March 25, 1918



William E. Biederwolf to Have Strenuous Time in Y. M. C. A. Auditorium.


A strenuous, present- day Evangelist, the man size preacher who calls things by their name is in camp. His name is Biederwolf— William E. Beiderwolf, and he arrived Sunday and went to work at once. He talked five times, in five places, Sunday, and he is books for a full week at the Y. M. C. A. Auditorium. He is brought here by the Y. M. C. A. for a special Holy Week programme. His Auditorium appearances began Sunday afternoon, and he will talk there every evening this week, closing Easter evening.

            Every man in camp is invited to the Auditorium this week especially. There are to be nightly musical attractions. Oscar Seagle, the famous baritone, who sang in camp recently, is one of the artists engaged; Mme. Everson of the Metropolitan Opera Company, the Salvation Army brass and vocal quartet will appear, with Chaplain Allan, and the bands of the 307th and 308th are to assist. The Y. M. C. A. committee is arranging for special delegations to attend from the various Huts nightly, and evenings will be reserved for organizations, one night for the 153d Infantry Brigade, one for the 154th, one for the 152d Artillery Brigade, one for the Deoit Brigade of the various Trains and so on.

            The other religious forces of the division are planning noteworthy things for this week. Catholic services are scheduled for the Knights of Columbus buildings, ad the special days of Passion Week will be given fitting observance, especially Good Friday. The Jewish Welfare Board recently moved into the new headquarters building opposite Acker-Merrail, will have Passover services. The Jews in camp will be given a forty-two-hour pass over Friday for that occasion.



Broadway Lights Ablaze for Opening of Upton’s Fine “Smileage” Centre.

            A capacity audience is the waking and sleeping dream of theatrical managers in the city, but in Camp Upton they come quite frequently, and thats one reason why genial George Miller manager of Upton;s new Liberty playhouse is able to wear a smile most of the time. The big amusement place, wearing regular Broadway lights, threw its welcoming doors open at the premiere performance to cover 3,000 officers and enlisted men during the past week. “Turn to the Right,” that knockout, record-run play which enjoyed the change of many seasons in New York, was the curtain raiser.

            High officers of the Metropolitan Division made the opening performance a notable one. Gen. Johnson was present as were Brig. Gen. Thomas h. Rees, 152nd Artillery Brigade; Brig. Gen. William H. Hay, 184th Infantry Brigade, and numerous Colonels, Majors and Captains. Hollis Cooley represented the War Department Commission on Training Camp Activities, the entertainment department of which has erected the Liberty Theatre. Gen. Johnson made a short address in which he stated that shows will be booed for the theatre from outside for the first and third weeks of each month, and the second and fourth weeks are to be given over to entertainments by the soldiers. Movies, vaudeville and legitimate “drahmah” will be part of he Liberty offerings. “Turn to the Right” showed during the week, with matinees Saturday and Sunday. The audiences were large at every performance.

            “Smileage” coupons were used by a large proportion of soldiers to gain admittance, the books being purchased by home folks and sent here If any of these H.F. happen to pick up Trench and Camp and read this, i tis hoped a guilty feeling will seize them if they haven't sent on one or more coupon books.

            The Liberty is completely equipped, and the backs on the benches fin particular favor, as do the racks underneath, where the priceless Stetsons may be stored. The ticket takers, ushers, stage carpenters and other attaches of the theatre are enlisted men. The fine Depot Brigade Orchestra played for the opening, and Dan Caslar’s boys will furnish the dulcet strains for further performances.



            Charles Wayland Towne, amusement director for the Y. M. C. A. leaves within the next few days for France to take up work of a similar nature “Over There.” His stay here has made him countless friends who are not saying goodby, but “Meet you in France.” Mr. Towne will manage the tour of Harry Lauder through overseas cantonments where the famous Scotsman will spend several months addressing soldier audiences. He was Lauder’s advance man several years ago, under William Morris, the comedian’s manager.



77th’s Commander Proud of American Soldiers’ Record Overseas

            Looking the picture of health and bringing with him an inflexible confidence in the American soldiers’ ability to do the job which lies before them, Major Gen. J. Franklin Bell, commander of the 77th Division, has returned to Camp Upton after spending three months on the battlefields of France.

            Immediately upon his arrival Gen. Bell took over the reins of authority so competently held by Brig. Gen. Evan M. Johnson during his absence, and began to speed up things generally throughout the camp. Gen. Bell expressed satisfaction over the conduct of affairs at Upton during his absence.

            Gen. Bell spoke in the most enthusiastic terms of pride over the work of the American soldiers whom he observed while in France. He also used this expression: “There is not the slightest occasion for the pessimism or discouragement. We are engaged in a serious undertaking, we realize it and we are going through with it.”

            The commanding officer was given a hearty welcome back to camp by the officers of the various organizations, all of whom were eager to hear him tell his observations and experiences “over there.”

            Gen. Bell was inspecting a line of trenches in France while an artillery bombardment by the enemy was in progress. He said he was particularly impressed with the conduct of the American fighting men under fire.

            “The reports published concerning the fearless attitude and the fighting qualities of our men by American newspapers are not exaggerated. The case has been under rather than overstated,” said Gen. Bell.

            “I did not see all of our troops, but I think I saw a large majority of them. Notwithstanding that they were living under conditions quite new to American experience and in some respects imposing considerable discomfort, I never saw brighter, more cheerful and apparently more contented men than I saw in France. Of course, they were busy, They are kept busy all the time and work much harder at training than troops have ever worked in our army, save in training camps for troops that now exist.

            “They train regardless of weather, as we are also doing at this camp. It was impossible to hear any complaint. If they had any feeling of complaint they would not voice it. They simply recognized the necessity as they found them. That is the real true soldierly spirit and I was delighted to observe it among our troops. Health conditions have been good, notwithstanding the amount of rain and other winter discomforts. Their good health is probably due to their continuous work outdoors.

            “The training has been most thorough over there, and they have been given generous opportunity by the French to practice what is required in trench warfare by actually taking charge of certain parts of the front line and doing the work under French supervision. This is excellent proactive and will probably be undergone by all our troops before assuming exclusive responsibility for any portion of the line.”



            As a dress rehearsal for their big show at the Manhattan Opera House Sunday, the Buffalo Chorus of a thousand picked voices— and some pick it is!— with several 367th vaudeville acts gave a wonderful entertainment in the Buffalo auditorium. The singing of this fine body, drilled by Max Weinstein, is distinctive for shading and fine effects. The New York appearances of the Buffaloes was a triumph from start to finish. Their parade covered an unusually extensive line of march. Col Mose;s men were presented regimental colors by the Union League Club, as one of the events.



            Full military funeral was given Private Salvatore Camilia, a cook in the 305th Field Hospital. Lead by the band of the 302nd Engineers playing Chopin;s Funeral March, a cortege made uo of a firing squad, armed company and four ambulances escorted the body to the cemetery, just outside of camp, where the comrade who “went West” before getting the Big Chance, was buried. Mr. Bennet of the Y. M. C. A had charge of the funeral. The dead soldier’s home was in Baltimore.


Two Foreign Officers Are Given Promotions

Are Now Major Browne and First Lieut. Poire— Both Have Decorations

            Far from home and comrades on the firing line, two officers of the Upton Foreign Mission have had convincing evidence recently convincing evidence recently that they are still remembered— and substantially. Word of two promotions has just been received. Capt. Michael Browne of the Scots Guards, whose bayonet work with Sergt. Major Covington, now an Upton institution, have made him known to a large number of men, becomes Major Browne. Second Lieut. Henri  Poire is made a First Lieutenant. Major Browne has seen twenty-two years service in the British Army, is a veteran of the South African War, and has the British Military War Cross for service at Ypres.

            Lieut. Poire of the Eighth Chaseurs has been decorated with the French War Cross,  of the Palms, and also has the Ribbon of the Military Legion of Honor. He was wounded three times and after ochery was sent to this country as an expert in trench warfare. He has been instructing the Training School for Officers.


Study Range Science From Big Canvas of Landscape Artist

Company of Capt. Hilkes, Famous Sculptor, Has Bolton-Jones Picture.

            For a novel method of target instruction, Capt. Robert Aitken’s Machine Gun Company of the 306th is entitled to top rank. Capt. Aitken is one of the best known sculptors in America , and his friend H. Bolton-Jones, the famous American landscape painter, has executed a large canvas, ten feet by six, showing an actual French scene, with rivers, bridges, poplar trees, villages with red tiled roofs and all the rest, and presented it to the company. The canvas is used in studying the science of range finding an other subjects correlated with machine gun work. This company;s commander has done a number of splendid pieces of sculpturing, including the Statue of Peace in New Britain, Conn.; the monument to the Navy and the McKinley Monument in San Francisco. The 306th Regimental seal, “Suivez Moi,” is of his designing.



            The Fifth Avenue and Eighth Street Y Hut is putting on some fine moving picture programs. Recently a Metro comedy, “Love Me, Love My Dog,” opened the bill. Jack O’Grady, Headquarters Company, 306th Machine Gun Battalion, recited “The Shooting of Dan McGrew” and the five reel feature picture illustrating this popular poem was shown. This was followed by a Vivian Martin feature, “The Fair Barbarian.” “The Shooting of Dan McGrew” was shown by the courtesy of Lieut. Flynn of the 306th Machine Gun Battalion.

            A fine Fox comedy, “Love and Law,” was the opening feature, followed by a seven reel feature, “The Crucible of Life,” shown through the courtesy of Col. Vidmer, 306th Infantry. And as an added special the Fox feature, “Love’s Thief,” in five reels was shown. Albert Brown of Company M, 307th Infantry, was the operator for these Saturday pictures. and did his bit in fine shape.



            A number of the leading moving picture corporations have been exceedingly generous sending down feature films to the Fifth Avenue and Eighth Street Y hut, Mr. Grunert’s programmes of movie entertainment are drawing cards, for the boys of the 308th, 307th, and National Guard Battalions patronizing the hut are always sure of seeing the latest and best photo dramas. In several cases a feature has been shown during the same week that it was shown on Broadway, New York. Among the firms through whose courtesy films are brought are the Fox Film Corporation, the Universal Film Manufacturing Company, the Blue Bird Picture Corporation, the Associated Film Service, Triangle Pictures, the World Picture Service, Famous Players-Lasky Corporation, Petrova Picture Corporation, the Griffith Company, the Metro Film Service and the Thomas Ince Corporation.


Heart of Upton Motherhood Revealed Strong Even in Bitter Sorrow

Letter From Mother of Late Sergt. Major Jenkins Posted in Barracks

            The heart of soldier motherhood is revealed— stricken and yet triumphant— in a letter which has been published as a division memorandum, and posted in every Upton barrack. Recently, William B. Jenkins, Sergeant Major of the 30th Field Artillery, died in the Base Hospital.

            His one overmastering desire had been to get to France and help wipe out the curse which Germany has cast. The Sergeant believed that his own mother was in peril, even though she did live secure in Tennessee, because atrocities in Belgium against women and children struck at her, a mother, and he knew they could happen in this country at the hands of Huns just as they have Over There. But he didn't live to see France.

            His mother shared his disappointment, mourning for her son’s death. She writes a letter that is so full of meaning that Gen. Johnson has it sent throughout the division as an official memorandum, his comment being it is “a letter which will serve as a model of patriotism to the mothers of America, exemplifying, as it does, recognition of the national necessity which transcends all personal and private interests.” Here is the letter from Mrs. M. Jenkins, HoMaday, Tenn., addressed to Major Jay D. Whitham, commanding the Base Hospital:

            Allow me as one who has lived until I am now an old woman to express to you my thanks and appreciation for your many courtesies to me as the mother of Sergt. Major William B. Jenkins.

            I had hoped my boy would get his chance in France, but it was not to be, so I am as submissive to his death as if he had died in the trenches of Europe.

            Please accept my thanks for all your kindness and to any of his comrades that were with him in his sickness.

            With a sad heart I dictate these lines, but with a quickening pulse and an accelerated being I look forward to the brave boys who are giving their lives for our beloved land, I shall forever love a soldier boy. May God’s blessing be on you!



(Company C, 308th Infantry.)

For President of the Rumor Association, unlimited, we nominate Private Max Goldiner. Elected by acclamation. That boys sure can find more rumors per square inch than any two ordinary men. What would we do without him? What’s the latest Max?

            Sergt. Howard Mercer, our own little addition to the Cook’s Tours, is one man that looks forward to our coming excursion to France with keen anticipation. Howard, so he admits, knows every one in France worth knowing and is looking forward to renewing acquaintances.

            Besides carrying in his head the Camp Upton Edition of “Who’s Who in France,” our little Howard is on speaking terms with every one that is any one on the Eastern Hemisphere and points adjacent.

            Having visited Finland, Greenland, and Coney Island, our Sergeant is on the lookout for new lands to visit. Don’t worry, Howard, we can promise you that you will soon visit No Man’s Land.

            That moment of terrible suspense between Top Sergeant “Yoh” Brook’s “Port Arms” and “Dismissed!”

            Our Top Sergeant dismisses us in an odd manner.

            He starts out full of “pep” with his “Inspection Arms,” “Port Arms”— but he seems to get lockjaw or something when he comes to the best word in the dictionary, “DISMISSED!”



            Secretary F. R. Starkey, Y. M. C. A. 14th street and Second Avenue, formerly from Buffalo, N.Y., has been pleasantly surprised by meeting some old Buffalo friends among the thousand men who have come to Upton from the Queen City of the Lakes, and Mr. Starkey will be very glad to greet any other Buffalo men who may happen to be in camp.



             Sergeant Frank Mantinband, who has been an occasional contributor to Trench and Camp, lifted the following message from his chest recently, in between English classes. He is at the head of the instructional staff of the educational classes.

            You wouldn't like your mate ti walk up to you and call you and ignorant fool, would you? Neither would I.

            We Americans speak the English language— or we are supposed to do so. You'll admit that. Well, has it ever occurred to you that things can be good or bad without adjectives which reek with vulgarity or profanity de luxe? If you don't know enough about words and what they mean, if you cannot express your thoughts without sinking into the mud, go to an English class. We have lots of them in camp. But you CAN talk clean. You've done it to your mother. And you can do it to your brothers here.

            Gen. Pershing said out there: “If I do not win a battle I will win the fight to keep our boys clean and sound.” What did he mean? He feared the corrosive influence of a few men who labor under the delusion that badness of vocal rage would serve as a substitute for hard, game fighting.  He wanted the American troops to keep well in body and mind. He knew that is was easier to keep clean when you talk clean.

            There are some English non-coms in this camp. The hardest hitting one of the lot was astounded at the profusion of cussin’ he happened to overhear in a friendly verbal tilt. He told the boys that in his fighting experience her had observed that the loudest mouthed, the most proficient swearers rarely make good fighters. And he's been in the trenches.

            Here’s what! If ou feel that you're in the army for a great cause, to rid the wired if a scavenging pest, the inhumanity of the German imperialism, you owe it to yourself to remain fit and clean minded.

            You'll make your mates feel better if you talk clean.

            You'll be a happier soldier if you talk clean.

            Develop the habit of clean thinking. It will make you find less causes for complaint and afford you greater chances for advancement.

            It will keep you in good spirits.

            And if you keep your spirits up you will see things steadily and clear, and this will make you work harder than ever before to win, quickly and completely.


Spring Brings in Blandishments

Also Record Number of Visitors— Band Play Welcome.

            Spring got an old-time welcome March 22 here. The day was perfect and the blare of welcoming hands sounded from reveille to taps. The splendid weather of lately has made it possible for the musicians of the division to get some great practice, playing at retreat and for drills.

            Balm was here in chunks on the historic 22nd, and, believe the wayfarer, it was no holiday for the thoughts of youth to turn lightly— to inspection and the rest.

            Visiting is becoming a more and more popular outdoor sport, along with baseball. Sunday a record for callers was set, with four thousand, mostly women. Fire trains brought them.

            As soon as traveling by highway becomes better a line of Sunday automobile transportation will be begun by the American Automobile Association, so that more soldiers can enjoy the joys of visits from theirs, especially those to whom the $2.70 for railroad fare looks like the sub-Treasury Building.



Evening Mess Call Came After 5P.M. Eats, Making First Army Rigor

Editor Trench and Camp:

            Dear Sir: Make some room, please, for the 305th Field Artillery, Battery D. (Editorial business of making room).

            We are new men, and , therefore, fresh— and you may interpret that to please yourself. When we reached camp we found immediately that army life is very complex. It was 5 in the afternoon when we were given mess, and, having had no dinner, we did high justice to the food. But no sooner did we return to the barracks than the Sergeant said sourer was ready. We think this justifies an investigation on your part. We were horribly scared this being our first taste of the rigors of war— was he going to make us eat, even so soon that orders must be obeyed. But we were greatly relieved when he said “Suit yourself, eat or not— as you were.”

            May I acquaint you with a few of our prize members? (Edit: You may, go ahead). Very well. First, there is Boss. I have no doubt that the name will cling to him till we enter the gates of Berlin and march down Wilhelmstrasse. Then, there is Corpl. Bear who gives orders in a voice that reminds you of his name. Among the recruits is “Bulky” Green. He had been in the army seven years and knew something about the necessity of keeping in step. We also have with us “Key-U” Greenwald, a born leader; “Medicine Man” King, tall and talkative; “Philisophical” Cowen, and of course, myself, a quiet lad, a lone sheep in a lion’s den. What ho Daniel!

            Let me say that we have some foreign born boys in our outfit, but, take it from me, when the order comes to go over the op, they are not going to be the last under way. Yours. Recruit A. Nonamous.


Grainger and Nord Do Well for Crowd of Real Music Fans

            A goodie company of inner shrine music lovers enjoyed the recent feast at the Y. M. C. A. auditorium when Percy Grainger, master soldier-pianist, appeared, with 307th Infantry Band, led by Olaf M. Nord, a former comrade of Grainger;s in the 15th Coast Artillery, Fort Hamilton. Private Grainger’s manipulation of the big Steinway grand, which was brought here for his concert, made doughboys feel that if he can handle a gun with like celerity, the Hun is due for a quicker beating than many suppose. His program was brilliantly done, full of clear, crisp technical appreciation and fine warmth. The work of the 307th bandsmen certainly places them high among the fighting musickers. Their part in the program was done with remarkable concert finish.



            “Sergt.” Bayard Smith, the jovial curator of the Y. M. C. A. Auditorium, known to hunted of soldiers, especially those fortunate enough to enjoy his coffee as members of the Guardhouse Policing Detail, has taken a wife. She was Susan M. Eden of Brooklyn. E. Graham Wilson performed the ceremony at the West Side Y. M. C. A., New York, with E. L. Wertheim, educational director of that branch, best man. “The Sergeant”— Mr. Smith’s brevet title—is also sexton at Church Headquarters and will live there with his bride.



Succeed Junior Leaguers and Service Determines General Use of Women

            Upton soldiers are fortunate in being parties of the second par in many trial plans which are designed, if they prove successful, for soldiers in all camps. One of the most pleasing experiments has been the use of women in the Y. M. C. A. Huts as a tryout for their use over the country by the “Y.” The Junior League, made up of New York society girls first began this service here, clad in their blue smocks. Now a number of girls voluntarily enlisted in Y. M. C. A. fir a three months’ period have taken up their labors at the counters, uniformed and smilingly willing to help in the work. Their efforts will help determine whether or not women will be employed in Y. M. C. A. work in other American camps. They are already used for canteen service abroad. These workers are enlisted by Bureau of Canteen Service, Mrs. F Louis Slade. They work without salary. At present hey are quartered in the parish house wing of church headquarters.

            Miss Elizabeth D. Putnam of Davenport, Ia., is in charge of the party, which includes Miss Lisa Gilman Todd, No. 824 West End Avenue, New York; Miss Hortense Bissell, Birmingham, Ala.; Miss Eugenie M. Fuller, No. 252 Lexington Avenue, New York. Four more ladies begin service soon, in addition to these.



            Company G, 308th Infantry, has some fine talent among its men. The other evening Boon sang a number of fine selections during the evening’s entertainment, accompanied by D. Schlesinger. Saturday evening Miss Dallas and Miss Detling from New York entertained the boys with musical monologues, and on Sunday afternoon Miss Amelia Schweirs sang some beautiful numbers, Mr. Tracy accompanying her.


            Bad roads and missed railroad connections cut down the vaudeville show Tuesday in the Y Auditorium from four acts to one, but Miss Ada Keser, a “two-voice” singer, who did arrive, with great power and beauty in her throat, pleased the boys mightily. Mr. Charles Wayland Towne also presented a number of reels of moving pictures.


Fire Lads Called Out Y Prayer Meet

            Lieut. Corley’s Fire Lads were haled from their haunt and tore through a wet and slippery night to the Y. M. C. A. Hut in the artillery section. They banged in the doors, but got nothing in the way of a rise. Finally, a sleepy secretary poked his head out at the visitors and asked what they wanted. They told him of the alarm and he immediately “got” the picture. He explained that the Hut staff had just had a devotional meeting and probably some wag who had seen them praying rang in the fire alarm. J. J. Moment, a Newark minister, had just joined the staff as religious director, and the meeting was his first one.


New O. T. S. Head Was Once a Major in General’s 15th

            The Training School for Officers at Upton, whose hard-working-from-sun-to-sun members are observed here and there in the cantonment at their labors, has a new commander. Lieut. Col. Adolphe H. Huguet, who has been attached to the 15th United States Infantry in Panama, has taken command of the school. Col. Huguet was a Major in the 15th when Brig. Gen. Evan M. Johnson, Acting Metropolitan Division Commander, was Colonel of the outfit.

            Lieut. Col. Walter B. McCaskey, whom he succeeds, has been transferred to Division Headquarters of the division.



            “The Little Savage,” a two-act play, was the vehicle on which the Valley Stream Players travelled to success in camp recently. They appeared at the Base Hospitals and the Y. M. C. A. Auditorium.




            Lieut. Henry G. Fowler has returned from the special course in filed fortifications at Fort Sill, Okla. On Feb. 6 he was married in New York, and the Fort Sill trip served as a honeymoon.

            The Company Clerk Corpl. Harry L. Ludwig, became desperate while in the city recently, and informed us uno his return that he was engaged to a Miss Elsie V. Albertson of No. 685 Macon Street, Brooklyn.

            Corpl. Naan has returned from the Base Hospital.

            It is interesting to note that one of the new men here is German born. Private Perish was born in Germany and he is anxious to get back so that he may get a crack at the Kasier.

“S. O. S.” is this company’s slogan— not distress but “Spirit of Service.”



            Corpl. John Nelle and Private Ray Cornell, Company G, 308th, had a close call recently. They both live in Rockville Centre, and were on their way home from camp to Patchogue in an automobile, when the driver lost control of the steering wheel and the machine turned turtle. All of the men in the machine were pinned under it. Corpl. Nelle was the first to appear from under the debris, bleeding profusely from the head and face. The first thing he asked was, “Where’s my hat?” On Sunday night when both men arrived back at camp, displaying badly bruised faces, sore arms and back and told of their experiences, Corpl. Nelle said: “I would not of cared so much if it was a Packard or a Pierce Arrow, but to think we were nearly killed in a Ford.”



            Upton soldiers will be glad to know that the same cordial welcome which is accorded them at the Y. W. C. A. Hostess House here at camp will be theirs at the Hostess House in the big town. The Hostess House in New York is located at No. 12 West 53rd Street, and the more soldiers who come in, hang up their hat and make themselves at home the better the officials of the Hostess House like it. It’s a swell place to meet your relatives or your girl. So any time you are in from of No. 12 West 53rd Street just stroll in sort of like you own the place and you won’t be wrong.

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