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Vol. 1 GREENVILLE, S. C., MAY 4, 1918. No. 30


Men Who Are Physically Unfit For Oversea Service Be Left Behind


A provisional battalion of some 800 men who are physiclly unfit for overseas service has been formed at Camp Sevier and will remain at camp upon the departure of other troops for France. This battalion is under command of Capt. S. B. Bomar, formerly head of the division post exchange.

The unfits have been taken from all the units designated for oversea service and will continue their training as usual upon the deportation of the others. Naturally, when the various units move there will be a great deal of utility work to be done and preparation to be made for incoming troops, and it is more than likely that this battalion will be assigned to such duties.

As each unit prepares to go the physical unfit m[en?] will be assigned to [this?] battalion so that the personnel will increase from time to time. How long these men left behind will be retained and whether or not they will ultimately be sent over is as yet indefinite .

Drafted Men Same As The Oldest [Me?]mbers

All drafted men who have recently come to Camp Sevier and who have been assigned to commands will leave with those comands when they are ordered away, just as if they had been trained regularly with the unit. This plan is being generaly followed in the army, since it is the only practical way of keeping the units when sending them overseas. A number of drafted men have recently been assigned to units at Camp Sevier which are expected to depart at an early date, and they will go over with those companies. Of course, they will be given ample training behind the lines in France before going to the front, just as will all members of the American army.


The Bible Sunday School Class of the First Baptist Church, West McBee Avenue, extends a cordial invitation to all soldiers at Camp Sevier and other friends to attend their class, which meets in the main Church Auditorum. Prof. H. T. Cox, of Furman University, lectures. 10:00 o'clock, fast time.

81st Division Be Transferred To Camp Sevier

COLUMBIA, S. C., May 2.-- Announcement was made at Camp Jackson late today that orders had been received for the immediate transfer of Maj. General Chas. J. Bailey commanding the 81st division, and his staff and all infantry units and military police to Camp Sevier, Greenville, S. C. Artillery units, field signal battalions and sanitary trains, it was stated, will not be involved in the transfer.

[Headline across top of columns 2 and 3] PALMETTO LADS MARCHED IN FAREWELL PARADE

A crowd of more than a thousand people watched the final review of the 118th Infantry, formerly the First South Carolina regiment, at Camp Sevier yesterday afternoon. The regiment was not comletely represented, several of the companies being absent, but this did not detract from the occasion and the rapt spectators looked on in absorbed silence at the columns of stalwart Palmetto lads who are in the best of trim to meet the Huns.

The parade was held on the regimental parade grounds and everyone was afforded an excellent view. On account of the lateness of the announcement of the procession, many out-of-town friends and relatives of the soldiers were unable to attend, but many from nearby places managed to come over in time to witness it. Col. P. K. McCully, commander of the regiment, was unable to review his men, but was represented by one of his majors.

Each company had its full war strength of 250 men and made a notable appearance. Full equipment for marching was carried and the swinging columns of burdened lads, the most of whom one year ago were clerks, farmers, business men, etc., gave every onlooker a feeling of pride and an eager desire to do his part in the great struggle.

Three battalions were on the field and the fact that every man who stood in these ranks is soon to go thousands of miles away from his home and loved ones to battle for democracy and future protection of the country made every one a hero. The weather was beautiful and the crowd thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon, yet did not enjoy it.


All the companies have been engaged in combat exercises this [week?] with the Infantry Regiments of the Division and getting a lot of diversion and instruction out of the work.

Forty-two new arrivals from the Field Signal Batallion of Camp Funston, Kan. joined the Batallion this [illegible] were distributed among the various companies. Companies A and B are now up to strength.

The departure of Mr. J. H. Gardner, our popular and competent Y. M. C. A. Secretary, is deeply regretted and the boys all hope to meet him in France before long. His successor, Mr. R. W. Thrush, is making friends fast, and we are lining up for hearty cooperation with him.

Lawrence and Lyle Wilson, of Co. A, are visiting in Cullowhee, N. C., for five days.

2nd Lieut. Ovid S. Ray, formerly of the 7th Field Batallion, Signal Corps, has reported for duty with A Co.

Private Caulie Scott, of B Co., is on a 10 days' forlough, visiting his family in Bogard, Mo.

Company C is proud of their new prize, "Cyclone Bob," from Nebraska, who is a wrestler worthy of mention. Bod weighs 190 pounds for all comers. Arrangements can be made by seeing Mike King. The latter is looking forward for a bout with Mike Caryest, of Spartanburg.

Sergeant, 1st Class, James G. Smith is now on a ten days' furlough in Memphis.

Sergeant Ira O. Wortman, who left in January for the Signal Officers' Training Camp, at Leon Springs, has rejoined Company C. as a 2nd Lieutenant and we are glad to have him back with us in that capacity.

Medical Detatchment. Sergeant R. E. Kenny is attending school at the Ambulance Co. and Privates Kennedy and Bardin at the Field Hospital. Private Munsen is visiting relatives at Andrews, S. C. Sergt. Wm. E. Dillard, of Co. A, has been transferred to the Detachment.

The Pigeon Section ow has its full strength of fourteen men, but eight of the Section are in the detention camp. Daily flights have been started under the direction of Sergeant E. K. Smith.


WASHINGTON, May 2.--Blanket authority for the president to increase the army to whatever size may be necessary to win the war was proposed to the house military committee in executive session today by Secretary Baker, Major General March, acting chief of staff, and Provost Marshal General Crowder. An administation measures amending the selective draft act to provide for this grant of power will be prepared immediately and prompt action on it asked.

Secretary Baker told the committee it would be unwise to set any limit on the number of men who could be called to the colors, and that the granting of complete discretionary authority to the president to increase the size of the army as rapidly as transportation and equipment facilities may warrant would have a great psychological effect on the enemy by showing how thoroughly the nation is throwing all its resources into the conflict.


Well, I should say some service, the Y. M. C. A. I am talking about. Why I was over there Saturday night. Well I just never saw such wonderful work. There was a secretary selling stamps at one window, another selling money orders at another, one giving out writing paper at another and still another passing out the best little paper, "Trench and Camp"; and to fit it all they were entertaining hundreds of the boys inside with movies. Well, I havn't been around much but I know they are going some at the other Units if they have anything on Unit 84.

Corporal Wells, Co. G, 119th Inf.

Corporal Leslie L. Taylor, of the Supply Det., and Corporal William A. Crenshaw, of Company B, have rejoined the Battallion after successfully completing the Artillery course at the Third Officers' Training Camp, and are wearing the white "eligibility stripe" as the reward of their efforts.


Major General Townsley Who Is Still Ill, Succeeded in Command at Sevier


Maj. Geo. George W. Read, National Army, has been placed in command of the 30th Division, is was leanred yesterday succeeding Major General Clarence P. Townsley, N. A., who has never fully recovered from a recent serious operation.

Geo. Read, who at the beginning of the war was a colonel of cavalry in the regular army, has been stationed at El Paso, Texas. It is not known whether he will join his command here or either at some point in its journey overseas or on the other side.

Major Gen. Jo[hn?] F. Mo[rrison?], now in charge of all training at camps in this country, was the original commander of the Old Hickory division. He never returned here from his inspection tour of the French front, being given his new duty shortly after returning. After an interval of some weeks Gen. Townsley succeeded Gen. Morrison. He, likewise, did not return here after visiting France, undergoing his operation in Washington.

Brig. Gen. S. F. Faison, of North Carolina, commander of the 60th Infantry brigade, has acted as commander during the various periods when there was no major general here.

Capt. Barr Is Now At Sevier Base Hospital

Capt. Albert T. Barr, Company A, 119th infantry, who has been absent from his command for several weeks, returned to Camp Sevier Sunday night it has been learned. Captain Barr is now at the base hospital.

A large number of small water carts, designed to be drawn by one mule, and intended for supply troops in action with drinking water, have been received at Camp Sevier. Each company is allowed one cart, which holds about 130 gallons, allowing roughly two quarts per man. Thoughts of how easily the tanks could be filled with beer from the big breweries just outside of Berlin and of the excellent temporary containers they would make should spur the troops of the 30th on to superhuman efforts when they reach the firing line.


The Camp Sevier Trench and Camp absolutely belongs to the soldiers of Camp Sevier. It is your paper, is to be used by every unit of in this Division. It is absolutely free to the soldiers and caries all camp news, writ ten by the soldiers.

If you are not a contributor to the Trench and Camp it is your own fault. If the news from your company or regiment does not appear in these columns, it is again your fault. So get busy and send in something for next week's paper.

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[Column 1] How a young American soldier seeing the front line trenches "somewhere in France" unoccupied and believing his fellow fighters had been driven back by the Huns held his position and poured rifle fire into No Man's Land to stop th enemy who were not here, is interestingly and amusingly told by william Wallace, a meember of Lieut. William W. Lyons' outfit, in a letter addressed to his mother. The letter has been given The News for publication through the courtesy of Chaplain J. S. Lyons of Camp Sevier, a brother of Lieut. Lyons, and is as follows: Still in the same place. Thursday, March 28. Dear Mama: A miracle has ahppened--- I'm still in the same place I was when I last wrote---it's been almost two weeks since I landed here. But they just couldn't bear to leave me here normally, so they moved everything away but me. That's almost as bad as moving myself. I'm up here now, with a handful o fmen, in about hte same position as a doughboy I saw with the infantry. One night the Americans withdrew from the front line trenches to the second for the night. This is a common maneuver, on both sides, while they occupy the front line at all. This particular boy, a kid of about 18, from Tennessee, had been sent by the captain with a message to one of the lieutenants. A few moments later, the captain heard a terrible commotion break loose up in the front line. It showed no signs of letting up, so the captain took several men and wet up to investigate. And there, at the junction of a communicating trench and the the front line trench, he found this boy, standing on the firing steps, banging away with his rifle and throwing hand grenades at a great rate---at nothing at all. Everything was quiet but this one little volcano. He didn't notice anybody behind him until the captain grabbed his arm. Then he turned around, saw who it was and shouted excitedly, "Hello, Captain! Glad you came, been holdin' the front line all by myself." And he was--- there wasn't another soul there for half a mile on either side. He had not known of the withdrawl, and had gone with his message to where the lieutenant usually was. Arriving there and seeing no one, he had decided that the Boches were attacking and that the Americans had fled. But he wasn't that kind--- he stayed right there and withstood the attack. I doubt if there was a Boche within threequarters of a mile of him. But he believes to this day that he repelled a Hun attack. I'm just in the position he was except that I'm keeping powerfully quiet and not doing much shooting. We're laying low, me and my little gang. I've dubbed them the "Foreign Legion." But I do them an injustice, for I believe the "Foreign Legion" has a few native Americans in it--- my "Legion" has non. But we're all true Americans now, and if Fritz wants to find it out, just let him come over and try us. We can shoot as straight as any Frenchman that ever ate frog's legs or drank Pinard. I don't believe he's coming over right here, but if he does, we're all ready for him. Four out of five of the mend are "raring" to go to the British fron and put a stop to this offensive. They are sure they can do it. But the British don't need us.

Hardships of war! Maybe they are, but the only real hardhsip I have encountered yet is being away from home. I sometimes get sort of hysterical in my thoughts, wishing to get back to see you. But physically, I have been very comfortable--- almost luxurious at times. It may be because my scale of values in luxuries has tumbled and that things now seem fine to me that would not have seemed so fine a year ago. I just finished dining suptously on fried ham and eggs, fried potatoes, bread, goat butter and blackberry jam and hot chocolate. I don't know how it sounds to you, but I feel like Thanksgiving, Xmas, at home, and fair week at Aunt Frankies, all combined. I know one thing, before the war I would never have considered any meal sumptuout without icecream.

The weather has been beautiful. It has been colder this week but perfectly clear. The airplanes have had a great time, and the observation balloons have been up all day. You can trace the line for miles and miles in both directions by the French and German balloons facing each other every few miles. It's a case of live and let live with them--- "You shoot me down and I'll shoot you down but you let me be and I'll [Continued on Column 2] let you be." ANd this being a quiet sector, they let each other "be." That is characterisitic of the whole business. You can't be at grips with each other. Human nerves couldn't stand it. There have to be quiet periods and quiet sectors and where these are, there have to be quiet understandings---you let me alone and I'll let you alone. Of course you don't hobnob with each other, but, on the other hand, you don't go gunning for each other, either. When the Americans came here, they felt sort of ashamed of being on a quiet sector---and then besides, Americans are just naturally restless and pestiferous, and so they proceeded to start things. And the result is that the sector is livelier than it has been for months and months. It is a sort of a bixture of quiet and lively--- no big movements but a general yap-yapping everywhere. Which makes it interesting and unentertaining quite often

I haven't heard from you since my last letter. The only mail I have had was a letter last night from Lois, which was very welcome adn very interesting. I may get a letter tonight, but this has to go out on the same wagon that the mail come in on. It's about due now, too, so I'll have to get it ready--- the envelope these days takes as much time as the letter.

I certainly hope you are well and strong now and have no new worries. Don't bother about me---I'm cautious as a scratched dog. And I'm well and fat and already to come home. I've got so much to tell I can hardly hold it. Give my love to father and Sprole and Maysie, and everybody in Kentucky. Wagon in coming. Affectionately, WM. WALLACE. O.K. Wm. W. Lyons, 2nd Lieut.

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Corporl George E. Mew, Co. A, 105th Ammuniton Train, has returned from Charleston, S. C. where he spent a few days with relatives and friends.

Joseph L. Clancy, Co. C., 120th Infantry, has returned from a visit to the home folks, at Knoxville, Tenn.

Corporal George B. Mahoney had a delightful visit at home in Chattanooga, Tenn

There might be finer dogs in Camp Sevier than Trixie and her tow sons, Brownie and Spot, of the 105th Am. Train, but if so the writer of this article has not met them.

Thusday evening a part of ladies from Greenville, consisting of Miss Glays McGee, piano; Miss Ellen Wilson., songs; Miss Dorothea Mathon, dramatic readings; Miss Brigil Sellers, violin, and Miss Priscilla Poteat, piano, put on a program way beyone the sort that is usually offered to soldiers; and demonstrated beyond all doubt that the boys in the service can appreciate something besides rag time. We trust that we may have the pleasure of hearing these charming people soon again.

Leo Troostwyk, 'cello, George Muse, violin, and Miss Bryant, piano, executed instrumental numbers in a highly artisitc way. Their ensebmle was of such brilliancy that the audience encored again and again.

Now a word about Private Adams, magician; Houdin was great, so was Kellar, but for mystifying tricks with out apparatus and without stage set- [Continued on following column half way down]

[Column 4] "Dad" Sinex Has Charge of Y.M.C.A Work in All Outpost

F. B. Sinex, known to the soldiers of Camp Sevier only by the name of "Dad," has been put in charge of the Y.M.C.A. work in the out post companies. The job is equivalent to that of looking after any where from five to 15 buildings and when you get Dad Sinex going he is equivalent to any job that you can conceive of a man undertaking.

"Dad" might be described as 144 pounds of the highest type of human energy with which there is to be found an unusurpassed amount of determination and in which there is a heart that is big enough for every soldier in Camp Sevier to have a share of Dad's love. Dad is known to those on the outside of camp life as a professional whirlwind Campaignist. He has been associated with different religious and college financial campaigns over the north and south, making unsurpassed records in all he undertook. He was born in New Albany, Ind., but has been in the south for the past 18 years with the exception of a few years that were spent in Chicago in speacial work..

Camp Sevier was especially fortunate last August when Dad was assigned to this Sevier. He was among the first few here, there have been most a hundred secretaries since that time to come and go, but today there are only three of the first arrivals and Dad is one of the three.

You will hear more about Dad later.


Mr. J. S. Kennedy, associate Camp Secretary, of Nashville, who is giving his time to Y.M.C.A. work, in Camp Sevier, at a sacrifice, without cost to the Y.M.C.A. has expressed himself as liking the work that is being carried on by the Y.M.C.A. and the fellows seem to feel the same way about Mr. Kennedy.

They are always glad to greet men of his callibre who make such sacrifices.

[continued line from column 3, presented in column 4] tings, scenery and ssistants, give us Adams.

Sunday evening we were favored withA a concert by the band from the 105th Engineer Batallion. Their offerings were as usual splendid, particularly a medley that went over big.

Private Greenhaig embroidered the liquid velvet of his magnificent concert with several vocal numbers in a masterful manner.

Watch for the date of the opening of our movie show.

These were welcome callers at the Knights of Columbus building during the week: Mrs. J. H. Willias, Pineapple, Ala. Mrs. J. W. Caldwell, Lebanon, Tenn. Mrs. H. [torn] Libbey, Carter City, Kas. Mrs. E. J. Sherwood, Conway, S. C. Miss Ella Sessions, Conway, S. C. Miss Kathleen Sessions, Conway. S. C. John L. Curran, wife and son, Nashville, Tenn. Mr. E. V. Boniface, Mt. Pleasant, S. C. R. E. Bradford, Jr, Charleston, S. C. G.E. Boniface, Charleston, S. C. Mrs. J. M. Clancy, Memphis, Tenn. Mrs. Wm. Dullker, Memphis, Tenn. Mrs. W. A. Reed Memphis, Tenn. Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Ryan, PAeru, Indiana. Miss Mary Ryan, Peru, Indiana.


The title, "America at War Over here and Over There," has been stamped upon this series of pictures, and the many scenes depicted comprise a comprehensive picturization of what America has accomplished in her first year of warfare against German aggression. "America at War" is in nine reels or acts. Beginning with scenes showing the destruction of Gelgium, the films portray the stupendous activities which hve manifested themselbes in the various branches of Uncle Sam's fighting organizations.

The nation's progress in aviation, shipbuilding, hospital and ambulance units and submarines are shown. The prictures are replete with spectacular moments, such as a night battle in an American camp; maneuvers of America's great naval fleet; a realistic attack with smoke, gas and liquid fire barrages; a naval movement in which some of our best submarines and torpedo boat destroyers have participated. The film ends with a special reel showing "our boys over there' in action on the firing line in France.

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FOES [Spanning first three columns in top left corner; Sketch of native warrior labeled as "waste" squaring off with classic Roman looking warrior labeled as "victory". Picture is labeled "courtesy of the New York Evening Journal"]

[column 1] French Fried

It isn't advertised at the regimental canteen or post-exchange, but French Fried, this new Franco-American entense, is frequently noticed in those confines. Sort of a clubby, "intime" (pronounced "ontmae" touch.

"Vwalla, gassong, havey voo any Meccas."

"Sure, noo havey everything even cigarettes."

"Bien! Maize je don't want quelquechoose cigarettes, I want Meccas."

An old pal drops in. He edges as close to the fresh pack of smokes as the canteen legislation allows.

" 'Lo, Bill. See your buyin'."

"Nope. Investing in Liberty Bonds. Palley you French."

"Like a top. How are you?"

"Bun! Let's alley."

"Back to voter compagnie?"

"No non! Let's alley--- go---on the French stuff. Let us dire of this and that in the bun langue of la vive francay."

"Voozatee on! How far you got?"

"Oh, we got to palley voo the other day. We ain't sayin' much."

"Droit! je puis voire that res easily."

"Well, don't holler about your French. I don't see no craws de gair on your boozum."

"Well, I can travel with you any day on la langue."

"All right, let's go. Whaddya workin' on."

"Parts of the body. Whaddye you?"

"Mauvay. C'est bad for you. We're travailling on parts of the motor, l'auto. I'm in the motor supply train."

"Rotten luck! I'm in the medical corps. We're hammering away on parts of the body---poitreen, tait, fizahoor, boach, dents, dose, pfed, core and a lot of autre junk."

"Well, we can't get together. We're on rayon, magneto, soopap, louil, roo de derryer and that."


"Hard luck."

"Well, anyway, il fay bo."

"Right, Bo!"


Hereafter promotions to the rank of general in the British army will be by selection instead of by seniority, King George having recently signed a royal warrant to that effect

[Title spanning column 2&3] Women Seek Commissions In Army As Shooting Instructors For Men By Peter P. Carney Editor National Sports Syndicate

[Column 2 text] The fighting spirit so characteristic of Americans is just as pronounced among women as men.

American women are aiding the United States and its allies in numberless ways so that the conquest of the Central Powers may be complete ---and they will cheefully give further assistance in this fight for democracy and world freedom if they are permitted.

This remark is made advisedly because Annie Oakley (Mrs. Frank E. Butler) and Mrs. L.G. Vogel, two of the most expert shooter o the socalled weaker set, have offered their services to the War Department as instructors of hte shooting art.

If the Secretary of War doesn't see fit to secure her services, for which she asks no compensation, Miss Oakley is eager to visit the many cantonments and give exhibitions of her prowess with the rifle and shotgun and in this way show the recruits the best methods of getting quick results.

Miss Oakley is quire enthusiastic, too, about thr formation of a regiment of women for home defense pur-

[Colum 3] pose. Publication of this expression of thought brought her more than 1000 letters from women who are anxious to join such a regiment. Miss Oakley gave instruction in shooting to more than 5000 women during the 1916-1917 seasons at Portsmouth, N. H., and Pinehurst, N. C., where she conducted schools.

Mrs. Vogel resides in Detroit and for years has been considered the best amateur target breaker of the fair Dianas. She would like to secure an appointment as an instructor of shooting at an army cantonment or at an aviation school.

"It is the ambition of my life to serve my country in this way," writes MRs. Vogel, "and I am prepared to answer a Government summons this minute."

The usefulness of traphsooting in training soldiers to shoot accurately with a rifle has already been recognized by the United States Government. The first shipment of clay targets to the American soldiers in training in France was 20,000 barrels, each containing 5000 targets, or one hundred million targets.

[spanning columns 2&3] MOTHER'S DAY GREETING by ANNA JARVIS Founder of Mother's Day

[being column 2] It seems fitting that as sons and daughters we should se aside one day of the year as sacred to the memory of the mothers and fathers who have gone before, and as a renewal of affection and gratitiude to those still living.

There is no mawkish sentiment in a holiday of the heart and home and nation that evokes renewal of allegiance to our highest ideals of womanhood.

An organized tribute to the

[begin column 3 in advertisement] mother love resolves iteself into higher love for country, for comrades and for God.

Write home on Mother's Day, May 12, and every other day that you can. If you have no home to which to write, write to me as your friend.

Live this day your Mother's way. Don't try to be an earthly saint, but just the boy your Mother thinks you are.

With friendly greetings to each and all.

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SIMILARITY "In what way does Germany resemble Holland?" "It is a low, lying country, and damned all around."

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HE HAS HOPES First Rookie--- What branch of the army are you in? Second Rookie--- I'm not in the army yet. I'm in the Depot Brigade.

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An official statement from the Intelligence Department in Washington calls attention to a swindle that is being perpetrated successfully upon the parents of the soldiers in the various camps and cantonments of the country.

The statement says, "A telegram is sent informing that the soldier has a furlough and requesting funds by wire to come home, waiving indentification. The rest is a mere matter of deatil.

"Parents and friends should be warned of this game and of the similar one where the telegraphic request is to mail money to the soldier care of general delivery."

Ever soldier in the service has a definite address. No soldier needs to have his money sent waiving indentification. He can be thoroughly and satisfactorily identified.

Do not let your parents be victimized.

Here's the kind of telegram sent to the parents of soldiers by these swindlers:

" Have been discharged. COming home. Going to Atlanta through country tonight. Please wire me $60 at Atlanta so I may pay for uniform and come home direct. Waive identification, as I am not known in Atlanta. Wire cash quich, so I can get it to-morrow morning."

Before being complied with, any request for money to be sent under such conditions should be verified by a letter or telegram to the commanding officer to the camp in which the man whose name is signed to the request is stationed.

A Message to Stay-at-Homes From Soldiers "Over There"

Trench and Camp is always eager to hear from its contemporaries; and particularly is it glad to hear from papers that are published in France.

Company C, of the 165th Infantry, which was the famous "Fighting Sixty-ninth" Regiment of New York, has its own little publication.

THis is what the paper, called O What Happens, has to say editorially: "We are close to the seat of war. Not a war of ink or of imagination, but a war of actual suffering, of sacrifice, of death. We have seen the widows, the fatherless children, the hopelessly wounded men that lust for greed in the merciless Hun has created. We have shared bread with these stricken people and know all too well what it means.

"To you at home this appeal is addressed: "If you love us, if our lives mean anything to you, do you bit in the land we love as well as we do over here. Look out fo rthe enemy within. Conserve the products of the nation. Start to-day to do your bit, so that we can do our bit until the War Lord is bereft of his hold on the people and we can return to homes unmenaced by the cruel desires of unscrupulous enemies."

MILITARY ESSAYS company photos.

The company photo occurs when those who wish it most are on extra duty or out of focus. It is taken by an ambitious young man and is sold by a member of the company who promises much to the company fund. The photographer gets rich and so does the salesman, but hte amount due the company remains in solution.

All company photos are sent home to replace the favorite puzzles around the hearth. Fond parents, onreceipt, have another reason for wishing the war was over---to give Lemuel an opportunity to return and point out which was him.

When peace is declared the company photo will constitute the first act in every Sunday afternoon gathering in the front parlor. And, mounted on the top, along with the album and the tatting that Gramma Gamble done when she was past eighty, it will afford another legitimate excuse for the organ besides the "Mute" stop. C. S.


Captain--- what became of that pacifist who was kicking around here? Sergeant--- He was convicted of high treason and tehy put him in the guard house for two weeks. Captain--- Two weeks in the guard house! That's a mighty light penality for such a serious offense. Sergeant--- Yes, sir, it was light, but after he had been locked up in the guard house for two weeks they took him out and shot him.

S.O.S. Do not stint the soldiers in the trenches by wasting food in the camp

[A long, narrow series of illustrations runs the length of the right side of the page. At the top, a man stands in front of the tree, looking to the left. It looks like he is smoking a pipe, and in his left hand, at his side, is an axe resting on a log. Below that is a cloud or perhaps an explosion in the sky, with another explosion in front of a group of trees. Two men, on a motorcycle and a sidecar, are riding along a road. There is another explosion in front of them. Below that, Uncle Sam sits in front of a cannon.]

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Announce Eligibles For Fourth Officers' Camps

[Column 1] The adjutant general has rceived from Major General J. McI. Carter, chief of the militia bureau, a memorandum relative to conditions under which candidates for appointment as officers in the army may enter the fourth series of training camps, beginning May 15.

Two classes are provided for--- enlisted men in Federal service less than forty years old, and certain men less than thirty-two years old who have attended military schools under traning by a United States officer. Both classes must be over twenty years and nine months old on May 15.

No special provision is made for members of ex-members of the National guard not in Federal service; in order to attend, they must qualitfy in one of the two classes mentioned above. Except for certain men with military school training, they must all enlist for the period of the war.

Not over half the students attending will be listed at the end of the camp as available for appointment as second lieutenants as vacancies occur, declares General Carter's letter accompanying the memorandum. Those who fail to qualify in the upper half must serve out their enlistment.

Relative to the selection of enlisted men for the training camps, the letter from General Carter makes the following statement: "As selectioand designation of enlisted men for officers training camps manifestly can be made only after they have been under observation by their commanders for two or three months, those who enlist now for appointment must understand that they cannot make the camp beginning May 15, but must look forward to winning appointment for a subsequent camp, or by selection for appointment as second lieutenant for manifest ability and qualities of leadpresent an open door for appointment and is the only means for promotion to grades aboce second lieutenant.

The time is very short, states the letter. Those wishin to attend one of these camps must act at once. The distribution of students to camps will be made by the adjutant general's office; personal preferences cannot be consulted.

"Note that applications of enlisted men must be made to their immedate commanders and of military school men through their respective schools--- none should be sent to this or any orther bureau of the war department.

[Torn] memorandum of information shows that the Foruth officers Training Schools, will be open from May 5 to September 1, 1918, and will be conducted with the object of training selected enlisted men of the army of the United States and such others as are designated in the circular, in order that they may be qualified to become eligible for appointment to the grade of second lieutenant to fill vacancies as may hereafter occur.

The following are to be admitted: (a) Enlisted men, irrespective of grade of the regular army, national guard, and national army, who are members of an organized division; and enlisted men of other organizations of the armyy not assigned to divisions, excepting the coast artillery corys and various staff corps.

(b) 1. Members of the reserve officers training corps units who have completed one year's course of same. and since January 1, 1917, have received not less than 300 hours of military instruction under the supervision of an officer of the army.

(c) Certain grades of educational institutions which have earned government recongistion through maintaining a course of military instruction under supervison of an of- [Continues at top of column 3]

[Column 2 continued] "THE VOLUNTEER."

He is predominant in this war of Democracy and of Christian ideas and culture. He may only be a country rube or a city dude in the eyes of the world before this war. But when the call came from out Uncle Sam (to go on to Berlin boys) there was no yellow streak in him; the blood that swelled his veins was the same that caused Patrick Henry to exclaim: "Give me Liberty or Give me Death!" Or was it among those who stood like a stone wall with Jackson in '61.

"Water will seek a level and blood will tell." The boys that volunteered in this war are the descendents of men who died with their boots on fighting the wrong, unholding the right, which has made America the Nation among Nations and the dear old Red, White and Blue to stand for all that it means to a true American, and also to the world at large.

No damned invading Huns heel shall ever rest on our soil or in the lands of our brothers as long as one of us remains.

"A Volunteer," Mech. T. E. Montgomery, "G" Co., 105th Am. T[faded]

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ficer of the army duly detailed, who have received not less than one year's military training at same.

The memorandum gives a list of these schools. The South Carolina list is: The Citadel, Charleston; University of South Carolina, Columbia; Clemson Agricultural College; Porter Military Academy, Charleston; Bailey Military Institue, Greenwood.

In North Carolina the schools are: The Bingham Mililtary Schook, Asheville, and the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Engineering. In Tennessee the only school is the University of Tennessee, at Knoxville. In Florida two schools are listed: University of Floridaat Gainesville, and Florida Military Academy, at Jacksonville.

Location of Camps

The camps are to be located one each in the following divisions of the army of the United States:

Seventh, 8th, 15th, Camp MeClellan, Anniston, Ala.; 31st, Camp Wheeler, Macon, Ga.; 34th, Camp Cody, Deming, N. M.; 37th Camp Sheridan, Montgomery; 38th, Camp Shelby, Hattiesburg, Miss.; 39th, Camp Beauregard, Alexandria, La.; 40th, Camp Kearney, San Diego, Cal.; 78th, Cam Dix, Wrightstown, N. J.; 79th, Camp Meade, Maryland; 81st, Camp Jackson, Columbia; 83rd Camp Sherman, Chillicothe, O.; 84th, Camp Taylor, Louisville, Ky.; 85th, Camp Custer, Battle Creek, Mich.; 86th, Camp Grant, Rockford, Ill.; 87th, Camp Pike, Little Rock, Ark.; 89th, Camp Funston, For Riley, 90th, Camp Travis, San Antionio; 91st, Camp Lewis, tacoma, Wash., and 92nd divison.

(b) One each in the Philippine department. Panama Canal department, and Hawaiian department.

The quota from education institutions is "such number as may qualify to attend under special instructions transmitted to the institutions." The quota from the army of the United States is "two per cent. of the total enlisted strength of the organized divisons" specified in the list wehre camps are to be conducted, and "two per cent.of the total number of each organization or class not a part of a division, excepting the coast artillery corps and the various staff corps."

All persons designated to attend from any source must be citizens of the United States, and not have been born in any of the countries with which the United States is at war, or allies of such countries, they much be 20 years and nine months old on May 15, and must have the physcial qualifications required for a commission in the officers' reserve corps. Enlisted men designated to attend must be less than 40 years of age and must be selected from those recommended by their organization commanders by a board of officers concened for that purpose. Members of the reserve officers training corps units must be selected by the professor of military science and tactics on duty at the respective institutions. They must be under the age of 32 years.

In selecting enlisted men, each organizaton commander will select not more than 10 per cent. of the strenth of his organization and forward the names, with his recommendations to the board. This board will select from those recommended not more than two pe r cent. of the total enlisted strength of the division. Division and epartment commanders are to publish to their commands a notice of the training camp and are to advise all eligible men of their privilege to apply in writing for admission.

[ Individual box with circle details on corners] The American's Creed--- I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose jsut powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a republic; a sovereign nation of many sovereign states; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice and humanity for which American patriotics sacrificed their lives and fortunes.

"I, therefore, believe it is my duty to my country to love it; to support its constituion; to obey its laws; to respect its flag; to defent it against all enemies." [end of individual box]

NEW YORK, May 2.--- The New York district at last has struck its stride in the Liberty Loan campaign. Subscriptions filed with the Federal reserve bank up to the close of business yesterday as announced tonight amounted to $706,976,840, a gain for the day of $73,019,850.

[columns 3&4 covered by large advertisement for the Colonial theatre, spanning the length of the page]


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The only Official Pictures showing the "Sammies" actually engaged in hadn to hand fighting with the Germans.

Sapper John Boucher, the oldest soldier who has fought in the present war, will lecture at each performance on his two years actual experiences in the trenches.

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Prices: Night 50c. and 25c. Matinee 25c. Official Government Pictures.

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Wadsworthers Stuck On Their Mud, But Would Put Part In Spartanburg By CHAPLIN PERCY T. EDROP, 53 Pioneer Infantry

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Why is Camp Wadsworth the finest came in the United States? This question was asked of the writer. He thought at first the superiority of Camp Wadsworth had won new recognition. But the truth slowly dawned that thirty-one other men had been asked the same question about thirty-one other camps.

Plainly the editor of Trench and Camp was trying to be nice, trying to play no favorites. Yet his use of the word finest was his undoing. Far more tactful did a bachelor beocme after two mothers met, each one with a statement, "Why, that's just what he said about my baby!" Far more tactful will the editor of Trench and Camp become, for the men he questioned are meeting in the columns of his paper and his perfidy is being exposed.

No matter what the editor wrote to thirty-one other men, the fact remains that his question was quite proper when it concerned Camp Wadsworth.

Spartanburg! Was ever a name more fitting for a place at which to train the soldiers of the country?

An Improted Climate (?) Tak for instance the matter of the climate, now that we have approved of the name--- only those with a Spartan spriti could have survived it. "Most unusual weather" was the constant comment of hte natives. But they could not always be on their guard, and, in moments of forgetfulness, they admitted that the pipes had frozen during te preceding Winter. Then they tried a new tack. They tried to pack up their troubles and ours in the old kit bag and smile, smile, smile; for htey told us that, in order to keep us from being homesick they had brought the New York climate to the South!

This fulsome praise of Camp Wadsworht is being written in a well-heated room in New York City and the writer is gazing, long after the calendar has summarily dismissed the Winter, into a raging snow storm--- let us see, do snow storms rage? No, they blind; well then, into a blindin snow storm. Having spent the Winter in Spartanburg, he cannot help but paraphrase the benediction of the wives of the Nantucket sailors and exclaim, "God pity the poor soldiers in Spartanburg on a day like this."

Next, take for instance the matter of the mud: even as Spartanburg was true to the traditional hospitality of the South, she was loyal to her own variety of mud. ANd this loyalty produced a mud par excellence. We have heard tales of Flanders mud. There is a story of the man that kicked a cap, uncovering a soldier who had sunk into the mud'; and of the soldier who, being [torn paper] from the mud, dragged awith him the horse he had been riding; and of the horse that calmly munched some hay he had biten from a pile upon which he had sought refuge and which had sunk beneath him--- but that mud in Flanders is the product of artificial floods and three years of artillery operations. Spartanburg mud is just naturalLike certain storekeepers--- storekeepers from the North and the West originally, it must be said in fairness---Spartanburgmud has unusual sticking qualities. It sticks to everything except a Ford and nature is powerless before that product of American ingenuity.

So then, the outstanding features of Spartanburg's greetings to the New York soldiers are her freezing them in Winter and sticking them in [continues on column 3]

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COURAGE MOTHER! It's oh, such a beautiful, beautiful day! The sky is blue and the garden is gay, And the wind is singing--- or is it my hear? And its "Courage, Mother, we'll do our part!" And I think I'll sit by the window and knit Till the postman comes by Oh, I know there will be a letter to-day, With a little red flag in the corner so gay--- Or perhaps a triangle---its all the same, And its "Courage, Mother, we'll play the game!" And so I'll sit by the window and knit Till the postman comes by. It's oh, such a gloomy, gloomy day! The flowers are drooping, the sky is gray, And the wind is sighing--- or is it my heart? For to wait at home is the mother's part; And still I sit by the window and knit--- But the postman---has gone by! - RUBY ELIZABETH HINES

[Column 2] Spring. Watchman, what of the Summer?

Did it Not? It Did

Spartanburg is much improved since the coming of the New York troops. It has adopted a slogan, "Spartanburg, the city of success." That slogan is printed on the ditorial page of a daily newspaper every day in the week except Monday. Agter the Sabbath the editor has qualms of conscience and needs contact with the world. But on the remaining days he charges five cents a copy for his paper; and gets it, Hence the slogan.

Yet Spartanburg is successful. DId it not bring to its environs the finest troops in the American army? Chorus from the New York division and the Provisional depot, "It did."

Did it not have the proud distinction of boasting the only National Guard Major General in command of a Divison? Chorus, "Three cheers for Major General O'Ryan!"

Did it not succeed in being chosen as the site for another great camp? Chorus, "Hurray for the Pioneers and the Anti-Air Crafters."

All of which brings up th question, "What is a Pioneer?" Chorus from the Provisional Depot: "A man in training to be the first permanently out of Spartanburg."

The Division went in and could not extricate itself. So the Army decided it was necessary to create some entirely new kinds of troops to see what they could do. Hence the Provisional Depot.

Camp Wadsworth is about four miles on a Ford line from Spartanburg. There is a railroad: but it is Primitive and Negligible. Chorus from the natives: "It is owned by Northern Capital."

And Spartanburg! Well, it boasts two colleges and a fitting school--- no, gentle reader, the fitting school has nothing to do with waists and skirts. It is a boy's fitting school, fitting them for Wofford College. The girls' college is the more interesting to the soldiers. It is known as Converse--- spelled with a captial "C" and the accent on te first syllable. The girls do not converse. But they are easy to gaze upon. They troop solemnly in on Sunday afternoons and hear lectures by men of great renown on the potential wickedness of the soldiers. They are very well behaved and when one of these aforesaid lectureers told of the awful dangers lurking at every dock and ferry in Spartanburg as the soldiers came to the camp--- Spartanburg being an inland community--- the girls never even smiled.

Churches Reach "The Inner Man" There are many churches in Spartanburg and they have won many converts. Right through the stomachs of the men they have appealed most directly. When chaos reigned in the resturants and meals were the substance of things hoped for, the churches came forward with the evidence of the things not seen. Good meals at reasonable prices made the churches like oases on the desert of success.

The people are hospitable. They have opened their homes to the soldiers--- and then they must have closed the doors, for something has kept the men in Spartanburg.

The soldiers of the New York Division will concede anything. Spartanburg is the finest city in America; Camp Wadsworth is the finest Camp in the whole world--- anything! But the condition is that they be allowed to escape and to go "Over There."

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Persons Attempting Fraud Will Be Serverely Punished

Official announcement has been made by the government that swift and severe punishment will be meted out to persons attempting fraud in connection with the military and naval insurance law.

The frist case of this character was brought to light by an investigation conducted by Major S. Herbert Wolfe, Quartermaster Reserve Corps, who was detailed by Secretary of War Baker for special work in the Bureau of War Risk Insurance. The case was that of a woman who fraudulently clamed that she was the wife of a soldier and accepted and cashed Government allotment and allowance checks to which she was not legally entitled.

"Persons fraudulently filling out application blanks iwll be prosecuted," says a Treasury Department statement.

S.O.S Improper care of shoes means abuse to your feet. "Don't bite the foot that carries you."

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"The Recruit Says" ABOUT HORSES BY PRIVATE BILL MEAGHER Battery F, 305 F. A. N. A., Camp Upton, N. Y.

Learning to groom a horse from the back down may not give one curvature of the spine but it will insure a 20-20 eyesight. In lifting the horse's hind legs be careful to acquaint him to the fact. A horse is very fussy about these little courtesies. A gold brick always wants the stable detail. It's a stall. There is no regulation restiricting one from calling a horse by any name that may come to mind. While leading a horse without a halter never lose your composure or the horse is liable to step on it. If you cannot tell whether your horse has the thrush without lifting his feet, you must have a cold in your head. If my horse has the thrush in his hind legs, no one will learn of it through me. Mules always have the right of way, or they kick about it. In cleaning the frog in the hoofs be careful of the hops. Horse sense as a word seems insonsistent. Most horses want to stop on the hand that feeds and cleans them. Stable Guard provides more exercise than any other detail. One must run up and down the stables with the loosed horses until they become too tired to play any longer. Taking the horses out to be shipped is like watching the funeral of the fellow who wrote that popular ballad "Innoculation." Never whip a horse. If he kicks you on the near side turn the other ---if you can get up. You can easily tell a good horse, but not much. In feeding a horse never wear green gloves. Ralph W. Rookie, a former stenographer has been appointed orderly to the horses. His duties consist of taking down oats. A horse with a high forehead and Roman nose is inclined to be studious. A horse with a large head and body is considered artistic as he should draw well. A clean-limbed, well-proportioned horse is said to equal in value a squad of drafted men. A mule costs about $400 and is considered by the Government worth more than a Depot Brigade Company. If a mule has to be shot there is a court of inquiry--- including almost every officer in Camp. When a private is half shot the Mess Sergeant and K. P. usualy preside over him for a week.

[Political Cartoon drawing taking up rest of Column 3 and 4] SIDE LIGHTS ON THE ARMY. [chef in circle holding pie calling out for seconds] SECONDS ON PIE!



[Two soldiers are talking.] 7:14, BUT




[Last picture of 3 soliders, 2 making fun of the guy wearing his chin strap on his army hat.] "NOW, THAT GUY HAS AN EXCUSE FOR WEARING A CHIN-STRAP - HE'S GOT A WEAK CHIN." "NOPE, HE HASN'T ANY EXCUSE. HE AIN'T EVEN GOT A CHIN!"

[A long, narrow illustration runs the length of the right side of the page. At the top is a group of buildings, an American flag on top of one. Several soldiers are marching, with what appear to be rifles. Below that, there is an explosion in the sky. There are a few trees and a truck driving along a road. In front is a wagon that says "U.S." and an explosion in front. Below that, a soldier stands in front of a large pot over a fire, stirring what's inside the pot.]

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