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Connellsville, Pennsylvania
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Wednesday, June 26, 1918
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(WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 1913. THE DAILY COURIES, CONNELLSVTLLE; PA, PAS AlbeffADep EXGUNNER AND CHIEF PETT\OFFfCEKHjrS-NAVlr MEMBER OF THE FOREIGN LEGION OF FRANCE ^C CAPTAIN GUN TURRET, FRENCH BATTLESHIP tASSAWT WINNER OF THE CROO DE GUERRE ^=£C! CHAPTER I. In the American Navy, My father was a seaman, so, naturally, all my life I heard a great deal about ships and the sra. Even when I vris a Uttle boy, in WnMon, Pa., I thought about them a whole lot and j wanted to bo a sailor--especially a ' f teller in tlie TJ. S. navy. Ton might say I was brought np on the witer. TF^eu I was twelve years old I went to sea av cabin boy on the whaler Iherifus out oC Eos ton. She wag an old square-rigged sailing ship, built more for work than fur speed. We i w«*e out for.'* month 1 * on ray first \ cruise, aad got knocked round a lot, [ especially Jn a storm on tbe Newfound- i land Kaafcs, where \ve lott our lustra- ' meets, and had a haiti tirae navlgnt-' Jcig tlie ship. %YnnIIng crvus work on ' shares and during the two years I was on tbe Therlfus my shares amounted i to fourteen hundred dolla-s. i Then I shipped as first-clas^ holms- \ man on the British tramp Southern-1 down, a twin-screw steamer out of Liverpool. Many poople are surprised , that a fourteen-year-old b -v should be · helmsman on an ocean- ~i; craft, j bat all over the world » will see young lads doing their irtck nt the wheel. I was on the Southsrndown two years and in that time visited most of the Important ports oC Europe. There Is nothing lite a tramp ' ·teamer If you want to see the world, j The Southerndoun Is the vessel that, I In the fall of 1917, sighted a German | U-boat rigged tip like a selling ship, j Although I liked visiting the foreign ports, I got tired of the Southerndown alter a while and at tho end of a voyage which landed me in 'cw York I decided to get Into the United States navy. After laying around for a week or two I enlisted and was assigned to doty eg a second-class fireman, People have said they thought I was pretty small to bo a firToun; they | have the idea that firemen must be big i men. \Vpll, I am 3 feet ?V-i Inches In height, and when I was sHfecn I was Just as tall as I am no^v nnd weighed j 163 pounds. I was a whole lot hnsfc- Gunner Dcpew. !er then, too, for that WPS before my introduction to kultur is G mum pits- on camps, and Hfe there is not exactly lattenfner--not exactly. I do not know -why It Is,, but if you will notice the na'vy firemen--the lads wi'h the red strifes mound their left shoulders-yo*i will i\p«l that almost nil of them are small men. But they arc a husky lot. ' :S"mv. In th navy, they always ha7,e a ncv. comer 11011! he shovs that he can Mtt» cure of himself, and I got mine ^e^y soon after I v*eijt into Uncle fc'nm'fa sarvlce. I was washing my ctotnvi in a bucket on the forecastle doc^:, nnd ^very sarby (s,\Slor) who aunt- alnnp- would give me or the bucket a kick, and spill one or the both of us. Lach time I would move to some other place, but I always seemod to ho in somebody's, way. Finally I saw a marine corair.jf. I was nmr him, but he hauled out of bis course to come up to me and gave the bucket a boot that sent It treaty feet away, nt the same time handing me a clout on the ear that just about knocked mo down. Now. I did not exactly know what a manne, was. and this fellow had so many stripes on his sleeves that I thought he must be some sort of officer, so 1 just stood by. There was a gold stripe (commissioned officer) on the bridge and I knew that If anything ^ as \\rcng he wouid cut In, so I kept looking up at him, but he stayed where he was, looking OD, and never saying a word. And all the time thp marine kept sltimmin? me nboui- and telling me to get the hell out of there. Finally I said to myself, "I'll get tills guy if It's the brig for a month." So I planted him one In tho kidneys r.nd another In the mouth, and he went clean up against tbe rail. But he come beck at me strong, and we were at It for some time. Butwhen It was over the gold stripe ' canie do*\n from the bridge and shook j hands with, ce! j After this they did not haze me much. This was the beginning of a certain reputation that I had in the navy for fist-work. Later on I had a reputation for swimming, too. That first duy they began calling me "Chink," though I don't know why, and it has been my nickname in the navy ever since. It Is a curious thing, and I never could understand It, but garbles and nmrlnes never mfce. The marines are good men and great fighters, aboard ] and ashore, but we garbles never ha%e i a word lor them, nor they for us. On shore leave abroad we pal up with foreign garbles, even, but hardly ever with a marine. Of course they are with us strong in case we hare a scrap with a liberty party off some foreign ship--they cannot keep out of a fight any more tban we can--but after It is over they are on tiielr way at once and we on ours. There are lota of things like that In the navy that yon cannot figure out the reason for, and I think It is because sailors change their ways so little. They do a great many things in the navy because the navy always has done them. I kept strictly on tlie Job as a fireman, but I wanted to get into the gun turrets. It wai; slow work for a long time. I had to serve as second-class fireman for foar mouths, first-class for eight months and in the engine room as water-tendt-r for a year. Then, after serving- on tlie U. S. S. j Des llofnes as a gun-load?r, I was ( transferred to the Iowa and finally j worked up to a gun-pointer. After a j time I got iny C. P. O. rating--chief | petty officer, drst-class gunner. The various navies differ in many! ways, but most of the differences would not be noticed by any one but a sailor. Every sailor has a great deal of respect for the Swedes and Norwegians and Danes; they are born sailors and are very daring, but, of course, their navies are small. The Germans were always known as clean, sailors; that Is, ad In onr navy and the British, their vessels were shipshape all the time, and were run aa swi et as a clock. There is no USP comparing the various navies as to which is best; some' are better at one thing and some at another. The British navy, of course, Is the largest, uud nobody will deny that at most things they are topnotch --least of all themselves; they admit It. But there is one place where tho navy of the United States has It all over every other navy on the seven seas, and that is gunnery. The American navy has the best gamier* In the world. And do not let anybody tell you different CHAPTER II. The War Break*. After serving four years and three months in tbe TJ. 3. nary, I received aa honorable discharge on April 14, 1014. I held the rank of chief petty j officer, first-class gunner. It Is not uncommon for gaibiet to lie around a while between enlistments--they like n vacation as nrach as anyone--and It was my Intention to loaf for a lew ! months before Joining the navy again. After the war started, of course, I had heard more cr less about the German atrocities In Belgium, and while I vras greatly Interested, I was doubt- ] ful ftt first as to the truth of the reports, for I knew how news gets changed In passing from month to mouth, and I never was much of a hand to believe things until I saw them, anyway. Another thing that caused me to be interested in the war was the fact that my mother was born In Alsace. Her maiden name, Dler- vlerrr, la well known In Alsace. T aad often visited my grandmother In St. Nazalre, France, «nd knew the conn- try. So with France at war, It was not strnnge that I should be even more interested than many othpr garbles. As I have said, I did nou take much stock In the first reports of the Hun's exhibition of feultur, because Tritz is known as a clean sailor, anl I floured that no real sailor would ever get mtred up In such dirty work as they said there was in Belgium. I figured the soldiers were like the sailors. But I found out I was wrong about both. One thing thut opened my eyes a bit T\as the trouble my mother hud in getting out of Hanover, where she was n h u n the war started, and bark to France. She always wore a little Am^nrnn flag and this both ·mvcd and fenflnnpered her. Wifiwvt it, the Germans would have Interned her as a Frenchwoman, and with It, he was sneered nt end insulted time and again before she finally managed to get over the border. She died about two' mouths after she reached St. Nazaire. Moreover, I beard the fflte of my older brother, who had made his home In France with ray grandraotbpr. He had gone to the front at the outbreak of the war with tho infantry from St. Xazaire and had been killed two or three weeks afterwards. This made it a sort of personal matter. But what put the' finishing touches to me were the stories a wounded ! Canadian lieutenant told me some months later in Xew "Sorlc. He bud , been there and he knew. You could not help believing him; yon can al-, ways tell It T\hcn. a nun has beta | there antl knoxva. j There was not much racket around New York, so I made up my mind oil of a sudden to go over and get some for myself. Believe me, I got enough racket before I was through. Most of the really important things I have done have happened like that: I did them oa the Jump, you might say Many other Americans wanted a look, too; there were five thousand Americans in the Canadian army at one time they say, I would not claim that I went over there to save democracy, or anything lite that I never did like Germans,, and I never met a Frenchman who was t not kind to me, and what I heard | about the way the Hans treated tbe Bplglans made me sick. I used to get ^ out of bed to go to an all-night picture 1 show, I thought about It so much. But thcro was not much excitement about Kew York, and I figured the U. S. would not get Into It for a while, anyway, so I Jast wanted to go over and see what It "was like. That Is why loL9 of us went, I think, There were fhe of us who went to Boston to ship for the other side: Sflm Murray, Ed Brown, Tim Flynn, Mitchell and myself. Murray wns an ex- garby--two hitches (enlistments), gun pointer rating, and about thirty-five jears old. Brown was a Pennsylvania mun about twenty-sis years old. who had served two enlistments in the U. S. army and had quit with the ran'tt of sergeant. Flynn and Mitrhell werei both ex-navy men. Mitchell was a noted boier. Of the five of ns, I arc tbe only one who went iu, got through nnd came out. Flynn and illtcbell did not go in; Hurray nnd Brown never camp back. The five of us shipped on the steamship Virginian of the American-Hawaiian Unc, under American flng and registry, but chartered by tlie French government I signed on as water- tender--an engine room Job--hut tho others were on deck--that is, seamen, We left Boston for St Nazalrc with n cargo of ammunition, bully beef, etc., and made the first trip without anything of Interest happening. As we were tying to the dock at St Nazaire, I saw a German prisoner sitting on a pile of lumber. I thought probably lie would be hungry, BO I went down into the oilers' mess and got two slices o* bread with a thick piece of beefsteak between them and handed It to Frits. He would not take It At first I thought ho was afraid to, but by oalng several languages and elgna he managed to make me under- i stand that he was not too tnucb to eat, In fact I need to think of this fellow occasionally when I was In a German prison camp, and n piece of moldy bread ' the size of a safety-match box wag the gencrons portion of food they forced on me, with true German hospitality, once every forty-eight hours. I would Dot exactly have refused a beefsteak sandwich, I am afraid. But theu I was not a heaven-born German. I wna only a common. American gurb}'. He was full oC kultur and grub; I mis not full of anything. There was a largo prison camp at St NaKnire, and at one time or another I saw all of It. Before Che war It had been used na a barracks *jy th French army and consisted of well- made, comfortable two-story etone buildings, floored with concrete, with finxtliary barracks of logs. The German prisoners occupied the stono buildings, while the French guards ·» ere quartered In the log bouses. Inside, the houses were divided Into long rooms with TJrhitewaflhed wulls. There was a gyraoa'slum far the prisoners, a canteen where they might buy most of the things you could buy anywhere else In the country, and a studio for the painters among tho prisoners. Officers were separated from, privates-which was a good tiling £or the privates--find were kept In bouses surrounded by stockades. Officers nd privates received the same treatment, however, and nil were given exactly the same rations uad equipment us the regular French army before it went to the front Their food consisted of bread, soup, and vino, as wine is called almofit everywhere Iu the world. In the morning they received half a loaf of Vienna breiid and coffee. At noon they ench had a Itirge dixie of thick soup, and at three In the afternoon more bread and a bottle o£ vino. Tae soup was more like a stew--very thick with meat and vegetables. At one ot the oillcors' barracks there was a cook who had been chef in the largest hotel in Paris before the war. All the prisoners wure well clothed. Once a week, socks, underwear, soap, towels and blankets were Issued to them, nnd every -week the barracks and equipment were f am if a ted. They were gUen the best of medical attention. Besides all this, they were allowed to work at their trades, if they had any. All the carpenters, cobblers, tailors nnd palntcrd were kopt busy, and some of them nicked np mor* change there than they ever did In Germany, they told mo. The musicians formed bunds and played almost every night at restaurants and tbeu- tcs In the town. Those who had no trade were allowed to work on tho roads, parks, docks and at resldeoces about the town. Talk about dear old jail! Ton could not have driven the average prisoner awny from there with a 14-Inch gun. I osed to think about them la Bnin- denburg, when our boys were rushing the sentries In tho hope of being tay- onetted oat of their misery. While oar cargo was being unloaded I spent most of my time with my grandmother. I had heard still more about tho crueJt} of t/ie Huns, and made np my mind to get Into tho service. Murray and Brown hud already enlisted in the Foreign Legion, Brown being assigned to the Infantry and Murray to the French man-of-war Gassard. But when I spoke of my Intnn- tlon, my grandmother cried so much tUat I promised her I would not onlist --thoii time, anyway--and made the return voyape In the Virginian. Wo were no sooner loaded in Boston tnan back to St Nazaire we went. TO BE CONTINUED. THH^f 'CALL THIS MACHil*E i wouto u*e TO SEH -ONE THAT THEY CALL WORN OUT ^ f OSS DlOHT THEM BOTK PROM UOCAL TWS ONC 8£TT£R THAN *£ Darkness Above the Sky. The projectile of the gun with which the Germans have been shelling Paris from a distance of seventy-five miles must rise in Us trajectory to a hpieht of twenty-four rniles above tbo earth. The Scientific American sara it is probable inat at .that li^iRht there- Is so little air that c sky loses It4 blun appearance, because there Is hardly enough o2 It to produce the refraction of light which gives it Its luminosity. "If we could accompanv this shell rra its course." continue*, tho Scientific American, 'Sve should prnbably find (he slry crowing darker find darker, until It becomes nearly black. In the black ky the sun would show ns a ball of flre, while the stars which wero not obliterated by tbp sun's light would nlso be visible. Below us we should have the reflection of sunl.ght from the earth nnd frnm the denser strata of the atmosphere." Can Sleep Anywhere. A soldier i^ho enlisted ard ·was sent to Tlonston was sent out to tbe trencheu for train! rue. and while on daty he uaa grantee! two hours' rest lie was allowed to sleep on the firinR step of the trench, which, ho said. I* nine wide. F"e snid when l\p corals back he will tie able to sleep out on the window sill. WHERE WORKMANSHIP MAKES A VAST DIFFERENCE AVI)en the home mechanic rebuilds a typewriter he reaches the stage of perfection from a inecuamcal standpoint for hi; realizes full well thai the product of his lahor -will undoubtedly be put into service in his home community and he aims to give satisfaction. On the other hand, the mail order man has no conscientious scruples as to where his machine goes or the length of service it may give. Thp difference is that the home rebuilt type- ivmer and the out-of-town rebuilt machines reach the same commercial ofhce and the product of the careless mail order man deteriorates quickly -while the labors of the home mechanic gives service that wins him commendation and increased sales. It is just a question as to the merits of buying at home where one can see the make-up of his purchase or accept what is sent. MORAL:--Buy of the man who aims to please rather than of the man who aims to cover up and deceive. A Great Combined Movement by Great People Will Secure a Phenomenal Boost for Yourself and THESE MERCHANTS. ZOIMESMAX-TVILD COMPANY | Furniture, RDRS, Slores 154-lub M'. Cruivford ATC. V. '. tECKE i Dry Goods 12:! W. Crawford Aye. | THjE HOEXEK COMPANY Ken's Wear 106 Vi. Crawford Are. | COLONIAL NATIONAL BAXK Corner Fittsborg Street and Crarrford Arenae. iD JUL'SIC AXD ELECTRIC CO. Hotel Block N. Tittsburg St II. KOBACKER SONS "The Big Stow" S. Plttsbnrg St C. TV. DOWNS t'ootwcnr for Ercrybodv 127 X. I'ittsbnrg St. COKXJELLSVILLE MAKKET AND NOKXH END MARKET Leading Grocery Stores 136 and 313 X. rittsbnrg St. AT)£RSO"-LOL'CKS HARDWARE CO. Hardmiro 11C V. Crawford ATC. CHARLES T. GILES ' Jowelcr 111 llest Crawford Aye. BROWNELL SHOE COMPANY Slioei Vest Craw ford Are. CONNELLSVliLE DRUG COMPANY I Drags 180 H cst Crawford Are. I PETER R. WEIKER I'innos and Phonographs 127-l-9},nst Crawford Are. A. W. BISHOP Jewelry 107 West Cranfonl ATI-. CROTTLEY-MESTREZAT CO.. Sbocs for (lie Whole Family 113 IV. Cranford Ale. AHTMAN WOKS Clina and Wall Paper 147-151 N , Crawford Ave, THE CENTRAL STORE Dry Goods 211 W. Crairford A-re. ELPEBN'S Ladies' Suits and Coats 130 X. Pittfbnrg §t FIVE AND TEN CENT WALL PAPER CO. Wall Pnper 103 IV. Apple St WELLS-MILLS MOTOR CAR CO. Agents for Wlltjs-Kiiight, (herlund Cars, Accessories WEHTHEUIER BEOS. Men's Store 124 X. I'ithbnTB St CONN£LLS\ILLE LAUNDBY "Snow l^liite llorl." 129 Baldnia Are. COLUMBIA HOTEL John Duggnn West Sido FRISBEE H A R D W A R E CO. Hardware \\. Crawford Arc. WRIGHT-MEXZLEIl CO. Department Store \\. Crawford Ave. RAPPORT-FEATHrmiAX CO. You Can Do lictter Hero. Sour stomach, clogged np bowels, ! pimples, blackheads, foul bieath. are evils ol constipation. HoUisiar's Rocky Mountain TOJ- regulates Lhe · bowels, pur if es tlie stomach, expels decay matter from svslem. Nature's, wondrous herbs. Positive results. 35c. Tea or Lab.ets. Conuellsville [ Drug Co.--Adv. j DO YOU NEED JOB PRINTING? We do all kinds of Job Printing at our otfice from the visiting card to the finest commercial work. Try our printing. THE COURIER COMPANY. 127^ W. Main St., Connellsville, Pa. CAP"STDBBS SCHOOL IS OUT! Bj EDWJDVA E.6.'. V'J3 · LI KCi TO- "CAV- BUT I OTTO iOB NOW OVER AT

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