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The Greeneville Daily Sun, Friday May 3, 1918. of a ferrMs! Deserter tWA WWfert a -Prussian Officerl Who Participated in the RavatMt an Piilagm.ot 'Belgium, (Continued from Yesterday) hostile fire, a terrific hail of shells tore tip every foot of ground Thousands of corpses of German feoldlers Indi cated at what enormous cost the Ger mans had brought up all available re serves. The French did everything they could to prevent the Germans from getting the reserves Into action and Increased the artillery fire to unheard-of violence. It seemed Impos sible for us to be able to break through this barrage. We saw hundreds of shells exploding every minute. We were ordered to run the gauntlet of this hell In single file. Lying prone upon the ground, we saw how the first of our men at tempted to pass. They ran, unmindful of the shells bursting around them, like madmen; others were buried under ground thrown up by the high-power explosives, or torn by shrapnel or gren ades. Two men had scarcely reached the line when a well-directed shot from a gun of a large caliber burst directly at their feet. When the smoke cleared, there was no trace of the men. You can Imagine the feelings of those who lay on the ground not 100 feet away witnessing this spectacle, and waiting their turn'. ' , . ; An officer-cried: "Next!" It was my turn. As If aroused from a night mare. I sprang up, my gun In my right fiand, eidenrm In my left, and ran ahead. I dodged two shells just as they burst and ran close to several others, bursting the same Instant. A number of times I sprang back, then ahead again, running to and fro like a roadman, seeking a loophole. Bui every where there was Iron and fire.- I ran like a hunted animal seeking a way to pass to save myself, with a hell In front of me, and an officer's revolver always ready behind. Throwing caution to the winds, prepared to meet death and the devil himself, I at last ran blindly ahead: ran, ran, ran, until someone seized my coat tall and shouted In my ear: "Here we are. Are you wounded? You had better look. Perhaps you are wounded and don't know It" I was among those of my comrades who had gotten through. Trembling all over, 1 stopped and looked around. "Sit down and you will feel better," said one of the men. "We also have trembled." ' Presently some wounded were brought up. There were about 48 men , and n sergeant took command. Noth ing more was seen of our officers. y We continued to advance and passed several German batteries. Many had ' suffered heavily In deid and wounded, which lay around their guns destroyed by enemy fire. Other batteries Rtlll manned were useless because no more ammunition could be gotten through. We paused to rest. Several artil lerymen approached us, and a noncom missioned officer asked them why they did not fire. "Because we have used up all our ammunition," was the answer of one of the battery men. ''ls It Impossible to bring ammuni tion through this barrage?" - "No," replied the artilleryman, 1iut there Is no more ammunition. That is why we cannot get any. At Neufcha teaa we started like wild men after the enemy., Man and beast died from the heat, railroads and other mediums or transportation were left In their dam aged condition In the wild excitement of victory, as we dashed Into the heart of France. We raced on, blindly and thoughtlessly, thereby Interrupting communication with our bases, ran directly Into the trap let for us by the French. Before the Hirst, ammunition and other relief supplies reach es we wiij all be killed." Up to this time we had trusted blindly In the Invincible strategy of our great general staff. Now it was brought home to us on all sides that the French were fighting at home, close to their greatest source of supply, and bad excellent railroad connections at helr disposal. Further than that the j French maintained a terrible artillery fire from guns of far greater caliber than we believed they owned. This led os to the conclusion that they were oc-! cupying positions which had been pre pared for a long time. let we believed that the picture painted by the artil leryman had been too black. We were soon to know better. i As we approached the enemy's trenches, we wereuiet with a heavy machine gun fire, and In double-quick i stop hurried to the temporary protec tion of hastily thrown up dugouts. A hard rain had set In. The field around us was covered with dead and wound ed. Even our trench was filled with wounded, which made its occupation b? the defenders difficult. Many of tt-s wounded men were paralyzed from lying on the filmy ground.- All were without bandages. They begged for treed and water, but we had none for ourselves. They pleaded piteously. Just for s scrap of bread. Many of them ODE J&' had lain In this Inferno for two days. without having eaten anything what ever. We were scarcely established when the French attacked en masse. The oc cupants of these trenches, whom we had re-enforced had already repulsed several of these attacks. They urged us to shoot and fired wildly themselves Into the ranks of the advancing masses, We responded to the exhortations of the Infantry officers: "Fire, Are hard er, harder !" we nrea until tne barrels or our guns became red-hot. The enemy turned. The victims of our fire al ready lying In heaps in No Man's Land oetween our lines and the enemy's were increased by hundreds. The at tack was repulsed. It Is dark, and it rains and rains. All about us In the darkness are heard the wounded weeping, moaning, im ploring. Their cries are augmented by other wounded closer by. All called for bandages, but we had none left. We tore strips from our muddy shirts and with them covered the gaping wounds, Men are dying constantly There are no doctors, no bandages, nothing. The wounded must be assisted, but first the French must be repulsed. The rain falls harder constantly and we are all wet to the skin. We shoot blindly into the night The fluctuating fire of musketry becomes "strong, then weaker, then strong again. We pioneers are scattered among the Infantry. My neighbor touches me. "Say," he calls. ' "What do you want?" I ask. "Who are you?" "Come here," he hissed. It is eerie, alone In this devil's night. "Why are you here? Will you mur der me like those over there. Soon they will return from over there and the fun will be on again. Do you hear the others weep?" And he laughed. Suddenly he started again: "I al ways shoot at them until they stop weeping. That is furi." ,. And again he laughed, maniacally, and louder than before. I realized finally that this man had lost his reason. A man passed bring ing ammunition and Tasked him to fetch the commander at once. The of ficer arrived, accompanied by an infan try lieutenant. I met them and report ed that my neighbor had been firing on the wounded, talking nonsense, and undoubtedly was Insane. The lieuten ant stepped between us. "Can you see anything?" he asked. "Seel No. But I hear them moan 'ng and weeping. As soon as I hit one he Is quiet for he sleeps!" The lieutenant nodded to me. lie tried to take the gun from the man, but the latter seized It quickly and sprang back to cover. From there he fired while standing among the wound ed, until a moment later, he himself fell, riddled by many bullets. The drama had only a few specta tors. ' It was hardly over before it was forgotten. Anything but sentiment. The blind firing continued. The cries of the wounded became constant ly louder. , Why? These wounded lying be tween the two fighting lines are ex posed to the firing of both parties. No one can help them for it would be In sanity to venture into No Man's Land. Ever louder and with more heart rending pleadings, the wounded called for the stretchers, for help, for wateiv At the most a curse or an oath Is the only response. Our trench was filled with several Inches of water and underneath that mud. In- this morass lay dead and wounded, thrown together. It became necessary to make room and so the dead were thrown over the ramparts. At one o'clock In the night men came with stretchers and took away some of the wounded, but for those wretches lying In No Man's Land there was no help. CHAPTER VII. To complete our misery, we received orders during the night to attack the French ut 4:15 In the morning. .We Hindi? our preparations under a pour ing rain. Promptly at 4:15 we went over the top, Jumping over corpses and niTn!.l men. We were forced to re vlrv before a hail of machine gun fire, md sustaining a large number of un necessary casualties. Hardly had-we regained our trenches when the French attacked us. They came within three meters of our trench, and here their attack broke down un der our fire. They too had to retire with fearful losses. Three times In two hours the French attacked, always with heavy losses and no results. We were at our wit's end. Unless help came soon It would be Impossible for us to hold the posi tion. We were tortured by hunger ani thirst as well as being wet to the skin and were so exhausted that we could hardly stand. ' i3ir?3Tfc At ten o'clock the French attacked a fourth time. They came on In enor mous numbers. Our leaders recognized the danger of our position and ordered us back, abandoning the wounded and much booty. By a superhuman effort we did manage to save the machine guns and ammunition. We retreated 1J f -J -4 VL. We Went Over the Top. 1,000 meters and took a stand In our former trenches. The officers told us we would have to make a stand under any circumstances and that the re-en forcements would come soon. In a moment the machine guns were set up and soon we were sending a hall of bullets Into the ranks of our pur suing enemy. His advance stopped In stantly. Encouraged by this success we fired harder, so that the French were compelled to seek cover. The promised re-enforcements failed to appear. About 600 meters to our rear were six German batteries In po sitlon, but they maintained only a very weak fire. An artillery officer appeared before us and asked the commander1 of our detachment if it would not be well to recommend that the batteries be taken back. He said he had learned by telephone that the German line was wavering on its entire length. Before the commander couW reply, another attack en masse followed, which outnumbered us by from five to seven times. Our commander now gave up this position also. Completely de moralized, we retired In flight, leaving the six batteries (3G guns) to be taken by the enemy. The French stopped their barrage fire because they feared to hurt their own troops. The Germans utilized this moment to bring up re-enforcements made up of all branches of the service. Scattered infantrymen, unmounted cav alry, detached pioneers, had all been assembled. Every makeshift was em ployed to fill the ranks. Complete re serve units apparently no longer exist ed on this the third day of the battle of the Marne. Once more the command was given to turn and take a position and the un equal fight began anew. We saw the enemy advance, and seize the bat teries. Then we saw him storming ahead with fixed bayonets. We fought like wild animals. For minutes there raged a bayonet fight beyond descrip tion. We stabbed through the breast through the abdomen, and wherever else we could This was no occasion to employ the bayonet tactics taught at drill, something which must be left for drill-ground practice only. The butts of the rifles whizzed through the air and any man's head which they struck was broken. Hel mets and knapsacks had been lost long since. In spite of the superiority of numbers, the French could not defeat this little group of desperate men. We forgot everything around us and fought like bloodthirsty beasts, thinking of nothing else. Part of our men pene trated the hostile ranks and fought to retake the lost cannon. The enemy recognizing the danger, retreated, and tried to hold the counuered guns with all his energy. We continued to stab, to club, man for man, but the enemy held on to the batteries. Every can non was surrounded by corpses, and every minute new victims were cre ated. The artillerymen who were fight ing with us tried to remove the breech blocks of the guns. Three Germans fought four French men at the third gun which was Just to my right They were all that was left around that piece. At another gun 70 men lay dead or wounded. A pio neer went to the mouth of this gun and with astounding calmness pushed shell after shell Into the barrel, touched them off and ran. Friend and foe alike were torn by the terrible explosion. The gun was completely demolished. Seventy to eighty men were killed for nothing. Aftef an hour's fight all the guns were Once more In our possession. We were now able to approximate the ter rible casualties, In the battle fotVbis battery. Dead and wounded by hun dreds. Infantry, cavalry, artillery and pioneers, covered the narrow strip of ground. Once more we received re-enforce ments. This time four regular compa nies of Infantry had been taken away from another detachment Even if a soldier takes part in everything, he can get only a very restricted view of what Is going on and has absolutely no way of determining how the battle Is going. KfkW ;Wt ..iK'- These re-enforcements had been (Continued To-morrow.) 128 Wounded Sammies Return All in Fine Spirits Envy Their Countrymen Who Are "Going Over." An Atlantic Port, May 2. One hundred and twenty-eight American officers and men of the American ex peditionary forces in France, wound ed in action or ill, have arrived here en route to their homes. All are in fine spirits and say they envy the Americans now going over for crack at the Germans. Must Strike Soon Or Admit Defeat Washington, May 3. The Ger mans must attack soon or ackndwl edge their defeat in their ambitious attempts to utterly crush the allied armies. The present phase of the bat tie is not unlike that before Verdun two years ago, after the first German rush had been stopped and even at tempts to carry small positions had met with defeat. The Germans have lost heavily but the emperor still has reserves to throw in the fight. The defeat Mon day on the Meteren-Voormezeele line has taught the Germans that the allies are prepared to stand their ground and there seems little inclination at the present moment to rlhew, which threatens to be disastrous. WARRENSBURG Once more we have seen the glo rious sunset of commencement. Once more we have parted from friend and schoolmates for the vacation, know ing that we shall never meet under the same conditions, and altogether any more, borne will go out to try to fight the battle of life as school teachers; some will, before the four hort months of vacation end, have enlister in the army and navy to fight; so that the schools may continue, and others, and all, will do their "bit" during vacation to help support the holy cause of the Allies. We know that there will be no slackers on the part of the student body of our school and of all schools all over Greene ounty in speeding up food and pro duction. They will not sit idly dream ing of their future days in school, but they will work work to feed our soldiers and free the world. We have said the sunset of commencement, but we should say the sunrise, for that is what it is to the graduating class. The sunrise to them is so beau tiful. It shows to them new possi bilities, new advantages, and nobler deeds to perform. Never have three young ladies left my High school bet ter equipped, better prepared for life nan they. They are also to be con gratulated on having as their teacher, Prof. R. H. Burkhart, the best man and the best teacher in the county. The program consisting of a play Wednesday evening, and a patriotic exercise inursaay evening was a success. The special Thursday even ing was Dr. Yost's lecture on Patriot ism, which is said to be one of the very best of its kind in the country. riday was commencement day, and Dean Hodge Mathes, of the State Nor mal delivered the annual address to he graduating class. We, as stu dents can truthfully say that we have never spent a more enjoyable term's work; and our greatest desire is to have the same corps of teachers next term that we have had this. The pa trons of the school have been loyal to the school in every way possible, and through their co-operation with the teachers, the school ha3 been made better. But another word to the students, let us stand loyally by our school and country let us work to can the Kaiser; do not waste a bit of time sow, reap and can. You may think your "bit" would not amount to anything, but it is" little thing3 that count. You may waste a biscuit and starve a soldier; by starving a soldier lose a regiment, lose a regiment and lose a battle, lose a battle and lose the war, lose the war and all our institu tions will go down beneath the con querer's heel, and when September comes we may be under German rule, and without any schools to go to. So it behooves everyone of us to do our "bit" to keep the war in Europe and to settle it victoriously for us there. 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My shop is now near Mohawk, Tenn. Any ma chines sent to me to repair should be sent to Mohawk, prepaid. Any ma chines brought to me to repair should be brought to me, near Mohawk, on Knoxville wagon roaa. My postoffice is Midway, Tenn., Rt. I. JOHN M. McKEE. Great War Macliin e Organized at Front U. S. Army Staff Is Rebuilt c.t Business Basis. Allies Best Ideas Used. With the American Army in France May 2. The reorganization of the general staff of the American expe ditionary army, begun the first of March, has been completed and the i overseas forces now have a military machine of balance and proportion that is the most perfect that the army has had since the close of the civil war left us the foremost military na tion of the world. . The war has now been transferred from Washington to France and tho engine for conducting that war w here. The staff has been reorgan ized to form a basts of coordination action between the various genen ! staff departments, and the plan adopt ed was prepared after a comprehen sive study of the staff organizations of the French and British armies and revised as a result of our own expe riences. American methods have been adapted to the peculiar needs of modern warefare as developed by the fighting on the western front. Mark Great Advance. All the requirements of modern field conditions have been met. It is the most complete plan ever formu lated by the American army and marks the tremendous advance in the military science that the expedition ary forces have made since the arri val of the first division of troops in B'rance a year ago. Under the pres sure of necessity the army has ac complished in twelve months what the German general staff achieved in 40 years. 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