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july 8, 1918

Central Exchange Will Be Erected

Largest "Long and Low" Structure to Be in Heart of the City.

 

The Soldiers' Own Department Store is soon to take its place among the ultra-modern conveniences of this crowding cantonment. It is to be a central post exchange, belonging to the general family of D.E.'s, in which there are at present five active members, with a like number of associate memberships soon to become active. It will be long and low, as every respectable soft drink parlor in a camp should be. However, it will be a much longer than any other exchange in camp. Whether it will be lower remains to be seen. The prices, at least, will be as low as they can be made, very near to cost, so why worry about the height of the roof from the floor.

Construction has begun on the central exchange, located in the heart of the city, convenient to all theatres and hotels-the very Times Square of Camp Upton- handy to the Officers' Club, the Liberty Theatre and other points in our civic group. It will be 70 by 170 feet in dimensions, and will cost $18,000. All the articles sold in exchanges now operating will be offered in the large one and in addition there will be a lunch counter and restaurant, fruit, cigar and clothing stands, news-stand and book shop. The offices of the camp exchange staff will be also located in the building, in charge of Capt. A.J. Connick jr., cantonment exchange officer.

 

SEND PROTESTS TO GAIN A NIGHT'S RESPOSE

 

Desinlo Barry, Tony Drummion, Bob Glass and Hen Wetzler of the 4th Battalion, Depot Brigade, wish "very sincerely" to bring certain small matters to the attention of the camp, and have written Trench and Camp as follows:

"My Dear Editor: Allow us to ask for a little space in your valuable (Editor's note: Thank you, all four of you!) Weekly for soldiers in regards to being able to get a message to some of the wild boys of the Depot Brigade. The said wild men are Paddy Doyle, Scotty and George Borry, who is the intrepid drummer of the Depot Brigade Band. We have little or no sleep since this trio got together. It seems by their conversation they had a wild evening somewhere in Harlem recently. Paddy we know is a strong attraction among the fair sex. From what we learn he makes considerable showing among them. But again, Paddy and Bory accuse Scotty of talking to their girlfriends too often and trying to win their affections. Of course we feel sure Scotty wouldn't do such a thing. And he himself denies it, and never likes to bring up the subject. we all wish this gang lots of luck and a good time, but we want to let them know, through your paper, they should finish their debates on the train coming in, and not at 3 A.M., when everyone in the barrack is trying to sleep. We incidentally would like to know who the lady is who Bill McNulty mentions, but only when he's asleep. These boys were heart breakers, we are sure, in civil life, but now they are sleep breakers.

"Yours to earn a night's repose."

 

RED MEN GIVE AMBULANCE TO THE BASE HOSPITAL

 

A limousine motor ambulance costing $5,000 was given recently to the Base Hospital by the Improved Order of Red Men of New York State. About a hundred and fifty, including medical officers and nurses, witnessed the presentation which was made by Richard F. Elmore, of Port Chester, Great Sachem of New York State. Lt. Col. Jay D. Whitman, commanding the hospital, accepted the gift in behalf of the institution. An address was also made by James T. Rogers, Great Senior Sagamore, in behalf of the national organization.

 

Major's Brother, Private, Has Been Killed in Action.

 

Major William E. Payson, 1st Battalion, Depot Brigade, has just received notification from Washington that his brother has been killed in action in France. He was a private, Herbert P. Payson, and was in a Regular Army outfit. In November, 1914, he enlisted and served in the Philippines with the 13th U.S. Infantry, Company C, and on the border in Company G, 7th U.S. Infantry. he has been in France since spring.

The Major brother is himself an enlisted men, having twenty-one years with Uncle Sam before coming to Camp Upton. He was a Sergeant instructor in several reserve officers' training camps. He is spending a few days at his home, Maywood, Ill.

 

MANUAL ON SALUTING WILL BE GIVEN TO OFFICERS AND MEN

Private Saluted Another Private Two Hours to Make Cover.

 

A manual on saluting, prepared by direction of Major Gen. Bell, by Lieut. Col. Cyrus A. Dolph, Major William E. Boyle and Major Scholle, is soon to be put in the hands of every stump digging private, every faultless Sergeant Major, every commissioned officer and all others wearing the uniform in camp. A hundred thousand copies and more are being printed. The history of the salute is set forth in an interesting manner, according to Private Jesse Gerstenfeld, who typed the copy, the correct and incorrect manner of its use and other saluting data are given.

Tells How Salute Originated.

The material on the salute's history is particularly interesting, as the manual sets forth the beginning of the custom in ancient days when it was allowed as a class privilege to certain individuals whose bank rolls were obese and whose purple robes were rich enough in texture. Curiously, the next evolution made the salute a standard form of greeting from slave to master. The military world then took it up and made it the customary courtesy given between officer and soldier. And so it has come down through the years, always with a correct and an incorrect form.

On the cover of the saluting manual is pictured the ways one should and should not elevate the right elbow and form the right hand. The drawing is by our own Private Jack kelly, whose pictorial jibes form a weekly portion of Trench and Camp. In making the picture, Jack won the distinction of being the only private, as far as can be learned, who was saluted for something like two hours by a fellow private. The subject stood on an army pedestal made from an ash can and a board. Private Stidd of the Headquarters Detachment and Private Bill Bergamini were the coy and medest models' models. Private Stidd proved a too uneasy subject because of worries over his Horse (note the capital). It is the only horse in camp that picks and chooses its own routes of travel, regardless of the rider. Private Bergamini, the other model, was, before his burst into a fame, a champion K.P.

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Nothing succeeds like hard work and practice, and Lieut. Maurer of the 3d Co. had that little maxim in mind when he picked Sergts. Olsen and Dunbrow for the tent pitching contest, and had them practice under his direct supervision for a whole week. The 3d Co. boys were awarded the first place, and they deserved it.

 

RABBI WISE TELLS NEW MEN THEY MUST FIGHT AS OTHERS TRAINED HERE ARE FIGHTING

Gen. Bell Presides at Fourth of July Exercises- P r i m a Donna Sings National Anthem in Rain.

 

Speaking at the Fourth of July gathering on the Depot Brigade area, Rabbi Stephen S. Wise of New York urged the soldiers before him to fight as well as the National Army men trained here by Gen. Bell are now fighting in France. His address was full of the power, magnetism and appeal which make him one of America's greatest speakers. "The Kaiser boasted," said Dr. Wise, "that America wasn't prepared, wasn't united and was afraid to fight. Out answer is a million men now in France. The beginning of the end is now in sight for Germany, and issue depends upon you men, and your comrades, and the way you fight. Germany brought the war upon the world. America is going to end it. We should not talk of saving France, as France has saved the world. And because of her glory in this accomplishment, and our own priceless traditions, this day will be observed by the nations of the world in future years as Independence Day. Peace can only come when Germany has restored to the rightful owners every inch of territory she has stolen.

"You men must fight terribly against your enemies. Toward the helpless, the women, children and old men you must show a great mercy. You must be toward them, in short, Americans."

The words of Lincoln were quoted by Gen. Bell in his address. "It is not what we say here, but what we do over there which counts," said the General. He presided. The programme was further marked by the participation of two enlisted men, both of whom were selected by competition Private Herman B. Yohalen, 45th Company, Depot Brigade, read the Declaration of Independence, and Corpl. John R. Duffy, Compnay M, 3d Development Battalion, read the President's message. The "Star Spangled Banner" was sung in the conventional Fourth of July thunder shower by Mme. Marie Sundelius of the Metropolitan Opera Company. She sang also two others songs. Eric Dudley, camp song leader, led several choruses, and the balance of the programme was music by the Depot Brigade chaplains; greeting from the Allid nations, by Major J.R. Ralli of the British Army, and benediction by Chaplain Lawrence J. Bracken. The celebration was under the auspices of the Camp Welfare Organizations- the Y.M.C.A., Knights of Columbus and Jewish Board for Welfare Work.

Athletic Programme.

Capt. Frank Glick and Frederick Shultz of the Y.M.C.A. presided over a morning athletic programme. The events were; Medicine ball race, 25 men each team; shuttle broad jump, 10 men in a team; shuttle shot put, 10 men in a team; equipment race; resuce race; pitching shelter tents and field inspection; battalion relay race, 5 men in each team.

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Under the expert tutelage of J.J. Cronin, one-time moving picture expert with the Community Corporation of New York and now General Supervisor of Camp Moving Picture Operation and Upkeep for the Y.M.C.A. here, nine Y blokes have finished a course of training. Included in the course were the repair and care of machines, operation and other essential points of knowledge essential for one aiming at a license to act as chauffer to one of the big Edisons which furnish the screen action for soldiers frequenting the Y.M.C.A. huts. The class met every day for several weeks for a two-hour session. Licenses will be applied for.

 

Actors and Officers Keep Provost Guard's Pie Wagon Busy.

 

Baseball game there never was since the first primeval pitcher threw out the first antediluvian base runner with the well-aimed hurl of a fifty pound rock like the one on the Depot Brigade field recently between the officers and actors. It started with a protest and ended by the "arrest" of Clifton Crawford as a conscientious objector-to baseball as she is played at Camp Upton. Harry Brown, star of "Oh, Lady! Lady!!" started the diversion by protesting against the use of a hard ball. His understanding was a tennis ball would be used. From then on, everything went. One actor hitter got three bases on a pep fly by the simple expedient of running to third instead of first. He wasn't arrested. Practically every one else was. Major H.H. Walker's Pie Wagon did yeoman service. The first arrest was of a person hight Harry Ralph Otto. He was an actor, but refused to play with his mates, asserting he was a ukelele, not a baseball player. His arrest followed a long search through the crowd. The rest of his career was brief.

Cornet-Playing Pitcher Yanked.

Theactors found their pitching material unsatisfactory. Private Charles B. Greiner, cornet player in Sergt. Eckinroth's Depot Brigade Band, was drafted to pitch, but his music case handicapped his delivery and he was taken out in favor of Mr. Otto. He pitched two balls and was rearrested. The game went from bad to worse, until a dispute arose over the score, which Father Lawrence J. Bracken and Sergt. Marshall declared was 8-8. The actors protested they were millions ahead. Clifton Crawford was arrested, and the crowd left. The actors had the following in the feild at bat: Harry Brown, right field; Clifton Crawford, left field; Lieut. Arthur Clarke, centre field; Frank grace, catcher; C.E. Butler, first base; Rivoli, short stop; Capt. Wright Krammer, a former actor, third base; Capt. Paul McAllister, another former actor, second base, and Johnny Barkis, pitcher No. 1.

The officers were: Major Payson, third base; Major Hubbell, second base; Major Higgins, short stop; Major Draper, catcher; Major Crane, first base; Major Biddle, left field; Major Brandreath, centrefield; Major Osborne, right field, and Major Burdell, pitcher.

The game was only a part of the two day Theatrical Revelry, which began with an officers' dance at the Officers' Club, and wound up flamingly with a big performance at the Liberty Theatre. Harry Brown, as announcer, introduced the following, excepting Majorie Rambeau, who was presented by Major Gen. Bell; Fritzi Soheff, Harry Carroll, the Dolly Sisters, Jane Coneley and Erwin Coneley in a one act play, Miss Kittie Donar of the Winder Garden, Miss Dorothy Jardon, Miss Dorothy Dickson and Carl Hyson, Miss Constance Binney and Carl Randall, Clifton Crawford, Miss Marjorie Rambeau and Our Own Private Irving Berlin. The proceeds of the entertainment were used for the athletic fund of the Depot Brigade and in general community service.

One of the features of the occasion was the mess served the performers by the 11th Company, Depot Brigade. The 9th Battalion also wielded a fine hospitality, opening the barrack for the use of lady visitors.

 

Co. B,M.P., Puts On Its Own Big Show

 

Company B. Military Police, took possession of the Y.M.C.A. Hut at 7th Street and 2d avenue recently, and their entertainment committee, led by Sergt. Schoengold, put over one of the largest evenings yet. Local and long distance talent was used. Sergt. Schoengold himself participated in the programme, assisting Lew Hilton in songs and stories. The committee were Sergt. Sciengold, Sergt. Webster, Sergt. Titus, Private Preiss and Private Costa. After the show came the real core of the evening, in the shapr of a barrack entertainment at B's home. The cooks provided for an after theatre mess, including cake, ice cream, peacnes, sandwiches and orange punch. The commanding officer, Capt. Finck, and Lieut. Goldberg were given tokens of their men's esteem, and three cheers given also easily and cheerfully for the entertainers. They included Private W. Eymer, 45th Company, songs' Cook Ferriari, sensational juggling; Charles Mack, English comedian; Lew Hilton and Sergt. Schoengold, stories; Rothange and Miliano, 12th Company, comedy acrobats; Private Joseph Cosat, Company B. comedian; Service Quartet, Private Irving Berlin, some of his late song hits; Billy Barlow, songs and stories; Lace and Wilkie. Scotch singers and dancers; Bedford and Graham, whirlwind dancers.

 

MULE EXPERTS AT REMOUNT HAVE FAST BASEBALL TEAM.

 

The 302d Auxiliary Remount depot has a ball club in the field that has shown promise of being a strong contender for cantonment supremacy, only one defeat being chalked against them and that at the bands of the 367th Infantry. Ling has been pitching a fast article of ball for the Mule Experts. Company B. Military Police, were recently handed a wallop by a score of 18 to 2. The players:

Remount-S. Salzman, H. Salzman, Romard, Ascher, Silverman, Wicker, Ling, Gusty and Brennan.

Company B.M.P.-Blackburn, Angelo, Markheimer, Schacht, Price, Galzendorfer, Murray, Starkey, Schoenshelmer.

 

Busy With Activities at Knights' Houses

Ladies' Auxiliary Visits Camp- Miss Henshaw Entertains.

 

The K. of C. halls have both been busy in the social and entertainment activities and have been drawing big crowds with their varied programmes. The Ladies' Camp Upton Auxilliary visited camp in two sightseeing buses. There were forty or fifty in the party, which entertained and danced at both halls. The party was in charge of Miss Mary L. Brady, late President of the Interboro Teachers' Association. These Saturday visits are becoming more and more popular, and the boys who fall to get passes to the city have a good stand-by at the Knights' balls.

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On Sunday afternoon there was an impromptu programme by the soldiers, and in the evening a professional entertainment was given by Miss Patsy Henshaw, assisted by Miss Ethel Boyd, altely playing a leading part with Julius Anderson in the "Rainbow Girl" and now studying for a new show to open shortly. The show was greatly appreciated by the big audiences at both halls, the songs and recitations all being received with great applause. Miss Helena was the accompanist.

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One of the big features of the week was Miss Carmen Myers, the noted movie star, who came down with her latest films, which were well received. Seeing the heroine in flesh and blood seems to add greatly to the charm of a picture, and the boys want Miss Myers to come again.

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Saturday Madame Niessen-Stone, the well-known opera star of the Metropolitan Opera Company, came down and entertained the boys with a number of classical and popular selections. Her voice has both range and sweetness and she has a technique which is nothing short of perfect. Her renderings were of the sort which appeal to men, and especially soldiers, and no better entertainment of its kind has ever been given in Camp Upton.

 

NEW MUSIC librarian GETTING "RECENTEST" HITS

 

The Liberty and Buffalo Theatres now have a librarian, and it looks as if the library would grow to such proportions that soon a building or a regular office will be necessary to house his findings. He's Private Alfred Saenger, one of the first violinists at the Buffalo First Company, 152d Depot Brigade, who before being called to service, was librarian of the Rialto and Rivoli Theatres, New York. He became equainted then with about every music house in New York, and his connectios are provig valuable in building up a music library for the camp houses. Two hundred orchestrations of popular concert and musical comedy selections in just a couple of trips to the city; and what he'll do if he's allowed to go in often is hard to forecast.

Private Saenger has free access to almost any number being played today, and the audiences of the two playhouses are assured the latest novelties in music. One publisher who does work for the large moving picture features is S.M. Berg, because of his familiarity with the motion picture industry, and two of Berg's latest which Private Saenger has introduced are proving big hits- "Kathleen," one of Mr. Berg's compositions, and "Over the Top, Boys," being played in the Guy Empey picture. This music is secured through the patriotism and generosity of the publishers, without charge, graits and to use a great and guhloreeyus word-free.

 

Pershing's Crusaders Are Seen on Y Movie Screen.

 

By special request Mr. Walker obtained for the week of July 1, an unexpected release of the film "Pershing's Crusaders." to entertain the fifteen thousand newly-drafted men at the Y.M.C.A. Auditorium. Twenty five hundred recruits crowded the amphitheater each night of the week and enjoyed one of the most stupendous spectacles ever presented on the screen. In collaboration with this picture, Mr. Walker arranged to show film slides, such as "The Spirit of Liberty of France," "The Spirit of Liberty of America," "Joan of Arc," "general Pershing with the first Contingent of American Troops Over There," followed by the face of the German pup, Von Hindenburg. Music that thrilled the audience with a melody from Melodyland was furnished by the Depot Brigade Band, of which Albert W. Eckinroth is bandmaster. Since these recruits were under quarantine, this means of entertainment was received by them in most pleasing and gratifying manner.

                                                SGT. 1ST. CL. SYD. L. GROSS.

 

MAJOR AT BOXING BEE TELLS OF OLD ARMY ROUGH-HOUSING DAYS

First Battalion's Gloves Are Donned Before Properly Presented.

 

The 1st Co. Dept. Brigade is going strong. Their last affair was a big Saturday night boxing, vaudeville and sing-song fest. There were several good bouts, and before the star bout of the evening between Young Eddy and Johnny Salsberg, Major Payson, Commander, made a speech, dwelling on the value of good esprit de corps. In reminiscent vein he told of his early days in the army, when as a buck private he had participated in company combats for the honor of the old company. "Our company had a little party one evening," he said, "at which a member of the next company invited himself. Pretty soon this guy began to labor under the delusion that he owned the whole keg, and the fellows took him and threw him out bodily. On the way home he and his squad waylaid a couple of our men, those men came back and returned to beat up that squad with a whole platoon, the squad beat it and came back with their whole company, and our platoon sent back to gather in the rest of the company, and those two companies would be fighting yet if the Provost Guard hadn't arrived in time to stop the fight before anybody was killed. Free Fighting and rough-housing is bad, and should be discouraged rather then encouraged, but never let any other company put anything over on your company. Every man should do his best to make his company the best in the battalion, each battalion should aim to be the best in the regiment, each regiment the best in the brigade, each brigade the best in the division, the division the best in the United States Army, and the United States Army will be, as it is going to prove to be, the best army in the world."

The Major finished his speech by reaching for a set of boxing gloves, which he stated he was going to present to the 1st Company. The set of gloves was missing, and on inquiry about it was discovered that the mitts ornamenting the able knuckles of Young Eddy and Johnny Salsberg were the gloves presented by the Major, the presentation being anticipated by Sergt. Myers, with the characterisitic readiness of the 1st Compnay to pick up anything worth picking up in the brigade area.

Following the boxing there was a fine concert programme given in the mess hall, where Mess. Sergt Myers served refreshments to all the boys assembled, about 800 being present altogether, the other three companies being well represented by their prize meat hounds, who can smell a feed a hundred miled away.

Sergt. Myers is to be commended for his efforts in showing the boys of the company and the entire battalion a good time. This is not the first affair of this kind he has staged, and Sergt. Shanley will be losing his laurels as prize show promotor of the brigade if he doesn't get busy on another affair for the 3d Company soon.

Mrs. Payson, wife of Major Payson, was the guest of honor, and was particulary interested in the boxing bouts. When she expressed a desire to learn to box Major explained in an apprehensive way that it wasn't being done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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