The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania on July 15, 1918 · Page 7
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The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania · Page 7

Connellsville, Pennsylvania
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Monday, July 15, 1918
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Albert KDep EX-GUNNER AND CHJEF PETT _. MEMBER^ OF THE FORHGN LEGION OF rit CAPTAIN GUN TURRET. FRENCH BATTLESHIP WINNER OF THE CRO'X DE GUERRE ' Tbcn the Hans began shouting and . ttey ronstea us below deck again. .The 'place where wf had been ivai filled ' Trlth smoke/ from what or why I do ~«ot- -know, but it was almost' Impos- · »ible to breathe In it When the '·moke cleared .np a bit the Marathon started again, for we were still ID our jnderwenr only. One of the boys had pasted Frlti (or clotbinf and Fritz snld : the English bad tough enocgh sklna , ,.»nd they did not need clothing. Then _ he said: ."Walt until you see what oat ' German .winters are like." .The ^ following morning 'the .engines ^bcgan. to tear awny again and the funs started firing. After a while the. Uring. stopped and the engines too, and" after on' hour tbey had the. old man of the Yarrowdale aboard. She wa* a British ship chartered by the French and bound for. Brest nsd Liverpool -with a very valuable cargo aboard-^ ;· airplanes,-ammunition,'food and anto- moblles. · When th?/rousted us on deck again the St.-Theodore wax still In sight, but ·he had the.Yarrowdale Both were trailing behind ns and keeping pretty close on. While we were ·on deck we saw the German sailors at. work OD the mala deck ranking abont ten rafts and when they begun to place ' tins of hardtack on the rafts, a tin'to each, we Imagined they were golnj to heave us over the side and let as so on the rafts! Bnt instead they began telling ns we woold land in the States and then they roosted ns between decks again,'V. ' · ' We had only been there a short time . iwhen some of the German officers came down and asked if any of the. men would volnateer to go firing on th« Tarrowdale, and wo almost mobbed .them to take us. They began patting . down the names of the men who were to go find I talked them Into pnttlng rolnu down too. Then I .felt about five: hundred pounds lighter. Fire o'clock came and by that time I had forgotten to do any worrying. · We recelTed our s nutnml rations and mort of us who ; had volnnteered fig- .nred thut we won id receive ' clothes and slioes. In the morning an offlcer -came down below and read.out the names of those who were to go and I "felt'erenjfghter whea'he called mine. "We were" each frtvon a life :belt and mustered OB deck. -. · · · · . The sea was pretty nasty nnd Mm« of the men had narrow escapes from' falling between thi: Moewe and th« jHJeboats when . the swells rocfced us.. ;· One. man fell, from the ladder and .broke his.neck.on*.'he gunwe.l« of the lifeboat." They tools over '·not after boat to the Tarrowdale until finally we were all there. »Then they mustered us oa ; deck aiad warned us not to ·tart anything, because they had a time bomb In the engine room and two OB the bridge. Meantime they had brought orer several boatloads of hardtack, and we threw It Into No. 3 hold. This was to be oar food for some time. ·aid no. Then I asked him If we had to fire In our fare feet and he said yes--that we did not need shoes. Then b« went Into the engine room. 1 looked at the narrow passage he went, through 'arid' at the narrow passage of the fiddley : to the main deck and I talked to my feet like I used to CHAPTER XVII. Landed In Germany. They had a coolie crew on the Tar- rowdale and when they routed them on deck the coolies begun to pray, and though It Is nothing to laugh at I could not help'but chuckle at the way some of them went about ! talking to their . various gobs. They were beginning to smell danger and were pretty nervous. Every one of the coolies had a cane and a pair of Palm Beach trousers. -The Huns were loading them In the lifeboats to be' taken back to toe Moewe with (heir net bags and one of them got too. nervous and was .slow about getting into the lifeboat, so the Germans snot, him without saying a' word. Then the Germnns called out the nomes of those who had volunteered to go stoking and this Included me. W« were drilled down the Dudley Into the fire .room. The fiddler is a shaft that runs from the main deck of a ship to the engine room. I looked around a hit and saw a German, standing not very, far from the fiddley, so I asked him If we woild be given shoe*. H« "Fe»t, De ,Your Duty." ·t Dixmude. I said: "Feet, do yonr duty." They did Jt and I new up the fiddley. 1 never wanted to see that ·toke bole again. I sneaked up to where the rest of the fellows were and the' guards drilled as Into Ho. 4 hold. There was nothing bnt ammunition In It They .battened the hatches down on us, which made the hold waterproof. And as that made It practically airtight the only air the 580 of us got was through the ventilators. That hold was certainly fool, alley next day some of the men had got f cigarettes somewhere. In a few mlnute» they as well.a* the rest had lit np und were puffing away In great style. I divided a cigarette with another fellow. Remember, we were sitting and standing on ammunition all this time. It shows' how much we cared whether school kept or n o t , Hie Germans'saw the-smoke coming out of the ventilators and they were crazy with fright. A gang of them laid below and rousted us out with whips. They lined ns tip on deck and read us tee-riot act. They drilled ns down Into the coal bunkers. . It was simply terrible there. Coal dust to breathe and eat and sleep on. ' Also, by this time some of the men had lost their'.heads; completely; In fact, had gone violently crazy, and the rest of- ns .were afraid of them. We were; all thinking of the fight that might occur any moment between the Tarrowdale and some other vessel and we knew we were In the likeliest place for the vessel to be struck. Even though we were not hit amidships. If the ship were sinking we did not think the Germans would give us a chance to escape. We figmred from what they had sxld that we would go-down with x the ship. And going down on a ship In which you are a prisoner is quite different from polos down with one for Tthlch yon have been- fighting. Yon arrive at the same place, bat the feel- In? ,1s different Some of us thought of overpowering the crew and taking the vessel into our own hands, and we got the rest of the sane or nearly sane men together and tried to get np a scheme for doing it I was strong for the plan and so were several others, but the Limey ol- ficers who .were with, ns advised against It. They said the Germans were taking as to a neutral country, where we would be Interned, which wos just what the Germans had told us, but what few-of us believed. Thee some others said ,that. If we started anything the Germans would fire the time bomb's. We replied that at least the Germans would go west with ns, but they could not see that' there was any glory in. that. For myr self, I thought the Germans would not fire the bombs until the last minute, and that we would have a chance' at the boats before they got all of us anyway. There were only thirteen German sailors on board, besides their commander. This last Hun was named Badcwite. So the pacifists ruled, because we could not do anything unless we were all together, and) there was no mutiny. They snld we wlere hotheads,-the rest of us, but I still think we could have made a dash for It and overpowered our sentries, and either gone over the Hide with the lifeboats, or taken over the whole ship. It would have been better for us if we had tried, and I f ' the pacifists had known what was coming to us they would have fired the time bombs themselves rather than go on Into that future. However, that Is split milk. "We were not allowed to open^the portholes while we were In the bunkers, under penalty of death, and there In the dark, In that stinking air, It Is no wdnder many ot us went crazy. Among us was a fellow named Har- rlncton, about ets feet tall and welsh- ing 250 pounds. He seemed .to be all right mentally, but some of us thought afterwards he was crazy. Anyway, I do not nlame-h.lm for what he did. Harrington rushed up the fiddley and opened the door. There was a German sentry there, and.Har- rington tnnde a swing at him and then grabbed his bayonet The sentry yelled and some others come down from the bridge and shot Harrington through the hand. After they had beaten Harrington pretty badly, the bull of the bunch, BadewlU himself, came over and hammered Harrington all around the deck. Then they put him In irons and took him to the chart room: The next day we were sitting In the fldilley settles warm when the door opened and there was.Badewitz. He yelled "Heraus!" and began firing at us with a revolver, so we beat it back onto the coal. Pretty soon the door opened again. But it was oaly a German sentry. He threw down a note. It was written In English and read, "Pick out eight men for cooks." So we picked out eight men from the various vessels and they went on deck and rigged lip a galley aft. 15nt we did not receive any knives, forks, spoons or plates. The first meal we got was nothing but macaroni, piled up on pieces of cardboard boxes. Then we appointed four man None of Us Wai Much Better Than a Beast. . to serve the macaroni, and they got four pieces of wood, the cleanest we could find, which was not very clean at that, and they dug around in the macaroni snd divided It up and put it In bur bands. We had to eat it after that from our grimy fingers. Those who were helped first had to go farthest back on the coal to eat it, and those who were helped last got lesg, because the dividers got more careful toward the end and gave smaller portions. . * Bnt we did not 'get macaroni very long. A cook from the Voltaire was cleaning a copper dbde that the mae- nronl had been cooked In, and be was holding It over the side when the vessel rolled heavily, and dropped the dliie Into" the briny. A sentry who saw him drop It forced him up to Badewitz, who began mauling htm before the sentry even had told his story. After a while Bndewltz oult pounding, the cook, and listened to the sentry. Then Budewltz said the cook had put a note in the dlile before he -dropped it, so theyjbeat him np asoia · Investigation Never Lost a Man a Dollar, ^/ ·' · · · . - ..." . . But Has Made Thousands f or Many 'J'HE Courier Job Department can save you money and time on your printing needs, for we have the most modern equipped printing plant in Fayette county. . All we ask is a chance to bid on your work, surely we are entitled to this, Investigate our service and printing. CALL ON EITHER PHONE THE COURIER COMPANY Job Printing Department · \ and put him ID Irons. After thut they MDt tbe rest of the cooks back, and would : hot let them on deck again. They bad* plenty of canned goods and meat aboard, but they would not give as any. Fire of the men were burled at sea that day. More men were going mud erery minute, and it *T*B a. terrible 'place; pitch dark, grimy, loose coal j underfoot, «ml-dn»ty air to breathe, body-Tilth everywhere. Some of the crazy men howled like dogs. Bnt we ·were not as much afraid of these as we -were of the others who kept stlU bat slipped around In the dark with lumps of coal In their hands. We got ·o.we would not go near each other for tear w* were running into a crazy man. Those of ua who were Bane collected aa near the nddley as we could,, and we would not let the others get near os, bnt shoved them back or shied lumps of coal at them, And er«rj once In a while some one of TIB would begin to act queer. Maybe he would let out a howl suddenly, without any warning. Or he would Just quit Ulklng and begin to sneak around. Or he would squat down and begin to mnmble. We could not tell just when a man had begun to lose his mind. He would seem just like the rest of us. because none of ns was much better than a beast. We could not take turns sleeping and standing watch, agalnat the crnzy men, because when we talked about It, we agreed thnt none of us could tell whether or not the sentries would go crazy while ou watch and havo the rest of us at their mercy. It was aw- fal to talk about going crazy In this way, and to figure that you yourself might be the next, and that It was almost sare to happen If you did not get some sleep soon. Bat It was worse to find a man near yon going, and have to boot him out with the other insane men. TO BE CONTINUED. Try Our CtacBlflcd Ads. One cent a word IB all they coat. Try our classified adTcrtisements, EAT MORE COTTAGE CHEESE UPPLIES MORE PROTEIN THAN ONE ROUND YOU'LL NEED LESS MEAT · One pound cf beef, or * pound'of port', or. ;poumf of lemb, or"'- On« pound of veal, or ··· · One pound cf fowl "V- S. Foutl AiiuiJniniraUon." -CAP" StUBBS IT AI/WAYS ENT8 THIS WAT. By EBWDTA s. · r STOP ftU. " " - ' « . , THAT G-WXERYl", ·go * -so ON? «0 TO TH 1 ft TOMMY, AND 6«r A

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