The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania on July 11, 1918 · Page 7
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The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania · Page 7

Connellsville, Pennsylvania
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Thursday, July 11, 1918
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THURSDAY, TULT 11, 1918 Albert/IDepa THE DAILT COURIER, COWJEUL6VII14B PA. AND CHIEF - OF THE FOREIGN LEGION OF UTM^ «^ GUN TURRET. FRENCH BATTLESHIP CASSArVD' WINNER OF THE CROOC DE GUERRE «£Z2. CHAPTER XIV. Tbe Crelx de Guerre. 'Whcu we had been on the shore tor about three weeks we found our- ttlves one moraini, somewhere'near Md-elBahr uader the heaviest fir* I ever experienced. Onr gun* and the Forks' were it it foil blast, and toe noise WM wone Uutn deafening.' A section of my company was lying oat In a shell hole near the commn- nlcatloa trench with nothing to *o tint wait for a shell to find them. We wer* (tiff and thirdly and uncomfort- ble, and had not slept for two nights. In that time we hud been under constant fire and had stood off several ·aiding j»rtJe» and small attack* tram Boemy trenches. We had no sooner got used to tbe shell hole and were making ourselves u comfortable as i ossible In it when alonf came a shell of what mnst ban ^been the Jack Johnson size, and we "were swamped. W had to dig three of the men oat and though one of them was badljr wounded we conld net ·end him back to the hoipltal In fact, the sh»Ulng was so heavy that none of us ever expc' ted to come out of it alive. Bo, It was like keeping your own death watch, with the shells tuning up for the dirge It'was Impossible to listen to the shells. If Ton kept jour mind on the noise for any length of time It* would split Tour eardrums, I am sure. So all we conld do was to lay low In the shell hole tind wait for something to happen Then they began Ming shrapnel oa m, and on* of our machine fanners, who got up from his knees to change HI* Hawl Taken Clean Off His Shoot de-s. position, had his head taken dean off Ua shoulders, and the rest of hiss landed,near my feet and squirmed a little, like a chicken that had Jus* been Ml»d. It fas awful to see the body without say head more around that way, and we conld hardly nuke oor- selres touch It for some time Then we roCed it to the oBwr aide of the bole. \ Tier to one side of us, there -was · more violent eipJoeioo than any yet The earth spouted up and fen oa OS, aid hi* deads of black snoke, sliding along tt* groand, covered ear shell hole and Inmg there for some time. One of cor" sergeants, frets, U»§ regular Freack Infantry, said It was a shell from a Turkish 150-mn. bswdtier That was only the first one The worst (MajrisoattiMnwaaitbeaaok* think nttoXinh Is 11» see abcvt flfty of tbos» big Isssjltier snaUa SBTStrag. on* tttm another. W* eoe*d a*t ten what the rest «f onr Hs» wa» doing or how we wen ttaadfcag the awral Are, bsjt we Mt ·are they were net tavriae; any wax we wen. to a few mlnates jutte a distance from us and rere battered up at that Some of the men said we had been forgotten and that the rest of our troops had either retired or advanced and that we and the men In the trench who had tried to signal us were the only detachments left there. Pretty soon another man and I relieved the two men who were outside on watch, and as he went down Into the dugout the sergeant shouted to us that he thought the Turks were afraid to attack. He also ordered one of us to keep a live eve toward onr rear In case an? of our troops should try to signal ut When I looked thjough a little euUj "t the top ot the hole towird the other trench all w» keard the toed old "75s" start yirn. s*J It waa like hearing an oH friend 1 * mice over (he telephone, and etetjbedj In oar shell hole rhnrrrt taoogh no one conld hear OB aad we eaold barely hear each other. Urn we knew that tf the "IBs" got going In their nsul style they would de for an enemy battery or two, and that looked good to us. The "Tos" ·ade the nolle worse, but It was already about as bad as It could be, and a thousand gma more or less would not have made It any harder to stand. One at onr men shouted In the ser- gautfc ear that the men In line ahead of ns and to the right were trying to Eire ns a message of some kind. The iwrgeant stock his head above the parapet and had a look. Bnt I stayed where I was -- the sergeant could see for himself and me, too, as far as I waa concerned. He shonted at ns that the men In the other trendi were trying to signal something, but he conld not make It oat because the clouds of smoke would roll between them and break up the words. So he laid down again In the bottom of the hole Bnt after a while he looked over the parapet and saw a roan Just- leaving their trench evidently with a message for us and he had not gone five steps before be was blown to pieces, and the lad who followed him got his, too, so they stopped trying then. ' And all the time the "75s" were sending theirs to the Turks not far over oar beads to 900 yards behind us, and the howitzers were dropping their 240-pound bits of Iron in every vacant space and some that were not vacant. It was Jmt one big roar and screech and growl all at once, like turning the whole dog pound loose on a piece of meat The concussions felt like one long string of boxes on the ear and our throats were so dry that It hurt to swallow, which always makes your ears fed better after a strong concussion One sfter another of our boys was slipping to the ground and digging his nsts Into bis ears, aad the rest of them sat on the parapet nre step with their heads between their knees and their arms wrapped around their heads. Onr sergeant came to me after a while and began acting just like people do at a snow, only he shouted IrateM of whinnered In my ear. When people are looking at one show they always want to tell yon bow good some other show Is, tad that was the way with the sergeant. Ton should see what they Old to ·a at bt. Ed," he said. "They just baptised ns with the big fellows. They did not kmnr when to stop When yon see shenin* that Is shelling, yon will know It, my son." "Well, If this Is not shelling, what the derll la lt Are they trying to kid ns or are yon, mon vltnx*" which Is a French expression that means something like "oW titter " "My son, when yon see dugouts caved In roads poshed all over the nap, guns wrecked, bodies twisted up In knots and forty men killed by one ·hen-- them yon will know yon are Then one of onr men sat np straight against the parapet and stared at us and began to shake all over, bur we conld not get him to say anything or more. 80 we kww he had shell shock. and smother man watched him for a while, and then he began to shake, too. The sergeant add that If we stayed there mncli longer we would not be fit to repel an attack, so he ordered n» Into the two dugouts we had made In the hole, and only himself ind another man stayed outside on watch. The men In the dagoni kept listing ·aeh «4her when the bombardment wooM end, and why we were not rein Ferctd, and what was happening, and whether the Turks would attack ns. It ma easy to see why we were not rein- farced -- no sedy of sjen could IUITO Sot to ns from the rescue trenches. Die communication trenchn* were All I Could See Was Barbed Wire and Smoke. I could see was barbed wire and smoko and two or three corpses I began to shiver a little, nnd I was afraid I would get shell shock, too So I began to think about Murray and how he looked when they Dok him off the wall. But that did not stop the ablTerlng, so I thought about my grandmother and how she looked the last time I saw her I was thinking about her, I guess and not keeping a Tery good lookout, when a man rolled orer the edge and almost fell on me He wns from the other trenches. I carried him Into the dugout and then went oat again and stood my watch until the relief came. We were doing half hour shifts. When I got Into the dugout again, the man was coming to He was jnst about as near shell shock as I bad been--by this time I was eblrertng only ooce In a while when 1 did not watch myself. He said four men hod I been sliced up trying to get to «s Defore he came; that they had lot II men out of their 32 Including the sergeant-major In command and two corporals, that they acre almost out of ammunition, that the trenches OD both sides of them had been blown in and that they were likely to go to pieces at any moment. He said they all thought tho Turks would attack behind their barrage for he snld the curtain of fire did Dot extend more than a hundred yards In front of their trench What they wanted us to do wns to relay a man back with the news nod either get the word to advance or retire or await reinforcements, they did not core which--only to be ordered to do something. There was not a commissioned officer left with either of the detachments, yon seo and you might say we were np In Uie air--only we were renlly as far In the ground as we could get. The man thought there were other of our Unes not far behind us, but we knew better, no then he said he did not see how any one could get back from there to our nearest lines I did not see either Then we all flg urcd we were forgotten and would not come out of there alive, and yon can believe me o^ not. but 1 did not mnch care Anything would be better than Just staying there In that awfnt noise with nothing to do ana no water Our sergpnnt said he would not ask nny man to attempt to carry the message because he said It nas not only certain death, but absolutely useleas. And he began to show that he was near shell ahoclt himself Xhen I began to'Rhiver again and I thought to tnj self that anything would be better than sitting In this hole wait- Ing to go "caf ard,' so J decided to volunteer 1 did not think there was any chance to get through, but It seemed as if I just hnd to do something no matter what. I had never felt that way before, and had never been anxious to "go west" with a shell for company, bat I have felt that way since then several times, I can tell yon. The man waa telling ns that some time before they had seen the Turks bringing up" ammunition from some storehouses, bnt they did not come anywhere near. He said their sergeant wanted onr messenger to tell them that, too He wonld say a few I words very fast then he would shiver again, and his jaws would clip together and be would try to robe his band, but conld not * Then oar sergeant asked ttte name of the other sergeant, and wtien the man told him be said the nan was senior, to himself and therefor* In command and would have to be obeyed He seemed to cheer up~a lot after be said thlfl and did not shiver any more, so I thought I would Volunteer then, so I said to him, "Well, mon vleux do yon think we are seeing real shelling now J", And then I was going to say I would go bnt he looked at me In a funny way for a second and then said, "Well, my son, suppose you go and find oat," I thought he was kidding me at Drat, bat then I saw be meant It I thought two things about It--one was tbat anything was better than staying there, and the other waa that the old dugout waa a pretty fair place after all Bat I did not say anything to the sergeant or the other men--Just went oat of the dugout. The sergeant and ' another man went with me and boost ed me over the back wall of the bole I lav flat on the ground for a minute to ! get my bearings, and then started off , I x e«t my course for where I thought I the communication trenches were to tho right, and I just stood np and ran for I figured tbat as the shells were falling so thick «,ind It was open ground I wonld not bare any better chance If I crawled I tripped several times and went down, and each time thought I was hit, because when I got It in the thigh at Dlxmude it felt a good deal as though I had tripped over a rope And one time when I fell a shell ex ploded near me and I began to shiver again, and I could not go on for a long time All this time I did not think I would get through, bot finally when I reached what bad been the communication trench I felt I had done the worst part of It, and I began to wish verv hard that I wonld get through--I was not at all crasy aboat going west The mouth of the communication trench had been Iwttered In and the trenches It jomed with were all fllleil up Tbere wen rifles sticking oat of them In ser'ral places, and I thought probably the men had been burled alive In them Bnt it* was too lale then. If they had been caught, so J climbed over the- blocked entrance to the communication trench and started back along It It ltd up through a sort of gaily, and I thought It was a bad piocf to dig a coDunoolcatlon trench In because It gave the Turks something like the side of a hill to shoot at Ei cry once In a while I would hare to climb ID and out of a shell hole, and parts of them were blocked where a shell had caved m the walls. In one plaoi I saw eorpws all torn to pieces, so 1 knew the Turks bad found the range and had got to this trench in great shape. At another place I found T ots of blood and eqolpment but no bodies, end I figured that reinforcer menls bad been caught at this spot and that they had retired, taking their casualties witb thita. The Turks still bad the range and they were sending a shell Into the trench every onc in a while, and I was knocked dowa spUn though the shell was so far away that It knocked me down with force of habit more ttjin anything else I felt dlszy and shivered a lot, and kept trying to think of Murray or anything Hue but myself. So finally I got to tbe top of the little hill over which the gully ran, and on tbe other side I felt almost safe Just down from the crest of tbe hill wss o*» of our artillery position: with the good old "TBs" gtTlng it to tbe Turks as fast as they tonld. I told the artillery ofucors what bsd happened hid a drink of water and thought I would take a nnp Bat when they telephoned the message baek to division 1 eadquarters tbe man at tbe reccher »ald something to the officer and he told me to stay there and bs ready I thought rare hi would send me back to where I dune from and I knew I never could make It again bnt I did not say anything When I looked aronad I ..saw that our real position was to the right of where tbe artillery was, and that there were three lines of trenches with French Infantry In them So tbe trenches I had come from were mon like outposts than anything else, and were cut off. I felt pretly snre then, that the boys in them would neret con?-e back alive becw »H troon £2 their fire let up the Tarts would ad vance, and to keep them back our runs wonld have to wipe out oar men, and If they did not the Turks would At first I was glad 1 had come out bnt then I remembered what the artlllerj officer had said and I figured I would have to go back and stay with them or bring them back Either way there was not one chance hi a hundred that any of us wonld make It Because when I got through It wai really Just s miracle find nobody would have thought it could happen Then the officer told mo to go back to tbe beach I u here our naval guns were, and tbatj I was detailed to them Maybe you do| not Uiiuk I was glad? But tbcrc wus] rough work still ahead of me ^because when I got behind tho third line I saw a wide opon field that was light gray from Uio aholl smoke banging over it, and I could see the nssb.cs whora the big ones wore doing their work and I and to go through that field. I fell time and again, sometimes when ^ thought a slicll waa near, and sometimes whoa I had no reason for it--only I was thirsty again, and was shivering all the ttma 1 and was BO weak I could not have choked a gold Bsh I do not remember hardly any tiling about going through that field and you might Bay the next thing I kuew was when I woe overtaken by a dispatch runner, and tot In a tin tub at the side of a motorcycle and was taLen to the guns I felt ready for a Rip Van Wlnklo nap then but tho officer in command would not let me Ho said they woro short of gunners--the tcrrtQc shelling bad killed oft do/ens of them--nno*as be knew I could point u gun be hud ordered them over the telephone to get me to the bench as fast as poss! ble Ue spotted the two warehouses I have spoken of for nie and said It was up to us to put them out of com mission The gun was a 14 Inch na\ dl and tbat looked good to me BO 1 bucked up n lot The M arehousea were about 10 or 11 miles awaj I should judge and about EO or 40 yards aptrt I felt very weak, UFJ I h i v t , sniU and Bluvered every onco In n vhile so I did not think I could do much gunning ^orth. \\hlstllng at. But they loaded the old 14-inch and mnrle ready and we got the range and all was set The officer told me lo 1st her ride So I said to myself, "This Is one for you Murray old boy Lets go froii here ' So I sent that one along and Rhe landed direct and the warehouse v, ent ±»AGE SEBTEN. Learn to Dry Food-- Uncle Sam Will Teach Yiou The government publication shown here explains /drying of fruits and vegetables--a method of food conservation doubly important this ear Drying is easy to do^calls for simple equipment, and requires no sugar Method* tested and proved i?ood by Government specialists axe explained in this bulletin, a copj of which belongs to-every American housewife FARM^HOME DRYING ?f FRUITS ^VEGETABLE.S JOSEPH S CALDWELL Plant PJyrsioIojist, Offfcr of' fforhculhtml'{axutg FARMERS' BULLETIN 98* Umtecl SitAes Dbporlnwnt of Agricultu (?oruriDuu t .' | r\ from t To get this bulletin, clip, fill out, and send this coupon. . S. DFPARTME'lT OF AGKICTJLTCKF. I). C- Please send Farmers Bulletin 984 to (Name) (Street or H. F D Number) (City and State) This space is contributed by The Daily .Courier. 60 I Sent That One Along and She Landed Direct. up In fire and smoke I felt good then and I laid the wires on tbe other warehouse and let her go But she was too high and I made a clean miss Then I was mad because I had sent tbat one over for myself So I got the cross wires on the warehouse again and I laid to myself, "This Is not for any body Just for luck because I snre have bad plenty of It today ' Then tbe Juice came through the wires and Into tbe charge anil away ehe went and up w^n- the second warehouse That made two directs out of three, and I guess It hurt tbe Turks some to lose all thel' ammunition The officer kissed me Before I could duck and slapped me on the back and 1 keeled o\er I was just all in They brought me to with rum and they sail I was singing when I came to When they tried to sing to show me what song It was, I figmed It wad ' Sweet Adeline they meant. Bnt I do not believe I came to singing be cause I ne\er sang Sweet Adeline before, that I know of, or anv other eong when anybodj was in range But I heard It lots of times so maybe I did sing it at that Then I went to sleep feeling fine The next morning tbe detachment from the Cassard waa withdrawn, and I saw some of the men who had been j In the two trenches but I was n o f i near enough to speak to them So I do not know how they got out You never saw n happier bunch In your life than we were when we piled into the lifeboats anfl tt-irted for the Cassard The old ship looked pretty good, to as you con bet and we said If we never put our hoofs on that place again it would be soon enough TO "BE CONTINUED. SALE OF SUGAR TO CONSUMERS . In order to insure as fully as possible the conservation oC the entire fruit crop of tbe present season and to encourage home canning and preserving. the following rale gove-mng family purchases of sugar is made effective, in. Pennsvlvan'a , Consumers may purchase and grocers may sell to any one family, sngar K for home-preserving purposps only in a quantity not to exceed, twenty-five pounds upon the signing by the purchaser and surrender to the seller of a. certificate in the following form SUGAR PURCHASE CERTIFICATE FOR HOME PRESERVING 1918 I hereby declare to the Omted States Food Administration, that I do- sire to purchase from pounds of sugar for my own use for canning and. ureserving purposes , I agree not to order sugir under this ruling from'iny source, in excess of my requirements for this purpose or to use the sugar "so Ordered for any other purpose than that here specified. I have on hand sugar to the amount of I used for canning and preserving in 1917 . Name . pounds . pounds Street or H F D Address Grocers will provide their ovn printed forms for use in tbe sale of sugar undoi this ruling, and will forward, weeklj all certificates received durinsj tlie previous week to the County Food Administrator PATRtHJIZE HOME MERCHANTS WHO ADVERTISE IN THI3 PAPER. "CAJP" WASffT A PBISONEB VEET^ I0¥6. By yz-i.i J i, · -- Y ? i

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