No more meals or lodging accommodations can be furnished
at rue Raynouard or rue Lekain for permissionnaires,.
Baggage checked in the Cinema may remain there, and all mail and other business matters will be handled as formerly through rue Raynouard
This Hotel at 3R rue de l'Echiquier, near the Gare de l'Est, has been opened by the American Y. M. C. A. for the exclusive use of enlisted men who arrive in Paris on permission. Soldiers living in Paris will be permitted to stay there only so long as it is not needed for men on leave.
This Hotel is as attractive a home as one would wish to have. It contains nearly three hundred rooms. There are beautiful club rooms, nothing better in the City, large lounging and reading rooms and a smoking room that will leave nothing to be desired in the way of recreation and the soldier on leave will have the best kind of a vacation in fine quarters at low rates.
The idea is to give a complete program for all the time the men will he in Paris, something for every day and evening while they are, here, if they care to take advantage of it.
This will be more of a social centre than a hotel and the secretaries will be assisted in their efforts to make it homelike by American women who will serve ice cream and tea in the afternoon and early evening.
Large sight-seeing cars will be arranged to take parties to all parts of the City and the environs as well during the days and theatre parties will be arranged for the evenings.
Mr. J. J. Carrington will be in charge of Hotel du Pavillon and with his wide experience in Army Y. M. C. A. work, covering eleven years in the Philippines, at Manila and Fort McKinley, and more recently in Mexico at Laredo, coupled with his broad-minded views of the needs of the Service, there is no doubt of the success of this hotel, the first of the chain of Y. M. C. A. hotels for soldiers on leave.
A contract has been closed for the Hotel Richmond in rue Helder, near the Opera, to be used in a similar manner for officers on leave.
The rates at Hotel du Pavillon will be for rooms, Frs. 2.50 and upwards.
Breakfast at Frs. 1.50 will include bread and. butter, jam and coffee.
Breakfast at Frs. 2.75 will include two eggs, any style, in addition to above.
Breakfast at Frs. 4.00 will include two eggs, bacon, ham or steak, in addition to bread, butter, jam and coffee.
Luncheon will be Frs. 2.50 and 4.00 For Frs. 2.50 one can have meat, vegetables, fruit or cheese.
Dinner will be Frs. 3.50 and 5.00 At the former price there will be soup, meat, vegetables, fruit or cheese, and for the latter price, eggs or fish will be included. Possibly these prices can be reduced later on.
They have retained the old management of the hotel to handle the kitchen and look after the rooms.
When I hit France a Service man
Robert A. DONALDSON,
Please note that Pencil or Pen and Ink Drawings may be submitted for competition until October first. Don't forget the "Section Notes " for the same date.
After very careful consideration of all points of merit, the following Money-Belt Essay has been decided the.
(It should he explained that as nearly every one spends his last dollar for a money belt, the money-belt essay has been devised to fill the aching void. The essay should be placed within the empty pocket, and the belt folded tightly and stowed in the bottom of the duffle bag. The essays are easily compiled, for all that it takes is all imitation of the inimitable style of the late George Fitch.)
Staff cars were made for the purpose of killing dogs, pedestrians and men on bicycles. But in between times they are used to spray dust on ambulance drivers and camioneers.
There is no speed limit for staff cars as there is for ambulances, for they're always equipped with very high powered motors. Further, they have the right of way, which means they are licensed to commit anything from assault and battery to murder in the first degree. In fact, they are the original believers in the doctrine that a straight line is the shortest distance between two points --- regardless of obstacles. They often go by very fast, but sometimes they get stuck in the mud --- which serves them right.
Staff cars contain from two to six officers --- which explains many of their eccentricities. Of course, it is the utmost importance that officers should be moved quickly --- especially when they are headed for Paris on their permissions. Many a battle has been saved by the speed of staff cars --- and by its breakdowns. If Sheridan had had a staff car he could have taken a little run up to Cleveland for a cocktail before he started on his ride --- unless the poilus had been tapping his gaz tank for their briquets.
When staff cars go by slowly you are supposed to salute, but you don't get a chance to wear yourself out saluting.
Staff cars are in accordance with the rank of their inmates. Generals are usually kept under glass, although in war they are not considered the most perishable articles. Majors and Colonels have Panhards and Mercedes. Non-Coms have Fiats, and Captains and Lieutenants, who are expected to be on the job, are given Fords. Any makes that are left are handed out to the ambulance section leaders, who utilize them to make life pleasant for their friends and sous-chefs.
There is only one individual who is not afraid of a staff car klaxon and that is the poilu. But he is generally deaf in both ears. The death rate is very high among poilus.
S. S. U. 70.
Having read several of the poems in the recent "Bulletins" I venture to submit the following, and assure you it was not only spontaneous, but true to life, as actually enjoyed:
Eclats to right of us,
H. G. M.,
Section 70 read with interest the idea of keeping a diary and sending it home to those who donated cars, and not to be outdone by Section 19, has appointed us to do likewise. We are a little handicapped by the fact that up to this time no diary has been kept, as well as the fact that nothing has been donated to us. However Section 19 has nothing on Section 70 as far as fiction and imagination go. The standard of Section 70 is very high. No man is admitted to the Section who has not done his "bit" in some recognized institution. Only the things that happened are left out. They are left out by the editors to avoid trouble with the members. Disagreeable events are noted briefly. We herewith give a few extracts to show how well it is written.
The diary starts out with names and prison numbers of the men, as well as the colleges they have been kicked out of.
July 5: Signed at the "O S. E. office at two o'clock, do or die, and two o'clock means two o'clock."
July 10: Went to Crouy and trained. Trained at everything except learning how to run cars. Learned how to peel potatoes. Dug a beautiful hole in the ground. It was much appreciated by everyone.
July 14: Section 70 chagrined today. Returned to Paris and deposited baggage at Rue Raynouard. Returned later and upon examining baggage found that members of other Sections had
also done their "bit".
July 15: Moved from A . . . . . . to B . . . . . . and got ambulances of the make F . . . . . . Windows of cars 1 to 20 heard to rattle.
Aug. 5: The whole Section had a narrow escape today. The Division to which we were attached went to the front. Section 70, however, escaped by unattaching. Section gets croix de guerre at five francs per croix.
Aug. 10: Today, Section stormed by shells and fleas. Scouting party out looking for poilus who shelled them. They wish to return the briquets. Others detailed to disinfect the straw.
Aug. 15: Order came to go to the front today. Drivers X . . . ., Y . . . ., and Z . . . . taken down ill and evacuated to hospital. Drivers A . . . . , B . . . ., .and C . . . . unexpectedly learn of relatives in Paris, and apply for permission. Drivers M and M' come down with cramps in stomach making it necessary to put others on their cars. However, wishing to be on duty, they volunteer for the permanent corvée in the kitchen.
The diary closes with an inspiring poem which it is hoped will touch the hearts of those at home. Also the pocketbooks. The gem follows. It is entitled:
HERE IN THE REAR
When we left home you gave to us
L. W. and R. A. D. Diametricians of,
My dear Mr. Editor
Section 64 has weekly reviewed the toils and troubles of other Sections in this Great Service and now wishes the world to know of its hazardous doings.
We can't boast of a ball team, or a track team, but there are just three or four things that we are proud of. First we claim that we have seen more repos than any other section. Second, that we have paid our respects to more French villages in more parts of France. Lastly, we would like to challenge any other section to a dog-fight. Our pet dogs are so numerous that we haven't yet dared take an inventory.
Up to last week Section 64 saw no active service. Shelling peas was the only shelling we had. But now --- whew There is one corner near our poste which we have been ordered to take on two wheels so that the Boche planes will think our tracks are motorcycle tracks. (We claim that is one better than that Section that has to back up its cars the last two hundred yards).
The other day one of our fellows was in the need of a hair cut so during a heavy, bombardment he held his head outside an abri and took off his helmet. He is now thinking how he can make the Germans give him a shampoo. We suggested liquid fire but this time he balked.
These are the opening lines of our Section Marching Song, sung while marching to and from meals or to and from any other places between which it is "défendu" to use the voitures.
That 32 is destined to great fame none of us doubt, but so far we have only two claims to distinction. First, our high average age and, second, our length, breadth and thickness in convoy. The average age of our section has never been figured out mathematically, but a fair deduction eau be drawn by watching our ball teams at play. A grounder rolls gently through the infield. The pitcher struggles after it, but on arriving is incapable of stooping that low. Fortunately, second and short have not been idle. One has ambled, limping, poor fellow, toward the beastly ball, while the other, with teeth set, eyes bulging and arms pumping, violently has succeeded in pounding considerable turf but has made no perceptible progress. The ball rolls on toward centre field, where we have a younger player thrilled by the thought of the gallery. In he bounds, intent on a treat for the duffers. He says it was the hummocks --- no doubt it was that made him overrun the ball and sprawl full length on the ground. "Oh," you say, "lucky runner, " but no, he is one of us. He reached second all right, but third proved too far midway between he collapsed. First aid is being administered.
Now this is how you can determine ages. Each player explains his game in terms of years. It's over five years since I've played ball, " says one. "And over ten for me," chimes in another. "As for me," shouts a third, "I was a bear at college, but that was some years back." And so it goes. Our age is apparent, not only when playing ball but for many days afterward. We are often more crippled than the blessés we carry. But note this! We played an exhibition game the other day before the General and his Staff, and they all expressed themselves as delighted with the Great American Game, intimating in recognition of our efficiency (as conducteurs, we suppose) we might be allowed to wear our Division's fatigue cap. This is no slight honor. We call our soldiers "The Sissies" because they have been cited three times.
A convoy, theoretically, is very simple Some twenty or thirty cars, with intervals of twenty or thirty metres between each, all traveling at the same speed, in the same direction, along the same road, constitute a very good looking convoy. This is our aspiration, and after several weeks practice we have eliminated most of our difficulties with the possible exception of the three mentioned above i. e., same speed, same direction and same road.
Each time before starting out our patient Chef pleads with us to bear these simple things in mind, but as his car starts last and stops for every breakdown it is often a full day before the men in front see him again and in that time much is forgotten.
We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our new camion. Then with the help of some rope we will establish a towline with the camion as tractor. Our mechanic thinks this method might help. Clever boy!
So you see why our hopes run rampant. Confidence sown "en repos" means a harvest of honors "en front."
G. H. B.,
WE HAD GREAT ARGUMENT
After a tardy sun had set
It was no trouble to forget
A crimson sun came like a threat
A German trench on the Aillette
Something of the most alarming nature happened in our Section yesterday. Readers of your "Bulletin" will be interested in this novel escape from death.
One of our members, "Suds" Brown, was struggling with the cork of a beer bottle and seated in the shade of a sycamore, was preparing to enjoy a cool draught, as soon as he could force the cork out. He broke a cork-screw in half, and was beginning to despair of ever seeing the cold brown liquid within, when a silent obus stole stealthily through the air, and fell in a rut near the tree. A foul piece of éclat, jagged on all sides, detached itself from the shell, and after a few little sidesteps, made at "Suds" Brown with all the viciousness of Boche metal. "Suds ", who had been a Boy-scout in his youth, thrust the bottle before him in a true spirit of self defense. The éclat fell, hissing angrily, on the top of the bottle, dislodging the cork and emitting a generous stream of frothy beer into the cup of the too-delighted "Suds".
"Suds" was rewarded the croix de guerre, which we all take turns in wearing. These éclats are certainly- dangerous things.
A Friend of France.
Editor of Ye Occasional Bulletin
Peradventure you may have noticed that shells fall, thereby obeying one of old Isaac Newton's famous apple laws. You may not have noticed, however, that shells fall into two classes---strange is it not? Let me go further.
Obuses sont divisés into two great classes, "départs" and "arrivées " or "gehen sie herons" " and "kommen sie hereins ". They are white smoked or black smoked depending upon whether they are friendly or hostile. It is curious but a fact, nevertheless, each kind is attended by a greased whistle whose general effect is to cause one's hair to rise, thereby unsettling one's steel hat upon its one time firm foundation.
Again there is a distinction between kinds. A loud and resonant "spat" --- and if at night accompanied by a tongue of flame --- precedes the whistle of the "départs", whereas the whistling of the "arrivée" is but preceded by itself, it crescendoes, then crashendoes into something in its path --- say into a church or the precise road I am to take in a few minutes. The whistle ends abruptly in a dull and flat "pahung" with various effects of more or less mundane interest.
"Arrivées" and "départs" have something in common, however. They are incentives to uprisings and render Government maps "in errore" in the matter of topography. Shells put the "con" in contours and dig one's own grave. In the matter of uprisings there are two effects. "Départs" concern themselves with foreign lands only, while "Arrivées" stir up trouble at home. The "arrivée" has one distinct chemical characteristic possessed by no other shell. It causes immediate precipitation no matter what the attending circumstances are.
For proof of this astounding theory you should see us dive into the abri at the poste when they begin to come over. After the third or fourth disturbance we can run neck and neck with the Frenchmen into the lowly place of safety.
Can you beat the idiosyncrasies of shells!
I am, yours unexplosively.
Thirty seven élèves-officiers in the school at Meaux gave a dinner on the night of September 22nd to celebrate the termination of their course. This does not mean that the work of the course is over as they still have one week for study before examinations. The guests of honor at the dinner were Mr. Piatt Andrew, Mr. Stephen Galatti and the French lieutenants de Kersauson, Oliveau and Schol who have charge of the instruction. Norman Curtice performed the duties of "roastmaster". Speeches were made by each of the guests, several of the students were presented with supposedly appropriate gifts and songs were rendered by Bill Bingham "Marechal de Low G. Quartet" after the following bill of fare had been served:
Rivets à la Forge rouge cerise
Moulinet au Tableau (sans friction)
V = --------- D2 à l'huile
Fromage à la "Crème de Menthe"
Soupapes sauce Nickel
Fruits de l'Arbre à Cardan
Jus de Chapeau calorifié
Benzol à l'eau
Below we give a list of the men who arrived this week from America together with their home addresses, and colleges where known: B. C. Anderson, Long Beach, Cal., Oregon; H. De S. Beales, Greenwich, Conn.; R. E. Chapin, Lincoln, Neb., Nebraska; G. W. de Forest, Brookline, Mass.; L. H. Donahue, Gloucester, Mass. Arkansas; W. S. Fowler, Springfield, Mass., Yale ; P. P. Frost, Evanston, Ill, Wesleyan ; G. Van B. Hale, Salt Lake City, Utah, Beaux Arts ; John Kohmen Honey, Gresham, Oregon, Stanford '18 ; G. E. Jack, Del Monte, Cal., Iowa ; J. F. Jones, Pomona, Cal.; R. M. Jopling, Marquette, Mich. Harvard; R. H. Kemble, Oskaloosa, Iowa; W. L. Lucas, Waltham, Mass.; D. W. Miller, Lincoln, Neb., Nebraska ; M. Miller, Weehawken, N. J.; W. S. Miller, Waltham, Mass.; A. Mitchell, Jacksonville, Fla.; J. H. Mooney, West Somerville, Mass.; F. S. Proudfit, Lincoln, Neb. Nebraska ; Philip Shepley, Brookline, Mass., Harvard '20; E. G. Steckley, Lincoln, Neb., Nebraska ; Seth Talcott, Hartford, Conn., Yale '19 ; C. L. Whedon, Lincoln, Neb., Nebraska; E A. G. Wylie, New York City, Yale.
These men will shortly he enlisted by the Recruiting Officers of the United States Army in Paris.
The following men have received the croix de guerre.
Charles Freeborn, Cdt. Adj. S. S. U. No. 2.
Raymond Croke, S. S. U. No. 18.
Dennis P. Nash and Herbert E. Bigelow, S. S. U. 19.
Frederic P. Perkins, S. S. U. 13.
The following passports are being held at the office of Mr. Kent. These expired on the dates given but are due to be extended, however owing to lack of sufficient knowledge of the intentions of the holders we are unable to have this done.
D. L. Boardman, August 8th.; R. C. Coan, Sept. 14th.; C. L. Faith, August th.; G. F. Freer, Sept. 4th.; Basil K. Neftel, Sept. 16th.; and Ralph S. Richmond, August 28th.
With the change now under way in the administration of our sections, which may entail a change of location in our headquarters, the Field Service cannot guarantee to look after the baggage or property of any men who have left this organization.
Therefore those obtaining their release should immediately remove their luggage from the Cinema.
There is being held at the office of Mr. Cartier for the following men: Robinson, Cook (2), and Harris, films from Kodak Co. and for Brown, mail from Comptoir d'Escompte, Paris. No initials are given for either of these men.
Owing to the continuous increase in the number of letters and packages received at our Post Office, it is impossible for the Service to hold mail, etc. for men who are no longer connected with the A. F. S.
Men who have finished their engagement or been released from the Service are therefore requested to leave their forwarding address so that mail, etc. may be sent on to them at once thus clearing the space for which we have so munch need.
This Section returned to rue Raynouard and left again on Friday September 21st, with enlisted men equipped with new Fords donated to the Field Service by citizens of Cleveland, Ohio. This Section is under the leadership of James Sponagle, and Louis M. Quirin is sous-chef.
Here's a tip to fellows working in sectors where gas is being used. Don't sit on stones at random. Driver Featherstone of this Section tried it, ate his meals off a shelf for a day or two, but finally his condition became so serious that he had to be sent to the hospital.
Rollo Robbins has been sent to "The Shepherd's" to recuperate from the effects of a bullet wound in his leg, received when a poilu accidentally discharged his revolver.
S. S. U. 26 sends wireless message stating that the Section has bought a dog and named it "Itchy-Bitchy" for two obvious reasons, one of which they hope to correct.
The sender did not indicate whether this was intended to be entered in the competition for "Section Notes" or what, therefore we took it for the latter.
An envelope addressed to Mr. Irving Williams, Jr. containing photographs and films and if same can be located by any section will they please forward to Groupe T. M. 184.
Note All communications must be accompanied with correct name and address --- not for publication but as a guaranty of good faith.
My dear filleul:
I have been very desolate of not to have to squeeze your hand before your departure to Z . . . . . . . .I believed that you should breakfasted at X . . . . . . . formerly.
I intend this week to go to Z . . . . . . . with M . . . . . . . for to visit you, and to pass any times with you.
I study allways the english grammar, but I am not yet very strong. If that tire not we, to correspond with me, you in french language, and me in english, we could to correct our faults, and to keep together friendly's affinity.
Of course we are looking for business but it surely would be a great chance for one with a large correspondance to write a very excellent composition addressing it to "Dearest and Only, Somewhere in America" and have it published in the Bulletin (advertising rates) then he could secure extra copies (at a discount) and send them marked and each recipient would know instinctively the name intended to come before D. & O.
The winner of the prize for the "Best Drawing" will be announced later as the clichés have not all yet been made. You can be judging for yourself the merit of some of the entries that appear in this number, and I am sure you will agree that we are a very talented family.
In the continued absence of the Editor, Mr. J. H. McFadden, Jr. who is convalescing at Biarritz, the Sub-Ed. finds it necessary to make a frantic appeal to the general public for support.
Have you forgotten the primary object of this modest sheet? Do you not realize that it is to keep you in touch with each other? Are you all deaf and dumb? Can you not see the benefit of this journal to future generations'? You will not have enough of croix-de-guerres, even at five france per croix, to bequeath to all your children and grandchildren, and the citations may get misplaced. But think of the pride with which they can refer to the Files of ?American Field Service Bulletins" preserved in the Great War Museum at Washington and say, that was my relative! He was in the Great War and he wrote that with one hand while with the other he drove a Ford!
The Sub-Ed. has watched with pride and satisfaction the growth in size and brilliancy (hear! hear!) of the "Bulletin" during the past month but it was said "The Tarpeian rock is ever near the Capitole" and it would be disastrous to fall off the roof at rue Rayuouard.
Therefore, is Barkis willin' to do his part or not?
Will you all please say something, so that we can have a department headed "Roll Call" and put down a line, or even a word from each Section.
As your father used to say when he invited you to the woodshed with a shingle, "it is more painful to me than to you to have to talk to you like this".
The war has developed a singular art,
By similar process my lady dips
L. WARREN, S. S. U. 70, Stanford Unit.
Wm. H. Lamb
THE NEWS IN RHYME
Now Uncle Sam insisted
Like California, Russia's
Our army is in training
The British it is said
If the people home just
Dan Y. Spencer,
Gaylord Brook, Jr.
S. S. U. 66
The ancient saw of the sage, "They always come back for more", was never better illustrated than on Sunday, September 23rd, when Sections VIII and XIX revised their successful comedy, with as previously, Section VIII playing the leading role and XIX the "supes ".
So as to deceive the audience, tho even to them the end was obvious, XIX was allowed to make the first run, but "Teddy", the S.S.U. VIII's goat, who had hitherto been indisposed, trotted out behind second base and chewed the grass, à la Hughey Jennings, which by the way, was a signal for VIII's heavy artillery to uncover. A prolonged barrage of hits and runs, was the inevitable result, and the carousal never stopped going until 28 runs were scored. Cable, the Maranville of Section VIII grabbed the gold ring, when he stole second and third while the second baseman had the ball. Jerry or rather Corporal Pohlman, tho hampered by a weak heart, refused to stop running, until he had made four runs and as many hits and fielding his position par excellence.
In order to demonstrate, just what stuff Uncle Sam may expect, upon the arrival of the American officers, battery and fielders swapped places, and out of pure good-heartedness, allowed S.S.U. XIX to bring their total up to five runs.
A painful after effect was plainly noticeable, as the XIX outfielders limped and staggered to their cars. "A bad case of blistered feet", was, the comment of the American doctors, "The next time you play VIII wear roller skates."
In the sixth inning, Capt. Owens, sous chef, sergeant, and star pitcher, was severely censured by the "Ump", for tossing the ball, underhand, to the batters. "My fielders are falling asleep", was his explanation, whereupon, from sheer ennui, his battery mate, big leaguer Bennett, ran in spirals, and speared some fouls almost out in the road.
Second baseman Keogh also grew peevish, and since the ball wouldn't come to him, he went to it, and stealing third, he stopped it with his nose --- first blood.
It would take a Ring Lardner to do justice to the many humourous incidents of the game, but in conclusion, Be It Known, that time following line-up, before snow falls challenges the Service for the Championship: Cable, SS ; Keogh, 2B ; Bennett, C; Owens, P ; Sprague, 3B ; Werleman, 1B ; Lewine, LF ; Wolf, CF Pohlman, RF; "Teddy the goat", first substitute.
S.S.U. 8 --- Sept. 25, 1917. -
S. S. U. 70's Insignia is a shield containing the American flag in one square, the French flag in another, the red cross in the third and a French 70 in the fourth. The whole is surmounted by a charging buffalo. This has been on the cars for some time, and was designed by Walter Winthrop J. Gores, of the section, an artist who, with Rodin and Howard Chandler Christy, is well known in his home town.
The artistic color work on the cars was done by M. Richard Goss, an eccentric artist, who, before joining the section, had a wild-eyed studio in the demi-monde of Salt Lake City.
Now that Section 26 has complimented us by taking the buffalo part of our insignia, won't some other section please get busy and appropriate the other half?
RAD. --- S.S.U. 70.
The third completed enlisted section shifted French cars for American Field Service Ford ambulances, donated by the citizens of' St. Louis, and left rue Raynouard on Saturday, September 29th, with the personnel as follows : William G. Rice, Albany, N. Y., Harvard University, Commandant Adj. ; Leroy Louis Boule, Chicago, III., Corporal ; Gaylord Brooks, Jr. Buxton, Md.; William D. Carr. Wellesley Hills, Mass., Dartmouth College, 1st Sergeant ; Gilbert C. Demorest, New York City, Princeton Univ. Leon H. Donahue, Gloucester, Mass Arkansas Law School; Ernest H. Earley, Medford, Mass., Dartmouth College ; John S. Halladay, Englewood, N. J. ; Richard Heywood, Worcester, Miss. ; Frederick A. Howland, Hudson Falls, N. Y. Williams College ; Richard M. Jopling, Marquette, Mich. Harvard University Dabney H. Maury, Jr. Washington, D. C. ; Edward G. Miles, Asheville, N. C. Princeton University ; Paul S. Miner, Brooklyn, N. Y, Dartmouth College ; Martin Miller, Weehawken, N. J. ; Edward M. Ross, Lebanon, N. H., Dartmouth College Raymond S. Simons, Chicago, III., Illinois College; Seth Talcott, Hartford, Conn., Yale 19; Bertrand E. Tremblay, Manchester, N. H., Brown University, Sergeant ; Daniel G Turnbull, Brooklyn, N. Y., Pratt Institute ; John S. Woodbridge, Shanghai, China, Princeton University ; Ralph W. Stoeltzing, Princeton, N. J., Princeton University ; Hazen C. Kelley, Syracuse, N. Y.
With the discontinuance of the home at rue Raynouard Miss Lough has been offered and accepted a new post under the American Red Cross..
There is not a man in time Service who does not owe her a debt of gratitude for having made his stay at rue Raynouard going or coming from time front more comfortable and pleasanter than it could otherwise have been.
Those at headquarters who have worked with her know how much the success of the Field Service depended on her co-operation, energy and devotedness.
We wish and feel sure that she will have a new success in her coming work.
The following have received the croix de guerre:
Section I, William Stull Holt, Richard H. Stout ; Harold E. Purdy ; Arthur M. Dallin ; Frank A. Farnham ; John Kreutzberg.
Brother, who wast my erstwhile more than friend,
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Khaki uniforms are no more seen on the streets of Crouy-s-Ourcq. Not a single Field Service car is en panne in the ditch beside the Rosoy road. The old miller walks alone about the deserted court yard at May en Multien. The Ambulance training camp is closed.
It was on the ninth of June that the five pioneers of Section Twenty rolled into the yard and took stock of a situation rich chiefly in potentialities. They found a huge barrack of a mill building, a scattering of outbuildings grouped about a paved courtyard, and surrounding this a lovely setting of French country, green farms on the hills, green poplar plantations in the valleys. But the pioneers spent little time admiring the landscape for troops had been quartered in the mill and the trail of the poilu was over it all. Two hectic days were spent in clearing out straw, broken bottles, discarded bits of uniforms, and in setting up camp beds. Then the deluge of men began.
When the first contingent of 152 men marched over from Crouy it's to he hoped they did not guess how little prepared the camp was to receive them The pantry contained rations for only five men for one day, but Lieutenant de Kersauson rose as usual to the occasion and held their attention with a stirring speech until at last a ravitaillement truck arrived from Meaux.
The camp was never again so near starvation but for a long time living conditions were decidedly primitive. The men ate their meals sitting on the stones of the court yard and washed as best they could in the mill brook. Nevertheless they were game, cheerful and willing to work. They drilled, peeled potatoes, cut wood, practiced driving as much as was possible with the limited number of cars available.
Gradually material conditions improved. A portable barrack was set up as a refectoire, tables and benches made, a regulation army lavabo settled the washing problem, warm water was furnished for cleaning mess kits. A piano was hired, a small cooperative store and a small circulating library began to operate.
The kitchen was provided with an adequate stove, the food was cleanly handled, the ravitaillement brought under competent management. If the camp had lasted another two weeks it would have boasted a shower bath --- but that was not to be!
Driving instruction too improved as the weeks went by. More Fords were sent out from Paris and men who had driven at the front were put in charge of instruction. The Parc at Meaux even furnished two old touring cars for training the men who were to take over French sections. It is a digression but the history of the camp is not complete without a word about one of those cars. Who can forget the old Berliet ? Her early history is lost in the mists of automobile pioneering but as we knew her at camp she was a thing of jerks and gurgles, of hesitating advances and swift crashing reverses. Her rear wheels never followed the front ones but ran independantly in a track of their own. Wherever she passed the road was strewn with bolts and nuts and cylinder oil. But still she ran --- if the driver remembered to keep his mind on the shift lever --- otherwise she kicked free and stopped in the middle of the road roaring mightily in neutral.
Nevertheless in spite of obstacles the main work went on, and 13 sections more or less well trained were sent out from camp. Sections Sixty-Four and Sixty-Five left on the 19th and 20th of June. Sections Sixty-Six, Sixty-Seven and Sixty-Eight marched away in a body of 120 men on the 29th. Section Sixty-Nine went out on July 12th. Section Seventy in two detachments on the 14th. Section Thirty (the faithful Harvard unit which put in four long weeks at camp) got off at last on the 15th. Section Thirty-One went out ten days later. Section Seventy-One and Thirty-Two finished a busy month on the 30th and 31st. August saw only two sections formed (Thirty-Three on the 14th, and Seventy-Two on the 18th) and in September no new sections went out, but during both these months men were constantly leaving camp to fill vacancies in sections already in the field. All told during the 16 weeks of the camp's existence 713 men were sent out --- an average of 44 men per week.
Thus in spite of its short life the camp had its part in the history of the American Field Service. Late in September it was better equipped than ever to train men for ambulance work with the French Army, but war-time brings sudden changes. An order was issued. No more men were sent out to May en Multien. Section 20 dwindled day by day and at last on September 30th the three last survivors hauled down the flags, cranked their Fords and rolled sadly back to Paris.
The mill wheel still turns round, the mosquitoes still hum hungrily about the cantonment but they draw no more blood from the American Field Service. The Ambulance Training Camp is a thing of the past.
J. R. F.
19 septembre 1917.
Portant citation à ]'Ordre de la Division;
Le Général Munroe, commandant la 69e division d'infanterie, cite à l'Ordre de la Division les militaires dont les noms suivent:
DAY, Harwood B., mécanicien à la S. S. U. I.
« Volontaire américain depuis septembre 1915. A toujours montré le plus grand courage et sang-froid dans les circonstances les plus pénibles. S'est particulièrement distingué en août et en septembre 1917, devant Verdun, en réparant plusieurs fois des ambulances automobiles sous le feu intense de l'ennemi. »
TOWNSEND (#1) Edward D, Conducteur à la Section Sanitaire, Auto Américaine n° 1 (20e Escad. T. E. M.):
« Volontaire américain depuis mars 1915. A toujours donne l'exemple de courage et d'élan à la Section et montré plusieurs fois une bravoure sans pareille, dans les circonstances les plus difficiles. S'est particulièrement distingué pendant les attaques d'août et septembre 1917, devant Verdun. »
PLOW, Richard H., conducteur à la S. S. U. I.
« Volontaire américain depuis novembre 1916. A toujours montré le plus grand courage et dévouement dans les circonstances les plus difficiles. S'est particulièrement distingué en janvier et en août-septembre 1917, en conduisant sa voiture-ambulance aux postes les plus avancés traversant d'épais nuages de gaz. S'est plusieurs fois offert comme volontaire pour missions spéciales en dehors de son travail courant. »
(1) 2nd Citation.
October 5, 1917.
The third course in the automobile school established by the French army for the men of American Field Service finished this week with the following graduates. This is probably the last course under the auspices of the Field Service as future courses will be arranged by the U. S A. officers of the Quartermaster's Department and the U. S. A. Ambulance Service.
John Herbert Brown, University of California, Los Angeles, Cal. ; Henry Temple Howard, University of California, Berkeley, Cal. ; Guy Cecil Calden, University of California, Oakland, Cal.; Thomas Means, Yale University, New Haven Conn. ; Robert France, Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, Md ; Charles Gould Curtiss, Yale University, Buffalo, N. Y. ; Theodore L. Preble, University of California, Berkeley, Cal. ; Donald E. Percy, Yale University, Brookline, Mass. ; Goodwin Warner, Harvard University, Boston, Mass. ; John P. Scott, Culver, Sewickley, Pa. ; Clifford H. McCall, New York City ; Roger C. Wilcox, Yale, Meriden, Conn. ; Charles B. Starr, Cornell, Sewickley, Pa. ; John Gregory Wiggins, Harvard, Pomfret, Conn. ; George Lane Edwards, Yale, Kirkwood, Mo. ; Frank Owen Robinson, Dartmouth, Belmont, Mass. ; Stanley C. Garman, Cornell, Canisto, N. Y. ; Lawrence A. Small, Chicago, Illinois ; M. Lewis Bruce, Jr. New York City ; Edgar W. Baird, Jr. Princeton, Philadelphia, Pa. ; Norman Burr Curtice, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb. ; Miles Blinn Sanford, Cornell, La Grange, Ill. ; Joe W. Travis, University of Missouri, Parkio, Mo. ; Francis J. Wakem, Yale, New York City ; James Pendleton Hahn, Trinity-Hartford, Conn., Greenville, S. C. ; Julian K. Morrison, Davidson College, Eastonville, N. C. ; James W. Craig, Amherst College, Boston, Mass. ; Donald Ordway, Warner, N. H. ; Charles M. Caesar, Princeton, New York City; Dunbar M. Hinricks, Cornell, Glen Ridge, N. J. ; Richmond Ordway, Boston, Mass. ; Charles Judd Farley, Harvard, State College of Washington, Auburndale, Mass.; William J. Bingham, Harvard, Methuen, Mass. ; Harry L. Dunn, University of California, Santa Barbara, Cal. ; Joseph R. Greenwood, Princeton, New York City.
Oct 1st. We are en repos just now but expect to go up in a few days.
Sept. 3th "Bulletin" no. 13 has just arrived. In it we notice that one S. S. U. 64 complains of more repos than others and of having paid their respects to more French villages. Can they beat this for travelling?
Chapelle Gauthier, Joinville, Rupt-sur-Moselle, Mollan, Chatenois, Congeville, Vadelaincourt, Glorieux, Toul, Royaumeix, Rupt-devant-Saint-Mihiel, Villotte-devant-Saint-Mihiel, Ligny-en-Barrois, Vaucouleurs, Coursey, Valaincourt, Remoncourt, Dompaire, Darnielles, Eloyen-sur-Moselle, Vandouevre and Menil la Tour. Have they had two months of repos in which one militaire and two civils comprised the total of évacués ?
ONE WHO HAS BEEN THROUGH IT.
P-S. --- S. S. U. 9 has spent from one night to four months in all the above mentioned places.
Sixty-four claims the «repos» record which we dispute. We've never been off said state, but leave tomorrow for (#1).
We played one American football game, and beat 66 at Association. Since the enlistment depleted our quota of stars we have been trampled under foot thrice by different chasseur divisions.
We move a bit every week and as "Shorts" McCague put it "If they move us often enough we will have every barrack in France cleaned. "
We have three dogs and two pinard fiends, while three of our number like French tobacco. One of our recent arrivals says he craves action, but as he subscribes to the «Fireside Companion" and wants to spend his permission mountain climbing he is not considered responsible.
When the enlisting officer asked our cook if he spoke English, he got the latter's entire Anglo-Saxon vocabulary in "Get the hell out of here, Crook." Having swapped our "Ferocious Fiats" for jitneys, all is well.
F. A. W.
(1) Not omitted by Censor but by lack of spellability.
Looking over a service Bulletin reminds me that you might not object to a little other than official news from the boys in Section 10. Now is a good time to pound out news, our section having just finished an attack which gained the French over forty kilometers of territory. According to our French Lieutenant, we have had the honor of following a French attack farther in a victorious two day move than any other American section.
Keeping up with these Frenchmen when they once get the Boche on the run is no small feat, and our Fords move postes three and four times a day part of the time. Once the section established the farthest out poste in advance of every part of the army except a few cavalry, just ahead of us. Fortunately, we were able to keep the machines where they were needed, though supply wagons, and some other features of the attack were not there.
The roads left by the Boche were not intended for machines, nor for Fords either, for down here we class our voitures with pack burrows when it comes to getting over the roads. However improvements were soon made, and now the main run out to the lake fifty miles away is comparatively easy. The Boche left some pretty country, including a fine bathing beach, and we are all glad of the change.
The boys are all feeling better with the advent of cooler weather, which burst in on us suddenly after a Balkan mountain thunder storm. Indispositions peculiar to the solar plexus have gone the rounds with no serious results and we are all in the running now. We are situated in the best part of the Balkans and enjoy the mountaineering. I can honestly say that we are all mighty glad we made this trip to the Balkans, through the condition of the people is disappointing.
According to the Frenchmen here, we have been doing more work than most ambulance sections are called upon for. The boys from the other section verify this statement, but so far as I can see, the whole gang is thriving on hard work, and we are all a lot happier having it to do. Probably, though, with fewer calls now that cold weather has come, well have some time to put boards in the windows of our headquarter's house, all the glass having been shaken out when an aero bomb lit too near.
F. J. T. S. S. U. 10.
Enlistments in the U. S. A. A. S., according to Sections, up to date are as follows. This does not include the Heads of Section : S. S. U. 1 --- 17 ; S. S. U. 2 --- 17 ; S. S. U. 4 --- 12 ; S. S. U. 8. --- 17 ; S. S. U. 9 ---7 ; S. S. U. 12 --- 18 ; S. S. U. 13 --- 17; S.S.U. 14--- 19; SSU. 15---23; S.S.U. 16 - 11; S. S. U. 17---19; S. S. U. 18---13; S. S. U. 19---17; S. S. U. 26 ---not heard from -- S. S. U. 27 --- 8 ; S. S. U. 28 --- 18 ; S. S. U. 29 --- not heard from --- S. S. U. 30 --- not heard from; S. S. U. 31 -- 39 ; S. S. U. 32 - 15 ; S. S. U. 33 --- 15 ; S. S. U. 64 ---not heard from --- S. S. U, 65 - 26; S. S. U. 66 --- 21; S. S. U. 67---28; S. S. U. 68--24; S.S.U. 6920; S.S.U. 70--- 35; S S.U.---71 --35; S.S.U. 72 ---35
It has brought comforting cheer to the soul of the Sub-Ed to see a real one dollar greenback sent by a Philadelphia Lawyer with these kind words :"I notice on the Bulletin (No. 6) that you ask for subscriptions. I hereby enclose one dollar for which please send me the Bulletin beginning with No. 7 for a period for which the enclosed dollar pays. Seid nie No. and every other issue as soon as you can. "
While we have absolute confidence in posterity, yet present appreciation, when accompanied by dollars, is more nourishing.
Uncle Sam's paymaster visited the Rue Raynouard last Saturday and handed a month's pay to Corporal L. H. Buckler, formerly of sections 4 and 20. Corporal Buckler was the first member of the Service in the U. S. A. A. S. to receive pay.
Finding no one else entitled to draw pay at the Paris office, the paymaster left for a tour of the sections taking with him a huge and well filled cash box. This ought to he good news to enlisted men at the front.
The following men are en route, sailing from New York in september: Anderson, Atwater, Barcus, Beggs, Cook, Corner, Crawford, Crosby, Cunningham, Davis, Duncan, Elliott, Fitzpatrick, Gibbs, Geguette, Graf, Henry, Howes, Hutchins, Keith, Knisely, Laforge, Lane, Littlefield, McCaffrey, Miller, Morehouse, Morse, Mouns, Murphy, Newell, Paine, Pike, Rath, Reagan, Rubel, Scott, Seymour, Smith, Smyth, Soles, Suter, Taylor, Thompson, Wonrath, Woolf.
The following sailed in october via England: Blum, Bruggeman, Burke, Callahan, Carr, Clark, Elkins, Emery, English, Fishback, Flagan, Gale, Gardner, Glazier, Hall, Hankinson, Harle, Harper, Henderson, Hildebrand, Holden, Houghton, Howe, Konrad, Langland, Leavitt, MacFarland, McCreedy, Maddocks, Martin, Maxwell, Merrill, Morgan, Nickell, Norton, Orcutt, Peterson, Kuirk, Sauters, Shaw, Steinel, Stookey, Tallant, Thorpe, Turner, Vivian, Walter, Waykins, Weeks, Weller, A. Weller, D. White, Wileix, Williams, Winant, Woodruff and Mrs. Vivian.
The "True Blue Club" ambulance has been donated to the American Field Service by a Girls' Club of Beverly, Massachusetts. The members by personal self-sacrifices have thus expressed their desire for co-operation in this Service and one of them has voiced their great sympathy in the following verses:
THE TRUE BLUE AMBULANCE
A letter dated september 16th, mailed in St. Louis, Missouri, signed "Gale" and addressed American Field Service " has been received at the rue Raynouard.
Whoever thinks he is the owner of same please apply at the office of the "Bulletin".
Also, enlisted men desiring to go to England are no longer required to have a "visé" from the Consul or the Police: their "permission" papers will be considered sufficient, provided the name "England", or the name of the "Allied" country the man desires to visit, appears in the said papers. Neutral countries, such as Switzerland, it is much more difficult to visit --- and enlisted men run the risk of being interned
Peter Lorrillard Kent.
TALE OF CONTENTS
Address to Transport Men
October 11 th., 1917.
Nearly three hundred members of the transport branch of the American Field Service have already enlisted with the Quartermaster's Corps of the U. S. Army and these men, although they will continue transport work with the French troops, have been assigned to special sections. The remaining members of the transport branch of the Field Service will continue in this work in separate sections until replaced by enlisted men.
The French officer under whom the Field Service transport sections on the French front have served paid the Service the following fine tribute in an address delivered to an assembly of some five hundred of them at the front on Saturday last.
Volunteers of the American Field Service!
I want to put a question to you.
Why did every man of you sail to this country if not because he felt it his duty to play his part in the great struggle for liberty for which we have been fighting?
He did play his part, in taking an engagement with the American Field Service.
He might have chosen worse.
The American Field Service has existed for almost three years and had been doing wonderful work on our front for months when practically no American believed that his own country might ever be involved in this war.
The whole organisation has proved a great benefit to the French army, and its promoters would be justified in recalling their work with pride.
Hundreds of motor ambulances have been busy in the hottest sectors of our front.
Thousands and thousands of wounded have been brought back from the fiercest battles that the world's history has ever recorded to find proper care and get back their health.
By entering the camion service you awarded France a still greater help in allowing us to send hundreds of our oldest drivers hack to their fields which must be tilled if they are to yield bread to our people.
Now the time has come when I must ask you to do still more for us. Never has France stood in greater need of your service than she does today. For the next few weeks I shall not get the American soldiers I expected so I am obliged to keep you up to your engagement as long as I have not been able to replace you.
I know this sounds pretty hard for those who have been assured they would be accepted in another service of the army, but I can make no exception barring those reported by the American doctors as physically unfit to get on with their work even for a short time.
Any other exception would be unfair to those who are held by their engagement. I shall do my best to release all the others as quickly as possible, but I can make you no definite promise today.
In the meantime I hope and fully expect that you will do your service as well as you can to show your fellow countrymen that you do not shrink from hard work or dull work when you believe it is your duty to do it.
Be assured that I and all the Frenchmen who know something of the work you have done will always think gratefully of you and of the American Field Service which brought you to this country
Two members of the transport branch of the American Field Service were seriously wounded at the front on Sunday evening, October 7th, Robert Patterson Lamont Jr., of Evanston, Ill., and Henry Thompson of Greenville, Delaware. Both were students of Princeton University when they left America to join the Field Service and both are 19 years of age. The section was running in convoy about midnight on Sunday evening carrying shells to an advanced post when these men were struck by fragments of one of the shells with which the road was being bombarded.
Robert Lamont, the worst hurt, was operated upon on the following morning and had his left hand amputated at the wrist. In addition, he received éclats in the right hand, a splinter was embedded in the right tibia and his skull was slightly lacerated. Henry Thompson received two shell fragments in the upper part of the right leg and one in the back. Both men are doing well and arrived yesterday at the American Military Hospital N° 1 at Neuilly.
At an assembly of the Field Service transport men on the evening of October 9th, the French commanding officer addressed them as follows
In recalling to you the events of the night before last, I cannot help but quote one of our greatest poets, Rostand, in «Cyrano de Bergerac»:
« Nous allons maintenant au blason de Gascogne qui porte trois chevrons d'azur sur un champ d'or, joindre un chevron de sang qui lui manquait encore» --- which means for those of you who are unfamiliar with the French language : "On the coat of arms of Gascony bearing three chevrons of azure on a field or gold, we will add a chevron of blood which before was missing."
Well, you did add this missing chevron on Sunday last, and all those who were present at this night's work can testify that it was not exactly Sunday School work. Then was the first opportunity given to you men of the Motor Transport Service to seal with your blood the bond of eternal friendship between France and America as your friends of the Ambulance have so often done before. And as you know, blood is thicker than water.
I was deeply moved to hear what Dr. Morris, the American surgeon who operated on our friends at Mont Notre-Dame, told one of us. When he had completed his long and painful task, lie said "It is now only that I can realize what France has suffered in the flesh of her children and so will America ; it is the awful but necessary price asked from us for the redeeming of the world's liberty threatened by our foes."
Never will the act of the brave men who went out to Jouy on Sunday night and fulfilled their duty at their lives' peril, simply, and as a matter of fact, be forgotten in the annals of my Reserve. It is the best answer that you volunteers of the American Field Service could give to certain misinformed people who have criticized the American Field Service and its work.
Whatever service you are destined to go into in the future, whatever deeds you may be called upon to do, whatever blows you may have to strike, be assured that never will your energies have been more usefully employed than in your present work of self-sacrifice and devotion to a noble cause.
30 septembre 1917.
Le Général Commandant la 48e D. I. cite à l'ordre de la Division les militaires dont les noms suivent:
Le Conducteur DRESSER, Stephen R., Citoyen Américain, Engagé volontaire, Conducteur à la S. S. E. 2:
«S'est toujours fait remarquer par son mépris du danger et son dévouement dans les circonstances les plus périlleuses, notamment pendant la journée du 5 septembre 1917, où il a effectué avec une remarquable bravoure l'évacuation des blessés dans un village constamment et violemment bombardé. »
Le Conducteur JANES, John V. M., Citoyen Américain, Engagé volontaire, Conducteur à la S. S. U. 2:
«A toujours fait preuve d'un courage et d'un sang-froid exceptionnels dans l'accomplissement de son service. S'est particulièrement fait remarquer le 5 septembre 1917 en assurant avec un mépris absolu du danger l'évacuation dans un village violemment bombardé.
Le Conducteur SHERRERD, Henry D. M., Citoyen Américain, Engagé Volontaire, Conducteur à la S S. U. 2:
« Aussi courageux que dévoué dans les périodes les plus périlleuses des évacuations. En particulier, le 5 septembre 1917. A effectué avec un sang-froid remarquable l'évacuation des blessés sous un violent feu de l'artillerie ennemie. »
Le Médecin Divisionnaire SPILLMANN cite à l'ordre du Service de Santé de la Division du Maroc pour leur belle conduite les militaires dont les noms suivent:
BIXBY, Joseph, Conducteur S. S. U. 2.
«Engagé volontaire, citoyen Américain, conducteur dévoué et courageux, s'est toujours fait remarquer par son mépris du danger. Pendant les journées des 20, 21 et 22 avril 1917, appelé à circuler dans une zone soumise à de violents bombardements, a fait preuve d'énergie et de dévouement en assurant l'évacuation d'un très grand nombre de blessés.»
Sont cités dans l'ordre de la 126° Division:
La Section Sanitaire Automobile Américaine N°. 18.
«Sous les ordres du Lieutenant Français BANCHY, Guy, et du Chef Américain SLIDELL, William, la section sanitaire Américaine N°. 18. pendant les opérations des 20 et 21 août 1917, et les jours suivants a rendu les plus grands services ; allant jusqu'aux postes de secours avancés, stationnant ou circulant jour et nuit, sur des routes constamment bombardées Ses voitures ont été plusieurs fois atteintes par des éclats d'obus. Tout son personnel a fait preuve du plus grand zèle; son dévouement et son sang-froid ont été remarqués de tous. »
VIIe CORPS D'ARMÉE
SERVICE DE SANTÉ
Par application des dispositions:
Le Directeur du Service de Santé cite à l'ordre des Formations Sanitaires du VIle C. A. (Croix de Guerre):
WESTSWOOD, R. W., Volontaire Américain:
«Etant de service dans un secteur très bombardé, a été blessé à la jambe d'un éclat d'obus le 25 septembre, et après s'être fait panser, a continué son service. A fait preuve d'un dévouemeut absolu et a montré le plus bel esprit de sacrifice.
Mac DONALD N. W., Volontaire Américain :
« A payé largement de sa personne, montrant un grand sang-froid et un mépris absolu du danger. S'est encore signalé du 13 au 30 septembre pour l'évacuation des postes soumis à de fréquents bombardements. »
Secteur Postal N° 40, le 30 septembre 1917.
W. J. Bingham has been appointed Cdt. Adj. of S. S. U. 18 to replace William J. Slidell, who has left the Service.
J. R. Greenwood has been appointed Acting Head of S. S. U. 15 to replace D. Van Alstyne, who has been sent to Meaux.
The following Ambulance men have been sent to Meaux:
D. Van Alstyne, S. S. U. 15 ; V. Rich, S. S. U. 15 Walter Ives, S. S. U. 3;2 J. R. Fisher, S. S. U. 20; B. J. Butler, S. S. U. 20 ; William M. Gwynn, S. S. U. 8; L. Potter, S. S. U. 27 ; L. M. Quirin, S. S. U. 65 ; A. Frantz, S. S. U. 18; W. D. Carr, S. S. U. 66.
The following commissions in the U. S. Army have been received so far by members of the Field Service: A. Piatt Andrew, Major; S. Galatti, Captain; William De F. Bigelow, Captain; J. R. Fisher, 1st Lieutenant ; James Sponagle, 1st. Lieutenant ; William G. Rice, 1st. Lieutenant; W. E. Westbrook, 1st. Lieutenant; R. R. Speers, 1st. Lieutenant; R. C. Coan, 1st. Lieutenant ; C. Walker, 1st. Lieutenant A. G. Gile 1st. Lieutenant.
Encouraged by the antiquity of the news from our triplet brother 68 to the effect that they beat us in soccer --- we have not had the pleasure of seeing 68 since the 6th of July, --- we should like to tell of events that happened three months in the future. That being beyond even our powers, we'll merely announce our rebirth three weeks ago as a Ford Section and our renaming by the U. S. A. A. S. as Section 123. But what's in a name if the mail does not come thru better?
W. G. R. Jr.
Sections 1. and 2. not heard from.
Section 3 has been heard from through the following arrivals front that Section in the Orient : C. A. Amsden, R. B. Varnum and H. Kelleher.
Sections 4, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, and 33 not heard from but we trust from delay in transmission.
Sections 64, 65, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, and 72, have unanimously been silent.
T. M. U. 526, 133, and 184 have also learned the precept: "Silence is golden", but kindly note gold is no longer the coin of the realm.
J. B. Fletcher, Cdt. Adj. S. S. U. 29 was run over by a taxi in the Place de l'Opera. He had a rib broken and is at present at the American Red Cross Military Hospital No. 1.
C. Ricks of S. S. U. 6 is also at the American Red Cross Military Hospital No. 1 at Neuilly.
Rifleman Harry De Maine of the King's Royal Rifle Corps, known to all the old men of the Service, lunched at 21 rue Raynouard on October 12th, 1917.
Incidentally, Mr. De Maine subscribed to the "Bulletin" so as to be au courant with all the news the Sections send in, and keep in touch with his old friends.
Mr. Foster has just returned from an investigation tour of two important A. R. C. war-zone canteens, which he found in excellent running order and doing splendid service. He was accompanied by Miss Anna Lough and Miss Emma Rau, who will supervise the purchasing of food-stuffs and other supplies and have charge of the question of kitchen economy.
From New York Herald.
We received the following letter from the Head of the American Red Cross at Bordeaux.
October 5th, 1917.
"Two American boys, and I am pleased to underline American, happened to come down from the Field Service expecting to take the boat for America last Saturday. When they found that the boat would not sail they immediately looked up a cheap hotel here, not asking the Field Service or anyone else to advance them any money. They then came up to the Red Cross office and asked for work. We told them we had nothing but common dock labor to give them. They said that no matter what it was they were glad to get anything to do. They took off their coats and pitched right in and worked with the negroes and Spaniards for seven francs a day.
"I am dropping you this personal note merely to show how different these two boys are from almost everybody that has come clown here and asked for work and really worked. We usually have men come down here who merely beg and want to be helped. It makes one feel real good to find that we still have real men in America. The boys' names are Dwight B. Billings and Lucius E. Thayer.
"I was very sorry that I could not persuade these boys to stay and work for me, because they are men that really play the game."
There are all sorts of sights and experiences in these unusual times. One of these could have been observed on the rue de Rivoli the other day. A member of the "Service" ran upon a picturesque groupe of men from India--- all of them Officers, in flowing, parade uniforms, stalwart and handsome fellows. They were in difficulty about something and our man guessed that it was because of the language. And sure enough, it was so. For on going to their rescue they showed him a card bearing a notable English name, and with a residence-number in that neighborhood. In a moment he was to be seen travelling down that noted street with half a dozen or eight of these fashionable and highly decorated Officers in his train, bent on introducing them to a man he had never met and whose exact whereabouts he did not know.
It was the spectacle of an American trying to help some Sikhs to find an Englishman, in the French capital city, himself only a novice in the language!
But he got them there at last, only, it was the Englishman's aunt that was at home, not the man himself! What the lady thought when those Officers appeared, dressed like "Solomon in all his glory" our man did not stop to learn. He can only hope that it was her " blessings " and not their contrary that followed him!
If this should be seen by any one who knows the address of A. G. Garrigues, please forward same to the Editor of the "Bulletin", or better still advise Mr. Garrigues that there is a Baggage Roll in "Room 40" bearing his name.
There is still being held at this office a very fine pair of fur lined gloves left at rue Raynouard some weeks ago, awaiting an owner.
Material for the section histories is being compiled by Mr. Andrew, Mr. Galatti and Dr. Weeks. To make these complete it is urged that all members of the service who have diaries, photographs, drawings, etc. will co-operate and communicate with the office.
The Embassy states that Officers of the United States Army do not need a passport, their military papers being sufficient. The only exception to this rule is when an officer is sent to a foreign country on a mission, in which case he may need his passport with a diplomatic visa. This he would have no difficulty in obtaining when the necessity arises.
Enlisted men need no longer concern themselves about the extension of their Passports word having been received from the Embassy that, for enlisted men, a Passport is no longer necessary.
All men having Passports may keep the same as --- a "piece identité".
On behalf of Section 10, Somewhere in Albania.
Motto : War de Luxe.
Aims : Safety for democracy and transportation for souvenirs.
It is hard to he a correspondent when all the prizes are awarded before the challenge has arrived. However, it may not be amiss to note a few section facts, to wit:
Soixante-quinze, the section goat, has disappeared, along with fifteen feet of rope, the green leaves in the garden, and our hopes of goat stew in the future.
The weather has changed and the arrival of Jack Frost at an early date is anticipated. Winter sports are expected to be opening canned goods and praying for the war to end.
"Spot" Peck, contemplating aviation, already has been in the air several times. On one occasion his car left the road, causing a cracked rib and a scrapped machine. Four cars upset to date.
Cooking accomplished entirely by our own members; general improvement in appetites, and increase in Jazz. Boys have stopped running for the abri during mealtime airplane raids.
A French attack in September resulted in an advance of souvenirs nearly forty kilometers. Between getting out the wounded and the we were all kept very busy for several weeks. Trench signs, Buttons and cartridges for all comers. Advance post at a lakeside ; swimming good.
Everyone is up in the air pending definite word of effect on Balkan units of absorption of the American Field Service by the American Army. Information is anxiously awaited. Eight sous per day doesn't go far in a land where envelopes cost two cents each, eggs eight cents, a small cake of chocolate one franc.
Section Ten claims to serve on the worst road on any front At one hill twelve soldiers are permanently stationed to push the ears over the grade.
All the mechanics are earning their pay.
Traffic on the roads is extremely picturesque. Those interested are referred to "The Road to Monastir" in the May National Geographic. The scenes described are similar to those in this region.-Most of the mud guards have been raked off by carts, and many of the fenders are battered through rear-end collisions with mules.
Sickness has been all too plentiful during the summer. Only four members of the section have entirely escaped the sick list. No one has been permanently laid up.
The war nearly ended a few weeks ago. A detachment of Spahi (Moroccan) cavalrymen was getting well into the enemy country when stopped by orders. One of them, a blessé, told a driver that if they had not been called back they might have gone on to Vienna. "The war would be fini a week from Tuesday ", he said, in apparent seriousness.
XYZ, Section Sanitaire 10, Armée d'Orient,
Par B. C. M., Marseille.
A Section Co-Operative has been started. This supplies a great need in the shape of cigarettes, Chocolate, Chewing gum, matches, writing paper, briquet-supplies, etc.
"Walk" Smith, "Mike" Dougherty, Belcher, Dixie Bridgers, Billy Sunday "Winslow," Brandy " Symonds and Sous-Chef Willcox who started out with the section have left, some for other service, others to return to America. They have all completed six months of service.
The following have been added to the section to take the place of those leaving: Herbert J. Lavender, New-York City; Dennie P. Nash, Syracuse, N. Y.; George J. Smith, Boston, Massachusetts ; Carl W. Vail, Ridgewood, N. J.
Invigorated by the crisp autumn breezes Section 71 has been aroused from its long repos in not contributing to the Bulletin and at last takes its pen in hand to donate a few lines.
Following the usual custom of the first offense we will give a list of our officers, Roland R. Speers, California, Chef and James S. Brown, New York City, Sous-Chef. We also have Sergeants who are the following : J. D. King, B. Weeden, M. Black, D. Chappel.................................., ...................................................... (The reader may wonder why the dashes so we must explain. They are for those who may have been appointed while these lines are going to press.) The rate sergeants are being appointed, gives us reason to believe we all will soon become sergeants, (oh what a grand and glorious feeling!) The duties of a sergeant are best explained by a quotation from our old friend Bill Shakespeare, "We have done those things we ought not to have done and have left undone those things we ought to have done."
Section 71 has forty two red blooded Americans, thirty two of whom signed up with the U. S. Army for the duration of the war. Four were disappointed by finding they were physically unfit and several were disappointed to find they were physically fit. We also have twenty Fiat cars all physically unfit.
Perhaps the boys over here have forgotten about the boys at home so this little poem was written to remind the boys over here of some of the boys at home. We might add that this poem was inspired by "that only girl".
Twelve pages there of violet tint
S. S. U. 71.
Will the reader kindly hammer on the first syllable.
Will you be good enough to publish the following answer to Section 70's charge in the "Bulletin" No. 14
A long time ago, when the boys of Section 70 (French cars!) were still at school at home, Section 26 decided upon the American buffalo as its section emblem. Therefore, on July 1st, the insignia was formally adopted and Lieutenant Meihent, a famous French artist, offered to make the design for us. The members of the section have for weeks had a small gold buffalo on their caps. Only the fact that there still happens to be a war in France, and that we have been somewhat occupied in taking our share of it, has prevented a more efficient advertising of the fact. It is to be regretted, for it might have prevented the droll mistake of our young friends in Section 70 (French cars!) and saved them this more or less public exposure of, if not plagiarism, at least presumption.
While the matter of buffalos is in question, perhaps we may be allowed to remind Section 70 (French cars!) that tails are not being worn this season, at least not to such a conspicuous and altogether mistaken degree of amplitude, as might be imagined from the drawing in the "Bulletin". We might suggest a few more objects to include upon the shield also. Section 70 (French cars!) forgets that they might well have pictured a baby bottle and a tin horn. We could tell nothing of the color from the drawing. May we be allowed to inquire whether the buffalo is yellow?
C. B., S.S.U. 26.
An American ambulance driver is a fellow who comes to France to save Humanity. But by the time he has been on the western front for a couple of weeks his efforts in this pursuit have been concentrated on one integral portion of the whole in the animated endeavor to save himself. From Peoria to Paris is a long, simmering journey in aspirations.
The ambulance man begins his military education by learning the Marseillaise and "Vive la France", and he ends it with an intimate mastery of the significant phrases of "après vous" and "Où est l'abri?" He comes, uplifted by a generous enthusiasm for the welfare of mankind, and he lets himself down to an equally enthusiastic sense of intensified individualism.
In Paris his earnest desire is to get out to the front, and once he is there he lives in the expectation of a "permission". The ambulance driver arrives with an ambitious energy which dwindles to a passive indifference before he has repaired two inner tubes. At first he is on casual terms with the truth, but after he has been sitting around the poste talking with the brancardiers for a month or so, he becomes a regular walking communiqué and you can't trust a word that he tells you. At home his habits are fairly presentable, but he soon loses all taste in beer and tobacco, he looks on a bath as an indecent indulgence and he sentimentally regards his fleas and his rats as inseparable companions.
This does not mean that he doesn't add to his knowledge a store of valuable information. He knows more about dugouts than the man who has dug them. He is an authority on "départs " and "arrivées", and by personal research he has handled more data than any psychologist on the old fashioned instinct of self-preservation.
Lo, the poor ambulance driver! He exchanges his dreamy delusions for materialistic maxims, and when he returns, he is thoroughly demoralized ---- and infinitely wiser!
The French cars of S. S. U. 67 were replaced by American Field Service Ford ambulances on October twenty third.
These cars were the gift of various classes of Columbia University through the efforts of Mr. H. E. Montgomery, through whom the New York Stock Exchange Section had been given last winter.
We regret to announce the death of H. H. Cummings of T. M. 526 who was drowned when the Antilles was stink by a German U-Boat.
D. Mills of Section 13 was picked up after two hours in the water and was brought back to France.
Sections 3 and 10 have been recalled from the Orient and the men should arrive in France very shortly.
There is no need to tell any one who has been with the Field Service for any length of time who Peter Lorrillard Kent is, and he will be especially remembered by the remaining few who were with the Service in the beginning of the war. He joined the American Ambulance Field Service, then so called, in November, 1914, and it is with regret that we state the fact that he handed in his resignation October 11th, 1917, having made an application for a commission in the U S. Engineers, Mining Department.
"Peter" first went out with squad "B" in the early part of 1915 and was stationed at St. Pol. After staying out there sometime the whole squad was sent back to Paris. A little later he went out with the Tent Section which consisted of twenty ambulances and the requis number of tents for a regulation field hospital. As winter came on this section was found impracticable and was sent back to Paris. Since then "Peter" has done faithful duty on the Staff and there will be many who will miss that smiling countenance when next they come to the rue Raynouard.
Le Médecin Divisionnaire de la 126e Division, cite à l 'Ordre du Service de Santé (Ordre du Régiment):
LONG, Milton, S. S. U. 18.
«Conducteur volontaire très dévoué, courageux et plein de sang-froid passant le 19 août près d'un pont bombardé par des aéroplanes ennemis, a arrêté sa voiture pour recueillir deux blessés, leur a fait sur place un pansement, a appliqué à l'un d'eux un garrot qui a arrêté une grave hémorragie. A aidé avec beaucoup de zèle à l'évacuation des blessés des 20 et 21 août 1917. »
Le Médecin Divisionnaire de la 126° Division, cite à l'Ordre du Service de Santé (Ordre du Régiment):
MORTON, Charles, S. S. U. 18.
« Conducteur volontaire très courageux et d'un empressement exemplaire à secourir les blesses, et s'est montré particulièrement dévoué les 20 et 21 août 1917, dans un secteur constamment bombardé. »
Le Directeur du Service de Santé du 15° C. A., cite à l'Ordre du Service de Santé (Ordre du Régiment):
OLMSTEAD, Chauncey, S. S. U. 18.
« Conducteur volontaire des plus dévoués. Se trouvant de service au Poste de Secours de Bras, s'est particulièrement porté au secours de deux hommes qui venaient d'être grièvement blessés, et sous le bombardement qui continuait, a aidé à les transporter et à leur donner des soins. »
Aux Armées, le 28 août 1917.
Le Général Commandant le 10° Corps d'Armée, cite à l'Ordre du Corps d'Armée:
La S.S.U. 26, commandée par le sous-lieutenant MARCHAL, Pierre.
«Dans la nuit du 2 au 3 octobre 1917, au cours d'un bombardement par avions, le personnel et les voitures de la S.S.U. 26, commandée par le sous-lieutenant Marchal, se sont immédiatement rendus sur les points bombardés pour y recueillir les blessés. Les conducteurs dont quelques-uns n'avaient pas pris le temps de se vêtir, ont fait preuve du plus complet dévouement en aidant à la recherche et à l'enlèvement des blessés qu'ils ont transportés dans les hôpitaux en conduisant leurs voitures avec le plus grand sang-froid, sous le feu des mitrailleuses et sous les bombes d'avions. »
Le Général Commandant le 10e Corps d'Armée cite à » l'Ordre du Corps d'Armée :
Conducteur NELSON, Henry, de la S.S.U. 26, volontaire Américain:
«A fait preuve d'un remarquable sang-froid et d'un complet dévouement an cours d'un bombardement par avion, dans la nuit du 2 an 3 octobre 1917, continuant à charger un blessé grave sans s'occuper d'un aéroplane qui arrivait à faible hauteur en mitraillant et en lâchant des bombes à proximité.
Conducteur GEIBEL, Victor, de la S.S.U. 26, volontaire Américain:
«Au cours du bombardement d'un cantonnement par avion dans la nuit du 2 au 3 octobre 1917, s'est porté le premier an point où la premiere bombe était tombée et a fait preuve de sang-froid et d'un grand dévouement en recherchant et relevant des blessés sous le feu des avions ennemis qui mitraillaient et bombardaient le cantonnement. »
Conducteur SHOBER, Samuel, de la S.S.U. 26, volontaire Américain:
«A fait preuve d'un remarquable sang-froid et d'un complet dévouement au cours d'un bombardement par avion, dans la nuit du 2 au 3 octobre 1917, continuant à charger un blessé grave sans s'occuper d'un aéroplane qui arrivait à faible hauteur en mitraillant et en lâchant des bombes à proximité. »
Conducteur STEVENSON, Richard, volontaire Américain de la S.S.U. N° 26:
«Au cours du bombardement d'un cantonnement par avions dans la nuit du 2 au 3 octobre 1917, ne prenant même pas le temps de se vêtir, s'est porté immédiatement an secours des blessés et a fait preuve du plus grand sang-froid et du plus beau dévouement en portant secours aux blessés, sous le feu des avions qui continuaient à mitrailler et à bombarder le cantonnement. »
are two kinds, the fuse briquet, which mainly consists in a pocketful of yellow fuse cord, and the gasoline briquet, which holds anywhere from two to five litres of essence according to the generosity of the conducteur who donates it.
The gaz briquet is intended for multifarious uses, and when in commission will ignite almost anything inflammable before it blows out. It is a more aesthetic piece of jewelry than the other. It is constructed from the cast-off jacket of some article of munitions, and ornamented with military buttons, coins, or stamped designs of a symbolic nature .... preferably nudes.
To keep a briquet in working order would require the services of two mechanics, a filling station, and three delivery boys to go after new fuses, pierres and other accessories.
Briquets are always recommended as souvenirs, and they are guaranteed to be relics after two weeks in operation. After that, they are no good to anyone. It is expected that they will be in great demand by European tourists after the war.
But we mustn't be too hard on the briquet. It has its virtues, for it has kept thousands of poilus out of mischief constructing, peddling and lighting it. There is more energy expended on briquets than in digging trenches and in building roadways combined.
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