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October 22, 1917

MELODY MINGLES WITH UPTON DUST

Well Known Welkin Made to Ring When Harry Barnhart Trots Out Warblers to Sound Their Wares.

 

That Camp Upton may have a soldiers chorus capable of making the (relatively speaking) well-known chant of that Pilgrim group in Tannbaeuser sound like a whisper, seems indicated by what took place on our Village Green last Wednesday evening. At that time Harry Barnhart was here.

His success in creating a community chorus in New York has developed that form of vocal work into an institution, and the plan is to make Upton's informal khaki choruses rival the best of them.

Mr. Barnhart was surrounded by some of the most widely known cigarette, and otherwise, tenors and non-commissioned bassos in Suffolk County as at present constituted. There was something under 10,000 present, Trench and Camp's own crowd estimater being on kitchen police duty that evening.

Music was in the air, though not exclusively, as there was some Yaphank dust commingling with the harmonies. The evening was passed, following the pleasant allurements of Mr. Barnhart's hearty and jovial presence. His voice is not least among the charms which constitute it, and was able to siren music from his new chorus in quite surprising volume.

In fact, the welkin was in its old job of ringing, and Hill 77 resounded with a new form of military expression. The plans for further development embrace group singing in local Y.M.C.A. singing centres, barracks and other places. The talent thus trained will be welded into a big community chorus by Mr.Barnhart. He was assisted by Mr. Weinstein in his initial meeting here.

 

NO '"CLOSED" SEASON ON POETS AT UPTON

 

We have our poets up here. The woods are full of 'em.

A perfectly good sheet of writing paper was picked up from the floor of the J hut, with the following remarkable effusion on it:-

"I also would like to make stupid Bill Swollo one of his own home mad pill."

The author was probably just getting over the effects of the first shot. We hate to think of a poet of such ability hiding his light under a bushel.

We would much rather have him out in the open, where wee could kill him swiftly and painlessly.

 

Needles Replaces Hook.

 

Talking about the needle, the time honored "Give him the hook," known and dreaded by all amateurs in the entertaining line, has been superseded in the "amateur night" performances at the upper "J" hut by "Give him the needle."

 

Another Umpah Outfit.

 

The 307th Infantry Band is rapidly earning the enthusiastic support and admiration of the men of that regiment, who eagerly flock around the musicians when outdoor concerts are given under the direction of the leader, Olaf Nord.

 

Harry Lauder's Message Makes Deep Impression on Upton Men

 

Men may come to Camp Upton and men may go, but the memory of Harry Lauder will linger long with the 2,000 soldiers who were able to fight their way into the Y.M.C.A. tent to hear him sing his inimitable songs and tell his war stories.

Although the little Scotch comedian may never come back to Upton-but all the boys here hope he will-he has left a deep impression upon them. It was not that he merely entertained them, for he did far more than that. He inspired, thrilled and electrified them. He warmed their hearts with his words, he told them what the world expected of them and he stirred them with his prophesied of what they would do. There isn't the slightest doubt that Harry Lauder's visit has given the boys at Upton a bigger and better version of what their duty is, nor is there any doubt that his inspiring words will be remembered and beeter enable them to discharge those duties.

 

They're Singing His "Hymn."

 

All over Camp Upton the boys are singing the songs Harry Lauder sang, particularly "There's a Wee Hoose Amang the Heether," which they sang in chorus with the Scotch comedian at his request. Harry told them that the last time he sang it before he visited Camp Upton was on the Arras front where 15,000 Scotch soldiers were spread out in a great horseshoe before him and that since that time it had been a hymn instead of a song to him. He wants the boys at Upton to regard it as a hymn and they are complying with his request.

While singing and funmaking predominated while Lauder was on the stage, the little band of crepe on his left sleeve, worn for his son Jock, who made the supreme heroic sacrifice on the field of battle, was a constant reminder that the comedian was sad at heart but had put aside his personal grief to cheer up the American soldiers and to deliver a message of hope and inspiration.

"The brawny, tawny hand of Britain is ready to welcome ye, boys," he declared. "We're all in it-in this great melting pot-and when we emerge we will be a still greater and better civilization. The world is on fire and you boys are the firemen who must put it out. And you'll do it-by God you will. And when you get to France and put it out don't leave one wee bit of red smoldering, boys. "Put it out."

 

Lamp Lighters of the World.

 

"You boys are lamplighters of the world. You're going to light up civilization as never before. And it will be very beautiful that our children will be able to say, 'My dad lit that light.'"

After the cheering subsided there was a new war song-"The British Brigade"-a song that all Britain is singing. Tears forced to smiles flashed in Harry's eyes. The close of the chorus ran:

            When we all gather round the old fireside

            And the old mother kisses her son.

            All the lassies will be loving all the laddies,

              the laddies who fought and won.

The smile was gone from Harry's lips and eyes. His heels clicked and his hand snapped to his Scotch Tam o'Shanter in salute-not the salute that the men of Camp Upton are being taught, but one that 3,000,000 other brave soldiers are using on the battle front.

"Fought and Won," he repeated, "American soldiers, I salute you."

 

SUFFRAGISTS ASK AID OF SOLDIERS IN CAMPAIGN

Fair Speakers Marshal Poetry to Beauty's Side and Win Support of Uponites.

 

That the men of Upton are not of the opinion that woman's place is in the home was definitely proved when New York State Suffragists invaded the cantonment. "A general advance is reported on all fronts." Poetry helped it, and the rare ineffability of the feminine. Her is some of the poetry:

            Goodbye, good luck, dear soldier boys!

            We're with you in your griefs and joys;

            We'll back you up in all you do;

            And you, you know, can help us too.

            Vote us the ballot next November;

            We trust in you, so please remember.

                        Goodby, good luck!

Meeting were held under the charge of Mrs. Frederick Edey of Bellport, and among the speakers were Mrs. Raymond Robins, Chicago; Miss Kathleen Taylor, Mrs. Raymond Brown, Vice President of the New York State Woman Suffrage Party; Mrs. Jane Thimpson of New York, Thomas H. Brennan of Patchogue, Prof. Frederick Losey, Miss Granville Smith of Bellport and Miss Louise Connolly of Newark.

"Give it to 'em? Sure I'm willin'. Let's go to the post exchange and try to forget we're not gettin' home cookin'!" Such was the verdict of one private.

 

First French Officer Here.

 

Pierre Geismar, wearing the Croix de Guerre with four stars, showing that he has been cited four times in orders, is the first French army instructor at Camp Upton, arriving last Tuesday.

He was in the trenches three years and has been severly wounded, five gold strips on his right sleeve and a stripe of his left being the respective designation for these honors, for honors they are.

 

-From Lower J-

By Old Nan Penpoint, 11th Street and Second Avenue.

 

The musical side of things is going strong at this shack! Aside from the good old singsongs that get every one going and in a happy frame of mind, we have been especially lucky in our volunteer musical talent.

In the absence of moving pictures, which is the staple producer of camp amusement, the boys are coming to the aid of the situation in grand shape, and anyone with any entertaining ability is mobilized and put on the job by the friends of the Association who are interested in providing a good time for the boys.

 

Big Time Stuff.

 

Privates McManus and Gorman, of the 152d Depot Brigade, are great favorites in their popular song-duets and impersonations.

Then there is Blondie Bruce, who can do anything from banging the ivories to serving as foil and "baggage" for a strong arm stunt. He's some rag time singer to, and always gets many recalls. Young Ben Butler, in parallel bars tricks is all to the mustard, especially since he built his own bars out of plumbers' material to please the boys and the "Y" with his athletic work.

 

Jazz Band Delights.

 

You should have heard the Jazz band last week! With our senses of rhythm charmed with syncopated measures flowing out from a happy combination of piano, cornet, violin and drums, all Jazzing with an abandon that brought memories of famous metropolitan resemblance of certain popular ragtime tunes whose very disorder was an unmelodic delight.

When you look over this list of performers you will understand where the suggested memories came from: Otto F. Horpel, violin and cornet, formerly of churchill's, New York; Abe Wakschal, drummer, of the same grub-and-joy emporium; Angelo Russo, better known as Frank Ross, pianist, and John Varrassl, cornetist, both of Coney Island cabaret fame. Then there is Charles Smith, trombonist, who formerly graces Sousa's band.

These boys after a little more work together, will play another programme in J-10, and then will tour the Y.M.C.A. huts and thus reach an audience of about 5,000 soldiers.

 

Clever With Their Dukes.

 

And then the boxers! Believe us, if Uncle Sammy would only arm this bunch up with a set of regular boxing mitts and send them "over the top," the Germans would turn tail and beat it for the tall timber of Wurtembourg!

Bouts of all kinds, lightweights, middles and heavies, and bantams and papers, are glad to do their bit and take a few on the nose for the cause of keeping the big bunch in the hut happy.

Sergt. Smoln of the 13th Company, 152d Depot Brigade, is a famous rounder in the more exclusive boxing circles of New York. The sergeant ably assisted in the managing of a series of bouts last week, and has volunteered to provide a whole evening's entertainment of boxing from among his many Y.M.H.A. friends. This is the spirit!

 

Think of the Esquimaux.

 

There is a captain of an ambulance corps who has formed the habit of going to bed at 9 o'clock. When asked the why and the wherefore of his strange behavior, he explained that he simply did it in self-defense, there being no heat and no stoves in his quarters.

 

Vaudeville of Palace Quality Being Put Over in Section "P"

 

Under direction of Martin Beck, formerly of the "Love of Mike" company of New York, who is now in the 305th Machine Gun Battalion, a splendid series of vaudeville programmes is being put on in Section P. Beck is an accomplished actor and his monologues and songs have captured the house.

Among the exceptionally talented performers on these programmes should be mentioned Austin McClure, who "can tickle the ivories something scandalous," and whose officiating at the keyboard has enabled Section P to put on some excellent singers with proper accompaniment.

And as for tenors, why M. Rodolfe, the Italian warbler of dulcet tones, simply stops the show every time he Carusoes at the entertainments. The Boston Opera Company used to boast about having M. Rodolfe on its programmes, but now he is exclusively Camp Upton's for he is a member of the 306th Field Artillery headquarters Command. His singing is the talk of Camp Upton and each time he appears he has to sing as much in a night as he would have to in a week with the Boston Opera Company. Encore is his middle name.

And say, Sam Bernard's nephew Dave Jones, is here. He was called from the Majesty Theartre of Chicago to do his bit for Uncle Sam.

Another man is out to bite the spike off the Kaiser's helmet. He is Eugene O'Nesta, just in from the Bert Levey Circuit of California. He bites horseshoes into bits, just as if they were made of dough, and eats the pieces as an appetizer for breakfast. When Henry Lederman, who makes a steady diet of matches and burning paper, get together and "go over the top" it will be goodbye Kaiser Bill.

 

Mrs. Dwight Also Sings.

 

Mr. Dwight of the 307th Band has delighted the boys with his singing and when his wife came to visit the camp she also favored the soldiers with several soprano selections, much to the delight of the khaki-clad tribe.

The Hoosier Male Quartette gave a most enjoyable series of songs the other night and Mr. Goldberg sang and also accompanied Joe Martin and I. Levine when they vocalized in most pleasing and melodious fashion.

Herman Cohen, the yodeler; C. Patterson, "Buddy" Child and William Hecker, all singers par excellence; L.D. Reiley and Steve Ahern, buck and reel dancers, and Ira Grossman, plain and fancy whistler, are a few of the many stars who have shown on our platform during the past few nights.

 

"The Colonel" Will Drop In on Upton To Boost War Loan

 

After being thoroughly Uptonized and getting into the life and spirit of this camp, a part of a man's creed becomes: "I believe they all come here sooner or later."

A fellow becomes accustomed to thinking himself in the hub of the universe, after he's been here a few days, has been coated with boulevard dust from limousines seeking Division Headquarters, has seen a French officer, caught a glimpse of a general and passed colonels and majors daily.

Therefore, it doesn't cause quakes of excited surprise to learn "the Colonel" is to be an Upton visitor. The quakes will probably come when he arrives. He's to be here, so the information, slightly more credible than reports from Gen. Rumor's office, has it for a speech.

Wednesday, Oct. 24 is the date when T.R. comes into our busy midst. The address will be delivered in the vicinage of Hill 77, sometime headquarters knoll.

The occasion is Liberty Loan Day, which will be observed in camp with an auspicious gathering on the hill.

 

GEN. ORDERS HANDS SERVE BLOW TO CREPE HANGERS

 

Beginning on Wednesday of this week half-holiday will be the order for the local soldiery. This probably will come as sad news to the professional crepe -hangers and joy-killers who have tried to get the upper hand, but their efforts are gradually being abandoned as useless, especially in view of other leaves from Mr. Gen. orders' notebook one of which herewith reproduced:

"All unnecessary work will be suspended and with prescribed limitations, officers and enlisted men will be permitted to leave camp from noon on Saturday until reveille on the following Monday and on all regularly declared national holidays, i.e., New Year’s Day, Washington's Birthday (February 22), Decoration Day (May 30), July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day."

There are exceptions, of course, to the Wednesday half-holiday. They are: (1) Officers who are scheduled to attend a session of a prescribed school; (2) Officers and enlisted men on duty which requires their presence; (3) Officers and enlisted men required for the necessary guard, police and care of public animals; (4) Officers and enlisted men at the various headquarters, depots, hospitals, etc., whose presence is deemed necessary by the head of the department concerned.

 

WHAT'S WHAT IN THAT R UNIT.

 

True to the plan outlined in our last issues, this phase of camp activity has been pushed hard. Six classes have organized-five of them being in English for non-English speaking soldiers and one in elementary French.

Following are the instructors working with the Educational Director in the R building of the Y.M.C.A., at the corner of Fourth and Fifth Streets:

English-Edwin A. Whalen, Co. M. 306th Infantry; Mr. Rubarti, Co. K., 305th Infantry; F.A. Stembler, Co. I., 305th Infantry; Elias M. Boddy, Co. D., 307th Infantry, and Edward S. Greenbaum (of Co. H., 305th Infantry), at Machine Gun. Co., 306th Infantry.

French-Victor Chanken, Co. K., 305th Infantry.

The enrollment in these classes totals approximately 150 men.

Classes are forming in each barracks in the 306th Infantry.

 

CAPTAIN ELDRED HONORED.

 

On Friday, October 19, the men of Compnay H, 306th Infantry, Barracks R 21, gave an entertainment in honor of their commander, Captain Hurbert W. Eldred. Many surprises were offered. One of the feature numbers was the 306th Infantry Band. Among the others were Senor Ubaldini, formerly a tenor of the Metropolitan Opera company; Joe Termini, of the vaudeville team of D'Lier & Termini; Ben Baker, of Sherman, Baker & Branigan, and a contingent of vaudeville artists direct from Broadway, led by the author, playwright and actor, Thomas J. Gray.

The entertainment was arranged by Ben Piermont, formerly booking manager of the Sheedy Vaudeville Agency, New York, and booking the Gordon Olympia circuit through New England, and Eddie Cloth, who supplies entertainments for the B.P.O.E. through the Middle West.

 

NO CHANCE FOR THIS AD!

 

We know of a certain Lieutenant of a frivolous turn, of mind who swears he will never buy another uniform from any other house but Brooks Brothers, and the reason is not so much quality or cut of the clothes as the young member of the more deadly sex who pins on the caduces of the coat. Said officer is offering to take any of his friends who needs coats or uniforms down there, just on the off chance of getting better acquainted.

 

Jewish Welfare Board Institutes Programme of Help for Boys

Y.M.C.A. Co-operates with Agency for Service-Has the Upton Spirit of helping the Chap who Needs it.

By J.C. Hyman, Jewish Welfare Board.

 

The Jewish Board for welfare Work at Camp Upton has established its headquarters at the "P" Unit Building of the Y.M.C.A., Fifth Avenue and Eighth Street.

With the cordial co-operation of the Association the Jewish Welfare Board has begun to make its influence felt.

Hebrew religious services are held regularly on Friday evenings at the P Unit Building. Magazines and pamphlets of interest particular to the Jewish men are at hand for distribution. The army-Navy Hebrew Prayer Book is soon to be presented to each Jewish member of the camp. Speakers of prominence in Jewish religious and lay circles from time to time will speak at our service.

We are not going to duplicate the work of the Y.M.C.A., which has been doing splendid work for all; but will simply work along with it, meet those needs which the association cannot provide for in the case of many of the Jewish men here. We want all the boys to come here with their needs and troubles, and we'll try to be of service. All Jewish men are urged to meet the representative of the Welfare Board, Joseph C. Hyman, and to enroll in his camp directory. Relatives and friends may come here to find out the company and regimental assignments of any of the boys.

Arrangements have been made to entertain small groups of men at Patchogue each weekend. The board has been co-operating with the Y.M.C.A. to organize classes in English and French and to supply instructors. Letter writing squads have been formed, and personal help rendered in a number of cases.

All men who desire assistance, consistent with the regulations and spirit of Camp Upton, are assured of the cordial interest of the board. If you wish to form any group for entertainments-for social purposes, religious study, literary work, or for instruction- you are invited to visit this office. We will help you to get these groups formed. Our office is open practically all day and from 7 to 9:30 every evening.

Come in and get acquainted.

 

Yap and Yanks

 

It is understood that the brother of a friends of the bird who killed the Archduke is in Upton and that he admitted the relationship to the fellow who bunks next to him. Soon the cousin of the gent who waxes the Kaiser's whiskers will be discovered and the roster will be complete.

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It certainly ought to Stump the German War Office if they could visit Upton and see the boys grubbing away with pick and axe.

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The manual of arms, we understand, will be rewritten to accommodate the new style of breech-loading rakes and Mauser shovels with which the boys are equipped. Have you attended one of the "hoe-downs" yet?

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"The warriors on the turrets high,

Moving athwart the evening sky.

Seemed forms of giant height."

Mr. Scott, who wrote the above, must have at one time seen an Upton outfit streaking along the Rue de Gasoline, with rakes towering aloft and shovels raised skyward.

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It took half an hour to explain to a rookie that the Liberty Loan was not organized by the chap who took his razor and used it without permission.

 

HE THROWS 'EM AWAY.

 

Up at the base hospital, where the newly arrived men go for examination, is a private of the hospital corps who will either develop into a successful financier or become a skillful burglar.

As the raw ones file past the table where he sits he tells them to leave their cigarettes there. Informing them that they are not allowed to take any tobacco with them. Bring a conscientious you man, he throws the cigarettes away, of course.

 

GEN. BELL ISSUES ORDERS RELATING TO PASSES TO MEN.

Memorandum 92 Contains Complete Information Concerning Leave and Train To and From Camp.

 

The following-Memorandum No. 92- having to do with that vital matter of leaves is published in full "for the benefit of all concerned:"

Memorandum No. 92.

Headquarters 77th Division,

Camp Upton, N.Y.

1. In order to accommodate the number of men who desire to visit New York on Saturdays and Sundays it is necessary to regulate the distribution to trains leaving Camp Upton.

2. The following will be strictly adhered to. Brigade and Independent Unit Commanders will exercise such supervision as it necessary to accomplish the purpose.

            (a) The number of passes granted in any regiment or independent unit from Saturday noon until Monday morning to travel on trains to new York will not exceed 25 per cent. of the strength of the command. This distribution of passes will be such that every man whose conduct warrants it will such that every man whose conduct warrants it will be given the refusal of a pass once each four weeks.

            (b) Sixty per cent. of the 25 per cent. of each regiment and independent unit authorized to go to New York on trains will equally distributed among the nine trains leaving Camp Upton between 12 noon and 2:30 P.M. Saturdays and 20 per cent. on trains leaving Camp Upton between 5:30 P.M. and 8:50 P.M. Saturdays; the remainder on any train desired on Sundays.

            (c) Passes will state specifically the train on which each man is to leave the camp. (Printed passes will be provided from these headquarters for all organizations.)

Must March in Body.

            (d) Regimental and independent unit commanders will cause the men for each train to be formed on the Regimental Parade and carefully inspected to insure that each man is in proper uniform, cleanly shaven, shoes polished, and that he presents a neat appearance. After verification of passes and inspection of uniform and general detachment will be marched by an officer and such men as are necessary to the train and reported to the officer of the military police in charge at the depot platform. All the men for each train from each regiment and independent unit will be marched to the train in a body and not by smaller fractions.

            (e) The officer in charge of the detachment for each train from each regiment will see that each man is provided with a proper ticket before reporting his detachment to the officer in charge at the depot platform. If all the men are to purchase tickets, the detachment must arrive at the station in sufficient time for that purpose before the departure of the train. Each detachment must go on the train designated.

            (f) Men will not be given pass to leave camp until they are fully uniformed, unless pass is approved by brigade or independent unit commanders, who will only approve such passes under special circumstances’.

            (g) Each detachment will be warned to return from New York and Brooklyn on Sunday afternoon and early evening trains, so as not to overload the late trains in the evening. This should apply especially to men who leave Camp Upton on the early trains.

3. The Provost Marshal will send a guard consisting of one officer and four men to each of the following stations, leaving here in time to arrive thereat not later than 12 o'clock noon on Sundays:

Pennsylvania Station, New York City.

Flatbush Avenue Station, Brooklyn, Long Island Railroad Station, Jamaica, L.I.

4. The guard at each station will maintain order and prevent any train being overloaded. Passes signed by the Provost Marshal for these guards will be accepted by train conductors. These guards will return to camp on the train leaving New York at 3 A.M. on Monday mornings.

5. The Provost Marshal will take charge of the maintenance of order and the loading of trains at Camp Upton Station.

Week End Schedules.

6. The following schedule of Saturday and Sunday trains is announced. This schedule will be in effect until announced otherwise. The schedule for the remaining days of the week will remain as published in Long Island Railroad time tables.

From Camp Upton to New York and Brooklyn:

Saturdays-Leave Camp Upton 10 A.M., 12:10 P.M., 12:30 P.M., 12:45 P.M., 1 P.M., 1:15 P.M., 1:30 P.M., 1:45 P.M., 2 P.M., 2:30 P.M., 5:30 P.M., 5:45 P.M., 6 P.M., 7:03 P.M., 8:30 P.M.

Sundays- Leave Camp Upton 7:30 A.M., 8 A.M., 9 A.M., 10 A.M., 4:30 P.M., 5 P.M., 5:30 P.M., 6:30 P.M., 8:30 P.M.

From New York (Pennsylvania Station) and Brooklyn (Flatbush Avenue):

Saturdays- 8 A.M., 10:25 A.M., 2:15 P.M., 9:30 P.M., 11:45 P.M.

Sundays-  4:40 A.M., 9:10 A.M., 10:35 A.M., 4:17 P.M., 8 P.M., 8:30 P.M., 9 P.M., 9:30 P.M., 9:45 P.M., 10 P.M., 10:30 P.M., 11 P.M., 11:15 P.M., 11:30 P.M., 11:45 P.M., 12 midnight, 3 A.M. (Monday mornings).

7. This memorandum will be read to all organizations at retreat on Thursday and Friday evenings, Oct. 18 and 19, and will be posted on the bulletin boards of all organizations.

                        By command of Major Gen. Bell,

                                                E.E. BOOTH.

            Lieut. Col., Gen. Staff, Chief of Staff.

Official:

        WM. N. HASKELL.

                        Adjt. Gen., Adjutant.

 

Educational Work- Y.M.C.A.

(Contributed by Prof. MacLennan, Director of Y.M.C.A. Educational Activities Camp Upton.)

 

What does the Y.M.C.A. seek to do?

It seeks to do everything it can to give the soldier a hoe where he is always welcome; to provide him with recreation; to put him in touch with forces which make for moral and religious uplift; to give him opportunity to exercise his mind in leisure hours.

 

What phase of the Y.M.C.A. work serves specially the mental interested of the soldier?

The educational work.

 

What educational work is being offered?

Classes in English for non-English speaking soldiers.

Classes in French for those who go to France.

Classes in special branches as need may arise.

A library- not only books to be obtained at the desk, but a wide range of magazines for all who ask for them.

 

Where can information as to classes, book or magazines be obtained?

At the counter from the educational secretary of each building.

 

Note: Will former teachers of English for foreigners, and of French, who would aid in the above work, please give their names to the educational secretary at each Y.M.C.A. hut?

 

SOME STRATEGY.

Two-Weeks veteran- Did you know Gen. Bell had just ordered a million handkerchiefs for us in Camp Upton?

Rookie- No, what's the idea?

T-W-V- He figured it'd be a terrible blow to the Kaiser.

 

JUNIOR LEAGUE MAKES BIG HIT BY PASSING OUT EATS TO BOYS

 

The Junior League of New York has won for itself a big place in the hearts of the men of Camp Upton by means of that surest approach, the soldier’s appetite.

Recently in two of the Y.M.C.A buildings on opposite sides of the camp the young ladies have passed out to eager crowds of men hot coffee, chocolate, sandwiches and cake.

The men do not mind waiting in turn for an "issue" of this kind, but it is lucky that it is not an issue of ordnance or clothing for sandwiches and coffee do not list more than around the corner with a husky artilleryman or doughboy.

 

Benny Leonard Visits Yaphank and Tells the Boys of an A.O.H. Meeting over Which he Presided

Champion Lightweight Boxer Says All the Corrigans, Finnegans and O'Briens were Anxious to "Make an Impression" on Him.

(By Stumpy Steve of Upper J.)

 

Benny Leonard, lightweight champ, was in camp recently. His scheduled exhibition was declared off on account of a rain storm, but Benny stated his willingness to come down again. Indeed he predicted he would be assigned to Camp Upton as boxing instructor, when he may be attached as civilian aide to Gen. Bell.

Benny is a bright, alert, genial boy who makes friends easily, and is as modest as they make 'em.

He told the boys here of a little experience he had in the officers training camp at Fort Niagara, near Buffalo. Going over there from Toronto, where he had fought a real battle to aid the Candian Red Cross, he expressed his willingness to box two or three exhibition rounds, not feeling capable of any real work.

In response to his invitation, a gentleman by the name of Halligan stepped up and boxed four rounds. When this bout was over and Benny was ready to take his departure, another gentleman walked into the ring, named Finnegan. When Finnagan was through a gentleman named Corrigan made know his desire to try out the champ, then another names Murphy, and another named O'Brien, and a few others of Hibernian descent.

"In Fact," said Benny, with a laughing reference to his own Semitic ancestry, "I boxed six of 'em, and went about twenty rounds, and when I was through, there was a steen line about a mile long waiting to take a crack at me."

And if Benny had only had the time and the light had held, he would be there yet fighting Irishmen.

Big-Time Soccer Expected.

It is expected that one of the best soccer teams in New York will be down to play a picked team representing the Camp Upton Division, and all soccer players who wish to try out for the team their names in to their athletic officers, or to the Recreation Secretary at the Y.M.C.A. in their section of the camp.

Judging from the way the old sphere is being booted high into the air in almost every street in camp, there must be a number of star exponents of the association on game.

Interest in the indoor baseball game is reviving, and some of the games played recently in this section have the world's series stopped a mile for real excitement. One outfielder saved a barber bill by singeing his hair when he retrieved a ball from the company incinerator.

 

Wants to Develop Han-Chasers By Cross Country Running

By F.L. Stembler, Manager.

 

For the present we shall confine our activities to cross-country running. We want eight of the best distance runners of Company I to represent a cross-country team that will clean up every other one in sight.

This is a wide open affair-every man in the company has an equal opportunity of making the team. It matters not who your ancestors were, how much money you may have in the bank or how many cups and medals you have stored away in your trunk back home. The only thing that counts is your ability to deliver the goods, and here and now.

Your humble manager has cut out cigarettes, pie, cheap candy, bum soda water and other junk of similar nature. You won't be shot if you follow suit. In all our running and training we are going to imagine we are chasing and catching retreating Germans. And personally, after I've caught the poor fish, I want to have enough wind left to land an K.O. wallop for Uncle Sam and good old Company I. Are you with us?

I know darned well you are.

Sign up right away. This means all cripples, fat men, would-be Dorandos, regular runners and natural born hard luck guys. I'm your pal- you can count on me to go the full distance with you. So let's have your name.

 

" World Serious" Does Not Bother Upton Athletes.

 

While the boys at Camp Upton were interested in the 'World Serious," they were far more absorbed in the baseball games in which they participated at Yaphank. None of the White Sox or Giants battled with any more determination than is evinced in the camp games between different companies, battalions and regiments.

Needless to say the outcome of the "World Serious" was disappointing to the soldiers here, a majority of whom are New Yorkers. All of them were pulling for the Giants because they believe all the world's championships belong to the Big Town.

While the Uptoonites are not willing to concede that the best team won the championship, most of them agree with "Bugs Baer" that he worst team lost. If McGraw had had the benefit of the advice of the several thousand grand stand and bleacher managers here, he would have won the series in four straight.

 

SECTION "P" STAGES GOOD, FAST BOUTS.

Men in 307th Infantry Furnished Lively Entertainment, Benny Leonard Referee.

 

A number of fast exhibition boxing bouts were staged on Friday evening, in Section "P", Y.M.C.A. Building, by George Morley of New York, under the auspices of Company H, Three Hundred and Seventh Infantry.

Morley brought a clever lot of boxers and provided a first class ring which was set up in the centre of the building, affording the large crowd a lively evening. Benny Leonard, whose exhibition bout in an indoor ring before a throng of admirers at the camp had to be called off because of rain, appeated as referee for several of the bouts.

 

"VETERANS" KIDDING YAPHANK ROOKIES

 

Still they come.

Second Avenue is lined with them daily, and the fellows who have been in camp themselves for considerably less than a week, and have not even learned how to lace up their leggings, greet them with derisive cries.

"Wait till you get the shot," "bevo for yours," "Get in step there" and "Come and get your slum," are some of the most common remarks.

And the fellows who do the most "kidding" are the most awkward members of the awkward squads! But bless your life, they are soldiers now. They have their uniforms, or part of them, even if they do walk with a protuberance on their respective backs similar to that worn by the dromedary.

 

H PUTS BEE ON K OF 305TH.

 

Company K played an excellent game of basketball against Company H, both lost out in the last ten minutes, of the furious attack of the men of H.

The first half ended with the score 6 to 0, favoring Company K. At the final whistle Company H led, the count being 14 to 10. Lieut. Fields of the 305th Company K refereed.

It was the most spirited game me have seen at Camp Upton to date.

 

LIEUT. HAYES A LIVE WIRE.

 

Lieut. Hayes, the athletic director of the 306th Regiment, is a very enthusiastic worker and shows delightful co-operative spirit. He and Mr. Gridley have planned so that each company shall have a necessary supply of athletic equipment, inter-company basketball, baseball and volleyball, and the plans are also well under way for a strong regimental football team. With the help of Lieut. Blanchard a tackling dummy will be erected as soon as the equipment can be obtained.

 

SNAPPY BOUTS ARE WITNESSED BY MEN IN CO. C SIGNAL CORPS

Boxing Gloves Presented by Capt. H.H. Lawson Used Immediately by Scrappers.

 

Capt. H.H. Lawson of Company C, 302d Field Battalion. Signal Enlisted Reserve Corps at Camp Upton, has presented the men in his barracks with a set of boxing gloves.

Most of the men of Company C are expert telegraph, radio and telephone operators, and among them can be found students from the most prominent Eastern universities. When Capt. Lawson presented the gloves and announced that the men could use them at their will in their barracks he was heartily cheered and applauded.

Private J.R. Leahy, formerly a second to Willie Jackson, a member of some of New York's foremost athletic and sporting clubs and a popular referee with the younger generation officiated, and arranged the bouts among the boys. Capt. Lawson's presence contributed great impetus to the matches. To avoid any over exertion among the participants he was forced to place a limit of three rounds of two minutes each for every bout.

The star bout of the evening was between Private R. Kuehl and Private E.C. manion, both in the 150 pound class. This entertaining scrap was unfortunately terminated in the second round when one of the contestants sprained his wrist. Both men showed good form and gave evidence of previous training.

Another fast and interesting contest was that between first class Private M.J. Kelly and first class Private F.S. Pierson, 130 pound men. They showed familiarity with the gloves and fought squarely.

Assistant Cook H. Schoen, a 150 pounder, took part in two bouts, the first with first class Private J.G. McNaught and the other with Private H.S. Rull.

A very snappy bout between Privates M.H. (Battling Murphy) Steinhauer and A.J. Patafio, weighing 120 pounnds each, ended quite suddenly in the second round, when the former was obliged to withdraw on account of a bleeding nose. First class Private D.A. Miller, a six-footer in his stocking feet, and Private E.F. (Shorty) Smith amused greatly with a Mutt and Jeff burlesque bout.

Other matches were Private H. Pittinger vs. Corporal A. Greenburg, Private G.L. Vurtis Vs. first class Private E.C. Brennan, Private O.D. Plank vs. Private J.C. Gosner, Corporal G.A. McDowell vs. J.G. McNaught.

 

Seventy-seventh to Go Down in History as Division of Soldiers Athletes, if Present Dope is Trustworthy.

Grid Contest with Camp Devens Scheduled for Nov. 24 at Polo Grounds, and Game between Division Eleven and Big College is Planned- Jiu Jitsu expert Will Give Boys Some Samurai Tricks to Use in Trenches.

 

Frank Glick, Civilian Aide, promoting Upton's athletic activities, was interviewed by representative of Trench and Camp not many minutes before the matter for the publication was due in the printer's trembling digits. In spite of the lateness of the appeal, Mr. Glick responded, giving the following story under his own hand and seal:

In a few weeks the full quota if men for Camp Upton will be located in permanent barracks, and by that time it is expected that every company will have sufficient athletic material to play all the American games, the knowledge of which is proving so valuable to the men "over there."

We desire all company athletic officers who have not received athletic material of some kind to drop a card to that effect to Frank Glick, in care Divisional Headquarters.

With the clearing of grounds on all sides of camp and within the camp proper, playing fields for football, baseball, basketball, soccer, volleyball, etc., have been laid out, and games are being played all over camp in the soldiers' off time.

The fall being "football time" regiments are organizing their football teams and a schedule is being arranged to decide the championship of the division.

The Divisional Athletic Council has accepted the challenge of the Athletic Officer of Camp Devens and a game has been arranged with that team, to be played November 24 at the Polo Grounds.

A game will probably be played with the Camp Dix team in the near future, and if the proper spirit and punch, is shown by the division the biggest game in the East will be played by the 77th Division team against the best college team in the country. This game is being arranged by the Mayor's Committee of National Defense.

Allen Smith, a Scotsman who has lived in Japan several years, and one of the foremost jiu-jitsu experts in the world, will be here shortly to instruct the officers in the essence of this famous Japanese "art."

All officers desiring instruction must notify Mr. Glick, who is arranging a class in jiu-jitsu. Later on there will be classes for the enlisted men. A knowledge of this science will be of much value to the men in the hand-to-hand trench warfare. There will also be instruction given in boxing, the instructor to be announced later. He will probably be a world champion fighter.

We think of athletics for peace alone, but in this greatest game of all the "soldier athlete" is proving of greatest value. The 77th Division will go down in history as the "division of soldier athletes"

Get in the game!

 

Pepper Talks

By George Matthew Adams

THE WAR

 

I am a believer in THE PLANNED running through all time. That things don't "just happen." That a life appears at its time for a reason- to fulfill ITS purpose. And that there are no accidents of destiny.

And that you were born at the particular minute of the world's evolving that you were because you were meant to best fit in at your particular time. History is but a proving of the fitness of happenings.

This war had to come. But it will end-because IT MUST. It is all in the plan of the world.

Victor Hugo in writing of the fall of Napoleon laid no fault at the feet of the great Corsican. He simply stated that the world had become unsteadily weighted by his power and that God had to step in. Well, God did.

So now our hearts must bitterly bleed with the heart of the whole world. But we must remember that out of it all is sure to come a "new birth of freedom" of such quality that the world has never known.

Events must face their time. Just at the hour when we thought that brotherhood had somehow come around, it drew its sword. And this same sword must be sheathed. But not until after the scathing plan of the Watcher of the world has been wrought.

So it is that in faith we fight on. And we are unafraid. The end is being justified right now. This war must go on until the great heart of the world has found its balance.

And then peace-the peace of Understanding among men.

 

A PASSING TRUTH

 

It's queer, but it's so,

            Men are fashioned this way:

If you pay as you go

            They will want you to stay.

 

Y.M.C.A. Doing Its Bit For Soldiers "Over There"

 

Many American Soldiers who say they could not imagine what field service would be without the Y.M.C.A. buildings and their comforts and conveniences are wondering whether they will have the same facilities "Over There" as in the cantonments.

The Y.M.C.A. is on the job "Over There" as well as over here, and this is what Rt. Hon. David Lloyd George thinks of it:

"Few organizations have done so much in caring for the comfort and well-being of our soldiers as your associations."

"They give invaluable help to the army, and have immeasurably lightened the hardships which have to be endured by our troops."

"In recognizing the excellent work that has already been done, I should like to wish you success in that which you still propose to undertake."

 

EAST SIDERS TAKE KAISER INTO CAMP

 

Many novelties were introduced into the parades of the selective service men throughout the country on their way to railroad stations to entrain for their camps, but the boys from one of the East Side districts in New York seemed to have capped the climax.

Well up toward the head of the East Sider's column was presented the spectacle of Uncle Sam taking the Kaiser, heavily shackled, into camp.

One of the selective service men was costumed as Uncle Sam and the other dressed as the Kaiser, spiked helmet, high boots and all. Uncle Sam walked slightly in advance of the Kaiser, so as to strain the heavy, glittering handcuffs and make them visible to the thousands of spectators who laughed and cheered.

 

 

 

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