December 10, 1917




Commanding General and Cleveland Dodge Also on the Programme

            On Saturday evening, Dec. 15, William Howard Taft, ex-president of the United States, will formally dedicate the Y. M. C. A. Auditorium, Upton Boulevard, with a address. He will also speak Sunday afternoon in the auditorium. Both meetings are open to every one.

            Other speakers of the Saturday evening dedication will be Cleveland H. Dodge, Treasurer of the National War Work Council, Y. M. C. A., and Brig. Gen. E. M. Johnson, commanding the 77th Division. There will be special musical features. W. F. Hirsch, Secretary of the Y. M. C. A., will be Chairman of the dedication of the meeting.

            William Fellows Morgan of the National War Work Council will also make an address.



Division’s Typographical Outfit Chose to Continue Ink-Slinging

            Printer’s ink is a substance with a strange fascination which never diminishes. When it gets in the nostrils once its incense-like odor sticks forever. That is probably why all the men in the Division Printing Office, one of the most interesting spots—a peculiarly appropriate word when speaking of ink—on Headquarters Hill, voluntarily chose to continue their work with leads, slugs, types, chases, quoins and the rest of the typographical whatnot.

            They are organized into one of the rightest, tightest little printing offices in this commonwealth barring noneso-ever, under the supervision of Lieut. L. H. Frohman, The equipment is capable of handling work through all its stages and includes stock cutting machine, complete type equipment press, perforater and stitcher. The work is all hand set and it is considerable in volume, general orders pass forms and many other division printing requirements being included. The office is at work ceaselessly and the organization is of a notably smooth running character.



            The 306th Infantry eleven won the Camp Upton football championship Saturday afternoon by defeating the hitherto unbeaten 302d Engineers team by a score of 7 to 0. The 306th team will represent Camp Upton in the inter-fort championship series. The feature of Saturday’s game, played in a building snowstorm, was the playing of Ritter of the Headquarters Company, who scored the touchdown, and Hayden, the diminutive and elusive quarterback of the winning team.



            The Rev. Dr. Luther B. Wilson, Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church of the New York, who has been for several months in the war zone, will speak to Camp Upton men in the Y. M. C. A. Auditorium Saturday, Dec. 23. Some of his experience will be the basis of his address.




                Bolton row, reading from left to right; Capt. H. W. Haserick, Essex Regiment; Capt. Noel Heaton, Welsh Regiment; Major H. P. Atkins, Leicester Regiment; Major R. F. Hayward, M. C., Machine Gun Corps; Capt. M. Brown, M. C., Army Gymnastic Staff.

                Top row, reading from left to right; Sergt. Bradbury, Regiment; Quartermaster Sergt. Stone, Artist Rifles; Sergt. Davis, Royal Welsh Fusillers; Sergt. Major Covington, Army Gymnastic Staff; Sergt. Major Spraggin, King’s Own Scottish Borders.

                Attached to the mission are Orderlies W. Riches, T. W. White, C. W. Haswell and J. G. Camp.



Buffalo Regiment Has Unique Plan for Getting Themselves Big Hall—Also Have Welfare League

            A regimental auditorium, built by a bond issue, is to be the unique possession of the 367th Infantry, Upton’s Buffaloes. Work has already been well advanced on the building, which will seat 5,000 and will be used for entertainments, “movies,” concerts, lectures and instruction, gymnasium, indoor target practice, social gatherings, religious worship, and other purposes.

            It is estimated that the construction and equipment will cost about $40,000, to be raised by issuing bond. The bonds will be redeemed as far as possible from the profits resulting from the operation of the auditorium as a place of entertainment, the unredeemed balance being considered as a contribution. It is estimated that by charging a nominal admission, say ten cents, the net income will be about $350 a day. Already $8,000 worth of bonds have been taken out by the enthusiastic soldiery of this spirited regiment and $2,000 by the officers. There have also been bonds totaling $10,000 sold in New York and elsewhere to friends of the negro outfit, one man purchasing $5,000 worth.

            “The Lord helps those who helps themselves,” however, and the dusky lads are not asking their civilian friends to build an auditorium for them, but are digging in and doing the lion’s—of rather buffalo’s—snare themselves. They have been showering with suggestions on money-raising their beloved commanding officer, Col. Jas. A. Moss, originator and promoter of the auditorium and other regimental movements. And their labor with pick and shovel have given the construction a big start. It is hoped that New Year’s Day will see a house-warming and entertainment in this Buffalo Stadium, located on Third Avenue, near Upton Boulevard.


Regiment Welfare League.

            The 367th also has a Welfare League, whose Honorary President is Col. Roosevelt. The other officers are the Rev. H. C. Bishop, pastor St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Bronx, President; Capt. William B. Williams, Assistant Regiment Adjutant, Secretary; Dr. William Jay Schiefflin, Treasurer. The Welfare League aims to foster in the colored soldiers pride in their race, in their service and in their country, teaching them patriotism. It wants to supply the needs of the men in the regiment, seeing that they are provided with recreation, amusement and everything necessary for contentment and the developing of efficient soldiers. Dependents also will be looked after. Membership in the league is open to any one interested in the negro soldier. There are various classes of membership, as follows: Foundation, $500 or more; Honorary, $250; Class A, $100; Class B, $50; Class C, $10; Class D, $5, and regular membership, $1.



            The 367th has a coat-of-arms, not the least of the uses of which will be on the silver top of a swagger stick of imitation snakewood. The design of the coat-of-arms centres a buffalo head in a shield, back of which is the eagle and crossed guns. The regimental motto, “See It Through,” is at the top and “367th Regiment” at the bottom.



Fritzian Snipers Had Best Duck When Yaphankers Get Across.

            Real firing on Camp Upton’s new rifle range, four miles north of camp, beyond the Middle Country Road, has during the last week added a warlike rattle to the intensive training. Three hundred targets were thrown open the first day and some remarkable scores were made by the marksmen, who trudged the distance with their Lee-Enfields. One ---, who said he’d never handled a gun before, had either the luck of a beginner or the makin’s of a sharp-shooter, who will give the Fritz snipers some of their own medicine. He made 49 out of a possible 50 at 100 yards. Most of the shots were either bullseyes or No. 45’s, Company B, 307th Infantry, shot 44 out of 50 at 300 yards, and the First and Second Battalions. 306th averaged 40 out of 50 at the same range.


French Officers Tell Men Here to Keep Smiling

Lieut. Picard Answers Hundreds of Questions Asked by Upton Soldiers.

            “Keep on smiling” is the kernel of the message which Lieut. Jean A. Picard, late of the 13th Infantry, French Army, has brought to hundreds of Upton men during the past week. “Remember, we are to win, because we are right,” he assures further, and his words have taken a strong grip on the men here who are looking forward to France as holding for them the Great Experience. Following his talks, which have been in the Y. M. C. A. huts, interested questions were flung at him, and the keen sympathy evoked was evidenced by the queries.

            On Aug. 7, 1914, three days after war began, Lieut. Picard, a Reservist, sailed from New York to join his regiment. He was in two years and a half from Aug. 20, his regiment taking part in the Marne, the Alsne and the Alsace affair. He was in the Field Hospital Unit during the latter part of his active service, receiving release because of disablement. Lieut. Picard is under commission from the National War Work Council, Y. M. C. A., and is speaking in all the training camps. He is enthusiastic over the spirit of the men in arms, which he says, is fine and wonderfully high throughout the country.

            Lieut. Picard and Dr. Adolphe Cohs, a native Frenchman who was a volunteer in the France-Prussian war, were in Upton at the same time speaking on France. Dr. Cohn was former head of the Romance Languages Department, Columbia University. His subject was “Franc and the War.”



            Dennis McDonough of Dover, N. H. has been appointed Knights of Columbus Secretary at Camp Upton and will be assistant in Clubhouse No. 3.





Festival of Chanukah Will Be Observed Here on Dec. 16—Hope to Be in Administration Building by Jan. 1.

            The Jewish Board for Welfare Work at Upton is very much alive these days, what with the $5,000,000 campaign. Dec. 3-16, plans for the administration building coming into shape, and he regular activities of the Board increasing in scope and nature. Just at present, a celebration for the Festival of Chanukah is occupying attention. The Independent Order of B’nai B’rith, District No. 1, New York, is co-operating.

            On Sunday evening, Dec. 16, at 7:30 o’clock, the festival will be observed with services in the Y. M. C. A. auditorium, to which every one, regardless of creed, is invited. The Rev. Dr. Samuel Schulman, Rabbit Temple Beth-E1, Fifth Avenue and 76th Street, New York, one of the best known reformed rabbis and Jewish scholars in the country, will speak. Rev. Simon Schlager, cantor of Temple Emanuel, New York, with choir and soloists, will have charge of the musical exercises. Chanukah is the festival which commemorates the victory of the Maccabees, and the re-occupation of the Temple at Jerusalem is remembered by candle-lighting, symbolizing the lighting of the temple lamps.

            The Welfare Board hopes to be occupying the new administration building, which will be built at Fourth Avenue and 12th Street, by Jan. 1. It will be a centre for Jewish men, and will be open to all men of Camp Upton.

            Among the board’s activities is the conduct of religious service every week, on Friday evening. At 7 P. M. a service is held in the Y. M. C. A., Fifth Avenue and Eighth Street, and at 6:45 in the Y. M. C. A., Second Avenue and 14th Street. Prominent Jewish laymen and rabbis are secured for these meetings, for which congregations singing is also planned. Dr. Alexander Kohut, Executive Director, National Religious Department, Jewish Board for War Welfare, is handling the arrangements for speakers.

            In last weeks Trench and Camp, the Young Men’s Hebrew Association Building, Lexington Avenue and 92nd Street, New York, was omitted from 9 A. M. to 11 P. M. to soldiers, and is equipped with showers, swimming pool and many other conveniences.



            The Hicks Jazz Band, with their headquarters, rehearsal rooms and booking offices in the Quartermaster’s Corps Barracks, presided over by Caot. Hooks, are playing to large houses at Camp Upton. Their orchestrations are elaborate; most of their novelty is due to the unusual assortment of instruments and the remarkable proficiency of the players. There is included in the instruments a harmonica, jewsharp, nose whistle, piano, banjo and baton. This last named instrument is particularly important. Harry Green wields it. The orchestra is rehearsed by Private Carroll. Another item in their success is the fact that they spare no effort toward obtaining “atmosphere.” They even sprinkle hayseed in hair and whiskers, but carry their instruments in handsome and costly leather eases.



            William T. Slover, Company F, 306th Infantry, wants his fellow-townsmen from Elmsford, Westchester County, who haven’t been home recently on leave, to know that the Old Town is still up there—and then considerable. For on Thanksgiving a service flag was floated and a tablet erected in Independence Park in appreciation of the service which the 56 Elmsfordians are performing in various branches of the service. Several Spirited Salvos od Elmsford—all together!



            “Why We Are in the War” has been told to Uptonites during the past week by one of the men in the country most able to discuss the underlying causes. William Howard Taft, with Dr. W. H. Slocum, now in the League to Enforce Peace, has spoken at two of the Y. M. C. A. huts, Second Avenue and 14th Street and Second Avenue and 11th Street. Dr. Slocum, was formerly President of the University of Colorado Springs, building it from practically nothing to a seven-million-dollar institution. He told to Upton soldiers some of the historical roots of the present conflict and was well received.




(An Ode in Very Free Verse by an Upton Private.)


            There are many men whose only attraction appears to be their lack of attractiveness.


Such a man is Cyprus;

Built in unshapeliness

Formed without a hint of summetry.

Touped with hair that should be lining a couch.

Possessed of eyes that no respectable

            Chimpanzee would claim for its own.

Feet!   Alas! That his greediness in the choosing of lef-ends should be so well advertised.

What warped lines there are in his massive legs!

And those hands that wave through the air like tropical palm trees;

How they throw fear into all who have felt the sting of a father’s punishing hand

Those who see him at first have a tendency to shrink from him, making sport of his awkwardness.

He wears no striped on hits O. D. coat-sleeves.

No silver badges dangle from his chest;

And it is said that back in Blissville Junction he controlled the destinies of a cool-wagen.


What a song of happiness comes from that heart of his.

How many a merry quip passes that pair of thick lips.

As a golden, infectious smile surrounds them.

When his comrades were soul-tried and homesick, who was it lifted them to contentment?

Whose quaint philosophy has taught them to fear naught and to smile always?

Whose love of life wins admiration from all?

And when a time comes for soldiers to make their greatest sacrifice of self, who will act first?

Cyprus of Blissville Junction, to be sure.

Who will raise up a second Cyrpus, a third, a fourth, a fifth?



            For a long time the vast amount of Y. M. C. A. stationary consumed by Carleston E. Fry, buglar for the K. Company, 307th Infantry, has been a matter of wonder. He has been addressing reams and reams of it, all to the same name, street and city. The mystery has unraveled itself, with Carleton’s beaming announcement that on Thanksgiving Day he went to this self-same address, in the company of a clergyman. We felicitate. Knowing Fry, we feel we are in a position to congratulate his bride and himself. Mrs. Fry was Miss Schermerhorn of Lake George, New York.



            The taste of Broadway which Uptonites got Thanksgiving Day still lingers, and especially with fifty boys of the Depot Brigade and a dozen from the 305th Ambulance Corps, who were entertained at Reisenweber’s, Columbus Circle. Dan Casler, popular musician of the brigade, secured the invitation. Everything from soup to nuts, with some depot filberts.



            The Military Police are able to be congratulated on their wonderful record of handling nearly 28,6000 soldiers on pass over Thanksgiving without misunderstanding or mishap. They handled the difficult situation at the Upton Terminal and other outlet points absolutely without friction. One squad, under the charge of Lieut. Sola, did especially good work. They are all former members of the New York City Police Department, namely Private William H. Lutz, Private Charles Glassheim, and Acting Corporal Otto Siedentopf.





            Some of the dream ravings of Company A men, heard in the wee small hours, are hereby set down; McKay. “The 15-ball is mine, who moved the pocket”; Humphrey’s, “Come up, Southern Pacific, come up, my fortune is made”; Horowitz, “I’ll tell the truth for my client, your honor, even if I have to lie”; Stark, “My only friend in the kitchen is handing out the salt, and I never use it”; Sample, “When I leave the camp I’ll say good-by”; Vath, “Give me shots enough and I can hit any target”; Corporal Chapin, “The war will be over soon. I never held a job over three months.”

            Company A has a Biltmore mess, according to Willis R. Prince. Daily menus are printed and a copy left in each man’s letter box. Improvement suggestions are sought by the mess sergeant at weekly company meetings. A specimen menu, “selected at random,” contained such a startling assortment of food that it isn’t printed for fear it might cause a riot among Upton’s trenchermen. Such items as mayonnaise dressing, chicken giblets, Nabisco wafers!

            “Union League Club” is a name to conjure with for Company B. The following six are still talking about the wonderful time there Turkey Day; J. J. O’Brien, Herbert Wolgin, Frank Barnett, James H. McConnell, James Powell, Thomas Cavanaugh, Corporal Frank Pendleton.

            A great member of the 305th boys dined in New York Thanksgiving, but when they arrived back in camp wondered whether, after all, they didn’t get the worst of it. Company B, with Mess Sergt. Wennik and 1st Cook Sam Schwartz on the job, fared like princes, and had a few princesses besides. Pvt. Smilowitz had his bride of a few weeks and his sister with him. Capt. George Wrenn of Company E. presented a box of cigars with his compliments for the success of that outfit’s party, which was big,

            Company D Small-Fire—“Slim” Freiburg has a “big” time in the city recently, he loves the large ladies; Corpl. Tom Mitchell, thinking New York was Hempstead, asked a cop on 34th Street the way to the Post Office; Corp. W. R. Starkey comes from Yonkers and is quite shameless about it; Frank Cristiano, first cook, is a popular man, and the boys assure him he’ll always be if he comes over with the food as heretofore.

            Company E is proud of Sergt. Griebe, who represented the boys on the Division Football Team and has been making his force felt in the 305th aggregation. The Sergeant is all around when it comes to athletics.

Text Box: First Aid From the Base Hospital


    Sergt. Irish at the Administration Building has been appointed “Central” for news for Trench and Camp. Every man in the place who has a “nose for news” is hereby ordered to report early in the week all things worth while.

            The opening of the Post Exchange Tuesday evening was accompanied by a miniature “Inaugural Ball,” when several officers tripped the “light fantastic” for a few minutes, just to show that they had not forgotten how. Lieut. Smith and his men smiled on all who came and aggravated everybody to the limit by displaying a tempting line of “eats” and “smokes” and advising one and all that nothing could be sold until the next day.

            The event of the week was promoted by the Knights of Hospitallers, Maxwell Klein Superintendent and promoter. It was the first general affair of the kind we have had at the base, and to say that it was thoroughly enjoyed would be to put it mildly. It was simply “devoured” by those present.

            In spite of the fact that the affair was largely an impromptu “get-together” of the talent, the whoel thing was a credit to all who assisted in the production. Among the artists were Herman Wasserman, pianist; Gustave Willie, violinist; Fred Damron and Guy Kendall, alternating at the piano; Charles O’Dell, cello, and Henry S. Woodhead, drums. Vocal solos were rendered by Leo I. Ruggeri, Arthur B. Feeley and Harry J. Connors. The male quartet, composed of Feeley, Blake, Ruggeri and Guthro, made a clear hit and was repeatedly recalled. Connors’s rendering of the “Hawaiian Butterfly” captivated the crowd.

            The occasion was graced by the Commandant of the hospital and his staff and all the nurses who could be relieved from duty. The limited quarters assigned to the Y. M. C. A. and the Post Exchange were crowded to the limit and  the interest and enthusiasm was intense from the start to the finish of the two-hour programme. The piano furnished by the Y. M. C. A. is in constant use and is greatly appreciated.



            Many Upton men have declared themselves as candidates for black and gold hat cords through the courses in the officers’ schools which opens here Jan. 5, known as “officers’ training camp, third series.” From the applications received from Oct. 23 to Dec. 1, Captains have recommended 10 per cent. Of their command. From this list a board of officers named by the Commanding General selects 1.7 per cent. of the command, which will compose the school. The course of training runs until April 5.



            Miss Florence Kimball and Miss Annie Bussert, with Miss Santfoort as accompanist, were the Junior League’s contribution to the entertainment of the boys at Fifth Avenue and Eighth Street on Saturday evening.

            Miss Kimball needs no introduction to a New York City audience and Miss Santfoort’s playing places her in a high class. The entertainment that these three ladies presented was most enthusiastically received, and they were kept singing till after 9.30 o’clock, Miss Kimball has promised to come down again, boys!












            -SHAP—1ST SERGT. CO I—306 Inf.



Indoor Athletics Get Packed House at “Y.” Auditorium

Will Be Continued Through Winter—Fine Card of Events.

            The Y. M. C. A. auditorium was packed to the rafters for the first indoor athletics exhibition, given under the direction of the Division Athletic Council, and the affair was a huge go from the opening strains by the 307th Infantry Band till the whistle shrieked the finish of the Tiplitz-Fulton boxing bout. B. F. Bryant, Physical Work Secretary of the Y. M. C. A., was in charge of the affair. Members of the British and French Mission were honor guests and evinced keen interest in the proceedings. Two hundred officers of the division were present as special guests.

            A splendid half hour band concert by the 307th Sousas was enthusiastically enjoyed as a musical preliminary. LeRoy Keisling, 302d Engineers, whose excellences in calisthenics has secured him the job of director of his outfit, gave a muscle posture exhibition, showing marvelous muscular development and control. The rug of war was one of the most interesting numbers, the 308th Infantry proving themselves superior. The first pull between the 305th and 306th Infantry Regiments was won by the former, while the 308th outyanked the 307th in the second. The final was the best two out of three between the 305th and 308th.

            Private Wolfe, Thirteenth Company, 152d Depot Brigade, gave a contortionist act; Prof. Allen Smith, the jiu-jitsuing Scot and his “sparring partner,” Mr. Haneischt, kept the crowd on chair edge with an exhibition of the Japanese science, Smith securing the advantage of points in a wind-up go.

            The boxing was fast, particularly the last two bouts in which Young Fulton took on Young Buckley and Tiplitz. Other arguments were; Sergt. Watkins and Sergt. J. L. Johnson, Company B, Medical Corps, 367th Infantry; Papas and Young White, Company A, 308th Infantry.

            This was the first of a series of indoor affairs which will come probably every week during the winter.



Drop Letter Rate to That Borough Not Increased by New Postal Charges.

            For once in the troubled history of the human race it is found to be an advantage to come from Brooklyn. Many Upton men are wishing that they could change their home address and the addresses of their friends to points across the East River in “the greatest city’s greatest borough,” as advertised. For the new postal rate increase, which is causing more commotion than would an order to leave within an hour for France, doesn’t affect mail going from camp to any place in the same postal district. And, as Camp Upton is in the Brooklyn post office district, the advantages of hailing from that borough are apparent,

            The increase on postage rates on firs class matter and postal cards became effective Nov. 2. By its provision letters and other first class matter (except drop letters) must have three cents for each ounce or fraction thereof.

            A drop letter is one that is delivered from the post office at which it is mailed and the rate for it applies to all letters mailed in the district which includes Camp Upton, There is no drop rate on any kind of mail matter except letters. Postal cards for any address will be subject to two cents postage.



            There are football games and football games =, but there has never been a grid struggle quite to match the nothing-all exhibition which the rival infantry outfits—the 305th and 306th—put up recently. There s a keen but altogether friendly feeling existing, and the twenty-two and more men who charged and tackled on the new 305th regimental field were out for results. Neither side succeeded, however, in getting a decision. The final score was 0 to 0.


            A gaunt, ungainly private reading aloud to his comrades a letter just come from his mother which read in part: “I hope now that you have been appointed to kitchen police you will not fall to accord those beneath you the same respect you did when but a private.”



            There was lots of “pep” in the mock athletic meet at the Upper J Y. M. C. A. recently. The first event was a turkey fight and though he had been fighting turkey all day long, Hatjekeos (cook), Compant 1, P. R. Bn., cleaned up his opponent in short order. Nabut, Company 6, M. S. T., and Islet, Company 5, 152 D. B., were also winners in this event. Next came some Japanese wrestling, Sergt. Moore, Company 6. M. S. T., engaging in a furious blindfolded battle with stuffed clubs with a masked wonder from the Casusals. Dutchson and Friedman. Of the Casuals, went to a draw in a Scrotch wrestling contest.

            The card of the evening was a test for prospective aviators. All you had to do was walk (head down) eight times around a cane and then straight across the platform to a chair Of the 13 who were tried out, only four came through; Ciociola, Company 6, M. S. T.; Garfinkel, Q. N. Corps; Rints, Company 6, M. S. T. and Sergt. Howell, First P, R, Bn. Company 6, M. S. T. carried off first honors in the meet with 15 points, Company 1, P.R., Bn., was second, with 10, and Company 5, 152 D. B., and Quar. Corps, tied for thirs, with 5 each.



            Albert V. Woodacre, of Bakery Company No. 10, says that when he was an infant, he and his three baby brothers for the habit of crying in male quartets. Anyhow, no matter how it for started, the Woodacre brothers have had a lot of pleasure in standing beside each other and voicing sweet sounds to admiring audiences. Albert and his brother sang solos before a big crowd in the Y. M. C. A. and when the basso profundo descended to a final R-flat, the boys were summarily prompt in demanding more.

            Private Helm, of the 308th Ambulance Company, is similarly blessed with a melodious set of vocal chords. He can whizz around among—the stars with his clear, high notes and can mix in on demand with most anybody’s harmony. Private Schilling, of the Military Police, Troop 2; Woodacre, from the Bakery Company No. 10; the aforementioned Helm and Walker of the Y. M. C. A. get together on occasion, and are rapidly becoming known as they “Cut-throat Quartet.”


            Brooklyn, through various agencies has been contributing to the store of books available as ammunition against dull care. Through the Queens Borough Library 2,000 books and two tons of magazines recently arrived. Encouragement was given the Brooklyn Woman’s Club efforts on “Library Day” by Theodore Christmas, late Upton Y. M. C. A. Secretary.



            Company B, 308th Infantry, defeated Company C in a well played baseball match, with a score of 7 to 2 recently. The battery for the winners was Leddy, Monahan and Marcus. The feature of the game was the all around team work of the winners.





            Equipment Race, 150 Yards—Won by Private T. Carroll, Company K, 306th Infantry; Sergt. W. Cote, Headquarters Company, 304th Field Artillery, second; J. Goldman, Company D, 306th Infantry, third; G. Manson, Battery D, 306th Field Artillery, fourth; B. Rieff, Company I, 304th Machine Gun Battery, fifth. Time, 1.47.

            100 Yard Dash—Won by Arthur Engels, Supply Company, 308th Infantry; J. Jones, Company E, 306th Infantry, second; I. Kahn, Company E, 30th Infantry, third; J. Duffy, Machine Gun Battery, 30th Infantry, fourth; G. Reich, Company I, 302 Engineers, fifth. Time, 0.11 4-5 seconds.

            Hurdle and Obstacle Race—220 Yards—Won by S. Wallace, Battery F, 306th Field Artillery; J. O’Leary, First Company, First Provisional Receiving Battalion, second; C. A. Huleser, Machine Gun Company, 306th Infantry, third; O. Hauschild, Battery B, 306th Field Artillery, fourth; N. Chelekin, Company C, 307th Infantry, fifth. Time, 42 3-5 seconds.

            Medicine Ball Race—Won by Company I, 30th Infantry; Company H, 306th Infantry, second; Battery F, 306th Field Artillery, third; Headquarters Company, 304th Field Artillery, fifth.

            Rescue Race—Won by Sergeant and McCroy, Company E, 308th Infantry; Sonnenschein and Kehoe. Company F. 306th Infantry, second; Seto and Hunt, 306th Infantry, third; McCormick and Broderick, Company C, 306th Infantry, fourth; Walsh and Rejo, Machine Gun Company, fifth.

            Hand Grenade Contest—Won by T. Peterson, Company K, 306th Infantry; Thomas Higgins, Company A, 307th Infantry, second; W. G. Upton, Company H, 307th Infantry, third; J. J. Collins, 2d Company, 1st Prov. Rec. Bn., 4th; J. Childe, Company E, 308th Infantry, fifth.

            Flag Race—Won by 308th Infantry; 306th Infantry, second; Battery D, 306th Field Artillery, third; second team, 308th Infantry, fourth; 307th Infantry, fifth.


Cross Country

W. Furlong, 308th Infantry


Harry McGinn, 306th Infantry


J. Scarlata, 308th Infantry


M. Dwyer, 306th Field Artillery


R. Finlayson, 302d Engineers


J. Warose, 307th Infantry


R. Johnson, 308th Infantry


E. Kelly, 308 Infantry


H. Hubbard, Q. M. Dept.


L. Lieberwitz, M. G. Co., 304th


J. Goodyear, Co, M. 306th Inf.


A. Hampson, 306th Field Art.


S. Sirlier, 308th Infantry


J. O’Brien, 308th Infantry


A Goldberg, 302 Engineers


J. Heins, 306th Field Artillery


P. Lynch, 302d Engineers


J. Mann, 308th Infantry


J. Hanley, 307th Infantry


F. Rose, 302d Engineers


J. Murphy, M. G. Co., 308th Inf.


A McCarthy, 306th Field Art.


T. Peterson, 306th Infantry


C. Maltis, 308th Infantry


W. Onesta, 308th Infantry


F. Stefano, First Recruits


J. Erifino, 308th Infantry


J Huggins, 302d Engineers


J. Ruter, 306th Field Artillery


S. Stokel, 308th Infantry


E. Lancaster, 302d Engineers


M. Hess, 30th Field Artillery


J. Treake, 302d Engineers


J. Unock, 302d Engineers

10:49 2-5

J. Tiplitz, 306th Field Artillery


H. Bochart, 308th Infantry


J. Brun, 302d Engineers


D. Schwartz, 308th Infantry




            The 302d Engineers will stage a regimental affair Wednesday evening, Dec. 12. They have engaged the Y. M. C. A. auditorium.

 Tar Smoke Excites Spectators at ig Affair, Largest Meet Yet.

            The sky was overcast with a cloud much larger than the conventional “man’s hand” on New York Athletic Club Day, and a pall was over the local landscape which threatened for a time to eclipse that large affair. Not that there was any pro-German design to mar the biggest track meet ever staged in Suffolk County, but a lighted match and a few barrels of tar can cause a lot of excitement. When billowing black smoke rose from the vicinity of Upton Boulevard and cured itself over the scenery like a huge feather boa, the thousands of soldiers and visitors massed about the athletic field, at Fifth Avenue and Fourth Street, saw imminent doom to camp buildings. Most of them set out for the scene almost as fast as the 100-yard dash had been run, but, arriving, found that a shovel brigade of gallant “Buffaloes” had smothered the conflagration under sand, and the meet went forward to a merry finish.

            It was the largest of the many huge-proportioned events staged in Upton’s history, and every officer and rookie in camp is loud in praise of the Mercury Foot organization, the N. Y. A. C., which was responsible, furnishing $500 worth of prizes—wrist watches, cups, military hair brushes, etc.—and backing the meet in every way.

            There were over a thousand men entered, and yet it was run with such smoothness, that the largeness of the task wasn’t noticed. Messrs, Glick and Bryant, Paul H. Pilgrim, N. Y. A. C., officiating as clerks, with a competent array of inspectors, handled the affair.

            As to the competition itself there was the military dash in every event, no running togs being allowed. The events were twin brothers to the exercises which the 77th Division boys will have “Over There.” Arthur Engel, Supply Company, 308th Infantry, who has carried the Mercury Foot of the N. Y. A. C. to victory, was probably the individual star of the affair, taking the 100-yard affair in fast time. W. Furlong won the cross country. In this event the men lost the trail and id a mile and three-quarters instead of five miles. The 306th scored most points with 57 points, while the 308th was a good second with 34.



            Two hundred men of the Quartermaster Corps enjoyed a theatre party recently, being guests of Klaw & Erlanger at the Knockerbocker Theatre, where Eleanor Painter held down in “Art and Opportunity.” The party, made up of men from the three companies, was in charge of Capt. P. E. Walker, Capt. Cecil Hooke, and First Lieut. Crinkhite.

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Will Sponsor Big Benefit at 44th Street Theatre, Dec. 16.

            Major Lewis Sanders has been hard at work for the past week or so getting all the details into shaped for the big Artillers Show which is scheduled for the Fourth-Fourth Street Theatre, New York, Dec. 16. It will be the regimental benefit and proceeds will go for the regimental fund. “Davy” Jones, nephew of Sam Bergard, who is a member of the outfit, has been prominently concerned in lining up big Broadway stars, and his famous uncle will be the presiding officer. Besides this Big League talent there will be number by Upton Talent.

            The artillerymen are determined that nothing thus far given as a benefit by Upton regiments will come up to this large affair,



            The various dinners and celebrations that featured Camp Upton Thanksgiving Day attracted a lot of attention in the newspapers of the city owing to the quantity, quality and variety of the viands served, but it is doubtful whether any of the celebrations were as much of an all-around success as the Thanksgiving dinner of the Machine Gun Company, 307th Infantry. The dinner was held Friday evening, permitting the entire company to attend, and, with the aid of cider cocktails, selected musical acts, impromptu speeches and other spontaneous aides of the Old General Hilarity, the proverbial “good times” was outstripped, outclassed and outgeneraled.

            None of the trimmings of the finest dinners along the Gay White Way were neglected for this affair. There were fanciful souvenir menu cards, donated for the occasion, appropriate decorations, an imposing toastmaster, and quantities of food. What the boys couldn’t eat they wisely took away with them and saved until such times as the sensation of being stuffed wore off.

            The menu: Oysters half shell, fruit cocktail, mock turtle soup, celery, olives, almonds, roast turkey with berry sauce, asparagus, peas, ice cream, cake, pie, nuts, fruit, chocolate, coffee, cigars and cigarettes. Tommy Greene, cook, with assistants, was voted most popular. George Flood, First Sergeant; Corp. McDonald, company clerk, and several others shared the popularity honors and upheld their reputation as princes of blood—and the Machine Gun Company.



            Ralph Walker, C section Y. M. C. A., says: “Our Victoria, should belong to the musicians’ union. It is somewhat overworked. Not that we complain about it; not at all; we all enjoy the fine assortment of records as much as the fellow who cranks it up for the next disc. But, under the needs of fifteen hours continuous performance, we ran out of needles, needle-less to say. We happily hasten to say that Lieut. Haas, on hearing of out difficulty, immediately ordered for us 5,000 new needles. Let’s see; that will play of course, 5,000 records once. Most of these will be four minute records. Twenty thousand miniutes! And 333 hours and 20 minutes left over. Very nearly fourteen days and night. Zounds!”



            Sunday afternoon concerts are getting to be quite the thing in the Y. M. Huts about camo, and large crowds of visitors have been enjoying the programme offered. Many secretaries are planning to import high grade professional talent from New York to regale the Sabbath sojourners.

            Sergt. Major Frank Gibb, 305th F. A., was responsible for the one at the Artillery Building recently. Miss Pauline Curley of Boston and Ricardo Bonneli of the Creators Opera Company, New York, were the entertainers Gibb offered, and their programme had a large appeal.



            Some real theatrical talent has come into the light at the Section C, Y. M. There is Henry Burton and Harry Klein, Quartermaster Corps; Chris Klittgard, M. O.; Asplin, 305th Field Hospital; Harry Goldberg, 302d Engineers, and others of high rank. These chaps are old minstrel, stock company and vaudeville stars. Charlie Dune, M. P., is a notable figure, having written sketches, won several ring bouts and carried off other honors.



Two One-Act Plays and Big-Time Vaudeville Carded.

            Friday evening, the fourteenth that’s when the spotlight will focus for the first time on the Camp Upton Players, the amateur theatrical club which has undertaken a series of one-act plays to be put on in the Y. M. C. A. Auditorium during the coming season.

            “Peace Manoeuvres,” by R. H. Davis, and “The Bishop’s Candlesticks,” a dramatized excerpt from “Les Miserables,” in which Hackett once starred, are the initial offerings. Between these there will be “A Night in a Cabaret,” presenting the best vaudeville talent to be found in camp.

            The task of coaching the players has been capably handled by Lieut. L. H. Frohman. Dan Caslar, Dillingham’s orchestra of Broadway quality.

            Those assigned to parts are: Bruce A. Ludgate jr., Ordnance Detachment; Thomas B. Clephone, Company B, 330th Machine Gun Battalion; Jacob Deubert jr., Company B, 305th Machine Gun Battery; J. E. Goldstein, Company C, 306th Infantry; L. V. Higgins, Company M, 308th Infantry; S. B. Backlar, 305th Sanitary Detachment; M. W. Harris, Ordnance Field Department; John Laloin, Medical Corps, 307th Infantry; Stuart B. MacNaught. Charles K. Gordon, Company B, 302d Sanitary Corps; Louis Frank, Compny F, 308th Infantry. Special Scenery is being built in New York for the performance, which gives promise of being real Big Town Stuff.



            Company H, 306th Infantry, has the honor of tacking soething of an innovation to the official Thanksgiving Day proclamation. They observed the refular Thanksgiving, and went it one better by having a double feast day, the second coming on Friday, or, till Friday, when the company roster would be full. But Sergt. Straus and Lieut. Harcout cooked up a surprise on the sixty-five men left in the command and is an hour or so had a regular turkey on the proper day, with sliced oranges, maraschino cherries, cranberry sauce, celery and celery salad, ice cream, pie, coffee, candy and cigarettes.

            Through the company piano player, Private Todd and Lieut. Gaston of Company E, whose men Todd was helping entertain in their barrack, the E boys united, and the rest of the evening sailed along with the combined crews. E brought their refreshments which topped off a wonderful program. Some of the participants were Clark, H. Q., 367th Infantry; Petti, Company H, 308th; Carlock, Company H, 307th; Phillipi Del Duca, Company E, 308th; Musto, Company E, 308th; boxing, Russo vs. Pisano. A string orchestra was a feature, the personnel being as follows: Tresham, leader, Kelley, Eilerston, Dermody, Hersch, Tieman, Steffens and Wooley of Company B,302d Engineers; Donney, McKeou, Berwind, Copmany G, 302d Ambulance Transport; Walker and Schenk, Company A, 302d Engineers; Blackwell and Fauls, Company G, 308th Infantry. The party was unanimously declared “the jolliest Thanksgiving ever spent,” which is some declaration.



            The “Battery Nights” in the artillery section was waxing in popularity. Recently Battery C, 305th, treated officers and men to an exceptional programme of music and boxing. The regimental band figured in the programme, which also included peerless brand entertainment from Dave Jones, Battery D, 304th Field Artillery; Walter Shirley and Jack Waldron, both Battery C, 305th Field Artillery; Private Liebling, 305th Field Artillery; Austin Mack and O’Hara at the pianoforte, with great effect. The boxing, especially the argument between Erchman and Gribben, was good, Knethel-Marcus and Goldstein-Bergen being the other set-tos.



            To Company B, 307th Infantry, goes the honor of putting over the first formal dance at Camp Upton, with invitations, chaperones and the rest. It was Wednesday of last week and their “million dollar” club-barrack dressed gayly for the affair to which girls from surrounding towns and such suburbs as Brooklyn and New York were invited. Capt. Blanton Barrett’s men are there on the treading act, and with the aid of real jazzers from the 367th, the p. m. was certainly big, An army mess was served the guests. In charge of the affair was the following committee; Sergeants D. H. Rose, Arthur T. Krombauch, Anthony J. D. Maggle, Corporal Howard F. Roeding and Private Julius Klausner.



            Charley K. Gordon, private in Company B, 302d Field Signal Battalion, 16th Street and Third Avenue, is Upton’s unofficial professor of Ukelele. He has been initiating his mates into the secrets to pass them further. Charley has a musical instrument agency and can get splendid terms on “ukes” especially, but in any other stringed instruments—mandolins, guitars, banjos, &c.


306TH WINS, 13 TO 3.

            The basket tossers from the 306th Infantry proved superior to a five from the 305th in a game at the Knights of Columbus auditorium, the final score giving them a lead of 13 to 3. Games are staged almost nightly in the K. of C. building, which has a splendid floor, made into a basketball court by erecting cages on standards at either end.



            Capt. Thomas of Division Headquarters was in charge of the arrangements which brought D. George S. Rainsford, former rector of St. George’s Episcopal Church, New York, to Camp Upton during the past week. Dr. Rainsford spoke to officers of the division in the Y. M. C. A. auditorium.




            The artillery boys are proving themselves highly effective with entertaining 75’s at the Artillery “Y” hut these days. In a recent programme Private Kelley and Corpl. Griffin brought the house down with nonsense shrappel. Sergt. Bibb and Private Fowler played from Tschalkowsky’s Nutcracker suite with fine effect, while the Dixie Ministries put on an exceptional bit of dancing and patter much appreciated.

            Through the courtesy of W. A. Erday and H. Q. Company, 306th F. A., the great motion picture drama, “The Whip,” was recently enjoyed at the “Y.” Private Luerk made an efficient Chairman, and the following officers should added their presence to the affair: Col. L. S. Miller, Major Smith, Capt. H. S. Duell, Capt. A. H. Tomes, Lieut. Lawrence and Lieut. W. W. Jarrell.

            Battery F, 306 F. A. received hearty congratulations for the success of their Dedication Night affair. Many of the officers accepted the invitation to be present and expressed themselves as highly pleased. Private Panzer deserves credit for the performance, which was distinguished by some admirable stage effects. Chef Seliner showed that he can sing as well as handle he skillet, rendering a selection from “Rigoletto,” “Sweetheart” and “Joan of Arc.” Panzer and Ginemann gave a comedy aerobatic act and Sol. Wolf’s Prison Sketch went big.

            Capt. Starbuck, assisted by Private Jack Waldron-Kestonbaum, led Battery D, 305th F. A., over the top in a wonderful programme at the Green Hut. Col. Doyle and Lieut. Col. Stimson headed a delegation of officers. Some fast boxing bouts proved to be gallantly disputed, the line-up being Becker against Boyd, Favish against Koch and Palmer against Orlando. The regimental band was in fine form and delighted with its accompanying and concert offerings. The numbers on the programme were uniformly high grade and contributed to a bill which might well cause Hammerstein to bow his head submissively. They were: Monologue, Patterson; songs by Walter Shirley; piano solos by Herman Wasserman; original sketch and songs by Jack Waldron-Kestenbaum; “nut stuff” by MacManus; songs by Willis Lee, basso; reading Sergt. Peters; monologue and songs by Dave Jones; appropriate remarks by Capt. Starbuck.

            As ministrels, the H. Q. Co., 305th F. A., has few if any equals as was proved by the performance recently given by the company’s “Recreation Association.” The programme follows: Overture, 305th F. A. orchestra; interlocutor, Sergt. Charles E. Hughes jr.; assembly, company; song, Corpl. Schweitzer; trombone solo, Private L. Schmidt; nonsense bits, Private Kelley and Corpl. Griffin; ballad, Corpl. Duffy; impersonation, Private Mitchell; classic duet, Sergt. Bibb and Private Fowler; monologue, Private Stack; songs, Private Shirley; Joe Welches, Private Levine; pianologue and songs, Kelley and Cronin; finale, entire company.



“Radcliffe Club” of Headquarters Company Will Shuffle at Ansonia.

            Plans are on the simmer in the 306th Infantry for a big regimental ministrel show which will be something of a rarer sort than anything yet seen hereabouts. Col. Vidmer, the commanding officer, has expressed enthusiastic accord with the idea and sanctions the probability of winding up the ministrels’ career with a New York engagement. Three performances in the regimental environs and one in the Y. M. C. A. Auditorium will proceed the Gallop into Gothum.

            There are some stars on the 306th string that will take that village by the cars. The Jazz Band is up in the lead so far, while the 306th is also the evacuation base of the Upton Four, now known in approximately seven counties. Al Wagner, cabaret piano player without a peer; Walter Heckman, tenor, whose voice has no roof, and others similar salubrity are among those will compose the minstrels. A committee representing each company in the regiment is hard at work on the affair.

To Tread at Ansonia.

            Christmas Eve may be booked generally as a night when not a creature will be stirring, not even a mouse; but in the Ansonia Hotel, New York, there will be a far different atmosphere. On that evening the Radcliffe Club, the social organization (with the accent on the “the”) of Headquarters Company, 306th Infantry, is to put on a dance in that holster, and the dough boys who are working it up plan to make it an epochal affair in the foot-shuffling annals of Greater New York.



            Motor Truck Company, No. 364, of the Motor Supply Train, staged a most interesting programme in their barracks recently. The audience was unanimous in the opinion that this show far surpassed anything yet staged at Camp Upton. The programme was arranged by Abraham Krauss and consisted of the following numbers:

            “Wandering Musicians,” Private Mascarti and Macri, mandolin and guitar; The Original “Daffydill Peter”  Corvo, imitations of well known comedians; Upton’s renowned tenor William Oettinger, new and old popular songs; the famous character comedian, Abraham Krause, impersonations of Big Time stars; Max Paitchel, the latest ballads; Private Billy Mack, M. T. Company No. 361, “The Shooting of Dan McGrew” and “Hunk of Tin”; the human nightingale, Phil Schueman, M. T. Company 359, whistling. There were three fast bouts by the following exponents of the manly art; Morrison and Levy, Archer and Conhans, and Vraun and Vaught. The entertainment was attended by Capt. Hurst, commanding the traiu; Lieut. Cushing, adjutant; Lieut. Cassals, Company 362; Lieut. Easterly, Company 361, and Lieut. Livingston, Company 359.

            The 407th M. S. T. is to have a big time at the Upper J Y. M. C. A. building. Fourteenth Street and Second Avenue, Thursday, Dec. 13, when at the suggestions and by the aid of Lieut. Easterly a variety show will be staged. Each of the six companies comprising the train will contribute two acts. Private Kraus is managing the affair and promises that the best talent shall be picked by a regular selective draft. The feature of the evening will be a boxing bout with Willie Jackson of New York meeting his sparring partner, Joe Steers, in a three round affair. Sergt. Charles Huff, Casual Barracks, is responsible for bringing these fighters here.



            The formation of the new Provisional Recruit Battalion has taken the remnants of the brigade back into the “K” section, as the poet would say: “All that was left of them, left of 600.” Lieut. Rudolph is one of the officers in this battalion and is doing great work in developing the esprit de corps of the company. They are planning to have weeks, staging their shows at the Y. M. C. A. hut in their section. The boys have been rehearsing almost every night for the past wee for their next show. One of the features of these “nights” is the singing of popular choruses by the men, and the vim nd “pep” they put into their vocal efforts demonstrates the fact that they are getting into this war game with every ounce of enthusiasm and “snap” in them.


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