The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania on July 13, 1918 · Page 7
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The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania · Page 7

Connellsville, Pennsylvania
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Saturday, July 13, 1918
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Albert EX-CUNNER AND CHIEF PET MEMBER. OF THE FOREIGN-LEGION OF FRANCE ^v, CAPTAIN GUN TURRET. FRENCH BATTLESHIP CASSAW)WINNER OF THE CROOC DE GUERRE Wnen I came to I could hardly make myself think about It Two, at mr pal5 gone' It hurt me so much to think of It that I crashed the letter tip In my hand, but later on 1 could Rad part* ot It. 'It said they had foe ad Brown this way near Dlxmude abont two days after he bad been reported missing. So three ot os west over nnd two stayed then. It seems Tery strange to me tlit both ot my pals should be crucified aad It 1 were superstitions I do not know what I wonld think about it It made me sick and kept me from recovering as fast as I wonld have done otherwise Both "Brown and Murray were good pals and very, good men la a fight I often think of them both and abont I have tried not to think abont them ranch because It Is very saj to thlnlc ·what tnrtnre ttoy most nave had to stand. They were both of great credit to this, country The American consnl visited me quite often and I got to calling him Sherlock because he asked so manv questions. We played lots of fames together, mostly with dice, and had a great time generally. After I became convalescent he argued with me that I hnd seen enough, and though T really did think so--however moch I disliked That I had seen--he got my discharge from the service on acconnt of physical inability to discharge the usual duties. After I had Seen at the hospital for a little over a month I was discharged from It.'after a little party In my ward with everyone taking part and all the horns blowing and ail the records except my favorite dirge played one after another. Sherlock arranged everything for me-- my 'passage to Sew York, cloth- Ing, etc. Ji ran op to St Nazaire and saw my "grandmother, lonfed aronnd a while and also visited Lyons. After a short time I returned to Brest and got my passage on the Georglc for New York. I had three trunks with me fun of tnings I bad picked! up around Enrope and bad bei'n keeping with my grandmother. Among my belongings were several things I should like to show by photographs In this booSr, bat no one bet mermaids can see them now, for down to the locker of Davy Jones they went. CHAPTER XVI. Captured by the Moewe. When the tugs had cast off and after 1 while we hnd dropped our pilot, I said to myself: "Now we arc off, and It's the States for me--end of the Hne--far n r we go--IF--" Bnt the "If" did not look very big to me, though 3 could see It with tbe naked eye all right I got up about four o'clock the next morning, which wns Sunday December 10, 1818--a date I do not thlnlc I will ever forget As soon as I was dressed I went down to tbe forecastle peak and from there Into the paint locfcev where I found some rope. Then back again on deck, and made myself a hammock, which I ritrged up on the boat deck, figuring that I would have a nice sun bath, as the weather had. at last turned clear. As soon as I h d the hammock strtrncr I went down to the baker and had a nice chat with him--and stole a few hot buns, which was what I was really after--and away to the galley for breakfast I.wi 3 almost exactly amidships, sitting on an old orange box. I ha'd not been there long when Old Chips, the ship s carpenter, stuck his bead in the door and sang out, "Ship on the starboard bow" I did not piv any attention to him,'because ·hips on the stnrlioard bow were Bo novelty to me, or on t3ie port either Chips wns not crazy about lookine at her, either, for ae came in and sat on another box and began scoffing. He said he thought she was a tramp and that she Hew the British Hag astern. I nte all I conld get hold of and went out on deck. I stepped ont of the galley jist in time to hee the fun The h'ji was just opposite us when away went our wireless and some of the bo-its oo the starboard side, and then, boom 1 boom t and we heard the report of the gum. I heard the shrapnel whlutnf around ma Just as I had many a time before, .1 jumped back In the and Chips and the cook were i hard they made the pans rattle. When the firing stopped I went np to the boat deck. I had on all of my 'clothing, bnt instead of shoes I was wearing a pair of wooden clogs The Ben and boys were crazy--rushing around the deck and knocking each other down, and everybody getting In everybody else's way. We lowered our Jacob's ladders, tmt some of tbe men and boys, were already in the water Then the German raider Moewe headed right In toward us and I thought she was going to ram us, but she backed water about* thirty yards away She lowered a lifeboat and It made for tbe Georglc, passing our Gien in the water as they came and crashing them on the head with boat Thty Cnthed Them on the Hud With ·oat Hooka. hooks when they could reach them. I noticed that there were led keg In the German boat When the UfelHwt reached the Jacob's ladders I went over to the port kite of the Georgic and tnen tbe Germans came over the side and hoisted ' up the kegs The Germans were i armed with bayonets and revolvers I Some of them went down Icto the en- glne room and opened the eea cocks About this time some of the Limeys came up from the poop deck and I told them to stay where I was and that tbe Germans would take us over In lifeboats. Another squad of Germans hoisted eight of the dynamite kegs on their shoulders and down into I No 5 bold with them. Mean time the Germans saw nit up on the boat deck and came up after us. And over went tbe Limeys. But I waited and one or two more waited with me. When tbe Germans came up to us they had their Revolvers ont and were waving them around and yelling, "Gott strafe England'" and talking about "scbwelnbunde " Then, the first thing I knew, I was kicked off Into the sea. I slipped off my trousers and coat and dogs, and, believe me. It was not a case of all dressed up and no place to go! Then I swam bard and caught np to the Limeys who bad tamped first They were asking each other If tb«y were downhearted and answering, "Not a bit of It, me lads," and trying to sing, 'Tack up your troubles In your old kit bag. only they conld not do much singing on account of the waves that slipped Into their months every time they opened them. That was just like Limeys, though Some of the boys were jnrt climbing up the Jacob's ladder on the Moe-ve when the old Georglc let oat on awfnl roar and up went the deck and the batches high in the air In splinters. One fellow let go his hold on the lad der and went down and be never came np. The Germans were making for the Moewe In the lifeboat and we reached It just before Jhey did. Up the ladder we wen^ and over the side and the Brat thing we caught sight of was the German revolvers in our faces drilling us all into line.. The lifeboat,brought back the ship's papers from the\ Georglc and we had roll call. They kept us up on deck in our wet underwear and it was very cold Indeed. Then tbe first ma^u and the old man and one of the German officers called off the names and we found we had fifty missing The Bocae, commander had gall enough to say that he was not there to kill men bnt to sink all ships that were supplying the allies I He said England was trying to starve Germany, but that they would never succeed and that Germany would starve the allies Tery soon. After roll call some of US' asked the Germans for clothes or at least a place to dry ourselves In, but Fritz conld not see us for the dnst on the ocean and ne just had to stand there and shiver till we shook the deck, almost Then I went and sat down on the pipes that feed the deck winches. Thev bad unite a head of steam in Diem and I was beginning to feel more CDiniortable when I got a good clout alongside of Uie head for sitting there and trying to keep warm It was a Gennan garby and he started calling me all the various kinds of schweln- hfmde be could think of and he could think of a lot fc Finally they rousterc* us ail on another part of the deck tlifn drilled us down Into the forecastle and read the martini law of Germany to us At least I guess that is what it was It mtgK have been the "Help Wanted --Dog Catchers" column from the Berlin Lokal Tnggabble for nil most of us knew or cared. It shows what eardu the Germans are--reading o'J thosx four-to-the-pound words to us shivering garbles, who Old not gUe a dime a dozen whether we heard them or not. Frill is like some other hot sketch he Is funniest when be does not mean to be. Every German Is a vaudeville skit when he acts natural. There were hummocks there and we jumped into them to get warm, but the Oernmns cnme down with their revolvers and bayonets and took tbe hammocks awnv end poured water on the decks and told us to sitep there They could not have done a worse trick than that Then they put locks on the portholes and told as that anyone caught fiddling with the locks wonld be shot at oi.ce Thl", wns because we might sight a British or French man-of-war at any time and ns the Moewc -ft us sailing under the British flag and trying to keep ont of trouble thev did not want us at the ports signaling on*- own wnr- ahipn for help If they had bncked any of the allied ships and had a ficbt ·we wonld have died down there like ratf- Tlie Moewe had already captured the Voltaire, Mount Temple, Cambrian Unnse and the King George and hnd the crews of these vessels between decks with us These men told UH how the Germans were treating them and it looked to me as though the evening wout-i be spent in. playing games and a pleasant time would be had by all--not The crew of the Mount Temple were on deck working when the raider sud ilenly opei/ed Ore on them Two or three men jumped Into tbe water and the Germans turned a gun on them while they were swimming nod killed them That "-as Just a sample of what had happened to them. Tbe men now began running up and down In a line to keep norm, but I took a little run on my own book and treated myself to as much of « once- over of the ship as I could. I do not belie-, e the Moewc had more than ft three-fourths inch armor plate, but behind that she had three rows of pig Iron, which made about a foot iu thickness There was nothing but cable strong along the deck and when I saw that I wonld have given anything to have had a cratk at her wkli a 14-inch nava! And I sure wished hard enough that one of our ships would slip np on us, whether we were caught between decks or not ,. I went aft as far as the sentry would let me and I saw that she had three spore sljc inch guns under the poop deck and two six Inch places mounted astern The gnus were mounted on an elevator and when the' time came they ran the elevator up until the guns were on a level with tbe poop deck, but otherwise they were ont of sight from other ships For our first meal they slung a big feed bag half full of 'ship biscuit-hardtack--to us and some djxles'of tea. After this festival ne began rooming np and down the deck again, because It was tbe only way to keep warm I gness we looked like some of the advertisements in mngarlnes, where they show a wfcole family sit- ting around a Christmas tree in tholr underwear and Selling each other that Whosls Unions--tho Roomy Kind-were just what they wanted from Sunty Only we did not have an) Christmas tree to sit around We must, have looked funny though, and I would have had a good laugh If I had not been so cold. We could not go to sleep because tbe flecks were wet nor could we sit down with any comfort for the same reason Besides, we thought we might A--Armor plate drops placing 6 in sung E--rorecaatle peak C--Ammunition hold. I--Torpedo tub« ralla E--Torpedo tubes F-Poop deck O--.A-ft wheclhoul** H--Deck house. J--Holds K--Disappearing guns aft, mounted on elevator If-Sea (rates. buck np against a British or n French cruiser at any minute and most of us thought we would stay up and get an i eve fuii before -ne started for Dav s well known locker. About two bells the following morn Irg the Moewe's engines began to groan and shake her np a bit and we could hear the blades Jump out of the water eery once in a while and tear away She went ahead iu this way for some time and we were hoping sht was trying to get away from a cruiser and some of ns were pulling for the cruiser to win and others hoping the Moewe would net her heels clear and | keep us from getting ours The Huns were running up and down the deck yelling like wild men and one of our men began to yell too He delirious and after he jelled n i bit he jumped up and made r puss at i the sentry, who shot at him but! missed The shot missed me ton but not very much. Then they dragged the dellrloui man up on deck and Lord knows what they did with him, because we never saw htm again But we dig! not bear an} aounH that they might have m-i.ii. In shooting him. Then the HDDS began shelling* and they kept It np far somecdme Then they ordered u» up on deck j to see the ship they had been firing at and when we came up the companion The Huns Were Running Up and Down ths Deck. way they were Just bringing the other ship's skipper aboard It was the French collier St Theodore hove to off the starboard side with a prize crew from tbe Moewe aboard and wig- wagging'to the raider TO BE CONTINUED If To» An Hunting Bargains Read the advertlselng columns of The Dally Courier Tou will find them. Try our classified advertisements GOOD MORNING BOYS! I AM CLAD TO SEC WHY HAVE YOU STAVED AWAY PROM SUNDAY- SCHOOL Foa THE LAST MONTHS? mNHc*« AND CHANGE YOU a C1.0THES AND CO WTTM WE HAVE THE/H ALRIGHT 5UT ARE TOO SMALL TO WEAR THE B» BOUGHT THEM OM A MAIL -OROE EVEN THE SUNDAY SCHOOLS SUFFER When the boys grew out of their kilts and rompers, it was a. proud father who took them to the home merchant, equipped them with well-fitting, serviceable little suits and sent them proudly and happily off to Sunday school Then came the mail order house's tempting bait In offers of bovs clothing and the father, forgetting the painstaking efforts and pride of the home clothier to outfit the bojs and of the sernce his clothing had rendered fell victim to the alluring beauty of the pictures in the catalogue and sent his monej to Chicago The order was filled--filled with regret to the father The clothing was out o£ all proportion. in size, the family purse had been drained and it was inevitable that the boys would have to wait until time rolled by and they grew into the new possessions Their Sunday school teacher missed them from their accustomed places and learned T\ ith regret of the folly of a father and the misfortune that had befallen the boys. MORAL --The folly of the father is often visited upon unfortunate jouth. A Great Combined Movement by Great People Will Secure a Phenomenal Boost for Yourself end THESE MERCHANTS. Furniture, BUBS, Stoves COMPJLSrT 15*-1S8 YT. Crawford Ave. THE HOKJTEB COMPAIfT Mi-n'a Wear 10« W, Crawford AT*. COLOMAL XATIOSAl BANK Corner Mttsburg Street nod Crawford ATOMS. XcDOMALI) MCS1C AND JELECTBIC CO. Horal Hotel Block US. rittabnrg St. H. KOBACKEK SOUS ·The Big Store" Jf. Pittsbnrg St. C. W. DOWKS Footwear for Fyervbody 127 5. Httibarg St COJMSEL1SV1LLE MAKKET AJfl) KOKTH END MAEKET Leading Grocery Stores 138 aid SIS K. Pittsbnrg St ANDEBSOS-100CKS HABDT7ABE CO, Hardware llfi TT. Crawford Ave. CHAKLES T. GILES Jeweler f 141 West Crawford Aye. BBOWNELL SHOE COHPAin: Saoen West Crawford Av». COSNEHSYIllE »B0G COMPAJTE Drags ISO Wett Crawford Ave, PETIB B. WEEttEB I'ljnos aid Phonographs 12J-129East Crawford Ave. A. W. BISHOP Jewelry 107 West Crawford Are. CROWLET-MESTBEZAT CO. Saoes for the Whale FamBy US W. Crawford Are. ARTMAS WORK Cklna a»d Wall Paper 14 MSI Tl. Crawford Ave. THE CESTRAL STOKE Dry Goods 2H fl. Crawford Ave. ELPERJf'S Ladies' Suits and Coats ISO X. Pittsonrg St FIVE AJN'D 'JEK CEST WALL PAPER CO. Wall Paper ' 103 V. Apple St. WELLS-30LLS MOTOR CAR CO. Agents foi lliUTS-kiughl, Overland Cars, Accessories WERXHEEHER BROS. Men's Store Ui ft. Pittsburg St. COJflfEi/LSVILLE tAUITDBT "Saow TThiU, ".York" 129 Baldwin Ave. COLUMBIA HOTEL Joha Duggan West Side FRISBEE HARDWARE CO. Hardware " v. Crawford Ave. WRIGHT-METZLER CO. Department Store M. Crawford Ave. RAPPORT-FEATHERMAX CO. 1'on Can Do Better Here. DO YOU NEED JOB PRINTING? We do all kinds of Job Printing at our office from the visiting card to the finest commercial work. Try our printing. THE COURIER COMPANY, 137^ W- Main St., Connellsville, Pa. CAP"STUBB8 TIPPTE SOUNDS A FALSE ALAB3C. By EBTTDTJ

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