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TIIE SUNDAY OREGONIAX, PORTLAND, AUGUST 11, 1918.
MEN FROM NORTHWEST IN SERVICE WRITE TO HOME FOLKS
Portland Youlh Writes of
Arrival in France.
dm T. Hall Says Yaakeea Ilsve
Heal Fighting Spirit.
PORTLAND relatives have received
word of the safe arrival In France
of Private Oren L. Hall, known to his
friends as "Bunk" Hall, a former Port
land boy. Just prior to his departure
lie wrote the following letter from
Camp Mills to his mother, Mrs. Julia
-We have finally arrived at our port
of embarkation and are waiting for a
transport to take us across. We had
some excursion from Fort Leavenworth
here. We went through Kansas City
and over the Wabash Railroad through
Illinois. We missed Chicago, but went
northeast to Detroit and crossed to
Windsor. Canada, recrossing into the
Elates at Niagara Falls. A Red Cross
delegation met us there with candy,
choice of a- bath or shower, so to make
T.o mistake, took both. I came into the
lobby wondering where next I'd turn.
It did not take me long to decide, for
I had not been there five minutes when
a 'Y' officer spied me and singled me
out for a 'once over.' Before he was
through with me I was perfectly at
home in London. I had met an Anzac
from New Zealand, a Belgian and a
Canadian from Vancouver, B. C, besides
several Yanks from all over the U. S.
"There is not a thing that one can
wish for, from a meal to a needle and
thread or bed or Information as to the
proper tube to take to reach Hyde Park,
to news from home, home papers and
magazines and home cigarettes and to
bacco and home vaudeville, that cannot
be supplied here right under this roof.
One is given notepaper and envelopes,
stamps may be bought, a wire may be
sent, and ice cream eoda and toilet
articles can be purchased. You can
get shaved and have your hair cut by
an American barber, cost for both five
cents. A shoe shine Is two cents and
you can play a game of cool for four
"There is not a camp In England,
France or Ireland where one cannot see
the red triangle sign displayed before
some sort of a hut. It means 'home'
to all of us, or rather It takes the place
of home since we are so far away."
Corvallis Youth Wounded on
Field of Battle.
Lieutenant Albert G. Sbrlton, of the
Marine Corps, la French Hospital.
Ores L. Ball. Parti
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Transport Work Strenuous,
but Worth While.
Marioa P. Martla Describes Hia
Experience With U-Boats.
REGON , AGRICULTURAL COL
LEGE, Corvallis, Aug. 3. (Special.
Lieutenant Albert G. Skelton, of the
United States Marine Corps, a son o
G. V. Skelton, professor of highway en
gineering in the Oregon Agricultural
College and a graduate of the college
in highway engineering, cabled hi
father that he had been wounded in
the arm, but was "all right" and had
been taken to a hospital at Caen.
Lieutenant Skelton was a Captain o
Company H of the College Cadet Corps
and vice-president of the senior class.
He joined Company K of the State
Militia when he was 18 years old. He
was a sergeant during the Mexican
border troubles and In May, 1917, re
ceived a commission as Second Lieu
tenant In the United States Marine
gum and smokes. As It was dark we
did not see the falls.
"There are 30.000 men at this camp
waiting to embark quite a village of
tents. Will try to get leave so as to
visit New Tork City while here. A
trip across the country such as we
took, with all the patriotic receptions
and wonderful American scenes and all
they stand for, certainly puts the fight
ing spirit into any true American."
Soldiers Find Home in "Y."
on Both Sides of Atlantic
L. O. Ralston. Jr.. of Portland,
Writes Enthusiastically of Trian
AN Idea of how much the T. M. C. A.
means to enlisted men Is obtained
in a letter received in Portland from
L. O. Ralston. Jr., written from the
Eagle T. M. C. A. Hut in London. He
Is a former Portland boy who lived at
60S Market street Drive. He became
a member of the British Army Tank
Corps in Seattle on April 27. 118, leav
ing that evening for Chicago.
"When I arrived in . Chicago," he
writes, "I found that I would not be
able to make immediate train connec
tions and that I would have to remain
there over night. My first thought
was: "Where shall I stayT There were
several things to be considered in con
nection with this question, mainly,
though, cleanliness, accessibility, and
last but not least, the price. Let me
ay right here, that when a Tommy
draws only 34 cents a day, price as
sumes enormous proportions In any
argument concerning either food or
lodgings. My first thought was the
Y.' I inquired my way and found it
to be very centrally located as con
cerns the railroad depots in Chicago.
On reaching there I found a real hotel
with 1800 rooms, elevator service, tub
nd shower baths, restaurant and lunch
counter, open all night, and private
phones. Imagine my surprise when I
found that the most I could pay for a
room for one night was 30 cents.
"Upon arriving at Montreal, I found
that I had missed train connections by
' a small margin and would have to stay
there over night. Again the T came
to the rescue. I found an enormous
hut where the accommodations were
practically the same aj In Chicago with
beds for 501, meals at two-thirds the
Drice chareed outside and cigarettes
and tobacco at half price. The place j cruiser.
Is maintained almost exclusively for
the boys In khaki.
"In London, the first Tommy I asked
regarding a place to rest said, the
American T Eagle Hut right up the
Strand.' I went up there and the first
thing I did was to enjoy a real Ameri
can meal at a total cost of 36 cents.
It was more than I could have had In
a restaurant for 75 cents where there
Is not the shortage of foodstuffs that
there Is here. Then I booked a bed and
bath for 21 cecs for both. It was a
real spring bed with sheets, a scarce
article in the British army. Had my
GOTTAGE GROVE,Or.,Aug.lO. (Spe
cial.) Marlon P. Martin, who was
born here and is remembered by old-
timers of the Cottage Grove country.
and who la now. In point of years, one
of the oldest enlisted men In the Navy,
has written Mr. and Mrs. J. II. Hawley
some Interesting war Incidents. He
evidently is on a troop transport. He
"We left New Tork May 10, arrived
in a French port MT, 23, having a
pleasant and uneventful trip. May 29
we sailed for New Tork In consort with
three others, the steamer President
Lincoln as flagship. The convoy left
us early on the evening of May 30. All
four steamers were running parallel
with one another, the Lincoln 250
yards from us and on ou starboard
side. On the morning of May 31 a sub
marine came up. almost under our bow
and hurled a torpedo which missed us
by four feet and hit the Lincoln. She
was so close to us that we eould not
use our guns and from the protection
of our sides she sent another torpedo
into the Lincoln and 20 minutes later
the boat stood on her stern and went
down with four officers and 23 men.
"Two and a half hours later another
submarine came up alongside of us andj
was received with two six-Inch shells,
so we heard of it no more. June 1 at
5:20 we had a pitched battle with an
other sub, all three ships that were
left taking part. About 30 shots, were
fired, our gunners getting another sea
snake to their credit.
We arrived in port June t. Left
again for France on the 15th. July 1
we again left France heavily convoyed.
Eleven hours later. Just at dark, an
other of our sister ships, the Coving
ton, was struck. The destroyer fleet
stood by her and got her within two
hours of a French port, when she went
down with six men, among them one
of my best friends.
We came reeling Into port yester
day. I am pretty weak, as this life Is
strenuous, but dear friends, it's worth
the money. No tongue can tell and no
pen picture the sorrow, the desolation
of poor, bleeding, broken - hearted
France. It is a beautiful country, but
everything Is sacrificed to the war
god." ' -
Mr. Martin says In his letter that the
commander of the submarine which
sank the President Lincoln was edu
cated in New York, which would Indi
cate that the crew was captured. Mr.
I do not know whether or not
shall go out again soon. I am kindly
treated and can truthfully say that I
have yet to hear the first unkind word
from an officer. This life le wearing.
I weigh 30 pounds less than I did four
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Lieutenant A. G. Skeltoa.
Corps at the age of 20. He landed in
Frtnce November 10, 1917.
He was with the Marines- in the
heavy fighting at Chateau Thierry and
in the late offensive against the Huns
above the Marne. He went through the
thick of this heavy fighting without a
Lieutenant Skelton was active in col
lege life and always showed the kind
of initiative that wins. ' .
Portland Boys Catch Wat
Spirit on Way to Camp.
High Compliment Paid to Young:
Men by R. E. Millard, Y. M. C. A.
umn of fours, and marched to the re
ceiving shed, where they were given a
preliminary examination and then as
signed to their barracks.
"A fact that impressed me deeply
was that among the 700 men there was
not a case of drunkenness, not a drop
of 'booze' nor even the smell of liquor
on any man's breath. They were, in
truth, the very flower of Portland's
manhood, and we have good reason to
be proud of -them.
When the American Army la in the
Gresham Boy Not Bothered
by Pounding of Guns.
John K. Honey, With Ambulance
Company in France. Tells of Nar
EVEN when the guns are pounding
continually and Oregon Is hundreds
battle line in its full strength, and the of miles away, John K. Honey, a for
hour has struck for a general advance. I ,er Gresham boy, can imagine he Is
will strike with our allies, swiftly and
terribly, the more so because we fight
for 'righteousness' sake,' and 'thrice
armed is he whose cause Is just.' "
Portland Youth Writes of
San Diego Sinking.
Clay Haxard in Water Six Hours
Before Being Rescued.
on a fishing party somewhere In the
Oregon woods, so he says in a letter
to his father, W. F. Honey, of Gresham.
He has been in active service in France
for a year with an ambulance company.
"We are all proud as peacocKs In this
section now," he writes. "We received
; a citation from our division for our
I work during a recent attack. No Indl
jvldual citations, but we can paint the
Croix de Guerre (War Cross) on our
waa7; burm.rh"ylUhaectoy.djuasCt6th0ef Br crtn, a German hand gren
as reserve infantry all the time and
aro waiting for Fritx with beaucoup
grenades. I saw the boche put a
beautiful barrage on our front line.
What the Yank and the French artil
lery do to Fritx all the time you can
judge by the recent article In The
"I am pleased with the tone of The
Oregonian articles on the war. They
express confidence. Many of the pa
pers read like knockers compared to
the spirit over here. If you want to
know the morale of the allied soldiers,
put it 60 per cent over anything you
Portland Boy Saves Lives of
Ferris Abbett, With Steel Helmet,
Covers Hun Hand Grenade.
July 4 Is Celebrated on
Portland Boy, In France. Writes Bis
Mother of Sad Fnle of French
Girls in Hands of Hons.
n one of the sectors the boys
TJWGENE, Or., Aug. 3. (Special.)-
CLAT HAZARD is a former Portland
boy, who was on board the San
Diego when It wits torpedoed. His
mother, Mrs. G. M. Hazard, of 743 East
Stark, was made happy recently when
she received a letter from him saying j
that he is none the worse for his ex
"We stayed to our guna and fired
until our waists were in water," he
writes. "After that we went over the
side and swam as fast as possible. She
sank 21' minutes after being hit. I was
In the water for several hours, but the
time went fast. We were all singing.
Hail. hail, the gang's all here."
"All I saved was one suit of under
wear and a white hat, a Canadian
nickel and two pennies.
"Believe me, the water was surely
sold. We had to keep moving to keep
from getting cramps. We got into New
York about three o'clock In the
The news looks good the last
War to Work Big Changes
Captain Stationed Abroad Sets
Forth His Impressions.
Peter P. Gibbons Describes
. San Diego.
Graphle Story Told by One of Boys
on Torpedoed Cruiser.
OW the lads of the San Diego "car
rled on" when that particular unit
of Uncle Sam's fleet was sent to the
bottom a week or so ago off the At
lantio Coast is told In a letter from
Peter P. Gibbons, who was on the
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He wrote the letter to his sister. Miss
Anna Gibbons, of 416 Multnomah street
His mother, Mrs. J. B. Gibbons, ol
Oklahoma City. Is visiting in this city.
A brother, Lawrence Gibbons, is with
the spruce production division at Van
"I was "hello boy on the switchboard
when we left Portsmouth," he writes.
"Everything was going fine until we
heard a loud bang and felt a jar.
"I did not see the submarine, but the
boys who did said that we sunk her
with the first shot. We all had our
lifebelts and our canteens.
"Some of the boys were killed when
they jumped off. Luckily, the sea was
not very rough, so with the lifebelt I
got along pretty well. I swam away
from the ship and kept close to a raft
so that in case I should be seized with
a cramp I would have something to
"When I turned around I could see
that the bost was sinking. There were
still four or five men on her. They all
waved good-by. The Red Cross Is tak
ing care of us now."
William E. Heinrlch.
News has reached Lebanon, Or.,
in a telegram from Major McCain
to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Heinrlch
that their son. William E. Hein
rlch. was seriously Injured in
action in France on July 18. ,H
enlisted last November at San
Francisco, where be was em
ployed at that time, and was sent
to Camp Lewis. On May C he
went overseas and was assigned
to Company E, 68th Regiment.
He went into the trenches on the
Private Heinrlch Is 24 years of
age and was raised in Lebanon,
where his parents have resided
for more than 20 years.
Gruesome Side of War Is
Told by Dallas Boy.
Detraction ef Towns In France Is
Deplored Soldier Assigned to
II u rial Details.
SOMETHING of the spirit of the men
who left here recently for Camp
Lewis is told in a letter received from realization of the meaning of National
ff'T'HIS war has been a good thing
A lor us ail, writes captain Clar
ence R. Hotchkiss, Company E, 162d
Infantry, to' William Denney, of The
Oregonian engraving department.
America will be a difierent America
when we return, and you will find
that a great change has also taken
place in the men of the A. E. F.
We have, many of us for the urst
time, had an opportunity to compare
our own country with other countries.
And we have seen these other coun
tries, not as a tourist would see them,
but free from many of the pretenses
aid artificialities that are likely to
hide the true character of a people;
have seen them as they really are, and
have gained not a little from the ex
perience. "The return of the men of the
A. E. F., with their new spirit of
patriotism gained from a knowledge
of other countries and other people,
to America, with her new spirit of
patriotism gained from the anxieties
and sacrifices of war and . the new
I- v - " St
ade with his steel helmet and standing
on the headgear, Ferris Abbott, son of
Rev. J. T. Abbett, pastor of the Univer
sity Park Methodist Church in Port
land, saved the lives of oomrades and
escaped with his own life, according to
an account of the incident related to
friends here by Dr. William Carl Don
ey, president of the Willamette Uni
versity, who recently returned from
Ferris Abbett lived in Eugene for
many years, where his father was for
merly pastor of the Methodist Episco
pal Church, and later superintendent
of the Eugene district for the Metho
Abbett was Btandlng with a group of
soldiers when the bomb alighted. He
acted before the other men realized
what had happened, according toDr.
Doney. He was thrown high in the
air and severely (injured, but will re
Clay Hazard, Portland Boy, Saved
From Sinking Steamer.
Robert E. Millard, a Y. M. C. A. secre
tary, who was one of those sent to ac
company the men to Camp Lewis.
"When the train stopped for a few
minutes on the EaBt Side," he says,
"one of the 'Y' men alighted and within
one minute had the men in the coaches
singing at the top of their voices:
We're In the Army now.
We're in the Army now.
The Hun had better begin to run.
We're in the Army now.
"As the train moved on, one of the
T men, beginning at the rear coach
made a trip through the train, speak
ing about 10 minutes in each car, giv
ing various phases of army life; in'
structions on what to do when reach'
ing camp; answering questions, and
lastly, giving the men a straight-front'
the-shoulder talk on clfpn living, obe
dlence to orders and the spirit of will
ingness to do more than one's duty.
unity, will be an advantage for u
all, and I do not doubt that out of
It will come an era oi pruisyciuj,
glory end influence for our country
that will make her a world leader
for centuries to come. This is the
reward for waging a just war.
"I think that our participation in
the war has been longer than most
people In the United States -suspected
It would be. There has undoubtedly
been a general lack of appreciation of
the magnitude of the undertaking. To
those who did understand the situa
tion, however, the results are satisfac
'The war will end in good time,
with' victory for the allied cause. We
have only to be patient and see it
through to the end.
"Our camp here is In an ancient city
of the Old World. I am commander"
of the camp we are stationed in now.
and this morning I raised the Amer
ican flag on a pole we had just placed.
It is the only American flag flying in
week. The civilized world owes a
priceless debt to this wiry blue poilu.
One of our cars brought in an escaped
English prisoner, who had been cap
tured the last of May.
"We've been chased out of our can
tonments three times; the last time
we had to 'get' so quickly that we lost
a lot of our stuff. We have been very
fortunate in getting off without a
scratch so far, although almost every
body has had narrow escapes. We are
minus one car, which we couldn't get
out. After a gas attack, the men keep
coming in for 48 hours afterward, the
bad cases first and then those that
were not affected at first. A shell lit
about ten feet in front of our Lieuten
ant's car, but the 'eclat', all went for
ward, only two pieces hitting the car.
One piece went through the cushion on
which he i$as sitting, but didn't touch
him. One other car had a big piece
taken out of the body, but the driver
did not know it had happened until he
got back." -
France to Be First to Take
Up Western Ideas.
Her People Quick to Cope With Any
Situation, Says Leland Svarverad,
of Eugene. Now at Front.
July this year on German soil just to
peeve the Kaiser," wrote Sergeant
Merle DeA. Carr, demonstrator and in
structor in the gas service with the
First Army Corps in France, In a let
ter to Mrs. Carr, 452 East Fourteenth
street North. The letter was dated"
July 3, the day before the Independ
ence day celebration referred to. Ex
cerpts from Sergeant Carr's letter fol
"Up in the sector where our marines
fought so gallantly they found after
they had driven the boche out of Bol
leau woods women's shoes and cloth
ing that had belonged to tho poor little
French girls who had fallen into the
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Portland Girl Assists in
Bliss Evelyn Hill Writes of 'Trip
I AVAL FORCES,
DALLAS. Or., Aug. I. (Special.)
James Lynn, of this city, who en
listed at the outbreak of the war with
Company L, Third Oregon, describes
his first experience in the trenches. In
a letter to his brother, Charles Lynn,
of Dallas, he writes:
"I have had my first hitch at the
front since I ' started this letter. I
might have finished up there, but it is
a poor place to write too much noise.
We are located on one of the worst
sectors on the western front, and ii
surely is a tough place. It Is a great
comfort to know that while Fritx deals
us misery with his shells and gas. he is
getting it about 10 times as hard in
"It is an awful thing to look upon
the destruction of war. I wish you
could see some of these towns that
have been shelled, but I hope that you
will never have to come across.
"I have been on five different burial
details. The men are buried after
night and also under shell fire. If I
live to get back, believe me, I can eat.
anything or sleep any place."
After arriving in France Lynn was
transferred from Company L to A reg
ular regiment of infantry.
entire train distributing free of charge
maps of Camp Lewis and adjacent ter
ritory, postcards, paper and envelopes,
copies of Trench and Camp,' the offi
cial paper of this cantonment, and sev
eral hundred copies of a Portland dally
paper. Stamps were then sold, and the
cards and letters were collected bv the
secretaries for mailing. . I T were tne experiences oi anss
"The boys detrained, formed in col- j Evelyn Hill, Red Cross nurse, who
Is -with the Base Hospital Unit. No. 46,
PORTLAND DENTIST COMMISSIONED I American Expeditionary Forces, in her
recent trans-Atlantic voyage. These
experiences, which included assisting to
coal the steamship, were recounted In
a letter just received by Miss Hill's
family, who live at 1932 East Morrison
"One day we were taken over the en
tire ship. by the second officer and we
even helped coal the steamer for a
couple of minutes," wrote Miss Hill.
"It almost broke our hetr to see the lads
stoking in the engine room, but they
do not mind the heat, replying to our
inquiry, "oh, you get used to it.' Last
night we had a beautiful concert and
a collection was taken up for the wid
ows and orphans of the men lost at
sea. Everyone was very liberal. I felt
like giving my last cent, but we had
to keep a little for future emergencies.
'We have a boat drill each day, when
we all rush madly to our own boat.
Afterward we have a band concert and
tea served in the music room at 4
P. M. In the evening we usually have
a sing In the officers' smoking room.
'I can hardly wait for the day when
I go on duty again. We are living in
an inspiring uncertainty you never
feel tired, yet, I go to bed and sleep
like a baby. Our beds are very com
fortable and our food Is exceptionally
good much better. In fact, than In the
metropolis of our own United States.
But these letters should not be too
long for the sake of the poor censor.
I saw him wading through some
lengthy epistles this morning and he
did not look altogether pleased."
Morale of Allied Troops Is
Dean II. Dickinson, Former Reed
College Student, Confident Ger
mans Have No Chance.
THE morale of the allied soldiers is
50 per cent stronger than the most
optimistic reports in the press, ac
cording to Dean H. Dickinson, former
Reed College student in the engineer
ing service "over there." Young Dick
inson, who was among the first to en
list in the 116th Oregon Engineers,
has been made a corporal and awarded
a gold service stripe for six months'
service in France. In recent letters to
his mother and sister, he says in part:
"It. must be about noon out in dear
old Oregon. The sun la Just going
down in the west here. You should
see this part of France, It is wonder
ful in this season. The fields are red
with scarlet popples and here and there
are patches of bright yellow mustard.
It seems to be a rich grain country.
The wheat Is waist high almost every
where. Nature is wonderful, you
know. When a town is shot up it
lies lke a scar on the landscape, but
nature patches up the fields as fast
as the shells fall. Trenches abandoned
a year ago look now like grassy old
"Tho other day I got my litsje gold
service stripe for six months in France
I have been in the 'advanced zone' al
most since landing, so that am almost
entitled to It under the. old ruling
Also was made corporal ; lately. i
"Since I last saw Corporal Virgil
Hyland I have moved to ten different
places and have had some experiences,
too. Sometimes I wish Virgil Hyland
and Mead Gillman were with me and
then again I am glad they are not.
'In our little bivouac we only have
a gas guard; the doughboys see to the
boche in the front line. We are held
T71UGENE, Or., Aug. 10. (Special.)
Hi France will be the first of the na
tions of the old world on recovering
from the effects of the war to adopt th
progressive ideas of the new world, i
the opinion of Leland Svarverud, son
of M. Svarverud, secretary of the ap
peal board for the second district
Oregon. He writes from Paris under
date of June 30:
"The great German war machine ha
now established as her objective the
wonderful city of Paris, a city know
in the past as second to none for he
gaiety and beauty, but now a city
full of conscientious and industrious
people a people who are striving with
all their might for their freedom and
the freedom of the world.
"By the time you get this letter
will have been in France six months,
and, although I have been in Paris
most of the time, I have also been
in the nural districts a short while
and from my observations I have neve
known a more grateful and home
loving people than the French.
"They are quick to cope with any
new situation that may arise and
more than ready to accept new ideas
introduced by the Americans, and there
is no doubt but she will be the first
European nation to accept the new
ideas that are sure to come after the
German menace is extinguished.
"Although America and Franee have
always been on amicable terms, you
can now see that the future will bring
forth a binding friendship, caused by
Intermarriage during the war and com
mercial activities after the war.
"The defeat of Austria on the Italian
front and the failure of the German
offensive on the western front prove
that Germany, a nation that held kultur
as a philosophy and was as a science,
is doomed and will be defeated in
such a decisive way that she will never
again hold enough power to put the
world in another great turmoil.
"The people, having had a taste of
the horrors of war, will bend their en
ergies toward higher civilization and
make a world that is wanproof."
Corporal Dalby on Firing
Line in France.
Portland Boy Says Oregon People
Are Loyal to Cause.
FROM France, dated May 81, arrived
a letter from Corporal C. M. Dalby,
written to his father, C. E. Dalby, of
935 East Ankeny street. He says he Is
on the firing line and that things are
"We surely have some airmen," he
says. "In a gas attack, we kept our
masks on for two hours, and that was
not very nice. The gas masks and
helmets are our best friends. I am
sitting beside my old gun now. Have
named It Oregon's fighting piece, and
it . surely makes good. The boys over
here surely feel that Oregon is true to
us. The papers show that the people
over there' are back of us."
BLACK BEAR CUB IS MASCOT
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Hood River Youth Writes
Under Shell Fire.
"Billy" Haras, of Hood River, la
Anxlons for American Tobacco.
4 irlAi'X CTferf
Lieutenant Francis C. Jones.
Dr. Francis C Jones, dentist, for
merly in the Oregonian building, has
been commissioned Lieutenant in the
HOOD RIVER, Or., Aug. 2. (Spe
cial.) In a letter received re
cently by Edward Thornton from Billy
Moran. members of a Canadian regi
ment, the latter reviewed his experi
ences In the trenches. He writes:
"I am sitting In a dugout, writing
this letter while big shells are burst
ing nearby." At this point the letter
was interrupted. On resuming)! he says:
'Pardon the break in"-this missive. I
thought the Germans had thrown an
automobile at us. I went to Invest!
United States Navy and has been or- gate. A shell from a 'Jack Johnson'
dered to the Pelham naval training struck a pile of beef tins and scat
station in New York. Lieutenant Jones tered them to the four winds."
had been practicing several years fol- Mr. Moran says the greatest desire
lowing his graduation here, and he is of the soldiers In the trenches is for
well known in medical and dental clr- cigarette tobacco or their favorite
cles, brand oi cigarette, ' '
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' Captain Toose and Charge.
i OREGON AGRICULTURAL COL-
LEGE, Corvallis, Aug. 10. (Spe
cial.) A little black bear re
cently purchased by the soldiers
of the Oregon Agricultural Col
lege detachment is a great favor
ite with the men. The bear has
been named Poppy.
The bear was caught in the
mountains. A farmer boy living
near Corvallis traded a calf for
it and later offered it to the men
of the detachment. Twenty-five
dollars was raised in ten minutes
and turned over to the youngster.
The bear will be turned over to
the second soldier detachment,
which will arrive at the college
Oregon Best, Writes Aviator
Carter Johnson Says France Is
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Lieutenant Frank M. Moore.
Frank M. Moore, well known
in railroad circles and for eight
years traffic manager for Olds,
Wortman & King, has tendered
his resignation and departed for
Mr. Moore received a Lieuten
ant's commission In tho Construc
tion Engineers' Corps, with In
structions to leave at once for
port of embarkation.
clutches of the Crown Prince's army.
The next trip I take up there I think
I shall bring back some of those ar
ticles and send them to the papers at
home to display In the window as an
ad for German kultur.
"Last night, as is usual every night.
the big guns were tearing up Heinie's
affairs. The flash of the guns on the
sky is like Summer lightning and at
times the detonations blend together
like the roll of a drum.
"At times when Heinle's planes start
out on an air raid the anti-aircraft
guns make the sky ring with the nolne
and the bullets come down like hnil
long after the guns stop.
"Some few days ago I witnessed
three airplane attacks on one of our
observation balloons. Each time
Heinle made a dash at the big sausaco
we showed him plainly that we were
annoyed by his presence. We would
haul down our balloon and shower
Heinle with little puffs of white smoke
that represent the burst of anti-aircraft
shells. But Heinle is persistent. On
hia third effort Heinle threw( all cau
tion to the winds. He made a dash
for the sausage, but an anti-aircraft
shell hooked him and Heinle came down
'by the run' with his tail on fire, and
he hit the ground so hard that they
had to pick him off the scenery with
'cootie comb' and a putty knife."
CENTRALIA ATHLETES WIN
Shot Put at Field Sleet in France
Taken by Dale Hubbard.
CENTRALIA. Wash., Aug. 10. (Spe
cial.) Dale Hubbard, a former Centra-
la high school athlete who Is in France
with a regiment of foresters, partici
pated in a field meet held In France
on July 1, Dominion Dny, according
to a letter received by his parents, Mr.
and Mrs. R. P. Hubbard. He won the
hot put and was a member of the team
that won the tug-of-war.
Palmer Brunton, another former Cen-
trallan, participated in a meet on July
4, winning the 100 and lbO-yard
ashes. Ha ran the former In Army
togs in less than 11 seconds.
Young Brunton tells of having met
William Scales, a former Centralis
usincss man and officer In the Second
Washington Infantry, who enlisted as
private the day Company M, 161.it
Infantry, left Camp Murray for the
East Mr. Scales at the time Brunton
met him was commanding a casual
"REGON is still the best place of
J all, writes Carter J. Johnson, of
the Naval aviation forces, after seeing
all of the West Coast, Gulf Coast and
Atlantic Coast and a good bit of
France. He Bays that he has always
wanted to make that trip, but never
thought he'd do It under such favor
"Quaint, old-fashioned houses, set
among clumps of trees, shrubbery or
grape-vines, greeted me on my arrival
in France, be writes. I saw old men
and women, some of them very old, and
young boys and girls In the checker
board fields, working as peacefully as
though the war were not within 100
miles or so.
"This is a beautiful country. A net
work of roads is lined with maple,
elm, oak and pine trees. Many of the
roads are long and straight, but oth
ers wind gracefully through the small
villages. Houses are mostly one story
high, made of concrete, tile or stone.
The workmanship is very good, though
the structures seem to us massive and
clumsy. Most of the dwellings have
fireplaces, but little fuel is used. The
poor use grape-vine twigs, dry weeds,
grass, leaves, pine cones ana pine
needles for fuel.
"The climate is much like that of the
Pacific Coast mild and healthful.
"We are in a grape belt. - There ta
lots of wine in evidence. Every store
or cafe has it for sale, but the Amer
icans don't take to It very much.
"Women of all ages are doing farm
work, driving teams, making roads,
railroads, manufacturing lumber and
running streetcars and autos.
"We couldn't be treated any better.
We are welcome everywhere. The
mothers give us their smiles and. the
old men take off their hats to us.
"Forests here are being conserved
better than in America. Theyare plan
ning to have Umber always, and take
care of every stick of it," ' ,
PORTLAND BOY HOPES TO BE t
HOME IS YEAH.
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Private John Clcmensoa.
John Clemenson, a private In
Hospital Unit 46, now in France,
expects to be home by this time
next year, according to a letter
received by his parents, Mr. end
Mrs. J. A. Clemenson, 8S8 East
Burnslde street. He writes:
"We are now at our perrrancnt
camp, and I am rather ghd that
our traveling is over for a vhile t
at least. I will have lots to tell J
about It when I come hoi.e. I
France is a pretty country and Is I
very much like Oregon. Our camp
is a dandy. Ws have barracxs
and good bunks ajd plenty of
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