Letter to Edward McShane from Brother Charles in WWI France

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Letter to Edward McShane from Brother Charles in WWI France - CHESTER TIMES-CHESTER, PA., TUESDAY, BOROUGHS a...
CHESTER TIMES-CHESTER, PA., TUESDAY, BOROUGHS a two nlghtH will (see a "Fair of the Keasond" J n the Methodist Church basement. land at second base. His pep has stir- I red up UeJgiu/n in the outfeld, and ! he, too, In playing a better game. ' .—...fame «f this great player has leached all UK- way to Palestine and put the punch hi that team that's play- NORWOOD The Norwood Fire Company members are looking forward with much interest to the convention of the Pel- aware County Firemen's Association which will be held In this borough next June and which, now that the war in over, has the promise of being om: i,t the biggest affairs ever held in the. history of the organisation. It will cover a period of three days and will conclude with a memorial service for the borough's departed heroes —on Sunday, A pleasing feature of the Ked Cross parade on the Pike test Saturday night was the patriotic meeting which followed, in the fire house of the Norwood fire company. Norwood's delegation, marched right into the (Ire house, where they were addres.sed by Burgess Gross, Rev. Walls and Rev. Joseph Smith. Tim Lutheran and Methodist churches of the borough will unite in a Thanksgiving service on Thanksgiving morning. The services will bo held in the Methodist church, and it is expected that it will be largely attended. A number of members of the Norwood Fire Company last night attended the meeting of the Delaware County Firemen's Association, at Darby. Plans are being made by the Sunday schools of the borough for their annual Christmas festivals. The Norwood Century Club will hold its meeting tomorrow. ,. ing the Turks. The way Jack pep, pered the old pill in the game a short time ago at St. Mlhlel was a sad blow to the Kaiser. He just knocked the ' cover off the ball. His drives were UPLAND The home of Washington Camp, No. 7S8. P. O. S. of A., in the Pretty Building, was filled last evening, when exorcises in honor of the 25 members that have entered some branch of the United States fighting forces were held. The speaker for the evening was Kev. H. R. McDade, of Trainer, and he gave one of his characteristic talks full of wit, pathos and good common sense. He paid a high tribute to every boy that Is in the service, and especially to the memory of Wilfred Jeft'c-rls, who was the one member of the local camp to give up his life. No Meeting This Week Owing to the regular meeting fall- Ing on Thanksgiving Day night, there will not be any meeting of the local branch of the Red Cross this week, neither will there be any further Wednesday afternoon meetings until further notice. During the winter or until further changes are made, the meetings will be held each Thursday night, beginning next week. Borough Notes Mrs. William Mills and Miss Anna Mills, of Upland avoiiue, loft, yesterday to spend a few days with relatives away from the borough. George K. Crozer, Sr., and Miss Crozer, left their Upland residence yesterday to take up their winter home in thi; Quaker City. Mrs. Samuel Warburton, of Church street, was numbered among the bor- oughltcs that spent yesterday tvith Philadelphia friends. Nicholas DeOroat, of Philadelphia, was numbered among the week-end visitors to Upland. Arthur Kelso, who is with the United States Engineering Corps stationed at Washington, D. C., is enjoying a five-day pass with members of his family on Ninth street. Mrs. Henry Gagner. ot Church street, was i(um£ercd among the bor- oughites that spent yesterday In Philadelphia. James W. Cluelow, of Eighth street, spent yesterday In Philadelphia. John McCulloush, of Philadelphia, spent yesterday with friends in the borough. Andrew Finley, a former well-known resident of Upland, but later living on the Baltimore pike, died at his homo Sunday morning, following an illness of several months. Mr. Finley married Miss Jennie Hall, daughter of Frank Hall, of Sixth street. so long that .the Kaiser's team had to move hack In a, hurry to get in undct them or step out of the way and let .lack run ,iroiind the base at will. Aftei the game be brought quite a fi>w of U German players to the dresxisg room with him and at this time they are back In the interior learning how to play the game. I saw a number of them corning in, but they didn't look like very good ball players. Their suits and bata wertnt in the same class with our'.s. but their baseballs are pretty lively and travel a great distance. I saw in the papers, Ed. when? Jack Dempsey knocked out Fred Fulton twenty-three seconds. That is faster than your old friend Bob could do it in. don't you think? This Pcmpsoy fellow must be same scrapper. I would like to see 'him in action. 1 may get a chance after the war when he meets Willard if he has the nerve to stand before Jess and take the count. I know you will differ with-mo, but wait and see. Well, Ed, I am at the front and have been for a long time, and believe me. it is a great place. I have sidestepped shells, bullets and bombs since I came here and let them go by because I dont' think Fritz has any over there in his big yard for me. I have been in bis yard too, but once more ho failed to get me. 1 have laid in bed at nights and listened to his shells singing over my head and his bullets whizzing in the air. 1 have also been rocked from head to foot by bombs dropped by his aviators flying over head, and worked along the road while his big guns bombarded a town a few squares away from me. One day 1 was working along with a few of the boys when four German airplanes came over our heads. The French and American guns were crack- ing at them in the air, but. they came , "1. " nd ..: lr ° 1>|K :' J * " omb clu . s ." to I 1 !" in spot where we were working. We started up the road so as to get from under the planes, but they dropped another bomb in front of us and cut us off there. V r e started down the road, but Fritz was there with another. I thought it was good night for Charley. We. then started across a field, but Fritz said, no, you can't go that way either, and dropped another one. Well, he had us in a ring, and couldn't get out. Every CLIFTON HEIGHTS The following very Interesting letter was written by Private Charles Jlc- Shane. of this place who has been doing some hard fighting in France "Charley." ns he is familiarly known to hia many friends, Is an expert on baseball and boxing, and before going to war, his opinion on these two lines of sport were nften sought by other sports. Even sporting writers have respected "Charley's" sports opinions which have always been sound. In .his letter to his brother, Edward McSha.ne, ot this borough, he likened the big war to a big baseball game. The letter is as follows: ON ACTIVE SERVICE with tho American Expeditionary Force FRANCE. Sept. 24, 19IX. ' Private Chnrlos»McHhane, Co. B. UGth Engineers, American E. F. via New York: Dear Brother Ed. Well Kd, 1 haven't heard from you in a long, long time. I don't know whether you are living or dead, so I thought I would write to you nnd.lind out just what is the matter. 1 suppose you are busy these days making guns for the boys oVer here to Maze away at the Hun'and d^n't get time to write, bui ju.-it let up a little and drop me a lino and let me know what" you are doing. Well Kd, I followed up the world's series the best I could, and see that Boston won out with the help of Con- nls Mack's old team. It seems to me they can't play a series any more without having some of Mack's men in the line-up. 1 thought Boston would win out. not because It is an American League team, but because I thought they had the goods. I see where base ball has gone on the bum for fair. Well, it is a good thing, for TVS have a big game on our hands over here, a game that lias gone Into cxtr;. innings, but seems to be drawing to a close now. It has been a long drawn out game and it will send a lot of us home to a late supper, but what is the difference when we are going to win out. Foch is great pitcher for a game like this. The longer he is in it the better he gets. Jle has the Kaiser swinging like gate, so with none on and two out don't think he (the Kaiser) has a chance. This fellow Jack Pershlng has put n lot of life, in the game and has worked wonders since he joined tho Allied team. He has improved the playing of this fellow France at short anil Kng- place we went he stopped us with bomb. I started in another direction, and heard another one coming. I dropped in a. trench and waited for the crash, but it failed to go off. I stayed there while he dropped another, and then rose to see them going back behind their Hues. I had had a great time for a while, but.Fritz only wasted his little load. I have seen balloons brought down time, and time again on fire, I saw three burned up one flay in five minutes. I am working in a hospital now and have been working in different ones for the p,-ist month. What I have seen Is an awful sight. 1 have seen the doc. tors operating on the boys for shell and bullet wounds on all parts of the body. I have seen the boy.s. lose arms and legs and fingers and enough blood to float a battleship. Believe me, Erl. this is an awful war. and the boys over here have a lot to go through. When Unele Sam starts the *he.xt Liberty Loan the people over there should turn their pockets inside out for him. Tho should do anything he asks them to help the boys over here. They are putting up a great light and will bring home the baoon in a short time. They are over here in the trenches with shells breaking all around. They are getting a bite to eat sometimes, but not often, and very little sleep. They are depending on the folks nt home to help them out, and they will finish the job soon. So here's hoping- that the eight billion dollar Liberty Loan goes over the top. Just like the U. S. boys go over. I am in fine health. Ed. thank God. and I hope you and the children are the same. Remember me to everybody. Good-bye and good luck. Charley. Chlicken Killers Killed The "mysterious animal" which, for several weeks has been raiding hen- coops, killing chicken^ in large numbers, has been killed. Early yesterday morning, Officer .lohn Leighfon of Garrettford a member of the Upper Darby police, was awakened by noises emi- nating from tho hen-coop of bis neijfh- bor, Thomas Lord. He arose and Are You Filling Boxes fer Soldiers? Put in a jar or two of Meth-o-sol, the liniment for Pains in the Chest, Rheumatism, Lumbago, Pleurisy and muscular pains. Doesn't spill, doesn't spoil. ., The man in the trenches who receives a jar will bless the sender. Meth-o-sol is green in color. Aceept no substitute. Highly recommended by physicians. Sold by all druggists. 35c a jar. The Kelvan Co. Philadelphia. THOUSANDS PROSTRATED DARTING, PIERCING *, SCIATIC PAINS Give way before the penetrating effects of Sloan's Liniment living to but It in and a for E. So do ttiose rheumatic twinges and the Icin-acho of lumbago, the nerve- Sn2ammotion of neuritis, the wry neck, the joint wrench, the ligament sprain, the muscle etrain, and the throbbing bruise. The case of applying, the qniclcnea of relief, the positive results, the cleanliness, and the economy of Sloan'a Liniment make it universally preferred. Collar.

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  1. Delaware County Daily Times,
  2. 26 Nov 1918, Tue,
  3. Page 4

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