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S 0 Be Americans After the War Q Stand by the President 2 (ilve to All Worthy CnuseH GQSSOOOOO Q 0 G h Ik Americans After the War Ql Stand by the President Give to All Worthy Causes AND TUCUMCARI TIMES m VOL. XVII. TUCUMCARI, QUAY COUNTY, NEW MEXICO, THURSDAY, JANUARY 1G, 1919 NO. 16 TUCUMCARI BOYS AT FRONT WHEN GERMAN FIGHTERS SURRENDER Fiance, Dee. I t, 11)18 Dear Mother: , Only n few days now until Christ mas! I know you are wondering where and how I will spend it, and you are no more in the dark than I am. I haven't much "Christmas" to offer you this year. That is, "Christmas as ev eryone generally speaks of it. How ever I nm going to write you a brief history of the events I have experi enced since leaving the States. We Hulled from Montreal on IP. M. S. "Novara," touched at Halifax and finally landed at Liverpool, Eng. Then we moved to Winchester where we saw many historic ruins and relics, includ ing the oldest, castle in England and the famous cathedral. A few days later we sailed from Sotithhampdon and landed in Lellarve, France. Wo spent several weeks in training at Camp du Valdahou and from there we went to the front in the Vosges Mountains. This was in the middle of July. After several weeks in the Vosges we began a night hike which lasted (with a few days rests) until the night of Sept. 11, when we ar rived at the St. Miheil front. At one o'clock the next morning the artillery opened the barrage thai start cr the St. Miheil drive. That certain ly was a quick and decisive battle. We stayed on the Met, front as part of the regular defenders. It was while we were here that we received a Red Diamond (an honor mark) to wear on our left shoulders. During the next two months we m de several moves around Veville and Thiaucourt until in the night of Nov. 10 we were well up towards Romhercourt on a big bill closo over the German lines. Then came the rumor that lighting was to be suspended at 11 a. m., Nov. 11. At first we hardly believed it but sure enough at 11:00 thu next morn ing all firing ceased and peace settled down over the lines. That night bon fires were burning and lights were shining where the night before all had been pitch dark. A few days later we became mem bers of the First Army of Occupation and began our advance after the re ,ou o.iii Oj '.tu.ni A'umii.in!) Miijiu.i.u camped only a few miles from the City of Luxemberg. I know this all seems a funny way to write a letter but it was the only way to tell things without writing a book. How are all the folks? Tell Polly that I sure have her a button, but that is about all I could carry with me. Tell everybody "Hello" for me. Love to all and a "Merry Christinas.' CHARLIE CL'SACK. "F" 'JO F. A., American E. F. France A. 1' 0., 71 r. HARRY DYER TELLS OF FEW EXPERIENCES AT THE FRONT The following letter was written by Harry S. Dyer, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Dyer, who live seven miles west and south of Tucumcari. As will be seen by the letter Harry was in the thick of thu light and so far -m is known, came through without eing wounded. He is glial the great strug gle is over: France. Nov. II, 1918. Dear Mother and Father:-- I will write you a few lines today I have been wanting to write for thu last three days but it didn't seem to lie able to get at it. This is a happy old world now, isn't it? That thu big gust part. I am sure glad I was over here and I believe I did my part. You remem ber when thu big drive started on the Marne. That was the first lighting I saw, on the morning of July 15. That was the first shelling I was ever in. I have been through lots of it since then though. Thu only time I was away from the front was when we were moving from one sector to an other after we left the Chateau Thicry sector, when we went to the Arrgone Woods. That was a quiet sector wbuii we got there, but threu days after we were there we drove them out of the trenches, the first ti cliches I uver saw. The old Hindenburg line crumbled. The Americans put over a barrage thut I don't see how anything could huvc lived through it. The lighting in the Arrgone was certainly lierce. I have seen times when I wouldn't have given 10 cents for my life. When we left the Arrgone we camo hero to the Met, front. This was thu quietest pluco we have seen with the exception of raiding party now and then. The part I wanted to tell you about was the end. It ended system atlcly at 11 o'clock. At two minutes to eleven thu artillery started firing runid fire and closed nt exactly 11 o'clock and there wasn't another shot tlrn.l nn either side. When the U. S. flute was raUed the Germans cheered the same as the American. In the af ternoon the German soldiers came over to our side to trade souvenirs with the Americans. Thu prettiest part of it was wo could have lights nt night. Everybody on both sides built Arcs and lighted candles. It was the big gest relief I ever had. At night we had fire works; so did the Germans. They sunt up red, white and blue lights. For the last two days Italian pris oners have been coming by here from the German prison camps. They are .sure glad to he free again. They looked pretty good only they were wearing pretty ragged clothes. Some had one boot and one wooden shoe. The next thing the soldiers have to think about is when do we go home? We will have it easier now than we did anyway. We won't have to lie dodg ing shells ami gas any more. I had two doughnuts yesterday. The salvation Army was giving them out. The Salvation Army certainly deserves credit they came right up to the front and mnde doughnuts and cocoa and pancakes, and they usually have a lit tle canteen. They sell their stuff at reasonable prices, too. Well, I am sure glnd thnt the war ended before Howard had to go. 1 will be glad to gut home. I will close for this time, so goodbye, with love to all. From HARRY S. DYER. THREE LETTERS FROM FRED DRISCOLLTO HOME FOLK The following letters from Fred Driscoll will he of interest to his many Tucumcari friends. Fred is a son of Mrs. J. C. Jones and was employed on the railroad for a number of years. lie has been right up in thu thick of the fight: France, Nov. 15, 1918 Dear Mother and Brothers: Your two most welcome letters to hand dated Sept. 30 and Oct. 15, and needless to say I was delighted to re ceive them. I am sending you two letters at one time though they were written some time apart. I haven t had time to mail the first. Was go ing to destroy the first onu and make you wait until I came homu when I could lull you more anoui it, nut i know it will please you to know that vour son was right up where the big things were taking place when she stopped at five minutes to eleven yes terday morning. Thu big gun were raising the 'devil" at -eleven o'clock sharp, it seemed automatically, they stopped, and the front has been a dead silence ever since. Tonight as 1 lay here in my little dugout, which not over four days ago, was being used by a German soldier for the same pur pose, I am using it. It is just large enough for two, a boy friend of mine, whom I knew in thu Philippines, is with me. We have been together ever since I first went into the Engineers at Funston, where I met him, and we have been like two brothers ever since. Thu little tents are used for Held i.ervicu, and uru only large enough for two, and each man carries half of one on his back, and when you make camp you double up with some one, consequently we hnve twice the blankets to sleep under with only half the load to carry. We have improved Ileinies shack quite n bit since we moved in, and it is Just like a littlu homu, a stove in onu corner, and everything cosy. Thu fluids are covered with German dead and now that this great struggle is at an end, you wonder why! Some of them are only children, from their looks. Well, mother, if nothing happens, lets hope we are homu before long, and then 1 will have, oh! so much to tell you, so will close for this time. Your Riving son and brother, FRED A. DRISCOLL. "Komewhure in France" Oct. 31 My Dear Mother: Yo'ir most welcome letter to hand ,om few days ago: in fact, a week ago. and when your letter was hand ed to me I was sitting with my feet liaiiirintr out of a V rench box car, wnit ing for the train to pull out for the Front. You asked me where I was Well I can tell you where I was but I can't tell you where I urn. 1 have been stationed at a little place called Sermoise, only a few miles from .the City of Ncvers. I believe if you look on the map you can lind Nevors, as it is a city of about 00 or 70 thousand people, and you will find it is quite n wnvs behind thu lines. 1 suniHiso you will wonder what I wns doing sitting in a box car wult bur transportation to the front. Well, that is the way we travel "over hero." When we have a long way to go. After about 30 or 38 hours on the train, und then about 30 kilometers, Fiench miles, across country with u 75-pound pack on our hacks we reach our destination, and I'll assure you the welcome we received on our arrival was nothing like the one we got when we arrived In Neverss. We passed through town after town that had been swept clean to the ground, some hud nnlv ti fnu UMitla Infl atfin.ltntr uflll some were only piles of rock to show where once had been u peaceable city or village, and still we marched on, and at times I thought surely I must drop out from futiguc, but I would grit my teeth and hnng on, and we were passing over ground which not two weeks before was In German hands, und us we ncarcd the front wc could hcur the heavy artillery which kept growing louder every step wc took, until finally it was one continuul rour, and the airplunes came and went over in droves und ut lust we stopped und made camp, and the first thing in the morning wc started to work and thut night ubout 8:30 here came the Fritzics, und I'll assure you the re ception we received was anything hut cold, and as things began to quiet down und we were just ready to go to sleep here he cume aguln ubout 11:15 p. m. Its funny about the Ger man pluncs, you cun tell them by the sound of their motor. Well, I Iny there und heard him coming, helpless you might say, couldn't run, hud no place to run, but had to lay right there irJ tuke it and speaking of suspense, well you don't know what it is until you have laid flat on your back and heard one of those Gcrmnn planes above your hcud und wniting for him to drop his cargo of steel on you. Well, he flew around and went right over my tent and everything as quiet as a night could be even the front had stopped it seemed, only to make his "buzz! buzz!" over my head more nerve-racking. I wouldn't mind if I had an even break with him but all one can do it lie there and either pray or cuss. Well I done both, hut mostly prayed, and he finally let go, only "THREE" this time, und when they hit I thought my eur-drums would brenk. One hit about a hun dred feet from my tent and only 15 feet from another tent, und us luck would hnve it, it wns real muddy und soft ground cnusing the bomb to sink nbout 8 feet into thC ground before it went off, though it tore the tent nil to pieces, it never hurt cither one of the men lying inside. When we finish work at night it is durk and ns we can't huve nny-lights about thu camp ufter dark, I am set ting in a Gcrmun dugout, nbout 30 feet under the ground writing this on one of Fritzies tables, and sitting on one of his chuirs. The dugouts arc built just like a palace inside, all hoarded up, and it seems as if the whole mountain is undermined. Wc huve gone through nlmost all of it but one hole which goes almost direct down, and we thought it best not to go down there ns all the light we have s u cundlc. As I sit here I enn feel the earth shake from the big guns. This is ground they held for almost three years of the war, und the hills are full of these dugouts, some small and some lnrge, and a little farther over there is one with a big dynnmo in it, und two big gnRoline engines, all ready for use. Fritz wns so busy when he left here he didn't have time to de stroy them. They supplied lights for all these caves. It's sure wonderful when you come to think of it. The fields nre strewn with guns, unexplod- ed shells, hund grenndes, and every thing that you could think of for mod ern and ancient warfare but we never touch any of it, pass it up like it was hot, believe me. Well, folks, don't let this letter wor ry you, because I am in the best of heuith, and we will leave the rest tc God ns you know He rules, until you have come real close to being bumped off you never know how cool you enn take it, but you know, it takes the Irish to beat the Dutch, leave it to me, i ll no my pari. Closing in tnc best of heuith. FRED. P. S. I haven't shaved nor washed my face for ten days. You should see your model young man now, Give my best regards to all. After Fritz fin ished his bombing he turned his ma chine gun on us. For n few minutes it seemed to rain steel. None or us were hurt. "Spincourt, France," Dec. !, 1918 Dear Mother and Hrothers: Your two most welcome letters to hand today and ns I have a little time to myself will answer. We are in the same little burg, and it is rumored that wc are to start home shortly, but urn not putting much faith in rumors though thuy suy it comes from good sources. We haven't done anything hut drill for the past two weeks, und believe me I sure love thut (?) I don't know what I would rather do unless It was a hard duy's work. Walker, my partner, was sent to the hospital a few weeks ago. He und I were sleeping in one of "Jerry's" dug outs and we had u little Germun ntovc In it. and he was sitting in front of the stove onu night und I was lying on the bed, and he went out und got some coal thu Dutch had left there, and nut some In the stove, und just had fclt down when up she went, right In his face. It blow the whole front of the stove off. Never will know WILL ACCOMMODATE TRAFFIC FROM EAST Paralleling us nearly us possible the Rock Islund railway from Kansus City to El Puso, Texus, und connecting such importunt militury centers us Camp Funston near Fort Riley, the geo graphical center of the United States, and Fort Uliss ut El Puso, the gate wuy to old Mexico, the Funston-Fort Hliss Military Highway promises to be one of the more important high ways that is being proposed nt this time und on which federal aid is an ticipated. Many of the links In the proposed highway huve already been completed and work is expected to begin imme diately on some of the unimproved links. Probably one of the bust high ways in the southwest has just been completed between El Paso and Alamo- gordo, N. M. Thu building of this rond was possible by thu use of locul, state and federal funds and the exten sive use of convict labor by the Stutc of New Mexico. The Good Roads Club of Guymon, Okln., advises that Oklahoma proposes to issue $30,000,000 worth of bonds for the construction of highways in that state. At a recent conference held at Oklahoma City, thut organization was rcpresentcil und attention wns culled to the proposed I-unston-Fort Hliss Military Highway. Upon the return of their representative, the associa tion officials were advised that "you may depend on Texas county." Local, state and federal funds were also expended in building the highway from Nnrn Visa, N. M to Logan, N. M., and the authorities expect soon to take up the work of building the roud from Logan to Tucumcari. The con tract has alrendy been let for the con struction of the highway from Tucum cari to Montoyn. Concerted action is necessary lo ac complish anything worth while and it is hoped that the various communi ties through which thu proposed high way is routed are awake to thu possi bilities and that the dream of its pro moters will soon be an accomplished fact. Senator John II. Ilunkhend, chair man of the Committee on Post Offices and Post Roads, to which all highways legislation in the upper branch of con gress is referred, in commenting upon bills now pending, recently mnde this pleu for "roads at home:" "The war showed what the national strength could accomplish in the swift construction of rapid-transit highways and the use thereon of rapid-transit vehicles. "The Nntion trained its Engineer Corps anil sent them to Europu equip ped for the quick construction of the ronds. The part which the United State stook in thu decisive campaign was rendered possible by the use of automobiles and motor trucks over rapid-transit highways. "Now that the war is over the ques tion arises, are not highways as vital ly importunt for the conduct of peace as they were for thu conduct of war? With half the world going to bed nun- gry every night and millions doomed to starvation, is not thu swift construc tion of the highway to the ucre that produces us urgent a necessity as were the rouds in the battle zone? And if the need is as urgent should the Nation slacken its effort or purimt its road- building equipment to ho sold or dis sipated V Should it not rather increase its efforts in this direction und proceed with the construction of highways at homu on u scale commensurate with the 'importance and urgency of the need ? "It is for the Congress of the U. S. to answer these questions. Measures are pending designed to meet the sit uation, three of which are as follows: "Joint resolution 200, authorizing the transfer from the War Department to the Department of Agriculture of all available dispensable and suitable war material for distribution to the highway departments of the several states for use on the highways. "Senate bill 5088 increasing the present unexpended appropriation of ubout $00,000,000 for rond purposes by the uddition of $125,000,000 for expen ditures to June 1920, und $100,000,000 a year thereafter for four years. "House bill 13308 carries an appro priation of $1,000,0000 for an exten what caused it. We thought for a while thut he was going to lose his eyes, so lie was sent to the hospital ut Verdun, and I went with him, nnd saw him comfortably fixed, and came buck. Haven't seen him since but to duy I received a letter from him and he said he was getting niong fine. Certninly sorry to hear of so many deaths from influenza there and hope you people escape. Will have to close here wishing you n merry Xmns und Happy New Year. This leaves me In the best of health and in thu highest spirits. Yours, CORP'L F. A. DRISCOLL. sion of the motor-truck Parcel Post Service. This is an incrense from the $300,000 provided in the Postofllce up propriution bill, which also authorized the Wur Department to transfer to the Post Office Department motor trucks for which it had no further use. Un der last year's appropriation 27 motor truck routes were established, nil but one of which were operated eust of the Mississippi River. The results, even in the initial stage are such as to war rant nn increase in the number of routes and their cxtunsion to the trans Mississippi region, where rail and wn ter facilities of transportation are al together inadequate. "Senate bill 5088 has the approval of President Wilson und Secretary Houston and linker. The proposition not to lessen thu national endenvor in rou dconstruction now that peace has come, but merely to transfer the scene of action from Europe to the homelnnd is but the response to a universal de mand. The public rejoices to see the trophies of war now being brought back from Europe. Equally popular will be the sight of machines thnt built the United States road to the Rhine nt work building connecting highways from Canada to the southern boundary und from the Atlantic to the Pacific through every state in the Union." FREE BAND CONCERT SUN DAY AFTERNOON 3 O'CLOCK The citizens of Tucumcari will have an opportunity Sunday afternoon of listening to thu Hoy Scout band as sisted by the Chamber of Commerce bund in n concert which will he given at the II-H Theatre free of charge. If you like good music you will not re gret taking the time to attend this concept as the boys can play. The following program will be rendered: 1. March "Hanover" by Keiffer. Waltz "Among the Lilllcs" (con cert) by Duble. Trombone Solo E. J. CORN March "Jnunty" Violin Solo L. BLITZ Schottische Pastime .. Cornet Solo P. A. JAMES Selection (operatic) Selected Keiffer Selected . Keiffer Selected Berry SYNOPSIS Poet and Peasant. Martha Carmen Orphus America. You are invited to attend this hand concert which will start promptly ut 3:00 p. m. MRS. II. M. I.OONEY DEAD Mrs. II. M. Looney died Saturday, January 11, after a short illness of pneumonia which followed an attack of the "flu." Mrs. Looney had not been a strong womnn but had been enjoying very good heuith until n few days before death when she contracted the flu. She was given the best of care but it seemed fate was aguinst her and she was called to make the journey to the great beyond. Mr. Looney nnd the children were sick and had hard ly improved sufficiently to nttend the funeral which was held Sunday after noon nt the Baptist church after which the body was taken to Sunnyside cem etery for burial. Mr. Looney nnd the children have the sympathy of all in this sad be reavement. So many have suffered thu loss of dear ones from the flu nnd pneumoniu that death should not huve the sting it once had, but when a mother it taken there is nothing to fill her place. FEED THE BRUTES The way to a Bolshevik's heart Is through his stomach, says President Wilson in effect when he urges con- gross to pass his $100,000,000 relief measure immediately. Food and not force, we nre told, enn alone stem the tide of industrial un rest thnt is sweeping wcstwnrd from Russia. It has reached Germany, und bid fair to cross the Atlantic. Indeed, there are evidences that its advance guards have already reached the western hemisphere. Not only Is North Americn troubled with the mal ady, but our southern neighbors have tasted of it in Buenos Aires, partic ularly. If food will stop the spread of this industrial epidemic, then the remedy will he cheap, even nt the $100,000,- 000 figure se by the president. No doubt the president is right. A hungry mun Is prone to Bolshevism, ns many u housewife will testify. "Si KS. GAUDIN ENTERTAINS Mrs. Al. Gaudin delightfully enter tnincd the Ladies Aid Society of the Presbyterian church at her home, Jan. 9. At which time they elected the fol lowing officers for 1919: President Mrs. Frank Simmons. Vice Prest. Mrs. Al. Gaudin. Sec'y & Trens. Minnie Boon. Press Reporter Margaret Caldwell A dainty luncheon was served. Our next meeting will be held at the homo of our new president, Mrs. Frank Simmons, Thursday, Jnn. 23, As we wish to make this a banner year would request thut all members turn out to this meeting to Install the new officers. WHITE SLAVERS FOIL-ED-LOSE PROSPEC TIVE VICTIM HERE Tucumcuri enjoyed n little excite ment Snturday afternoon and Sunday morning when a message cume here for the Red Cross to meet the train from Amarillo to care for a young lady who would come here from Law ton nnd change trains for El Paso. The Red Cross did ns instructed hut found the young ludy in the hands of a woman from Bisbec who was ably assisted by u man from Dallas, Texas. They told the representatives from the Red Cross that the young lndy was In good hunds but appearances did not justify confidence so the young lndy was taken to u private home und held for another train. The man and womun were quite busy plunning on n scheme to capture their prize ngain, so the woman went to El Paso on No. 1 while the man rcmnincd in Tucumcuri. He visited the hotels und snw thnt his young lady wus not registered so being sure she would not leave before the next day he went to the Cover House und reg istered as John L. Sullivan of Okla homa City. He uroso curly the next morning nnd having nothing to do ns the train wns about six hours lute he evidently visited the Ozurk Trail Gar age and took a pair of overalls and jumper, air guugc and puir of pliers. These he claims to have bought from a Mexican. He took them to the Eat ing House where he had checked his grip and put them in his grip. It was known that he was following the young lady as he called up several places that morning trying to locate Iter, claiming to be her brother, so it wns not thought sufe to allow him to board the train for El Paso on which she was to travel. The officers arrest ed him on suspicion und from develop ments it seems they ure on the track of a real white sluver thu woman who left the night before nnd claims to be a resident of Bisbee, Ariz. At the trinl Wednesday J. E. James alias John L. Sullivan, was found guil ty of petit larceny and fined $10 and costs with 30 days In jail to reform. COMMERCE CHAMBERS DE MAND REPAIR OF DAMAGE January II. Before his depar ture for Paris, Premier Lloyd George wus given u memorandum issued by the Associated Chambers of Commerce embodying the views of chambers in all parts of the country regarding the terms of pence. The following points were urged in the memorandum: The payment by the enemy' of all war expenses. Compensation for loss of property and damage to property arising out of the war. Compensntlon for all pcrsonnl in juries, including a sum representing the cost of nil pensions pnid to dis abled men, women and children. Compensation for the loss in nation al power caused by the denth or dis ablement of potential producers and by the disorganization of means of production and transport. , The payment of all enemy debts nnd interest on nil charges from the day they are incurred until final payment. HERMAN McCASLAND DIES Death came unexpectedly to the home of Herman McCnslond und took him away while he was sitting in n chair by the fire. He had been sick a few days und his wife and children were nlso sick so he thought It wns up to him to see that the fire wus kept up. He wus seemingly getting along very well and had been stirring around the house building lircs anil looking after other work. He fell usleep in n chnir by the stove nnd it is said death came from heart failure while he slept. He leaves a wife and several small children to mourn his death. The fu neral wns conducted Sunday after noon nnd the body wus taken to Sunny side cemetery for burial. He was an engineer on the E. P. & S. W. nnd worked until n few nights before his denth. The family hus the sympathy of all In this untimely death. CITY ELECTION MONDAY P. B. Ilendcrlite wns elected justice of the pence for district No. 1 Mon duy over Arch Hurley, his closest op ponent by n vote of 133 to 58. The contest wns not very spirited as the election had not been very well adver tised and but few citizens knew that an election was being pulled off. J. P. Flores wus elected constable, he practically being the only cundidate in the race. Mrs. Grace George and Mrs. Al. Pn.ltnfrtrtn waka fnltn,1 In PI Pmn leaf Friduy to meeting government repre sentatives concerning the launching of tho fifth liberty loan drive. The date has not yet been set hut announcement will soon ho made as to when the d.-lvo will start and the amount wanted. Attend the Band Concert Sunday.