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8 THE imOOKLTJT DAILY FAVtZS. YPHK AT FRONT DESCRIBED BY A BROOKLYN MAN Eugens Sullivan of McDonough Street Relates Experiences as Ambulance Driver. candidates. Irrespective of physical I qualifications or otherwise; so, the matter was put up to the crowd very : strongly and in choice language and :it the same time an attempt was ! made to show that we signed up to I escape conscription, etc., even though wo slimed up for ambulance long before before conscription day. Also, the at-' at-' at-' tempt was made to discredit the Na-I Na-I Na-I tional Guard of the United States, but "I immediately voiced my opinion, as also did those of the New Tork Dlvis- Dlvis- : ion. and Xew York City element, and sight of a Germau observation balloon, j was larger than that from the ma- ma- ' an'l the German must have taken a , chine. I had my camera with me. but dislike to my position, physique or just couldn't sn;.p the picture, for as otherwise, because before long some 1 soon as the body landed the nrst nice bis high explosive shells started , French soldiers that reached it cut! I to come my way- way- - so much so I had the burning clothes from the body. ! ' to ntnnn mv .i-ht-speillir .i-ht-speillir .i-ht-speillir .i-ht-speillir .i-ht-speillir tour and, and even then the flesh horned Inst as I retire to the poste de secours ana j'on HIS FEELINGS UNDER FIRE Eugene L Sullivan, son of Dr. John B. Sullivan of 7 4 McDonough street, who is at the front in the great war as an ambulance driver, has written a very interesting letter to his cousin, Joseph J. O'Reilly of this borough, describing his voyage from this port to France and relating many thrilling experiences at the front. While at j McAllen. Toxa.. Gene was made top sergeant of Troop K, First New Tork Cavalry. Th"re are few men better fitted for the exact inz and exci'ins duties of driving "at death-rate death-rate death-rate speed1' the war-field war-field war-field ambulance. He made a notable record some years ago at the annual auto races in Havana, Havana, driving one of the fastest machines machines to second place in the contest. His letter folloevs, In part: "My voyage across the pond was quite uneventful, taking all into con sideration, such as the regular sub- sub- marine scares, etc., hut, as usual, for- for- tune and my past experiences and I natural good nature wiped everybody, j then, immediately, thev changed to and my old fatalistic motto still : other tactics. A bit of news was pub-stands pub-stands pub-stands out: If its to be, it Is to be, I nshed in The Brooklyn Fagle of June or 'if you are going to get it. you , g, on tne front page, about )t. To will but. inciuentallj. he prepared.' . sinw mv r.iri, Piht i Wnrkerl On arrival In Paris, we bumped , ,ike a fool tor them on everything they wanted, and at the same time i t the others who were in an anu which is an enlarged rathole in the ri while there an ambulance from a station nearer the first line of i stood smilinelv over the bod trenches came in with some blesses various ones took the picture. All I (wounded) and left worn mat n; a uum uo was to just everytningi briskly, so we all gathered dirt and threw it on the body until the flames veie exrincmshrf he vietonolis aviator then reached the spot and I while; Eugene I. Sullivan. into a sort other word.' :f family scrap, or we were to become the 'sat tight' and waited to get in am- am- tool of a man at the head of what bulanee service. After three weeks of latly doing more work than any two paid men (they gave me the credit we know in the States as the Ameri can Ambulance Field Service, who has evidently made or put up a bluff ov that he could Immediately suppl build up a force of Camion (?) drivers 6-ton 6-ton 6-ton trucks- trucks- from the ambulance Bridge Work, such at we invariably produce, calls for distinctive methods in mechanical dentistry. The accurate matching of tejth, crtar and sizes, which must fill the gaps, is but ONE of tlw many difficulties encountered. In the perfect conformation of the Bridge lies the real obstacle to be overcome. overcome. Our Bridge Builders are masters irt the art. Our SPECIAL Service Your OLD te-th te-th te-th extracted WITHOUT PAIN and a NEW set. which fits perfectly, ready to wear inside of SIX hours. Decayed teeth saved loose teeth tightened tightened missing teeth replaced without plates. All work guaranteed 10 years. Extractions and all forms of dental surgery made PAINLESS by our NEW METHOD. Fall Setn of Teeth S.VOfl ni '.old CroTvnH, karat. , . . 5.00 up Gold FltllnRS 1.00 op Silver Filling 50 op .'"frnch, German A Swedish Spoken. ifoura. S o . Snixlnyi, 9 to 2. DR. S. C. HART Successor to NEW YORK DENTALPARLORS 446 Fulton Street. Next door to Acker. Merrall & Oonriit's Grocery Store. Corner Hoyt Street. Brooklyn. Be Sure to Get the Right Place. en against their will) they finally i sent me to what Is about their best I section. My one big reason was first '. fo protect my little side-partner, side-partner, side-partner, Mc-Naughton, Mc-Naughton, Mc-Naughton, who would look smaller on the front end of a. five-ton five-ton five-ton truck load-j load-j load-j ed with ammunition; and secondly. 1 came over here to drive an ambulance for at, least si:; months and after ! that, only the good Lord knows what i I will do. It is possible as my time I will be up just before Christmas I I may land home for that day. ! "Well, after being assigned to sec tion .., wc went immediately to the front by going to base of I sector, and arriving there was picked up by section chief find then brought to section headquarters. Next morning, morning, at S, was sent out as aid fo learn 1 roads, stations, poste.s de secours, etc.. 'first station at Arriving here ! I expressed my disappointment, be-j be-j be-j cause everything looked so quiet, ex-j ex-j ex-j cept for the village, which, by the ! way, at one time must have been I lovely, but Germans had destroyed I everything every single house and building only a few houses had walls standing. At the Improvised relay station, or poste, de' secours, I left the ambulance and strolled to the top of a hill to look over everything. Found by German Marksmen. "Here T could see and was In plain Coolest Diningroom in the City GO m TO D A N C i N G BEEKSTEAK DINNER ONE DOLLAR Vocal and Instrumental Mi U Banquet hall in connection with ballroom, accommodating ten to two hundred. Menus and estimates submitted. jFfr Fulton St. a Nnstrand A. trotne to to the first hospital It was then up to us to go forward to Pont to take the place of this ambulance, who on his return would take our place at Well, all went well and we hid the ambulance ambulance at Pont in some bushes to wait for some poor fellow to get his 'ticket' for the hospital. Very little happened that day, except for the shells flying over our heads and a few airplane scraps, but no wounded. wounded. Toward evenins an extra am- am- I bulanee arived and we in the first ambulance got word to go still further to the front, to where they have never had an ambulance before, but on account account of shell-fire shell-fire shell-fire had to wait until darkness. "This was like preparing me for the inevitable, but finally we got a French soldier to guide us. and the driver, Harrv Dunn, the soldier and yours truly," aid. started. All went well until about half over the rocky and muddy road to Dublin I noticed the soldiers running like mad for the trenches. For a few seconds I didn't realize what it meant, until a shell burst right near us and pieces of the shell known as ecla' went hissing right over the top of the ambulance. Right then yours truly grabbed his steel helmet from the guide, who was holding it. and just planted it on his head and, believe believe me. thought of home, mother, etc., said a few prayers and finally landed under the cover, of the French dressing station. Got well located and fixed a stretcher in lieu of a, bed, and just about settled down to rest and sleep while waiting for candidates for ride in ambulance when tne f rencn batteries started UP couple of hundred yards in rear of us and were firing over our heads, and I got up and stood at the door to see the fire of belching batteries, etc. Joe, each time one of those blame things went off my steel (crown) helmet Just naturally rose off my head, but in a few minutes I got used to it and got well used to my surroundings and looked over everything. It seems all the fire of a couple of hours was just a small preliminary to an attack by a small company to jump into the German German trenches, grab about a dozen prisoners and then tmcK again an so they could give the poor Bodies the third degree for general information, information, etc. "Finally, after all the firing, got a French soldier who had the good portion portion of his head left to take to the hospital, and as It was getting near daybreak we were ordered to 'beat it' under cover of darkness, or the little that was left of it. Got out all right, except that we darn near rode on top of a. French battery, just as It was firing, only 100 feet o front of. us, and. believe me. wc hit only the high spots for about five miles. Got to hospital at O. K. and returned to taking up our order of re lief and settled down to enjoy some rest. Nothing doing for a couple of hours until just about 8 a.m.. when our tour of duty (twenty-four (twenty-four (twenty-four hours) was finished, when a lot of machine-gun machine-gun machine-gun (ire attracted our attention to the sky. Describes Battle In the Air. "There we saw in my opinion the most wonderful and yet most horrible horrible duel between two airplanes, French and German. Saw every move they made, until finally the German or Boche we call them machine broke Into flames and immediately the observer of German machine Jumped 7,000 feet to his death, leaving his pilot to finish the struggle; but although although the poor wretch made a grand effort to right his plane after a fall like a, rocket for 1,000 feet, the tail of his machine and one wing broke off and just dropped. While dropping, the flames must have got to him. for he finally Jumped, too, and his machine machine fell one way and he, all in flames, a little further away. All the while the Frenchman In his victorious machine was flying really dropping and followed him down making a spiral dive and landed almost as quick. We jumped Into our ambulance and hurried to the spot, and the sight which greeted us was horrible. Why, the smoke from the German's body and think of the horses I have seen i after a stable fire in New York for that's how the body looked to me. ThaGerman balloon observers took it all in and when the crowd of us I gathered thev had their artillerv lust drop some shells among us, so we 'beat It,' and that was. the end of my first twenty-four twenty-four twenty-four hours on the front. Some baptism. Meets Detective Martin Owens. "I'm getting away back to Section tomorrow morning early, and with me I am taking the selection of the Honor Legion of the Police Department, Department, city of grand old New York, Detective Detective Martin S. Owens. When I arrived arrived in Paris at our headquarters early July 4, I was greeted with 'Hello, Gene, you old son-of-a-gun, son-of-a-gun, son-of-a-gun, son-of-a-gun, son-of-a-gun, son-of-a-gun, son-of-a-gun, here I am.' and honestly, Joe. the best surprise surprise I had in I don't know when because because it was Owens. He Is one of my very few chums of childhood and it is my honest opinion the Honor Legion could not have sent a better representative. representative. For an hour wo were worse than a couple of old gossips, because the Sunday night before I left we stood on Bedford avenue. Brooklyn, talking about, this service and how he regretted he couldn't, be with me and In this short time to be united united is right, for I Immediately went to the right parties and in very short order had Owens assigned to what is known as the best section In the service, service, and even was able to fix up the new ambulance with its plates inscribed inscribed 'Honor Legion, Police Department, Department, City of New York.' "Dr. is returning to the States tomorrow with a vouns ehan (ambu- (ambu- They were a 1 lance driver-to-'ie driver-to-'ie driver-to-'ie driver-to-'ie driver-to-'ie or was to have been), but who on the way over was so scared by the submarines that he actually went crazy, and (I believe) jumped overboard.' Luckily for him, Mr. and Mrs. W. K. Yanderbilt were on board and they are seeing to It that he is returned to his own folks at home. "The parade yesterday of the battalion battalion of the Sixteenth United States Infantry around Paris was the most inspiring sight T have seen in all my life, and to be, an American (n Paris these days is an honor long to be remembered remembered and to be proud of. Why, we own the city and country and have put new life into everybody. "On leaving Paris tomorrow T don't expect to return until September 22, when I have a seven days furlough, or permission. We get such furlough furlough at the end of every three months at the front and can go any place at the reasonable traveling expense expense of the French Government. Already Already I'm trying to see if it's possible to get to London for my 'permission.' How Osborne of Dartmouth Met His Death. "A chap who came over with me Osborne of Dartmouth College, from New ; Jersey some place was only four days in active service With Section Section 28, and in going to the aid of one of his section a.mbulances got stalled himself and while repairing his car the Germans located him by a star shell which illuminates everything, everything, and In this.wfn.y they got a line on him and his ambulance. They paid no heed to Red Cross 011 ambulance, ambulance, but let him have a shell, with the result that one leg was shattered and a piece of a shell went through his body and lung. The poor chap didn't, realize how seriously ho was hurt or that he lost his leg later by amputation, but. was apparently O. J for on the morning of the day he died he was chatting merrily with everyone, everyone, shaved himself and had a smoke. He even wrote a most wonderful and pathetic letter to his parents and yet. that night, he died. Somo say or try to say we don't get under fire. I at least, know what shell (ire Is. It's surprising surprising the number of people I've met. that remember me from all over, especially especially around New York and on the Mexican border. Kven one man from Cuba and a. couplo from Montreal and Chicago and some of the up-State up-State up-State cities." and Lor-ton. to r-eius r-eius The the ine Boy visit Sarmi-ento ana with and The attention the the of The WEATHER FORECAST )

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  1. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle,
  2. 29 Jul 1917, Sun,
  3. Page 8

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