The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania on July 18, 1918 · Page 7
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July 18, 1918

The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania · Page 7

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THE DAILT GOtJKIER, CONNEL1SVTLLE, PA. BBV-JJFb EX-GUNNER AND CHIEF PITT GUN TURRET:\mENCKBATTtESHp; WWNHl OF THE CRO* DE GUERRE **-"^-'--·" ·· CHAPTER XIX. German »*rt*»n. Cainpa. ; A few day* after I baa been lashed to the barbed wlr« fence m»e of the German officer* came to the barracks, anS one of tbem who spoke very (eod Kafilch Mid: "All of the neutral* who wen-on unarmed ship* at*p oat,? Only « few Hepped oat. Then he called, for «H tbe .neutral*. *nd the Dane*. Swedes, -Norwegian* BnxiUana and Spaniard* ttepped oat ·. Bat Then .1 Ad, he nld. "No, not Americans. American* are not neutral. America nppllei.onr emmta* with .(ood and ·mnmnltloa." He" ralaed hi* Jat, and I thought be wu join* to hit- me, but. loetead he save me a ·hove that caased me to fan aad get 'a little cut oa the head. Then the 1 tentrle* pushed ; ine ever with th* ; British' and the French. . . After that they took the Horwefl- ; an*, Swede* aad · DaMa to aeparate barrack*, and gave tb«* clothe* *cd heda aad the aame ration in the Oer- m«n (oldler*. When I nw thu I made a Hck and *«ld I was a neutral, too. and ought to get the »«me treatment a* the Scandinavian*. They took me to the officer**fala, kicked ne ·hoot and swore at me, and the only .'.· answer I cot" wait-that America woald loiter for all alie. had done for the al- Ue*. Then Iwa* tent hack to the bar- nckaagaia. .··;..- , / · .To* next-day at *h*«t one o'clock tier took n» from tb* barrack* and drilled u* through the *wamp*. The men Vegan to fair one by one, aom* crying or ·wearlnf, tnt most of them ' fotng along without a word.. Tboa* who went'down wer*mashed la the 'head with r!9e butts or belt*. . KnaHy we arrived at a little v rsll- nwd *tatlo«. and had to *taod In the now for ever, an boor while the ea- jbM ran »p and down the track* book- *j*T em can. When we finally got In m» car* we w«re fro»e» stiff. I could *ardly walk, and aom* of. the boy* ·Imply coold not **or» without Intent* aate. ; - . ' · - . . ' · . · ' · ' · - . . . ' · , " · They loaded twelve men loto Mch XRnpartment and detailed a faint of *tr DUO to each car. ' He "windows In tk* car* were all muhed, and every- Hdn* abbot t*» car*'was dirty. nnaSy tk* train (topped at a town , M*Md· Alt-DaauB, and.,there .wa* a ,'BK* of; WOOMB and 'children around, ;.** ·*·*!, ready for a* with brick* and 'ajtt They atoned u* through the car ·laain, and langhed' and Jeered at a*, bat by this Caw we wen aa'-oaedr Wltthatwe did Detmtnd m»ch. Only., *T«IJ ^now and the* *OBM fellow w*mli .«*»-all He Vcerti rtand. and eaAer'talk back or laak* a pa** at iiai illit. Then b* w^ld-f't W»- ·ttfeer a bcyanet thro*«h'the ana or I*R ar« era* oa the bMd with a fu birtt: ·;";'" ? ,.'..;;..-'-:·:'?.-. ·-' ·,' .: . ;Aft*r;«m -'eiimteen bow. rle. with-' · tut food or drink, we' arrlreii atiJien- MreUti ; It w»» ralataj *j*w» polted la.: A* we w*at up the fr*I» to the towit we could aee li(ht* iibont a nlle · away,v.-and. we .kneed that-.that wa* tk»''C*inj. The rain, (topped, and we remained in tb*'ear*.for. *6ma ttmt. Tito, tfter a while, we kaew. oar new' f»»r*» were coming: Jooi before w» could ·** them, we could hear, th* racket, tliey nnuc. Somehow a German cannot do nnythlnc '»hlp*hap* and neatly, but alwar* ha* to hare a lot of no4*e, and running around, and general confusion, roar-footed nrtn* are more orderly la their bcblta than the Him*.- . When they, came op, we were routed from th* can and drilled up the mud to the camp. When we fat near the German barrack* we were hatted and counted again, cad made to itaod there for at leait an hoar after they had finished counting a*, *hlT*r1nf like leiv«. At last they placed a* !· barracks,'and tbo** who coa'd went t o sleep. ' · ' . · ' · : " - ' Ther* were about forty barrack* In the Limey cnrav at KeoatreBtr, and two large ZeppeUa *hed*. The barrack* were lost atxurt like those at Swtnenmod*--at-|*a*t,' they were- ae better. Along the aide* of the room* ;?m lone *h«lTe* or nery three f*?t were board» set In troovea. The aoelT** were what we had to sleep on. and the board* In the froore*. dliMed them op m that only a certain number df. men could u» «·* bench. · . ' The follcwlnc mornlai ,we" nearly dropped dead wban th» Buns pulled In a large wagon fan of clothing. We thought we nerar' woalfl hare, anything to wear : bat OUT underclothe*. They amed~te Mch man a pair of trooaen, thin' model, a thin coat about.like the aeenncker coat* *on» people wear .in the aranmer, an orer- coet about a* wsrmn It It had been made of cigarette papea*. a.ikuil cap and a pair of shoe*,-, which were a day 1 * labor to carijr wound. Not one. ·f a*'receiTed aocka, ihlrts .or under- The toe waa cut from the right shoe ot; the pair I recelTcd, tat a* my wouDda 'were In the right thigh and my leg had ctiSened up coniilderably and got Ttry aora, T got pretty anx- IOUK, became there wa* nothing but ·two anderfoet, and I was afrnld I ·right loee my leg; So I thought that If X went .to the commander and made a kick I night get a good ahoe. I hesitated abeat It at fint, bat finully made Dp my mind and.went^o ee him. I told htm that It waa alna'sy o-otalde, and .that the water ran through the bole la my (hoe and made It bad for my whole leg, which was wounded. Be examined the ahoe. and looked at the open toe for *om'« time, and I thought be waa going to put up an argument, bat wpaM;gl*e In Anally. Tbenheaakedmewbatl-'wanted. ^ thoMght that waa plain'enough to aee. but I Mid joat a* eaall^a* I could that I wanted a «hoe witHtut a hole in the toe. / "Bo the water runs into It doe* Itr h* atld. "Wen. my. adrtee to you la to get a knife, cat a bole in .the heel and let the water oat." AH the other awlne In the room laoghed very loud at Uil*. and I guea* this Fritz thought be wa* a great comedian.. But somehow or other, It did not ttrlk* me so fo»ny that I Ju*t had to laagu,and I wa* able, after quite a ttrnggle, to keep from eren snickering. It wa* a harder atnggle than that to keep from doing *oo»tblag el*e, though 1 Omr meal* were Juat about the MOW a* at Bwlnemuode--the bread -was juit aa moddy, the barley, coffee just a* rank, and the soop fast a* cab-' bagelea*. The aecond morning after we bad bad our barley coffee, one of the Motrte* eaaae to oar birrftcks. .which wa* number 7-B, and gare each of b* an enrelope and a (beet of writ- Ing paper. Then, oa told'a* to write rta ChmBud-wi th* Door. to anybody we wanted to, after which he chalked on the door In big letters: ad toldNii It-wa* the return adfr**3. We were an ···rprlsed, and asked each pther where. we vere, because ire bad thought we-were in Mnstrelltz. After a .while, we learned that it means "Prlsoner-of-wiir-Cainp." At first, though; many -of u* thought It was the name'of the town, add we got to calling' It the Brewery. : because the name ended in lager. Whatever beer was brewed there wa* not for us though. " ' - . . - . . I noticed 'that all the time he was writing the word and giving ng the stationery, the *entry was InngWng and having, a great thud with his own HtHe self, but I figured 'he wa* just acting German, and that nothing wa importunt about it. We were all tickled to. death .to/get a chance to let our people know where we were; and each man thought a long time .about what be would nj, and who he would write to, before he ever started'to write. Bach roan wanted to SB? all he could In' the small ·pace, he bad, and we wanted to let our friend*, know how badly they were treating us without saying It In eo many /words, because' we kneir the Huns would censor the letters, and It would go bard with:anyone who complained much. So most of the men ·aid they\ were 'haTtng ft great time and were treated very well, and^pread It on so thick that their friend* would figure they were lying beeanw they had to. One fellow had, an Hes, that '«·* better than that though. He hnd been In jail In Portamoath, England, for three mentis, .for beatlag up a con- etr.ble. and be had had a pretty rongb time. So be wrote a pal of bis that he bad been captured by tbe Germans, bat that everything was going along pretty weU. In fact, he aald, the only otbfr trip he had ever been on, where be had a better time, wa* the three months' ^vacation he had spent In Portsmouth two years before, which ue thought the friend would remember. He said that trip was better than this one, so tbe friend could figure out for himself how pleasant this one was. Everybody thought this wa* a great idea, but unfortunately not all of us had been In Jail, so we could not all use It Which wa* just .as well, we thought because the Germans would be suspicious If all of us compared this-vacation with others. A few of the men did not have anybody .they could write to, and some did not know their friends' addresses, so they would write letters to friends of the other meix and sign It with the friend's nickname. A* *oon as a man had finished hla letter, he had to go out to tbe center of the camp, where they bad bnllt a ralaed platform. There the aeotrie* took the letters, and the men formed around tbe square. There were officers on tbe platform reading the letters. We thought they read them there In tbe open, before ns, so that we would know they were not tamper- Ing, with the letters, and we thought the heaven would fall If. they were getting so unknltnred as that Finally, all the men had finished ttielr letters and turned them over to tbe officers, who read tbem. And then we tow why the sentry laughed. Tbe officers tore np every .one of tbe letters. They were anxious that we .would see them do It, so none of tis would have any hope-Umt our friends would get word. But we said to ourselves thet, If It was Information they wanted, Uiev had as much as was good for them, which was none st all, because 1 do not think one letter In the bunch had a alngle worfl of troth In it. But we were all very angry «ad pretty low after that because It showed tbe Huns still had plenty of Icultur left, after all, and we knew there was rough sledding abead of us. Also, some of tbe men were sore because they had wasted their time thinking np different ways of tipping their friends off to the: real state of affairs, and all .for nothing. Why they should worry nbout time, I could not see. Time was the only thing we had plenty .of, and'I for one, th'onght we'.were going to hmre still more of It. Going back to'tbe barracks-.we tried to 8ipgPttCk Up'roar Trouble*," but there' was .not'ranch p e p - i n - I t We were, not downhearted, though; at least, nre said we.were not, ' TO. EE CONTINUED. Wire SplInU for Wound*. : A new kind of surgical splint In which ; galvanized wire netting taket the pjace of wood has been put on th« market, soys the 'Popular Science 'Monthly. 'The steel entering.'into'th* 1 construction-of this woven wire splint Is so tempered that it can be molded by hand. 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I can give you no better Interpretation of the character of French womanhood than to attempt to visualise what will always remain in ray ropniory as the. roost touching sight I have yet. seen In th* war, Isaac F. Marcosson writes In the Saturday Evening Post It wa* in (he devnntated region where the Hun h*i: left a' trail of rnmed towns, blackened forests and despoiled land in his wake. I was on my way back from tbe front, chined and depressed by the horizon of waste that hemmed .me in. Suddenly I heard a steady hammering --a strange sound it WAR in the midst of such desolation--and no loneliness Is.quite so utter'as the solitude of the ravaged place*. 1 stopped my car, got out and walked toward a dilapidated house-^the only structure. with foor walls that, remained In what was onoe a thriving .hamlet When I reaetad the spot this Is wbat 1 saw. . · A. woman stood at an improvised anvil, beating pat a horseshoe. Her husband, as I learned, had been a blnck- smlth. Be bad fallen in bottle and she wore hH nnlform. A child played at her feet while the sparks flew upward. All she had lu the world, save tills mite of .humanity and tbe ruins ot her home,; had been wiped out by the war. Even the roof above her bead .wai wrecked. Yet she kept to the task that had once sustained her: Between the-strokes of :her hammer I eopld.hear the booni of tne far away gone, scrawling like the doom notes in the. last acf of. "Aida"." It was a thrfll- Ing and unforgettable contrast : r i The woman of that rude forge .wnfl the heroic incarnation of defiant win-i the ; symbol^of her aex. Some great artist might nave painted the scene and mad* It the companion picture of the great canra* that depicts Joan of Are walking with her vision In the little churchyard at Domremy. These two daughters of France are of the name Immortal sisterhood. eorse TO TiffE FJBOSI the soldier shonld make a will and name therein an Executor. 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