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About The Forest Grove express. (Forest Grove, Or.) 1916-1918 | View Entire Issue (Aug. 22, 1918)
the division for dlreet hits, and oar
boy* were Just pining nwny for •
chance to exhibit their skill In tlM
eyes of Frits.
“On the afternoon of the fourth day
of Frits' contemptuous use of the road
mentioned the captain and I were at
our posts as usual. Frits was strsfo-
Ing us pretty rough. Just like he's doing (Couductad by National Council o f tlio
now. The shells were playing leap
Hoy Scouts o f America.)
frog nil through that orchard.
“ I was carrying on a conversation
In our •tup' code with Cassell at the SCOUTS HUNT BLACK WALNUT
Machine Gunner, Serving in France
other end. It run something like thle:
In making n census of black walnut
“ 'Say, Cassell, how would you like
OoPTTtch« KIT, by A rth u r U u j Knipry
to be In the saloon bar of the King*« trees the Boy Hcouts of America have
Arms down Bye lane with a bottle of it new task set by the presidenti,
brigade headquarter*. inline me. If Bass In front o f you, nnd that blonde
This work will appetti especially to
unyone disobeyed that command, our hurmnld waiting to (111 ’em up again? ■coûta, uot only us an Important nnd
EMPEY GIVES A DESCRIPTION OF THE WORK ON OBSER
generul—yea, it was Old Pepper—
putrlotlc activity, hut nlso as n live.
outdoor Job, which links
VATION POST DUTY.
expeditionary force. Nobody went out
Itself with ninny phases of scouting.
The nest Installm ent relates
of their way to disobey Old Pepper In
how two artillerym en “put one
The government needs black walnut.
thoae days, because be couldn't be
o ve r" on O ld Pepper.
In fact, black walnut wood Is a prime
Synopsis__ Fired by the sinking of the Lusitania, with the loss of
called a parson; he was more like a
necessity for the prosecution of our
American lives, Arthur Guy Empey, an American living In Jersey City,
pirate. If ut any time the devil should
wur program of guns and aircraft.
goes to England und enlists as u private In the British army. After a
(T O UK CONTINUED.»
feel lonely and algli for a proper mate,
At this moment the entire black wul-
short experience ns a recruiting officer In London, he is seut to train
Old Pepper would get the first call.
nut growth of our forests Is subject to
ing quarters in France, where he first hyirs the sound of big guns nml
Facing the Gormans wasn’t half had VAPOR
BATHS IN LAPLAND census classification for war purposes.
makes the acquaintance of “ cooties." After a brief period of training
compared with an Interview with that
In hchnlf o f the war department, hoy
Empey's company is sent Into the front-line trenches, where he takes
W rite r's
of scouts are asked to undertake this
his first turn on the fire step while the bullets whiz overhead. Empey
“ If a company or battalion should
C le an sin g Procréa Fin ish es W ith
black walnut census.
learns, as comrade falls, that death lurks always In the trenches,
give way a few yards against a su
Chaplain distinguishes himself by rescuing wounded men under hot
It Is desired to locate Immediately
perior force of Bodies. Old Pepper
fire. With pick and shovel Empey has experience as n trench digger
all available standing black walnut
would send for the commanding offi
In Wide World Frank Hedges But timber wherever It occurs. Isolated or
in No Man's I.arul. Exciting experience on listening post detail.
cer. In ubout half an hour the officer ler describes a vapor bath In the Innd In suiull groups as well ns In larger
would come back with his face the of the Lapps. He says:
color of a brick, nnd In a few hours
The bathhouse Is a small wooden
It Is Important that every tree o f
C H A P T E R XVI—Continued.
“ Where my battery was stationed a
what was left of his command would structure generally situated some way this species lie loeuted and placed on
hasty trench had been dug, which
— 11 —
be holding their original position.
from the dwelling house. It Is divided record with details ns to Its size and
“I came out with the first expedi the boys nicknamed ‘Suicide ditch.’
“ I have seen an officer who wouldn’t Into two compartments, one to undn-sa availability, together with the owner’s
tionary force, and. like all the rest, and, believe me, Yank, this was the
thought we would have the enemy original ‘Suicide ditch.' All the others say d------n for a thousand quid spend In. while the other contains the oven name and uddress, and such other data
five minutes with the old hoy, and which produces the steam. The oven as Is essential In providing the Infor
licked in Jig time, and be able to eat are Imitations.
when he returned the flow of language Is arched with large stones or pebbles, mation required by the government.
Chrlstmns dinner at home. Well, so
“ When a fellow went Into that
This Information data, ns collected
far. I have eaten two Christmas din trench It was an even gamble that he from his lips would make a navvy nnd heated by n fire placed beneath.
Undressing In the first room, one en by scouts, will be tabulated by the for
ners In the trenches, and am liable to would come out on a stretcher. At one blush for shume.
“ What I am going to tell you Is how ters the heated compartment. After a est service o f the department o f agri
eat two more, tbs way things are time a Scotch battalion held It, and
of us put It over on the old scamp, short rest on u wooden form or bench, culture and placed at the disamai o f
pointing. That Is. If Fritz don’t drop when they heard the betting was even
a ‘whizz-bang’ on me. and send me to money that they’d come out on and got away with It. It was a risky which contains a plnco for the head, the government. The government docs
Blighty. Sometimes I wish I would stretchers, they grabbed all the bets thing, too, because Old Pepper wouldn’t the attendants come In nnd bnthe you. not nsk for old black walnut furniture,
get hit. because it’s no great picnic In sight. Like a lot of bally Idiots, sev have been exactly mild with us If he Cold water Is thrown over the stones but only the timber.
nnd the hissing vapor soon sends up
out here, and twenty-two months of It eral of the battery men fell for their had got next to the game.
“ Me nnd tny mate, a lad named Har a cloud of steam. The higher you alt
O U R A L L IE S A T H O M E.
makes you fed up.
game, and put up real money. The ry Cassell, a bombardier In D 238 bat
from the (lour the greater the heat. An
“ It’s fairly cushy now compared to ‘Jocks' suffered a lot o f casualties, and tery, or lance corporal, as you enll It more water Is thrown over the red-hot
what it used to be. although I admit the prospects looked bright for the In the Infantry, used to relieve the stones the vapor becomes so Intense
this trench Is a trifle rough. Now. battery men to collect some easy telephonists. We would do two hours that one can hardly breathe. We were
we send over five shells to their one. money. So when the battalion was re on and four off. I would be on duty soon gasping for breath anil covered
We are getting our own back, but in lieved the gnmblers lined up. Several In the advanced observation post, with a profuse perspiration which Is
the early days it was different. Then ‘Jocks’ got their money for emerging while he would be at the other end of sued from every pore of the skin.
yon had to take everything without safely, but the ones who clicked It the wire In the battery dugout signal Hanging up in the room were tender
reply. In fact, we would get twenty weren't there to pay. The artillery ing station. We were supposed to send branches or twigs lu n gr en state nnd
«hells In return for every one we sent men had never thought It out that •hrough orders for the battery to fire retaining their leaves. Dipping these
over. Fritz seemed to enjoy it, but way. Those Scotties were bound to when ordered to do so by the observa lr. water, the attendant began lashing
we British didn’t ; we were the suf be sure winners, no matter how the tion officer In the advanced post. But nnd whipping me across the legs,
ferers. Just one casualty after an wind blew. So take a tip from me, very few messages were sent. It was shoulders, loins nnd back, till my body
Sometimes whole platoons never bet with a Scottie, ’cause you’U only In case of un actual attack that seemed quite red with the switching.
would disappear, especially when a lose money.
we would get a chance to *«rn our The bastinadoing over, I was then
'Jack Johnson’ plunked into their
“ At one part of our trench where *two nnd six' a day. You see. Old Pep washed with u soft flunnel covered
middle. It got so bad that a fellow, a communication trench Joined the per had Issued orders not to fire ex with soap, ufter which u ^ig of the
when writing home, wouldn't ask for front line a Tommy had stuck up a cept when the orders came from him. coldest water was throwu over my
any cigarettes to be sent out, because wooden signpost with three hands or And with Old Pepper orders Is orders,
head and body.
he was afraid he wouldn’t ta? there to arms on It. One of the hnnds, point and made to obey.
ing to the German lines, read. T o Ber
Interesting Life Statistics.
“The Germans must hnve known
“ After the drive to Paris was turned lin the one pointing down the com about these orders, for even In the day
On the authority of experts repre
back, trench warfare started. Our munication trench read. T o Blighty,’ their transports nnd troops used to senting forty-three lending life Insur
general grabbed a map, drew a pencil while the other said, ’Suicide Ditch, expose themselves as If they were on ance companies in the United States,
across It, and said, ‘Dig here.’ Then Change Here for Stretchers.’
parade. This sure got up our nose, it appears that a spinster lives longer
he went back to his tea, and Tommy
“ Farther down from this guide post sitting there dny after day, with fine than n married woman. Business wom
armed himself with a pick and shovel the trench ran through an old orchard. targets In front of us but unable to
en live longer than business men. A
and started digging. He's been dig On the edge of ihla orchard our bat send over a shell. We heartily cussed
woman who takes an endowment pol
ging ever since.
tery had constructed aa advanced ob Old Pepper, his orders, the govern icy lives longer than u woman whq
“ Of course we dug those trenches at servation post. The trees screened It ment, the people at home, and every takes an ordinary life policy. It Is not
night, but It was hot work, what with from the enemy airmen and the roof thing In general.
But the Boches easy to explain why an unmarried
the rifle and machine-gun fire. The was turfed. It wasn’t cushy like ours, didn’t inlnd cussing, nnd got very care woman survives n matron, nor why a
stretcher bearers worked harder than 1 no timber or concrete re-enforcements. less. Blime me, they were bally In business woman survives a busi
Just walls of sandbags. From It a sulting. Used to, when using a certain ness man, but the longevity of the
“Those trenches, bloomin’ ditches, I splendid view of the German lines road, throw their caps Into the air a.-, endowment woman Is believed to be
call them, were nightmares. They were could be obtained. This post wasn’t a taunt at our helplessness.
due to the determination to live until
only about five feet deep, and you used exactly safe. It was a hot corner,
“Cassell had been a telegrapher in the policy matures.
Will power le
to get the backache from bending shells plunking all around, and the civil life nnd Joined up when war was hardly less Important In many cases
down. It wasn’t exactly safe to stand bullets cutting leaves off the trees. declared. As for me, I knew Morse. | fpnn physique, nnd must always be
upright,, either, because as soon as Many a time when relieving the sig learned It at the signalers school back reckoned with. Even In disease a man
your napper showed over the top a naler at the ’phone, I had to crawl on In 1910. \\ 1th an officer in the obser- or woman possesses a natural tend-
bullet would bounce off It, or else come my belly like a worm to keep from vatlon post, we could not carry on the ,.n(.y toward health, and cures which
B oy scouts are doing wonderful serv
so close it would make your hair stand. being hit.
kind of conversation that’s usual be often are attributed to medicine arc ice in sid in g Uncle 8am In connection
“ We used to fill sandbags and stick
"It was an observation post sure tween two mates, so we used the really the assertion of the will.—Cap
w ith the war.
them on top of the parapet to make It enough. That’s all the use It was. Just Morse code. To send, one of us would per's Weekly.
higher, but no use; they would be observe all day, but never a message tap the transmitter with his finger
F R E N C H BOY 8CO U TS BRAV E.
there about an hour and then Fritz back for our battery to open up. You nails, nnd the one on the other end
Love In Fishdom.
would turn loose nnd blow them to see, at this point of the line there would get It through the receiver.
This Is no “ fish" story ns the term
A letter to Chief Scout Executive
bits. My neck used to be sore from were strict orders not to fire a shell, Many an hour was whiled away In this
Is usually referred to, but It Is a story James E. West from Corporal W. F.
ducking shells and bullets.
unless specially ordered to do so from manner passing compliments back and about fish. Jim Foster, student of fish
Bates, Jr., with the American expedi
affairs, vouches for Its authenticity.
tionary forees In France, Indicates the
“ In the observation post the officer
Jim has a collection o f big live fish boy scouts the world around are very
used to sit for hours with a powerful In a small aquarium In n down-town
pair of field glasses to his eyes. restaurant nnd for 12 hours every night much the snme:
“ Yesterday while on the road, I met
Through a cleverly concealed loophole he^wntches them perform.
a party o f French boy scouts with
he would scan the ground behind the
“The fish nro very affectionate,” de whom I had a little chat. They even
German trenches, looking for targets clared the fish student.
and finding many. This officer. Cap good-tempered nnd kind toward one an shared with me some little biscuits
tain A------ by name, had a habit of other. See those two largest fish? which they had for lunch.
“ n ik ln g back to their much-bom
talking out loud to him*self. Some They nre ‘married,’ I guess, or else In
times he would vent his opinion, same love with each other. They alwnys barded town In the rain, they made n
as a common private does when he’s kiss each other good night nnd nibble decided Impression nnd a very happy
wrought up. Once upon a time the affectionately at ench other's mouths. one, for I Imagined myself back again
captain had been on Old Pepper’s staff, The female of the two never puts her for the moment with my own lads of
so he could cuss and blind in the most cold fins on the male one’s back. And Troop No. 5 o f Oil City, Pa.
“ Some time I hope to take up the
approved style. Got to be sort of n In the morning—say. It's amusing to
work again, with my boys in God’s
habit with him.
watch thorn yawn nnd stretch them
country. Until then It Is good to r<>-
“ About six thousand yards from ns, selves.” —Detroit Free Press.
metnbor the happy days I hnve bail
behind the German lines, was n road
home In camp and on the hike.”
In pluln view of our post. For the Inst
Use for Clothespins.
three days Fritz had brought compa
Clothespins make un excellent play
W H A T T H E S C O U T P L A N IS.
nies of troops down this road In broad thing for babies. They can be used for
daylight. They were never shelled. babies or soldiers, or to make fences,
As a scout the boy willingly adopts
Whenever this happened the captain trees, log houses and many other Inter
would froth at the mouth and let out esting things. Playthings that can be ns real and vital the universally ac
n volume of Old Pepper’s religion taken npnrt and put together agnln are cepted principles o f life ns set forth
which used to make me love him.
• good to have; nlso blocks with which In the scout ontli nnd law. This effec
"Every buttery has a range chart on the child can build all kinds of objects tively Influences the boy’s nature find
which distinctive landmarks are noted, —engines that ho can push along the chnrncter so ns better to prepare him
with the range for each. These land floor, balls to bounce nnd throw, doll for thnt work which the church enn
marks are called targets, nnd are num carriages, wnshlng sets, etc. Dolls with best do.
A scout promises thnt upon his
bered. On our battery’s chart, that clothes thnt button nnd unbutton nnd
rond was called ‘Target 17, Range come off may be used to tench the chil honor he will do his duty to God nnd
0000, 3 degrees 30 minutes left.' D 238 dren how to dress and undress them country nnd obey the scout law ; that
he will help other people at all times
battery consisted of four ’4.5’ howit selves.
zers, and fired a 35-pounrl H. E. shell.
nnd thnt he will keep himself pliyslcnl-
As you know, II. E. means ’high ex
The fruit of old age Is the memory ly strong, mentally nwake, and morally
plosive.’ I don’t like bumming up my nnd rich store of blessings laid up In straight.
One of the B ig Guns Barking
own battery, but we had a record In early life.—Cicero.
O V E R THE TOR
By A n American
Soldier W h o W ent
I % ~PMk*.
Arthur Guy Erapey