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February 18 1918


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 Washington's Birthday Will Be a Big One for Upton With Parade and Ball in New York
Funds Raised to Transport Seven Thousands Troops to March, and Thousands of Others will Shake Their Feet at Biggest Dance Ever.

 

From all advance inklings, the natal day of George W. will see big Upton doin'g in New York. The recent parade of the 308th n Fifth Avenue and other rues so stimulated the soldier and civilian appetite for parading that funds have been raised o transport 7,000 Camp Upton fighters fir the biggest parade of National Army men yet attempted . George W. Loft, Chairman of the Mayor's Committee on National Defense, was named Chairman of committee to raise the coin for fares, and the State Assembly recognized the value of the effort by passing a special resolution is recommending it. This was heartily endorsed by Gov. Whitman, whose enthusiasm for Upton troops was expressed in a letter recently sent Gen. Johnson.

It has been decided, however, that only two regiments can go to New York.

The big topic here has been "Who will go?" and every man to the last K.P. in the division has been polishing even his legging hooks, hoping for special recognition of his parade possibilities.

In addition to the paraders there will be 13,000 or so men traveling into town to Terpsichore at the big military ball in Seventh Regiment Armory for the benefit of the Camp Upton Community Hall. Part of this crowd will go in on Thursday, it has been announced, and the rest Friday, to remain till Sunday. Col. C. O. Sherrill of the Engineers is in charge of arrangements, and tickets are being ordered by units as large as regiments. Gen. Johnson will lead the grand march with Mrs. Whitman, wife of the Governor. Additional ball tickets meant for friends will be marked "civilian tickets" in order not to confuse the railroad transportation.

 

DR. BUTLER OF COLUMBIA AMONG BOOKING NEXT WEEK AT AUDITORIUM

Division Athletic Night and Regimental Boxing Among Attractions.

 

President Nicholas Murray Butler of Columbia University, with an official lecturer, is one of the notable events for the coming week at the Y.M.C.A. Auditorium.

Among other bookings are the following: Monday, 3P.M. presentation Regimental Sing Song Trophy to, 308th Infantry, Col. N.K. Averill; 7:30, Division Athletic Night, with Benny Leonard. Tuesday, 9:30-11:30 A.M., semi-finals, First Btn, 307th, boxing; 2-6 P.M., 306th Regiment boxing finals: 7:30, big free show by Depot Brigade. Wednesday, 9-11 A.M., battalion boxing semi-finals, 307th Infantry; 4:15 P.M., lecture by Dr. Butler; 730, Hdq. Co., 307th, benefit concert. Thursday, athletic night. Friday, feature films. Saturday, feature films.

 

TRADITION IN BOOM OF FIRST SUNSET CANNON

Sergeant Fired Civil War Gun, Closing Thirty Years' Service.

 

Traditions are what National Army men, to a very large extent, are making for themselves. Except for certain age -honored usages of the American Military life which becomes absorbed by a rookie unconsciously, there is no playing up of Times Past, Has Been Stuff or Glories of the Dead Beyond. However, occasionally an echo floats across the newly fledged copse and plains of Upton that is redoient of the days when Washington crossed the Delaware, when Grant crossed the -well, you know.

It was more then an echo, too, when Sergt. Oscar W. Bates, thirty years in the American Army, fired the camps first sunset gun across the barracks roofs, shining in a late afternoon sun. For the gun which the veteran Sergeant shot was built in 1862 and went through the Civil War. It was changed from muzzle to breech loader at the Rock Island Arsenal and brought to Upton, where it now smites the ears of metropolitan divisioners at reveille and retreat. Sergt. Bates retired the other day after his long term of service. He was in the Philippines and served in the Coast Artillery on the Pacific. He was attached to the Ordnance Corps here, coming from Fort Mansfield, R.I., when the camp opened. He turned the gun over to the Headquarters Troop after his initial pull of the lanyard, and the troopers will see that the boom from Headquarters Hill sounds forth twice a day.

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DIVISION OFFICERS GUESTS OF FRENCH MISSION AT DISTINGUISHED CONCERT

Society of Ancient Instruments Play French Music of 17th Century.

 

No more perfectly fitting manner could have been chosen to express the spirit of warm gratitude held by the officers of the French mission toward their brother officers of the Metropolitan Division than the concert by the French artists which division officers enjoyed recently in the Y.M.C.A. Auditorium. The Society of Ancient Instruments, which played , symbolized French musical traditions in a way that has secured them fame throughout the highest musical realms, and the auspices of the affair were significant further of the brotherhood which exists between horizon blue and olive drab. Lieut. Pierre Geismar, automatic rifle instructor from the 128th French Infantry, arranged the concert. Capt. Raymond M. Thibaud. senior office of the mission and artillery expert of the 20th French Artillery, made a short speech of welcome to the company, which included Gen. Johnson and other officers high in command. Capt. Thibaud was given a hearty cheer which went also to his associates. The 308th ban played " La Marseillaise," "The Star Spangled Banner" and "God Save the King," the company standing throughout. Members of the British mission were present. Mme. Raymonde Delaunois, French soprano of the Metropolitan, assisted the artists.

Their work was on instruments of the seventeenth century-the quinton, viole d'amour, viole de gambe, basse de viole, clavecin and harpe luth. M. Henri Casadesus, founder of the society, of which Camille Saint-Saens is Honorary President, led in presenting the following numbers: Le Pays du Tendre (Destouches, 1672-1749), Suite en Quatre Parties (Lorenziti, 1714-1794), Ballet de la Royne (Monsigny, 1729-1817). Moving pictures of the French Army in training in action were shown.

 

FAREWELL, REV. YOUNG.

 

The men of the 305th Infantry bade a hearty Godspeed to Rev. T. Basil Young when he left the Y.M.C.A. work here for Governor's Island to be examined for an army chaplaincy. He had planned to go to France in Y.M.C.A. work, but has modified his plans. At the farewell services Corpl. Handy, Headquarters Company, played Meditations from "Thais" on the violin and Sergt. Stell rendered "My Old Kentucky Home" on the cello.

 

DIVISIONAL REVIEW THRILLS VISITORS

Assistant Secretary of War and Chief of Staff U.S.A. Praise Upton Men.

 

High tribute was paid officers and men at Upton by Assistant Secretary of War Benedict Crowell and Major Gen. John Biddle, acting chief of Staff of the United States Army, after they, in company with Brig. Gen. Evan M. Johnson, acting Commander of this camp, had watched the Metropolitan Division pass in review.

In the review were the 302d Engineers, 153d and 154th Infantry Brigades, 152d Artillery Brigade, 304th, 305th and 306th Machine-Gun Battalions and Trench-Mortar Battalion. The commands marched in company formation and considerable time was required for the large body of men to pass the reviewing officers. Every soldier looked his smartest and marched his best. The review was a huge success, reflecting great credit upon both officers and men.
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                                               Incredible Transformation.

After the last command had passed, Assistant Secretary Crowell said: "I saw these same men marching to the railroad station to start for this camp last fall. If I had not witnessed this marvelous transformation from these undisciplined civilians to these splendidly trained soldiers I would not have believed such a change humanly possible."

Assistant Secretary Crowell, Major Gen. Biddle and Brig. Gen. Johnson later attended the formal dedication of the 367th Infantry's auditorium, the largest building at Upton seating 5,000 persons and erected by the sale bonds by the colored soldiers in the regiment and donations from friends of the regiment.

Col. J.A. Moss, commanding the 367th, presided at the dedicatory exercises and introduced the speakers. Both Mr. Crowell and Gen. Biddle made inspiring speeches, as did Gen. Johnson and Brig. Gen. William H. Hay, commanding the 184th Infantry Brigade, of which the regiment is a part. A number of distinguished colored men attended and spoke, among them being Emmett J. Scott, special advisior to Secretary Baker on the welfare of colored troops throughout the country.

Under the leadership of Max Weinstein, the 367th Regiment singers rendered "Roll, Jordon Roll!" "Old Black Joe," "The Long Trail" and "See It Through," the regimental song. Assistant Secretary Crowell said he never heard such splendid chorus singing before in any of the many camps he has visited.

 

Battery A, 304th, Pulls a New York Ovation

 

Battery A, 304th field Artillery, must be counted in when ovations to National Army men in New York are under discussion. Led by the regiment's band, Sergt. Dolphini leader, the mud crushers were ovated from the Harvard Club to Delmonico's the other day on their appearance in the Neighbor Suburb.

They were guests of the Harry B. Harris Estate at the Hudson Theatre in the evening and had a midnight party at the McAlpin, with supper and all the rest, star vaudeville, boxing and other fixings.

 

CASLAR'S BAND FETED.

 

The band of the 152d Depot Brigade, which Sergt. Dan Caslar has whipped into remarkable shape, was given a full sized party at Reisenweber's, New York, recently, through the regard held there for Sergt. Dan. He waved the baton for the Reisenweber's musicians seven years hand-running, and his band men, after the fete of the other evening, are mighty glad he did. The Paradise Room-how does that sound to you, Oliver?- was where the musicians gathered, an the complete dinner was occasionally diverted by music from the brigadiers under the Sergeant's compelling magic wand.

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LITTLE SHAVERS FROM NEW YORK LIKE IT HERE

And They Were Liked, Too, These Clever Little Lads in Minstrelsy

 

What proved to be one of the camp's real novelties was supplied in a minstrel show by the Cathedral Boys' Club attached to St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York, which came to camp at its own expense and performed in K. of C. Hall. The boys gave an excellent programme and were rewarded repeatedly not only with applause, but whistles and cheers. The club  is under the direction of Rev. John M. Quinn, who was called upon for two encores when he sang a new Irish ballad, which proved a big favorite. After the show, sixty cots and 200 blankets were issued, and the young minstrel men turned in at the auditorium.

The clever little shavers have given performances at many of the large camps and entertained at various institutions. Their operations are quite varied, as witness the words of one little fellow questioned at the Hostess House: "Sure," he piped, "we go to Sing Song and lots of this kind of places."

On Sundays the K. of C. main building is becoming the Mecca of the fair visitors to camp who have a fondness for the dance and music, jazz, martial or sentimental. The reason is found in the fact that the bands which favor at the Upton Boulevard K. of C. are not only able to charm with their melodies, but turn out tunes that put the spirit of the dance into the tiredest pair of "kicks."

On last Sunday the concert beginning at 2 o'clock was given by the 304th Field Artillery, under the leadership of Sergt. Andrew Dolphini, and was loudly applauded when it harked back to the "Red Mill" and selections  from some of the favorites of the vintage 1908. In the evening, until 8 o'clock, when Secretary Grady sounded retreat, the large floor space in the auditorium was more than comfortably crowded ith dancers, who wheeled around under the watchful eyes of visiting mothers and doting maiden aunts. One remarkable sight was provided by some score of the couples who are regular residents of Upton and did not care how much they stepped on each other's "doughboys." In fact, there were so many couples in the O.D. that it is being whispered around the K. of C. is thinking seriously of running a "stag" dance.

On Monday evening the 305th M. G.B. started the week with two hard fought games and used the hall again on Wednesday night when the men turned out to cheer their officers when they heroically went down before the machine of the 304th M.G.B. officers to the score of 15 to 10. On the same night the 305th team beat the 304th 15 to 9 in their second game routed the spirited quintet from the 307th Infantry by 36 goals to 21.

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306th Battalion

 

The recent show at the Cort Theatre was a riot of success, putting it mildly, and the members of the mitrailleuse outfit will carry the rattle of it with them to the firing posts. Miss Eldora Stanford opened the part, and act followed act until nearly midnight. Here are some of the stars: Sophia Kasimir, Al Piantadosia, Blanche Bellair, Al Wilson, Norton and Leonard, Perfect 36 chorus from "Flo Flo." Barney Bernard, Grace La Rue, Joliet, Harry Cooper, Gertrude Rose, Mlle. Dazie, Layman and Chaulsea and the New Orleans Jazz Band, Handus and Millis.

A competitive machine gun drill, with Companies A, B, and C after the honors, was the last interesting feature. Major Hayward, machine gun expert of the british mission, gave C the decision on general excellence.

 

304th Battery Gunners.

 

Basketball still holds the predominant place among activities in this battalion. Companies A and C, each having won two and lost none, are tied for first honors. The balance of the schedule is being played off at the Fifth and Eighth Y hut. The winner will play the 305th and 306th champs for the battalion supremacy.

The preliminaries of the boxing tournament have been started and the gunner are on edge for the fray.

 

From the 305th Battalion

 

Company A scored another basketball victory on the K. C. Hall floor recently, trimming the 302d Supply Train, 32 to 15. Though only begun a few weeks ago A's five has played consistently and hasn't known defeat yet. Any company team wanting a game may communicate with Private Fisher at the barrack, 4th and 11th. Hanzinger, star centre, has been caging a majority of the baskets. The music of the 308th Infantry Band and 305th Machine Gun Battalion Orchestra livened things. Private Forest. Company A, and Private McKenna, Company C, 305th Machine Gun Battalion, sang solos. Company A-Forwards, Fischer and Brockie; centre, Hanzinger; guards, Glasser and McKenna. Supply Train-Forwards, Berger and Harrison; centre, Cox; guards, Kern and Schloss.

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ENTERTAINERS MOVED

 

Some of Company L, 307th's entertainers, have been transferred to the Depot Brigade, and their late comrades want to let them know how much their endeavors in making the way brighter were appreciated. They were known in all of the 307th barracks. Here they are: Privates Frank Shannon, Samuel Ury, Lawrence Guinney and Arnold Pickrodt.

 

COMPOSER IN THE 308TH BAND

 

Phillip James, noted composer, is now a corporal in the 308th Infantry band and is playing the saxophone. Corp. James's songs are being sung by some of the greatest singers, among them Mme. Alma Gluck, Miss Mabel Garrison, Metropolitan Opera Company, and Mme. Galli-Curci and George Hamilton, the Chicago Opera Company.

 

SOLDIER CHORUSES VIE IN QUALITY STYLE AT REGIMENTAL SING-SONG.

308th Infantry Takes Trophy First Time, With 30th Its Rivals.

 

Two hundred men sang in each of the infantry choruses. The 306th, led ably by Sergt. Walter Hechtman, made a splendid showing and were fine in the manner of their presentation. They marched with snap and precision to their places and sang with the same qualities marking their work. Lieut. B Meredith Langstaf Co. I, led the 308th men to victory. Their expression and shading were especially high grade, showing the results of painstaking training. Mr. Walter Bartholomew, who had had experience in camp singing overseas and is now song director for the National War Water Council, Y.M.C.A., announced in his judge's decision that the balance of the 308th was one of the marks of their singing and said his task of judge was made especially hard by the work of Col. Vidmer's men and the spirited singing of the Sanitary Train. The award to the 308th was made strictly o te asis of the competition rules. They gave twenty-five points each for shading, harmony, articulation and tone color. According to Charles W. Towne of the Y.M.C.A., who is directing the song competitions a change in the rules will be made before the next contest, and the revised regulations will be given early publication in Trench and Camp.

Enthusiastically received as part of the programme in the sing-song were violin numbers by Sergt. David Hochstein, and vocal numbers by Miss Hasbrouck of New York. Sergt. Hochstein played, with characteristically masterful bowing and power. Raff's Cavatina and Kreisler's Caprice Viennoise, and played an obligato for the singer's rendition of Elegie by Massenet.

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302D AM. TR. SHOW GETS ROUND AFTER ROUND

 

"Our First Big Hit" was the telling cover on the programmes for the 302d Ammunition Train's benefit vaudeville in the Y Auditorium recently. The cover -by Private Light, Company A- was clever and different and so was the show-different from many benefits known hereabouts. It went a long way to redeem the reputation of the "pay show" as it was a big quarters worth. Amelia Bingam headlined the bill with her company in a scene from "Sans Gene" and there were nine good vaudeville acts.

The train's function is to keep the boys at the font supplied with the ammunition, and the outfit's ability to supply such was proven by the "round after round" of applause in the show. Lieut. Col. A.F. Prescott, commanding the ammunitioners, appointed the following committee to handle the entertainment: Capt. William D. Sherman, Company D;  A.C. Koch, Company B; Capt. F.X. Hennessy, Company A; Lieut. Blanchard, Company A, and Lieut. Roger Fuller, Battalion Adjutant. The Medical Quartet from the 152d D.B. was a hit, and the news movie showing troops here in camp on the march was recieved with the accustomed soldier enthusiasm.

 

IDES OF MARCH TO DAWN SOON PUGILISTICALLY

Division Boxing Starts- 306th Has Put on Some Rattling Fights.

 

Benny Leoard is working from sun to sun- and by moonlight- these days getting things shaped for the division boxing tourney which they will begin about the middle of March, and bring the Ides of March to many aspiring Upton pug. From the platoon to the regiment, an aspirant will fight his way in the various classes to the right to meet others as himself before the howling, shouting mobs that will pack the Y Auditorium for the affairs. There are to be six classes, as follows: 125 pounds and under, featherweight; 125-135, light weight; 135-145, welterweight; 145-160, middleweight; 160-175, light heavyweight, and over 175 pounds, heavyweight.

Several regiments, notably the 307th and 306th Infantries, have been practicing fistic preparedness by holding regimental championships before the division one starts. The results don't count on Mr. Leonard's party, but the regiments are fighting wise by now and should figure close to the top. The 30th bats over the finals Tuesday in the Y Auditorium. The results of the last semi-finals were interesting, with the Third Battalion fighting the Special Companies. One of the gamest fights was between Blackburn, Company L, and Kaplan, Headquarters, in the featherweight department. Kaplan sprained his ankle in the first round but stuck to the finish, and both boys were on the verge of scoring knockouts several times, but rallied strong. Blackburn got the decision. The other goes were equally good and resulted thus: 145 pounds, Keny, Headquarters Company, beat Parisi, Company L, in four rounds; heavyweight, Joe Gaddi, Company L, National Amateur Champ, got Duffy, Headquarters Company, in three rounds; 135 pounds, Senk, Company L, won from Hynes, Company M, by default. The boxing bayonet movie film, secured by Capt. Frank Glick, will be shown at the 30th finals Tuesday.

 

302D F.S.B. BOX

 

Company C, 302d F.S.B., had an evening of boxing in their barracks recently under the direction of Sergt. Lewis. There were five bouts and all were hummers. Whitehead vs. O'Neil; Josephs  took on Dillon; Patalio tackled Fredericks, and Corr engaged himself with Middleman. The star bout of the evening was Tony Perrone, old-timer, against Buck Urwood in 3 two-minute rounds. Some speedy going! The bouts were refereed by Corpl. Cannon. The 302d F.S.B. promise to put on a night at the upper J Y.M.C.A. on the 21st and several bouts will feature.

 

Nellie Takes French Leave From Hospital And Fear She Was "Spurlos Versen kt"

Fitted in With Soldier Life and Was Getting Along Nicely Too.

 

Has any one seen Nellie? Nellie was the official mascot of Barracks 1-5 at the Base Hospital, being carried on the rolls as Nellie Joslyn, and a brilliant career was predicted for her in the army. But now the Knights of the Pill will have to struggle along without a friendly wag of the tail from Nellie, for she did not wait to see weather she would go to France. She took French leave.

Nellie was a kind of mastiff, and then again she wasn't. She was a cross between an overgrown terrier and underdone lion, with the pugilistic undershot jaw of a bulldog but a more intellectual forehead that a bulldog's. She was given by an acquaintance to Jack Joslyn, the popular speed demon of the Base Hospital, who drives one of the fast racing tracks.

For a couple of weeks Nellie led the carefree happy life of Riley. She was always the first up at reveille and in recognition of her promptness Sergt. Reider Trygstad speedy put her on the roll, and her name was called every morning. During the day she would go for joy rides on Jack's truck, standing up behind him with her horepaws on the side and a sharp eye on the road. At night, tired out by a hard day's work, Nellie would relax in a little wrestling bout with Jock, and then to sleep on whatever cot was handiest.

During all this time Nellie displayed the most model behavior . She always had a friendly sniff for everybody, and was never known to give back talk to a Sergeant. Apparently no other person in the world had quite the fascination for her that Jock had; he might have been the President, so far as Nellie was concerned.

But presently she began to get restless and took to sleep-walking. Perhaps she had the wonderlust. Any how, one day-Jock doesn't exactly know how, or when, or where-Nellie just dropped out of sight- was "spurlos versenkt." If she reappears Nellie, having been absent from roll call nine days without leave, faces court martial as a deserter, an no telling what havoc might be wrecked in military jurisprudence if a lady of Nellie's accomplishments were allowed to take the stand in her own behalf.
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                                                               New Gymnasium Ready

The demand for iodine has been unusually strong lately, which is making some statement. The new "gym" did it. Plans are under way to make Tuesday the social evening at the base, if only to remind every one here that bumped noses and pills are not the sum total of living. Permission has been obtained, through co-operation with Major Jay D. Whitham, to have camp bands play here Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays. This will take a heavy burden from the hospital phonographs. Already the musicianry of the 306th and 307th Infantry Regiments have "omm-pahed" their way into the hearts of patients and hospital staff.

Miss Amelia Bingham, famous actress, and a company of three gave a splendid entertainment recently.

Also, as a diversion on one of the boxing evenings, "Nut" McManus rib tickled with his dances and facial contortions. Come again, Mac.

 

Four Months Ago These Banders Stole Off to Woods; Now They've Passed Up Insects and Play Right Out (Contributed)

 

A little over four months ago a handful of raw recruits started out from the Headquarters Company barracks of the 306th Infantry carrying, mysterious black cases of assorted shapes and sizes. Furtively they hurried away and disappeared in the woods which skirted the north of Camp Upton. All through the day strange sounds emanated from out of the wilderness-violent, forbidding sounds that terrorized curiosity seekers into hasty retreat. Also-so the story goes-the reason the woods for miles and miles around are now so devoid of wild (Long Island) animals is that the wild animal population dared not remain "with in sound of the guns."

A mystery? Yes, a mystery that once was baffling. But not now. Ask any man in the 306th Infantry and he'll tell you-with a just pride- that the handful of men were the pioneer members of "our" band, bravely striving to manufacture sweet sounds cut of brand-new instruments and achieving mostly sour ones.

But that was long ago. To-day no a single discord finds its way out of the musical mouths of these same instruments-proving there was nothing wrong with the instruments. So, the bandsmen no longer steal away to the quiet of the woods to play for birds and insects. Now they rehearse in their own band room and play right out before the soldiers- and frequently in New York-without fear of hostile attack.

                                                                 Wins Praise in Village.

The 306th Infantry band is the pride and joy of the regiment-and justly so, for it is considered one of the best military bands in the country. This is the opinion of the visitors who have heard bands in various training camps. And, furthermore, New York , known to be hypercritical, has placed its seal of unbound praise on "our" band, which has already appeared at the Grand Central Palace during the Soldiers' and Sailors' Bazaar, at the Biltmore for the officers' entertainment and dance, at the Hotel Ansonia for the Headquarters Company Ball, at the Friars' Club and at the Forty-Fourth Street Theatre, where, by special request of the management, it played the regimental song. "When the Moon Is Shining Somewhere in France," composed by Frederick Rath, a member of the band and sung by Frances White in the "Hitchy-Koo" production at that theatre.

It also claims the distinction of being the first band from Camp Upton to "play on the march" on Fifth Avenue. New Yorker's were visibly impressed with the perfect carriage and "band movements" of the men. For to march in band formation is much more difficult than ordinary marching, and few bands are as well drilled in "band movements" as the 306th. The precision and snap with which the band executes its movements are what place it in the forerank of military bands.

                                                            Material was From "Raw."

To mould such a band out of material that was mostly "raw," in the sense  that the majority of the musicians had previously been unfamiliar with brass instruments, is an achievement that merits great credit for the band leader, Clarence Byrn. Many of the men had first to be taught. But the indefatigable energy Mr. Byrn set to the task and attained his end. Now no selection is too difficult. Opera is "pie," which the band literally eats up. Much credit too is due Sergt. David Hochstein, assistant bandmaster, and Sergt. Bugler Marcey Weinberg, both of who proved valuable assistants. Sergt. Hochstein is the brilliant violin virtuoso, noted as a violinist of unusual attainments. Sergt. Weinberg has been a cornet soloist for fourteen years.

The 306th Infantry field music, a separate organization, comprising trumpeters and drummers, who the first such organization to appear in camp, and is deserving of laudatory comment. Under the direction of Bugler Sergt. Gormel it has progressed so rapidly that its record is almost unbeatable. On the occasion of the parade of the 308th Infantry in New York it demonstrated that it was perfectly trained both musically and as marching unit.

One of the finest musical organizations in camp-and one that rivals any of its kind-is the orchestra, made up of men from the band and directed by Sergt. Hochstein. Like the band it too is capable of playing the most difficult selections, at the same time being there with jazz. Among its members -all trained musicians -is Private Lieff Rosanoff, an internationally noted cellist.

"Ralph Jordan's Jazz Band" is a popular subdivision of the band itself. Corpl. Jordan is the drummer and, so the men say, he's a "hummer." When it comes to jazzing he's "all there," and the little jazz band which he organized is much in demand at affairs of the regiment. Alfred Wagner, the 306th Infantry's "official" pianist, or Louis Leigh, a real "jazzer" take excellent care of the piano playing.

The 306th Infantry has often been termed the "crack" regiment. But it also claims first place in other things, and music being one of them.

 

DEPOT BRIGADE ATHLETICS AND MINSTREL-SHOWS

Jokes Dating Back to Alexander the Great Are Held in High Favor.

 

Athletics are going strong in the Depot Brigade, and the first and second rounds in the elimination basketball series were productive of much interest. The game between the Eleventh and Twelfth in the second round were two of the closest yet played on the floor of the Depot Brigade Hut. The game played at the auditorium between the Second and Third Battalions was also a tight one. The Second Battalion being one point ahead at the end of the first half, and the Third Battalion winning the game by the close margin of one point only. The Twelfth Company lost a hard fought game to the 305th Infantry, a regimental team, being only seven points behind in a 28-21 final score. Tug-o'-war and relay racing is becoming more popular that ever, and the boys of the various companies go to it every day in spite of the snow and bad weather conditions.

The "Bloomin' Limies" are going strong on the soccer, and promise to have a good brigade team soon. The minstrel show is coming along in great shape, and the old time-honored "That wasn't no lady; that was my wife!" gag, along with Pearson's story about Solly who, when told by his wife that little Abie had the ringworm, said: "Take it away from him, he's too young to play with jewelry!" will go over with the same warm reception as they received by Alexander the Great and his courtiers.

"Over the top, and give 'em what's coming to 'em," seems to be the motto of Private Connor of the Third Company. It happened like this: The Third Company claimed to be the tug-of-war champions of the brigade, the Fourth Company claimed to be champions of the universe. The Third Company accepted the invitation and Capt. Coleman's Cubs went down to show the Fourth Company who was which, with banners in the shape of brooms and posters bearing the sign, "Clean Sweep." It was a clean sweep for the Fourth Company, but the tug-of-war was a minor detail compared to the rumpus which started when the Fourth Company, drunk with victory, proceeded to tear up the signs and steal the brooms. Private Connor was decorated -about his illustrious optics mostly-for conspicuous bravery. He weighs about a hundred pounds and is about five feet in height, and finding things rather crowded on the ground floor when the battle commenced, he went back to the primitive and did a little climbing stunt over the heads and shoulders of the Fourth Company raiders, coming back, figuratively speaking, with the bacon in the shape of one of the stolen brooms, although the Fourth Company retained their hold upon the sign which now decorates the gable end of their barracks.

Benny Leonard is the most modest champion we ever heard about. He dropped into the hut on 19th Street the other evening to say "How do?" but smilingly refused the offer of one of the secretaries to box him ten rounds for the championship. Benny has a sense of humor, and the afore said secretary still lives. Is Benny their barracks.

Franco and Frenchie, the 9th Co. K.P.'s are two desperate looking characters. They were picked up outside the post exchange a few days ago by the guard and taken over to the guard house on suspicion. They were discharged when it was discovered that they were not the men wanted, their only similarity being the fact that they wore overalls. When Frenchie rather indignantly inquired why they should be arrested at all, the officer of the guard informed him that any two men who looked as tough as he and Franco, should be arrested on suspicion and sent to Fort Leavenworth for life.

 

PARAGRAPHS

 

The good weather has meant "back to the range." The shooting has been regiments, some of it, and the Eagle Eye is getting to be sharper and sharper.

Those forty-pound packs have made their appearance. On hike they feel like a moving van during the spring rush season.

Explosions from the 302d Engineer neighborhood don't mean that submarine attacks have been made via the lagoons in that section. They're tunneling, and those Engineers are handy boys with dynamite.

Upton is soon to send some of its star vaudevillians on the road if all goes well. They plan to wind up in New York with a discharge of 75's.

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