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CLOVERDALE, TILLAMOOK COUNTY, OREGON. NOVEMBER 15,1917
which was much used for transport we
noticed that nearly every night some
of our officers would be shot
went on for some time, and uo one
could explain It. One day one of our
A widow in speaking of her late husband said: “ He was always a good
fellows brought ih this kid and said
tha t he had found him with a German
provider.’’ In the mind of this bereaved woman, this was a high tribute to
rifle and am m unition in his possession
her hu sb a n d ’s character. It is often true th a t th e best husband is th e one
T he boy w as cross examined ami
who saves a part of bis income for th e future. By this plan he is able to
finally adm itted th a t .it was he who
had been shooting officers c>ti theO uder-
provide all necessities and m any of the luxuries; but constantly accumulate
dom road, l i e said that he had been
money and property tha t will safeguard bis family against w ant wheu he is
furnished with the rifle and told where
unable to work or after his death.
he got his amm unition every day. lie
sa-id he had instruction, not to shoot
A n A m e ric a n B o y ’a
4 Pir Cent Paid on Savings and Tima Deposits. Best Banking Facil
any officers with red on their uniform
B a p tism o f Fire
(staff officers!. Now, why he should
ities in Town.
have received su it an order ns this
was a m ystery to me.
He said th a t I'e had been at it for
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two weeks, and during that time he
Established in 1902
The m o s t g r a p h i c a c c o u n t o f the
had bagged sixteen officers, lie said
g r e a t w a r t h a t h a s y et been w ritten
c o m e s f r o m t h e p e n of a t w e n ty - t w o *
every officer lie shot. He w as taken
y e a r - o l d B o s t o n boy, w h o h a s j u s t r e
tu rn ed from F rance, w here as dragoon
to the real* 1 and shot a t once. We tried i
g u a rd sm an , d ispatch ruler and m o to r
to follow tip the information lie had
c a r d riv er he served fo u rtee n m o n th s
given as to where he had received his
u n d e r t h e B r i t i s h flag O u t of t h i r t y -
I had taken a shorter way comiug
Supplies arc brought iwvoss the c h a n
ammunition, hut his friends had all
one m oto rcy cle d isp a tc h rid ers he was
and it was along a very narrow nel daily.
The railway’ lines run
or.e of tour s u r v i v o r s
gone, so 1 suppose they had been
W IL L IA M J. ROBINSON
road. Have was sitting In the front straight down to the «locks, s«> the
'V e r y quietly w e craw led back in tbe
with me. and the captain tin s in the goods nr«* put on the tia lu s as they
About this time, too, we caught nh
Aliuction from which the report had u nbc’-ievaljle. T h e y cthiTeFscd lb lia \'-
tonneau. We were bowling along at are taken out of the ship. Each divi
come. A fter going about 100 yards we
a fail ly- good pare, ami I had visions sion. a rm y corps and arm y has Its own
lay still and waited. T re tty soon we actually greeted any of our chaps they broad daylight he was «nil with a pair of being back In time for dinner.
I, or. in o th e r words, each ono
heard the rifle crack again, and it
I noticed a few cavalry men away of these units lias Its own station In
w a sn 't very f a r away, but was still names of most of the regim ents In th a t caught men dressed as women and ahead of us, but they were so f a r ahead which Its supplies are delivered. E v
behind us. W e went a little farther, vicinity, a n d some of them even knew women dressed us men. AYo caught
I didn't pay much attention to them. ery unit has its «»wn supply column,
and the lieutenant whispered: “ Keep the nicknam es our fellows had for people flying pigeons from their houses. The first th a t I knew we were striking
which is made up of any num ber of
your eyes skinned. W atch the trees.”
anything out of the ordinary w as when motor trucks, the tmtal varying accord
I could see no sign of life anywhere, heaps of nerve, but it is a dirty, despi everything to give Information.
Have grabbed my rifle out of th e buck ing to the stre ngth of the unit. T hese
We were alw ays trying to make the
but I knew th a t the sniper m ust be cable game.
et pml began tiring over tjie wind motor trucks pull op on each side of
A Germam sniper was killed one trenches we had taken over from the shield. Then I took another look and
very close. A fte r several m inutes' wait
the train, and the supplies are shifted
the report cam e again, and this time it night, a n d th e fellows who brought French a little more comfortable. We saw the cavalrymen were Germans, in a very short space of time. Each
was so close t h a t I jumped. We heard him dow n decided to play a Joke on
and there w ere seven of them.
motor truck Is loaded w ith only one
the ejector fly back and th e belt snap an Irishm an in their regiment. They of them, besides the lookout platform
The toad was so narrow tha t there kind of goods, and a s the column leaves
took the body of the sniper and carried
home again. And then I saw him!
w asn't a ghost of n chance to turn the station yard all vehicles carrying
T he sniper w as well up in a tree, it about a hundred y a rd s off the road, ziers. and those in particular were around, a n J I figured that if we rushed the same kind of goods group th e m
and he was alm ost invisible, so well where they propped it up against a
them we could bluff our way through, selves together, so th a t wbeu they final
The country for a couple of miles
w as a screen of branches dra w n up tree a n d also fixed a rifle to its shoul
w hereas if we stopped they would see ly move off ten truc ks of meat m a y be
around him. I lis rifle was fitted up in der. Then they went in search of the
that they outnumbered us tw o to one leading the cohitnn, followed by vari
a tripod, and the legs of this tripod Irishman. W hen they found him they The people had lied, leaving practical and the chances were we would get the ous num bers otf truck loads of bread,
were nailed to th e branches of the tree. told him t h a t he had been ordered to
w o n t of it. 1 was so excited 1 was groceries, clothing, hay and grain,
All he had to do was to sit there and go up the road and hunt for a sniper running wild, and it was surprising trembling all over, and the captain wa-s petrol and mechanical supplies. In this
pull the trigger. I eased back the bolt who w a s p o ttin g a t the passing traffic.
shouting orders a t the top of his voice.
way the goods are all (lumped together,
T he Irish m a n took his rifle and went *s the wildest animals.
of my rifle so as to m ake no noise,
p a v e was the only cool man In the aud they practically form separate lit
and I eased it home again. The lieu
car. and he v a s sending shot a f te r shot tle stores for each article.
te n a n t drew his revolver, and we took | course he found him, for he couldn't
at them ns calmly as if he were on a
The "first d um p,” a s it Is called. Is n
a steady aim together.
rifle range. He shouted to me: "Go place cleared a w a y dn the side of tbe
“ Fire,” he said softly, and the two which had been laid for him. The
like h —I! Crowd ’em off the road!”
road where the men m ay deposit the
shots ra n g out as one. Mr. Sniper m inute he caught sight of the gray they have their work tu t out for them.
supplies so th a t It will be convenient
When they saw how we were gain
uniform he dropped behind a hale of
came down like a thousand brick.
lug three of them left the road and hit for Hie horse tra nsport to come atnl
I climbed file t.e e to have u look at hay which w a s lying on the side of the their money, but in the end they gen
«uit across country. I thought Have get them. H ere (he goods are unload-
his nest, and it certainly was bigenious. road a n d sta r te d tiring ut the supposed
must have hit the other fellow, for he ed, nnd the motor column re tu rn s to
T h a t rifle w as fixed dead across the sniper. T he fellows who had sent him march back to c n itip with the pig held
A fte r It la dark the
simply pul the spurs to his horse and hendiiuni'ters.
center of the bridge, so nil lie had to up there cam e along a n d without being
hors«* tra nsport comes down from the
Chicken fishing is great fun, too, but stuck right to the middle of the road
do w as to pull the trigger when he observed by the object of their joke
He «lidift attem pt to tire at us at all trenches, loads Its wagons and Imme
heard a nything strike the wooden proceeded to enjoy the fun. T he Irish It requires patience. You take u long
He w as just going for all he w as worth diately returns to the trenches, where
planking of the bridge. It was a pret m an couldn’t understand how it was piece of string and tie a little piece « f
When I saw this I started a f t e r him the supplies nre Issued to each unit for
ty little scheme, but it cam e to an end. possible for him to miss his m a rk at
earnest, and he didn’t have n chance distribution to the smaller units.
such a sh o rt range, and at each shot
as all things, good or had. must.
The motors complete their work In
the world. T h a t car had done seven
O ther tra p s such as this were all too he was s w e a rin g at his luck. Finally
an Incredibly short time. They have
common along this road, but eventual he hit th e body so m a n y times it fell
seven or eight miles to carry their
ly w e cleared the most of them out. over, and it w a s not until then tha t he end of the string. Then you find a 1 hardly gave German horses cr«*dlt for
lends and In some cases even farther,
Many of the snipers w oifd w ear civil realized how he had been fooled.
yi*t within tw o or three hours from tho
ian clothes, some would lie wearing
and wait for the chickens to “ bite." have been m urder to shoot a m an In a time they leave their cam ps In the
the British uniform, and some would
C H A P T E R IV.
When one comes to your piece of bread trap such ns he was In. He kept to the morning they nre back again, a n d tbe
have the nerve to use their own uni
T h e Boy Sniper.
begin Jerking it n enier to the tree center *»f the read, though, and he nrmy has been provided for another
NOTKF.it sniping incident wn« behind which you are hiding. When it wouldn't give an inch.
W e captured a few of these beauties
the ea.-e of n Belgian boy only
I was blowing tha t old siren for *11
alive. T heir admissions were almost l
fourteen year« old. On a road
it was worth, and 1 opened the cut-out
to make all the noise I could, trying
to scare his horse off th e road, and the
animal wanted to get out of the way.
too. but the rider held hitn In.
At last Have said, “ I'll m ake him
inovo.” and he s«*nt n lmllet so close
I'll bet he could have kissed It as It
went by. He gave way then all right,
and as he did I pulled up alongside of
him. As we came up he pulled a re
volver and fired tw o shots, which Just
went over tnv head. I»a«e leaned over
arul caught him bv the belt. He yank
«si him c1‘*nr of the saddle and slung
him into the back of the « ar. He land-
«*d on toft «if the captain, nnd those two
were so mixed up you couldn't tell one
from tin* other.
I stoppe«! the ear as quickly as 1
ro ild. and we soon had him “saying
I’lKle.” though lie fought like a wild
r r t for a few minutes. The captain
got the worst of If. for he had a beau
tiful “sinner” and the skin off his
When we search**«] him we
found thirty three English ten shilling
n«ros on him.
He had taken them
from some of nnr fellows, of course,
but what made us mad was tha t the
c a r ’aln wouhl not allow us to keep
j T>.s Horse Tran sp o rt Com es D o * o
Ot~R money will pile tip rapidly if. »lien you get a surplus
Mr* said It would not lie honest, but 1
From tbs Trenches.
notice«] tha t when we hande«l him over
of cash, you take it at once to the bonk. If you carry a
To each motor vehicle three men are
to some F r rtn li ca val ry a little lite r
large sum of money on your person there always is a
»«•signed They are known as the first,
temptation to sperd.
o f t e n is it -aid that “ m one y
Then I Took Another Leo'« and Saw
and Have and I sat in the car and se on'] an«] third «lilvera nnd are all of
the Cavalrymen Were German*.
burns a hole in his pocket?” It will not bum a hole in your
them quallfie«] chauffeura. In case any-
watched f h 'n i splitting It among them
pocket if you bank it. Don't procrastinate. Open an account
comes within s t i l k i i s distance you reives. I felt ra th e r sorry for the poor i thing happens to the first driver the
vrith us today’.
Jump as if you were falliug on a foot devil, for he sai«l that he nnd the rest others are there to take his pla^e. The
ball, and If you a re lucky you will have of his squa«l ha«l been hiding for five first d riv e r has the care of the engine
rlii .cii for «¡inner.
days and five nights and tha t they and th e driving of »he truck, while the
1 w as out one day hi a motor with d.dn't know where they were They other tw o men h a r e tbe greasing and
a staff c aptain and Have Smith, the had become desperate and decide«! to oiling and cleaning of the vehicle, and
heavyweight champion, whom I bum p run for It In the open. T he others they also assist In the loading an«] un
ed against during my first days in the came la and surrendered late.* la the loading of aunnll«*s. The motors are tn-
army. We had keen tip to a brigade day.
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h eadquarters and were on return trip.
($ <5ooi> (protnfcei’ for
By WILLIAM j. ROBINSON
TILLAMOOK COUNTY BANK
Does Aloney 'Burn a Hole In
} otir Pocket ?
NHSTL'CCA VALLEY BANK