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March 18, 1918

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ARTILLERY BRIGADE HAS INDOOR REVIEW IN CITY

Gen Johnson Looks over the Heavies Who Form in Madison Square.

 

Monday was Field Artillery Day in New York, with an indoor review and dance of the 152d Artillery Brigade. The three regiments- the 304th, commanded by Col. J.R. Kelly; the 305t, Col. F.C. Doyle; the 306th, Col. L.S. Miller- and the 302d Trench Mortar Battery, Capt. H.G. Fitz, were reviewed in the 69th Regiment  Armory, Lexington Avenue and 25th Street, by Brig. Gen. Thomas H. Rees, commanding the brigade, and Brig. Gen. Evan M. Johnson, acting commander of the Metropolitan Division. The regiments formed in Madison Square in regimental front and marched in squad columns through the Lexington Avenue Entrance of the armory, where they were presented Gen. Johnson. The bands of the three regiments enlivened the occasion wonderfully and the artillery boys were viewed by a huge crowd in the square.

In the evening a artillery dance was held in the armory. Major Lewis Sanders, 304th F.A., was largely responsible for arranging in camp for necessary guarding and other details was allowed to go in.

 

Grainger to Play for Comrade Nord

 

The presence of Olaf M. Nord as a band leader in the division has been a matter for congratulation every time the 307th band, over which he wields the baton, has played, but more so since the announcement that Perry Gringer, famous pianist, was a member of a Coast Artillery outfit at Fort Hamilton, will play at Upton's Y Auditorium, Thursday, March 21. For Nord and Graigner were members of the same outfit before the former was assigned to the 307th. The evening's programme, which begins at 7:30, follows: Overture, Zampa (Herold), 307th Infantry Band; To the Spring Time (Grieg), and Polonaise in A flat (Chopin), Private Grainger; Dance of the Serpent (Edouardo), band. Arrangements set by Private Grainger, including Shepherd's Hey, Irish Tune from County Derry, and Irish March, "McGuire's Kick," Grainger; Cermen (Bizet), Band; Second Hungarian Rhapsody (Liszt), Grainger; America, Band.

This opportunity to see the famous private-pianist work, with his friend, Mr. Nord leading his band, will not be missed by many willingly, it is expected.

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College Girls Are Welcomed Here.

 Smith College for Women has taken a high place here for the entertainments given in camp recently in Y.M.C.A. huts. Various woman's colleges including Bryn Mawr, Vassar and Barnard, have had already delegations of young ladies sent by the Woman's College Alumnae Association, New York. Coca and cake are not least among the attractions which these ladies bring. The Smith College programme included songs by Miss Dorothy Cerran, costume dances by Miss Jackson and Kramer, and Henry Parson, baritone.

 

MONTH'S ATTENDANCE IN Y AUDITORIUM LARGE.

 The total attendance figure for the month of February at the Y.M.C.A. Auditorium, complied by Manager Charles Wayland Towne, show that 74,449 men passed through it portals for entertainment and instruction.

 

Formation of Welfare Units for Regiments Is Going Forward

"Peppy 305th" Gets Its Under Way, and 306th F.A. Has New One.

 Formation of relatives and friends of Metropolitan Division regiments into welfare units has been moving forward apace during the past few days. The 305th and 307th Infantry regiments and the 306th Artillery have consummated organizations which have as their aim the welding of those interested in the various outfits, especially to help when they boys get Over There. The general aims are about the same; To help any relatives an friends who may be in need, to keep track of the regiments, to secure accurate, the latest news of the men and units, and to serve men and families in any other possible manner.

Chaplain Duncan Browne of the "peppy 305th" has been largely responsible for the regiment's Welfare Organization, which was given closer formation, recently at a meeting in Engineers' Hall in New York. The preliminary meeting at which the organization was started was outlined in a late issue of Trench and Camp.

The 306th Field Artillery society, which may be used as the nucleus for forming a welfare body for the 152d Artillery Brigade, was organized recently at a meeting of friends and relatives at Washington Irving High School, New York. Lieut. Albert C. Thomas, chaplain, presided, and with Capt. E.E. Nelson, regimental Adjutant, who represented the commanding officer, Col. L.S. Miller, outlined aims. A programme was offered by soldiers, including Private Mario Rudolphi, premier tenor; Private Gottlieb, Sergt. McAroy and Private Krauss, who talked on "The Spirit of the National Army." The generosity and patriotism of New Yorkers and their pride in the National Army was shown at the meeting in various ways. Here's a notable example: The janitor refusing a fee, which is allowed by law for such meetings, because he said, "Even if I am old I can do my little bit in some way."

There has been for some time an effective welfare organization promoting the interests of the 367th Infantry (colored).

 

JULIETTE BRINGS BIG BAG OF STARS TO SHOW HERE

Frences Ulrich, Nora Bayes, Frances White, Harry Lauder, Jack Norworth, Laurette Taylor, Ethel Barrymore, Eddie Foy, Grace La Rue and Al Jolson were the stars on the stage of the Fifth Avenue and Eighth Street Y hut the other evening. Oh no, the boys didn't see them. They heard them. Juliette presented them, one by one.

The Cohan Revue was minus its dainty little star, but the boys at Upton knew where she was. Mr. Cohan very kindly loaned her at the request of Lieut Flynn, 306th Machine Gun Battalion and Private Lew Burstein, Company A of the same outfit, under whose direction the show was produced. With Juliette was her dainty accompanist, Ruthie Rappaport. Their bill was thoroughly enjoyed by the boys. An Olga Petrova picture, "The Vampire," was also part of Lieut. Flynn's programme.

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LIBERTY THEATRE OPENS THIS WEEK "SMILEAGE"

Will Have Legitimate Plays, Vaudeville and Movies-3,000 Seats.

 This week will see the opening of Upton's new Liberty Theatre on the Smileage Circuit, built by the War Department Commission on Training Camp Activities. A play that had one of the longest and most successful runs in the theatrical business will be the curtain raiser. "Turn to the Right," Tuesday evening, March 29. Seats will be 25, 35, and 50 cents and reserved seats will be offered to officers and enlisted men alike. Attractions of similar worth will be produced in the camps new completed theatre. George H. Miller, manager, hopes that by running Sunday afternoon performances some of the big new Broadway successes can be induced to play here. Marc Klaw has charge of booking the legitimate plays for the Upton's Liberty, while E.F. Albee, United Booking Offices, will arrange for the vaudeville entertainment. First run moving pictures will also be shown for a 0-cent admission.

Many soldiers have already received books of "Smileage" purchased by their friends back home. These coupons which are sold on dollar books are the same as cash. The theatre is built with an ample scenery loft equipped with gridiron. There are 3,000 seats, all on one slopping floor, and the benches are built with backs, and racks underneath for hats and coats.

The completion of the Liberty adds one more amusement centre to the many now at Upton. It is located in the "civic centre" of camp. Some of the institutions now operated for the benefit of soldier entertainment are Y.M.C.A. Auditorium, 308th Regimental Theatre, Buffalo Auditorium, 305th Tent, seven Y.M.C.A. Huts, K. of C. Hall and two K. of C. club houses.

 

Miss Liberty Emblem of this Division.

 The Statue of Liberty is the central figure on the official emblem of this Metropolitan Division. Two other figures also appear-7-7-one on each side of Miss Liberty. The emblem was suggested by Major Lloyd C. Griscom, Division Adjutant, and was designed by Capt. J.S.S. Richardson, division intelligence officer. It will be used on all division baggage.

 

EXPERT WITH WILD TYPE-MILLS

 Private John Rehberger, Camp Quartermaster Department, knows a typewriter as well or better than any man yet found tinkering one. His familiarity with the type engine makes him bold, and he tears it limb from limb. We know. We've seen him do it, with the very Wild Underbrush these words are written with, and he can tear out the vowels and restore them correctly better than anyone in the business-or just as good.

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JEWISH SOLDIERS TO GET 42-HOUR HOLY DAY LEAVE

Resident Rabbi's Arrival Here Stimulates Religious Activity.

 The Jewish Welfare Board, New York headquarters, has received official word from the War Department that all men of Jewish faith in the service here and abroad are to receive forty-two hours' leave for the coming Passover holy days.

New York is prepared to receive Upton men and to serve them the Passover meal and Seder, and where needed, to house them for the two nights. The Young Men's Hebrew Association, a 94d Street and Lexington Avenue, is ready to serve 300 guests on the first evening, March 27, and to put up some fifty or sixty overnight. Temple Emanuel extends an invitation to thirty men for the second evening, March 28. If you are interested in either of these invitations, get in touch with the Jewish Welfare Board office here.

 

Jewish Services.

Jewish services, heretofore conducted in huts, will be held Fridays at 7 P.M., and Saturday at 10 A.M. in the Camp Church, Upton Boulevard.

 

Resident Rabbi Arrives.

 

Rabbi Nathan Blechman, prominent in New York Jewish and religious circles, has accepted the post of resident Rabbi and religious director with the Jewish Welfare Board in camp. His arrival here had stimulated the religious work. Additional Jewish services were held in the Barracks of the Provisional Battalion recently in barracks of the 305th Infantry, as well as in the Y.M.C.A. building at Fifth Avenue and First Street. The Rabbi has been close touch and co-operations with the regimental chaplains and the Y.M.C.A. religious secretaries.

The Camp Rabbi will be only too glad to talk on religious or personal matters with any men in camp at any time. He has set aside special hours, however, after Friday evening and Saturday morning services, at the church.

 

BTRY. O.B. Team to Uphold 304th F.A. Guidon in B.B.

 Battery B, 304th F.A. won the regimental basketball championship in the final game, defeating the fast Headquarters team, 31-13.

The Winning quintet is a speedy, scrappy aggregation and those who have watched them play throughout the schedule predict that they will give a good account of themselves in the division tournament.

Following are the results of the games:

Battery B 44; Battery A 5.

Battery B 35; Battery D 5.

Battery B 52; Battery E 8.

Battery B 64; Battery F 4.

Battery B 2; Supply Co. 0; (Forfeit)

Battery B 22; Battery C 6.

Battery B 31; Hdq. Co. 13

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Battery B 250 Opponents 41

 

NO, THIS ISN'T NOON TUMBLING, BUT ENGINEERS AT PUSHBALL

 The first pushball game has been played-between Company C and Company E won 5 to 0. The mystery of the game was that Company C started the game with thirty-eight men and at the end of the first half had forty-eight playing. How do you explain it, Capt. Thomassen? Up to the time of writing the medical detachment were still attending to casualties.

Company A is there with the basketball players for the regimental team. Sert. Kennedy, Corpl. Delancy and Corpl. Breckenback are at it hard.

Company C has two prize mules-Cleopatra, the other Alexandria. Cleo stands "at attention" when an officer enters the stables, also capable of standing reveille and retreat by the bugle. Alexandria has been going to the kitchen window to get sugar, but the habit was broken by Herb Hoover of Washington D.C.

Company D wants it known to everyone that they don't want to be transferred unless Capt. Simmons goes with them. That’s the stuff that wins wars.

Capt. F.S. Greene, Company B who has been absent on special duty, has returned, much to the delight of his men. Company B so far has the best trench system of the regiment.

Next week the famous cartoonist of the Engineer Train. Private Daniel Napoli, will start a series of drawings on Life with the Engineers.

Company F is cleaning up everything on the rifle range. It was hoped they would clean up some of the water that linger on the 100 yard firing line.

Chaplain W.T. Manning, who contributed the pushball to the regiment is on the committee showing the Archbishop of York the beautiful spots in Camp Upton and its principal suburb-New York City.

Lieut. James A Ryan is arranging a pushball game between Headquarters and Train Companies. Rules-Queensbury and catch-as-catch-can. Time unlimited. After the game a public ake will be held in the stables.

Master Engineer Bleir is Acting Captain of the basketball team. Some of our football stars are on the basketball teams: Minski, Medical Detachment; Beach, Company D; Reifschnelder, Company E and Bleir of Headquarters Company.

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BUFFALOES WILL PARADE SEVEN MILES IN NEW YORK AND-SING, OH BOY!

Plan to Possess Portion of Manhattan Coming Sunday and Monday.

 Col. Moss's Buffaloes, the 367th Infantry, are due to own a considerable portion of Manhattan Island next Saturday and Sunday when the regiment goes in for a parade and concert at the Manhattan Opera House. The parade plans call for a seven mile line of march as follows: From Madison Square up Fifth Avenue to 110th Street, west to Lenox Avenue; up Lenox Avenue to 138th Street, to Seventh Avenue and down Seventh Avenue to 125th Street, and east on 125th to the Subway, where the troops will take the subway for the Sixty-ninth Regimental Armory. They will be quartered there during the stay in New York. If the ovation given the battalion of buffaloes in the recent New York parade as they passed the reviewing stand with Mr. Egbert Thompson's band playing "Dixie" was any measure of what they're in for-it'll be Buffalo Day Saturday in Manhattan.

Sunday, a thousand Buffalo voices will compose a chorus, to sing at the Manhattan Opera House. The regimental entertainment troupe including the famous battle, the Hampton Officers' Quintet, a twenty-five piece harmonica orchestra, a thirty piece jazz band and the regiment's band will help round out the programme.

 

Holy Week in Camp Upton

 All the religious forces of the camp are planning a special religious campaign for the week preceding Easter (March 24-31). The Protestant services will be held in the Y.M.C.A. buildings, and leading speakers and singers will assist. Among the speakers who have agreed to be in camp for that week are Rev. William E. Biederwolf of Chicago and Rev. J. Ramsey Swain of Philadelphia, formerly acting chaplain of the depot brigade. It is expected that a number of leading musicians will assist in adding attraction.

The Catholic service will be held in the Knights of Columbus buildings ad the special days of Passion Week will be celebrated. Several priests from New York will assist the Catholic chaplains.

The Jewish Welfare Board has planned for the celebration of the Feast of the Passover during the same week. Jewish Sabbath services will be held in church headquarters on Friday evening and Saturday morning at the usual hours (Friday at 7 P.M. and Saturday at 10 A.M.) Rabbi Blechman will preside at these services.

The whole religious programme goes ahead with the full co-operation of all the religious workers of the camp of all sects and creeds, and each Wednesday morning there is a conference of all the Catholic, Protestant and Jewish leaders of the camp to promote fellowship and to co-operate as far as possible in the general welfare work of the camp.

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New Structure Had Some Hard Sledding-Trowel From Port Jefferson.

 As neat a little interior as you'll find on the Island known as Long is that of the 308th Regimental Theatre which was opened the other evening. The new building is at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Eighth Street, and was built entirely by artisans of the regiment. At times if looked pretty black for the boys who were working their fingertips off on the structure, a it was a man's job to round up a keg of nails, and one time a trip had to be made all the way to Port Jefferson to get a trowel.

But it was finished finally, and the night of the opening Col. N.K. Averill and high officers of the outfit attended, to see the regimental boxing finals and the showing for the first time of the 308th movie, starring Lillian Walker. "Miss Camouflage" is the name of the film, which included pictures of the 308th circus and the parade in New York. When it was announced on the screen that "Troops were leaving for Over There" a great shout-yea mighty-went up, as the "transport" was the Long Island Ferry taking the paraders to the rail road station after the parade.

The boxing decided the championships in the various classes.

 

VAUDEVILLE AT BUFFALO AUDITORIUM.

 Among the many attractions Manager Lattimore of the Buffalo Auditorium has offered since that fine, large hall has been a part of Camp was a Sunday programme of vaudeville acts which pleased hugely. On the bill were New York's society entertainers, Mae Kemp, Alec Hammond and Elizabeth Williams, Florence Emery Jones, Ruby Mason, Alfred McNichols and Carl Whittington, Mme. Fannie de Knigt, Tom Bethel, Little Mise and Tom Fletcher, Marjorie Sipp, motion pictures, including "The Weaker Sex" and New York parade pictures.

The entertainment was under the direction of Unit 7, 367th Infantry Welfare League, Mrs. W. Hubert Jones, Captain, and Mrs. George E. Wibecan was master of ceremonies.

 

302D T.M.B. FIRES ENTERTAINMENT BOMBS.

 That the 302d Trench Mortar Battery knows no such thing as a dull moment was proved recently by the local talent performances in the battery's home. Here are a few of the fads on the firing squad: Private Harry Merritt, Oriental dancer and nut comedian; Private George Hoffman, another uncracked nut; Private Wallack, ragtime piano player, who take every liberty with both the black and white ivories; Corpl. McIndre, selected songs; Private Morse, mat artist, flooring Private Enright in three seconds; Private Burke, who can draw pictures quicker than the garden variety private draws a month’s pay; Corpl. Williams, monologue artist; banjo selections, Private Herliner; Private Quinn and Lennaban in an Irish reel (not a movie); Private Hofman, comedy acrobatic sketch; violin solo, Corpl. Roscke; Private Merritt and Hoffman, the dancing tramp and bellboy. Private Harry Merritt's jazz band proved it self worthy the name. Mess Sergt. Hoffman's offerings-cocoa, ice cream, sandwiches and smokes-weren't least among the evening’s features.

 

MACHINE GUN MEN BOX.

 Boxing finals of the 304th Machine Gun Battalion, in the Y Hut, at Fifth and Eighth resulted as followers: Featherweight, Swenson, Company A; lightweight, Cohen, Headquarters Company; welterweight, Krupp, Medical Detachment; middleweight, kelly, Headquarters Company; light heavy, Fitzges, Company B; heavyweight, Swanson, Headquarters Company.

 

Knights Bring Ladies to Camp and Tons to Eat

Saturday Afternoon Dances Become Regular and Popular Events.

 The K. of C. in Camp Upton out did its already brilliant reputation for enlisting the aid of the ladies when last Saturday, it brought 105 of the younger set, including chaperons who danced with the men in the two huts and the Auditorium. A very important feature of the visit was several tons of homemade cake, sandwiches and crackers. The organizations taking part were the Brooklyn and New York Auxiliaries, together with the Italian Auxiliary. So lavish was the commissary, particularly in the Fifteenth Street Hut, that the K. of C. men are still wearing smiles at the thought of the layer cakes they put in their strong boxes after the men had been filled to capacity.

The Saturday afternoon dances are a regular event with this organization, and at present it seems difficult to find any feature that meets with more approval.

On Saturday next the K. of C. will entertain a Jewish auxiliary which is coming down under the joint auspices of the J.B.W.W. and K. of C.

The results of the visit of James K. Hackett, Director of Entertainment for the K. of C. are now beginning to make themselves felt, and many of the new men are joining the dramatic clubs organized by Mr. Hackett.

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Was Going to Rockville Centre with Camp Troupe- Didn't Discover Fate of Stradivarius Until Just Before Performance.

 The vaudeville junketting of Upton stars to Rockville Centre recently netted about $200. It cost Sergt. David Hochstein, Headquarters Company, 306th Infantry, about $10,000. Hochstein was starting a five day furlogh to Rochester, his home, and was taking his priceless violin, a genuine Stradivarius over 200 years old, home to leave with his mother for safe keeping. The Sergeant doesn't mind trusting his life to the perils of ocean travel, but was unwilling to subject his beloved instrument to the same hazards. He agreed, however, following his appearance on the programme at the Y Auditorium with Miss Margaret Wilson, the President's daughter, to go to Rockville Centre with Mr. Towne's troupe, play they matinee there and go on to New York.

There were fourteen in the party that changed trains at Mineola for the seven-mile drive to the Centre. A sea going autobus was boarded, of the vintage of 1872, and the trip was rough and rocky for the first few miles. It finally hit the real rock of the voyage, however a missing telegraph pole and smashing a front wheel. Everyone was badly shaken up but no one was injured. Mr. Towne's first thought after learning all hands were safe was Hochstein's violin. He assumed that it was safe, however, as he'd only been slightly bumbed. The vaudevillians  made a big time out of the misfortune, waiting or another car to pick them up, and had an impromptu rehearsal along the road.

Rockville was reached in the early afternoon and Hochstein suggested to his accompanist, Private Max Glaser, that they rehearse a couple of numbers. He went for his instrument, opened the soft leather case, and the Strad. was shattered! Hochstein's intense grief can be imagined. It had become his very soul, this marvelously sweet instrument. There are only four or five other Strads being played in America. His soldier mates shared his sorrow, as does the entire camp, where Hochstein gained the high regard of officers and men for his violin virtuosity.

The performance was a big success with the Rockvillians, in spite of the pall which the misfortune cast over the party. Those who performed with great credit were: Herman Cohen, "Yaphanks Yodeling Yit," M.G. Co., 307th Infantry; Waldron and Jones Artillery comedians; Lyndon Byrd, Headquarters Troop, female impersonator and dancer; Service Four, quartet, Hospital, 152d D.B. and 304th M.G. Battalion; Bob Yap, Hawaiian instrumentalist, Battery F. 304th F.A.

 

Vets and Mules Mix it.

 Veterinary Hospital No.6 had practical work on the mules this week, both strenuous and amusing. As Private Hogan says: "When I finally did get the old fellow under control did get the old fellow under control I was covered with mud from head to foot." Just another example of Upton ups and downs. The boys of No.6 are much interested and say they will conquer the brutes or bust. Private Kefer is doing the shoeing with assistance of nine men.

PRIVATE J.F.C.

 

Chaplains Busy.

 Chaplain Nye. 304th Machine Gun Battalion and Chaplain Allen, 306th Machine Gun Battalion have been holding conferences every day in the Y.M.C.A. at Fifth Avenue and Eighth Street with the Protestant men who desire to consult them on religious matters. George Hultz and W.I. Reed, religious directors of the building, are helping the chaplains in this work.

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Changing Shoes During an Act Feature of Show at Base

Piano Movers Deliver Instrument in Kitchen with Great Zeal.

 Changing shoes before the audience is the midst of an entertainment may not be strictly according to the theatrical Hoyle but they invent more new stage business at the Base Hospital while you wait than George M Cohan could ever think up, no matter how hard he scratched his accomplished left ear. This original turn was developed at a big party in the hospital a few evenings ago by two colored patients whose feet are famous for the way they express themselves in a jig.

Now everyone knows that when a gentleman of hue feels himself breaking out in a jig he's simply got to have shoes of the right design-long low, rakish craft. When these two artists came forward to do a break down in response to great popular demand only one of them had footgear of the classic buck and wing shape. The other bad stylish shoes that pinched his bunions and consequently were a dead loss when it came to dancing.

So after the owner of the terpsichorean footgear finished his dance he sat down in the middle of the floor before everyone-including members of the fair, or nursing sex-and swapped clogs with his partner. The latter was thereupon able to double shuffle. What could be simpler?

Their exhibition was further assisted to an uproarious success by the band from the 152d Depot Brigade. Private David Brown also made history by playing the piano solo, one of those pieces that go to a fellow’s marrow, all moonlight and romance and mush.

Then there was Leo I . Ruggere in songs, known to millions of vaudeville patrons, accompanied by Private Colvert.

Another entertainer who won hands down was Private Semfield, a patient, who sang about "My Indiana Home" in a manner to get him heard out there. J.H. Connors endeared himself to the hearts of his countrymen by singing "Hunky Tunky" interpreting the chorus with his feet. C.U. Odell warbled "A Baby's Prayer to Heaven" as only a duly qualified father can. And then came the baby himself.

He was Eddie Van Dien jr., five years old by two feet high, who appeared dressed in his own O.D. uniform and using Private Odell for a spare mount. He recited a patriotic speech, stirring, but a trifle blurred, and then saluted with regulation snap. In fact, his performance might favorably be compared with that of his father, Eddie Van, a professional singer.

Others in the running were Private Asplin, who read one of Richard Harding Davis's stories, and Private Marxhausen, who sang. Honorable mention should also be made of Private Blumenthal and Weldon, who before the show pushed the piano from the post exchange into the mess hall with such fiery zeal that it landed in the kitchen.

The Base Hospital basketball quintet took a step to war the divisional championship in its first tournament game by defeating th 367th Infantry, 27 to 18. Jock Joslyn scored the most goals and made himself generally useful for the pill pounders, despite that he wore a bandage over his right eye that made him look like the spirit of '76. Weinberg and McGinty also played as fast as though they were being chased by cops. Duval starred for the 367th. The line-up Base Hospital-McGinty, Joslyn, Weinberg, Raddock and Shregel. 367th-Parker, Duval, C. Parker, Pivolo and Atkins. Substitutes: Base Hospital-Sappet, Carroll and Leavitt. 367th-Parkham and Hines.

Miss Amelia Binghams hold on the hearts of the Base's denizens was further tightened the other afternoon when she came here with a troupe of entertainers and did an appreciated "turn." The gallant military cops loaned the performers, and their courtesy is greatly appreciated here. "M.P." is a very popular pair of letters here.

 

SINGNALLERS HAVE NIGHT.

 Recently in the Y.M.C.A. Second Avenue and 14th Street, Capt. Brush, 321st Field Signal Battalion, put on what proved to be a racy programme of stunts. Among the principals, Herman A. Metz, who wrote the old familiar tune "There'll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town To-Night," led the boys in singing of his new version of "America," a tune which is sure to become popular. There was a string orchestra recruited from the battalions and specialties by Gladys Berkeley and Lissie Hall, both from New York, who danced cleverly. The affair ended with a showing of the interesting film, "The Raid of the Zeppelin."

 

Soldier, Here's a Chance to Come Back on Kiddies of Public School No.15.

 You there, may have been one of the soldiers who enjoyed the cigarettes made possible through the mites generously given by poor tots from Public School 15, No. 723 East Fifth Street, Manhattan. Here's a letter from the teacher, Miss Florence Kearns, which may interst you even if you weren't in on the smokes:

"Y.M.C.A., Gentlemen-Enclosed you will find cigarettes, the particulars of which are explained thus: The children of this neighborhood are very poor and it took a big effort to get the money to buy the cigarettes. They are happy, very happy, to do this little bit, but I know an answer would be received with the greatest delight by both the teacher (who is young, and therefore, being just appointed, inexperienced, but who also has a love for her country) and the pupils of Class 6A3."

 

EXHIBITS BUNNY AND WILL BUT IT A COLLAR.

 Joe Foster of the Veterinary Corps, we hear, and we also know, has been out hunting cottontails to practice on. Joe is often on a bike, and when a little brown ball with a white flag signaling from the rear bobs up in the road Joe leaves the ranks and is away and off over the hills after Miss Bunny. The white flag to Joe is like what a red one is to a bull. As proof of this true story of Joe and the cottontail, one that Joe caught alive is now on exhibition in the Knights of Columbus Hall, where for the small sum of one dime, the live and almost human only original Camp Upton miniature lion may be seen in his or her gilded cage. Proceeds of the exhibition are to be used to buy it a golden collar and Joe a plain, ordinary, everyday horse collar, so that his Sergeant can keep him in the ranks when out hiking over the snow hills and plains.

 

Gallant M.P.'s Kick Into the Show Producing

Popular Outfit Brings Miss Amelia Bingham and Company.

 Col. Howard's gallant lads of the 302d Headquarters Train and Military Police, one of Upton's most popular organizations because of the steady, efficient services they render, broke into the entertainment field recently with a show at the Y.M.C.A. Auditorium. Major Herrick was in general charge, and was assisted by Capt. Bangs, Lieuts. Sola, Francis and Bodman.

Miss Amerlia Bingham, who by a number of appearances here has become he Upton's soldier’s friend, headed the company with entertainers for which the Stage Women's War Relief Committee was responsible. The bill was made up largely of women and was received with whistles, cheers and other outburst of enthusiasm, from start to wind-up. Miss Clare Cassel, woman tennis star who is giving most of her time to providing entertainments for soldiers helped manage the affair. Those appearing included Private Klittgard of the M.P. recitation; Sergt. Major Frank Bibb and Sergt. Dearing, O.T.S., accompanists; Miss Bingham, Miss Manett Barrett, Miss Watress, Miss Andrews, Miss Gould, the Ponzillo Sisters, Mr. Dobson and Mr. Murphy.

 

Admiral Dewey's Tiny Nephew Sings in Camp

 The navy informally stretched hands across the seas to men of the National Army recently, when the five-year-old grandnephew of Admiral Dewey appeared here in full Admiral's regalia and sang "Our Fighting Nephew." The tiny chap got a big hand when he shouted at the conclusion, "Now, boys, lets all sing 'Over There.'" There were other talented children on the programme. A choir boy from St. Mark's Brooklyn, sang in costume, and little Josephine Cavanaugh recited.

The afternoon programme which these talented children rendered at the Second and 14th Y.M.C.A. was augmented by a group of ladies from the Marcy Avenue Baptist Church, Brooklyn, who served a luncheon of hot chocolate and cakes. Mrs. J. Christopher Marks, who is known on this side and overseas for her work in behalf of soldiers, made a short, patriotic talk. This was the first of a series of afternoons to be made pleasant by the Auxiliary of Bedford Branch Y.M.C.A., Brooklyn.

 

NEWLY ARRIVED PUGILIST IS GLAD OF CHANCE FOR BIG BOUT WITH BOCHE

 The ranks of Upton's prize pugilistic privates are considerably augmented by the arrival of Ray Rivers, Los Angeles Cal., who was in New York at the draft registration time and was included in the metropolitan recruits in the last increment. Ray says that although he had to cancel some Panama dates that would have netted him $2,500, win or lose, "Uncle Sam comes first." He's hot to get at the Boche, and will do it with the same vigor he's displayed in bouts with Charles Leonard, our Ben's brother, George Kirkwood, Biz Mackey, Joe Mooney, Young Reilly, Battling Reddy, Willie Jackson and a score or more of others. Ray has fought ninety bouts in his day, and outpointed Eddie Morgan, British featherweight champ, at Binghamton recently. He was to meet Eddie again in Carbondale, Pa., on March 25, but business will keep him here. He's be quartered in the casual barracks. Ray has a sort of natal double in the roped square-Jose Rivers. They were born on the same day of the same year, March 15, 1892-and lived on the same block in Los Angeles.

 

GREAT AMERICAN GAME!

 Predictions for an early opening of the baseball season, based upon some balmy weather, have been somewhat spragged by a temporary relapse into winter. Baseball, notwithstanding, will son be on local messes, from the number of khakied gentlemen who have been seen "hurling the spherold," "casting the pill," or, in the more ornate language of the sporting writer, "throwing the ball," on local green-swards la

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