The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania on July 22, 1918 · Page 7
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The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania · Page 7

Connellsville, Pennsylvania
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Monday, July 22, 1918
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73 MONDAY, JULY 22, DAILY COURIER. CONNEI-iSVTLJjE, PA. Albert/ID 'EX-GUNNER AND CHIEF PET, . ^«,, ^«v «. *-,v MEMBER/OF THE FOREIGN LEGION OF FRANCE ^^ CAFTAN GUN TURRET. FRENCH BATTLESHP CASSARD" WWNER OP THE CRO«X DC GUERRE weeka when we were transferred to Brandenborg, Havel, which 1* known a* "the beil-aole of Germany- to the prlaonen. It certainly la not too atrong a name for It either. On the way we changed train* at Owabmck and from the station plat form I saw German soldiers open up with machine gnna on the women and children who were rioting for food. It wa* while I was In tbe guard none* ' that Mr. Gerard, the American ambassador, vlalted the camp. He came to' 'thto camp atom every fix months, as a rale, atren IB tbe Gemma prison camp* the men had somehow tot Inter"nation about Mr Gerard's efforta to "Improve the terrible nrroundlngs In which the men lived. Son* of tba men Rt Dolmen had been confined la Tattoo* other camp* and ther told ma that" ; when Mr. Gerard visited theae camp* nil that the jnen did for a week or ao afterward vat to talk aboat hi* vMt and wnat be had eeld to than. We 'knew Mr. Gerard had fat the Germane to make condition* better In aome of the wont hell bole* In Germany and the men were always fl*d when he came around. They felt they had aome' "thta« better to look forward to and , some relief from the awtml misery. ' Mr. Gerard waa passing through the Preach barrack* and a maa I knew there told him there wa» an American 'there. The German* did not want him to aee me, bnt he pot ap an argument ·with the commanding officer awl they jflnaDj aald he cotdd Interview me. I never waa to glad to aee anyone a* ,1 WM to ·*· him. The ptctnre 1* will with me of him canine In the door. ';W» talked for about an boor and a Ahan?, I guess, and then he got wp to go and he aald I would hear from him _ta abort three weeks. Just think what 'good new* that waa to me I They let me oat of the gverrUxmo and I celebrated by doing all thu dam-'age te German sentrtee tkat I «nM do. The men m the campe went wM when they learned that Amaeaeadar Gerard waa there, for they aaU tie was the only man la'Germany they coedd ten their trouble* to. The reaaon waa that ha waa strong- for the men, no matter what aatloaadirjv and pat Ma- heart Into the work, I am one of tboa* who eanaot aay eaooga. good thlaga abort Mm." tike many other*. If It a*d not bees far Mr Gerard I 'fonld kftTaapsjt ,by now. A fewCaay* after* thle I waa akrw again; a* we wan marchmg to the bread kraee aad the guard at fan door tripped »e. i When I fell I hart my ·esala./which made me hot Now I ha4 dfcdaed. on thinking It erer. that tbi.beet thing to do waa to be good. »lnce;I ma expecting to be release*, sad (thoaght it would be toagh lack to be killed Soft before I waa to be released. JBnt I had been rn the American na»r5*aj* any garby of the TJ 8. A woBld hare doa* what I did. It maat bo the training; w» 'get tor wben a dhtr trlek i* panea off on a* ire get »err nerreoi around the hand* and are not.alwaya abl» to eeatrol them. So 1 went for the sentry anil waV lope* Mm U-ttw Jaw, Then I received 1 SI* bayonet through the. fleeaytpart of the forearm. Moat bayonet woand* that we got were la the,anm. But thoae anna, were to front of oft face*] at the 1 Urn*. The sentries did not aba fot ear area, yon can bet on that. A wound of the kind I got woatd be nothing more than a white etreak If properly attended to, but I received abao- Intely no, attention for It and It a a long time hr healing. At that, I » lucky; another bayonet atrokp jnt grazed my stomach. I had been at Dolmen for three CHAPTER XXII. The Hen Hate *f Oeonmjr." On arriving at Brudenbnrg we were marched the three or foor mllee north- weat to the camp. WhUe we were being marched through the atreets a woman walked alongside of us for ejatte a way, talking to the boys In Eaglmh and asking them about the war She aald abe did not believe myjittff the German paper* printed. She aald soe waa an KngHahwoman from Lrrerpsai and that at the oat- break of the war not being able to get oat of Germany, she and her children had bean put In prlaon and that every day for orar a week tbey'bad pot her through the third degree; that her children had been separated from her and that she did not know where they were. She walked akng with na for several blocks nntfl a sentry heard her say BOBMtblng not very comptlmeotary to the Germans and chaaefl her away When we arrived at the camp we were pat Into the receiving barracks and kept there atx day*. The condition of tbeee barrack* was not nch that you eeejld describe It The floor* were ac- taaDy nothing hot filth. Very few of the bunk* remained; the net had been torn down--for fuel, I suppose. The day we were transferred to the ngalar prison barraeka foor hundred Bvaalaaa and Belgians were burled. Most of UMB had died from cholera, typhoid" and Inoculations. We heard from the pilauuets there before na that the Oe'-'tiani had come through the eampa with word Uiai tnere v/aa an epidemic of black typhus and cholera sad that the only IMag for the men to do waa to take the serom treatment to avoid catching theae dlaeate* Host of the four hundred men had died from the Inoealatkms. They had taken the Germans' word, had,been Inoculated and had died within nine hours. "Which ehows bow foolish It la to believe a German. None of na had any doubt bnt what the serum waa polaonons. , The second day that we were In the, regnlar camp the Germans strong barbed wire all around our barracks. They told oa we bad a case of black typeraa among us This was nothing ntore nor leas than a blnff, for not one of us had typhns, but they pat op the wire, nevertheless, and we were not allowed to go out One day when I was loafing around **jr barrack* door and not baving'any- thlng particularly Important to do, I packed a nice bard snowball and landed It neatly behind the ear of a little ·entry not far away. When be looked around he did not blow hi* whistle bnt began hunting for the thrower This waa strange In a German sentry and I thought he nrast be pretty good staff When he looked around, however all be saw was a man staggering aronnd ·ketch e* »randmaair| *ilsia Cam*) Draw* From Memory by Dap***. aa If he were drank. The man was the one who bed done the throwing, all right, bnt the sentry could not be sure of It for surely no man would stay oat In the open and Invite accidents like that. But still, who had done Itr So I Just kept staggering around, and the sentry came up to me and looked me over pretty bard Then I thought for the first time that things might go hard on roe, but I figured that If I cjnlt the play acting It would be all over So I staggered right up to the sentry and looked at him dronk- enly, expecting every moment to get one from the bayonet ! But he was so surprised that all be could do -was stare So I stared back, pretending that I *aw two of htm, and otherwise acting foolish. Then I guess be realised for the first time that the chances of anybody being drunk In that camp were amall--at least for the prisoners. He was rubbing his ear all the time, bnt finally the thought aeeped through the Ivory and he began to laugh I laughed, too, and the first thing you kmnv he had me doing It again--that Is, tbe Imitation. One aaowball was enough, I figured. J used to talk to him quite often after that. We bad no particular love for each other, bnt be was gamer than toe other sentries, ind he did not call me schweinhund every time he saw me, so Tie got on very well together Ela nam« must have been Schwarts, 1 guess, but It sounded like "Swatts" to me. so Swatts he was and I was "Chink" to him, as everybody" else called me that. One day ha asked me If I could apeak French, and I said yes Italian; yes Russian, yea. No matter what language he might have mentioned I would have said yen, because I could smell something In toe wind, and I was curious Then be told me that If I went to tbe hospital and worked there. I might get better meals and would not have to go so far for them, and that my knowing all the languages I aold I did wonld help me a great ways toward getting tbe job Evidently he bad been told to get a man for the place, because be appointed me to It then and there. Be put me to work right away We went over to one of the barracks where a ease of sickness had been reported, and found that tbe Invalid was a bit Barbaltoes negro named Jim, a fireman from the Yoltoire. At one time Jim must havo weighed 250 pounds, hut by this time be was about two pounds lighter than a straw hat but still black and full of pep. Light aa be was, I was no "white hope," and It waa all I could do to carry him to the hospital. Swatts kept right along behind me, and every time I would stop to rest, he would poke me with a broooi--the only broom I saw In Oer many--and laugh and point to his ear Then I thought It was a tram up and that he was getting even with me, bat I was In for It then, and the best I could do was to go through with It ~ Bat I was all In when we reached the hospital. The first thing I saw when we got In tbe door was another negro, also from Barbadoes and as tall and thin as Jim had once been short and fat This black boy nnd I made a great team but I never knew what his name was. I always called him Kate, because night and day ,h« waa whistling the old song "Kate, Kate. Meet Me at the Garden gate," or words to that effect I have v,aked up many a night and henrd that whistle Just about at the same place, as when I bad fallen asleep It would not have been so bad If be had known all of It- I took Swatts* broom and cleaned up, and then asked where tbe coal or wood was. This got a great laugb It was quite humorous to the men who had shivered there for weeks, mil] be, bnt to me It was about as foanr as a cry for help I got wood though, before I had been there long There was a great big cupboard that looked more like a small bouse, built against the nail of the hospital oarracus in one corner of the room, and not far from the Move Kate vrns the only patient able to be on his, fe, ao I thought he would have to be my chief cook, and bottle washer for a ·nhlle, and besides there \ias some tning about him that made him look pretty valuable. I had not recognized his whistling jrt. so Slim looked to be tbe right name for blm. "Slim, what 9 that big cupboard forr "How'd I know? Nnthln' In If " "Slim, that v,onld make a fine box for cool or wood, wouldn't It7* "0m. Whar de cool an* wood?" "I'm going out and take observations, Slim Take the wheel while Tm gone, and keep vour eye peeled for U boats' So 7 sneaked out the door and began looking around. If you look at the sketch I bave made, It will not take you long to see that next to us was a vacated Russian barracks And It did not take me much longer to see It, too Back to the hospital and Slim. "Slim, what barraeka are next to as?" TO ES CONTINUED. Try our classified advertisements. PAGE SEVEN. \ . 1 r 1 Investigation Never Lost a Man a Dollar, 1 \J] I Bat Has Made Thousands for Many i *~~~ * HTHE G)urier 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 1 ^ - (THE SANDWICH GIRL NEW RECORDS for your TALKING MACHINE Scintillating with stan is tbe Int ol new Columbia records for Auguutt Fhere are amonc; the operatic and con tert utxts Bamentoe Laxaro, Saecha hcobaen and Huld» Laibanoka, from the lighter itage Al Jobon, Nora Bayw, Harry Fojt Van and Schaick ind the Farber Swtere. with war songs ftnd popular musical nits of the day rung by such well-known singers as Campbell and Burr, Robert Lewis. Arthur Fields Charles Harrison and the Peerless Quartette Bamentos, who made musical history last season at the Metropolitan Opera in I Puntam," selects from thw great opera one of its moat charming melodies I'Qm la Vow," for her August Columbia record It * the mad scene --a (Jittering collection of runs and roulades ]iat suited to the superb voice of the brilliant Spanish jinma donna There is no more beloved melody » the whole wide world than Bach- Goimod'r "Ave Mana"--which, mffced, makes it a fitting selection for Laiaro, the world-famed tenor of the Metropolitan Open, to render m thu hn first Columbia record outside of crand opera. The inspired Saseba Jaoobsen, tbe great S-iolmret, accompanies La- xaro in a marvelous obllgato Apother addition to the long hst of exciunvQ Columbia artiftta 15 announced with the debut this month of Hulda Leahanslca, a young American concert singer who is already famous She has picked for her first record BO Jess a song than "Annie Laune --the soldier's favorite for over two hundred yean R«M! th. Sudwidi and follow tin utntx. Write lor free book ol Camng »»d Drying m»tr«ebon* uodrng two c»«t» for po«t»»ti to tit N.ho»l Wir Csnfen C*mannai\ Vaahuuttuo, D. C. Nora Bavea is endlessly versatile 1 Here she is 6n both sides of a Columbia record-Mind as different as different canjM. I ijThe Man Who Put the Germ to 'Germany'--a rousing bit of patriotic tatlody which Mias Bayes smgs m tspAop form--and 'Mammy's Chocolqta Spldier" a "piccaninny" song tnat--bik surely you know how Nora Biye= emgs a song like that with her deep,*J».h voice vibrating with feeling /j^/' ^ ^/~ And v thmk of having both Van and Sehenck and the Earner Sisters both on a single 1 record I Just ask eome one to play "If Ee Can Fight Like He Can Love, Good-night, Germany 1" JDOHOOC looooooooooooooooooooaoooooo, THE JOB DEPAETMZNT OF THE COUEIZK DOES ALL KINDS OF COMMERCIAL FEINTING XX)OOOOC {Htfacnd Jrnsf Compam 'cf LENDING A HELP- ISO HAM) The Title Trust Company of Western Pennsylvania lends a hand to the young man in business The good will and continued patronage of our customers attest the fact that we render useful service-the kind that meets their requirements for promptness and efficiency Checking Accounts are solicited Thrift Must Win The War The practice of thrift at any- bmc brings great benefit to the individual and the community And now with tbe overwhelming need of tbe Government for materials labor and money, thrift IB a pair otic duty and ne- necCBSity Save all you can We pay liberal interest on Sav- MTOMAL HANK 129 TT. 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