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Connellsville, Pennsylvania
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Monday, July 1, 1918
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"'·"98$ -' \ -v- MONDAY, JULY 1, 191S. THE COURIER, CONNELLSVILLB. PA. PAGE SEVEN. EX-GUNNER AND CHIEF MEMBEK OF THE FOREIGN LEGION OFT FRANCE CAPTAIN GUN TLJRRET. FRENCH BATTLESHIP WINNER OF THE CROOC DE GUERRE t***. m. \, h* .y l*. (X -Th** Sp«U We ran acrcM No Man's Land. I cannot remember, orach about it But wb«n we got to tbe German trench I fell en t*p of mijmms fcllo-n- and my bayonet went light through him. It waa a crime to fKt hira, at that- He m* is delicate as a pencil. When I got back to onr trenche* after m; flrst charge I could not sleep ' tor a lope time aftenrnrd, for rcmein- tering ithat that fellow looked like and how my bayonet slipped Into him and how he screamed when he fell. He'had his leg* and his neck nrtsted nnder him after he got it · I thought .··bout It a lot and It sot to be ulraost : a habit that whenever I was going to · sleep I would think about hira 'and then all hope of sleeping was g» Our company took a German (reach, that time aad along with another company fo«r hundred prisoners. We had to retire because the men on oar · rides did no: get through and we were being flanked. Ent we lost a lot .of men (Joint It. When we returned to onr trenches · ear outfit waa slmplj all in and w» . were Iring around In the front Une, like a bunch, of old rags In a narrow ..alley.. .None of. us showed any signs of life except a working party that " was digging with picks and shovels at some bodies tint had been frozen into the mnd of tbe'trench. , I used to think 4]! O:e Germans were · tig and fat and .strong, and, of course, ·om* of the grenadier regiments are, ,. bat lots of the Bodies 1 saw were and. oome pollu was. sure to shout, "Bight this wiiy. One franc." It was. a standing joke and the; always Old It. The pollu who did It mast was a Swiss and he was always playing a joke on somebody or inltatlng some one of us or making fates. TVe were all sorry when this Swiss "went west," as the ; Limeys say," and we tried to keep up his jokes and say the same things and so forth, Bnt they did not go very, well after he was dead. He got his in the same charge In which the chaplain was wonnded. He was one of tbe bunch that charged before the order was given, when the chaplain got It. and was rofcnlng pretty n«ar me until we sot to the Bocha wire. I had to stop to get through, though must of it was'cut up by artil- · 1*17 fire, but he mast bare jumped It, for when I looked .up he was twenty or thirty paces ahead of me. We got to the Germans aixrct that time and I was pretty busy for i while. But ebon I saw him again. He was polling his bayonet oat of Boche when another made a jab at him and stuck him In 'the arm. Then the Boche made a swing at him with his rifle,,but the Swiss dropped nn one knee and dodged it. He kept defending himself with his rifle, but there was another German on him by thin time nnd he could not get np. The corporal of our squad came op jnst about that time, bnt he was too' late, because one of the Bocae? got to ,the Swiss with bis bayonet. He did not have time to wlth- r UtUe snd weak like this fellow I "got" ^ It ^ etort . 0 ^ nrpon i ^nck him. In my first charge. Tlle otlver j enmm ,j a a e a pa ss a t the The . It was a good piece of work .to take . the prisoners and a novelty for me to look them In the -fare--the fellows I had been 'fighting. Because, when you . look r, Hun In the face, you can see · the yellow streak.. EVen If yoa are their prisoner you can tell that tbe Huns are .yellow. . Maybe yoa have Jieard pigs being : -'butchered.- It sounded like that when we got to them. When they attacked us they yelled -to beat the band. I (U'?3S they thought they coold scare vs. But you cannot scare machine guns nor tlie foreign legion either. So when they could not scare us they were np against It iind bad'to fight. I wlH admit,, though, that the first time Fritz came oyer and began yelling I thought the whole German army was after roe, at that, and Kaiser Bill playing the drum. Aad how they hate a bayonet! They would much rather sit iti a ditch and pet you. I admit not crazy about bayonet fighting myself, us a general proposition, but I w.'.ll say that there have been times whec I was serving a gun behind the front lln-s when I wished for'a rifle and a bayonet-in my-hands and a chance at Fritz man to man. ; It was in this charge that our ctiup- laln waa put out. of commission. A3 we were lined up, waiting to climb on to the fire step and then over the parapet, this chaplain came down the line speaking to cadi man as.he went. He would not say much; but just a few words, and then make the sign of the cross. He was in a black cassock. He was Jnst one man from me as corporal, was too late. corporal beat'him to it and felled him with a terrific, blow from his rifle butt The Huns were pretty thick around there jnst as another fellow and myself -came np. A Bocae swung his rifle tt the corporal and when he dodged It th^ Boche almost got me. The swing took him off his feet and (hen the cor- did as pretty a bit of work as ute now," siUd.the.offlccn, getting on their own ladders · and drawing their rerotvers^though most of the 'officers' of the Legion charged- with rifle and ba.vqnet.11ke their men. Then-- Boom I Slam! Bang! -- sndi the mines went off. ·MJlezI" and then the parapet was filled -with bayonets and men scrambling and crawling and falling and getting up again. The smoke drilled back on us, and then our own machine guns began ahead of us. Up toward the, front the bombers jWere fishing In their bags .and throwing, 'just like. boys after a rat «.long tbe docks. .-; The- black smoke from the "Jack Johnsons" rolled over us and probably tliere was gas, too, bat you could not. tell, The front lines had taken their trenches and gone on and you could see them, when you stood on a- para- ·pct, running 'about like hounds through tie enemy communication trenches, bombing. oat dugouts, disarming prisoners -- very scary-lookins in their musks and goggles. The wonndefi wore coming.. back -slowly. Then we got busy with, our work, in the dugonU fend communication trenches and fire bays, with bayonets and bombs, dig- Stag the Boches out and sending them "west." And every once In a walla a Fritz on one side would step out and yell "Kamcrnd," while, like as not, on the other side, hid pal would 'pot yoa THE "CYCLONE HIGGINS, D. D."-- A Metro feature in which Francis X. Bushman "and Beverly Bayne, are seen in, the leading roles, is being shown today. · Mr. Bushman plays the part of a traveling preacher, a person who fights for the Lord with his firsts as well as his brains. He's a young cyclone when he gets Into action. Beverly Bayne plays the village belle, i The scenes are laid in a tiny hamlet in the. southern. mountains: Emotions are real in Yellville, and. no f-ime is wasted in concealing them. The picture abounds in the quaint types of a backwoods community, where lite is stripped to its realities, and humor is combined with drama in this five act production. also included. A selected comedy is Tuesday "The Cabaret," a five act World feature, in which June Elvidge, John Bowers, [ Montauffue Love, Carlyle Blackwell and George MacQuarrie, World stars, are seen in the splendid roles, will be shown. Ou Wednesday and Thursday "The Man 5£lthout a Country," a tremendous picture that has thrilled the nation, will be shewn.. The picture is t'ae moat timely, pertinent and bjgh- wlth a revolver when you started to 1 clasp feature of ihc season. Florence pick him up, thinking he was wounded. | LaBa.itc apne.irs in the leading role. ' Then we stood aside at tbe entrance i Friday and Saturday Theda Bara will to a dugout and some Boches came out In single file, shouting "Kamerad" i I be presented in "The Forbidden Path," a Fox production of unusual interest. TCHK S01SSOS. At the Soissun this week comedy will predominate. The Brott Stock Comedy company's farce will be cx- -ceediag-ly funny; played by the full cast. The company has -become very popular, and three dlfferpnt comedies will be presented. The patrons o£ the Sblsson may be assured that they will be treated to clean, good comedies that arc worth while. The program Is - varied this week, Jmvina three distinct kinds of entertainment --good comedies, good vaudeville and good pictures. ORPHKIIX THEATJtK. The Bombar* Wert Fishing In Their Bag and Throwing. for nil they were worth. One of the I ever saw. He Jumped for the Boche, | tod Ws mask and le.ce blown off; yet who had fallen, landed OB his face j *»« was trying to talk, with tbe tears with both feet and gave It to the neit rolling down over tbe raw flesh. He one with his" bayonet all at the some died five miautes later. time, taw. He was the quickest man I ever One night, while I was lying back In the trench trying not to think ot soy- There Tfere » jonple of well-known j thing and go to sleep the. bombs began savate'men in the next company and i to get pretty thick around there, and I saw one of them get undo- Prttz'3 when 1 could not stand It any longer guard with his foot and. believe me, there was some force in that kick. I rushed out into the boy of the fire trench nnd right up against the parapet, irhpre It'ivas safer. He mnst have driven the German's chin clear through the back of neck. We thought It was pretty tough luck to lose both the chaplain and the vil- day. AH "P and down the trenches lage wit In tbe sam.s charge, along I oar men were dodging about, keeping with half of our o'fflcerii, and then have! ont of th« way of the bombs tbnt hlgl Hundreds of star shells v,-ere being 'sent both Bides and the field nnd'the trenches were as bright ns to give up the, trench. Every man in the bunch was sore 83 a boil when we got back. CHAPTER VII. Stopping the Huns at Dlxmudc. I was standing in a communication trench that connected one of bur frontline trenches with a crater caused by the explosion of a mine. .All around me men of the third Une were coming were being thrown In onr faces. It did not seem as If there was any place where It was possible to get,cover. Most of the time I" was picking dirt out of my eycil that explosions bad driven Into them.! . If yon went Into a dugout tho men already In there would shout. "Don't stick In a bunch--spread out!" While yon were In a dugout you kept expecting to be. burled alive and when yori went oufHlde you thought the Boches "A DOG'S LIFE"--The flrst ot Charlie Chaplin's million dollar com- edios, will be siou-n today and to- morrw. Also "Flare-up Sal," featuring Dorothy. Dalton, will be shown. This is the portrayal of a wild untamed but w-insame comedy waif in the days of the gold rust, in California ivho, although homeless aad almost, friendless, manages to forge her way through life, in- the end marrying a certain famous bandit, "The Red Rider," who reforms tor love of her. . up, climbing around, digging, hammer-1 w *re aiming at you direct--and thero we got the word and stood up nn thej i n g shifting plnafcs, moving, sandbags I w a« no place at all where you felt fire step. He was not armed with as i B p ' an a fjowa, bringing up new timbers, · safe. V t ^ v . , ., 'fteis ot barbed wire, ladders, cases o) j But the fire bay looked better Omn the other places to me, I had not been there .more than a few mlnntes when nnch as a pin, bnt he Jumped np on ammunition, machine guns* trench mortars--all the things that make an array look like a general store on legs. The noise of the guns was just deafening. Our own shells passed not far above onr heads, so close were the enemy trenches, and' the explosions were so near and so violent that when yoa rested yoor rifle bntt on something solid, like a rock, you conld feel It j shake and bum every time a shell j RESPONSIBILITY FOR GOODS SOLD IS LARGE FACTOR Buyer at Home Has Assurance That Anything Sfot iis Itepresentcd May Bt Rotomet! and Kepinccd. Why sbould we be deluded into; sending our money away from home because of the fulsome and flattering descriptions !n a mail order catalogue? Wiy should we' prefer the tjuesUonable finalities in merchandise, as exploited by a. catalogue writer, to the honest, dependable goods \rhicli we can see before us in our own local stores? . Do KG save money by buying from the mail order houses? Whoa the mat- express charges .out, when, the question of delays, unsatisfactory shipments, breakage, damajjtxj goods,! etc., lias been, answered, where is the I profit, if any? On the other hand, the local merchant is responsible for anything h e 1 uells. The purchaser may examine! any article for sale in the local store j aad b'uy only that which is satisfac-'j lory. It Tvill he delivered without dn- \ lay. If liiere Is any imperfection it | ter of freight and have been figured a big ooe dropped in and that bay was j -will be quickly remedied, if there is j just one mess. Dot of the 24 men In .any shortage in the delivery it will be the bay onJy eight escaped. (supplied at once, .i persona! cal! or .When the stretcher bearers got there j a telephone message will arrange ev- Our first line -was Jnst op" tbe outskirts of the town, In trenches that had been won and lost by both, sides they did not have much to do In the way of rescue--it was more pallbenr- er's work. A stretcher bTjarer -wns picking up oao of the boys, when a grenade landed alongside of him and you conld not find a fragment of either of them. Thnt made two tfmt 'landed within twelve feet of me; yet I was not even many times. Our second line was i n ' scratched. the "streets ana the "third line -was; "VVhen I got so that I could move I almost at the south end of the town, went-over to where the captain was standing, looking through a periscope over the. parapet. I was very nervous The Huns were bard at It, shelling · tbe battered- remains of Dixmodc, and erylbing quickly. And iriicn it comes i to .price you will always get full value I for your money .when dealing with Uie ! local stores. The local dealer buys his merchandise in the open market and be sells h at a prorti to us. j t o the right stretcher .bearers were and ercltcd nnd wns ftfmid to 8 P cafc titled t ! working in ' line*, ao .dose that they i ^ ·"». but somehow I thought I , :i^v.-i lit-. *«« TMT*A*.a Trainer -Bfhi ought to ask for orders. But I ' ., "· not say a word. Finally a whizzed orer oiir heads--Just 1 us, It seemed like, and I broke did you see? Wttuffl all It 3,-are. · two parades passing each! » other. Bat .the bearers from-the coin- j c £ uld ipany near me had not returned from; 3 " c ' 1 ! the emergency dressing station and j ^"SSfr : the wounded were piling np, waiting; °° fc ;», «,, T T for them · ' news? and BO on, I guess I ! A comply ot tteSme Lesion fetran- chntt.rtOte^montaar. gere bad Jnst come no to take their stations In the crater, ..nder the para- el I was the gunner would hare enjoyed it more got bact at Fritz somehow.- But I was not the.gunner . " Y , OT ^f the gunner on're-Just n tlme-ITe lo- ft whole, squad the H»p and; stock: his head oyer the west, besides wounding several others, parapet aad' got It square, landing' Almost before they occupied the right beside see.- I thought he waJ cniter thewin* were laid and reached tilled, but when we (ot back we found back to us, and the lador'came for us he was only wonnded. The-rcin '""ho to remain when we "were until farther «aw It were over the' parapet before 1 ' ordenC : the order, "inu riven 'and then the Then we f ot the complete orders, He asks only a modest prnftt and ho ; is entitled to It. We should be per- : Tectly willing to pay him a profit for j his InvosLmcnt, for his htbor and for his. ability to save us time, trouble aad mondy. If we are not w i l l i n g to do this \ve lank entirely t"he cooperat- .ng spirit and we should not be en;o the advantages afforded us in by his business, enterprise, and don't forget that this Includes your printing. and there was the captain discussing | the matter with himself, cursing thel Germans from here to Helgoland apd | putting in a word for the bombs every! once !n a "while. AH up anrt flown the! trenches you could hear our men { cursing the Genunns In al! kinds ^ o t i languages. Believe me, I did my bit I and I could henr somebody elae usUigi officer and I told him 20, - I had to ! * ool! ° w - TM tca -States cuss, words, shpntrat him .quite a while before he ! **· It.certainly did not mnke me fee!; whole binch.*fter them, becan» they, We were to make DO aolse bnt were .11 ; ,. son . too, thought ae was killed «ntf figured to b. ready In ten minutes. We'pn#?i? u 'f h he neter w e rltln(r 'would' believe me;. 'Then he wanted me to find'.the gunner officer, but I did not know where to find hlnC- If-.! ·otiid . he neter wcnie know how they came .,,, ,,,,,!,, mn d respirators. In ten|« «t »ho«t -Vir TOWS. All the men in rminiites the bombers were to leave the i;' 0 ' ra! ? 3 ° a 1 . ' h TM the comp«i_r were glad when found h« was only wounded. ! of us Tver* OB th-3 flrinc they | trenches. Three mines were to plod* and then we were to take and, step thiocdMBt the day or night the other half would be In the dugout* or alttlor aiwoaii la the bottom of tht trench, playlnj. little gamei or mend- Ins clothe* or alerplng or cdoHng cr dolai a tboomnd and one thing*.. The* men were always in good humor at sveb time* and It teemed to me eren ·wre so when th* enemy fire was teary. If a man was sllcbtly wounded down ·would zam» the rifles to ord«7 arms. hold, it certain portion of the enemy trenches not. fair,'..jiff. We were ail' ready to start np : the ladders when they moved NIK'S section o'rer to oar* and .he. sneaked np -to' me and whispered behind bis bandy "Be ii sport. Doc; make it fifty-fifty-find gimme-a chance." I did not bare any Idea what he meant and he had to get : back to his sqnad. Then tbe bombers, came nr to the .ladders, masked'and : 'with loaded sacks on their left arras. "One mln- . About tills time another bomb came o.ver. and clouted.ont the best frJond ; T ~had In' my company. Before- the war he had been one ol the finest lingers to the ParU opara houses. When he was with ria he used to say that the. only, difference-.between him and Caruso was $2,600 a night ' : ' .. ; A pollu and I dragged him Into a dngont, bat Jt was too late. One. Bide of his face wa« blown off; the whole right «.lde of . him . was stripped o3 and four finger* of the right hand were gone. I stucU: my head out of the dntrnit finy better, but it. gave me something ; to do. 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