One helmet is good for five hours of the strongest gas. Each Tommy carries two of them slung around his shoulder in a waterproof canvas bag. He must wear this bag at all times, even while sleeping. To change a de fective helmet, you take out the new one, hold your breath, pull the old one off, placing the new one over your liead, tucking in the loose ends under the collar of your tunic. For a minute, pandemonium reigned in our trench Tommies adjusting their helmets, bombers running here and there, and men turning out of the dugouts with fixed bayonets, to man the fire step. Re-enforcements were pouring out of the communication trenches. Our gun's crew were busy mounting the machine gun on the parapet and bringing up extra ammunition from the dugout. German gas is heavier than air and soon fills the trenches and dugouts, where it has been known to lurk for two or three days, until the air is purl fled by means of large chemical spray ers. We had to work quickly, as Fritz generally follows the gas with an in fantry attack. A company man on our right was too slow in getting on his helmet; he sank to the ground, clutching at his throat, and after a few spasmodic twistings went West (died). It was horrible to see him die, but we were powerless to help him. In the corner of a traverse, a little, muddy cur dog, one of the company's pets, was lying dead, with his paws over his nose. It's the animals that suffer the most the horses, mules, cattle, dogs, cats and rats they having no helmets to save them. Tommy does not sympa thize with rats in a gas attack. At times gas has been known to travel, with dire results, fifteen miles behind the lines. A gas, or smoke helmet, as It is called, at the best is a vile-smelling thing, and it is not long before one gets a violent headache from wearing it. Our eighteen-pounders were burst ing In No Man's Land, in an effort, by the artillery, to disperse the gas clouds. The fire step was lined with crouch ing men, bayonets fixed, and bombs near at hand to repel the expected at tack. Our artillery had put a barrage of curtain fire on the German lines, to try and break up their attack and keep back re-enforcements. I trained my machine gun on their trench and its bullets were raking the parapet. Then over they came, bayonets glis tening. In their respirators, which have a large snout in, front, they look ed like some horrible nightmare. All along our trench, rifles and ma chine guns spoke, our shrapnel was bursting over their heads. They went down in heaps, but new ones took the places of the fallen. Nothing could stop that mad rush. The Germans reached our barbed wire, which had previously been demolished by their shells, then It was bomb against bomb, and the devil for all. Suddenly my head seemed to burst from. loud "crrck" in my ear. Then ny heaa began to swim, throat got dry, and a heavy pressure on the lungs warned me that my helmet was leak ing. Turning by gun over to No. 2, I changed helmets. The trench started to wind like a snake, and sandbags appeared to be floating in the air. The noise was hor rible; I sank onto the fire step, needles seemed to be pricking my flesh, then blackness. I was awakened by one of my mates removing my smoke helmet. How de licious that cool, fresh air felt In mv lrngs REPULSE A FIERCE GAS THE GERMANS. A strong wind had arisen and dis persed the gas. They told me that I had been "out" for three hours; they thought I was dead. The attack had been repulsed after a hard fight. Twice the Germans had gained a foothold in our trench, but had been driven out by counter-attacks. The trench was filled with their dead and ours. Through a periscope I counted eighteen dead Germans in our wire ; they were a ghastly sight in their horrible-looking respirators. I examined my first smoke helmet. A bullet had gone through it on the left side, just grazing my ear. The gas had penetrated through the hole made in the cloth. Out of our crew of six we lost two killed and two wounded. That night we burled all of the dead, excepting those in No Man's Land. In death there is not much distinction; friend and foe are treated alike. After the wind had dispersed the gas the R. A. M. C. got busy with their chemical sprayers, spraying out the dugouts and low parts of the trenches to dissipate any fumes of the German gas which may have been lurking in same. Two days after the gas attack I was sent to division headquarters, in an swer to an order requesting, that cap tains of units should detail a man whom they thought capable of passing an examination for the divisional in telligence department. Before leaving for this assignment I went along the front-line trench say ing good-by to my mates and lording it over them, telling them that I had A Gas Helmet. clicked a cushy job behind the lines, and how sorry I felt that they had to stay in the front line and argue out the war with Fritz. They were envious but still good-natured, and as I left the trench to go to the rear they shouted after me : "Good luck, Yank, old boy; don't forget to send up a few fags to your old mates." I promised to do this and left. I reported at headquarters with six teen others and passed the required ex amination. Out of the sixteen appli cants four were selected. I was highly elated because I was, I thought, in for a cushy job back at the base. The next morning the four reported to division headquarters for instruc tions. Two of the men were sent to large towns in the rear of the lines with an easy job. When it came our turn the officer told us we were good men and had passed a very creditable examination. My tin hat began to get too small for me, and I noted that the other man, Atwell by name, was sticking his chest out more than usual. The officer continued : "I think I can use you two men to great advantage in the front line. . Here are your orders and instructions, also the pass which gives you full authority as special M. P. detailed on intelligence work. Re port at the front line according to your instructions. It is risky work and I wish you both the best of luck." My heart dropped to zero and At well's face was a study. We saluted and left. That wishine us the "hst n 111 lr,T sounded very ominous in our ears; If I he had said "I wish you both a swift and painless death" it would have been more to the point. When we had read our instvuctions we knew we were in for It ,ood and plenty. What Atwell said is uot fit for pub lication, but I strongly seconded hia opinion of the war, army and divisional headquarters in general. After a bit our spirits rose. We were full-fledged spy-catchers, because our instructions and orders, said so. We immediately reported to the nearest French estaminet and had sev-! eral glasses of muddy water, which ! they called beer. After drinking our i beer we left the estaminet and hailed an empty ambulance. After showing the driver our passes we got in. The driver was going to the nnrt vP Vio lino ii'linro nra V rwl I port. How the wounded ever survived a ride in that ambulance was inexplica ble to me. It was worse than riding on a gun carriage over a rock road. The driver of the ambulance was a corporal of the R. A. M. C, and he had the "wind up," that is, he had an aversion to being under fire. I was riding on the seat with him while Atwell was sitting in the ambu lance, with his legs hanging out of the back. As we passed through a shell-de stroyed village a mounted military po liceman stopped us and Informed th driver to be very careful when we got out on the open road, as it was very dangerous, because the Germans lately had acquired the habit of shelling it. The corporal asked the trooper if there was any other way around, and was informed that there was not. Upon this he got very nervous and wanted to turn back, but we insisted that he pro ceed and explained to him. that he would get into serious trouble with his commanding officer if he returned without orders; we wanted to ride, not walk. From his conversaion we learned that he had recently come from Eng land with a draft and had never been under fire, hence his nervousness. We convinced him that there was not much danger, and he appeared greatly relieved. When we at last turned into the open road we were not so confident. On each side there had been a line of trees, but now, all that was left of them were torn and battered stumps. The fields on each side of the road were dotted with recent shell holes, and we passed several in the road it- self. We had gone about half a mile , when a shell came whistling through the air and burst in a field about three hundred yards to our right. Another soon followed this one and burst on the edge of the road about four hun dred yards in front of us. I told the driver to throw in his speed clutch, as we must be in sight of the Germans. I knew the signs; that battery svas ranging for us, and the quicker we got out of its zone of fire the better. The driver was trem bling like a leaf, and every minute I expected him to pile us up in the ditch. I preferred the German fire. In the back Atwell was holding onto the straps for dear life, and was sing ing at the top of his voice : We beat you at the Marne, We beat you at the Aisne, We gave you hell at Neuve Chapelle, And nere we are again. Just then we hit a small shell hole and nearly capsized. Upon a loud yell from the rear I looked behind, and there was Atwell sitting in the middle of the road, shaking his fist at us. His equipment, which he had taken off upon getting into the ambulance, was strung out on the ground, and his rifle was in the ditch. Empey is called upon to do duty as a member of a firing squad. His description of the execution is given in the next installment. (TO BE CONTINUED.) Traits of Bird Lovers. Years ago, during a winter's visit in London, I used to watch the per sons who regularly fed the birds in Hyde park. I noticed that most of them were people of apparently hum ble circumstances, a few pretty close to underfeeding themselves. It was delightful to see how much pleasure they all took in keeping these birds from hunger. " Two that I saw each day for a week or so, evidently husband and wife, I ventured to speak to. Eagerly they talked about the birds as they might have talked about children, noting and relishing individual char acteristics. "We have become so fond of them," said the wife. "They recognize us now, many of them, and a few come to us quite fearlessly. We should feel quite uncomfortable if we should miss a day. They are like members of the family that have to be cared for." Exchange. A Swedish engineer's stoking de vice makes 1.3 tons of pulverized peal producers much power in loconiotivo as a ton of coaL ' IV IS.. . .wCu v v , -Wealern Newspaper Unlon-V This photograph shows two of the Ferba Buena naval training station in :heer them on. GOLFERS AT GARDEN CITY FOR RED GROSS John G. Anderson, paired with Wal- ter Hugan, defeated Jerome Travers and James Barnes in a special match Eor the Red Cross at Garden City. J. G. Anderson is shown in the picture, starting the match. STRICT RULES FOR PLAYERS Ball Tossers Who Trifle With Liquor or Cigarettes May Be Handled Severely. The National league has started something. The new code which the players are supposed to follow is by far the most strict that has ever been handed down by any league, and the staid old National has set a precedent In framing it. According to the new rules, National league players who flirt with whisky to excess or burn too many cigarettes to suit the ideas of their managers may be handled severely, and the league will uphold any manager in euch a case. Players must keep track of their own baggage. They must keep their uniforms clean. They must restrict themselves to $3 per day for meals, and they must live at any hotel the club selects. They will not be allowed to ride in taxicabs at the club's ex pense. If suspended by an umpire, a play er will be dealt with according to the recommendations of President Tener to the board of directors. There will be no appeal from the decision of the board. In addition to this, the player who receives an injury outside of the service of his club will have to stand for his salary being lopped off while he Is absent. And any player who misbehaves in public, whether on or off the field, is liable to fine and sus pension or both. The new rules were adopted by the league to improve the quality of the game and to serve also as a war meas ure. They show without a doubt that the magnates feel they have the whip hand again. And with the Fed league a mere memory and the Players' fra ternity subdued, it looks as though they have. . KILLEFER AT CAMP FUNSTON Cub Catcher Will Join Grover Alex ander Instead of Going to Custer Lessens War Horrors. Bill Killefer, catcher o the Cubs, will be allowed his preference of train ing camps when he goes Into the army and will join Grover Alexaodel at Camp Funston, instead of going to Camp Custer, which would ordinarily be his cantonment according to loca tion. Killefer and Alex, are great com rades and the horrors of war will seem less to them iftheyare together. prominent boxing Instructors at the I a four-round match while the sailors BURNS STILL IS WONDERING .:r,a;:.. ;::r. w" i In Recent Game. I George uurns oi tne uiants is sun y j. , . , . .... i woiiuenng wnai nappenea to mm in 3 1 . a I the last game In St Louis. He was , , , .ncvo ivui T,. ,;rfe ucur6e UttUteu aut a. un ua ii. truuiemyiaieu irymg ior I AV-t 3 vm 1 i i , . I uuxru. v ueu ue lurneu arouna to go C. Smith there just receiving the ball! Burns was out. base: BALI 5TORIE5 The Cleveland amateur baseball as sociation is made up of 67 nines. Charley Ebbets is hewing close to Hoover, as his outfield is now one-third Wheat. Casey Stengel was rated 100 per cent perfect when he was examined by draft board physicians. .Washington is playing baseball on Sunday, and the fans probably would appreciate baseball on week days, too. Wilbert Robertson, chubby manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, appears to have lost considerable weight since last season. New York A. C. will hold track, base ball and boxing tourneys for the sol diers and sailors stationed in the vi cinity of the metropolis. Sunday baseball In Washington Is going to prove a financial boon to Clark Griflath. The, Senators will probably j make money this season. ; at. Liouis sport writers are heartless. One of them has said that as amateurs are exempt, Hendricks Cardinals need not wrorry about the work or fight or der. Among the amazing features of base ball this year is that the umpire can make a rotten decision against the home team without risking his life as of old. Walters batting for Love," yelled the announcer in the fifth inning at the Polo grounds. "No ; he's batting for money," Insisted one of the wags In the stand. Slowly but surely Bob Veach Is climbing to a place among the head liners of swat in the American league. Veach started poorly but Is hitting hard now. The Cardinals are now beine called the "knotholers" in the Mound City, meaning no doubt they might as well be outside looking through a knothole as on the playing field. Catcher John Peters, secured by Cleveland from New Orleans, succeeds Josh Billings, who enlisted in the na val reserves after learning that he would be called in the draft. Few catchers in major league base ball can boast of the unique record of John Henry of the Braves. He Is en tering his ninth year in the big show and has yet to have a finger broken. Pitcher Cliff Hill, property of Phil adelphia Athletics, now in the Nntinn. al army, will be permitted to pitch for iue ort worth club of thp TWoo league so long as he does not leave ort worth. Guy Morton gave evidence the other day that he had comnlptPiv rAr from the bad arm which kept him out of the game the greater part of last year, when-he shut out the Red Sox wiui one nit, winning 1 to 0. haps, has been so closely watched" t,v recugiiizeu uaseuau criucs tmis fur t!ii caocfATi o c? Vino Tnnlr 2iumuu uuo w cnQ. iJCUUllChS, Wild jf. ter twelve years of successful pik.tir In the minor leagues, came to the t Louis Nationals this year as manager What are his tactics? What nu-ti . ods does he pursue to win? Ls ia czar or is ne gentle? Is he a good i0s rT ) Vile mon tm-V I. : -.. '- nuin. iui ill 111 ; 1 iiOSft are only a few of the questions tW nave been asked and the first days of the season have seen most of them answered. Hendricks let it be known at the start of the season that he is not the one to refuse suggestions. lie reserve final judgment for himself, but players who venture to tell their manager what should be done under certain clrcnm- stances are not rebuked for Hendricks is not a czar. He realizes that he is new to the league, that he is practkal- ly unacquainted with the players and the strategy opposing him and he has asked that there be no modesty anion"' his men. Nor is Hendricks the type of man ager who drives his players. Steady to -nde- nu men f0r misnw t i v n-oi, xui iciia Kwijf uiuu vl ins mis takes and Impresses him with th fort- ' that he doesn't wish them renent! r TTnUVp F!p1w Jnnp xrn iwa major league competitor In St. Louis. iiendrlcks does not keep a record of plays. He depends entirely on his memnrV lUClillUJTi OLD BASEBALLS ARE USEFUL Yarn In Wornout Pills Good for Knit ting Sweaters for Soldier Boys Now in France. A new use has been found for used baseballs, the discovery being made by President Barney Dreyfuss of the Pittsburgh Pirates when he recently received a letter from a patriotic young woman reading as follows: "The young women of our associa tion are knitting sweaters, helmets, socks and other articles for the boys of the American expeditionary force In France. As a special favor we are going to ask you if yon would kindly donate to us all the wornout baseballs that may come into the possession of the Pittsburgh club this year. "We have experimented with the yarn inside of the professional balls used by teams of the National league and find that it cannot be excelled for knitting work. "If you can see your way clear to grant this request we feel that you will not only be doing us a great f avor but as well rendering a patriotic serv ice for the American soldiers 'over there.' " CLARE CASSEL RETURNS TO RANKS OF AMATEUR TENNIS i This is the most recent photogra- of Miss Clare Cassel, whose retura tC the ranks of amateur tennis has brought joy to the great host of fol lowers of the game. Before she 1 competition Miss Cassel ranked anoji' the first ten women experts on the courts. She was forced to forego pay ing In 1916 because she had given i-ro-fessional skating instruction, which de barred her from amateur tennis petition. She has refrained iroia pro fessional sport activity for more a year and as a result is now res'.orec to her amateur status. Weaver Keeps Up Recd. Buck Weaver of the Chicago White Sox holds one record. For three f cessive years he has hammered five hits in as many times up ia 1 ball game. JSm I T i " Pi i