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1tWAN WI] MACHlI "SOMEWHERE IN FRANCE" GUNS I Synopsis.--'ired by the sinki Amnerican lives, Arthur Giy Etupt goes to England and enlists as a CHAPTE.R II. -2 Blighty to Rest Billets. The next inornling thne captaina seln for me and informted me: "Empey, a. a recruiting sergeant you are a wash ot," and sent e to an training depot After arriving at this place, I wa hustled to the qiuartermauster stores and received an awful shock. Thu quartermaster sergeant spread a wn terproof sheet on the ground and coml mended throwing a mniscellaneous as sortmnent of straps, buckles and other paraphernalia into it. I thought he would never stop, but when the pile reached to my knees he paused long enough to say, "Next, No. 5217, 'Arris, B company." I gazed in bewilderment at the pile of junk in front of me, and then my eyes wandered around looking for the wagon which was to carry Ii to barracks. I was rudely brought tc earth by the "quarter" exclaiming "'Ere, you, 'op it; tyke it itw'y ; blind my eyes, 'e's looking for 'Is hatman tc 'elp 'Irn carry it." Struggling under the load, with fre quent pauses for rest, I reached oui barracks (large car barns), and m: platoon leader came to the rescue. I was a marvel to me how quickly hi assembled the equipment. After h 11(1 completed the task, he showed in how to adjust it on my person. Prett soon I stood before him a proper Ton my Atkins in heavy marching ordel feeling like an overloaded camel. On my feet were heavy-soled hoot studded with hobnails, the toes an heeLs of which were re-enforced b Steel half-moons. Mfy legs were ir cased in woolen puttees, olive drab : color, with may trousers overlnppin them at the top. Then a woolen khak tunic, under which was a bluish gra: woolen shirt, minus a collar; beneati this shirt a woolen belly band ahou six inches wide, held in place by tIl strings of white tape. On my hen< was a heavy woolen trench cap, witl hunge earlaps buttonedi over the top Thlen the equipment: A canvas hlelt wvith aml~lnmitlon pockets, and twr wid enny'111nas strinps like suspenders (-ailed "D")' strapls, fastened to the hell in front, passing ove'r each shoulder crossing in the mlddle of my back, and1 attached by buckles to tile rear of the helt. On t he right sidle of' the bell hunmg a water bottle, covered withl felt' on the left side wa's my bayonet and scabbard, arnd i ntrenchirng tool hlandle this harndle st rapped to the bayonel scabbard. In the rear was rmy in tre'nching tool, carried In a canvas case. This tool wais a comb~linlatloll ple(k and spade. A canvas hlaversack was strappedl to the left side of the belt, while on miy back wvas the pack, nism of canvas, held in place by two canyan straps over the shoulders; suspendled on the bot tom of tile pack was 'my mess tinl or canteen in a neat little Canvas onse. Miy waterproof sheet, looking like a jelly roil, was strapped on top of the. pack, with at wooden' stick for cleaning the breach of the rifle pro jecting from each eand. Oil a lanylnrd arounld my waist hung a hluge Jack knife with ai enn-Opener -attachment. The pnck contahined miy oIvercoat, an extra pair oIf soc'ks, change of under wear, 1ho1( all ('onitalining knife, fork, spoon, comib, toothbrush, lather brulsh, shaving soalp, and a razor made of tin wIth "Mande in Enigland" stamhiped or the blade ; whlen tryinlg to shave wviti this it made you wish that you wter< at war with Patagoia, so that yoi could have a "hollow ground" stamnpe' "Made in Germiany") ; then your hou~ist wife, button-cleaning outfit, c'onsistin of a brass b~utton stick, two atti brusahes, and n blox of "Soldier: Friod" paste ; thea a shloe brush an a bn..t of dubbin, a writing pad, lode and personal belongings, such as small milrror, a dlecent razo~r and (1 sheaf of unlanswe'red letters, and fangm In your haversack you carry your iro. rations, meaning a tin of bully heef four biscuits and( aI cani conltaliing ten sugar arnd Oxo cubes; a coule o pIpes and a pack of slhag, a tin of rIfh oil, and a pull-through. Tommy gen orally carries the oil with his rations it gives the cheese a sort of sardlint -taste. Add to this a first-aid pouch andl u long, ungainly rifle patterned after thei Daniel Boone period, and you hlave an idea of a British soldier in Bllighty. Before leaving for France, this rifle * ~ Is taken from him and lie is issued with 'a Lee-Enfield short trench rifle ad a ration bag. >I:n Franes he kotoives two gas hel. .1, TIO 1111:101 [0 WINT 11tH) GU IIIPI!Y E G.INNERERVING IN FRANCE--"' C19I7 DY ARtHNUR GUY EMPEY EMPEY FIRST HEARS THE BIG 300MING. ng of the Lusitania, with the loss of y, an American living in Jersey City, private in the Britiish i army. mets, a sheepskin coat, rubber mack lntosh, steel helmet, two blankets, tear shell goggles, a balaclava helmet. t gloves and a tin of antifrostbite grease 3 which is excellent for greasing the boots. Add to this the weight of his rat bis, and( can you blame Tommy for growling at a twenty-kilo route march? Having served as sergeant major in the United States cavalry, I tried to tell the English drill sergeants their business, but it did not work. They immediately put me as hatman in their mess. Many a greasy dish of stew was accidentally spilled over them. I would sooner fight than be a waiter, so when the order came through from headquarters calling for a draft of 25() re-enforcements for France, I vol unteered. Then we went before the M. 0. (medical offleer) for another physical examination. This was very brief. He asked our names and numbers and said "Fit," and we went out to fight. We were put into troop trains and sent to Southampton, where we de trained, and had our trench rifles is sued to us. Then in columns of twos r we went up the gangplank of a little steamer lying alongside the (ock. At the head of the gangplank there was an old sergeant, who directed that we line ourselves along both rails of the ship. Then he ordered us to takc life belts from the racks overhead and put them on. I have crossed the ocear several times and knew I was not sea sick, but when I buckled on that lift belt I had a sensation of sickness. d After we got out into the stream al y r could think of was that there were r million Grmnan submarines with a tor pedo on each, across the warhead a1 which was inscrihed my name and ad dress. After five hours we came alongside a pier and disembarked. I had at tained another one of my ambitions. I was "somewhere in France." We slept in the open that night on the side of the road. About six the next morn lag we w~ere ordlered to entrain. I Ilooked around for tile passenger coaches, but ail I could see otn the sid lng were cattle cars. We climbed into these. On the side0 of each car wats a sign reading "Ilommes 40, Cheveatux 8." When we got inside of the cars. we thought that perhaps the sign painter had1( reversed the order of things. After 48 hours in these trucks we (detrained at Itonen. At tils place we weont through an~ intensive training for tin (lays. VTa training consisted of the rudi ments of trench warfare. Trenches had beent dug, with barhed wire en tanlgletments, hOminhllg says), dlug'uts, observation post~s and1( machinle gun eat plalcemients. We were given a smat tering of trench cooking, sanitation, homb11 throwving, reconnoitering, listen'I inhg posts, constructing and1( repatiring barbed wire, "carrying in"~ parties, methods used in alttack and1( defense, wiring palrtiles, ma~ss formtion, and1( the procedure for poison-gaus attacks. On tile tenth (lay we agatin met our friends "IIomm~les 40, Chleveaux 8." Ti'rty-six hours mtore of mlisery, and~ we a rrivedl at the town of F--. After unloading our rations and equipment, we lined utp on tile road in ('olumnas of tours wvaiting for the order to mlarchl. A dull rumbling could be hteard. Tite sun was shininig. I turnted to tihe man onl miy left and( tisked, "What's the Ilnoise, Bll ?" lie did( not know, but is I face was of a penl-greenl color. Jim, ont my right, also (d1d not know, but Ssuggested that I "awtsk" the sergeant. y Coing towardls us wats anl old1 griz g i.led sergent, propterly fed up0 witih il tihe wvar, so I "nwsked" him. ."Tlinak it's going tg rain, Herntant?" Sie loiok'el'l at rue 4,,. ,..enrgiy l.l. a gruntedl, " 'Ow's it at-goln' ter raini with a the bloomtin' suni a-shinin'?" I looked .guilty. S"Them's tile gunts tup tile line, meI , ind, and1( you'll get eoullgh of 'emit be ,?tore you gets back to Blighty." rMy knees seemed to wilt, and I squeaked out al weak "Oh I" Then we startedi 01ur marchl up to the line in ten-kilo treks. After tihe first day's march we arrived at our rest blillets. In France they call thiem rest billets, because wile in thema Tommy works seven days a week and on the eighth day of the week he is given twenty-four hours "on is owni" Our billet was a spacious affair, a large barn on the left s1(1e of the road, wvhich ihad one hundred entrances, ninety-nine for shells, rats, wind antd rain. nind the hundradth one for Tom my- I mas tired out, and Using xn 'shrapnel-proof hel tact . shrapnel pro: Di until a piece of shrapnel hits it), or tin hat, for a pillow, lay down in the straw, and was soon fast asleep. I must have slept about two hours, when I awoke with a prickling sensation all over me. As I thought, the straw had worked through my uniform. I woke up the fellow lying on my left, who had been up the line before, and asked him: "Does the straw bother you, mate? It's worked through my uniform and I can't sleep." In a sleepy voice he answered, "That ain't straw, them's cooties." From that time on my friends the "cooties" were constantly with me. "Cooties," or body lice, are the bane of Tommy's existence. The aristocracy of the trenches very seldom call them "cooties," they speak of thema as fleas. To an American flea means a small insect armed with a bayonet, who is wont to jab it into you and then hop skip and jump to the next place to be attacked. There is an .advantage in having fleas on you instead of "cooties" in that in one of his extended jumps said flea is liable to land on the fel low next to you; he has the typical energy and push of the American, while the "cootie" has the bulldog tenacity of the Englishman ; he holds on and consolidates or digs in until his meal is finished. There is no way to get rid of them permanently. No matter how often you bathe, and that is not very often, or how many times you change your underwear, your friends the "cooties" are always in evidence. The billets are infested with them, especially so if there is straw on the floor. I. have taken a bath and put on brand-new underwear; in fact, a com plete change of uniform, and then turned in for the night. The next morn ing my shirt would be full of them. It is a common sight to see eight or ten soldiers sitting under a tree with their shirts over their knees engaging in a "shirt hunt." At night about half an hour before "lights out," you can see the Tommies grouped around a candle, trying, in its dim light, to rid their underwear of the vermin. A popular and very quick method is to take your shirt and draw. ers, and run the seams back and for ward in the flame from a candle and burn them out. This practice is dan. geo s y a,1r a t hoe Anthor' iarentsifcytou Disk.o careful.i Recruits generally sent to Blighty for a1 brand of insect powder adver tlsed as "Good for biody llee." The ad v ertisemenit is quite right ; the powder is good for "cooties ;" they simply thrive on it. The older imen of our battalion were wiser antd madie scratchers out of wood. These were rubbed smooth with a bit of stone or sand to prevent splin ters. They were about eighteen inches long, aind Tommy guarantees that a sc'ratcher of this length wvill reach anmy parlt of tihe body which may be at tmackeud. Someo of the fellows were lazy and only madze their scratchers twelve Inches5, but many a night wvhen on guard, looiking over the top from the fire step) of the front-line trench, they would have giveni a thousand "quid" for the oilher six inches. Once while we were In rest billets an rrish liussar regiment camped in an openI 1field opposite our billet. After they had1( picketed and fed their horses, ai general shirt hunt took place. The troopers ignored the call "Dinner up," anid kept 0on with their search for big gaime. They had( a curious meithiod of lpro(cedlure. Th'ley hung their shirts over a hmed,.e aind heat thlem wIth their en trenching tool handles. I aisked one8 of them why they didn't ic(k them off bly hand, and he an swered, "We haven't had a ba0th for lilne weeks or a change of clabber. If I tried1 to pick the 'cooties' off my shirt, I wold he lhere for duration of wvar" After taking a close look at his shirt, I agreed with him ; it was alive. In the next installment Ser geant Empey tell of the realiza tion of his ambition-his ar rival Iin a first line trench-and of how hea wished he were back in Jersey vitry. (TO Bll' CONTINUIDD.) Chep ntoretyin ear at anly price IMPROVED UNIFORM INTERNATIONAL SIJNDAYS0IIO0L ELSSON (By E. O. SELLERS, Acting Director of the Sunday School Course of the Moody Bible Institute, Chicago.) (Copyright. 1918. Western Newspaper Union.) LESSON FOR MARCH 17 JESUS SENDING FORTH THE TWELVE. (May be used with missionary appli cation.) LESSON TEXT-Mark 6:1-31. GOLDEN TEXT-Freely ye have re ceived, freely give.-Matt. 10:8. ADDITIONAL. MATRIIAL FOR TEACHIIRS-Romans 10:13-15; Isa. 40:3-9; Matt. 28:16-20; Acts 1:6-8; 2:1-4; 16:9-10. PRIMARY 'rOPTC-Jesus feeding the hungry. MEMORY VERSE-Give ye them to eat. Mark 6:37. JUNIOR MEMORY VERSIsa. 62:7. INTIERM EDIATE TOPIC-Messengers of Christ. JUNIOR AND ADULT TOPIC-The power of the Gospel of Christ. The time of this lesson was autumn, A. D. 28; the loction Galilee. I. Marvelous Unbeflief. (vv.1:1-Ga). esus is rejected the second time at Sazareth. Ile entered into the syna gogue on the Sabbath, as was his etus tol, and the people were astonished at his doctrine. ils application of the scripture was similar to that of his first rejection. The significance of this visit is found in verses 5 and 6 -the limitation of the mighty Christ through unbelief by those who knew 111111 best. ii. The Mission of the Twelve. (vv. Ga-10). From the parallel account we find why Jesus sent forth these disci ples (Matt. 9:36)-because the peo ple were scattered as sheep without a shepherd. In the tenth chapter of Matthew we find the names of those whom he sent out (vv. 2-5)), the fiftth verse of which designates that only Jews were included in this mission. We need to remember that these dls ciiiles were sent out before his cruel fixion. Their pilgrim character is shown in Mark 6:9, and the solemn manner of their dealing with those' who reject them is indicated in verse eleven. They were being sent forth as sheep in the mi(lst of wolves. They were to be delivered up to the council and hnled before the rulers of the synagogues, but with them was to go an enabling power (Matt. 10:20). Meeting persecution was to be a part of their program. They anticipate the persecution with which Christ is i(len titled, for he exhorts them (Mntt. 10:28-31), to he of courage and to fear not, for are they not "of more value than the sparrows?" Their going forth was to bring divisions (Matt. 10:34), but also a reward to those who re ceived them aright-a righteous man's reward. (Matt. 10:40-42.) Notice their obedience (Mark 6:12-13), and their achievements as the visible evi dence of the power they had received. Ili. Malignant Hate. (vv. 14-20). Mark gives us the most complete ac count of the death of John the Baptist. It is not a lesson that we need to em phasize to the scholars of the younger gradels, but it has a deep significancee to those of the more advanced dlepart meats of tile Sundlay school; andl if we are going to get the scope of the whlole Epistle of Mfark, it must he0 con sideredl. IIorod thlought he ihadl tri umphled, but lie was dlefeatedl. Thus it is with) tile sinner always-he over shloots the mlark. Germany's hlatred of England stands in the wvay of its comn plete dominaution of Eulrope, and It was1l Germanlly's pride which caused it to make those military blunders whichl prevented it from capturing Paris. So It is withl Satan nndl tile sInner ; just whelin tile victory seemsl to be comlplete God Intervenes. "They thlat be for us are more than they thait are against us." The counteracting power of God oifsets tile devil's hlatre~d so thlat we are mlade "mlore than conquerors through 11111 thnt loved us." * It wias beenulse Jesu~s sent forth these dlisciples thlat they wvere called apostles, literaully "sent ones." They lhad been called unto him (Mark 6:7), then sent forth, not singly, hut b~y twos, so today the lonely servant has with him tile Hol1y Spirit. Our mes sage is "peace," b~ut wve must ihave peace ourselves if we are to impart it to otheCre. If punishlment is to be mleasured by tile ainounat of lighlt one sins against, tile heaviest punishment must rest upon tihose in America and England wh'io know tile gospel hut rejlect it. It is evident thait tile dliseipies re eived great power (vv. 12, 13) as suig gested b~y thleir return (v. 30). Thley actedl wisely in telling Jesu~s "all tings." both what thley had (lone and taughlt. Althoughl seat forth, tihey wereC not to spendl time in visiting andl en tertainIng, nor in seeking tile h~ospItal ity of tile ricih. They were to b~e whlolly dlepenldent u~ponl God, tatking nlothing withl thlem in thleir jlournley higs, b~ut sinf1' andi sandals, betokening their pilgrim charnaeter. The gospel of Mark gives us the pictulre of tile idleal servant. Thlere are minore temptationus to br'eak hte commlllandmhents than there are en couragemlents to keep thlem. Resolve to help break tile temptations and to hleip mlake tile encouragements, in tmaterial things it's not what we wvant bult w"hat wve get thlat counts. In sphiritulai, It's not what we claim but whait we've got. Faith is tile practical exercise of the spiritual eyes. Spirit is the only true substance. 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