The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania on July 19, 1918 · Page 11
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The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania · Page 11

Connellsville, Pennsylvania
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Friday, July 19, 1918
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*'»'ip' 1 T£~ FRIDAY, JULY 19, 1918. TB*fl DAILT COURIER, CONNiaXSVIL.!^, PA. eAGE" ELEVEK. i. AlbertMJ EX-GUNNER THE FORE "i c 'N LEOON GUN TURRET, FRENCH BATTLESHIP WINNER OF THE CROOC DE GUERRE - CHAPTER XX. KuMw-the n«al Stuff. ifenstreUti waa mainly for Russian 9rlsoaer(jtt)d there were neither Brit- lab nor Iteiicb. soldiers interned there --only *alior; of the merchant marine ·neb aa 1 the men I was with The Russian* -were given far wone treatment thaa"scy other prisoners This ·aa for two reasons, ai near aa I could mke ont,_Oae was that the Russian wo*ld stand most anything, whereas the British and French could only be goaded to a certain point, and beyond that lay trouble. The other reason was that tho Bnislnns gent German priaraen to Siberia, or at lean, eo the Buna thought, aad Frtts hatea the- coid. 3o v hating aisdi ,· they irere used to bev Ing ttDder-dofa. Trier picked en: them' and tallied, them In r-waytnat tBe teat of B»_»eold not nave itood. We would bare rtnhed them and gone weft with, bayonets Ant. Tae barracki wero-mad* of spruce, and wereTabout ninety feet long and twenty-ftp* feet wide, and you can take It from me that aa carpenter* whoever made them were fine farm- in. There-were cracks in them that yon could'drlve an naioiaoblle through, When m~were there, each bnrracka had a tttm to the center,.*; good ·tor* and a big _one, bat at trst -It was of. no oae to, us. because the German* would net grre us coal or wood for It. Bnt after ahlTerlng for a while, we began rtpplxg the board* oat of the barrack* and'taking the dividing boards from the:benches that we naed for bed*. _~ later, tfcey gave each ot ni a mat- treaa fiUeoV-with wood ihavlBii^ Sridf i blaaket tkat wa» about aa warm aa a pane at jpaa*. The'roattresse* were- plaeed on the gronnd In the barrack* which weSfvery damp, and after three or four day*, the shavings wonld begin to rotund the mattreMe* to saieO. In order Tte keep warm we slept a* cloee together as jre~ could.: which caoaed oijr.sriou» flleeaim -to ipread rapidly, p- Wben 4V Mn^mrelTlng oar ntlone, the ·entrJM woejtf «8er-na- aa. extra ratten If we would take a leab from thete. belt*. W« wenjn hungry that many and many a man would go np end _t»ke * awat In any part pt hi* bodjp^ from_ the heaigr ^leather belts witbrbraa»;t*e)giejanl;bjickle, lust to get i little nere; Jsk«dow"_-«oap or barley coffee^ o^mtia bread, -'On* morning the sentries picked ont ten men from onr barracks, of which I waa one, and drilled n» over a field near the kneke.- There wa» a_ large tank-la thVfleld and we had to'pnmp water Into It It was very cold, ond we were w,eak and side, eo we would full^one after another not caring whejher we ever got tip or not Frits wonld nnash those who fen* with hie rifle-butt We asked for gloves because our hands were freezing but all we got was "Nlchts." After we bad been there for about an tear and a half, one of our men became very Kick, so that I thought be was going to die, and when he feU over.. I reported it to a gentry The ·entry came over saw him lyinjr In the - snow yelled "Sehwein nlcht kranSr grabbed him by the shoulder, and-polled him all the way across the fleld-to the office of the camp commander Then he was placed In the gnaid house, where he remained for two days. The next thing we knew the jhnslans had been ordered to make a box. and were being marched to the guard house to pat him In It and .bury him. Another thing at Nenstredtz, that wasfcretty hard to «tand was the pretty habit the Huns had of coming np to tBe barbed wire and tea-tag us a* though we were wild animal* In a cage Sometimes there wonld be crowds of people lined along the wire throwing thing* at us, and spitting and having a great time generally It was harder tbaa ever when a family party would arrive with vater and ·ratter, and maybe grosvater *and (Tosmutter and all the little Bocae kinder, because, es - yon- probnb'y know, the German* take food wl'-h then\ whenever-theycgo on a party, normatter-what kind, and tbeywonld stand there and stare at ns like the boobs they were, eating all, the tlim --and we so hnnjrjt that we could have eaten ourselves, almost After they had stared a while, they wonld begin to feet more at home, nnl then would start the throwing and eplttlng and the ' schwanhund" sangerfesl, and tbey wonld have a great time generally Probably, when they got home they wonld strike off n medal for themselves In honor of the visit Then, toe., there were always Hun ·oldlers on leave or off duty, who made It-a. point to pay ns a visit, and though. I do not think they were as bad as the civvies, especially the women, they ·werV bad enough We-had one-bucket in each barrack*, and as these buckets were used for both washing and drinking, they were alnnvs dirty We boiled the water when we washed the clothes, to get rid of the cooties and that left a setding In It thit looted Jnst like red leai We bad to get the water from a hydrant outside of the barracks, and for a while we drank it Bnt after several of the boys bad gone west and we could not flgnre ont wny a man told ns he thought the water was ·poisoned, and a Russian doctor who was a prisoner, slipped us word about It also So, alter that, very few of ns drank water from the hydrant I was scared stiff at first because I had had some of the water, bnt after that I d'3 not touch hydrant water - It£was a good thing for TH that tlie^e was always plenty of snow in Germany,-and even lockler_ that-the Huni did not shoot as tor eating It It was about, the only thing tbey did not deprive u* of--It was not verboten I thought I knew what tough cooties were, in the trenches bnt tbey were regular mollycoddles compared to the pet* we had In the prison camps. After we boiled oar clothes we wonld be fr4*e from them for not more than two hoars and then they would come back, with re-enforcements, thirsting for vengeance. ·· "She eamp'Tit NenstrelltJ: was stir-" rounded by big dogs which were kept Jnst outside the barbed wire. We bad them going all the time. Every once In a while some fellow wonld main an awfhl .racket jtnd the next thing wg-knew, tbere^was Fritz _cominc like O^tife.. musket at bis hip just is they carry them in a charge and blowing-whistles at each other until they were blue hi the ikce Whenever they thought some one was escaping; they ran twice as fast as J Bargains Galore! More ^ More 0! 'emqrow In Our July Clothing Sale M E N ! Tafc e advantage of these low prices as you v,ill surely pay more later on. Head and come to see these wonderful clothing values in our great July Clearance Sale ^ Men s and Young Mon s J2o 06 Suits (?1 O OO * t _j 3i2.yy Men's and Yonng Mens !f 50 sm * $14.99 Mens and Young Mens J3000 Suits £1Q rjZ at tpJ-O. I O Men s and Young Men's !!!l $22.50 JULY CLEARANCE SALE GOATS. SUITS AND DRESSES Our Great Suit Clearance WometL'ti and Misses Suits in all the newest up to date ·styles and ma terials, resulai ?25 and J2750 \alues for One Lot of Woir en's and Misses' Coats. Suits, Dresses In all neve clever styles 518 50 values for Hegular All Our Fine Coats, Suits, Dresses $80.00, $32.50 and $35.00 Women's and "Misses' Finest Tn exclusive models and oest materials for Special! 25c Gauze Vests 75c Ladles Silk Hose 36c Pf'calo all colors ,, 19c 39c 90/ 4JU,tx The Fcrwer of One Dollar in Our July Clearance Sale 1 yjls. Bleached or Unbleached Jttuslm $1 7 yds. Pnre Irish Linen Toweling gl 7 jrts. 2Sc Dress Gingham SI 7 yds. 25c pCnrtain Scrim $1 Oar Great Clearance of WAISTS! One lot of $1.00 and $150 fancy Voile Waists, ^ 69c ?350 Silt Crepo and Georgette Crepe Waists . special f-f AQ at tpL.iJ $500 Silk Crepe de Chine and Fa-ncv Geoi- gette Waists all C? colors special v 57 50 Tiest quality Georgette Crepe Waists all colors and sty- A f\f les special -- "^ ·«/«* Special! 75c Children's Gingham Rompers in plain and; fancy checks, light and; dark patterns, special _ 39c ire Che Green Stamps. TTe Sire Special! $2 00 and |2 50 Curtains, fancy and plain Scrim and Lace Curtains. Very pretty patterns, QQ/» a pair «7t/C ·Ve H»d Our Choiet of Standing Up and Dying, or Falling Down and Being Killed. ?ver sa-w them run, except when the t o-eign Legion was on their heels -t XHxmcde. When they got up to the dogs thev would first talk, to them and then kick them, and after that, they would rest their rifles on the -wire and yell "Zornck l" at ns We all enjoyed this innocent pastime very much- and we ·were glad they had the dogs There Ttrere eome things the Huns did that you just could not explain For instance, one of the Bussians walked oat of the Sinche ns we were passing, and wi heard a lung t and the Bttsslan keeled over and went ^est.~~Nbw,""we had not done finvtbins and "the" other Russians said he bad behaved himself, worked hard and had never had any trouble They Jnst killed him, and that is U there wns to It. Bnt not one of us could figure out -why. After we had been at Neostretitz for three weeks they drilled ns out of the camp to a railway station, and stood us la the sno» for four hours waiting for the train "We were er- hansted and began falling one by one and each time one ot us fell the sentries would yell 'Mcht krank'" and give ns the rifle butt "We had onr choice of standing up and dying or falling down and being killed and It was a flue choice to have to make The cars flmllv pulled in and ns usual, the windq^s were smashed the doors open and 'tbe compartments jost packed with snow When TM e saw this, we knew we were going to get worse treatment, even t'lan T\e hid been getting and many of us wanted to die. It bad not been unusual for some of the men to tell tlte Germans to shoot them loo, and it seems as thongh It was always a man who winted to live who did get It and "went west However all of us nearly got killed when we reached Wittenberg When the train stopped there we snw a big wagonload ot sliced bread on the station platform and we all stared at It We atood It as long as we could and then we made a rush for It But when we got nearer we saw that there were four sentries guarding It and four women issning- It out to the German soldiers They wonld not dve ns any TO LE ItdKdn Planes Guard Both Venice and Manhattan- UNSURPASSED SERVICE VTar-Time requirements of bus- ine^s men grea careful atteation. Prompt loaus and Discounts upon proper security Collections at all points Personal checking accounts cordially invited Checlts drawn on this bank are pajable at par ia New York. No charge for collection "iour business is mnted, 129 TT. Crnirford Are^ ConneUsville. The Bank that Does Things for Ion" Irterest on Time Deposits, This view of Venice from an aero- plane might easily be mistaken for (ne. of New Tori. City from an aero flune flying o%or Brooklyn Tho Is unrt In the foreground corresponds [o Governor a Island The background, Jlmly outlined, might be the shores of Nf» Tersey across the Hudson. iThcrp Is c\en a white tower discern! lie which might be the Mehopalltan loner Bnt closer Inspection 11 111 reveal the fact that the tower is situated much too near the water front to be in "ts proper spot nt Madison Sqnare The aeroplanes in the picture are two of the many planes which guard the famous art treasures of the Queen of the Adriatic from Austrian attack Today CapronI planes are protecting New York City from possible enemy aircraft attack IB much the same fashion. When the military authorities decided to darken Manhattan at night and to establish an aerial patrol the CapronI planes, here to be used in the training of American aviators, were immediately offered to the government by the Italian authorities and patrolled the air lanes over the great cit so that millions might not have their slumbers disturbed bv pos-j Bible raiding Huns. [ITE LINp TRANSFER El T«CCT . AKD KJVDTO WAJtOS , ·ltd P R. R. Depot. Both WACOM*. HOI9TIITO »CAP"STCBB8 DIDVH HATE TO GUESS HABD. By EDTTIKA r--**TH^ OTHlH NISHTWHEN WSTER WIKXtLES WtNT TO SCC. .SUSIE JONES, MC HAD A 3XG. 5UITC«1« ·cvz MC wuz. c-otr A WAV: AIT rr wuz. HEAVY AS , Lf«D. JWiltSAVHTBlMl TO Lirr IT AN- COUUJN T. W^N^VnCNT £**M TDTH- HOTEL, HE T ES WOT WUZ IN THAT BAt -BOMBS 1 TO-BLOW W THIS V/HOIE .TOWN 1 AN AINT WUGLES ftTHKH' IT'S VON AN IN A - p p l S O M C*/»\PJ iw ._ j I BET_i + NOW, WOT HEWU2.-- £Xl^~*, ~ ~ =. k

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