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February 4, 1918

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AMBASSADOR GERARD CONGRATULATES WAR DEPARTMENT ON CAMP UPTON

 

The War Department authorizes the publication of the following statement with he permission of ex-Ambassador James W. Gerard:

               "Newspapers have printed statements that I have asked to be called before the Senate committee. I have never, directly or indirectly, asked to be called. I visited Camp Upton to-day. Have had experience in Germany in visiting camps for two and half years. At Camp Upton I ate food being served to three companies. The food was good, equally well and cleanly prepared ; sleeping quarters airy, light, and warm; sufficient bedding and blankets; latrines clean; good bathing facilities. Visited hospital; found it  efficiently run, god plant warmed; looked through windows quarantined ward; inspected pneumonia ward, clean and warm, precautions good; present in operating room during operation, visited X-ray laboratory, dispensary, &c.; hospital most excellent. Men have uniforms. Did not examine ordnance. Spirit of whole camp splendid'; officers and men working well together and with enthusiasm. There are some machine guns for training; there has been a lot of rot spread about the machine gun questions. First thing is to teach men to be soldiers, then best qualified men for that work picked for machine gun drill. Which can be learned in twenty days if man is soldier; so no time has really been lost. Congratulate you on Camp Upton; if other camps are as good you have done great work."

                                            "(Signed) JAMES W. GERARD."

 

MAJOR LLOYD C GRISCOM, DIVISION ADJUTANT

 

A distinguished record as lawyer, diplomatist and soldier is that of the the Seventy-seventh Division's adjutant, Major Lloyd Carpenter Griscom, U.S.R. Beginning as secretary to Mr. Bayard, Ambassador to England, he has held posts in Turkey, Persia, Brazil and Italy He has been Ambassador to Brazil and left his post as high United States representative in Italy to join the service. He enlisted as a volunteer in the Spanish-American war, acting as aide-de-camp to Major Gen. James F. Wade in Cuba, leaving before an intended promotion went through to become Secretary of the American Legation in Constantinople. The adjutant is a native of New Jersey, born in Riverton, Nov. 4, 1872.

 

RULES GOVERNING REGIMENTAL SONG CONTEST FOR CUP ANNOUNCED

 

The first of the regimental sing song competitions for a cup put up by the Y.M.C.A will be "played off' Friday, Feb, 8. Charles Wayland Towne, who is directing the affair , announces the following rules:

1- Teams eligible to contest must contain a minimum of 100 and a maximum of 200 men.

2- Each team must sing three selections, choice of these three being left to the team. In addition every team competing must be prepared to sing the chorus of "The Long, Long Trail."

3- The judges' decision will be made upon the basis of these qualities; (1) Harmony, (2) articulation, (3) shading, (4) tone color.

4- Only chorus singing will be permitted. No solos, duets, quartets or passages by small groups will be permitted.

5- Teams are permitted to employ such choristers or drill masters as they may elect.

6- Entries close Feb, 5.

7- Preliminary trials will be held as the Y.M.C.A. Auditorium Friday, Feb, 8. at 8 P.M.

8- The finals will be held on Friday, Feb, 15.

9- Competent musical authorities from civilian life will judge the contest and their decision will be final.

10- Winners of the February contest will be entitled to retain possession of the cup and pennant indicating the championship for one month, or until the next singing contest is inaugurated. Any team winning the cup and pennant twice will retain permanent custody of the trophies .

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ALL THESE 305TH LADS ARE HATERS OF KAISER BUT...

Liverwurst and Pinochle Club Members Sworn to Evade M.P.

 

Every member of Co. I, 305th Infantry, is an avowed Kaiser-hater, but they believe that perhaps Fritz can be beaten at his own game occasionally. And gastrinimic inclination cannot and do not exclude certain things, as witness the following:

Sergt. Gildenberg is the President, Sergt. Giehl Vice President, Sergt. Rentleman Sergeant at Army, Sergt. Rogers honorary member, Sergt. Stembler correspondent and Corpl. Roese provides the music of the Liverwurst and Pinochle Club. Everyone of the members, when on leave, is duly sworn to bring back a loaf of pumpernickel and a skin of liverwurst and as many more delicatessen atrocities as he can carry. Then, whether the opportunity come before reveille or after taps, the club clubs, eats and talks.

There is an ambition among the members to guide the conversation along certain paths, but with combinations such as the correspondent has been told have been devoured in the first few meetings, its extremely doubtful whether there can be any fruitful discussion at he meetings. Opinion at present is running high tide as to how best escape having an M.P. peer into the bundles and avoid being caught red handed with an array of stuff so pro-German. But they are willing to take the chance, and noting that the honorary membership class has been opened, we are patiently waiting an invitation to join. The infirmary isn't far away, and over there are experts at curing indigestion.

 

WEDDING HERE IN MUSICAL CIRCLES

Band Leader of 367th Officiates at this Little Ceremony.

 

Here comes the bride! Egbert E. Thompson, bandmaster of the 367th Infantry, officiated at the ceremony. It is a "wedding in musical circles." It is the nuptials celebrating the union of the Bugle Call, Retreat and National Anthem. The romance was as follows: Leader Thompson noticed that when the bugle sounded Retreat, and immediately thereafter the band rendered "The Star Spangled Banner," there was a slight discrepancy in pitch. So he brought it about that a bugler and trumpeter met each other. He had them play, and noted the variation in pitch. When he discovered it he transposed the music of the National Anthem so that the tones of the bugle and the trumpet were exactly alike.

Should any other band leaders in the division discovers such discrepancy Band Leader Thompson, Hdq. Co., 367th Inf., will be glad to officiate at further musical weddings.

 

MAJOR HOWARD TELLS OF HUN ATROCITY PROOF.

 

" The Hun and His Work" was the subject on which Major R.F. Hayward, M.C., British Mission here, has recently delivered a powerful address. He spoke to men of the 306th Infantry last week, Col. George Vidmer being honor officer guest. Major Hayward told of the letters and diaries taken from captured Germans, which prove absolutely, on the Huns' own evidence, the truth of the atrocities attributed to him.

 

LIFE AT CAMP

 

 The life up here is very nice;

At 5:15 we crack the ice

That gathers on the trough outside;

The Sergeant must be satisfied

 

We've hardly for our faced dried

Till some one bellows "All outside!"

If absent when they call the roll.

Heaven have mercy on your soul!

 

From reveille we go to mess

We ate like hogs. I must confess;

Our manners fine are all thrown off

Some guys use both feet in the trough

 

When means is through we make our bunks;

The duty squad picks up the hunks

Of dirt and refuse thrown around

And cigarette butts on the ground

 

We all do this in double time,

Then beat it to the picket line;

We groom until our backs are sore

And then they give us semaphore.

 

From semaphore wet get a change

By marching out across the range

To where the guns are packed, and here

Wet get the school Cannoneer

 

Sometimes we get the elevation.

And sometimes study equitation;

Some to the buzzers then are sent

Some to the B.C. instrument.

 

At half past one we have a course

On ills and ailments of the horse:

And then to discount variations

We study army regulations.

 

We shave ourselves and scrub the floor.

And clean the mud off what we wore;

And this is followed in rotation

By first aid class sanitation.

 

All this comes just before the parade,

And when the shadows start to fade

Before sundown we have retreat;

Oh, Blessed Hour! It's time to eat.

 

By this we're feeling pretty fine

And all stay up till half-past nine.

Then "call to quarters" and perhaps-

The lights are all put out by "taps"

-PVT. JOHN HUTHER JR.,

                         Veterinary Corps.

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THE REWARDS OF VALOR

 

Upon a certain well known street. In dear old France were seen to meet. A maiden, sweet, demure and shy- Two men of spirit- "Do or die!" A captain one, to whom she said, "Has that hand steel to Germans fed?" "It hath," the great one gravely spoke; "Full many a for this arm hath broke." The pretty aid, though very coy. Seized on his hand and jumped with joy; Implanted in a state of bliss. Upon that hand a fervent kiss. The other soldier jealously stepped forth and asked his blissful fee, and puckering up his lips he sath, "I bit a German unto death!"

                                       CORP. GOLDSTEIN.

Company C, 306th Infantry.

 

Jewish Welfare Notes

 

To stimulate interest in drill competition the Jewish Board for Welfare work has offered twelve safety razors to the winners in Co. D, 308th Infantry.

A Jewish Culture Group, which has for its object the study of Jewish cultural ideals, has been organized. Men who are interested should apply at the office of the Jewish oard for Welfare Work.

All Jewish men are urged to cooperate with the Y.M.C.A. and the Knights of Columbus in developing the Inner Circle idea by conferring with the representative of the Jewish Board of Welfare Work and by selecting one representative for each company.

 

HIGH CLASS

 

Saturday afternoons are not lonesome any more! Junior League girls to talk to and buy stamps from, and entertainments and eats provided by these Junior Leaguers make the time fly. Last week the programme included Jinkle Barcus, baritone; Charles E. Ives at the piano and Robert Johnson with his violin.

 

IF You Know the A.L.A., O.K.; If Not, Here's and Introduction

 

THE SUICIDE CLUBMEN MACHINE GUNNERS

 

When it comes to talent of every description the Machine Gunners score a hundred on every target. Among the notables are Private Oakley, the crack shot of the 305th Battalion; Bugler Campion, 306th Battalion, and Corpl. Hart, the acrobat of the 304th.

Basketball is a great favorite with all the units who are playing a Round Robin at the 5th and 8th Y hut.

The battalion companies have each given an entertainment with invited guests and all of them have been highly entertaining and full of "pep." Boxers, wrestlers, acrobats, contortionists, singers, dancers, monologists, ventriloquists and instrumentalists all are given a air chance for their lives before firing.

All companies in these machine gun units have practiced the various games that were used by Gen. Pershing's men on the Mexican border and are now being used in France and England. They cause great rivalry among the company platoons and the men really look forward to next day's drill period.

On Wednesday night the K. of C. auditorium had its first visit from the machine gun section of the division. The orchestra of the 305th Battalion, under the leadership of Corpl. Schmidt, was on the job and gave a programme that was tonal feast for the large crowd that gathered to witness the spirited and exciting basketball game between Co. C, the 304th, Machine Gun Battalion, and the crack team of Co. A. 305th. While Co. A won the game by a score of 28 to 9, Lieut. Beverly's well coached but outweighed team put up a hard, game scrap. From the exhibition the team representiing Co. A put up it is safe to say that they have one of the best teams in camp and a match between them and Co. M, 306th Infantry, would be one worth going a long way to see.

Lineup: Co. A-Forwards, Fisher and Broke; centre, Hunzinger; guards, Glasser and McKenna. Co. C-Forwards, Donovan and Jack; centre, Walsh; guards, Fingerman and Bushnell.

 

Colorado, Iowa, Westchester County and Elsewhere, Make Their Contributions.

By F.L. Tolman, Camp Librarian.

 

What is the A.L.A.? This is one of the most frequent questions at Camp Upton. The men are making acquaintance with many surprising things from tanks to turpite, but the manner in which they run up against the American Library Association at almost every turn seems greatly to excite curiosity. The main library building is in the highbrow section of camp, near Headquarters Hill, a section of the camp familiar to both officers and men, but the branch libraries at the Y.M.C.A.'s the K. of C.'s and the company libraries in the recreation rooms of nearly all of the men's barracks are more familiar to the men than the officers. There is scarcely an organization in camp that has not been provided with a collection of books. The base hospital has been liberally supplied, both through the post exchange and by ward libraries. Distant organizations, such as the remount station and the pumping stations, have been cared for.

From Iowa, New York, Colorado

Books come to the Camp Upton Library from every nook and corner of the United States. They are all directly or indirectly the gifts of patriotic people and libraries of the land. Many are the direct gift of the mothers and sweethearts of the men. Some bear personal messages that have led to interesting correspondence of friendship. Bookplates in many of the books tell of their purchase wih the dollars given by the school children of Colorado, the Red Cross of Westchester and the Grange of Iowa. From New York City alone private libraries by the hundred have been given; many newspaper and business libraries have given liberally from their collections, and exclusive radical clubs have offered selected material from their choice collections chosen especially as of interest to officers and men. Many magazine publishers and scientific societies donate copies of their publications to the library for the free use of the men.

Training Soldier Minds.

There is profound logic behind the library war service. It is fighting Germany with own must effective weapon. It is fighting German science with the world's science. It is supplementing the splendid training of the American officers with the great body of recorded military science. It is training the minds of the soldiers of the new army to be alert, ingenious and informed in the essentials of their new profession. It is an essential condition of victory, and for many it is an education for the peace that wil follow victory.

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"MY OWN UNITED STATES."

 

A spectacular, patriotic film, featuring Arnold Daly, "My Own United States," was shown at the Y.M.C.A. Auditorium, brought by Lieut. Frohman. This was the first public showing of the feature, which was pronounced on of the best seen here by the soldiers.

 

ENJOY "PEG O' MY HEART."

 

The frequenters of 5th and 1st and 19th Street Y Huts heard with interest readings by Lois Gregg Secor, dramatic reader of New York, during the past week. She gave "Peg o' My Heart" and "Polly of the Circus."

 

NEW HOSTESS HOUSE

 

The new Hostess House of the Y.M.C.A. which serves especially the men of the artillery and the 152d Depot Brigade. has been opened.

 

TOP SERGEANT AT 21.

 

Looking for the softest way to get the biggest job is what we're all doing, unconsciously, perhaps, but there's one exception at Upton. He decided that hard work was the only way to get anything worth while. That's why he's probably the youngest Top Sergeant in the 7th Division. He's John Joseph Smith, aged twenty-one years- Serg. Smith, Company A 305th. Three months as a soldier, but every cubic inch is one, accept it from Cousin Oscar.

 

OHIO COLLEGE HEAD HERE.

 

Dr. Henry Churchill King, President of Oberlin College, Oberlin, O., was a speaker in the Sunday religious programme arranged by Herman Eldredge, Religious Work Secretary Y.M.C.A. Dr. King is one of the leaders thought and opinion and his words were heard with great interest by audiences in the 2d and 11th Y in the morning and the Y Auditorium Sunday afternoon.

 

MULTUM IN PARVO; SMALL BUT MIGHTY UPTON NEWS ITEMS

Concerning the Big Military Ball, 308th Parade and Other Matters.

 

It's now the Metropolitan Division, Mates! Brig. Gen. Johnson, commanding the 77th, has formally declared that Uptonites here gathered shall be known thus. The new designation accompanied announcement of the plans for a big military ball for the plans for a big military ball for 10,000 men and officers of this division, to be held in the 71st Regiment Armory Washington's Birthday. It will be a considerable treading party, and the boys who have become used to mile bikes will tread lightly and fantastically, with great staying power, it is expected. The Committe on Arrangements: Mrs. Joseph K. Choate, Col. C.O. Sherrill, 302d Engineers; Col. George Burleigh, New York National Guard; Capt. Frederick S. Greene, 302d Engineers.

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The entire Metropolitan Division shares with the 308th Regiment the honor bestowed on it by New Yorkers on the occasion of the first parade of National Army men Monday in the neighbor village. Brig. Gen. Johnson and Mayor Hylan were among the reviewing officers. The line of march fringed by cheering thousands: 71st Armory on 34th Street to Eight Avenue, to 59th Street, to Fifth Avenue, to Long Island ferry at 34th Street. Mr. Miller's bandmen gave a good account of themselves.

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Brig. Gen. Wittenmeyer, 154th Infantry Brigade, was reviewing officer for the review of the 306th Infantry here, Col. George Vidmer commanding. This was the second in the series of regimental reviews. Other high officers of the division witnessed the review.

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Members of the 302d Trench Mortar Battery did honor to the memory of a departed comrade Friday, when Private Arthur Peets of the battery was buried in New York. He died of pneumonia.

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The 308th Infantry is certainly super-active these days. The show in New York Sunday was one of the big numbers sponsored by Col. Averill's boys. Of course, you remember the Stupendous and World Famous Wild East and West Show and Nickabocker Circus that regiment will off in the Y Auditorium Feb. 12 and 13. Trench and Camp will list some of the startling features next week.

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And one of the Affairs de Force during the week was the Second Battalian night in the Y Auditorium, Food stuffs included ice cream, cake, cider and the entertainment was riotous.

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The Y Auditorium was the scene of bang-up free entertainments the last of the week. Some feature films were shown, including John McGraw in "One Touch of Nature." The Ordnance Talent has blossomed also, including Private Klemkin, the Upton Mordkin, in Russian dances and Cardini, the Caruso Sergeant; Bert Brown 307th Ambulance Company, who signed some Big Town Vaudeville and the 305th Field Artillery Orchestra have helped in making the recently passed entertainments big.

 

308TH INFANTRY

COMPANY "C" CLIPPINGS.

 

Though there is naught about him to cause us to flout him.

Why should we love him, this Oscar A. Schultz?

Though, true, no "Caliban." he's not a ladies man.

Then why, when we see him. this rise in our pulse?

Then why so excited, why so delighted. When he is just sighted treading the trail?

Here's why we rant and shout-I'll let the secret out-

He is the man who brings us our mail!

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From which may be deduced that the mail has assumed precedence even over the female in our company.

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Sergt. Beley claims, and with some basis of truth it must be said, that his platoon is the best platon in the company, and, therefore accordingly, the regiment. His claims are substantiated by other members of his platoon-who admit it.

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" The Singing Division!" Who can find a better or more appropriate name? Any soldier who is not afraid to lift up his voice in song is not afraid to fight. And the 308th is going to be the "singingest" regiment in "The Singing Division." And Company "C" is working its collective head off to become the "singingest" company in the "singingest" regiment in "The Singing Division." Company "C" is a firm believer in superiatives.

 

THIS PRIVATE'S CLAIM TO CELEBRITY DOESN'T DATE INTO CIVIL LIFE

Claim to Fame is a Wild Ride Taken from Upton Westward.

 

Every company has a man who is pointed out to visitors. The reason generally goes back to ante-bellum days. They are indicated as celebrities because of what they were as civilians. Not so with Private L.A. Dougherty, 305th Ambulance Company of the Sanitary Train He is pointed out because of an achievement as a soldier.

His claim to fame dates from the time recently when he beat his way to his home in Whiting, Ind., via Albany, Buffalo and Cleveland, using a bag of grins, a large package of nerve and few dollars in cash as his stock in trade. His story is regular Arabian Nights entertainment in itself, but he doesn't tell it readly. He's a little modest chap who enlisted out in Chicago and was transferred here from the South. The biggest thing in his story for soldiers is that, after coping single-handed with several railroads and securing free rides over them, he was unable to escape the Sergeant. Dougherty got thirty days K.P. for overstaying his leve thirty-seven hours. But he rode the cushions back, so what did he care?

 

1ST BAT., 306TH, PULLS OFF BIG-TIME ENTERTAINMENT.

 

The boys of the 1st Battalion, 306th Infantry, had a great old time at their big  vaudeville entertainment, held in the mess hall of Company C. recently remodelled for entertainment purposes.

The star talent of the 1st Battalion was 'mustered in' to present their wares, and members and friends were invited to attend. Enough came to crowd every nook and corner of the mess hall of Compnay C.  who acted as host for the occasion. The mess hall was especially manicured with mop, soap and brush and shone like a palatial music hall.

The price of admission was a smile, and before the show was half over every one had a millin fees to present. As soon as the first number of the programme started Old Doe Gloom made a right about via the back door and Kid Joy ame prancing in to take charge of the evening.

The programme was arranged by Capt. Ralph J. Sprague of Company C, he being Acting Major for the 1st Battalion. Sergt. Murrary of Company C, was stage director and had accts following one another with the rapidity of a veteran theatrical manager.

The whole affair was under the general supervision of First Lieut. B.I. Winn of Company C, who had made up a temporary stage a la cabaret. The following officers of the battalion were present: Capt. Ralph J. Sprague, First Lieut. B.I. Wimm, both of Company C; First Lieut. JOhn Kramer and Second Lieut. Herbert B. Laux, both of D Company, and Second Lieut. G.L. Ball of B Company.

 

E, 306TH, PLANS SHOW.

 Company E, 306th. plans a big entertainment in the Fifth and Fourth Y Hut Wednesday evening. Vaudeville, moving pictures and boxing will be implicated. Rogoff, Paddy Mullen, Pincus, Hochstein, Frank Coswell, Sergt. Hechtman and the Camp Upton Four are some of the large timers named.  A feature bout will be between Al Kaufman and Gautti, while Eberhardt, the battling policeman, will do a turn with his sparring partner.

 

GETS THREE YEARS.

 

Anton C. Miller, lately a private in the Machine Gun Company, 306th Infantry, has been dishonorably discharged from the service and sentenced to three years at hard labr. The sentence was after court martial conviction on a charge of refusal to participate in regular company drills. Miller was of German birth. He had been transferred here from a Regular Army unit.

 

Artillery Brigade to See Big Show

Officers Have Written Farce and 304th Will Entertain Brethren.

 

The Artillery Brigade is going to witness on Feb. 7 explosion of some of the largest size entertainment shells yet seen in the National Army. The mud-crushing boys are going to be guests that evening-the 305th and 306th F.A.- of their brother regiment, the 304th. Col. Kelly of the 304th has agreed to the offer of Mrs. Davidson of New York, prominently associated with theatrical people, to bring some feminine entertainers who will surpass anything yet seen between Upton and the upper west side.

The heavy firing, though, will be done by the 304th, whose committee on entertainment is hard at it getting some unusual features shaped up. Among them will be a twenty-five minute original farce, written by officers of the regiment, the scene being laid in a regimental infirmary at Upton. It is understood that the piece is crammed with bright, original lines, including some original army jokes, if there are such. Talent from the 304th will put it on.

 

PASSION TO SERVE COUNTRY WAS HIS

Fell Sick at Plattsburg, Forced His Draft, Young Solider is Dead.

 

Sergt. Gilroy Mulqueen died of pneumonia at the Base Hospital recently, while a member of the training school for officers. His was the sort of patriotic spirit, however, that does not die, but lives in all the great ideals for which men re fighting. His desire to serve his country in the war was almost a passion. And he seemed to be out-lucked at every step until the final great one.

Mulqueen, who was twenty-two year of age, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Mulqueen of No. 43 West Eighty-fifth Street, New York City, and a nephew of Judge Joseph F. Mulqueen of the Court of General Sessions. He went to the first Plattsburg school last summer, but after a month of training was stricken with para-typhoid and had to withdraw. When he received his draft number  his dismay was great when he saw it was far down the list and he probably won't be called. Accordingly he exerted every power to have it moved nearer the top. He succeeded and came to Upton with one of the first increments, Sept. . Company II, 307th Infantry, was his outfit, and he was respected and loved by his comrades and regarded highly by officers because of unusual capabilities. He was chosen for the officers' school and entered it on Jan 5. While there he was stricken with pneumonia and died after an illness of eight days. The entire 307th paid respects to him in an impressive military funeral.

 

MGR. BARNES, BRITISH MISSION, SPEAKS HERE

 

The Knights of Columbus Hall had one of the mos interesting gatherings in its career when Mgr. Barnes, formerly an officer in the British Army and more recently a chaplain, who is in this country with British Mission, and a man who has served his time in the trenches, thrilled and awed an audience that packed the hall to the roof. His thorough knowledge of conditions convinced his hearers that he knew whereof he spoke, and the message that he brought to the men of Upton will remain with them when they go forth to chase the Hun to his lair.

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MUTTONLESS DAY WHEN "LAMBS" CAME TO CAMP.

 

"A wolf in sheep's clothing" was the universal verdict on the so-called "Lambs Gamboi" promoted by Companies I and B, 307th Infantry, in the Y Auditorium. In fact, there was so ittle of "The Lambs" quality about the affair that the day of the entertainment was easily a Muttonless Day. A short sketch. "A Trench Phantasy," was the saving number and was well recieved. It was written by Precival Knight, who played the Tommy, and Capt. Harrigan, Company I, 307th, took the part of the American Sammy. There was a restive, uneasy feeling throughout most of the show, however, which expressed the dissatisfaction of soldiers who are accustomed to witness free entertainments by their mates of infinitely higher grade.

 

BAND CONCERTS IN K.C. HALL ARE WELL RECIEVED

Fine Programme of 4th Avenue and 6th Street Clubhouse-Other Notes

(By C. McD. Pallen, K.C. Sec'y.)

 

That the band concerts inaugurated in the Knights of Columbus Hall for Sunday afternoons have been a big hit was demonstrated thoroughly by the large crowds of soldiers and their visiting friends that packed the auditorium to the doors to listen to three fine concerts rendered by the bands of the 305th Artillery, 307th Infantry and 308th Infantry.

Two delightful cello solos were rendered by Private Rosanoff of the 307th, and Chaplain Bracken of the Knights of Columbus sang several favorite songs. Private Short of Headquarters Company of the 307th was accompanist for both of the solo numbers.

The snowstorm of Tuesday did not prevent the holding of the basketball games in the Knights of Columbus Hall, as there were altogether five of them in one evening, which is possibly a record for the camp. The 306th Infantry games are more like college games than any seen around the camp, as the companies march in and form cheering sections to shout their team on to victory. They have regular Greek college yell and some very "paradoxical" songs that always make a hit with the crowds. Length of the yells, ignorance of the proper spelling of the Greco-Latin-Italian names used and lack of space prevent our printing of the yells here. The results of games, according to the official scorer, were: D Company, 27-H Company, 0; Headquarters Company, 15-L Company, 12; M Company, 23-Machine Gun Company, 12. Lieut. O'Brien was as usual the capable referee.

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Lieut. Cummings is looking for a gold cross that was lost the other day and has offered a liberal reward to anybody that finds same and returns to the K. of C. desk at the Upton Boulevard Hall.

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Max Weinstein, several of the newspaper men and a few Chaplains had a song feast after hoursthe other night and as a result of the impromptu gathering it is likely that Secretary Grady has discovered some more talent for his Sunday concerts.

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A new and very useful member of the K. of C. staff arrived last week in the shape of a very nice station wagon type flivver. The car was presented to the K. of C. by the National Catholic War Council and it is a welcome and much needed addition.

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The new club house at Fourth Avenue and 15th Street started off its initial Sunday with a fine concert.

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The club house at Fourth Avenue and Sixth Street was recently the scene of a lively and entertaining vaudeville show, given by Camp Upton's old favorites from the artillery section. Most of the entertainers came from the famous 305th Field Artillery.

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Misfortune was good fortune recently when the boys who didn't get Saturday passes were entertained by the Upton Artillery of Brooklyn young ladies who came down laden with a treat of coffee, cakes, doughnuts and sandwiches. They passed them out in the clubhouses. The best part of it was that the gracious charmers brought their dancing slippers, and to band strains in each house fox trotted and one-stepped with the boys most of the afternoon. Their heartiest thanks go to them, also the hope that they will come down again soon.

The enterprising secretaries in the clubhouse on Fourth Avenue and Sixth Street have their hall in great shape, with nice white curtains on the windows and cozy corner fitted out, while they have stained writing desks a dark brown so that the ink brigade will hardly make an impression on the desks in the future. The clubhouse on the hill in the artillary section is now jealous, and believe us when we tell you that soon they will more than rival their brothers in "Infantry Valley."

 

MR. MARKEL JAZZ HIMSELF.

 

Say, boys, the roof was lifted right off last Tuesday evening when Markel's famous ten-piece jazz band let fly at Company K. 307th, show, Fifth Avenue and Eighth Street "Y" Hut. There are jazz bands and jazz bands, but only one Markel's Jazz! But you were there and heard it so what's the use of telling about it. A feature photo play by George Walsh was also part of the bill that Company K put on. You know they have been in quarantine for the last ten daays and they just naturally had to break loose.

 

NOTED COLORED MEN SPEAK TO 367TH IN NEW AUDITORIUM

Will Seat 5,000, and is Designed for Many Purposes.

 

Te big auditorium of the 367th Infantry (colored), seating 5,000, the largest building in camp is practically completed, and already one notable gathering has been held by the regiment. Col. James A. Moss presided at a meeting of the regiment, which had as special guests Emmett J. Scott, special advisor to Secretary Baker on negro questions, and Charles W. Anderson, former Collector of Internal Revenue of New York.

The speeches of these two distinguished colored men contained high praise for the 367th and paid especial tribute to the commanding officer, Col. Moss. Readings of Paul Lawreence Dunbar poems by a Tuskogee student and signing by the regiment, led by Max Weinstein, were features of the occasion. The 367th's rendition of "Roll, Jordan, Roll," with the plaintive negro spiritual quality is something that would repay a long journey to hear. The same evening a banquet was held in honor of the visitors in the negro Y.M.C.A. Gen. Hay, commanding the brigade to which the 367th belongs, was also a distinguished guest.

Many purposes will be served by the new regimental auditorium which has been built at a cost of $40,000 with funds raised through the efforts of the 367th Welfare League and the sale of bonds. The building will serve as a drill hall, gymnasium, lecture hall and for Sunday services. Entertainments will be held nightly. The formal dedication is to come soon and the dedication speaker will be a man of note.

 

TO THE WORLD!

 

Sam Goldstein, known as "Young Goldie," is here and wants it known. Sam is ready to meet all boxers of his class at 135 pounds. After mixing it for seven years in ten-round battles, no decision, with such talent as Young O'Leary, Dutch Brandt, Danny Ridge, Mike Wagner, Young Fulton, Young Cardell, Young Leroy, et al., he feels that he still has plenty of fight left. His manager, Abe Krakower, Company E, 305th Infantry, will be glad to sign up bouts.

 

FROM THE 307TH INFANTRY

Company M.

 

Sergt. Watson has some promising material for the company basketball team and is confident of it winning the 307th Infantry and Field Officers' Basket Ball Cup for the championship of the regiment. With Hannel and Kisselyak as forwards, Hill as centre and Costello and Stodt as guards, and such men as Reeves, Solomon, Englebright, Esterbrook, Dunn and Sommers in reserve, Compnay M will be found up among the leaders at the finish.

Competition is keen in this regiment to win the prize offered for the best kept barracks. Company M had a lead of one point over its nearest rival at the end of last week and intends to show the way during the rest of the time set for competition.

 

SANITARY DETACHMENT.

 

We have many talented men in this detachment and their quality as entertainers is equal to any camp. There are boxers, wrestlers, comedians and singers who can drive the blues away from anyone. Some of the following are well known in this camp.

Henry Brown, a comedian of renown, Billy King at his weight, will wrestle or box and not hesitate. Bill Sweeney, tall and leany, can well take care of himself. Sergt. Stead from the South, imitates bugle calls with his mouth, and Lawrence McGuire, with a Caruso desire, chirps from Reveille to Retreat.

These are a few known to most of you, later you will hear from our other friends dear.

Private Henry Muenzer, formerly of this detachment has recieved a commission in the United States Navel Reserve Force. Good luck to Henry.

Harold H. Maynes received his warrant as Sergeant on the 10th of this month, and is now at the Officers Training School.

Four other privates were promoted to grade of Sergeant. Their names are as follows: Harley R. Stead, Marsden Reece, Frederick Lindner, John Cleslinski.

A rookie, being a constant kicker of the mess served in camp, was observed eating a huge piece of bologna in one hand and a thick slice of pumpernickel bread in the other, called this his regular meal. This rookie, being an actor, must have been a "strong favorite" with his audience.

Headquarters Company has inaugurated a series of get-together nights, with an entertainment in the barracks, to which friends and performers from over the entire divisions are invited. The first one was a bounding success and it is hoped that those to follow will be even more so and will help in giving the men a wider acquaintance over the division. Incidentally, the company fund is aided by the 10 cents admission charge.

 

DIVISION BANDS WIL CO-OPERATE.

 

Agreement of the band organizations in camp cemented during the week will assure a schedule approved by Division Headquarters whereby the nine Y buildings and three K. of C. club houses will have Sunday concerts by the bands working in rotation. The base Hospital is also included, but an order from Division Headquarters provides for three concerts a week there, the music dispensers taking their turn in order. The bandmasters all co-operating are Mr. Bergman, 305th Infantry; Mr. Byrne, 306th Infantry; Mr. Nord, 307th Infantry; Mr. Miller, 308th Infantry; Mr. Dolfini, 304th F.A.; Mr. Fisher 305th F.A.; Mr. Galten, 306th F.A.; Mr. Casler, 152d Depot Brigade; Mr. Thompson, 367th Infantry; Mr. Burns, 302d Engineers.

 

306TH BASKETBALL

 

One of the merriest regimental basketball scraps in the division is being advanced by the flingers of the 306th Infantry. Company M at present seems to be one of the strongest contenders and have been cleaning up.

 

WANAMAKER FAMILY HERE.

 

Over 600 members of the Store Family of John Wanamaker's New York and Philadelphia, are in service with the flag, and the honor roll is published in a little booklet sent every man serving whose whereabouts are known, and the institution, as all the great patriotic firms are doing, keeps close track of its former employees.

A foreword in the booklet by John Wanamaker sounds the supreme duty call. Camp Upton men listed are as follows: Charles Dermigney 321st Field Signal Btn.; John Inciardi, band of the 306th Inf.; Henry Lion, Co. L, 306th Inf.;  S.M. Phillips Supply Co. 306th F.A.; Louis Ricckin, Hdq. Co. 305th Inf.; Louis W. Schuler, Co. L 308th Inf.; Frederick K. Thompson, Co. F, 308th.

 

SITTING TRIO PLEASES

 

Upton soldiers always appreciate sincerity in entertainers. For that reason the Sitting Trio was thrice blessed with appreciation. Father, daughter and son playing violin, piano and cello respectively, compose this family musician group from New York. They played on Y.M.C.A. huts at Second and Seventh, Nineteenth and Grant and Fifth and Eighth.

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