The Bend bulletin. (Bend, Or.) 1903-1931, August 01, 1918, WEEKLY EDITION, Page PAGE 6, Image 6

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CHAPTER XXVII.
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Blighty.
From this flrst-nid post, after inocu
lating mo with antitetanus scrum to
Bircvcnt lockjaw, I was put Into an am
bulancc find sent to a temporary hos
pital behind tho lines. To reach this
hospital we had to go along a road
nbout flro tulles In length. This road
was under shell Are, for now and then
a flaro would light up the sky a tre
mendous explosion and then the road
seemed to tremble. We did not mind,
though no doubt some of us wished
In "Blighty."
that a shell would hit us and end our
misery. Personally, I was not particu
lar. It was nothing but bump, jolt, rat
tle, and bang.
Several times the driver would turn
around and give us n "Cheero, mates,
we'll soon be there " fine fellows,
those ambulance drivers, a lot of them
go West, too.
Wo gradually drew out of the flro
zone and pulled up In front of an Im
mense dugout. Stretcher-bearers car
lied me down a number of steps and
placed me on a white table In a brightly
lighted room.
A sergeant of the Royal Army Med
ical corps removed my bandages and
cut off my tunic Then the doctor,
with his sleeves rolled up, took charge.
'He winked at me and I winked back,
end then he asked, "How do you feel,
smashed up a bit?"
I answered: "I'm all right, but I'd
Clve a quid for a drink of Bass."
He nodded to the sergeant, who dis
appeared, and I'll be darned if he
didn't return with n gloss of ale. I
could only open my mouth about a
quarter of an Inch, but I got away with
very drop of that ale. It tasted Just
like Blighty, and that is heaven to
tTommy.
The doctor said something to nn or
derly, the only word I could catch was
''chloroform," then they put some kind
fof an arrangement over my nose and
mouth and It was me for dreamland.
When I opened my eyes I was lying
on a stretcher, in a low wooden
building. Everywhere I looked I saw
rows of Tommies on stretchers, some
dead to the world, and the rest with
tfags in their mouths.
The main topic of their conversation
rwas Blighty. Nearly all had a grin on
(tbelr faces, except those who didn't
ave enough face left to grin with. I
(grinned with my right eye, the other
(was bundaged.
Stretcher-bearers came In and bo
gan to carry tho Tommies outside. You
(Could hear the chug of the engines in
the waiting ambulunces.
I was put into an ambulance with
fchreo others and away we went for an
clghtcen-mllo ride.
I was on a bottom stretcher. The
Jad right across from me was smashed
iU2goraethlng horrible.
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"Itlgnt iiiHiteiiieTwas n man from tho
Itoynl Irish rllles, while across from
htm was a Scotchman.
We had gone about three miles when
I heard tho'dcath-rattle In the throat
of tho man opposite. He had gone to
rest across the Great Divide. I think
at the time I envied him.
The man of the Royal Irish rllles
had had his left foot blown off, thu
Jolting of the ambulance over the
rough road had loosened up the band
ages on his foot, and had started It
bleeding again. This blood ran down
the side of the stretcher and started
dripping. I was lying on my buck, too
weak to move, and the dripping of this
blood got me In my unlmmluged right
eye. I closed my eye and pretty soon
could not open the lid; the blood hud
congealed and closed It, as If It were
glued tlown.
An English girl dressed In khnkl was
driving the ambulunce, while beside
her on the sent was n corporal of the
H. A. M. C They kept up a running
conversation about Blighty which al
most wrecked my nerves; pretty
soon from the stretcher above me, the
Irishman became aware of the fact
that the bondage from his font had be;
come loose; It must have pained him
horribly, because he yelled in a loud
voice:
"If you don't stop this bloody death
wagon uud tlx this d bandage on
my foot, I will get out and walk."
The girl on the sent turned around
nnd In n sympathetic voice asked,
"Poor fellow, ure you very badly
wounded?"
The Irishman, nt this question, let
out a howl of Indignation and an
swered, "Am I very badly wounded,
what bloody check ; no, I'm not wound
ed, I've only been kicked by a canary
bird."
The ambulance Immediately stopped,
and the corporal came to the rear and
fixed him up, and also washed out my
right eye. I wus too weak to thank
him, but It was n great relief. Then
I must have become unconscious, be
cause when I regained my senses, the
ambulance was nt a standstill, and my
stretcher was being removed from It.
It was night, lanterns were Hushing
here nnd there, and I could see stretcher-bearers
hurrying to and fro. Then
I was carried Into a hospital train.
The Inside of this train looked like
heaven to me, Just pure white, and wo
met our first Red Cross nurses; wo
thought they were angels. And they
were.
Nice little soft bunks and clean,
white sheets.
A Red Cross nurse sat beside me
during the whole ride which lasted
threo hours. She was holding my
wrist; I thought I bnd made a hit, and
tried to tell her how I got wounded,
but she would put her linger to her lips
nnd say, 'Tea, I know, but you mustn't
talk now, try to go to sleep, It'll do you
good, doctor's orders." Later on I
learned that she was taking my pulse
every few minutes, as I wus very weak
from the loss of blood and they ex
pected me to snuff it, but I didn't.
From tho train we went Into ambu
lances for a short ride to the hospital
ship Panama. Another pulnco and more
angels. I don't remember the trip
ucross the channel.
I opened my eyes; I was being car
ried on a stretcher through lanes of
people, some cheering, home waving
flags, and others crying. The Hugs were
Union Jacks, I was In Southampton.
Bl.'ghty at Inst. My stretcher was
strewn with flowers, cigarettes, and
chocolates. Tears sturted to run down
my cheek from my good eye. I like a
booby was crying. Can you bcut It?
lyen into another hospital train, a
live-hour ride to Paignton, another urn
bulancc ride, and then I was curried
into Munsey ward of the American
Women's War hospital and put Into u
real bed.
This real bed was too much for my
unstrung nerves uud I fainted.
When I caiuo to, a pretty Red Cross
.nurse wus. beiidjng, over jnet bathing
my forehead with cold water, then she
left and the ward orderly placed n
screen nrouml my bed, nnd gave mo n
much-needed bath and clean pajamas,
Then tho screen was removed and n
bowl of steaming soup was given me.
It tasted delicious.
Before Mulshing my coup tho nurs
camo buck to ask mo my uamo ami
number. She put this Information down
iu u little book and then usked:
"Where do you come from?" I an
swered :
"From tho big town behind the
Statue of Liberty," uijon hearing this
she Blurted Jumping up and down,
clapping her hands, and railing out to
three nurses across the ward:
"Come here, girls nt last we have
got n real live Yitnkeo with us."
They came over and besieged mo
with questions, until the. doctor ar
rived. UH)n learning that I was an
American he almost crushed my hand
In his grip of welcome. They also
were Americans, and were glad to see
me.
Tho doctor very tenderly removed
my bandages and told me, nifter view
ing my wounds, that ho would hnvo to
take mo to the operating theater Im
mediately. Personally I didn't euro
whnt was dono with me.
In n few minutes, four orderlies who
looked llko undertakers dressed In
white, brought n stretcher to my bed
nnd placing me on It curried me out of
tho ward, across n courtyard to tho
operating room or "pictures," ns Tom
my calls it.
I don't remember having tho tines
thesttc applied.
When I cume to I was again lying In
n bed In Munsey ward. One of the
nurses had draped a large American
tlag over the head of the bed, nnd
clasped In my hand wus a smaller flag,
nnd It made me feel good all over to
nptln see the "Stars and Stripes."
At that time I wondered when the
boys In the trenches would see the
emblem of the "land of the free and
the home of tho bnive" beside them,
doing Its bit In this great war of civi
lization. My wounds were very painful, nnd
several times nt night I would dream
that myriads of khukl-clothed tlguret
would puss my bed and each would
stop, bend oven me, and whisper, "Tho
best of luck, mate."
Soaked with "perspiration I would
awake with u cry. and the night nurse
would come over and hold my hand.
This uwnkenlng got to be a habit with
me until that particular nurse was
transferred to another ward.
In three weeks' time, owing to the
careful treatment received. I was able
to sit up anil get my bearings. Our
ward contained seventy-live patients,
00 per cent of which were surgical
cases. At the head of each bed hutfg
a temperature chart and diagnosis
sheet. Across this sheet would be
written "O. S. W." or "S. W.." tho for
mer mennlng gun shot wound anil the
latter shell wound. The "S. W." pre
dominated, especially among the Royal
Field urtlllery and Royal engineers.
About forty different regiments were
represented, nnd many argument! en
sued ns to the respective lighting abil
ity of each regiment. The rivalry was
wonderful. A Jock nrgulng with an
Irishman, then n strong Cockney nc
cent would butt In In favor of o Lon
don regiment. Before long a Welsh
man, followed by a member of a York
shire regiment, and, perhaps, a Conn-
dlan Intrude themselves and the argu
ment waxes loud and furious. The
patients In tho beds start howling for
them to settle their dispute outside
und the ward is In nn uproar. The
head sister comes along nnd with a
wavo of the hnnd completely routs the
doughty warriors and again silence
reigns supreme.
Wednesday and Sunday of each week
were visiting dnys and were looked
forward to by the men, because they
meant parcels containing fruit, sweets
or fags. When a patient hud a regular
visitor, ho wus generally kept veil
supplied with these delicacies. Great
Jealousy Is shown among the men an
to their visitors and many word wars
ensue after the visitors leave.
When n mnn Is sent to a convales
cent home, he generally turns over his
steady visitor to the man In tho next
bed.
Most visitors hnvo autograph albums
and bore Tommy to death by asking
him to wrlto tho particulars of his
wounding In same. Severn! Tommies
try to duck this unpleasant Job by tell,
lug the visitors that they cannot write,
but this never phases the owner of tho
album ; ho or she, generally she, offers
to write It for them nnd Tommy Is
stung into telling his experiences.
The questions asked Tommy by visi
tors would make a clever Joko book
to n military man.
Some kindly looking old lady will
stop at your bed nnd In a sympathetic
tolco nddress you: "You poor boy,
wounded by thoso terrible Germans.
You must be suffering frightful pain.
A bullet, did you sny? Well, tell me,
I have ulwuys wanted to know, did It
hurt worse going In or coming out?"
Tommy generally replies that ho did
not stop to llguro It out when ho wuh
hit.
Ono very nice-looking, ovcrenthusl
nstlc young thing, stopped lit my bed
and usked, "What wounded you In tho
face?"
In n pollto but bored tono I an
swered, "A rlllo bullet."
With n look of dlsduln sho passed
to tho next bed, flrst ejnculutlng, "Oh I
Only a bullet? I thought It was it
shell." Why sho should think n shell
wound was moro of a distinction bouts
me. I don't sco a whole lot of differ
ence myself.
Tho American Women's War hospi
tal wus a heaven for wounded men.
They were allowed every privilege pos
sible condijeJxo. wlUl the. rules. an.d mili
tary discipline. Tho only fault wn
that tho mon'H pusses wero restricted.
To get n puna required an net of par
liament, Tommy tried muny tricks to
get out, but the cuininundunt, an old
Boer war olllcer, wus wise to them all,
and It took u new nnd clever ruso to
make hint ulllx his signature to the
coveted slip of paper.
as soon ns it would get dark many n
patient climbed over tho wnll and went
"on his own," regardless of many slgui
tnrlng him In the face, "Out of bonmli
for imtlents." Generally the nurses
won looking w other way when one
.if these night raids started. 1 hope
this Information will get none of them
into trouble, but I cannot resist tho
temptation to let the commuudiint
now that occasionally we put It over
in him.
One afternoon I tvcclveil a note,
hrough our underground channel, from
uiy female visitor, nuking me to attend
party nt her house that night. I
tuswercd Hint she could exRct me and
to meet mo nt n certnln pluco on the
rond well known by all patients, and
omo visitors, as "over tho wall." I
told her I would be on hand nt seven-
thirty.
About seven-flftcen I snenked my
overcoat nnd rap out of tho want nnd
hid It In tho bushes. Then I told the
nurse, a particular friend of mine, thnt
I was going for a walk In the rose gar
den. She winked nnd I knew thnt ev
erything was all right on her end.
Going out of the wnrd, I slipped Into
the bushes und made for tho wall. It
was dark us pitch nnd I wus groping
through the underbrush, when sudden
ly I stepped Into spneo uud felt myself
rushing downward, u horrible bump,
and blackness. When I rnnie to my
wounded shoulder wax hurting horri
bly. I wus lying ngnltitt n circular
wall of bricks, dripping with moisture,
and fur uwny I could hear the trickling
of water. I hud In the darkness fallen
Into an old disused well. But why
wasn't I wet? According to nil rules
I should have been drowned. Perhaps
I wus and didn't know It.
As the shock of my sudden stop
gradually wore off It rume to me that
I wus lying on n ledge and that the
least movement on my part would pre
cipitate me to the bottom of tho well.
I struck n mutch. Iti Its faint glare
I saw that I was lying In u circular
hole nbout twelve feet dee the well
hud been tilted In I The dripping I hud
heard came from a water pipe over on
my right.
With my woundeil shoulder It wns
Impossible to shinny up the pipe. I
could not yell for help, because the
rescuer would want to know how the
accident happened, and I would bo
haled before the commandant on
charges. I Just hud to grin and bear
It, with the forlorn hope thnt one of
the returning night raiders would puss
and I could give him our usual signal
of "slss-s-s-s," which would bring him
to the rescne.
Every half-hour I could hear tho
clock In the village strike, each stroke
bringing forth n mufllcd volley of
curses on the mnn who had dug the
well.
After two hours I heard two men
talking In low voices. I recognized
Corporal Cook, an ardent "night raid
er." Ho heard my "slss-s-s-s" and
camo to tho edge of the hole. I ex
plained my predlcnment and nmld a lot
of Impertinent remarks, which at tho
time I did not resent, I was soon fished
out.
Taking off our boots, wo snenked Into
the ward. I was sitting on my bed In
tho dark, Just starting to undress,
when the mnn next to me, "Ginger"
Phillips, whispered. "'Op It, Yank, 'ere
comes tho matron."
I Immediately got under the covers
nnd feigned sleep. The matron stood
talking In low tones to tho night nurse
nnd I fell asleep.
When I nwnko In tho morning the
night sister, nn American, was bending
over me. An uwful sight met my eyes.
Tho coverlet on the bed and the sheets
were n mass of mud uud green slime.
She was n good sport nil right, and
hustled to get clean clothes and sheets
so that no one would get wise, but "on
her own" sho gave mo a good tonguo
lashing but did not report me. Ono of
tho Canadians in the ward described
her as being "a Jake of a good fel
low." Next visiting day I hnd an awful
time explaining to my visitor why I
hnd not met her at tho appointed tlmo
and place.
And for a week every time I pnssed
a patient ho would call, "Well, well,
here's the Yank. Hope you ure feel
ing well, old top,"
Tho surgeon In our wnrd wns an
American, a Harvard unit mnn, named
Frost. Wo nicknamed him "Jack
Frost." He was loved by nil. If a
Tommy was to be cut up ho hud no ob
jection to undergoing tho operation If
"Jnck Frost" wuh to wield tho knife.
Their confidence In him wns pathetic.
He was tho best sport I hnvo over met.
Ono Saturday morning tho command
ant und Homo "high up" otllcers wero
Inspecting tho ward, when one of tho
patients who hud been wounded In the
bend by u bit of shrapnel, fell on tho
floor In n lit. They brought him round,
nnd then looked for tho ward orderly
to curry tho patient buck to his bed
at the other end of tho ward. Tho or
derly wuh nowhere to lie found llko
our policemen, they never uro when
needed. Thu ofllcers were ut a loss
how to get Palmer Into his bed. Doc
tor Frost was fidgeting around In n
nervous manner, when suddenly with
u muflled "d n" und u few other
qualifying adjectives, bo stooped down
und took tho man In his urms llko a
baby ho was no feather, cither and
staggered down tho ward with him, put
him In bed and undressed him, A low
murmur of approval camo from tho pa
tlSPju, eocjorjicsi tot very red. ami
as noon a ho hnd finished" undrcsni;
Palmer, hurriedly left tho ward,
Tho wound In my face hnd utmost
healed and I wits n horrible-looking
sight thu left cheek twisted Into a
knot, thu eye pulled down, nnd my
mouth pointing In n north by north
west direction, I was very downhenrt
rd uud could Imagine myself durlnit
the rest of my life being shunned by
all on account of tho repulsive scar,
Doctor Frost arranged for mo to go
to tho Cambridge Military hospltul ut
Aldcrsliot for a special operation to
ry iiuJ make the scar presentable.
I arrived nt the hospital und got nn
iwful shock. The food was poor and
:he discipline abnormally strict. No
aatlent was allowed to sit on his bed,
(nd smoking was permitted only nt
rcriiiln designated hours. The fnco
fpoelallst dlil nothing for me except
to look nt the wound. I made ifppll
ration for n transfer back to Paignton,
offering to pay my transportation,
rids offer was accepted, and nfter two
weeks' absence, once again I arrived
in, Munsey ward, all hope none.
mho nexi nay niter my return woe
tor Frost stopped nt my bed and said:
"Well, Kmpoy, If you wnnt mo to try
nnd seo whnt I ran do with that scar
I'll do It, but you aro taking nn awful
chance."
I answered: "Well, doctor, Stove
Brodle took n chance; ho hulls from
New York nnd so do I,"
Two days after tho undertaker
nquad carried me to the operating
room or "pictures," as we called them
because of tho funny films we see un
der ether, nnd the operation wns per
formed. It wus a wonderful piece of
The Author Juit Before Leaving for
Home,
surgery and n marvelous success.
From now on that doctor can have my
ihlrt.
More than onco some poor soldier
has been brought Into tho ward In a
dying condition, resulting from loss of
blood and exhaustion caused by hi
long Journey from the trenches. After
an examination tho doctor announces
that the only thing that will savo him
Is n transfusion of blood. Where la
tho blood to come from? He docs not
have to wait long for nn answer sev
eral Tommies Immediately volunteer
their blood for their mnte. Three or
four are accepted; n blood test In
made, and next day the transfusion
takes place nnd there Is another pale
fuce In the ward.
Whenever bono Is needed for somo
special operation, there are always
men willing to give some a leg If
necessnry to snvo some mangled mate
from being crippled for life, Store
than ono mnn will go through life with
another man's blood running through
his veins, or a piece of his rib or his
shlnbone In his own anatomy. Some
times ho never even knows the name of
his benefactor.
Tho spirit of sacrifice Is wonderful.
For all tho suffering caused this war
Is a blessing to England It has mudo
new men of her sons; has welded all
classes' Into ono glorious whole.
And I can't help saying that tho doc
tors, sisters, and nurses In the English
hospitals, aro angels on earth, I love
them all and can never repay tho cure
und kindness shown to me. For tho
rest of my llfo tho Red Cross will bo
to mo tho symbol of Faith, Hope und
Charity.
After four months In tho hospital, I
went before an examining board and
was discharged from tho service of his
Britannic majesty ns "physically unfit
for further war service."
After my dlschurge I engaged pass
age on the American liner New York,
and after a stormy trip a cross the At
lantic ono momentous day, In tho haze
of early dawn, I saw thu statue of lib
erty looming over thu port rail, and I
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"over tho top with (ho best off lucR
nnd glvo them hell,"
And ovijit then, though It may sown
nlruugo, I wuh really sorry not (o ho
buck In thu trenches with my mules.
War Is not it pink ten, hut In it worth
while cituso llko ours, mud, rats, coo
lies, shells, wounds, or death Itself, uro
fur outweighed by thu deep sense of
satisfaction felt by the man who docs
his bit.
There Is one thing which my ex
perience taught mu that might help thu
boy who muy hnvo to go. It Is this
anticipation Is fur worse than realtr.it
tlou, lit civil life it mini stands In nw
of the mnn above him, wonders how ho
could ever fill his Job. When the tlmo
comes he rises to the occasion, Is up
and nt It, uud Is surprised to llnd how
much more easily than tie uiitlclpnted
ho tills his responsibilities. It Is really
so "out there,"
Ho Iiiin nerve for the hardships; the
Interest of the work grips him ; he tliuli
relief In the fun uud comradeship of
the trenches und wins that best sort of
happiness that couiu.t with duty well
done.
'XHH CND. .
OREGON LIFE MAKES
PAYMENT SPEEDILY
(From Tuesday's Daily,)
Cheeks coyrlug the llfo liisurunro
pnyabbi to tho buuullclarhis of Vernon
A. Forbes mid llnlph V. Poludexter
wore received this morning by Ash
ley Forrest, local agent of the Ore
gon Llfo, from tho homo ofllco in
Portland, Tho payment wus nimbi
with the company's custoliiitry speed.
iieeordlnit to Mr. Forrest, proofs of
claim having been received In Port-
laud on Mouduy and tho ruocktt
malted out on the sumo duy, arriv
ing hero lust, evening-
NEW EQUIPMENT
FOR POSTOFFICK
(From Friday's D.illy )
Intensive ri pairs aro being mad"
to tho Interior of the postofllen this,
week, tho first shipment of moilDrit
postofllco fiulpimut being rei-Mlveil
Wed ii on day, uud succeeding ship
ments am expected to nrrlvo dally.
Now desks, mulling stands, vaults
mid cabinets are being Installwl, re
placing tho old methods used. Tint
new equipment will greatly furllltnto
tho handling of tho mull through lit
Bund office.
ARMY OFFICERS
TO INSTRUCT MEN
(From Saturday's Dally)
For the purpose of Instructing;
draft registrants on military matters.
Including Insurance, and allotments,
and physical qualifications, ottlcurw
from tt.o National army at Camp
I.'iwU will bo In Bond on Friday
ovouliig, August 2. A meeting hax
been catted by tho local war board
of nil draft registrants In tho county
to bo In attendance, nt the circuit
court rooms, tho hour not yet bolm:
determined upon, but to bo an
nounced later.
PRINEVILLE ROAD IS
NEARING COMPLETION
(From Saturday's Daily.)
Ralls wore laid to the depot alto
In Prlncvlllo on tho now Prlunvllli
mad yesterday, tho train having en
tered the city tho dny previous As
a result of tho completion of tho,, f
railroad, Prluuvllto Is to hnvo a cele
bration, tho dnto of which will ho
announced wltjilu u short time.
Only . Lemon Oil is re
quired by the Government
in genuine lemon extract
Crescent contains nearly
three times that amount.
No wonder Crescent Lemon
tfoes farther requires less
and does not bake out like
cheaper extracts.
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ask for
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Crescent
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