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December 17, 1917


headWM. H. TAFT LAUDS Y.M.C.A. FOR WORK AMONG SOLDIERS

Ex-President Given Rousing Reception by Men-Makes Two Addresses

 

Former President William Howard Taft formally dedicated the new Y.M.C.A. Auditorium here Saturday night and was accorded a most rousing welcome by thousands of officers and men who were able to crowd their way into the giant structure.

Mr.Taft paid glowing tribute to the Y.M.C.A. for its work for the soldiers here and abroad. He said he had observed the work with great interest and gratification and realized that it was of the first importance, being of immense benefit to the men and nation alike.

W.F. Hirsch, General Y.M.C.A. Secretary at camp Upton, presided at the dedicatory exercises and made a brief address. Dr.John P. Munn, representing the National War Work Council, also made a short address, as did Gen. Evan M. Johnston, Acting Divisional Commander, who expressed his appreciation of the work association is doing for the soldiers at Upton.

Former President Taft also spoke at a meeting in the auditorium Sunday morning. He drew an indictment against Germany in legal fashion and told of the Teutons' violation of practically every doctrine of international law. His address explained why the United States is at war with Germany.

Mr.Taft spent Saturday night in camp as the guest of Gen.Johnston and Mrs. J. Franklin Bell at the Commanding General's residence.
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"LONELY SOLDIER" HAS PLENTY OF CHANCES TO LOSE HIS LONELINESS

Letters Constantly offer Good Things-Godmothers League.

 

There is no need for Upton men to be lonely at Christmas or any time. And there should be no necessity for any man, no matter how scanty his list of corresponding friends, to see mails come and go, leaving him out. The only thing the soldier has to do when he experiences a strange feeling of neglect stealing over him is to hook up with one of the agencies through which corresponding friendships are made with Gloom Dispellers. And the beauty of it is the G.D.'s are feminine!

Letters are received daily by Y.M.C.A. secretaries. Knights of Columbus and Jewish Welfare Board workers from fair creatures who are anxious to "adopt" Lonely Soldier. This adoption privilege carries with it certain attractive gratuities-boxes of goodies, letters, newspapers and garments. B.F. Bryant, physical director Y.M.C.A., has several letters which he is looking up, one asking for thirty names of men who are willing to be kidnapped with kindness, and scores of others are received through various sources.

Then there are the godmothers. The American Godmothers' League has written to the office of the Jewish Board for Welfare, asking for a list of the men who feel lonesome and would like to receive letters, &c., from some of the good people of New York.

 

MEN AT UPTON HAVE ADEQUATE CLOTHING SAYS GEN. JOHNSON

Acting Divisional Commander Issues Statement Contradicting Rumor

 

Regarding the comment made in Washington in which it was stated that there is a shortage of equipment in camp, Brig-Gen. E.M. Johnson, commanding the 77th Division, has issued the following statement: "The statement that there is not sufficient clothing for the men or that the shortage of blankets exsists is not correct. The men are well supplied with blankets and there is sufficient clothing to clothe the command."

No more verification of this statement is needed then aa trip around camp and conversations with the hundreds of well-cared-for enlisted men of this division.

 

RIFLE RANG BUSY PLACE.

 

The troops of the division who use the rifle rang, shoot in two groups, rallying at the range on alternate days, as follows: First day, 305th Infantry, 307th Infantry and 302d Engineers; second day, 306th Infantry, 308th Infantry and 302d Engineers. The two hundred targets are divided, twenty to the Engineers and ninety each to the two infantry outfits shooting. Rifle firing goes forward without cessation. There is practice everday except Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Some fine scoring is noted, the Engineers claiming to have a rookie marksman who makes 50 out of 50 on the hundred-yard range with regularity.

 

ACTUAL FIRING OF ARTILLERY THRILLS WHOLE 77TH DIVISION

Barrage Work, With Attacking Infantry, to Come Later.

 

The entire division was thrilled by the first heavy gunfire from the "heavies" when sure 'nuf "grannies" were unlimbered at the range the other day. The practice was begun by the 305th Field Artillery, using a battery of three-inch field pieces and firing full regulation shrapnel charges at a distance of 2,000 yards, Lieut.-Col. Henry L. Stimson, former Secretary of War, was the observation officer in the advance post. Each gun crew of each battalion fired a round, while the big crowd which had braved the bitter breezes of Long Island in winter cheered the lads who are to "cover" the division's battle operations when they get to "Somewhere."

Hits on the wooden target brought great cheers from the assemblage, five seconds or more elapsing between the firing and the burst of shrapnel. Every day will see firing on the range and later on barrage work, with attacking infantry, probably will be practiced. Upton is one of the most fortunate of the camps, having thousands of acres in the artillery range, allowing all types of gun practice. Although the heavier pieces are not yet available the elementary training can be satisfactorily carried out with the three-inch pieces.

 

"WILL S.CLAUS BRING PASS?" IS QUESTION UPPERMOST NOW

Small Per. Cent. Left in Camp at Yuletide Will have Stockings Well Taken Care of.

 

Anticipation of the Yuletide season, the first khaki Christmas for Upton's soldiers, is uppermost in he minds of men here, and conjecture is rife as to what the bearded gent has in store. The principal concern is regarding Christmas leave and whether or not Santa Claus is traveling Uptonward with a pass.

It has been stated "On the Hill" that 70 per cent. of the command will come in for a four-day Christmas leave, from Saturday Dec. 22, till Wednesday morning, the 26th. This will also hold for New Year's, the following week.

The 30 per cent. left in the cantonment will no lack. There will be a Christmas trees in the barrack, Y.M. Hut and K. of C. Clubhouse, with special programmes, distribution of gifts and Christmas sing songs. On the night before Christmas a mammoth of Carol Sing will be staged in the Y.M.C.A., auditorium, with special musical features by prominet artists. Everything, from holly to blazing Yule log, will be provided the lads in the division who are not able to get o their homes. Many soldiers have expressed a desire, strange as it may seem, to see what a "camp Christmas" will be like, and a numer of parties on New Yorkers have signified their intention of spending the day in camp, sharing joys with the 77th's men in training.

 

CAMP'S MILITARY LIBRARY WILL BE WITHOUT A PEER

Building to Have Opening Soon- 50,000 Volumes Here.

 

A military referance department, more completely equipped than that of any camp library in the country, will be one of the distinctive features of Camp Upton's library, the central building for which is well on the way to completion. Considerable material for the department will be borrowed from libraries in New York and Albany, with a large assortment of the books a part of the permanent equipment here.

Although Upton's book building is not yet ready for occupancy, the library work, distribution of books, has been heavy. There are now upward of 15,000 volumes in circulation here, 5,000 of them being in the barracks libraries. The central building a one-room structure, 40 by 120 feet, will be a distributing centre for the Y.M.C.A.'s K. of C. buildings and barracks, with 10,000 books on its own shelves. There will be 50,000 volumes in camp when the organization is swung full. Each barracks has a 100 volume library of its own. A library in the new Officers' Club will be supplied from the central branch.

A permanent staff of three men will be in charge of the library work here, Frank L. Tolman being Permanent Camp Librarian and Galen W. Hill Organizer. Their endeavor will be, according to Mr. Tolman, who has been here for some time, to give as good library service as in any city in the country. The War Library Service of the American Library Association, working under the War Department Commission on Training Camp Activities, operates the library for this and other camps, the books being collected through centres in the various cities and towns.

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Family Pride in 305th

 

The services rendered Camp Upton and to the National Army by such affairs as the entertainment recently given by the 305th in the New York Hippodrome cannot be estimated. To present before the eyes of those whose hearts and minds are constantly with the men in training a cross-section of the camp life, to present the embodiment of progress made, to communicate the spirit pulse-beat of this wonderful new army-such accomplishments have incalculable significance. New York had Camp Upton in its bosom as a training unit for a week. Her sons were able to show interested citizenry just how effectively they can become trained and accustomed to arms. And the final burst of the mammoth Hippodrome spectacle fired loyalties which cold print of training camp reports cannot do.

Upton is proud of the 305th, of Lieuts. Schuyler and Loughborough, and their able staff of executives of the song writers and band. It shares with that regiment the family pride a division in a big piece of service, and rejoices in the success which will give the regiment its gymnasium and drill hall.

 

FREE PACKAGE SERVICE.

 

The free express package service which has been established between Upton and New York is proving most valuable to the officers and enlisted men, and large numbers of parcels are carried in each direction everyday. Packages for New York are received at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Upton Boulevard, where a receipt is given, where also the packages may be secured which have been sent from the city. Persons sending from New York leave packages at No. 1916 Broadway, between 63d and 64th Streets, where receipt will be given. The Maxwell Motor Car Company is acting as transporting agent. Arrangements were made with them by the New York American.

 

BUGLERS IMPROVE.

 

There was a time when Upton's buglers hadn't quite the smooth edged, sterling silver, 16-carat quality to do their playing which now makes taps at 11-o'clock tonal classic. During those earlier days it was customary to shout at the energetic trumpeter when he essayed reveille. "Hey, cut out the practice; we wanna sleep."

 

SERGEANTS WHO SING

 

"Mansfield's Merry Moppers" is not the name of a head line act from the Palace, but is merely the appellation applied to the trio of sergeants from the First Company-Emerson, Suttin an Beck-who were detailed to clean up the Y.M.C.A. one morning, and who did it to the accompaniment of "All de woild wull be jails of me'-he-ee!" and similar gems of opera, strummed on the piano by the Sergt. Major Mansfield. We like to meet sergeants who sing.

 

NOTABLES IN CO. G.

 

Co. G. one of the 307th's crack out fits has such notables on its roster as 1st Sergt. James Corey, Buglers Fitzgerald, Lynch, Owens and Leonard. Private Fitzgerald wake up in the morning with a "Bright Song on His Lips," Private Owens with the "Gimmies" and 1st Sergt. Corey with fatigue "For Dig Duty."

 

IS TWOFOLD ARTISIT.

 

Joseph D'Ambrosio can lay claim to being to being an artist in two lines. Any member of the Q.M.C. corps can tell you he is a tonsorial artist of marked ability. In company with his friend Peter Papasgeorge of the Motor Truck Company, and his guitar. Joe has proved his musical artistry. Papasgeorge is an accomplished mandolinist.

 

HEROS AT HERO LAND.

 

Some of Upton's live heroes made Hero Land in Grand Central Palace worthy of its name on Scotch-Irish Day this past week, when a band of over a hundred pieces from here and a military chorus were featured as big numbers. The lads acquitted themselves with fine credit to the camp and themselves.  

 

W.G. BOYLE, ASSOCIATE SEC'Y, FIRST UPTON "Y" MAN TO GO OVER THERE

 

Camp Upton's first Y.M.C.A. man to leave for work overseas will embark Dec. 19, when Walter G Boyle, Associate Camp Secretary, Religious and Social Worker Director, sails for France. Mr. Boyle's work in this camp has been noteworthy and associates and the men and officers with whom he has been in contact feel sure that he will make a large contribution to the Y.M.C.A. work "over there."

The task of building out of nothing the Upton Y.M.C.A. plant has been an achievement in which the departing Secretary has generously shared. He was on the ground when the first entrenchments were dug in the summer, and has headed charge after charge over the local "Y" top, personally overseeing much of the building work.

Mr. Boyle came here from Eastern District Y.M.C.A., Brooklyn, where he was Religious Worker Secretary. The General Secretary of that branch has also been an associate of Mr.Boyle here, Mr. W. Hirsch, Camp Secretary. The department of Mr. Boyle for foreign work interrupts between the two men a working fellowship of nine years. At a meeting in the Hut, at Fifth Avenue and Eighth Street, Mr. Boyle made a farewell address, wishing the work here godspeed. His efforts religiously have resulted in the formation of "Inner Circles" by e in each camp barrack. Catholics, Jews and Protestants uniting thus for "clean thought, clean speech and character building."

F.W. Murtfeldt, Religious Secretary in the Hut at Second Avenue and 14th Street, has been recommended for service abroad and will probably leave soon.

 

THREE DAY RUN OF HIGH GRADE ENTERTAINMENT

302d Engineers' Concert, Upton Players and Symphony, at Y Auditorium.

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The Y.M.C.A. Auditorium has had a three-day run during the past week of the sort of high grade entertainment which is planned to present during the winter, with a 302d Engineers' regimental entertainment, the Upton Players and Walter Damrosch's Symphony Society.

The Engineers' entertainment was in honor of Col. C.O. Sherrill and was attended by the Engineers in a body, headed by their band. A splendid programme was presented, featuring Eleonora de Cisneros, Metropolitan Opera Company, whose brilliant work captivated the Uptonians. Miss Ethel Burden, soprano, Miss Winifred Gray Gracie, impersonator and story teller and Edwin Hughes, pianist, were on the programme for numbers.

Real scenery, costumes and Belasco-like acting marked the first appearance of the Upton Players, coached by Lieut. L.G. Frohman. They presented two one-act plays as the opene for a dramatic season which promises well.

On Friday evening Walter Damrosch's Symphony Society, with seventy pieces gave the following HaSpangles Banner, Aida March (Verdi); Overture Oberon (Weber); INtermezzo and Toreadors (Bizet); Largo from New World Symphony and Rakoczy March (Bedlioz); Allegretto from Symphony No. 8 (Beethoven); Blue Danube Waltz (Strauss). George Engles, Symphony Mananger, arranged the concert.

 

MUSICALE ENJOYED.

 

The mid-week musical of the 2d and 14th "Y." was greatly enjoyed last week by those who attended. Miss Kathryn Platt Gunn and company of Brooklyn furnished the evenings programme. Miss Gunn rendered several violin solo's her most popular number being Kreisler's Caprice Viennois. The programme also included several contralto and baritone solos. After the men had had their treat, the programme was repeated before an appreciative group of officers.

 

FORMER UPTON MEN ARE BECOMING FOND OF GORDON

 

That Upton men who have been "ordered South" are getting on well and finding other camps almost as much to their liking as Upton, "first love." the following excerpt from a letter seems to indicate:

"I must confess that I like Camp Gordon in many ways almost as much as I did Camp Upton. I cannot make any complaint whatsoever as to things here."

Every mail brings letters from the boys who have gone, attesting to the fine comradeship's which the National Army makes possible.

 

302D ENGINEERS.

Hats off to 306th!

 

The wind, snow and rain Saturday afternoon Dec. 8th, could not chill the enthusiasm of the large crowd of spectators gathered to see the football game between this regiment and the 306th Infantry. Nor did it affect the spirits of the warriors, for it was a hotly contested game from start to finish. The teams were evenly matched and only in the last two minutes of play were the decisive points scored. The Engineers lost gamely by a score of 7 to 0 in favor of the Infantry. This was the second time that the gridiron warriors of these two regiments met. The first game was won by the Engineers, 10 to 0. The game Saturday was played for the championship of the division. We take our hats off to the 306th Infantry, but we are very proud of our own team. They fought hard and were full of spirit.

 

Engineers' Range Work.

 

During the past week the 302d Engineers have been making a great record on the range, during the preliminary shooting for officers and non-coms. The scores are exceptional, considering that 65 per cent. of the men never handled a rifle before coming to camp. The companies are so well balanced that only one, Co. D. led in scoring two days, Co. F, Co.A., Co. B. and Co. C. each leading once. The averages for the regiment are as follows: Bulls-eye target, slow fire 19.8 out of 25 possible; head and shoulder target, slow fire, 56.7 per cent. qualified; rapid fire, 12.5 per cent. qualified.

 

Company E Theatre Party.

 

On Wednesday evening Dec. 12, the men of Company E had a very enjoyable trip to New York. Capt. LaFetra, Company Commander of Company E, arranged the theatre party at the

 

Two Unofficial Chaplains.

 

For some time the regiment has been without Chaplain. It now has two who are unoffically attached to the regiment. The Rev. Dr. William T. Manning, rector of Trinity P. E. Church, New York, and the Rev. Charles D. Trexler, pastor of the church of the Good Shepherd (Lutheran), Brooklyn, are quartered with us until the completion of the interdenominational church, which is being erected on Upton Boulevard, adjoining the Y.M.C.A. headquarters. They are to be camp pastors for the Episcopal and Lutheran denominations.

 

Promotions in Company D.

 

Eight men in Company D are receiving congratulations upon their promotions. The boys are all happy to see them moving up. They deserve it. Here are the names: Sergt. Emil B. Meyer, appointed Sergeant 1st Class; Corp. Edgar Block, appointed Sergeant; Corp. Adolphe Brehman, appointed Sergeant; Corp. Albert A. Nesser, appointed Sergeant; Private Ralph E. Colby appointed Corporal; Private Daniel A. Curran, appointed Corporal; Private Arthur L. Lynch, appointed Corporal; Private William Neely, appointed Corporal.

Private Stephen R. Powers, Col. Sherrill's  efficient stenographer, has also won his stripes, being appointed a Corporal in Compnay C.

 

JE SUIS BLESSE'

 

Some of the boys in the 305th think they may be "blesse'," some day, or that some of their French comrades may be. That is why so many of them are answering "here" when C.L. Clugston, Y.M. Hut 37, asked how many wanted to become proficient in parlez vous. Snap and enthusiasm, the 305th's way of doing everything, marked the first meeting, when over 350 French pioneers met in the hut. Capt. Eaton. Company F, 305th, C.L. Clugston and Dr. MacLellan, Education Director Y.M.C.A., were the speakers. Nine volunteers from the ranks who had been chosen to compose the French Faculty were called to the platform. The classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays in each company barrack.

Mr. Clugston says: "Any man wishing to "fall in" should start at once. We want the 3-0-5 to be the best equipped and most useful regiment when we get over there, and this is one way. If you want to study anything else, speak to the men at the Y.M.C.A. desk. They are always glad to help."

 

WANTED INVITATIONS.

 

Privates of the 152d Depot Brigade are distraught at not all having an invitation to a social affair which the Fighting 16 of the Brigade held early one Monday morning, the principals being Joseph Bienna, William J. Robinson, W.J. Flynn, Steve Kelley and Michael Lynch, cook.

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FORMER ACTING CHIEF BRITISH RABBI HERE

Holds Special Chanukah Service-Former New York Cantor Forms Choir.

 

Monday evening Dec. 10, the boys at camp were agreeably surprised by the flying trip of Rabbi M. Hyamson, former Acting Chief Rabbi of Great Britain. A special Chanukah service was help in the "P" unit Y.M.C.A. Building, Fifth Avenue and Eighth Street, and attracted a crowd of almost 1,500 men. A quaint old custom, going back to the time before the Christian era, of lighting te menorah, the eight-pronged candelabrum, was gone through, while Private Oxenhandler chanted the liturgy. Dr. Hyamson's sermon delt with the story of the Maccbees.

Private Oxenhandler, who, before his entry into military service, was a well known cantor in New York City, is helping organize a choir for Jewish religious work.

 

STRICTLY SANITARY STUFF.

 

The Y.M.C.A. always tries to have a "clean" show, but the gala performances engineered by the 302d Sanitary Train was scrubbed, deodorized and sterilized to the last degree of sanitation. The packed house approved the "cotton gauze guys" mightly. The 306th Ambulance Company furnished the bulk of the talent. They put together the orchestra: Violinist Venetia, Monologist Blauvelt, Tenor Soloist Kelly and Impersonator Sergt. Hylan. Then there was a vocal solo by Private Walsh, 308th Ambulance Company, a song by Sergt. O'Brien, from the same outfit, and male quartet, O'Brien, Sergt. Harrington, Private Helm, 308th, and Sergt. Campbell, 307th Ambulance Company.

Certain members of the Sanitary train were working at the hospital, examining newly arrived men in the N.A. the other day when they ran across a man who was seriously affected with that familiar malady known as "dirtitis." We understand that a member of the crew recited "Ours not to reason why, ours but to do or die." as they shoved the gentleman under a shower, neglecting to ascertain which was the hot-water spigot. And this bath included the gentleman, his clothes and his hat.

Sergt. House, who graces the Headquarters Office of the 302d Sanitary train, is telling a story of a Carolina recruit who went broke on Saturday last. He was going around in the midst of the cloudburst of a rain-storm, trying to raise two bits on a straw hat with a yellow and black band.

The boys of the 306th Ambulance were given a treat Saturday evening when the Mudville Jazz Band of Woodhaven, L.I., came to visit the company. This talented group of musicians was secured to come and entertain by Private Alfred R. Livett.

 

HUT SERVES THREE REGIMENTS

 

Nearly all the Y.M.C.A. huts in camp take care of one regiment of the soldiers, but the building at Fifth Avenue and Eighth Street enjoys the opportunity of serving three- the 307th, 308th Infantry and the Machine Gun Battalions. In order to effectively swing this big task two new men have joined the force this week, W.I. Reed, who will associated with George Hulst in the religious work and will have particular responsibility for the 307th Regiment, and Mr. Riegel, who will work with Roy Male in swinging the extensive athletic programme mapped out under the direction of the Colonels and athletic officers of these regiments. In a few days another educational secretary will be added to the force to carry through Richard Tullis's educational programme in the 307th as it is now working in the 308th and Machine Gun Divisions.

 

FAREWELL TO MR. BOYLE.

 

in spite of the very cold day Sunday visitors to camp crowded the Y.M.C.A. hut at Eighth Street and Fifth Avenue and filled the auditorium almost to bursting during the concert by the 307th Band. Under Mr. Nord's able direction the concert rendered was excellent and was roundly applauded in all its numbers by the audience.

In the evening the 307th Band again came over and rendered a sacred concert proceeding the religious service. This service was unique in Camp Upton history because of the number in attendance, there being well over 1,100 crowded into the hall. The talk of the evening was given by Mr. Boyle, religious director for the association in Camp Upton, and the meeting was arranged as a farewell to Mr.Boyle, who leaves in a few days for France to continue his successful association work "Over There."

 

DOMINICAN FATHERS HOLD WEEK OF MISSION HERE

Father Ignatius Smith, Famous Pulpit Orator, Heads Ten of Clergy.

 

Beginning Dec. 16, the Dominican Fathers of the Catholic Church will conduct a mission at Camp Upton, to continue a week, with three meeting every night an special daily masses. The Rev. Father Ignatius Smith, one of the foremost pulpit orators in the order, heads the mission. Ten other clergymen will be associated with him. The general purpose of the mission  is to promote morality and clean living, and addresses which will be made each night are to have bearing on problems which confront the soldier in his spiritual and ethical relations. The meetings will be held in Knights of Columbus and Y.M.C.A. Auditoriums, Upton Boulevard, and the K. of C. Clubhouse, Fourth Avenue and Sixth Street.

The daily programme will begin with a morning mass at 5:30, and later masses will be celebrated at 6:30, 8, and 9 A.M. At 9 o'clock in the evening the sermon will be delivered, proceeded by short instruction and prayers. Benediction will follow the sermon. A committee of the Catholic chaplains is in charge of the mission: Lieut. J.J. Sheridan, 305th Field Artillery; Lieut. T.J. Dunne, 306th Infantry; Lieut. F.W. Walsh, 307th Infantry; Lieut. J.J. Halligan, 308th Infantry, and Father L.H. Bracken.

 

The Song of the Unfit.

 

The official wail of the "physically unfit" brother who is fearful lest he be selected to serve, has been indited here at Upton. Dan Caslar 5th Co., 152d Depot Brigade, is willing to release the singing and publishing right for something under ten thousand dollars. The correct makeup for the rendition of this song is a swathe of bandages about the head, a limp in both legs, several canes and crutches, a bottle of liniment and Red Cross nurses and undertakers in the background chanting a dirge-like undertone accompaniment. Here it is- "The Song of the Unfit" key of Q flat:

What's the matter with me, boys? I'm all right!

My hearing is completely gone, I've almost lost my sight;

I've got flat feet and prickly heat, my stomachs weak, I can't eat meat.

My lungs they creak, my heart-valves leak.

Rheumatics make my joint unique;

My health's all shot. I haven't got up on my frame one healthy spot.

The folks all think I'm on the brink;

I won't make a soldier; please don't send me out to fight!

What's the matter with me, boys?

Do you think that I'm all right?

 

GREENHUT AND HIS LINE

 

Private Greenhut of Headquarters Company 152 O.B. emitted the following little segment of barber shop kidosophy on night at the desk; "Well, I've got to get back and write to a bunch of girls I don't care anything about, just to keep them in line for Christmas presents." If Greenhut ever starts writing "Impressions" to a dame he does "care anything about" she'll fall so hard they'll have to dig her out. He has some "vine" for a young fellow.

 

FIRST AID FROM THE BASE HOSPITAL

 

The Knights Hospitaller plan a dance at Patchogue in the near future. The organization promises big at the Base, and is as follows: President Charles Williamson; Vice Preseident Arthur B. Feeley; Secretary Maxwell Klein; Treasurer, Harry J. Connors; Executive Committee, composed of officers and Ray O. Binger, Fred Damren, Fred Purcel; Membership Committee, Oliver Irish, Chairman; Rienzo Neaves, Guy Kendall; members Raymond Blake, John J. Blumenthal, Herbert G. Freese, Robert R. Goerstiner, Peter J. Gilroy, Charles F. Harlow, William Harlow, Clinton Ingles, Leonard D. Jackson, George Loehrson, Harry Morrison, Charles A. O'Dell, Harold E. Roy, Charles A. Weshrob, Gustave A. Willie jr., J.E. Wilson, Harry Woodhead.

The Y.M.C.A. and Post Exchange combination is a winner, and the boys in the wards and out are enthusiastic about the get-togethers, smokes, eats and stunts, which were not possible before.

Checker champions are becoming as thick as Iron Crosses in Teutland.

The Chaplains of the various regiments are constant visitors and their ministrations are appreciated greatly.

The Tuesday night musicale was greatly enjoyed by officers and nurses present.

There is music everywhere since the Y.M.C.A. has distributed ten phonographs to various wards, and the piano in the "common centre" always has some one-finger artist performing a painful operation.

The guard, Lieut. Hurley and Sergt. Williamson, spent a strenuous night during the storm. It lasted into the small hours.

There was a grim look of satisfaction on the visage of Lieut. Backus as he returned a set of boxing gloves he had taken to the officers' quarters from the Y.M.C.A. The Lieutenant didn't say what had happened and only a grunt could be secured from the other fellow.

Dr. Swain of Philadelphia gave a fine address, which was greatly appreciated by the boys.

 

RADCLIFFE CLUB ACTIVE AMOUNG COMPANY GROUPS

 

Among the many company organizations that are doing big things and creating and fostering company spirit at Upton, the Radcliffe Club, Headquarters Company, 306th Infantry, is noteworthy. Named for the company commander, Capt. Radcliffe, the group has regualr meetings and is particularly interested  in keeping social matters on the hum with frequant entertainments. "Financial strength and true accounts; no useless expense and all disbursements approved" are planks in the Radcliffe platform. The first of a series of excellent entertainment has been given for officers and men. A paino is to be secured. The organization is as follows: Sergt. Kelly, Chairman; Private Kesper, Vice Chairman; Private Ritter, Secretary; Financial Committee, Sergt. Singer, Corpls. Young and Heatherly; Social Activites, Private Rath, Corpl. Berrigan, Sergt. Canaday. The boys are engineering a big ball for the Christmas Eve at the Hotel Ansonia, Broadway and 75th Street.

 

K.C. BUILDING EQUIPMENT COMPLETE. THREE HOUSES

New Location Dedicated, Making Three Service Station in Camp.

 

The building equipment of the Knights of Columbus in camp was completed during the past week, with the opening of the club house at 15th Street and Fourth Avenue. The dedication exercises were enjoyed by a large number, Dr. John Coyle of New York delivering an eloquent dedicatory address on "American Patriotism." The Hallin-Corbett-Rooney trio from New York furnished fine musical numbers. The new club house will be in charge of J.J. McGrath, who has been assisting at the auditorium, and with him J.T. McDonough will be associated.

With this opening, the trio of K. Of C. service buildings, including the auditorium, is complete. B.F. Fenton and Frank Leary are in charge of the first one to be used, at Fourth Aveune and Sixth Street, and the auditorium's interests are watched out for by Charles Pallen and Thomas Brady. Th club houses are taking a larger and larger place in the lives of Camp Upton men, who find them dispensers of unstinted help and service. Especially has the auditorium become a central gathering place, basketball games and entertainments being nightly occurrences. The floor space is also employed for drills.

 

RECRUITING BATTALION HAS BIG ENTRTAINMENT.

 

The First Provisional Recruiting Battallon had a big night at the Second Avenue and 14th Street Y.H. Hut recently. Lieut. Rudolf is being congratulated on his fine work in assembling and directing the progamme, which would have done credit to a troupe of regular actors. The hall was given over entirely to the battalion and was beautifully decorated by some of their artists, who spent a whole day at the job. Music was furnished by the regular  "Y" Orchestra of nine pieces. An individual criticism (favorable of course) of the evening's acts would fill a book, but some of the high spots of the programme were: Singing, Holmes, First Company; comedy act by Meyerowitz, Second Company; tenor solo by Creegan, First Company, and best of all, some charactor singing by Lieut. Perkins, who associated with "Big Time" last summer.

There were several boxing bouts: Lippman, Second Company, Richards, First Company, vs. Irwood, Company C, 802 F.S.B.; Brown, First Company, vs. Bantam, First Company; Leisenheimer, Second Company, vs. Larkin, Second Company, and finally a thriller between "Biscuit Shooter" Schauen and "Corn Fritter" Steffen. Between the various acts, which were all enthusiastically received, the men sang their battalion songs.

 

308th INFIRMARY

 

Here's the proper spirit: Dentist to patient: "Do you want me to give you local anesthesia before I yank the tooth?" Answer: "No, Lieutenant, I wanna get used to pain. German bullets may hurt more."

Sergt. Jacque Fournier comes from a very refined family with absolutely no cannibal instincts and yet he expresses a desire to eat stewed Kaiser for breakfast.

Sergt. "Wild Bill" Conklin, C.C. N.Y. graduate, is chiefly engaged in jamming chunks of morality through the ranks, and "believe me Bill" gets away with it. Personality does it.

"The Funeral Brigade" designates the men who wait on the line for dental treatment.

The soldier-critic's opinion of the newly constructed Rifle Range: "It's a bull's eye."

 

THE TALENTED THREE

 

There was a talented trio who volunteered, through the invitation of Robert Nicolas, the genial social secretary of the "Y' Hut, 2d Avenue and 7th Street, to entertain the boys. They were Corpl. E.L. Quinn of the 302d Ammunition Train, who is clever in story telling and recitations; Harry Edelheit of Company B, 302d Engineers, who sang several of his own compositions, including his big success, "If You Had All the World and Its Gold," and his accompanist Private Robert Minotti, who is also a composer of regular music.

 

COL. MOSS TELLS HIS BUFFALOES OF BOND SALE

 

At a regimental rally of the 367th in the Y.M.C.A. Auditorium recently Col. Moss told his gallant Buffaloes of the bond sale for their new auditorium, citing some instances of how enthusiastic is the support being accorded. One man who had just come from Texas and had been in camp only a day or so said he had heard of the effort being made and sent his subscription for a $10 bond. Another case was of a man who had received his discharge, exemption being granted. Before leaving Upton he sent word that he still was planning to take the bond he'd contracted for before, being interested in the auditorium, although he was no longer to be in camp to enjoy the benefits. Another instance of the support which is coming to the effort was given by a lieutenant who promised to give two $10 bonds would be taken each month.

The colored men had a rousing sing-song under the leadership of Max Weinstein, who accomplished wonders with them on their regimental song and "Old Black Joe."

 

ARTILLERY SHELL SHOCK.

152d Artillery Brigade.

 

Talent from the Shrapnel Section trained their 75s on Riverhead the other night, giving a concert in the auditorium for the benefit of the "M" Y.M.C.A. Vincent Bach, bandmaster of the 306th F.A., was a headliner.

Sergt. Major Bibb, H.Q. Co. was responsible for a splendid concert in the Y.M. the other night, Miss. Florence Macbeth being the artist.

"Artillery Brigade Night" at the Y.M. Auditorium was the first attempt at a brigade entertainment. The shrapnel-hurlers established themselves in this initial try and a big crowd throughly enjoyed the versatile offerings of the brigade's entertainers.

Sergt. Josephs H.Q. Co., 305th, is being complimented on the excellence of the show put on recently in the "Y" for artillery officers. It was a musicale and smoker. The officers were enthusiastic auditors. Among the numbers were: Cello solo, Porinzerella; trombone solo, Schmidt; wind and string instrumental concert; clarinet solo, "Moonlight Bay" assisted by quartet.

Battery F., 306th F.A., put on a programme  at the "Y" recently, among the officers being: Opening overture; vaudeville act by Sol Wolf; Smith and Tenzer, songs and patter; songs, Sellner; Pantzer and Eineman, variety act; minstrels, featuring Keller, Pantzer, Wolf, Tenzer, Seliner, in songs and latest stories. Private Pantzer, Battery F, credit for his production.

The 306th's "Howitzer" has fired its second round of ammunition, and the boys in the regiment who are responsible for this newsy publication are being hailed with "bravos," &c., from their comrades. Their aim is excellent.

 

Y SECRETARIES ENLIST.

 

Eight of Camp Upton's Y.M.C.A.  secretaries have enlisted in various branches of the military service recently, among them being H. Grinton, E.C. Knudson and James Gridley of the fifth avenue and Fourth Street Hut, who entered the radio service, Rex Haight, Fifth Avenue and Eighth Street., also entering radio; T. T. Christmas, 19th Street Hut, Canadian Royal Flying Corps, and C.T. Wolfe, Fifth Avenue and 14th Street, who left to begin training with the Naval Reserves. C.W. Hunter, Second Avenue and Sixth Street, will leave Jan. 1 for training, and K. Forman, also of that building, is beginning to work with the Medical Corps.

 

CONFINED, GIVE BARRACK SHOW

 

Though confined to their barrack, the men of the 2d Company, 1st Prov. Rec.Bat., were not to be deprived of their show. They got together in the mess hall and staged an excellent entertainment. Armur started with "The Rosary" as a guitar solo. Next came a vocal solo, "The Sunshine of Your Smile" by William Messmik. Then the star of the evening appeared in the figure of J. Meyerowitz in a singing dancing number. He was followed by J. O'Brien, who made the dust fly with a lively clog dance, and by E. Washburn in a humorous recitation. Lippman and Moore gave a fast exhibition of the manly art and the programme concluded with the effective rendering og "Gungha Din" by Charles Reed.

 

DIVISION FOOTBALL CHAMPS PROUD OF THEIR ATHLETIC ACHIEVEMENTS

306th, Also Winners of N.Y. A.C. Day, Show They're Up and Coming.

 

By winning the Division Football Championship from the 302d Engineers and taking first place in the New York Athletic Club Track Meet, the 306th Infantry has shown that it is up and coming for athletic supremacy in camp, and all the doughboys in Col. Vidmer's regiment are loud in praise of their representative athletes and Lt. Hayes, Regimental Athletic Officer.

The football record of the outfit shows 124 points scored to opponents' 6, the goal line being crossed by rival infantryman of the 305th. The record of the Division Champs stands as follows: 306th 33-Mach. Gun Bns. 0; 306th 20-308th Inf. 0; 306th 16-307th Inf. 0; 306th 2-302 Amt. Tr. 0; 306th 33-308th Inf. 0; 306th 13-305th 6; 306th 7-302 Eng. 0.

The line-up and summery of the championship game:

306th Infantry                                            302d Engineers.

Burns............................L. E.  R....................Rifsneider

Connors........................L. T. R............................Reich

Duffy............................L. G. R...........................Glenn

Levine..............................C........................Mulqueen

Peterson......................R. G. L...................Phillippson

McNally.......................R. T. L......................Amaducci

Theibald......................R. E. L.........................Minskie

Hayden.........................Q. B......................Hernandez

Johnson.......................R. H. B...........................Royer

O'Heire........................L. H. B............................Smith

Ritter............................F. B...........................Troplan

 

Time of periods, 10 minutes: referee, Frank Glick; umpire, James Clark. Y.M.C.A.; head linesman, Lieut. Hess; timer, Sergt. S. Reffs, Company I. 306th; substitutions, 306th, Coaskley, Beach, Kaufman, Brawn, Cerrusct, Greenbaum, 302d, Meyers, Salisbury, Mulchan, Gilman, Leeman. Attendance 01,000.

 

"WHAT WE'RE DOING FOR YOU," UPTON SOLDIER TELLS TOTS

 

The assurance that back home the folks are thinking, praying and working for their boys-and yet not boys but men-in service, is the big thing that sustains and buoys up the fighting spirit, if conversations with Upton soldiers mean anything.

"What are we fighting for?" is a question our wise men are discussing at column length in newspapers. The one who is serving answers it more simply. He cherishes the picture in his heart of the loved ones back there, the ones whose dearest possessions he is making secure.

One Upton private has done more. He has expressed his convictions. The recipient of his letter is not a newspaper, not a wise man, but some of the kiddies whose helpless future is being decided by war.

The tots of Public School No. 4, Rivington and Ridge Streets, New York, saved their pennies an made up little kits of candy, crackers and cigarettes. They were sent to the office of the Jewish Welfare Board for distribution. In appreciation, back came the following message:

To the kiddies of Public School No.4 New York City.

Dear Kiddies: Your surprise reached us today and I was lucky enough to get some of the packages sent by you to the boys at Camp Upton.

It must have been pretty hard on you youngsters to save up your pennies for so many goodies, but the soldiers appreciate every lit bit done for them. When things come in bunches, just as you sent them, then we send back bunches of thanks.

The package I received cover a lot of ground, as everyone around me got the benefit as well as I did, and each one sends thanks.

I don't doubt that very many of your brothers and relatives are here, and we hope they are treated as well as you treated us, No doubt, also you know a great deal about our life. It is actions such as your that make us contested, as you feel that we are doing is for you and the coming generations.

We earnestly hope that when you reach our age there will no longer be such a terrible possibility as war on this earth.

Trusting that our appreciation will in a measure compensate for what you have done. I beg to remain. Cordially yours,

Private Emanuel Rosenstein. Third Co., 152d Depot Brigade. Camp Upton.

 

SIX DAY RACE HERE; 10,000 MILES RIDDEN.

 

Madison Square Garden isn't the only arena in these widely advertised United States where six-day bicycle races grind out mileage. The Y Hut at 5th and 4th has been the scene of a six-day contest on the home trainer apparatus which moves but doesn't go forward. The total mileage ridden in the 144 hours of pedaling was over 10,000. Goullet and Magin were picked as the first prize-winning team, with 2,595 miles, their mileage being estimated quite closely by L. Saitta, Supply Company, 306th Infantry. Sergt. Patterson, Company H. 306th Infantry, with an estimated total of 2,500, was the winner of the second prize, for individual honors.

 

HOWITZER HANDLERS AND SIGNALMEN KEEN RIVALS

 

There is keen rivalry between the football teams representing the 305th Field Artillery and the 302d Field Signal Battalion. These teams have met twice recently and both games have ended in a 0-0 score. The 302d Field Signal Battalion team in both contests has proved superior o offensive work, but has always lacked the punch to score on the heavier 305th Field Artillery eleven. Lieut. Moore and Lieut. Glenn, the coaches of the two teams, promise a play-off soon and the game should prove a hummer.

 

CAMP CUE ARTIST SHOOTS TO HELP AMBULANCE FUND

 

Part of a nationwide campaign for half a million dollars for ambulances, conducted by pocket billiard experts, was a contest in which Private Sid Emmons, Co. D, 306th Infantry, measured green cloth skill with Harry Hart, challenger for the world's championship . The palace Pocket Billiard Academy, Brooklyn, was the scene of the match in which Hart scored the requisite 150 points, while Emmons accumulated 83. "Our Soldier" cueist made a high run of 21, but was outdistanced when Hart clicked off 57 balls. The proceeds went toward the ambulance fund. One ambulance, fully equipped, has already been put in the field "over there" by lovers of the cue.

 

FULTON-GILLIGAN GO IS FAST, HARD EXHIBITION

 

One of the most interesting mitt encounters of the Yaphank season was pulled in K. of C. Auditorium when "Young" Fulton exchanged courtesies with Willie Gilligan. Willie is twenty-five pounds light than Fulton, but he made up for the lack in speed and determination. The bout was evenly contested, both fighters getting in some heavy hitting which sent the recipient staggering to the ropes.

 

ARTILLERY BASEBALL GOES INTO ELEVEN INNINGS.

 

It was necessary to tack on a couple of innings before the baseball tussle between Battery D, 305th Field Artillery, and their fellow calsson rustlers from Battery B, 306th, could be settles. The final reckoning showed the 305th swatman leading, 7-6. Metzer's mound work for the victors and Becker's stellar fielding were factors in the win.

 

WELL FIXED FOR MOVIE MEN

 

The 2d and 14th "Y" is well fixed so far as motion picture operators are concerned. Michael Kinsella, 321 F.S.B., Company B, the regular operator for the Y.M.C.A. bi-weekly shows, is a man of long experience in the game, having previously turned the reel for theWashington Theatre, Brooklyn.  In hi absence his place is ably taken by Uhlenbach, Company C. 302 F.S.B.

 

NEW TOOTHACHE CURE.

 

Private H. Peterson, cmfwypcmfw Utilities Detachment, Q.M. C., was suffering from a sever toothache one night. His constant moaning kept the rest of the boys awake most of the night. The boys started to complain. His music had the well known "Horrors of War" beat to a frazzle. Somebody suggested giving him German gas. Being out of gas, a quicker remedy was applied . Under cover of darkness a hiking shoe was flung through the air, landing on the victim;s jaw. The toothache must have disappeared for Harry dropped off into quiet sleep. Nothing more was heard from him that night. He work up in the morning and said he had pleasant dreams the night before. No doubt he did when that hiking boot hit him!

 

THE INEFFICIENT BUGLE

 

One of the new men of the last batch, an eastsider, who seemed to want to labor under the delusion that he was a hopeless cripple, took occasion to tell each of the examining physicians of the many different little aliments he suffered from. "Yactor , will you blease loog in my dose," he asked the throat doctor, "when somet'ing smells bad, I no can feel it."
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