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THE MORNING OREGOXIAN, TITUItSDAT, JUNE 22, 1916.
WITH OREGON'S CITIZEN SOLDIERS AT CAMP WITHYCOMBE.
Executive Pleased by Rapid
Mobilization of Guard and
Work Under Way.
SITES FOR CAMPS CLEARED
Line of Mothers, Sisters and Sweet
hearts Flows Through Grounds
All Day, but Militiamen Are
Too Busy to Note Them.
CAMP WITHYCOMBE, Or.. June 21.
(Bpeclal.) With virtually the entire
strength of the Oregon National Guard
on the field, the state rifle range at
Clackamas today presented a warlike
appearance. Bustle was in evidence
everywhere, and. the state's citizen
soldiers were proving themselves adept
at meeting all the different problems
Governor Withycombe arrived at the
mobilization camp late in the day, com
ing out on a train of 15 cars from
Portland that brought, besides the
state's chief executive. Companies A, C,
D and H, of the Third Oregon Infantry;
Troop A, of the state cavalry, and Bat
tery A, of the artillery. Neither the
cavalry nor artillery had their mounts
with them, but the horses are expected
Governor Pleased by Mobilization.
While looking ovev the mobilization
camp Governor Withycombe expressed
himself as much pleased at the quick
assembly of the various units of the
National Guard, and the willingness
with which they entered into the work
of encampment. It was at first be
lieved that late in the day the soldiers
would be paraded for review by the
Governor, but this plan was given up
when it was seen that many of the
organizations that were Just arriving
could not get their camps ready before
dark if an assembly was held. Just
before 4 o'clock Governor Withycombe
left the mobilization camp for Salem,
but It is planned to have him return
Thursday and address the state troops
"The most essential thing for the
present is for the men to learn to care
for themselves," said the Governor,
"and this, I believe, they will speedily
do at camp here. There is every indi
cation that the 'boys already feel thor
oughly at home in tents and under field
Each Company Clears Site
No effort was made to clear the camp
Bites for the different units of the
Guard, this duty devolving on the com
panies when they arrived. A sur
veyor's post driven into the ground
signified the position each unit was to
occupy. On arrival at the field some
of the companies found their positions
filled with stumps and piles of rubbish,
and before tents could be pitched these
obstructions had to be cleared away.
In using a stump-puller men of I Com
pany broke the chain of the mechanism
Company A, on its arrival, found
that some kindly disposed members of
another company had tossed all their
rubbish onto A Company's site, and all
the men had to fall to at first removing
underbrush, plies of saplings and twigs
and toga before they could line up their
M Company Camps on Daisies.
The company with the largest quota
of men M Company, of Salem, which
turned up with 18 squads was fortu
nate In finding a perfectly clear camp
site staked out in the meadow at the
western end of the range grounds. Save
for a storm-torn fir that towers aoove
-heir line of tents, the camp of M Com
pany is a field of green grass and
daisies. Other companies, however,
Which appeared at the range with
barely the eight squads required by
the minimum number of men, had to
wrestle with timber, stumps and all
sorts of problems.
As soon as camps were made active
drilling commenced. Rest t is a word
that has no part in the mobilization
camp vocabulary. No tactics were at
tempted today, but men who were not
engaged in clearing up camp sites were
kept busy going through the manual of
arms and practicing firing evolutions.
Villa's "Grave" Discovered.
Yet, in spite of this, members of F
Company found time to Inject a little
grim playfulness into camp routine.
At the head of their row of tents Is
what appears to be a new-made grave,
decorated with a bunch of sweet peas
and three cigarette stubs. And on this
grave is a post and a placard bearing
God help him ; we can't.
Earth 1b earth.
Dust to dust;
"Won't shoot yott
P Company must.
This "grave" attracted considerable
attention, and a constant throng of
visitors stood about it.
Visitors at the mobilization camp are
Plentiful. The road outside the range
was lined all day with automobiles
none but official cars being allowed
within the confines of camp and a
steady stream of fond mammas, sis
ters and sweethearts poured through
the gates to seek out loved ones in
khaki within. But the boys had little
time for social pleasantries, and, for
the most part, the visitors simply
watcned the citizen-soldiers at work.
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Take advantage of Low
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this Summer via the cool,
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RESULT PLEASES GOVERNOR
Permission Asked of Government to
liaise Another Regiment in
State Camp Named for
(Continued From Page 3.
try, or such other troops as the fcecre-
tary of War may indicate."
With the exception of passing Fed
eral inspection, the men at Camp
Withycombe are ready to start at any
time for the Mexican border. Federal
inspection and muster will be started
Only one small unit of 36 men of the
Third Infantry remains in Portland.
Those men are here to receive recruits
for those companies that are not yet
mustered to full war strength.
Mobilization Is Complete.
Otherwise the -mobilization was com
pleted shortly after 6 o'clock last night.
Company K, of Corvallis, was the last
to arrive. In command of Captain
Charles A. Murphey, 65 men strong, the
men came In by train and at once went
In addition to the 12 companies of
the Third Infantry in camp. Battery A,
Field Artillery, and Troop A, Cavalry,
are at the camp.
The number of men under arms there
at 7 o'clock was 1243. Of these troops.
1005 were divided among the 12 com
panies of the Third Infantry, 147 were
in Battery A and 91 in Troop A.
Virtually every organization, how
ever, had left small details at their
home stations in charge oi an omcer
to attend to further recruiting.
So far as Captain Kenneth P. Will
iams, United States Army, who has been
detailed as mustering-in officer, is con
cerned, he is all ready to begin muster
ing the troops into the Federal serv
ice this morning.
Blaster BianKi Arrive.
The necessary blanks and forms for
this work arrived from Army head
quarters at San Francisco yesterday.
In fact. Captain Williams wanted tj
muster in Company M, of Salem, yes
terday but could not do so because not
all the men were in camp. Captain
Gehlhar at once sent orders for men
left in Salem to Join the company.
Captain Williams expects to muster
in Company M, and perhaps another
The mustering-in ceremony is a brief
one. The men of the company line up
for inspection. After a thorough in
spection by Captain Williams, they will
take the dual oath of allegience pre
scribed in the new Army bill, and
administered by him. Then each man
will sign the muster roll.
After the men have been mustered in,
the officers will be taken into the Fed
Mustering; to Be Expedited.
Every effort will be made by Cap
tain Williar-a to complete the muster
ing of the Oregon troops into the Fed
eral ser"tce with the greatest expe
dition. Ao company, however, can be
mustered in until all its men are on
hand, including recruits, and with the
enlistment records of each company
At best, it probably will be 10 days
or two weeks before the mustering
in. inspection and listing of all prop
erty can be made. In the meantime,
(1) A Company Detail Fllllns Straw Tick for .Mattresses. (2) Cleaning Up
About Camp. (3) Governor Withycombe (Left), Corporal Georsre Palmer
Putnam, of Company M (Center), Who In Civil Life la the Governor's Pri
vate Secretary, and Adjutant-General George A. Watte (Riant). (4) "Villa's
Ghost," aa Marked by Enthuslastl c Soldiers. (5) Bringing; lTP Snpplies.
() Captain Kenneth P. William. United States Army, Who Will Master
Troop Into Federal Service-
drilling' each. day. They will also be
glv. n plenty of ta "get practice on the
rifle range, for, as the officers say, no
soldiei is better than his marksman
Colonel Mclaughlin will he the last
man to be mustered in. Although
Colonel McLaughlin already is a Cap
tain in the regular service, he will be
mustered in as Colonel of the Third
Infantry. Under the regulations, the
Colonel cannot be mustered as such.
however, until the entire regiment has
been taken into the Federal service.
Camp A anted After Governor.
The state mobilization camp at Clack
amas was officially named Camp
Withycombe yesterday by Colonel
Clenard McLaughlin, the commanding
officer, following a visit to the camp by
The following shows the strength of
each organization at the camp, as re
ported to Captain Williams yesterday:
Company M. of Salem, 12S men and
Company B, of Portland. 72 men and
Company F, of Portland. S3 men and
Sanitary Corps, Portland, 8 men and
one medical officer.
Company G, Oregon City. 68 men and
Company I, Woodburn. 92 men and
Company A, McMinnvllle. 77 men and
Company C, of Portland, 72 men and
Company D, of Portland. 66 men and
Company L, of Dallas. 60 men and two
Troop A. of Portland, 91 men and
one officer. -
Battery A, of Portland. 147 men and
Company K. of Corvallis, which re
ported late in the evening, had about
two officers and about 65 men.
The only unit of Oregon's quota of
troops called by the President that has
not asAmbled at Clackamas is the Ma
chine Gun Company, of the Third In
fantry, under Captain Frank P. Teb
betts. This was no fault of Captain
of Portland. 69 men and
of Portland. 71 men and
Tebbetts. As -the Machine Gun Com
th mm yili b put through intensive. Jpani enil IccenUx ku uu2tj, It
still Is shy of equipment and for that
reason Colonel McLaughlin directed
that it remain at the Armory until to
day or later. ,
Several of the companies reporting at
Clackamas yesterday '-ad with them
recruits who had enlisted Just before
their commands entrained for Camp
Withycombe. There had been no time
to uniform and equip them, but they
marched along with their companies in
civilian dress. They will be equipped
at the camp.
Officers and men at the Clackamas
camp were imbued with an earnest
spirit yesterday. There was no sky
larking, and every man seemed to real
ize fully that he bad embarked on a
The hope was expressed on every
hand that the Oregon troops would
have an early opportunity to go to the
border. However, it was realized that
no matter how efficient the Third Regi
ment may be as a National Guard or
ganization, a vast deal- of hard work
will be necessary before the command
can be considered fit for active field
service against an enemy.
Typhoid Vaccine Awaited.
Within the next few days Major M.
B. Marcellus, chief medical officer at
the camp, expects to receive a supply of
typhoid vaccine with which to adminis
ter the typhoid serum to the troops.
Major Field, field medical officer at
Vancouver Barracks, is to visit the
camp today, and this and other medi
cal arrangements for the care of the
troops will be discussed with him.
The typhoid vaccination treatment
covers a period of 20 days. Three in
jections of typhoid serum are made.
The first injection contains 600,000,000
dead typhoid bacteria. The second In
jection, made ten days later, and the
third and final injection, given ten
days after that, each; contain 1,000,000,
000 dead bacteria.
The typhoid vaccination treatment is
devoid of most of the discomforts at
tending ordinary vaccination for small
pox prevention. In the present European
war the efficacy of the typhoid serum
as a preventive of typhoid has been
thoroughly demonstrated. Formerly the
scourge of armies, typhoid ls now a
rare disease since the universal adop
tion of the compulsory typhoid vac
cination. It is probable that every soldier in
SMOft regsx&iasa fit 1E Ion lj; baa
been since he was vaccinated, will also
be reinoculated against smallpox.
The three companies in camp yester
day morning, M of Salem and B and F
of Portland, which had arrived the day
before, put in much time yesterday at
They all drilled between two and
three hours In the morning, and in the
afternoon Captain Daughorty, of Com
pany B. had his men out for another
hour and a half of drill.
The first command to arrive at camp
yesterday was Company G. of Oregon
City, Captain Lowell E. Burchard. with
68 men and three officers. Its train
pulled in at 11:30 A. M. and the men
soon had. their tents up.
Between 3 and ?:S0 P. ?f. a troop
train In two sections came in from
Portland with Battery A, Troop A and
Companies C, D, E, H, of Portland, and
A, of McMinnvllle, 633 men in all.
At 3:80 Companies I. of Woodburn,
and L, of Dallas, arrived from the
south on the same train.
The Woodburn soldiers enlivened
their trip by plnglna:. At times the
whole company roared out patriotic
songs or Joined in swinging choruses,
and the rest of the time the entertain
ment was provided by four of the men.
who organized an Impromptu quartet.
Captain Todd expressed regret that
he bad had to muster out J. F. Steel
hammer, the patriotic Mayor of Wood
burn, before the company started for
camp. Mayor Steelhammer was stroirg
In spirit, but his legs were not good
enough to enable him to pass the rigid
.Yamhill Greets Troops.
At Yamhill the whole town was
waiting at the station for Company A,
of McMinnvllle, to pass through. Ten
men of the company are Yamhill boys,
and the townspeople bad especially re
quested that the trip to camp be made
As the train swung into the depot a
fife and drum corps welcomed the
cheering soldiers and pretty girls
handed out bouquets. A whole pailful
of candy and a box of cigars were
passed around through the cars by pat
Every man enlisted in Company A
reported for duty except for three in
California, who have sent word tnat
they will come aa soon aa they can
raise the money. One man reported
to the company in the McMinnvillo
Armory at 2:30 o'clock yesterday morn
ing. He had read of the mobilization
order in the papers, and came all the
way from a town in Washington.
The whole town of McMinnvllle took
a holiday to give the troops a send off,
and the Elks' band escorted them to
Bugle Calls Announced.
The following order relative to bugle
calls at Camp Withycombe was issued.
Tuesday, before the arrival of Colonel
McLaughlin to take command, by Lieutenant-Colonel
John L. May:
General Order No. 1-A.
HEADQUARTERS CAMP CLACKAMAS
Clackamas. Or., Juna 21. 191. Th follow
tns Hat of calls Is published for tfee informs
titon of all concerned:
Klrst -call for reveille 5:50 A. M.
Revalue 6:0O A. M.
Assembly 8:15 A.M.
Mess call 6:45 M-
Flrst call for drill 7:45 A.M.
Assemble ... S :00 A.M.
Mess call 12:00 M
Katlsua 1:00 P. M.
Sick call ., LOOP. M.
Stables first caU (iOP.JI.
Assembly 4:30 P.M.
Mess call f:S0 P. M.
First call for retreat or parade... 6:00 P. M.
Assembly 6:15 P.M.
Retreat :-0 P- M.
First call for formal guard mounting Im
mediately after parade or retreat. Assembly
five minutes later.
Tspa 11:00 P. it.
By order Lieutenant-Colonel May.
y. M. STEST.
First Lieutenant and Adjutant.
Governor Withycombe paid his first
visit to the camp yesterday. His call
was an entirely informal one. He went
through the camp meeting officers and
men and shaking hands with them.
The Governor will pay another call
to the camp Monday night, and it is not
unlikely that the regiment will be
turned out to parade for him. He will
be the guest of Company M, of Salem,
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thus, flower of the gods.
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