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shells fired, and tsi* CijuTei vCTTfe one was sure that I) was coming out of it
MY FOURTEEN MONTHS
hit out of every 3,000 sheila. I eai 4ht all right and that the war was over
AT THE FRONT touch for the accuracy of this state for me they were trying to get me.
ment, but I do know that the number
I was ordered to report with my car
ot hits is surprisingly small.
to one of our new officers. I did so.
The falling of the shrapnel from and we left for the tiring line. When
ty. It became known as tlie “British there shells which burst in the air is
we reached the divisional signal office
Scout,’’ und it was iu tbla t.i [ie of ma rather dangerous, us i can ‘ffiow by we left the ear ami mounted our horses
chine tlmt Lieutenant Hawker defeat narrating an incident wbicij happened
to finish the Journey. We got to a
ed three M r German battle planes. It to us. We were out In a car near a
lias a very high powered, high speed village called Ilrandliook. and we no place called Krustadt and stayed there
about half an hour. I hitched m.v
engine and can pull right away from ticed us we came along that a Germuu
horse to tlie gate of un old deserted
any other type of machine that flies. aeroplane was coming directly toward
house and went over to one of our
It carries one man only, who runs the us Hiid that it appeared to he follow
ammunition columns to see if I could
machine and works the gun too, so he ing the road. Our auti-nlrcraft guns
get some hot tea. When I came buck
has bis work cut out for him.
were playing on it. and the shells seem about fifteen minutes luter I found my
Before 1 ever saw a bomb dropping ed to be bursting mighty dose to it.
poor horse down with his front leg
aeroplane in uctiou I used to lmugiuc
Before it attained a point above us gone. A shell had exploded in the yard
that the bombs were dropped by hand. It turned ut right angles und made off
of this house and had blown his leg
, toward the German lines. We contin dear off. There was nothing for me
ued ou our way. and a little farther on to do but to shoot him und put the poor
we came to where an empty auto was beast out of his misery.
standing in the middle of the road.
I hunted around nmong the different
We stopped and looked around for units in the vicinity until 1 found an
signs of the occupants, but could find other horse, and then 1 went up and
I uuue. When we iiad been there about reported to my officer. We visited
five minutes an officer and tbe driver some of our batteries and came back
of tbe ear showed up und said they to Krustadt. The officer told me that
j had been forced to take refuge in a he would not need me during the after
! dugout on account of the failing shrap noon, but to meet him at 5 o'clock that
evening. We hitched our horses to a
Holes where piece* of shrapnel had tree, and the officer went off. Very
entered the ground were to be seen all soon after he had gone some more offi
around, and we tried to dig some of tbe cers came along and hitched their
pieces up. Wo dug down ten inches and horses to the same tree.. Altogether
hud not reached them, so we gave it there were six tied to the one tree.
up us a hud Joli und went on to camp.
1 went over to the Royal Engineers’
This will siiow that these pieces of place and proceeded to make myself at
shrupnel are not to be sneered at ss home. I was feeling happy, for I knew
that this was my last day at the front,
| Another favorite stunt with aero and 1 was hoping to he home for
planes is the dropping of hundreds of Christmas. Of course 1 told everybody
i steel darts ou bodies of moving troops I met nil about my good luck, and we
or even on towns or the men iu the were having a regular little farewell
trenches. These darts are four or five dinner, only we had tea instead of
Inches In length and have a sort of champagne. After it was all over some
four pointed tail. They are extremely of the boys went away, and 1 proceed
sharp and urc heavier at tile point ed to make myself comfortable on a
than they are at (lie tail. This causes couch the fellows had built up in the
them to full point down.
It lius been proved tbnt one of these
I had been there about fifteen min
darts dropped from a great height
The Reyimcnts Have Foot Balls With would, if it stni k u man on horseback utes when for some reason or other I
got up and went over and sat down by
Which to Amuse Themselves W hile
square on the top* of the head, pass the brazier. 1 hadn't been off that
in Rest Camp.
through tlie length of a man's body, couch three minutes when a shrapnel
I was much surprised to timi that such through tlie saddle, through the horse's shell hurst directly over the hut, and l
is not the i. w The bombs are hung body und disappear into the ground. I should say fully twenty pieces came
ou little i !i| s under the body of the have seen darts that have Lieeu drop- through the roif. They went through
machine utid are released by u foot lied. but I have never been where they the floor as if it had been so much pa
pedal arrangement. It is a much quick- were fulling, and I hud no desire to lie per, and about half * dozen pieces pen
er and less dangerous method.
etrated the couch l hud been lying on
The bombs dropped from the ma
There was a German who pulled the not five minutes before. There were
chines vary in size and weight, und greatest little game of bluff on us. We three of us in the lint at the time, and
they run nil the way front ten pounds j were at a village called Bhcnlnghelst not one of us was so much as scratched.
to one hundred pounds, liucli bomb I when this fellow came over, and ev
The shells were coming over pretty
lias a little propeller at the (nil of it. erybody remarked at how low lie was thick then, so we went for the dugouts
Thin keeps the bomb iiom * down in full j ilj ing. Our anti-aircraft guns were let-
on tlie dead run. As I passed the tree
ing and insures its landing ou the per I ting him have it from all directions,
where our horses were tethered u high
cussion cap. As tbe bomb falls through j and suddenly his engine stopped and
explosive shell burst in the middle of
tlie air this little propeller whirls at a | the machine began to fall. Tbe guns
them and buttered them all over the
tremendous speed and makes the weird let up, thinking that lie was winged.
est whistling noise one could Imagine. He fell to within two or three hundred
Believe me. l didn't p a u s e one sec
During tlie summer months a great | feet of the earth, when suddenly the
ond. I just kept ou going. I entered a
many air raids were made on moon machine righted itself, and he skimmed
dugout tlmt had about u foot und u
light nlglilH The machines are prac j over ns toward the German lines. He
half of water in it. but I lay right
tically Invisible when they reach any i had tlie audacity to wave Ids hand at down In it and was only too glad to
great height, and they can get buck tis as he went by.
stay there. The Germans were keep
It was one of the nerviest tilings 1
home and make their landing without
ing up a sweeping tire, trying to locate
very great danger.
our batteries, and they continued un
chance of running through our iire. for
When aeroplanes arc lute coming In
til nearly 7 o'clock that evening.
It is very interesting to watch the when he was so low tie was out of
When 3 o’clock came and I was sup
rockets being sent up to guide them I range of tlie anti-aircraft guns.
posed to meet my officers I stayed
to their landing grounds. These rock- |
right where I was, for 1 knew that 1
dangerous ns they sound. About three
ets are of different colors and are scut j
would not he expected to go nut and
up ut regular intervals until the tun- '
wait by that tree when tlie shells were
chine Is either safely back or is given ] lied a flock of twenty-three German falling tlie way they were then. At
up for lost. When the machine is sight- !
7 o'clock the tire had pretty nearly
etl and is circling down toward the , dropped bombs for nearly fifteen min ceased, so I ii mhled out to the tree to
utes. Everybody got under cover, and
ground big flares arc lighted, so ns to 1
the total lo ss of life caused by the rai l see what had become of the otlieer. He
enable tlie aviator (>* pick Ins spot for
was one mule. If this were always was sitting on tlie ground with his
landing. Tbe whole tiling is sdentlf-
hack against tbe tree, i told him what
icall.. arranged, and there are not many fi. > case the Zeppelins and Avatlks had happened, and he asked me if I
would have to go out of business.
uceidonts In this * purt of the work.
knew where we could find some more
On ■ of the most daring parts of the 1 There was very little of Interest after horses.
air work is tlie dropping of spies lie- j Loos Every day it was the same old
I said 1 did and that it was right on
hind the enemy's lines. J believe this routine—up to tlie firing line in tlie our way hack, so we walked about a
goes on on botli sides and in many , morning und back down again at half mile until we came to the trans
«uses Is successful. The second time j night. Once in awhile we would let port camp, and there we got two other
i was going on leave to Kuglaud I had 1 ourselves in t'or a young bombardment horses and proceeded to the place
made arrangements to go with one of ! or would have rather a hot session iu where we liml left the car.
our fellows from the Hying corps. We the trenches w hen we would happen to
Here the officer decided we would
were lo start on a Month v morning, get there at the right time, but as far have some tea. so 1 went into a tent
and on the Friday before lie told me us any important happenings there was where there were some fellows I knew
that lie was going to make ids lust imne.
and bogged some grub. I had Just
1 will never forget the last day I commenced to eat when a shell scream
R ;bf before g< ing to linglainl on tlie
spent ut the front, it seemed to me ed over and went into tlie ground about
following morning. Saturday.
lie started out ut I o'clock Saturday that the Germans must have put up a twenty or thirty feet from the corner
naming with a mini and a crate of |o!i on me utul iust nt the moment 1 of the ’«»it
" on t explode, so we
carrier pigeons In his machine, and lie
hau orders to drop both behind the
German lines and return to his head-
quarters as quickly ns possible.
.is I Raid, la* started out at 4, and so
MOLES HAVE NO E Y E S .S o j
far us 1 know lie is not tank yet. He
THEY CANT READ MY
mar have P e o n shot down, lie may
BILLBOARDS AND GET
have lia I an accident and been forced
W IS E .D O N 'T YOU BE
to land behind tbe German lmes. or
A MOLE! f
any one of a hundred th n»s may have
happened. All we know is that he
failed to return.
The anti-aircraft gnu was practically
unknown before the beginning of 11114
war. and there Is nu enormous chance
for Improvement in tills branch of
acrul warfare, it Is very Interesting j
to watdi nn nntl-aitvruft gun in action,
for one can see tin* gnh tired and then
see tin" shell burst a few seconds later.
S o far as 1 know there is uo accurate
way of finding the range of ati aero
plane In motion. The popular way of
sir otiug ut s Hying machine seem» to
t o that of firing shells iu a large circle,
using the machine as tlie renter, and
then cl< sing in until tlie aeroplane is
d ad In line There is tlie uncertainty,
however, of knowing when to time the
shell to burst, and s o far a s I can see
u seems to t e pretty mu» ti a matter
of luck I heard an average quoted on
the numUr of hits ty '.he fiJilMl*! of
Continue«! troni tir-t page
We have several excellent
buys in either large or small
tracts of land.
There never was a time in
the history of the country
when profitable land buys . M
were better. Now is the op M
8 U !
Taylor Real Estate $
CLOVERDALE, OREGON 81
3 3 3 3 3 2 ^ 223S8SSI33?«3£3S3g3S 3 sKd!
By tomorrow the other fellow
the other fellow may have
bought just what you wanted.
See ns today.
Price your rancli right, then
come in and give us the ex
clusive right to sell it.
were all right, but t decided that right Tillamook Abstracting Co
here was where 1 quit, and I went out
T hos . C oates . P r esid en t .
and sat in the car until the officer was
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But #my troubles were not over yet.
OF TILLAMOOK COUNTY. OREGON.
On the way back to camp one of the
back w heels came off the car and near TILLAMOOK CITY.
ly dumped us into the ditch. The offi
cer got a lift down in another car. and
I set to work to try to put back the
wheel. It was dark, and the road was
muddy und soft, and everything seem
ed to go wrong. The train left at 1
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o'clock in the morning, ami 1 was
nearly beside myself for fear 1 would
When I finally did get in it was after
11, and I had to do some tail hustling
to get my tilings packed, got my grant
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and tickets and change ray clothes for
100 Oddfellows’ Building,
dry ones and w alk half a niiJe to the
station to catch the train. 1 did it.
though, and nt 4 o'clock In tlie after
Special Equipment for Making Income
noon ( was in London.
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ATTORNEY AT LAW
Opp. Court House.
C. W. TALMAGE,
Attorney and Counsellor at Law
NATIONAL BLD., - TILLAMOOK, ORE.
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Night and Day calls
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Bell Phone 53-J
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