The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania on June 28, 1918 · Page 7
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The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania · Page 7

Connellsville, Pennsylvania
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Friday, June 28, 1918
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TRIDAY, JUNE 28, 1918. THE DAILY COURIER, CONNELLSVIL.LE, PA. PAGE SEVEN. Albert tree stamps or holes that they had spotted danng the day--In other words, places where they could se the enemy parapets but could not bo seen themselves. Once in position, they would make themselves comfortable, smenr their tin hats with dtrt, get a good rest for their rifles and snipe every German they saw. They i wore extra bandoleers of cartridges, atnce there was no telling bow many rounds they might fire during the night Sometimes they had direct and visible targets and other times they potted Huns- by guesswork. Usually ptGUNNER AND CHIEF PE MEMBER OF THE FOREIGN LEGION OF . .TM,^ ^. CAPTAIN OUN TURRET, FRENCH BATTLESHIP CASSARD WINNER OF THE CRO!X DE GUERRE ,= 1*«C». Thanh frioilAni ·iiiiiiiWifc *.»»«»»«. AcW 1« the reserve trenches you can uake yourself more eomfortabla, but ton cannot go to such extreme lengths if lanry as changing your clothes en- Jrely. That Is for billets, where you iptud moct of your time bathing, :haDging clothes, sleeping and rating. Believe n-e, a billet U great stuff; it la like a «ort of temporary heaven. Of course yon know what the word "cooties" Beans. Let us hope yon will never know what the cooties themselves mean. When yon get in or near the trenches, yon take a course In the natural history of bng", lice, rats and every kind of pest that has ever been Invented. It 1» funny to see some of the newcomers when they first discover a cootie on them. Some of them cry. If they really knew v,h«t It was going to be like they would do worse than that, maybe. Then they start hunting all over each other, Just like monkeys. They team up lor tils purpose, and many times It i* In this way that a couple of men get to be trench partner* and come to be pals /or life--which may not be a long time at that In the front-line trenches it Is more comfortable to fall as'eep on the parapet nre-atep than la the dugouts, because the cooties are thicker down below, and they simply will not give you a minute's rest. They certainly are active little pests. We used to make back scratchers out of certain weapon* that had flexible handles, but never had time to use them when we needed them most We were given bottles 01 n liquid which smelled like Ijsol and were sup- pcced to eoak our clothes In it It was tfeongat that the cooties would object to the mell and quit work. Well, · cootie that coaW stand our clothes without ttte dope on them would not b* bothered by a little thing like this ·tail. Also, oar clothes got so soar ·ad horrible smelling that they hurt e«r noBM worse than the cooties They certainly were game little devils, and rifftt hack at us. to most of the polios threw the ·tope at Fritz and fought the cooties fcand tn hand. ' There was plenty of food In the trenches most of the time, though onca In a while, during a heavy bombard- Bent. the fatigue -- usually a corporars guard -- would get killed In the com xranlcation trenches and we would not cave time to let out to the fatigue and reseoe the grub they were bringing. Sometime* yon could not fled either the fatigue or the rrub when yon got to tfee point wher»'tney had been hit Bat, as I say, we were well fed most ·f the time, and got second and third helpings until we had to open our belts. But as the Limeys say: "Gaw ·limey, the chuck was rough " They ·erred a thick soup of meat cod vegetables la bowM lira si«e ot wash ba- ·ins, black coffee with or without sugar -- oiostly withont ! -- and plenty of, bread. Also, we had preserves in tins, just like the Limeys. If you send any parcels over, do not put any apple and plum jam in them or the man who gets tt will let Fritz shoot him. Ask any Limey Midler and he will tell yon the ·ante. I never thought there was so much jam In the world. No Man's Land looked like a city dump. Most of us took it after a while, Just to fet the bread. Early in the war they used the Una to make bombs of, bat that wos before Mills came along with Ills hand grenade. Later on they flattened oat the tins and lined the dugouts with them. Each man carried an emergency ration In his bag. This consisted of bully beef, biscuits, etc. This ration was never used except in a real emergency, because no one could tell when It might mean the difference between life and death to him. When daylight catches a man In a shell hole or at a post out in No Man's Land he does not dare to crawl buck to his trench before nightfall, and then is the time that his emergency ration comes in hanfly. Also, the stores failed to reach us sometimes, as I have said, and we had to use the emergency rations. Sometimes we received raw meat and fried It to oar dugouts. We built regular clay ovens in the dugouts, with Iron top» for brollinjr. This, of comae, was in the front-line trenches only. We worked two hoars on the fire- step and knocked off for four hours, in which time we cooked and ate and slept This routine was kept up night and day, seven days a week Sometime* the program was 'changed; for Instance, when there was to be an attack or when Frit* tried to come over and vMt, bnt otherwise nothing disturbed oor routine unle»s it was a ga* attack. ( Tne ambition of moat private* 1* to sniper, as the otRdal ·hootera are called. After a private ba* been la the trenches for «fct ·onto* or a year and has shown hi* he becomes the great ·MB he ha* dreamed aoott. We had tw» aBlpen to each compaejr and be- CMM they took more ebaaces with tfMtr n*e* thae the ordinary private* tkey wen allowed more privilege*. It we* et *B peeaible iur **4pen anvmd dry ojaeiter*. the beet e( aa4 ta»y «d **t kav* to Mlev Hal rattia*, bwt came and went M · reie, wee* ewr Jwt beta* ·keito flat. They Potted Hun* by Gueai Work. they crawled back just before daylight but sometimes they were out 24 hours at a stretch. They took great pride in the number of Germans they knocked over and If our men did not get eight or ten they thought they had not done a good night's work. Of course it WQS not wholesale like machine gunning, bat It was very useful, because our snipers were always laying for the German snipers, and when they got Sniier Fritz they saved just so many of our lives. The Limeys have a great little expression that means a lot . "Carry on." They say it is a cockney expression. When a captain falls in action, his words are not a message to the girl he left behind him or any dope about his gray-haired mother, but "Carry on, Lieutenant Whosis." If the lieutenant gets his It is "Carry on. Sergeant Jacks," and so oa as far as it goes. So the words used to mean, "Take over the' command and do the job right" Bnt now they mean not only that but "Keep up your corn-age, and go to it" One man will say It to another sometimes when he thinks the first man Is getting downhearted, but more often, if he is a Limey, he will start kidding him. Our men, of course, did not say "Carry on," and In fact they did not have any expression In French that meant exactly the same thing. Bat they used to cheer each other along, all right and they passed ulong the command when it was necessary, too I wonder what expression the American troops will use, {Yon notice I do not call them Sammies') I took my turn at listening post with the rest of them, of course. A. listening post is any good position *ont in No Man's Land, and is always held by two men. Their job is to keep a live ear oa Fritz and In case they bear anything that sounds very much like an attack one man runs back to hi* lines and the other stays to bold back the Boches as long as he can. You can figure for yourself which IB the most healthful Job. As many times as I went on listen- ug-post duty I never did get to feel- Ing homelike there exactly. You have to lie very still, of course, as Fritz is listening, too, and a move may mean a bullet In the rfts." So, lying on the ground with hardly a change of position, the ·whdleMowcr part at my body would go to sleep before I had been at the post very long. I used to brag a iot abort how fact I could run, so I had my turn as the runner, which suited me all right But livery time I cot to a listening post and started to thmt abont what I would do If Fritz should come over and wondered how good a runner he wan, I took a long breath and said, Teet, do your fluty." And I was strong on duty. After I had done my sttmt in the front-flue and reserve trenches I went back with my company to bfUet*, bnt had only been there for a day or two before I was detached and detailed to ' the artillery position to the right of us, where both the Brltlih and French had motmted naval cons. There were guns of an caliber* there, both naval and field pieces, and I got a food look at the fanura* TBV which are the beat guns in the world, in my estimation, and the onev thing that cared Verrion, Zhc "79*" fired M *ho*a · minute, whera the beet the German gnns eonid do waa atx. The American fleU piece let* * ate tinea · mimte. A CAMOUFLAGE BEDROOM In less time than it takes to tell about it this Living-Room can be transferred into a Bedroom. What would it be worth to you to have an extra bedroom? THIS OITE COSTS JTOTHISGt Because you have to have a living-room anyway more handsomely and comfortably, so you may as well have two rooms, in one. There's no suite that furnishes a living-room The price is .certainly low enough--these 3 magnificient pieces for only _. The Davenport upon which the lady in the picture is sitting can be instantly concerted into a bed and a real, comfortable bed too--a bed that w i l l stand constant seruce because H has a distinctly separate set of real bed springs, upo-, uhich a mattress can be laid and a lull-size double bed made up in the morning and folded away out of sight until night comes and it s time 10 retire Each piece ot Oils suite is ebpecialh w ell constructed The frames are of solid oak, nicely finished in rich, dark golden oak The co\er ng is a good nualitA imitation Jpather, a material that has almost entirely replaced animal lea her fo- upholstering purposes Let us place one of these suites in you*- home while our present low price pre\aiis EASY TERMS ARRAGED SO THAT YOU'LL SCARCELY TEDL THE COST. The Only Store in Connellsville Where You Can Buy the McDougall Kitchen Cabinet When you buy a Kitchen Cabinet you buy It to save \sork. 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On« of these Cedar Chests -will protect them from the moths and at the samo time help to furnish your room Our price for this (PI O f j f Coionoial style is only «P J-«« ' *f LOOK AT THIS POKTAJJLE MODEL 0'LT Ks a Heal Colombia Graiooola and We'll Deliver it to yon oa Terms ot fi.00 a "Week. "We are the authorized agents for Columbia Grafonolas and Columbia Double Disc Records Ail the new ones are here Come in and let us play them for you. Comparisons Always Prove-- TOUTjl DO BE WEE AT ConneR'Tille's Jlost Dependable rnrnitnre Store. tea. The V ·f tfte neefeaalm that made efc at "We" bean te e nee, the h*d tamd tk« ·Mips*, ·« they ' '· «*· ot tfce *-a f *** «· «M1 crater, e* eifbt I latiatevWA. / the alllu claim, there were 4,000 German troops killed. The Boches studied the c°ni and tried to turn out pieces like them at the Krupp factory. Bnt somehow they could not set it Their Imitation "76'B" would only fire flve shots very rapidly and then "cough"-puff, pnff, poff, vrfth nothing coming: out. The destructive power of the "7CV* in eaansons. These gnus hare saved the lives of thooaandg of pollus and TonmriM and it is largely dtio to then that the French are now able to beat Fritz at his own game and give back shell for shell--and then some. CHAPTtB V. Wrth/the My pal Bfcnra, of wham I HQOKI- ue- toft, had been pnt in the infantry when he «nllirted In the Legion, because he had aerred in the United State! infantry. Be soon became a eerxeant, which had been hla rating ID the Araotican aervlea, I Barer raw him In the trendies, because our outfit* were nawinre near eaea ether,' but whenever w» we»e itt billets at tliB mow time, we were together at much as poeaibta. Blows wu a taasf esri asd 1 sorer saw Buyout else moch like him, A bifc tan, FrfAsaiJed, doper-loeldug fel- la*, par?! pafiiif SHU* sad tiliiw itt e»ufU))u« fte din a» aili^m weald ·Brae thiBk ju aata«»46d;;o_maek e* ·was worth Mi salt The boys used to call him "Ginger" Brovrn, both on account of his red hair and his slow movements Bnt he would pull a surprise on yon every once In a while, like this one that he fooled me with One morning about dawn we started ont for a walk through what used to bo Dlunude--piles of stone and brick and mortar. There were no civvies to be secu; only- nrcles and horses bringing up cask* of water, bags of beans, chloride of Umo, barbed wire, ammunition etc. It waa a good thing we were not 0uper*tltlcn!8, At that, tha shadow* along the well* made rao feel ·bftky ·omatlmea. Finally Brown aald: "Come on down; let's »e« the 'TS'a.'" At till* time I had cot seen a "T5," except on a train going to the front, so I took him up ricirt awnj, but was surprised that ho ·bsnld know where they were. After golnc imlf way around Dfat- mode Brown said, "Here wa are," and started right into what we« left of a b" house, I kept wondering how h» would imow ED nmeh about it, bnt tal- lowed Him, laslde the house ,WHS a passageway under the miss. It was aboot aaren feet wide and fifty feet lonjf, I ehaold Judge. AH tits other ead wa* the fwat old "TV pRltffig )ts nose ont of a hofe (A the vTfiii, Tftg pnq enftiin Iffi* fr* were Bitting arstJBf} waitlCf far aottra, nad tii We ttarte4 NI(|M Into Whit Wa Left) 'of a Big Houae. taow firowii wall, I was surprised at that, but still moM EO when he told me I ennkl Bsotaiae the jfnn If 1 wanted to, Jnst aa (f he pwaatl tt, 3e I fttf IB the eeat and trainet} the e*MB wifas ea 8^ objact, opened and closed the breech and eiamined tt» recoil Then Brown said- "Well, Chink, yonl! see some real gunnery DOW," and they passed tile word and took stations. My eyes bulged out -when I sawBrov,n take his station with them' "Silence I" is ebont the first command a Run crew gets -when it Is going into action, but I forgot all about it, and shouted out and aaked Irovm how ho got to be a gtinnor. i t he only grnned and looked dopey, as nsual Then I came to and expected to got a call down from tho officer, bnt Be only grinned and ao did the crow. It seems they had it ull framed to spring on me. and thoy expected I would bo jurpiiHOd, Bo "we put cotton in our oars and tbo captain called the observation tower a short dlHtanee away cud they gave him the range Then the caotaln "rallod t128 matar«" to Brown. Thoy placed the nosn of a shell in a futw Adjuster and turned the huudle until It leached scale OSS, This bet (he fuao to einlede at tho range given. Fh«a they slummed tliu aliell into the brescb, locked it elrat and Brown cent his beat le J-Uta, The barrel Blijlpafl bsefc, threw «ut thfi anei! ease et eiir faet and returned ever a cnsluBa of grease, Tliea we TOOei«d tiia msolte !f talaphone from tbe obsepTOtifm tower, After ha had fired t*elvo sttets jha eaptatn said te Brown, "You should never waste yoor self in Infantry, son " And old dopej Brown just stood there and grinned !Ehat was Brown every time. Hi kneT\ aoout more things than you conlt tTilnlf of He had read about gunner; and fooled around at Dlxmude and they let him play with the "75's," ani finally here he was giving his klndes to old Fritz with the rest of them. I never saw a battery better con cealed than this one. Up on the grounl you couldn't see the murzle twent; yards away--nnd that was all then was to see at anj- dlstacca. The was a ruined garden just mtslde · sun qunrterb, nnd while tie ^ wore there picking ppples tiiere ' be a bins and an erploslon, and ov« ·would go flomo oi! the trees, or mayta a man or two, but never a Ehcll struc] nearer the guns thnn tliot. The poUn, nscfl to thank Fritz for helping then pielt tlio opploa, boceusc the ajloatoni would bring thorn dow-n in great style Shells from onr heavy artillery passe) ijnst ovar fta eafden, too, ,aahing ai awful racket But they were not in I with the "75's." TO BE CON'fl.VtEQ. Who t« Fai Those who advertise Ceuner. in Tlie Hall Patr-anias thoia vfho advirttaa.

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