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BRNT KUM.RTIN, BKND, ONKGON, THUHMDAYt MAY no, 101ft
"Over the Top
By An American Soldier
ARTHUR GUY EMPEY
Afachtne Gunner Strctng In Franc
(OopjtltbU UlT.br ArUinrOuj lm)
Out In Front
After ten Lieutenant Stores of our
ectlon cnine Into the dugout nnd In
formed me thnt I was "for" n reeonnnl
lorltifT patrol and would carry six Mills
At 11 :30 thnt night twelve mn, our
lieutenant nnd myself wont out In
front on n patrol in No Man's Lnnd.
We cruised around In the dark for
nbout two hours, just knocking about
looking for trouble, on the lookout for
Itocho working parties to see what
they were doing.
Around two In the morning wo were
carefully picking our wny nbout thirty
yards In front of the German barbed
wire, when we wnlkcd Into n Hoche
covering party nenrly thirty strong.
Then the music started, the fiddler ren
dered his bill, nnd we pntd.
Fighting In the dark with n bayonet
Is not very pleasant. The Germans
took It on the run, but our officer was
no novice at the game nnd didn't fol
low them. He gave the order "down
on the ground, hug It close."
Just In time, too, because n volley
skimmed over our heads. Then In low
tones we were told to separate and
crawl back to our trenches, each man
on his own.
We could sec the flashes of their
rifles In the darkness, but the bullets
were going over our heads.
We lost three men. killed and one
wounded In the arm. If It hadn't been
for our officer's quick thinking the
whole patrol would have probably
been wiped out.
After about twenty minutes wn't we
ncnt out again nnd discovered thnt
the Germans had n wiring party work
ing on their barbed wire. Wo returned
to our trenches unobserved with the
information and our machine guns Im
mediately got busy.
The next night four men were sent
out to go over and examine the Ger
man barbed wire and see If they had
8taged Under Fire.
Three doys after the incident Just re
lated our company was relieved from
the front lino nnd carried. Wo stayed
In reserve billets for about two weeks
when wo received the welcome news
thnt our division would go hack of the
Hub "to rest billets." We would re
main In these billets for at least two
months, this In order to be restored to
our full strength by drafts of recruits
Everyone was happy and contented
at these tidings; nil you could hear
around the billets was whistling and
singing. The day after the receipt of
the order we hiked for the days, mak
ing an average of about twelve kilos
per day until we arrived at the small
town of O'
It took us about three days to get
settled, nnd from then on our cushy
time started. We would parade from
8:45 In the morning until 12 noon.
Then except for nn occnslonul billet
or brigade guard wo were on our own.
For the first four or flvo afternoons I
spent my time In bringing up to duto
my neglected correspondence.
Tommy loves to be amused, nnd be
ing n Yank, they turned to me for
something new in this line. I tnught
them how to pitch horseshoes, nnd this
game made a great hit for nbout ten
days. Then Tommy turned to Amer
ica for a new diversion. I was up In
the air until a happy thought came to
me. Why not write a sketch nud break
Tommy In as an actor?
One evening after "lights out," when
you are not supposed to talk, I Impart
ed my scheme In whispers to the sec
tion. They eagerly accepted the Idea
of formlog a stock compauy und
them, arm In nrin, leavo to take pos
session of this wonderful palace which
Abo has Just paid ?0,000 for. (Cur
tain.) In the second act the curtain rises
on the Interior of the Diamond 1'alaeo
saloon, and the nudleiico gets Its first
shock. The saloon looks like n pig
pen, two tramps lying drunk on the
floor, and the bartender In a dirty
shirt with his sleeves rolled up, asleep
with his head on the bar.
Enter Abe, Sambo nnd Ikey, und the
One of the characters In the second
act was named llroadway Kate, and I
had an nwful Job to break In one of
the Tommies to net and talk like a
Another character wns Alkali Ike, nn
Arizona cowboy, who Just before the
close of the play comes Into the saloon
nnd wrecks It with his revolver.
We had eleven three-hour rehearsal
before I thought It udvlsablu to. pre
sent the sketch to the public.
The whole brigade was crasy to
witness the. first performance. Thl
performance wns scheduled for Ftlduj
night nnd everyone wns full of antici
pation; when bang I orders camr
through that the brigade would move at
two thnt afternoon. Cursing and
blinding wns the order of things upon
tho receipt of Una order, but v
Thnt night we renched the little vil
lage of S and again went Into resl
billets. We were to be there twe
weeks. Our company Immediately gol
busy nnd scoured the village for a
suitable place In which to present out
production. Then wo received anothei
A rlvnl company wns already vstob
llbhed In the village. They cnllct
E JUNE 2!
phksidknt wn.ij ahk people
OP OHKGON TO PLEDGE THKIH
9 17,000,000 QUOTA IN HALF
i i UK i i
K?&fettXaSl(klG?t3! 1 1.1 J I i At f- m'i&l "Vk fel
y3g$J!iC&?J!&5 posuc infoftviTMri
Preparlna tho "Chow."
A Hidden Gun.
rut lanes through It; If so, this pres
aged an early morning attack on our
Of course I had to be one of the four
elected for the Job. It wns Just .like
tending a fellow to the undertaker's
to order Ills own coffin.
At ten o'clock we started out, armed
Mith three bombs, a bayonet and re
volver. After getting Into No Man's
Umd we separated. Crawling four or
Eve feet at a time, ducking stur shells,
with strays cracking overhead, I
reached their wire. I scouted along
this Inch by Inch, scarcely breathing.
I could hear them talking In their
trench, my heart was pounding ugulnst
could hardly wnlt until tho morning
for further details.
After pnrnde, the next afternoon I
was nlmost .mobbed. Everyone In tho
section wanted a part In the projosed
sketch. When I Informed them that It
would take at least ten days of hard
work to write the plot, thej: were bit
terly disappointed. I immediately got
busy, made a desk out of biscuit tins
In the corner of the billet, and put up
;n sign "Empey & Wallace Theatrical
'Co." About twenty of the section,
upon rending this sign, Immediately
applied for the position of olllce boy.
1 1 accepted the twenty applicants, nnd
sent them on scouting parties 'through
out the deserted French village. These
parties were to search all the utiles for
discarded civilian clothes, und any
thing thnt we could use In the props
of our proposed company.
About five thnt night they returned
covered with grlmo and dust, but load
ed down with u miscellaneous assort
ment of everything under the sun.
They must have thought that I was
going to start a department store,
Judging from the different thlngH they
brought back from their pillage.
After eight days' constunt writing I
completed a two-act farce comedy
which I called "The Diamond I'nlaco
Saloon." Upon the suggestion of one
of the boys In tho section I sent n proof
of the program to a printing house in
London. Then I assigned the different
parts and started rehearsing. David
Kelusco would have thrown up his
bands In despair nt tho muteriat which
I had to use. Just Imagine trying to
teuch a Tommy, with a strong cockney
IhemseUei "The Bow 1
put on n ski-tell entitled, '
What Hopes?" The wore
slonnl concert party.
We hoped they all would be soon
In llllghty to give us u chance.
lids company charged an admission
of a franc per head, and that night
our company went en masse to nee
their performance. It really was good.
I had a sinking sensation when I
thought of running my sketch In op
position to It.
In one of their scenes they had n
soubrette called Flossie. The soldier
that took this part wns clever and
made n line-appearing and chic girt.
We Immediately fell In love with her
until two days" nfter, while wo were
on a march, we passed Flossie with
"her" sleeves rolled up and the sweat
pouring from "her" face unloading
shells from a motor lorry.
As our section passed her I yelled
out: "Hello, Flossie; llllghty What
Hopes?" Her reply mude our love dlo
"Ah. go to h1 1"
This brought quite a lough from the
marching column directed at me, and I
Instnntly made up my mind that our
sketch should Immediately run In op
position to "llllghty Whut Hopes?"
When wo returned to our billet from
the march, Curley Wulluce, my the
atrical partner, came running over to
mo and said he had found u swanky
place In which to produce our show.
After taking off my equipment, and
followed by the rest of the section, I
went over to the building he had picked
nnfr. It nriiH n monstrous horn with u
accent, to impersonate a Dowery tough I r,,ntfonn nt ono en(, whlch would make
or u Southern negro. (Jea, BtnKe: The cllon got right
Adjacent to our billet was an open on the Job, and before night had that
field. We got busy at one end of it nnd I nlnco rlcced out In unnk-nlc ordpr.
(From Monday's Dally.)
President Wilson Is going to ask
tho pooplo of Oregon to pledge their
$17,000,000 war savings stamp quota
In half an hour on tho afternoon of
Friday, Juno 28.
Plans for the. utOHt Intensive
"push" of all tho war financing ef
forts to dnto, tho campaign to bo
national In Its scope, are now In tho
hands of the Oregon war savings
stamp committee. These plans will
be outlined to tho county chairmen,
their committeemen and all war sav
ings stamp workers in tho state nt
an all-day convention to ho hold at
tho Elks' temple, Portland, next
Wednesday, May 20. It Is expected
that 250 or 300 volunteor war stamp
workers from nil parts of tho ntnto
will bo prcsont, and It Is likely thnt
Governor Wlthycomho will make the
addresses of welcome. At this con
vention plans for national "pledge"
day, June 28, to bo set aside as such
by presidential proclamation, will
ho outlined and work of organiza
tion throughout tho statu will bo
The Idea of pledging all tho people
of tho state to purchase enough war
savings stnmps during the rest of tho
year to assure tho state's quota has
been carried out successfully In Ne
braska, and It was at the recent meet
ing at Omaha attended by state war
I stamp workers from all western
states und by Frank Vandorllp, chair
man of tho national war savings
"stamps committee, thnt It was do
elded to mnko tho Nebraska plan tho
model for tho rest of the stntos.
llrlofly, tho plan Is to hold meet
ings In overy school district In tho
city nud state on tho afternoon of
Juno 28. Pledge cards, of a form ap
proved at Washington, will bo dis
tributed for signatures, and tho citi
zens of -each and every district wilt
bo expected to pledgo that district's
quota, which will he predetermined
on tho basis of J 20 per capita neces
sary to put the state's obligation
In tho mcantlmo nud subsequently
tho campaign of education nlong
lines of thrift nnd tho sale of war
stnmps as now established will bo
carried on. Tho Idea of "pledgo
day" Is to drive home to tho men
and women of tho state the realiza
tion that tho war savings stamp
cause Is Just as vital and essential
as tho Liberty bond efforts, and so
to stlihulato their Interest as to make
suro of Oregon's share of the $2,
000,000,000 expected by tho country.
YES, the construction of our new
store building has mixed things
up a good deal
able to serve you in all
The biggest stock in town. Now
is the time to buy your Seed, Lawn
Mowers, Garden Hose, Fishing
Tackle and Paints. We have them
all and a lot else besides.
AHK CALLED TO AIM'EAH HE
KOH IXK'AIj WAR llOAItl) IN
TIIIH CITY O.V THURSDAY,
HUHGHttl, IlltKHHING DI.'PAHT,.
.MKNT OK IIEND CIIAPTKIt
HE.VDK OUT TWO ItOXIM FOH
wns how were tho men to reach these
hoxes, hut to Ikey this was u inero de
tull. Ho got long ropes nnd tied ono end
iround each rafter nnd then tied a lot
of knots In the ropes. These ropes
would tuke the place of stairways.
We figured out that the rafters
would seat about forty men and sold
that number of tickets accordingly.
When the ticketholders for the hoxes
got n glimpse of the rafters und were
Informed that they hnd to use the rope
stairway, there was u howl of Indlgnu
(Ion. but we had their money and told
them that if they did not like It they
could write to the management later
und their money would be refunded;
hut under these conditions they would
not be allowed to witness the perform
ance that night.
After n little grousing they accepted
the sltuntlon with tho promise that If
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my ribs. Ono false move or the least constructed a stuge. Wo secured tho rri, Prt ilnv wns Sundnv and after would let us know nbout It during tho
noise from me meant discovery nnd j lumber for tho stuge by demolishing ! cnurcn parade we put all our time on performance.
almost certain deutb. jan old wooden shack in the rear of lB ,,.,, rehearsal, nnd It went line. Everything went lovely and It was a
After covering my sector I quietly jour billet. I j n)n,j,j four or five largo signs an- howling hucccsh, until Alkali Uto rip-
crawled buck. I hud gotten nbout half '-The first scene was supposed to rep- ) nomit.nB (jmt our Compnny would open I peared on the scene with his revolver
-vvny wnen i nouceu mar my revolver -".-. u nm-vi uu , uunnji m ,.-n - un .i..,. t.veninK n he King George the . loimeu wiin uiiiiik ciirirwgcs. jieiiinu
(From Monday's' Dally.)
Mambors of tho May draft from
Deschutes county nro to ho mobilized
hero on Thursday, May 30, Decora
tion day, nnd will leave for Fort Mc
Dowell, California, on tho morning
following, tho draft hoard announced
this morning, following an order
from tho adjutant general to this
effect. Tho man had been sum
moned to appear before tho board
tomorrow, May 28, and wore sched
uled to have loft tho following day.
Plans for a send-off for tho boys
woro started at the regular mooting
of tho Commercial club last Wednes
day and it Is expected that tho com
mittee will have an announcement of
their plans by tomorrow.
Tho members of tho draft who
leavo on Friday morn I in? tiro as fol
lows: Ernest D, Fuller, Alvlit 11.
Chrlstenson, Gus N, Nyatrom, Mag
nus Elnen, Moso Vlau, Clias. N
Kotzman, Oscar H. Itrson, John A.
Webber, llond; William ilponcor,
Milllcnn; Ivor, Hundrlckuou, Heattla;
Oscar J. Johnson; Wm. E, Formnn,
Tho Dalles; Ingwold A. Johnson,
Portland; Chns. F, Fisher, Koplah,
Wash.; Fred E. Fotty, Seattle; Ver
non M. Plondl, Portland; Vlncoiuo
Ilorgognl, Portland; Oarema Tozzl,
(From Baturda's Dally.)
Tho monthly shipment for May of
work from tho surgical dressing de
partment of Hand chapter, Including
work dnnu by Rlstors and Hndtnond
auxiliaries, was made the 23rd nud
Included tho following dressing:
Ono box containing 210 absorbent
pad or cotton, slzo 12x21 Inches.
Ono box containing 810 absorb
ent pnds of cotton, 8x12 Inches,
In addition to this monthly allot
ment a largo enso of miscellaneous
dressings was shipped nt tho snmo
tlrno and worn as follows:
Thirty guuzo roll, throo yard by
four and a half Indies, 300 sponged,
180 guuzo compresses, 0x0; 580
gauzo compresses, 4x4; 1C0 folded
gauze strips, 6x3; r.fi abdominal
bandages of muslin, 129 head band
ages or muslin, 100 ncultutua band
ages of muslin, 54 T bandages of
muslin, 20 triangular bandages of
muslin, 12 substitute handkerchiefs,
4C rest pillows.
Boo J, Ryan & Co., for farm land
Something to sell? Advortlao
Tho liulletln's classified column.
wub missing. It was pitch dark. "I iiork, while the scene of tho second
turned about to see If I could find It : i act wns tho interior of tho Diamond
It couldn't ho far uwuy, becuuse nbout ', Pnlace saloon, also on tho Howery,
three or four minutes previously I bad
felt the butt in the holster, I crawled
tirouud la circles und nt lust found '.t,
then started on my wuy buck to our
trenches, us I thought.
Pretty soon I reached barbed wire,
and wus Just going to give the pass
word when something told'me not to.
1 put out my hand und touched one of
tho barbed wire stakes. It wus iron.
The Ilrltlsli are of wood, while the
German are Iron. My heart stopped
beating; by mistake I hud crawled
back to the German lines.
I turned slowly about and my tunic
caught on the wire and mude u loud
A sharp challenge rang out. I
Kpraug to my feet, ducking low, and
nm madly buck toward our lines. Tho
Germans sturted firlug. The bullets
were biting all around me, when bang I
lrun wuiisli Into our wire, mid a slinrp.
In the ploy I took tho part of Abo
Switch, u farmer, who had come from
Pumpklnvllle Center, Term., to make
his first visit to New York.
In the first scene Abe Switch mectr
the' proprietor of the Diamond Palace
, Fifth theater, on the corner of Ammo
, street und Sandbag terrace. General
admission wus one-half franc. First
ten rows In orchestra ono franc, and
boxes two francs. ISy this time our
printed programs had returned from
London, and I further announced that
! on the night of the first performance
a program would bo given free of
the bar on n shelf was u long line of
bottles. AlKtill Ike wiih supposed ti
start on the left of this line nnd break
six of the bottles by firing nt them with
his revolver. Ilehlud these bottles n
piece of painted canvas was supposed
to represent the buck of the bar, at
each shot from Alkali's pistol u man
behind the scenes would hit one of the'
saloon, a ramshackle affair which to i charge to men holding tickets costing a bottles with his entrenching tool
the owner was a financial loss.
The proprietor's namo wus Tom
Twlstem, his bartender being named
AfTer meeting Abe, Tom and Flllem
Up persuaded him to buy the pluce,
praising it to tho skies ami telling
wondrous tales of the money taken
over the bar.
While they nro talking, nn old Jew
anmed Ikey Cohensteln comes ulong,
and Abe engages him for cashier. After
engaging Ikey they meet nn old
Southern negro called Sumbo,, and
jpon the suggestion of Ikey ho Is en
aged as porter. Then the three of
franc or over.
Wo hud un orchestra of seven men
and, seven different Instruments. This
orchestra was excellent, while they
were not pluylnif.
The performance wus scheduled to
start at 0 p. m.
At 0:lfi there was n mob In front of
our ono entrance and it looked like a
big night. Wo had two boxes each uc
commodutlng four people, and these
we Immediately sold out. Then n
brilliant Idea came to Ikey Coheiistcln.
Why not uso the rafters overheud, cull
them boxes, and charge two francs for
n scat on them? The only difficulty
handle und smash It, to give tho Im
pression that Alkali was a good shot.
Alkali Ike started In nnd iilmed nt
the right of tho lino of bottles Instead
of the left, and the poor boob behind
tho scenes sturted brcuklng tho bottles
uu tut- i. ii, ..... in. -ii. tho boxholders
turned loose; but outside of this little
fiasco the performance was a huge sue
iesw, ami wo decided to run It for u
New troops wero constantly coming
through, and for six performances wo
had tho "8. It, O." sign suspended out-sldo.
HERE IN BEND
on the job to Rive yon efficient
service nt the shortest notice.
Here to see thnt you et u cor
rect fitting in the kind of glasses
you need, here to stay and hack
up every bit of work I do.
DR. C. H. FRANCIS
With MYHON II. HYMONS, O'Kuno Uulldlntr
(To Do Continued.)