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January 18, 1918

headerJAPANESE GENERAL AND UPTON FIND EACH OTHER CONGENIAL

Nippin Deputation Tours Camp, and Veteran of 36 Years Talks 97th Division Impressions Through Interpreter.

 

Camp Upton has received a visit during the past week from representatives of America's ally in the East, Japan. The visit was not an official military one, but was made by Major Gen. Nobusuke Hibiki, heading the Japanese Y. M. C. A. deputation to the Allied armies.  Some of the largest American training camps are being visited, and from this country the deputation will go to France to observe Y. M. C. A. work. Other members of the party were  Kuninosuke Yamamoto,  General Secretary of Tokyo Y. M. C. A., and G. Suga of Chicago. While here, these Japanese gentlemen made a tour of the camp, taking luncheon as guest of General Johnson and appearing at various Y Huts in the evening. They were enthusiastically welcomed by the men, who listened with great interest to the volcanic speeches of the little General, whose Japanese was rendered into English by Mr. Yamamoto. Tremendous ovations were accorded Gen. Hibiki, and scores of men in each building rushed to shake his hand. He was more than gracious in allowing this privilege. A private in one of the infantry Y buildings summed it up when he looked at the hand that hand that had shaken the General's and muttered "By Gosh, he's bigger than he looks!"


    Gen. Hibiki is indeed bigger than he looks in prowess and achievements, as the medals which completely  surround his chest demonstrate. He wears among many directions the insignia of the Order of the Golden Kite, the highest merit award of his country:  the rising Sun Medal, for long service, and a Korean medal awarded for counsels giving the Korean Government.  He was in the China – Japanese War, 1894–95; the Boxers uprising of 1900 and the Russo - Japanese War, 1904-05, serving in the Quartermaster's Department.  Thirty-six years of continuous service as a soldier of Japan in his record.
    That department here was a particular object of interest to the General.  "In Japan," he said, our soldiers carry everything on their backs. Here you have wagons and trucks. Your way is much more efficient."  Concerning the Upton soldiers – in – the-making, as he sam them here, Gen. Hibiki said:   "Your Americans are naturally fine material for soldiers.  Their education and athletic training help develop them.  It is remarkable, this army you are making here out of your citizens.  You are much more simple and direct than we are."  Touching his medals, he said:  "You have nothing like this, no Gaudy uniform.  That is just like your character-direct and efficient."
     Money, men and resources in unlimited quantities will make America victorious in the war, according to the Japanese fighter.  "But," he said "you have another and more powerful ally.  God is on the side of the Americans. You cannot but win." He is a Christian, being a Deacon in the Presbyterian Church.  The purposes of the deputation which he heads too is  essentially to "bring Christian greetings," and the inspect the work of the Y. M. C. A. He said of the Camp Upton work to W. F. Hirsh, General Secretary, that its democracy impressed him.  "You reach everybody," he declared.  Mr. Hirsch conducted the party around the camp.
    One of the interesting features of the visit was dinner at the offices Mess, 304th Field Artillery, Col. Kelly greeting the distinguished visitors with a few cordial words.
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Also Furnished Base Hospital With Quantity of Medical Material.

 

There is very little sounding brass or tinkle of cymbal in the work of the Camp Upton Red Cross, but the work has been done just the same, effectively and on an astonishingly large scale, as shown in a report of the society for fourteen weeks.  There have been 77,180 articles distributed, valued at a quarter of a million dollars, from Sept. 10, when recruits first arrived, to Dec. 31.  Clothing supplies were as follows:  16,619 mufflers, 16,238 pairs of socks, 7,851 pairs of wristlets, 673 helmets, 303 pairs of gloves, 104 blankets, 498 comfort kits and seventeen flannel waistcoats.  Emergency medical supplies issued to the base hospital were as follows:  Twelve hypodermic needles, 292 triangle bandages, 132 abdominal bandages, six pairs of crutches, 425 bandages, sixty convalescing gowns, 132 bathrobes, eighty-seven pajamas, one case of 600 pairs of bed socks, 138 cotton handkerchiefs, ninety hospital shirts, 135 woolen abdominal bandages, five cases of medicine, three cases of accessories 429 wash cloths. 

     

One of the most important ventures of the Red Cross here will be the erection of the building  for convalescents at the Base Hospital, where patients in that class will be provided amusement and entertainment.                           

     

Congrats, Inspectors!

Campaign hats a loft to the Q. M. Inspectors who are on the job at Camp Upton, seeing that our own men are taken care of properly and not victimized by frauds!


            Two dozen shoes, the soles of which filled with a glue and paper compound, were discovered recently in a shipment sent here. They were reported to Gen. Johnson and he promptly notified Washington. The matter is under investigation. No one punishment could be too severe for the manufacture or the Government factory inspectors who allowed such material to pass, and the 77th Division is glad that such shoddy, more than dangerous materials, was nailed at the gates.

 

306TH N. G. BENEFIT.

On Feb. 10 New Yorkers are to have the privilege of paying $1 to $3 a seat to see the monster show being arranged by First Class Private Lew Burnstein under the auspices of Company A, 306th Machine Gun Battalion. The Court Theater has been engaged for the show and 10 star vaudeville acts and a special orchestra will be among the features. Burnstein has been in this game for eight years or more and knows how to put a big show across.

COMPANY’S INSURANCE TOTALS TWO MILLIONS.

Although no insurance bureau has been established at camp Upton to head up the work of organizing the insurance drive here, under the efficient direction of the Division Judge Advocate the insurance program has been steadily widening.  The last week of January has been set by the Insurance Department at Washington for a general drive. Daily figures would be published at that time, as they were during the liberty loan campaign. The figures for insurance are astounding in their magnitude. One company of the 306th has a total of over 2,000,000 signed up, with nearly every man of the 250 down for maximum, $10,000.  Other company records approach this one, so that the total will be in the billions.

GETS ‘EM SINGING.

Harry Barnhart, New York Community Chorus head and official song director of the camp, has been opening up the throats of Camp Upton’s soldiers in fine shape.  He has added to his work of charming melody from soldiers the song-leading at several large gatherings, in Y. M. C. A. auditorium and K. of C. Hall, and the men have taken enthusiastically to his pep and ginger.  Mr. Barnhart will put forth every talented effort to make harmony and melody as important in local soldiering as beans and bacon.  Through his influence numerous Upton choruses have appeared in New York recently, as have massed bands from camp.

HOSPITAL BRIGHTENED

             Base Hospital denizens were given one of the treats of the year Saturday when Augusta Glose, piano lounge girl, Amelia Bingham and a company of other stars appeared there. They were engaged for Camp Upton under the auspices of the State Women’s War Relief.

 

JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER JR.

TO DELIVER TALKS HERE

Created Sensation in Church

World Recently – His

Pastor Here.

John D. Rockefeller Jr. will spend several days at the Camp Upton, speaking to the men, from Friday to Sunday, Jan. 25 – 27.  Recently he delivered a series of addresses to the soldiers at Camp Dix, Wrightstown, but was not permanently attached to the Y. M. C. A. staff there, as reported.  He is thoroughly imbued with a spirit of helpfulness to the men in arms and will bring a live message to Upton. 

             The son of America’s richest man is known for his sincere purpose and high ideals of service.  His life is given over entirely to the administration of the great philanthropies possible with the fortune delivered to him, and as a director of the Rockefeller Foundation.  He is in no way connected with the business direction of the Standard Oil Company, built to its present world proportions by his father.  The son’s task is the wise disposal of the tremendous fortune which has been given into his charge.

             Recently Mr. Rockefeller created a sensation by declaring that the Baptist Church, of which he is a member, should not continue immersion as mandatory condition of membership, but should make it secondary and place the primary emphasis on the more cardinal principles of Christianity.  The statement created a furor in the denomination.  Mr. Rockefeller’s pastor Dr. Cornelius Woelfkin of the Fifth Avenue Baptist Church supported the principle enunciated by Mr. Rockefeller.  Dr. Woelfkin has been in camp for a week, making religion-patriotic addresses

STATISTICAL BUREAU IS BUSSY GETTING DATA.

The Statistical Bureau of the 77th Division is one of the most continuously busy departments at Camp Upton, its job being the securing of answers to a set of seventeen questions through personal interviews with every man here.  The work is enormous, as new men are continually coming in and their cards, with those of the men already in camp, must be kept up to date.  New reports are sent to Washington every week.  In each regiment the chaplain has charge of the work, with a sufficient corps of assistants to interview each man, and the divisional organization is under three officers—Lieut. Humphrey Nichols, Lieut. J. La R. Harris and Second Lieut. E. P. Parker.                                                     

            The seventeen questions call for various pertinent facts relating to the soldiers, securing primarily the names of relatives to be notified in case of casualties.

“Y” TO TAKE WIRES.

Hereafter the Y huts in camp will receive telegrams as part of their service.  Men wishing to send messages by wire will leave the message, with the charge, at any hut and it will be relayed immediately to the Western Union office.  No incoming messages are received.  This service, it is believed, will be very welcome, as heretofore a trip to the Western Union office was necessary to send a telegram.
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Roars and Funeral March When Champ Exhibits Prowess.

Soldiers Cheer Leonard On—

Lieut. Roddy Gives Some Valuable Tips.

Camp Upton’s word champion has been appearing before capacity houses recently, and his exhibitions have had roaring success.  The Y Auditorium was packed on the occasion of the second indoor athletic night recently, for a rope skipping, shadow boxing and real boxing exhibition by the premier lightweight.  He met Paul Edwards, 302nd Remount Depot, and Young Buckley, Co. F. 305th, and the rounds went with a roar, the champion wearing his opponents out with cool, calm elusive work that brought frenzies of attempt from his opponents but few “hits”  Chopin’s Funeral March was a humming accomplishment to the fighting.

            A feature of the athletic night was a lecture by Lieut. Roddy, bayonet and physical instructor of the Officers Training School, pointed with illustrations on a live subject, of How to Out-Hun the Hun.  Lieut. Roddy, old Holy Cross coach, has a great bag of tricks up his sleeve and great interest was show in his demonstration.  A preliminary boxing bout was fought by J. Brancato, 308th Ambulance Co., and Jack Coyne, Sanitary Detachment, 305th Infantry.  Capt. Mills, 305th Infantry, was an able referee of all the fistic arguments.

            Benny  gave another exhibition in Knights of Columbus Hall the succeeding night, which drew big, other features also contributing to the evening’s success.

 

BATTERY NIGHTS STILL BIG WITH GUN HANDLERS.

Batter Nights in the Artillery Section continue to be a welcome diversion after the day’s toiling, and the affairs have been wonderful in developing the battery spirit and contributing to the regimental unity which distinguishes the organizations in the Gunnery Belt.

            Lieut. Eberstadt recently put over a big entertainment for Battery D, 304th, with brother officers and men as witnesses.  Lieut. Col. Kelly and Capt. Sullivan, regimental adjunct, were among the guests.  Participants were the band, increasingly popular and able; Wendell Miller, Frank Cronin, Bugler Shirley, Joe Capello, Joe Stack, Yap the Hawaiian, Kelly, McNulty, Waldron, Jones, Peters, Pincus, Schneider and the Upton Four. The array of offerings, ranging from acrobatic twists to Dutch monologuing, was A1 stuff, every whit, and the sum of appreciation was voiced by Lieut. Col. Kelly, who complimented Lieut. Eberstadt on the affair.

 

WORKING UP MINSTRELS.

Talented members of the 302nd Engineers are hard at it whipping into shape a minstrel show to be given this week in the Y Hut at Second Avenue and Seventh Street, with Private Robert Minotti, Headquarters Company, employing all his varied abilities in directing the production.  Minotti, with the connivance of Ralph Walker of the Y, has composed a song, “’So Just Smile, Smile, Smile,” which promised to be one of the hits of the show.  An engagement in the Y. M. C. A. Auditorium and one in New York also in prospect are included in the plans.

LEITNER CHECKER CHAMP.

The checker tournament which has been raging for the past two weeks in the 2nd Avenue and 14th street Y.  M.C.A. is at last finished, and from the battle H. Leitner of the Camp Utilities Det., Q. M. C., comes champion of Upper J.  The final match between Leitner and Turant of the Casual Barracks, 219 15th Street, was a wonder, as was also the semi-final between Leitner and Spence, Co. A. 302 F. S. Bn.  Another tournament will soon be held and a challenger picked to test out Leitner’s hold on the championship. 

 

HOCHSTEIN’S VERSATILITY.

Sergt. Hockstein, 300th Infantry’s assistant bandmaster and violin virtuoso, is nothing if not adaptable and versatile, despite his thorough classical background of European training.  On one night last week he played at a concert of the New York Philharmonic, with Maggie Teyte, soprano and the next led his recently formed regimental orchestra in a varied programmed, including some jazzing.

 

COMPANY SHOW IS PRETENIOUS WITH L BOYS IN CHARGE.

New York Star Vaudeville Performs for Big Audience.

To Company L 307th Infantry, goes the honor of putting over the most pretentious company show yet attempted in camp, one of last week in the Y Auditorium.  Mr. Nord’s splendid regimental bandsmen were on hand with selected brass harmonies and upheld their end completely.  The show was given by star vaudeville talent from New York, secured through Marcus Loew, and included feature movies – June Caprice in Miss U.S.A.” and Pathe weekly.  The ticket sale for the affair was a thoroughly conducted campaign, the company platoons competing.  The standing each day was shown by means of a large clock in the barrack hall.  A thousand tickets were disposed of in one day and the boys realized a good total of two-bit pieces for the company fund.  Gen. Johnson, members of the British and French missions, Mrs. J. Franklin Bell and members of the division staff were among the invited guests.

            The show was managed by Lieut. Wile in a manner which brought the results so gratifying to the company boosters.

 

COMPANY B ENTERTAINS BROTHER GUNNERS.

           

The boys of the 306th Machine Gun Battalion were made to forget the disappointment of not getting passes by an entertainment for which Company B of the battalion was sponsor, with Lieut. Kreel and a committee- Privates Quinn, Lange and Levy- in charge.  Every member of the programme, opened by the company song, was a riot of success, and General Opinion, that last word authority, declared the whole affair one of the best ever given in this section of camp.  Some of those taking more than a man’s part were: Privates Kloberdanz and Little in a four-round boxing bout; Private Kennedy, piano solo;Private Hayes, wal-amd-talk run; Private Sherwood wondrous warbling; Waldron and Jones, in a rib-tickling recital of how the fiels Artiltery will lick the Hun; Private Mosser, Hebrew comedian; Upton Four, peerless harmony; Davy Jones, Broadway monologue; Doyle and Ryan, Irish dancers; MacManus, Filbert Folly; 367th Jazzers;  Fox Comedy, Roaring Lions.  The B boys, with their committee, should get a barrel of praise for their effort.

 

302D  Engineers.

            The following men have left for Petersburg, Va., to attend the training camp for engineer reserve officers: Sergt. N. R. Dalton; Train;  Sergt. S. W. Sterling,  Sergt. J. J. Hyland, Corpl.  F. B.  Finlayson, Co.  B; Sergt.  C. J. Foster, Private J. M. Cuningham, Sergt. C. W. J. Massa, Co. C;  Sergt. G. C. Eldredge, Private  Salsbury, Sergt. A.A. Hesser, Sergt.  A. Baegman,  Sergt. R. H. Roeson, Co. D; Corpl.  W.L. Glenzing, Private  D. P. Ritschy, Private G.  Haag,  Sergt.  A.  Pearson,  Co.  A; Private  H. J. Feehan, Private  E. A. Wells,  Co. E;  Private J. C. Gilson, Co.  F.

            There was quite a little send-off party to the men who made the Third Officers’ Training Camp here, with the splendid Engineers’ Fife and Drum Corps, and a real train of escort Wagons for the baggage.  Lieut. Col.  Pettis spoke to the boys before they left,  and the regiment cheered them on their way: “We’re with you, comrades- always!  Bring distinction to the 302d!”

            If anyone wants to see how a company mess should be run, visit the kitchen and mess hall of Company “F.”  Ye scribe thinks it beats anything in camp, and he doesn’t come from Company “F” either.  A good mess is surely half the battle.  Too bad there isn’t a prize for thr best mess in camp.  “F” ought to come home with it!

            The dugouts and mine galleries are coming along in fine shape, despite the frozen ground.  There is some competition among the companies to see who gets out the greatest “cubic” every day.  Hard work and “TNI” will do it, so go to it and may the best miners win!

            This is getting to be quite a brigade.  In addition to the Train, there is a new infant in the form of a Provisional Battalion of the 11th Engineers.  If any men are fortunate enough to be transferred thereto, don’t think that it’s “Camp Gordon,” for it isn’t.  You will then belong to one of the first American regiments to fight in battle in this war.  Here’s luck to you.  11Th!  Don’t forget the 302d and that you are engineers.  Essayons!

INTEREST KEEN IN SING FOR REGIMENTAL CUP

            From the amount of interest already displayed, the regimental sing song competition for

the trophy cup and flag will be among the most interesting events of the winter.

            The 367th, in spite of the mumps and measles, vow that they’re going to hang the ag in Col.  Moss’s headquarters.  The 306th Field Artillery is determined that it will cross staff with their regimental guidon, while Col. Vidmer, 306th Infantry, has ordered a space dusted on the shelf where reposes two cups already won by that regimen.  And so it goes throughout the camp.  Those 305th doughboys are not doing much talking, but they’re after it, and every other organization in camp is determined to bring home the trophy.  The first of three competitions will be held Jan. 31.  A trophy is also to be offered for the best regimental song, and composers hereabouts are sharpening their pencils and conning over the melodies that might fit.

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305th F. A. SHOW ONE OF THE FEATURES AT K. C. HALL

Basketball Also Interests During Week of Interesting Programme.

The week opened in the K. of C. Hall with an impromptu vaudeville show, and as usual when things are gotten up on the spur of the moment the show turned out a real success. 

            Tuesday night saw two of the hardest fought basketball games thus far played in camp.  The first resulted a victory for G Company over H Company, 306th infantry, scores 15 to 4.  The second game was between the Headquarters Company and Machine Gun Company of the same regiment, with a Headquarters victory, 12 to 6.  These games are being played in K. of C. Hall every Tuesday and Thursday nights between the companies of 306th to determine the regimental championship and to pick a regimental team to compete for the supremacy of the division.  The teams that played Tuesday lined up as follows:

            Company G—Forwards, O’Neil and McGuire;  guards, Rothenstein and Jaffee;  center, Davis.  Company H—Forwards, Lautz and Bennet: gaurds, Bowran and Rabinowitz;  center, Moreland; Leonson and Muller, substitutes.

            Headquarters Company—Eisenberg and Kenney, forwards; Stapleton and Kasper, guards; West, center; Giveo and Young, substitutes.  Machine Gun Company—Burns and Aaronson, forwards; Tobel and Rainey, guards; Pogue, center; Referee, Lieut. F. P. O’Brien, Company C.

            A real vaudeville show was put over in the hall recently by the 305th Field Artillery, bolstered by the band and a twenty – piece orchestra. 

Signor Joseph led a splendid overture, late star of “Young America.”  Progamme offerings were:  Percy Michel, late star of Young America;  Joe Stack, “The Minstrel Soldier:” Frank Shirley, “The Man With the Big Voice;”  Kelly and Mcnulty , laugh-urging character comedians:  Maurice Le Van, clever impersonations;  Wendell Milbe, unique entertainer;  Waldron and Jones, “Two ‘Nuts:’”  Yaphank MacManus, “That’s All;” the famed and rightly heralded Upton Four in harmonies closet of the close.

 

OFFICER’S SCHOOL HAS MACHINE GUNS

Work Is Portion of Former Privates, Non-Coms and Collegians.

 

Upton’s Officer’s Training School is well started, and clad in their sheepskins the members forming the battalion appear on the Boulevard frequently.  A synonym for Officer’s Training Battalion is work.  The officers-to-be are at it from sun to sun, and then a little, with lecture and drill.

            The machine-gun feature of the training will be one of the notable ones.  Thirty guns of the Colt pattern and eight Lewis models have been secured by Capt. Schroeder of the 71st New York Infantry machinegun instructor, and mare are assured.  Capt. Schroeder was personally responsible for getting the guns.  He was instructor in both Plattsburg camps.

 

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RECLAIM 308TH PET LOATHES WORD KAISER.

 

“Reveille,” the pet hound of the 308th Infantry, was first picked up by Jack Gehris of the Regimental Infirmary when suffering with a combination of diseases, including tuberculosis, zymosis, writers cramp and homesickness.  Jack was a “mother” to him, nursing him back to health and strength.  “Rev” is now the perfect thirty-six of dogdom.  Every time he hears the word Kaiser he arches the eyebrow, registers anger and cuts loose with a blood-curling            “G-r-r-r-r!  Woof, woof!”  He seems to harbor a certain instinctive hatred for that word, although his nationality is unknown.  It is thought probable that he may have clubbed around with some dachshunds, was led into ambush and given a touch of Kultur.  He refuses to answer continual cross-examinations on the subject.  It is believed he will make a good spy-hound for the 308th.

 

QUARANTINE PLAYS HAVOC WITH PLANS OF BUFFALOES

Mumps an measles have wrought havoc with plans for outside activity of the 367th Infantry, the Buffalo regiment, and among other postponements has been the setting forward indefinitely of the big regimental show in New York, scheduled for the 20th before the two afore designated  maladies broke loose.  The entire regiment has been put under rigid quarantine by Col. Reynolds, Division Surgeon, to prevent outbreak of the disease.  Only company gatherings are allowed and men are not permitted to mingle indiscriminately, except as company units.  Mr. Seldon’s staff of Y workers have been bringing some rays of cheer into the situation by entertaining companies in the colored Y Hut, and projecting their services into the barracks.

            The New York show has in no wise been abandoned, and Max Weinstein will begin training his chorus as soon as the quarantine is lifted and the regiment allowed to foregather as such.  Mr. Weinstein has left for a week or so of work with the 368th Infantry (colored), Camp Meade, Admiral, Md.

 

LAMBS TO GAMBOL HERE; 307TH WILL BRING JULIA MARLOWE

Ex-Theatrical Leaders Now Infantry Officers Are Responsible.

Entertainments a “big features” are as thick around Upton during the winter as mosquitos were in the early days of the camp, but there is one coming under the 307th auspices which will loom like an eagle among the mosquitos.  The regiment is fortunate in having some show boosters who have the capacity of putting thing across, among them being Capt. Harrigan, Co. I, and Lieut. Butterfield, Co. B.  Through the efforts of the former the Lambs Club will give a show here.  It will be presented Jan. 24, along with “Somewhere in Mexico,” by the Upton Players, and is a number which the Lambs have put on in New York—“Christmas in the Trenches.’

            The real headline effort of this regiment, however, will be shown Jan. 17, when a mammoth entertainment is to appear on the boards of the Y Auditorium.  Julia Marlowe will lead the bill, and other stars also are scheduled. 

 

 

 

CO. I, 306TH INFANTRY

Corpl. Pincus was asked why he tries his camp renowned jests on Corpl. McCrae.  “If he laughs, I know they’ll go anywhere,”  said Pincus.

            Sergt.  Cook:  “No taking while standing at rout step.”  Corpl. Moe Siegel is strong for Irish songs.

            Private Boyle was away for five days, and when he got back said he’d been “for a walk.”  The boys have been trying to figure out how long he’d stay if he should go for a hike.

            Private Solomon of the Upton Four has been doing some great duets lately with the coal can.

            Sergt. Coldwell will organize a quartet if he can get three good singers.  Better make it four, Sarge.

 

M.G.BN. ATHLETICS.

 

The Athletic Show put on at the 5th and 8th Y Hut by Company C. 305th Machine Gun Battalion was undisputed winner.  The visit of Gen. Hibiki, Japanese Army, wasn’t on the programme but was a notable factor in the evening success.  Corpl. Schmidt’s newly organized Battalion Orchestra played a number of selections and were congratulated on their fine work.  Also on the programme:  Marcus Longo, cellist; Joseph Raymond, violinist; Louis Francis West, piano artist; Eugene McKenna in solos; boxing bouts—Grunstran vs. Egan, Geary vs. Foley, Eckert vs. Cavicchioli, with J. Kirstien refereeing.

 

LIEUT. WILE BRINGS FEATURE.

            At the Y.M.C.A. at Fifth Avenue and Eighth Street Company L of the 307th Regiment put on two showings of the Fox photoplay, “When a Man Sees Red,” featuring William Farnum, Lieut. Wile was responsible for bringing this exceptionally fine photo drama to camp and it was

greatly  appreciated by the boys at both showings, 6:30 and 8:15 P.M.  The three-piece orchestra of Company L furnished music during the evening in a very acceptable manner.

 

WELFARER’S MINSRELS.

            Camp Welfare Workers K. of Co., Jewish Board for Relief, and Y.M.C.A. are hard at work on the minstrel show which the Uplift Brigade will give in the Y Auditorium Thursday, Jan. 25.  The show will be in Scotch costume, with a number of good sketches in addition to the straight minstrel numbers.

 

LIBRARY FINISHED.

            All the construction work on the Camp Library, Upton Boulevard, just below Officer’s House, is completed, both inside and outside, and as soon as light and heat connections are in will be ready for business.

 

 

 

Passenger Aptly Depicts Town That Lacked Thrift.

            The London Express ran into Puddlecomb with a loud snort, as though disgusted at having to stop at such a back number of a town.  The platform was empty, save for one weary and dilapidated citizen, who was leaning against the wall, with hands in pockets, trying to draw nutriment from a straw.

            Suddenly one of the passengers thrust his head through the carriage window.  “Hi, tell me, you, what do you call this fly-blown, frost-bitten, down-at-heel, dried-up, one-horse place?”

            “Oh, that’s near enough,” said the weary native, letting the straw slip from his indolent lips as he looked up.  “Let it go at that!”

 

It’s Sure They Won’t “Spill the Beans”
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Maj. Valliant, Commanding 302d Supply Train

Sid Hydeman, talented in the use of India ink and art board, has drawn some excellent likenesses of the officers in his outfit.  Fourth Company, 302d Supply Train, and that of Major Rigby D. Vallliant, commanding the train, is reproduced herewith.

            One of the officers of the train was asked by Trench and Camp to tell something about the place of  the organization in the division.  He was quite modest, but furnished some facts of interest:

            “Don’t know much to tell you, but we are expected to deliver the beans and biscuits to the boys at the front.  We expect to be equipped with the new Liberty Motor Trucks.  Do all our driving at night-not because we’re ashamed of the grub we carry, but because it would indeed be a feather in the Hun’s cap to bag a Supply Train.”

 

INTOLERANCE AND KEITH ACTS IN F. 307TH SHOW

The massive film production “Intolerance, with a record run of one year at the Liberty Theatre, New York, at $2 a seat, will be presented to Upton crance,” with a record run of one year auspices of Company F. 307th Infantry.  The story of “Intolerance” is based on the intolerant attitudes shown during all history from Fiddler Nero to Charley Chaplin.  Fifteen thousand people participate in one of the battle scenes, then only rival of this gigantic spectacle being “The Birth of a Nation.” also a D. Q. Griffith production.  There will be four star acts of Keith Vaudeville in addition to “Intolerance.”

            The admission charge will be 25 cents for officers and 15 cents for men, the former occupying the first ten rows.  Tickets can be secured at Company F barrack, 407 Seventh Street.  Proceeds will go for company benefit Paul Weinheimer, well known formerly in the theatrical world as Jesse Weill, being in charge.  The performance will begin promptly at 7:30 P.M.

 

MRS. HUMISTON PLEASE NOTE.

            Private McCleary of the Sixth Company, 152d O. B., was reading his pocket Testament, and remarked in a casual sort of a way:  “Gee, they always told me a guy went to the bad when he joined the army, but I can’t see it.  It’s a shame how good I’ve been since I struck this camp, and if I stick around much more they’ll want me to qualify for a ‘Holy Joe.’”

            “Them’s  my sentiments too,” said Private Jim Austin of the Signal Corps.  “A guy gets to be good here whether he wants to or not.”

 

REMOUNT STATIONS NEW CLUB HOUSE IS OPENED

The 302nd Remount Depot, one of our most prominent and desirable suburban locations, has opened a charming and cozy little bungalow and clubhouse recently which will be one of the social centers for this locality.  The 300 and more men attached to the station have already found it a great factor in keeping happy and comfortable.        

            Opening night featured Benny Leonard, and he asseverates (yes, boys, Benny can do other things than fight in championship fashion) that the remount crowd is a hearty and fine bunch as he’s met yet.  Benny cleaned up so neatly on the talent offered that here was some talk of matching him against the flying hoofs of Hoboken Jane, one of the remount’s prize mulesses.  Kiesling’s muscling posing and numbers by members of the depot were featured, in addition to the boxing.  Lieut. Pettler’s management of the party underlie its success. 

 

 

FOR THREE REGIMENTS.

For the information of all companies of the 307th, 308th and the Machine gun Battalion, all of which regiments are served by the Eight Street Y. M. C. A. hut, the association social secretary is always ready to extend to any company or group of companies the use of the Y. M. C. A. hut auditorium for clean vaudeville, musical, dramatic or motion picture presentations obtained through the efforts of the company or company or camp talent, for which their individual mess hall accommodations are inadequate.  Already a number of such nights have been held with great success, and Mr. Grunert will be glad to talk the matter over with the social or entertainment man and arrange a night for your company and its guests.

 

COMPANIES I AND K, 307TH, PUT ON SHOW.

            Wednesday, Jan. 9, will never be forgotten by the boys who attended the performance given under the auspices of Company I and Company K, 307th Infantry.

            Private Max Felder of the I outfit secured from the Goldwyn Picture Corporation the great war spectacle film,  “For the Freedom of the World.”  The picture in seven parts showed the whole possible career of a soldier from the training camp to the front line trenches.  This stirring drama of the battlefields was pronounced by the 77th Division critics the most fascination and interest compelling war story ever seen on the screen here.  Private Sender of the K outfit obtained from the Fox Film Corporation a rip-roaring two reel farce, “The Bath House Tangle.”  The men could be heard laughing and howling over this gloom-killer all the way to the Long Island Railroad station. 

            The big hit of the entertainment portion of the programme was piano-playing Sergt. Markel’s own Jazz band, a big time aggregation which he brought out from New York to play for this occasion. 

            Nearly 1,200 men packed the Fifth and Eight Hut for this big show, and the boys were honored by the presence of a number of officers and their ladies.  Col. Irwing, Col. Spooner, Major Rich, Capt. Harrigab, Capt. Holahan, Lieuts. Kenon, Ryan, Lord, McDermott, Miller and others were among these guests.  Private Felder and Sender are arranging for another big show next Thursday night, Jan. 17 and will have as the feature of this programme William Hart in his latest drama of the plains, “The Narrow Trail.”

 

COMPANY H, 308TH, GIVES ENTERTAINMENT.

The Fourth Platoon of Company H of 308th Infantry gave a monster entertainment Wednesday night in honor of Lieut. Campbell, who recently joined the Married Men’s Club. 

            The party opened with a duet by Private Todd of Company H and Private Durkin of 302d Sanitary Train.  They were followed by a battle royal which was a scream.  Along came the surprise of the night by Private Molfetto and his awkward squad.  The barrack was shaken with immense laughter by the awkward squad and its commander.  Privates Petti and Russo put in their appearance with some original jokes and songs, which were roundly applauded.  Privates Schwartz and Kearney gave a boxing exhibition and spared no blows.  Private Andy Carlock of Company H. the pride of the company with the silvery tenor voice, rendered some very pretty selections.  Private Ernest Brewer and other members of Company D 308th Infantry, obliged with some of Mr. Brewer’s latest compositions, which were appreciated by all.  Capt. Sterling and his Lieutenants were laughing and smiling the entire evening, which impressed the boys that the entertainment was enjoyable to them.  The party ended in great fashion with plenty of refreshments, due to the efforts and supervision of Sergts. McGovern and Raffo, also the tireless efforts of the cooks.

 

 

 

 

 

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