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November 26. 1917

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TRENCH AND CAMP
                                                                                     Vol. 1 No. 8

       November 26, 1917

PG. 1 (Front Page)

 

Fosdick Statement, Outlined Vindicates Convictions Held Here That Mrs. Humiston’s Vice Chargers Were Unfounded

UPTON ELEVEN, OUTLINED BY DEVENS TEAM, LOSES HARD-FOUGHT GAME BY 7-0 SCORE

            Minot, Thatcher & Co. of Ayer, Mass., otherwise known as the Camp Devens football team, scored a hard earned 7 to 0 victory over the Camp Upton eleven at the Polo Grounds Saturday afternoon.

            Devens, in addition to playing a rattling good game pf straight football, was favored by fortune with practically all the breaks. Upton fought hard and consistently from the tap of the gong, but lucked seemed against the Yaphankers.

            In the final analysis, however, it was the playing of Minot, left halfback, and Thatcher, right halfback if the Deven eleven, that prevented Upton from winning. It was Minot, former Harvard star, who zigzagged his way through the Upton team and dashed sixty yards down the field from a fake kick formation, who scored the touchdown for the New Englanders early in the second period. Palmer contributed the seventh point by kicking an easy goal. It was Minot who intercepted Upton’s forward when the Yaphankers eleven was in the shadow of the shadow of the goal posts and was bending all its energies to tie the score. It was inot who did the splendid punting for Devens.

            Thatcher—the Upton rooters called him Snatcher—intercepted five of Yaphank’s forward passes and did considerable other damage. The entire Devens team, however, had to extend itself to win the skimpy victory.

            For the greater part of the game Upton more than held its own with the New England eleven. Colbath and Blair, together with Lieut. Roth and Coach Glick all played the kind of football that usually wins games.

            Coach Glick went in at quarter and put worlds of snap and ginger onto the Upton eleven after Lieut. Paul Roth, 306th Infantry, had been injured. Lieut. Roth received severe injuries to his head and was taken to the Seney Hospital in Brooklyn.

            The line-up follows:

Camp Devens

Positions

Camp Upton

Whitney

L.E.

Hayes

Lyons

L.T.

Blagden

Weston

L.G.

Cleveland

Wiggins

Centre

Roscoe

Coolidge

R.E.

Darrin

Day

R.T.

Hirachman

Barton

R.G.

Shambelan

Robinson

O.B.

Roth

Minot

L.H.

Blair

Thatcher

R.H.

Gried

Palmer

F.B.

Colbath

                Touchdown—Minot. Goal from Touchdown—Palmer. Substitutions for Minot. Minot for Swartout, Glick for Both. Referee—Mr. Laugford, Trinity. Umpire—Mr. Butterfield, Yale. Head Linesman—Lieut. Madden, Amherst. Time of Periods—Fifteen minutes each.

 

Wants Men to Understand and Appreciate New Insurance Law

Division Judge Advocate, in Charge of Administration Here, Striving to Get the Law Understood.

            “We are not racing with other camps or striving simply to show big figured on the amount of insurance taken out. We are focusing out endeavors rather on getting each man in Camp Upton to understand just what rights he has under the new Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Insurance Law. We want the men to appreciate the importance of the new law as it affects them, and we want them to take out their insurance with a full knowledge of its provisions and workings.”

            Thus did Lieut. Col. Marion W. Howze, Judge Advocate for the 77th Division, in charge of the insurance administration in Camp Upton, signalize to a Trench and Camp representative the work which is going forward to link up all the Camp Upton soldiers with the opportunities given them by the provisions of the law.

            The work of bringing the features of the insurance law before the men has been going forward ever since Col. Howze, Private Joseph A. Lanigan, Company I, 305th Infantry, and Private Edward McLaughlin, Company D, 306th Infantry, returned from a conference in Washington at which representatives from all the cantonments were given instruction on the new law. They explained its workings to commissioned officers, who have been passing it on by lectures and talks to the men in the command under them. Personal explanations have supplemented these endeavors, the aim, as Col. Howze has states, being to have every man understand the law fully.

            Thousands of dollars in policies have been placed already. Every man in one command took out the full limit, $10,000.

 

CAMP UPTON HAS ITS OWN LITTLE RAINBOW DIVISION

Volunteer Signal Outfit at Yaphank Includes Men From Many States in its Ranks.

            Camp Upton has a Rainbow Division. Numerically it can’t compare with gallant command lately assembled in the neighboring bailiwick of Mineola under that name, but its claim to that title is as valid. The original Rainbow outfit was so named because it contained men from practically every State in the Union, making a veritable rainbow. Camp Upton’s Rainbow Division has enough States represented on its roster to make a half bow, if not a complete one.

            The new Signal Corps which recently became a part of camp, taking its place alongside the 302nd Field Signal Battalion of never-dimming fame, contains the geographical essence of the U. S. A. It is called the 321st Field Signal Battalion and is made up entirely of volunteers. Some of the States present and accounted for are Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, and West Virginia. Their sons are in the local Melting Pot on 17th Street, near Third Avenue.

            Another claim to individuality is that this new outfit contains the only two pairs of brothers in camp who enlisted for service under the same flag. There is a brace of Smiths and a duo of Rosenbergs. The members of the great Smith clan—William B. and Joseph F.—hail from Pittsburg, which furnishes about a half dozen other Signalmen, besides several whose home port of cali is in the vicinity of the City of Stogie and Steel Smoke—Steubenville, O., and Wheeling, W. Va. There is one New Yorker in the aggregation.

 

“Absolutely Without Basis in Fact and Unsupported by One Scintilla of Evidence,” Says Head of War Department Commission.
            Feelings of Upton men toward the story recently circulated by Mrs. Grace Humiston charging vice at Yaphank which have ranged from incredulous amusement to violent indignation have been finally crystalized into extreme satisfaction by the formal statement from Raymond Fosdick, Chairman of the War Department Commission of Training Camp Activities, denouncing the charges as “viciously untrue.” It is felt here that Mr. Fosdick has completely vindicated the camp’s moral tone which Dr. Robert Bagnell, of Harrisburg, Pa., during a recent visit, characterized as “surprisingly high.”

            “Conditions, of course, are not perfect, and there have been a few regrettable circumstances, but the wholesale charge of Mrs. Humiston and the innuendoes which accompanied it are viciously untrue.

            “Our men in camp and at the front are sacrificing enough as it is without being called upon to defend themselves against persons of the type of Mrs. Humiston.

`           “There seems to be no legal way just at present to proceed against Mrs. Humiston or to compel her to retract her slanderous statements.

            “A cleaner army or a finer set of young men was never mobilized under a flag.”

            Mrs. Fosdick said that Mrs. Humiston “impertinently offered her services to the War Department as a investigator to determine whether or not her previous charges were correct.”

            Those most closely in touch with camp moral conditions—Major Gen. Bell and other officers, general secretaries of the Y. M. C. A., K. of C., Jewish Welfare Board, and Y. M. C. A. heads—were convinced of the absurdity of Mrs. Humiston’s charges when they were first made. Their convictions are borne out by the Fosdick statement.

 

Rifle Range to Help Make 77th’s Marksmen

First Five Weeks on Intensive Training Finds Men Well Advanced

            Rifle practice will be started in earnest soon, when the big rifle range two miles north of the camp building area is complete. Gen. Bell is determined that his division shall be proficient with firing arms to an extent that will qualify them for the high requirements Gen. Pershing has set for American riflemen. The 77th will be in its full sense a “shootings division.”

            With the first five weeks of the intensive training course completed. Upton soldiers can be said to have advanced wonderfully along the lines prescribed in the sixteen weeks’ course.

            In machine gun manipulators, bayonet practice, bomb throwing and artillery work the British and French officers have been making progress with the officers and non-coms.

 

MOST OF SOLDIERS WILL PASS FIRST TURKEY DAY AWAY FROM BARRACK HOME

Eighty-Five Per Cent. Of Division to Be Given Thanksgiving Leave.

            Their first national holiday as soldiers in Uncle Sam’s service—Thanksgiving—will be spent by a large portion of the camp with families and friends at home, much after the manner of days gone by. The olive drab uniform brings into contrast with snow-white damask tablecloths a touch which will be a source of pride in hundreds of homes.

            Eighty-five per sent. Of the Division will be given leave of absence for the day. For the 15 per cent. Remaining in the cantonment every provision is being taken to make the day a memorable one. Mess Sergeants are busy laying out menus that will startle, and no one is to lack any of the turkey-‘n-things which distinguish Thanksgiving from other Thursdays on the calendar.

            Through the Federation on Training Camp Activities of Patchogue, co-operating with L. A. Waterman, Camp Upton representatives of the National Committee on Training Camp Activities, invitations will be given a number of men to partake of Thanksgiving bounty in homes of Patchogue, Riverhead, Moriches and other towns in this vicinity.

            No athletic programme has been framed up for the camo, because of the exodus which transfers celebration from Upton to Brooklyn, Manhattan and other widely known suburbs of Yaphank.

 

K. OF C. AUDITORIUM OPENED BY GEN. BELL

Camp Commander Commends Getting Together of Creeds Welfare Work.

            To accepting the new Knights of Columbus auditorium on Upton Boulevard for Camp Upton, Major Gen. Bell sounded the keyhole of camp welfare work in making the opening of this building for the use of everyone of the spirit which is getting all creeds together. W. G. Boyle, speaking for the Y. M. C., said also along this line that he hoped the Secretarial representatives of the Knights of Columbus and Y. M. C. A. would enjoy the same comradeship which he himself enjoyed with Father Bracken. The men were formerly in the Eastern District, Brooklyn, and now are co-operating in the work here in camp.

            Music was prominent in the evening’s programme. Before its formal beginning, the huge crowd which filled the building sang under the leadership of Max Weinstein. The 305th Infantry Band furnished enlivening music. The big musical contributions were made by Thoms Egan, the well known Irish tenor and company. The singing of Mrs. Egan was so appreciated that Major Gen. Bell led three cheers for her at the close.

            Besides Major Gen. Bell and Mr. Boyle, addresses were made by the following: Mgr. McCarthy, representing Bishop McDonald of the Diocese of Long Island; the Rev. Bernard O’Reilly, State Chaplain, K. of C.; William P. Larking, Supreme Director, K. of C.; the Rev. J. J. Donnelan, pastor of Centre Moriches; the Hon. John R. Vunk, County Judge.

            Clement B. Fenton will be in charge of the auditorium, which will be used as a service building also. It is open to all men. Two new secretaries have been added to the K. of C. staff is Thomas Grady of Woonsocket, R. I., prominent amateur theatrical producer, and Frank O’Leary of Brooklyn, former moving pictures promoter.

 

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WHEN IT COMES TO “DRAMMER,” UPTON MUST BE MENTIONED

 

THINGS DRAMATIC WILL BE BOOSTED BY UPTON PLAYERS

Charles Waylard Towne is in Camp to Help Shape up Theatrical Matters.

            As the temporary resting place of numerous New York Thespians, Camp Upton has valid claims to the title of the leading dramatic camp among the thirty-two and more homes of America‘s training soldiers.

There are sock-and-buskin activities afoot in camp of a number and size enough to keep the Dramatic Mirror covered with olive drab reflections. Company vaudeville shows, regimental productions, several of which are booked for Broadway engagement, and countless individual appearances of professional and semi-pro entertainers in Y. M. C. A. huts, K. of C. buildings and other places are included. ---- comes a camp-wide movement standarize Upton dramatics, standardize attractions and “head up” the many doings of the Knights of the Rabbits Foot.

            Charles Wayland Towne, well known author, whose biography occupies a couple of inches spaces in Who’s Who, will act in a directing and advisory capacity in settling dramatic ventures here afloat, working under the Y. M. C. A. He is now located in camp looking over prospects and has expressed sanguine hopes of the possibilities.

            His experience in promoting amateur dramatic ventures has been large. The programme which he will work on has not been definitely formulated, but will include the classification of talent, the formation of regular camp vaudeville circuits, production of Upton-written plays and direction of a Camp Upton Players selected from some of the talent in the cantonment. Musical activities will take a large place, and among other things a high grade concert company will probably be formed from the formidable array of high grade talent here.

 

Organization Formed.

            A meeting of thirteen enthusiastic show boosters was helf recently at Y. M. C. A. headquarters, W. G. Boyle presiding, and it was decided to start the real theatrical season with a series of one-act plays. An organization was started, to be known as the Camp Upton Players, and the idea of this club is to interest the dramatically inclined members of the entire camp. It is in no sense a closed corporation, but was formed simply to five the general plans shape and body.

            Among those who “joined up” as charter members were C. A. Cullen, Company A, 307th Infantry; Clement J. Burger, Company B, 305th Machine Gun Battalion; H. D. Canady, Headquarters Company, 306th Infantry; Bruce A. Ludgate jr., Ordnance Department; Thomas B. Clephone, Company B, 302d Engineers; Jerold Butts, Company K, 306th Infantry; Glenn R. Asplin, 306th F. A.; Ralph E. Senna, Company A, 305th Infantry; Joseph Daubert, Company B, 305th Machine Gun Battalion; and M. G. Backlar, Sanitary Division, 305th Infantry.

            Two well known one-act players, ‘Cox and Box,” and a piece by Richard Harding Davis, have been picked to begin work on, and parts will be assigned, seven first and seven studies, so that rehearsals may go forward immediately. A. P. Waxman, 306th F. A., will make an able coach and stage director, Lieut. Frochman, Division Printing Office, and Lieut. Calhoun, Q. M., a member of the Lambs in New York, have promised to lend assistance. The scenery will all be produced by Upton talent.

            The vaudeville end of things has been put in the capable hands of Private Henry Grossman, 307th Regiment Infirmary, whose stage name, Henry Brown is well known among the song-and-dance brethren. He will organize the talent around camp, and make it available for the circuit which is planned.

 

COMPANY I, 305TH STAGES VAUDEVILLE

            Company I of the 305th Infantry has put over recently in their barracks a most interesting programme arranged by Lieut. Schuyler, Sergts. Krausmann and Gordon and Corpl. Jones. The programme included: Icicle rag, Private Rose, Company I; vocal selections, Sergt. Volx, Company I; comedy song, Sergt. Moskowitz, Company I; recitations, Corpl. Savage, Company I; operate selections, Private Crocilto, Company I; Hebrew monologue, Private Tennbaum, Company M; songs, Private Sullivan, Company N; specialties by Corpl. Brogan, Private Greenm assisted by Corpl. Silomer.

 

Barracks-Room Ballads and Songs of Fine Worth Are Struck From Upton’s Lyres

306th Song and “Battle Hymn” of Colored Lads Among the Best Thus Far Written

            Upton’s weavers of melody are many-tongued and gifted, and they have turned their golden lyrics to numerous barrack-room ballads which provokes the whistler with their lip-tickling catchiness. One of the songs which has gained ready and wide favor is by Private Frederick Rath, Headquarters Company, 306th Infantry. It is now published in sheet form. Dedicated to Col. George Vidmer, the beloved commanding officer of the 306th, this one of Upton’s “Hits”, “Somewhere in France” is copyrighted by Jos. W. Stern and Company. The music is Rath’s as are the words which follow:

No matter where you chance to be,

In America or France, you’ll see

The same old moon shines everywhere.

But France is far away from here,

And before we see the stars appear

The moon is shining “Over There.”

So when each soldier boy goes away

To his mother and sweetheart he’ll say:

-Chorus-

“When the moon is shining somewhere in France

I’ll send a wireless to you.

I will say, ‘I’m O. K. and I’m thinking of you, too.’

Then when the moon goes sailing over the sea

It will carry my message through.

And every you see the man in the moon

He’ll bring my love and kisses back to you.”

 

Negroes Have Swinging Tune.

            Col. Moss’s colored proteges are marching these days to a regimental melody which is in a peculiar sense a battle song written and composed by Private Battle, the talented colored entertainer and composer, and Max Weinstein, Upton song director, Upton song director. This song of the 367th Infantry, “SEE IT THROUGH,” has a lyric burden which runs thus:

 

We’ve had patriotic songs that have

   been sung from coast to coast,

But now we’ve one, of which this land

   Of ours can proudle beast.

It speaks of fearless courage, to men

   both brave and true.

‘Tis the one true soldiers love to hear,

   “SEE IT THROUGH,”

 

In frontier days, the Indians called the

   Black troops “Buffalo Soldiers,”

Because in color, grit and strength they

   Fought like the Buffaloes of old,

Now we are called to the colors of our

   Nation to defend.

We are the Buffalo soldiers and you

   Bet we’ll

   “SEE IT THROUGH.”

 

Stand by your colors men,

Be stanch and true.

Fight with a purpose men,

For the old Red, White and Blue.

Keep up the spirit men.

‘Till our foes we have subdued.

Fight with a vim all our vict’ries to win.

   “SEE IT THROUGH.”

 

SUPPLY CO., 307TH

            First Class Private Tisch is tickled that he still has two men from the same company out of fifteen to partake of the coming New York events.

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Private Charles Bauman wears horseshoe chevrons. He wonders if they’ll bring him back to luck. He never shod a mule.

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            Private Faulthaber says this is a funny world. In the morning you go out and chop a tree down and at evening come in and chop it up again.

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            The Kilgus brethren wonder how they’ll get an early pass this Saturday, as they have no more grandmothers left.

 

St. Andrew’s Brotherhood Organizes Chapter Here.

            St. Andrew’s Brotherhood, an Episcopal organization of laymen, has formed a probationary chapter in camp. Plans for the chapter’s activities include the formation of a Bible class to which all churchmen in Upton will be invited. The Rev. R. S. Nichols, civilian Chaplain in charge of the worl of the Episcopal church here, has been acting in an advisory capacity.

            Officers chosen are as follows; Director, Lt. L. H. Frohman, Division Printing Officer; Vice Director, Sgt. C. D. Lethrop, Co. A, 305th Infantry; Secretary, David R. Peck, Co. K, 307th Infantry; Treasurer, Sgt. Walter F. Hoffman, 302nd Trench Motor Battery.

 

COMPANY IN EVER LIVE 307TH INFANTRY BRINGS ‘PRO’ VAUDEVILLE HERE

Private Moskowitz Turns the Trick—Other Notes From an Actor Quarter

By JAMES GRUNERT, Section P, Fifth Avenue and Eighth Street

            We will have to hand it to Company C of the 307th. They certainly have a live bunch of boys. One of the liveliest is Arthur Moskowitz, formerly in the managerial staff of the Marcus Loew circuit, and it was through his efforts that a big time vaudeville show was brought to camp Saturday night. A larger proportion of men than ever before were on pass but enough remained in the P Section of camp to crowd the barracks of Company C and to jam the Y. M. C. A., Eighth Street and Fifth Avenue.

            At the request of Private Moskowitz and the Y. M. C. A. Social Secretary, Marcus Loew, the vaudeville magnate, who is always ready and willing to help in such affairs, arranged to send some o his stars to entertain the boys who stayed in camp over Sunday. To accommodate as many as possible two shows were, given, one in Company C mess hall and the second in the Y. M. C. A., the talent going from one place to the other so quickly that no intermission marred the show for the boys.

            At Company C Hall the company machine tilled out the programme with several reels of film., operated by Moskowitz, while Private Louis Statz, who was also formerly on the Loew staff, staged the show, and at the Y. M. C. A. Mr. C. C. Moskowitz, one of Mr. Loew’s manager, took charge of the programme and with his witty remarks of introduction kept every one happy.

            And we must not fall to mention the volunteer piano, H. J. Reed, without whose valuable assistance the accompaniments would now have been and the big show would have lost much of its joy.

 

“Skirmish Line” in Demand.

            In the middle of an afternoon counter rush at the “Y” a burly corporal of the Machine Gun Battalion demanded the use of a “skirmish line” and insisted that it was necessary for immediate use in his barracks. A few minutes later a second man from the same company presented an order for seven “right about face twisters” and could not understand why the secretary dropped out of sight behind the counter. Oh, well; it’s all in a day’s work, boys!

 

Joe and Austin Aid Movies

            “Movies” are at the last a reality at Fifth Avenue and Eighth Street, and Joe Gizzen is proving his worth in running the machine on Wednesday and Friday evenings with Vitagraph feature films of a high order. And Ausin McClure accompanies the hero with a train of music that greatly adds to the enjoyment of the movie evening.

 

Volunteers Appreciated.

            Two more men on the volunteer staff of Building 35 are H. J. Reed, who is always ready to play the piano for us, and Howard Valentine, helping behinf the counter. Such service is greatly appreciated.

 

Junior League is Active.

            The “Programme for the Week” is the Y. M. C. A. at Eighth Street gives the boys something to look forward to. For every evening sees something worth while staged at this building and the hall is always filled almost bursting. A feature that is now being carried out is the Wednesday afternoon musical entertainment put on by the Junior League, at which well-known entertainers will be brought out by the league to make the half holiday pass pleasantly for the boys. And the league has also made itself responsible for a professional entertainment every Saturday evening, so that the camp will not be blue and lonesome for the boys who do not get that pass.

 

TRUMPET OUTFIT BLOWS TO TREAT

“Swipe It” Orchestra Aids Movies at the Upper J Y. M. C. A., Hut

By A. D. ALYEA, J Section, d and 14th.

            The frequenters of the Upper J Y. M. C. A. were afforded a rare treat Wednesday evening. At the invitation of the Building Secretary, Mr. Starkey, the Edna White trumpet quartette of Brooklyn, an organization of nation-wide reputation, volunteered to furnish the boys with the best they had. Their “best” was certainly of the superfine variety and was enthusiastically appreciated by the men who crowed the hall and encored their numbers again and again.

 

Hospital Talent Mobilization.

            It is reported that under the leadership of Maxwell Klein the dramatic and musical talent of the base hospital is organizing itself. The rumor is that this talent will in the near future put on all evening’s programme staging of a one-set play at the Upper J Y. M. C. A.

 

“Swipe—It” Orchestra Aide Movies.

            The bi-weekly movies at the Upper J Y. M. C. A. are being supplemented by a “swipe it” orchestra composed of banjo-mandolin, guitar, violin, ‘cello and piano. The dulcet strains of this combination seem to add considerably to the evening’s enjoyment.

            As there is considerable musical talent at Upper J an orchestra and a banjo-mandolin club are being formed and will soon hold regular practice. If there is any undiscovered musical geniuses in this section of the camp they are urged to leave their names at the desk (Y. M. C. A., 14th Street and 2d Avenue) where they will be given further instruction.

 

SIGNAL CORPS MEN ARE SAID TO SNORE BY A FIXED CODE.

            So thoroughly are the men of the 302d Field Signal Battalion learning the lessons of their craft that they are said to snore according to a regular code which has been worked out by Chief Snorer H. Crawford of Company B.

            All members of the corps are living by signal. The cooks are waving their arms, pots, pans and ladies like Hula-hula dancers—or Private Charles Gordon. Even in the darkness of the sleeping chamber signals rule, radio watches waving in all directions.

            Some distinction has fallen to the wigwaggers’ lot for having the most complete Irish row in camp, and the boys are proudly boasting that it will take the Irish to beat the Dutch. In Company B there is a Wild Irish Avenue, with the following present and accounted for: Curran, O’Brien, McSorley, Brynes, Kelly, Crawford, Jackson and Giler, the last three0named Hibernians despite the English flatness of their names.

 

HOPE HELD HERE THAT IT’S NOTTHE GERMAN VARIETY.

            “The best we can hope is that they’re not German measles,” was the expression from one of the boys left behind when he learned the news that 500 of the selected men recently transferred from here to Camp Gordon, Atlanta, Ga., had been exposed to that popular malady of childhood.

            A telegram was received in Atlanta just before the arrival of the troop train bearing the Yaphankers saying that they had been exposed, and they were met by a corps medical officers and hospital ambulances. Each man was thoroughly inspected, and all who showed any signs of developing measles were transferred to the base hospital to be isolated pending observation.

            Those in Upton who remember the departure of their late comrades on a rainswept day are surprised that it’s (or are?) measles. They were prepared to expect an outbreak of water on the knee or seasickness.

 

Artillery Officers Enjoy Evening at M Y. M. C. A. Hut.

            Artillery officers, headed by Brig. Gen. Barrett, enjoyed an evening of music and fellowship. David Hochstein, violin virtuoso, accompanied by Frank Bibb, Hdq. Co., 305th F. A., surprised themselves with a splendid programme, which was enthusiastically received. Capt. Doyle, Batt. R., 304th F. A., proved his ability as a leader of sturdy songs in a get-together around the big fireplace.

 

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SPORTS ON N. Y. A. C. DAY WILL HAVE MILITARY FLAVOR

 

Yaphankers Will Hurl Hand Grenades and Go Over Top When Division’s Soldier-Athletes Rally at Smith’s Field

Large Entry List for New York Athletic Club Day; Biggest Sport Event Held Here.

            Smith’s Field on Saturday, Dec. 1, will fell the tread of athletes mighty whose prowess will be demonstrated before what is expected to be one of the largest crowds yet assembled in camp. The occasion will be the Divisional Track Meet, central event of New York Athletic Club Day, as that day will be known officially. Prizes and encouragement of other kinds have been offered by that club.

            A huge entry list is anticipated, as most of the events allow a large class of participants. All entries are to come through the hands of regimental athletic officers, and are being sent to B. F. Bryant, Y. M. C. A. headquarters. No man may compete in more than one individual race and one relay or team race. Entries must be in by 6 P. M. Wednesday, Nov. 28.

            The events have all been arranged with a special regard for their influence on the physical equipment necessary for specialized military exercise. Following is a list:

                        List of Events.

            Hundred-yard dash, in regulation uniform; no track shoes to be allowed.

            Equipment Race, 75 yards and return—Shoes are put on at 10-yard mark, leggings at 35-yard mark, coat at 65-yeard mark, rifle taken at 60-yard mark, return to finish and stand at attention.

            Rescue Race, 60 yards and return—No. 1 man of each team advances on signal to 60-yeard line. When gun is fired No. 1 man drops to ground and No. 2 man, the rescuer, advances to the starting mark; when gun is fired the second time the rescuer foes “over the top” and returns to starting mark with No. 1 man. This race is considered an individual race.

            Hurdle and Obstacle Race, 220 yards—In this race no company may enter more than one man, and each regiment or respective unit may enter but five men.

            Hand Grenade Contest (regulation throw over 6-foot blind and distance of 75 feet)—Each man to have three throws. Grenade landing in trench will count three points; striking outside and rolling in shall count one point. Each regiment or respective unit may enter thirty men.

            Medicine ball race, twenty-five yards, teams of twenty-five yards, teams of twenty-five men each. Ball starts at front of line and is passed or rolled between legs to the last man, who runs to front of line with ball and passes ball through his legs to the line again, as each man runs with ball the line moves back one space; the ball must pass between each man’s legs on each passing down the line. Prizes to winning team.

            Flag relay race, fifty yards, twenty mean to each team. Ten men from each team start at teach end of the course. At the starting gun No. 1 man from each team runs to No. 2 man at opposite end of course, No. 2 man returns flag to No. 3 man and so on until each man has run his fifty yards. Each regiment and respective unit may enter five team in this and the medicine ball race.

            Cross-country run, four miles. Start at Smith Field to 19th Street, south on 19th Street to Second Avenue, east on Second Avenue to First Street, north to Fifth Avenue, west to 19th Street, south to Jefferson Avenue, west to Smith’s Field, circle field once to finish line. Eight men shall constitute a team, and the first five to finish on each team shall count in the scoring of points. Each regiment and respective unit may enter as many teams as possible.

            There will be cups given to the regiment and company scoring the most points.

 

Everybody’s Friend.

            Private Axlerod of the 25th Company, 152d Depot Brigade, is out idea of a diplomat. He has been advertising his prowess with the mitts ever since he came to camp, possibly in the hope that his fellows would take him at his word and let him live the quiet life. After a while, however, the challenges began to come in, when Private Axlerod gently but firmly insisted that he was a friend of everybody and didn’t want to lose any of his friends just yet.

 

            Among the ironies of camp life was the letter from a mother to her son after he had just received his service shoes, telling him: “Your rubbers are coming to you by this mail. Be sure and wear them whenever you go out in the rain.”

 

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(IMAGE to left – Lieut. Darrin, REGIMENTAL ATHLETIC DIRECTOR)

302d ENIGINEERS FOOTBALL SQUAD….

            Standing, Left to Right—Sergt. Mulcan, R. H.; Sergt. Royer, F. B.; Corpl. Amuduce, line; Private Crocker Reich, L. G.; Corpl. Berglin, line; Corpl. Humphreys, back; Corpl. Drexel, line; Corpl. Glenzing, L. E.; Lieut. Ryan, Coach; Lieut. Piersoon, Manager.

            Kneeling, Left to Right—Private Field, line; Corpl. Cmith, back; Sergt. Extrand, line; Corpl. Bingle, line; Sergt. Bleier, Q. B. amd Captain; Corpl. Gilman, back; Private Hernandez, line; Corpl. Doerr, R. T.; Private Glenn, R. G.; Corpl. Colby, R. E.; Private Norman, back; Private Myers, back; “Lieut.” Greene, son of Capt. Greene, mascot.

 

Unbeaten Engineers Bank on Tecord To Bring Game With Fort Champ

            Upton’s Engineers, with foal lines uncrossed as yet by local soldier-gridmen, look like strong contenders for the honor of playing the champion eleven of New York Fort Leagues, a game toward which the present football elimination schedule here is pointing.

            The “sapping and mining” gentlemen have won a quartet of arguments, as follows: 306th Infantry, 10-0; 307th Infantry, 27-0; Field Artillery, 42-0; They are negotiating for a Thanksgiving contest, which will probably align them against the Yale Naval Reserves in the Yale Bowl on Turkey Day. Lieut. Darrin, old Carlisle star, as regimental athletic officer, has been working hard to make pennant grabbers of his associates; while Lieut. Dyer and Ryan, as coaches, have been responsible for helping develop a strong machine.

 

CO. C, 308TH, FINDS B MEN MEAT, ARE HUNGRY FOR MORE

            Infantry Companies B and C stages their first indoor baseball game on the company street and the result was neber in doubt from the first inning. Among the features of the game was a home run by Higgins of C company. Mertz’s all around work both in the field and at bat work both in the field and at bat was worthy of commendation. The infield play was smooth and the outfield surpassed all previous expectations. Not to be out done the battery stood up well under fire when the occasion demanded. Baldwin must be figured when record time comes and the earned runs are tabulated. C company lineip: Hayden, catcher; Baldwin, pitcher; Hogan, first base; Rooney, second base; Mertz, short stop; Goldstein, third base; Higgins, center field; Meyers and Greenwald, left field; Guildin, right field.

Score by innings:

Team

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

Total

B Co.

0

1

0

0

2

0

0

3

C Co.

7

0

0

4

3

2

.

16

 

Co. K, 305th, Soccerites, Win; Want to Meet Other Teams

            In what provide to be one of the most exciting soccer games of the season, Company K of the 305th Infantry, triumphed over the Machine Gun Company of the 305th Infantry by the score of 3 to 1. Although losing at half time, Company K rallied and Frank Kay shot the equalizer while Quinlan and McCarten added the winning goals.

            Company K challenges any company team in Camp Upton. For information see Corpl. Frank Kay, Captain of Soccer Team.

 

CYCLISTS PUT PONDS OF “OOMPH” INTO EFFORTS; NO ADVANCES REPORTED

            A novel form of athletic competition has been going forward in the 305th Infantry, in the bicycle race six days and more. Since the competition started among the companies of the 1st Battalion there has been no forward progress, but a tremendous amount of muscle energy has been expended in the contest, and theoretically the cyclists have covered thousands of miles of territory. A home-trainer racing apparatus which moves but doesn’t advance, like the Germans on the west front, has been used. It consists of a ack across which are hung three heavy rollers. The bicycle wheels drive these when revolving, and under the treazied pedaling of contestants some few revolutions have been noted. There is talk of carrying the competition here and there over camp and resolving itself into an inter-regimental affair with prizes.

            The apparatus was loaned by Vito Sestone, holder of the Philadelphia-to-New York cycling record.

DEPOT BRIGADE

            When it comes to importing Big Time talent for the delectation of the Depot Brigadiers, Sergt. Shanley, 3d Co., has no peers. His entertainment of recently, with luminous lights from right off Broadway, is still getting the gaps. The Sergeant knows ‘em all.

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            The Depot boys welcomed their talented brothers from the 306th Field Artillery when they brought some of the Shrapnel’s best to the “L” Y. M. C. A., 19th Street, Carl Reisland, cornetist, formerly with the New York Symphony; Kelly and Griffin, who used to play all the large centres, in an intimitable sletch, were leaders in the programme. Corpl. Carney, 11th Co., D. B., pulled a big haud with his “dope” song and others. Sergt. Fisher’s band and straiged orchestra, 30th F. A., had ‘em all whistling through their teeth.

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            Big details are grubbing themselves calloused on the raw earth back of the Depot outfit, sometimes known as the Perpetual Motive Brigade, will soon be read.

 

FOOTBALL ELIMINATION MOVES MERRILY APACE.

Four Games Played—306th Doughboys Are in From Rank.

            The 306th Infantry is coming into the forefront fo the interregimental football elimination competition following the new schedule recently arranged. Lieut. Hayes, a Colgate star of recent vintage, has whipped a real bunch of fighters into shape, and they are full of fight and fervor for the contest with the 302d Engineers, is which will be seen the two camp teams with the strongest records to date. The 306th doughboys, in a contest marked by keen rivalry, have worsted their infantry confreres of the 308th, as another notch on their gun butts.

           

WRESTLERS HITTING MAT IN THE INFANTRY SECTION.

            The wresters are going to the mat these days with some force, and Captain Dodge’s fine mat is seeing services ‘somewhere on Long Island nearly every night. The stunt night of the “Y” hut, 5th and 8th, the 308th Regiment show, the Machine Gun celebration, Headquarters Company racket, and numerous other company nights in the barracks have been featured by thrilling grappling bouts. The other night Peter Greimer and Young Forbman had a strenuous wresting match, and Abraham Monkowsky tried conclusions with Michael Paptadakis. Papp as referee had his hands full, but the house agreed with his decision. Onesta, out Iron Jaw man, wrestled with twenty chairs and a table in his teeth—the trenches have no terrors for Onesta. And Young McCarthy equaled Onesta’s horse shoe stunt by breaking one by hand.

 

MACHINE GUN BATT.

            The smoker given by Company C of the Machine Gun Battalion, was quite a success. The boys are not giving us the programme, because they want to pull it at the Y as a surprise, but we got hold of a couple of their parodies which were mighty goo. Try this on your piano—we know how it feels.

 

OVER THERE.

Underwear, underwear,

Itching here, itching there, everywhere

  On a frosty morning,

It may be warning,

  But when the sun begins to shine,

That underwear under there

  Begins to scratch and to rub and to tear.

Now, will you tell me will you please

   Tell me.

How to stand at ‘tention,

  Itchless under there.

 

“ON AGIN, OFF AGIN”—BOOM BOXERS.

            At the athletic stunt night, Roy Male put a new one across on the boys! A couple of high horses were brought in and a fifteen-foot log slung between them, some eight feet above the mat. “Boom” boxing was the sport of the evening, and the crowds certainly got their money’s worth of fun. You can’t get hurt and you have los of fun boxing that way and plenty of spills.

            Sergt. Major Convington of the British Army, who is at Camp Upton instructing the troops, entertained during the evening with his fund of stories and kept the boys a roar.

 

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