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The Tide has Turned, and now the Allied ranks
Are sweeping forward to the north again
Driving the enemy on front and flanks
           Across the plain.
The Marne is free no longer shall the foe
Strive to break past it with barbaric force,
The quiet river peacefully shall flow
           Along its course.
The Allied armies in the cause of right
Victoriously strive --- and this shall be
The monument of their immortal fight
           The world set free.

Wm. Cary SANGER, Jr.
1st Lieut. Inf. R. C.    
(formerly member of S.S.U.9)

August 4th, 1918.





First Lieutenant Henry H. Houston, of the 53rd Field Artillery Brigade was killed by a shell, while on duty at the front on August 18th. Houston entered the Field Service in January 1917, and served for four months in old section 12. He successfully passed the Automobile School at Meaux in May 1917, and then took command of the T. M. Section No 133-F, a section largely composed of Princeton men. At the beginning of August 1917 he returned to America to train for service in the artillery, coming back to France upon the staff of a brigade early in the present year. Houston was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and his home was in Philadelphia. He was 23 years of age


We have just received word that Carlos W. Baer died April 6th at the Barracks at Columbus, Ohio. Baer entered the Field Service in May 1917 and served in T. M. 537 until November 20, 1917, when he was released and returned to America. He was a student of Miami University and his home was in Oxford,. Ohio.


(Near Verdun)

There is a poppy blowing in the field
For every grave that marks the silent grief
For those who died defending the belief
That honor is a trust no man can yield.
And you, O France! with the untarnished shield
Of Joan of old, are brave as on the day
The first of these were called and went away
To die because you and the right appealed.
Yet mourn them not; what though they had to go?
Do you regret the evening hush, or weep
In vain the tender blood that learned to grow
Into a flower fair? Here where they sleep
Upon your breast, the crimson blossoms blow,
And in your heart what memories you keep!

J. B. C., 17/635.



THE WHITE ROAD OF MYSTERY ". By Philip Dana Orcutt (S.S.U. 31) Illustrated. John Lane Company. $1.25 net.

"The New York Times refers to this book as follows:

Among the many episodes which shine out resplendent amid the gloom and horror of the war, there is perhaps none more generous or picturesque, more instinct with the best of what we mean when we speak of the spirit of chivalry, than the formation of that group of young men known as the American Ambulance Field Service. Down "The White Road of Mystery," leading to adventure and perhaps to death upon the fighting front of France, they went, these young Crusaders, of whom the United States will always be proud. And it is from the notebook of one of them that the present volume is made up.

A collection of sketches rather than a continuous narrative, the slender volume gives brief glimpses of Tommy and poilu, alike only in their admiration and respect for each other, of life in an "abri," behind the lines, and on journeys from field dressing station to the front hospital "brilliantly white with a red cross fifty feet square surmounting" it, which in their methodical way the Huns "bombed and shelled regularly." The effect of the war on men, the difference between those who have and those who have not been at the front, is lightly but vividly sketched, and an interesting account given of the organization of the American Ambulance Field Service. The author saw something of the great August push at Verdun, when the men of his section worked continuously for seven days and nights. A well-expressed and fervent tribute to the "brancardiers", or stretcher-bearers, has an important place in the book.



All old Field Service men will be glad to learn of the facilities offered by the Overseas War Service of the American Library Association. This organisation under the direction of Burton E. Stevenson has already arranged to supply eight small libraries to the groups of the Mallet Reserve and also a library to each of the eighty ambulance sections serving with the French army as well as to the nine repair echelons of the Ambulance Service. Up to August 1st over 400.000 books have been shipped from America for the use of the expeditionary forces.

Permanent headquarters are being opened at 10 rue de l'Elysée where a central library will be maintained and all members of the Expeditionary Force passing through Paris will enjoy the same privileges which they would in any American public library. These new headquarters are now opened and visitors will find a well-equipped reading room, a reference room in charge of a trained librarian and the most complete collection of American books to be found anywhere in France.

The entire basement of the building will be used as a shipping department to supply promptly special books asked for by members of the A. E. F. If any readers of the "Bulletin" therefore want particular books, or books dealing with special subjects, they have only to write to Mr. Burton E. Stevenson, the European representative of the American Library Association at 10, rue de l'Elysée, Paris. We are sure from the many letters which have come to this office during recent weeks that this opportunity will be highly cherished and will meet a long-felt want. Our advice to "Bulletin" readers is to get in on the ground floor and send in their requests at once before the organisation is swamped with similar requests from other members of the ever increasing American army in France.



This war is all sinful and wrong, you say,
     No matter the aim or the cause
Or whatever condition, because to slay
     Defies all humanity’s laws.
No matter the freedom that men have made
     In the faith of a race in God,
Each thought in our lives should now be swayed
     To the will of oppression's rod.
(Since thus, you repeat with a tiresome breath,
Could be saved our youth from the kiss of death).

Well, putting these questions aside, can you
     In your smallest of hearts dispute
That the war gave birth to an age that is new
     And enjoys a better repute?
The selfishness rampant the past few years
     And our egotistical greed,
Have been washed away in our proud, proud tears
     As we sprang to America's need.
(And we battle here with a spirit brave
In the faith of all that we seek to save).

And France --- can you picture her yesterday
     Adorned in her carnival clothes,
With her cheek brightly rouged and her manner gay
     And as free as the wind that blows?
(And hardly more stable). Well, here is France
     She has changed since the careless days
When she worshipped Today and left to chance
     Tomorrow's uncertain displays.
(Once a mad wanton, today a proud maid
Who works with the zest with which she once played).

And England --- so snugly content to be,
     In those days before the war,
For England alone, and all blind to see
     The friends that were outside her door
Proud England was never as proud as now,
Or with greater a cause for pride,
With the light of sacrifice on her brow
     And such comrades staunch by her side.
(England, the mother of many a race,
Sorrow has softened the lines of her face).

Of Belgium and Serbia and Italy,
     And of each of the allies true, -.
They are greater far than they used to be
     In the birth of a wonder new,
A people awake to the virtue of
     The teachings of long, long ago,
And that which is meant by brotherly love,
     And the other truths that we know.
(They are shoulder to shoulder in this fight
With eyes that are turned toward the light)

And so, Pacifist --- what a worm you seem! -
     There is good that comes from the war,
But you, who are blind to the Greater Scheme,
     Are as blind to this as before.
Ah well, go and drag your skirts in the mud
     And rejoice for your lack of a spine
Your veins run cold with water --- not blood -
     But this is no worry of mine.
(I am a part of the greatest crusade
The forces of Christiandom ever have made).

J. B. C., 17/635.





1st Lieut. Basil K. Neftel is enjoying the second permission he has been able to take since he first went into the field with Old Seventeen, now nearly a year and a half ago. Several times that he has planned to take his permission, troublesome times loomed on the horizon and he was forced to forego the pleasure. This was particularly true in the Aisne, where he was packed and ready to depart when the Hun hordes broke over the Chemin de Dame. Now that the section is enjoying a comparative rest on a quiet front, Lieut. Neftel was at last able to depart.

Introducing Mais Non.

Mais Non acquired his, or more properly her name a few days after joining the section as mascot of one Infantry Coolidge, conducteur extraordinary for an Ambulance and missionary plenipoteniary for the dough boys.

Mais Non is by way of being a fox, a frisky, red little rascal looked upon rather dubiously as a pet by all in the section except Coolidge and Shorty Hannah.

Whenever Coolidge, with the blind faith of devotion, calls hopefully

"Come here!"

The answer is inaudible and unspoken but unmistakably emphatically:

"Mais Non!"

It is a touching scene of an evening when lanky Infantry goes down the street with his rapid, long strides, grasping tight hold of a chain, at the other end of which sits Mais Non, forelegs stubbornly held stiff in front of her, full weight against the chain, head pulled irresistibly forward, thus bringing the body ingloriously along in the rear.

The menagerie grows.

On the same day that Coolidge acquired his menagerie, John De Witt Toll, Jr., of New-York, Philadelphia and Hot Springs, became the guardian of the baby owl, the gift of a Frenchman who seemed suspiciously glad to get rid of him. The owl was a fluffy mass of white feathers, apparently without any pep. That night, however, he responded to his nocturnal proclivities and crooned unappreciated lullabys to John all night.

The next night John filled a lamp and left it burning as brightly as day in front of the owl all night, but the owl was as wise as tradition and was not to be fooled. John has several schemes for changing the owl's inclinations and habits, but he is open to suggestions.

In addition Eddie Gheer claims a pet rat who nips him playfully on the ear every night.

Did you ever try writing section notes with the Corona perched on the edge of your bed and you, perforce, with but one side upon which you could lie in but one position? C'est peu agréable.

But one learns ready optimism from Al Gaudy.

Al Says:

"Why worry? we could have some ham and eggs, if we had some bacon."


There is lots of "comfirt" in comfirture.




William T. Eoff, formerly of Section 18, is now a cadet of the R. A. F., England. In a recent letter, he says : For six weeks I expect to be terribly busy at Hastings doing infantry drill, then I will go into flying training, pilots' course in wireless map-reading, signalling, etc.

Charles H. Griesa, who served in Section 2 from September 1916 to April 1917, is now a first lieutenant in infantry with an American division at the front. He writes us he would like to have news of his old Section. Lieutenant Griesa's address is the 356th Infantry, A.P.O. 761, A. E. F.

Aspirant Joseph T. Walker, Jr. (of old T.M. 133) writes from the French front where he is serving with the French 25th Artillery Regiment

"I am very contented out here and am getting along pretty well. At first as was quite natural and as I expected, I was pretty lonesome and discouraged, but now I have worked into the job, and am very happy. Every one treats me very kindly".

Private F. W. Hildebrand, formerly of Section 14, now of S.S.U. 632, writes from the front, after a short sojourn in Paris:

"We had to take our cars out of the village because the Boches were shelling us and park them along the road under the trees. Well, while I was writing there and clothed with little more than a smile, 1 was again forced to make a hurried exit and rail through a patch of nettles, where, every once in a while, I had to drop down, the shells began coming so close. If ever you get into nettles in the state I was in, believe me, you will know it!"

John W. Ames, Jr., formerly of Section 14 and now a French Artillery Aspirant at the front, says in a recent letter:

"I got out to a battery after four days of travel on the worst kind of trains and under the worst conditions. I never spent such a four days in my life. The colonel was very agreeable and assigned me to a battery where there are three very fine lieutenants. 1 have had very little to do as yet but shall have more from now on as one of the lieutenants has left the battery. I have been a chef de section, that is in charge of two guns for the last three days or so. When I arrived at the battery, it was right next the Americans. We saw quite a lot of them and they were certainly wonderful troops. They certainly did great work in the advance from the Marne. I went through all the territory they won back.

"We are now so close to the Aisne that last night I had a swim in it --- the first swim I have had for over a year. Night before last when I arrived at this position, I had just got down out of a camion on which I had come, when a fairly big shell landed just two metres on the other side of it, wounding the driver and wrecking the car all to pieces. Fortunately it hit on the other side from me. As it was, two pieces of éclat went through my trousers near the knee cutting my leg a little --- nothing to speak of, not even a ‘regimental wound’ but on the whole I had a good deal of luck."

Aspirant Edwin L. Egger, formerly of S.S.U. and now with the French Artillery, says in a recent letter:

"I just got out to the front in time for the recent offensive and I wouldn't have missed it for a good deal. I like the life out here very much and certainly am treated finely. The first two weeks I was on the Major's staff but am now in a battery. This, I find, is even better, as it is more congenial. The tobacco sent out from "21" was a "life saver" to all during the offensive, as it was impossible to secure any otherwise.

Sidney O'Donoghue, formerly S.S.U. 650, now at the U. S. Army Candidate School, says in a recent letter:

"It is exactly ten days since I left the hospitable club at 21 rue Raynouard. I am perfectly satisfied here and only trust I am getting along in my military instruction one half as well as I think I am.

"We get up in the grey, cold dawn at the beastly hour of 5:30. From then on we go continuously through drills, instruction in the manual of arms, throwing grenades and sticking a bayonet through the gizzard of an imaginary Boche, all until 5, P. M. Supper comes next and then we have two hours liberty until seven.

"Seven to nine is riotously spent in study. Eight hours in the sun, when it's not raining, is gradually causing the Parisian pallor to disappear from my face."



Warren Crawford (S.S.U. 1) and Irving G. Moses (S.S.U. 1) both members of S.S.U. 625 are reported among the slightly wounded.


Lieut G. G. Haven, Jr. (S.S.U. 12) and Lieut. Lloyd M. Garner (S.S.U. 17) who at the expiration of their terms in the ambulance service enlisted in the U. S. Army and since March have been in the lines with the 2nd Division of the 17th F. A., have returned to America under Army Orders.


The following old A. F. S. men who have joined the American Red Cross have been commissioned to Palestine to work in connection with the British Army:

James C. Hobart, T.M.U. 537 ; Lineford E. Brown, T.M.U. 537 ; H. H. Howard, T.M.U. 133 and David Nicoll Paris Service.


The following members of the old Field Service have recently finished the course at the Officers' Training School at Meaux.

Norman Kann (S.S.U. 12). George L. Wilson (S.S.U. 13 and 69).
Albert Magnus (S.S.U. 20). Elmer Nashlund (S.S.U. 33).
Carl A. Randau (old 10). J. Platt (S.S.U. 16).
Roger A. Burnell (old 14). J. D. King (S.S.U. 71).
Thomas C. Bosworth (old 1). . E. McIntyre (S.S.U. 2).


It is unofficially reported that Joseph Mellen, who served as a volunteer in Section 3 in 1915 and 1916, and who subsequently joined the U. S. Air Service and has been flying for several months on the French front, has been taken prisoner.



Individual citations in the divisional orders of the French Army have been bestowed upon the following members of ambulance sections.

"Corporal James Shaw of S.S.U. 626 (formerly S.S.U. 2) has given proof of bravery, coolness and an absolute devotion to duty in the performance of his service. He was especially conspicuous both by day and night on the 18, 19, and 20 of July, when he did not spare himself in assuring the evacuation service in the violently bombarded zones."

"Private 1st Class John Reed of S.S.U. 626 (formerly S.S.U. 2): At the front as a volunteer for more than a year. As brave as devoted in the most perilous moments of evacuations. He was noticeable both by day and night on the 18, 19 and 20 of July, when he gave proof of great courage and a real contempt of danger."

"1st Class Paul A. Rie, of S.S.U. 637 (formerly S.S.U. 19): A non-commissioned officer of remarkable coolness and energy ; he assured the evacuation by ambulances during the day and night of June 9, under a violent bombardment, with contempt for danger and exceptional judgment. He withdrew his ambulance from the advanced posts only as forced to do so by the enemy's advance, thus assuring the evacuation of many wounded."



W. D. Swan, Jr. S.S.U. 10 Lieut. 151st Brigade F. A., A. E. F.
Belford Pickering Atkinson S.S.U. 16 Pvt. Signal Corps Camo, Alfred Vail, U.S.A.
Kenneth Livermore Bradbury T.M.U. 133 Pvt. Co. A, 304th Ammunition Train, 79th Div. A. E. F.
Theodore Berdell Brumback S.S.U. 66 American Red Cross, Ambulance Service in Italy.
Donald L. Campbell S.S.U. 69 2nd Lieut. Italian Army rating American Red Cross.
Oswald Chew S.S.U. 2 Commissioned Officer, Q. M. C. A. E. F.
Samuel Chew S.S.U. 2 American Red Cross Canteen, French Front.
Rodolphus P. Clark S.S.U. 3 1st Lieut., 1st Division. 1st Brigade, Co. A., M. G. B. A. E. F.
William Clark Cody T.M.U. 184 Sgt. Tank Service.
T. W. Culbertson S.S.U. 1 1st Lieut. 318th Infantry, 80th Division, A. E. F.
Lawrence B. Cummings S.S.U. 3 Capt. Aide de camp to Major General Hale, U.S.A.
Harold James Eckley S.S.U. 26 U. S. Shipping Board U.S.A.
Arthur Francis Farley T.M.U. 397 Field Artillery Student, Yale College, R. O. T. C.
Frederic M. Forbush S.S.U. 8 Seaman, U. S. Navy U. S. S. "de Kalb".
John Francis Frazer T.M.U. 184 Discharged from Ordnance on May 7, 1918 poor health.
Richard Eugene Fuller S.S.U. 64 2nd Lieut., C. A. R. C. Overseas Casual.
Charles Morton Greenhalge S.S.U. 4 2nd Lieut. U. S. Air Service A. E. F.
Charles Henry Griesa S.S.U. 2 1st Lieut. 356 Infantry, 89th Division, A. E. F.
John W. Clark S.S.U. 3 Aspirant 36e d'Artillerie, 9e Batterie, S. P. 100.
Austin Lockwood Adams S.S.U. 64 Sgt. 4th Regt. Artillery, Camp Jackson, S. C.
David Hugh Annan S.S.U. 65 Ensign's School, U. S. N. A. R. U. S. A.
John A. Barnett S.S.U. 4 Sgt. 1st cl. Air Service San Antonio, Texas.
Dwight Brinkerhoff Billings S.S.U. 68 Ensign, U. S. Naval Aviation U. S. A.
Arthur Nelson Brine S.S.U. 15 Pvt. Base Hospital No. 44 Homeopathic Unit.
Mahlon Cook Bundy S.S.U. 15 Cadet, Royal Air Corps Canada.
Chester Warner Carson S.S.U. 16 Cadet, Royal Air Force U. S. A.
John Smith Farlow S.S.U. 1 1st Lieut. A Battery 6th Field Artillery, American E. F.
Evans Ronald Foster T.M.U. 133 2nd Lieut. Engineering American E. F.
Alfred Bass Frenning S.S.U. 30 Pvt. Ambulance American Red Cross in Italy.
J. Letcher Harrison S.S.U. 9 1st Lieut. 64 Infantry Brigade U. S. R.


Aviation, Air Service, A. E. F. Edw. Mack Gildea (T. M. U. 133) élève aspirant 52e brigade, Fontainebleau ; R. R. Ball (S. S. U. 69) élève aspirant 52e brigade, Fontainebleau; H. W. Patterson (T. M. U. 133) 52° brigade, Fontainebleau; J. F. Howe (T. M. U. 133) aspirant 260e R A. C., 21e batterie, Sect. Postal 165 ; R. L. Smyth (T. M. U. 133), 261 R. A. C. ; Harry C. Roth (S. S. U. 14} 2nd. Lieut. F. A. R. C. 55 th Artillery, C. A. C. ; William B. Gilmore (S. S. U. 12) U. S. Naval Aviation; Henry B. Thompson Jr. (T. M. U. 133) 2nd. Lieut. U. S. Air Service, A. E. F. ; Neil H. Petree (S. S. U. 10) 2nd. Lieut. U. S. Air Service, A. E. F. ; E. G. Bangs (T. M. U. 159) Mallet Reserve, M. T. Divi. Carl A, Randau (S. S U. 10) U. S. A A. S.: James W. Harle (S. S. U. 2 & 10) Sgt. U. S. A A. S ; B. H. Tracy (S. S. U. 8 & 3) 2nd. Lieut. A. S. Sig. R. C.



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Children of Tomorrow, you shall know
Life and its meaning when the world is free,
Untroubled --- wheresoever you may go
Upon the glorious land or sunlit sea.
Your years shall not be clouded by the sadness
Of long unquiet days and nights of pain,
For you, life shall be happiness and gladness,
For you --- we march to war ; be this your gain

That you may find the world kindly and fair
By day and when the stars are bright above,
For all mankind and even earth and air
Shall be a part of God's eternal love.
No longer shall the hatred and the fire
Of fury and of madness rage afar,
Kindness and love shall be the world's desire
Strength in the right shall be its guiding star.

And so, throughout the anguish of these days
Often we turn our thoughts to those bright years
When you shall live, and all earth's happy ways -
Shall give you every blessing that endears.
It strengthens us to picture you and yours
In those immortal glorious future ages
When Right in its full strength and power endures
And war across the world no longer rages.

Children of Tomorrow, whom we love,
It is for you we march to war today,
For you white clouds and glorious skies above
Will gladden the bright paths along your way
And give you welcome where each prospect yields
Its gay enchantment to the passing hours
Sun-checkered groves and fragrant clover fields,
Orchards and byways fair with summer flowers.

And when the sunset light begins to fade,
And, faint and far, the stars commence to shine
We see you standing near some balustrade
Where vines and roses tenderly entwine.
We hear soft strains of music in the night
And from the terrace we can see them dancing,
The gliding figures, and the mellow light
Upon the scene of youth and beauty glancing.

And so in thought often we see you there
In those far distant days that we shall give
To you and yours, when freedom everywhere
Will grant to each and all the right to live.
No longer then will dreariness and night
Cloud the fair hours with their pain and sorrow,
Your joyous hearts will look up to the light,
And every dawn will be a glad tomorrow.

So we salute you --- spirits yet unborn
Upon this earth --- your love the guiding star
That leads us on through these dark days forlorn,
Our hope that beckons to us from afar.
We now take up our burden, day by day
As we have done through the long years before,
Resolved, that when in turn you tread earth's way
Immortal love shall guide you evermore.

France. August 18, 1918.

1st. Lieut. Inf. R. C. (Formerly S. S. U. 9).



This week, the American Library Association, through its efficient European Representative, Mr. Burton E. Stevenson, sent thirty-two lots of books to the U.S.A. A. S. ambulance sections at the front, «which is merely a start toward a library which I hope to supply to each of your sections », Mr Stevenson writes us; and he continues: «Please encourage your men to come around to the library whenever they are in Paris and look over our shelves.»

Last Thursday the' association quarters in Paris, --- 10, rue de l'Elysée, looking out on the gardens of the President's Palace, were publicly inaugurated, in the presence of a large number of Americans and foreigners interested in books and the diffusion of intellectual pabulum among our soldiers. The Association occupies the whole ground floor and the basement of the former hôtel of the Papal Nuncio to France before the separation of Church and State was brought about some fifteen years or more ago, and the rich and spacious rooms lend themselves excellently to library purposes. Already their walls are being lined with scores of book-shelves filled with brand new volumes on every imaginable topic, especially subjects allied to war and present day questions. A good number of dictionaries, atlases, encyclopedias, etc., are gradually being added to the collection, so that it will soon become a really valuable reference library. Mr Stevenson has had with experience in work of this kind and it is evident even at this early day that the Paris branch of the American Library Association is going to be another one of our war activities in Europe which every American can point to with pride.


          LORRAINE 1918.

A day in March, a summer's day
What March ? Yes, March, a day in March
High shines the sun, the cloudlets play
And man-birds sail in the sky's blue arch.

Is fragrant air.
The gentlest breeze
Bestirs brave flags from buildings flown.
A lazy smoke drifts off. from these
High chimnies which the war-gods own.

Birds sing. But why ? They should be sad;
Grim war is here and Death is, too.
Birds sing. And there a little lad
Plays dressed in suit of soldiers' blue !

O happy day With clouds and sun
And little, playing-boy in blue.
'Tis joy, all these --- the day is done.
And we? --- we have our work to do

E. M., S. S. U. 626 (old 2).



For their endurance, hardships, courage, and splendid spirit, the drivers of the Mallet Reserve have just received the felicitation of Commandant Mallet, commanding the Reserve, and of Capt. P. B. R. Potter, commanding the, American Mission, attached to the Reserve.

The General orders issued on the subject speak highly of the work of the men in their participation in all the five great offensives which have been launched since March 21.

The orders of felicitation follow:

Officers and men of the Reserve:

I am glad to tender you my thanks for the splendid spirit and endurance of which you have just given proof during the last convoys.

For more than a month the Groupes and Ateliers, have made an effort which has never been surpassed since the formation of the Reserve. You have accomplished unceasingly missions that were always hard and often dangerous. I pay a heartfelt tribute to our comrade Kuszmaul, Section T. M. 211, fallen on the field of honor on the 12th of August, who was called upon to give his life for his country.

You have the right to be proud of the results obtained for this period, which, hard as it is, is a period during which victory has come back to the flags of the allied nations..

You will forget past hardships and fatigues when you remember that you also have been helpers in this victory.

Millions of men will continue to disembark from America, and they will take their places in the onrush that will lead to the final defeat of our adversaries, but not one of these men will have as you have already had, the privilege of participating in the offensives which have dislodged the enemy and inflicted upon him a bloody defeat at the very moment when he believed he was going to annihilate our armies and take Paris.

American and French officers and men of the Reserve, I thank you.

Le Chef d'Escadron Commandant la Réserve


To the officers and men of the American Mission, M. T. D.:

During the past month you have been put to a severe test, a test which you have met in a manner worthy of soldiers of the American Army.

Regardless of lack of rest and sleep, and regardless of bombardments which unfortunately took their toll of killed and wounded, you have gone on with your duties and carried to a successful conclusion any task that has been assigned to you. Your work has been as valuable in bringing about the recent defeat of the enemy, as the work of the other branches of the service.

Major Mallet and all the French Officers speak of you in terms of the greatest praise.

I am proud to belong to such an organization and on behalf of the Motor Transport Corps, I thank you.

P. B. K. POTTER, Capt. QMRC, Commanding.


Once again the American Field Service has been enabled to prove its value to the American Army.

When the new American Motor Transport School was opened at Decize there was need of men to act as trainers and instructors. For this purpose drivers were selected from the Reserve Mallet, 20 of them from among the personnel of the old A. F. S. men.

These men are now at Decize where they are showing the new drivers who are just coming over from the states how to run in convoy over French roads, how to recognize French road signs, and how to manicure camions. Those who were sent are: Coleman D. Remington, Frederic G. Hartswick, William T. Tapley, Louis S. Stude, Paul Shields, Theodore P. Bourland, H. B. Ogden, Robert D. Clark, Rainey S. Taylor, Kenneth S. Pote, Archibald C. Robson, Thomas A. Dain, Paul C. Westfall, Walter B. Champlin, Lester G. Bruggemann, Albert V. Blessing, Lloyd E. Whiting, James H. Latham, Frederick M. Ganz, and Leroy Kent.



Mark V. Brennan and Thomas A. Ryan, former members of old section 1, now 625, were decorated with the Croix de Guerre, on August 14 th, receiving the following regimental citations:

Thomas A. Ryan engagé volontaire, à chaque fois qu'il a été chargé de l'évacuation des blessés du régiment fait preuve de grand zèle et d'un entier dévouement. A notamment fait preuve de sang-froid pendant la journée du 27 mai 1918 en s'arrêtant sous un tir de barrage, ramassant lui-même un blessé de régiment tombé devant sa voiture déjà chargée, et parcouru les deux kilomètres qui le séparaient du poste de secours, conduisant d'une main, soutenant un blessé de l'autre, par une route très violemment bombardée par des obus de gros calibre.

Mark V. Brennan engagé volontaire, à chaque fois qu'il a été chargé de l'évacuation des blessés du régiment fait preuve de grand zèle et d'un entier dévouement. S'est particulièrement distingué pendant la journée du 27 mai 1918 conduisant sa voiture sans prendre un instant de repos pendant 26 heures sur des routes très violemment bombardées par des obus de gros calibre.

Lieut. Stevenson of old section 1 now 625, also received the following letter on Aug 13th from the Médecin Major of the --- infantry quoting regimental orders of Aug 10th:

J'ai l'honneur et le plaisir de vous communiquer l’Extrait de la Décision du Régiment en date du 10 août et 11 "Felicitations "!

"Le Lt. Colonel adresse ses félicitations au 1e bataillon et en particulier à la 2e Cie pour l'élan et l'entrain avec lesquels a été enlevé hier 9 août le poste ennemi de la pompe hydraulique. Le Service de la Santé de la 1re ligne dirigé par les deux Aides-Major Perlis et Duhamel a parfaitement fonctionné ; l'enlèvement rapide des blessés, très bien organisé par le Médecin-Major A. Dalidet, chef du service, s'est effectué au mieux, grâce aussi à la bravoure et au dévouement des conducteurs d'autos sanitaires. Tous ont fait leur devoir et le régiment les en remercie."

Je me fais un vif plaisir d'ajouter mes propres félicitations à celles du Colonel du . . . . régiment. Ce plaisir est d'autant plus grand que j'ai eu moi-même l'occasion fréquente d'admirer le courage et le sang-froid des conducteurs de votre formation. Avec de tels hommes je suis toujours certain du bon fonctionnement des évacuations, et en particulier pour l'affaire du 9 août ils ont été au-dessus de tout éloge.

Signed : DALIDED, médecin-chef.



Now is the winter of discontent made glorious summer by the sun of Aix, for the slaving conducteurs of the Mallet Reserve who still claim the prerogative of permissions, as a heritage of field service days, even though they are in the army now.

Permissions are on at last! By a special arrangement, Commandant Mallet was able to secure for the men of the reserve French style permissions, though the glorious permissionnaires are compelled to sojourn at Aix-les-Bains, which according to the pioneers who have already gone and saw, is much better than no permissions at all.

Already they are coming back ready to start the grind again. "Beanie" Shepard, Jules Kuesch, Lee Wood, Horatio Locke, Frank Barton, and Paul Woodman, have nothing to look forward to now but the next permissions, having just come back, and at present, Alden Rogers, Kenneth C. Dowley, and Robert Bray, Warren Taylor and Thomas Paterson are now in Aix-les-Bains, that is, it is assumed they are there, provided they made all the changes of train schedule necessitated on the journey from the present location of the Reserve.

Two permissionaires will continue to leave the Reserve each day.

David DARRAH, Mallet Reserve.


Edward D. Kneass was a recent visitor at No. 21, making inquiries about his old comrades of S. S. U. 10, and thought they would be interested to hear of the death of «Alpha», the only and original, second assistant water-boy of K.


H. V. Aupperle and H. W. Frantz of S. S. U. 10, are both in the A. R. C. administrative work in Salonica. Aupperle in charge of Transportation and Frantz is secretary to the Serbian Commission


Lieut. Lovering Hill (S. S. U. 3) called at 21 on his way to rejoin his regiment after some weeks in Base hospital, due to having been gassed.


To those who think we speak too harshly at times we commend perusal of the following words addressed to Mr. Murray by the gentle poet Byron in 1821.

"Of the state of things here it would he difficult and not very, very prudent to speak at large, the Huns opening all letters. I wonder if they can read them when they have opened them. If so, they may see in my most legible hand that I think them damned scoundrels and barbarians and their emperor a fool, and themselves more fools than he ; all of which they may send to Vienna for anything I care."



First Lieutenant Samuel S. Seward writes as follows from the front to Mr. Burton E. Stevenson, European Representative of the American Library Association:

The note in the last number of the Field Service Bulletin about your helpful activities encourages me to say that our Section, 643, old 31, is sadly "shy" on good reading matter. We had accumulated a nice little library, well thumbed, when it had to be sacrificed in a historic retreat, and now the Boches can read in their leisure moments, if they have any, all about Democracy and other edifying subjects. A not too large selection of books, say about twenty-five, would be very welcome. Our Section is for the most part one of picked men, with college graduates of parts among them, and intellectual pabulum as well as lighter entertainment would be grateful. The idea of the special request slips seems an admirable one.


Homer W. Dixon, S. S. U. 62, writes from the front «My trip back from my recent little furlough in Paris was uninteresting with numerous transfers from train to camion and from camion to ambulance, with the last five miles done à pied. Needless to say that the wonderful rest I had at No. 21 was the only reason I made it in such good form. »


Aspirant Arthur Partridge formerly of T. M. U. 526, writes us from the front : « I have just received the package of "smokes" sent from Raynouard headquarters to the poilus of this battery. The men were overjoyed with the gift and they wish me to thank you very much for your kindness. The regiment has just been cited à l'ordre de l'armée for its fine work in the counter-offensive between Somme and Reims, and I assure you the men are-deserving of the "smokes", and will appreciate any you can send from time to time.»


Pvt. Louis G. Mudge, formerly of T. M. U. 526, who has been studying at the Tank School. writes us "I have just about finished my training here and the outfit is waiting to move. We hear of all kinds of rumors as to where we are to go but know nothing for sure. We have tank driving every week and target practice. I am glad I am in this arm of the service. " -


J. B. Calvo of S. S. U. 635 (old 17) writes as follows from a French Hospital : «That heading sounds a little more romantic than it is, because mine is not the glory of a wound, only the irritation and boredom of a malade. » In any case we wish to «J. B. C. » une bonne santé and speedy return to his section.



Early B. Christian S.S.U. 26 2nd. Lieut. A. S. Sig. R. C.
Charles Burton Ames S.S.U. 8 Ensign, Instructor In Flying U. S. Naval Aviation, San Diego, Cal.
Alden S. Foss T.M.U. 537 2nd. Lieut. Military Aviation (Flying), U. S. A.
Donald C. Armour S.S.U. 8 & 3 2nd. Lieut. 120 Artillery American E. F.
Harold Bullard Barton S.S.U. 15 Sgt Major Artillery, Candidates Det. Saumur Artillery School.
H. V. Aupperle S.S.U. 10 Serbian Commission, American Red Cross.
H. W. Frantz S.S.U. 10 Serbian: Commission, American Red Cross.
Alfred P. Crease S.S.U. 72 Sgt. B Co. 327 Bn. 311th Tank Center P. O. 714, A. E. F.
Jerome J. H. Downes S.S.U. 1 1st. Lieut. Infantry, Camp Gordon, Georgia.
H. Temple Howard T.M.U. 133 2nd. Lieut. F. A. A. P. O. 703.
Harry C. Roth S.S.U. 14 2nd. Lieut. F. A. R. C. Battery C, 2nd. Bt'n 55th Artillery C. A. C. A. E. F.
Arthur Partridge T.M.U. 526 Aspirant, 41e Regt. d'Artillerie 5° Batterie, S. Postal 236.
Iver J. Axelson S.S.U. 64 Seaman 2nd. cl. U. S. Naval Reserve Force, U. S. A.
Edward Holbrook Bradley T.M.U. 133 Flying Cadet, Aviation Section, S. E. R. C. U. S. A.
Victor B. Caldwell S.S.U. 3 2nd. Lieut. Air Service, Signal Reserve Corps, U.S.A.
Charles Edwin Carey T.M.U. 65 Cpl. Tank Corps, Camp Colt, Gettysburg Pa.
Hugh B. Eastburn S.S.U. 9 Candidate Field Artillery, C. O.T.S. U.S.A.
Clinton B. Evans Jr. T.M.U. 242 Sgt. U. S. Regulars, Q. M. Corps Nantes, Loire-Inférieure, France.
Thomas T. Gentles T.M.U. 133 Pvt. Field Artillery, Camp Taylor Louisville, Ky.
John Ralston Graham S.S.U. 1 1st. Lieut. 18th U. S. Infantry American E. F.
Roger Davis Halliwell S.S.U. 9 Ensign U. S. Naval Aviation U.S.A.
Henry S. Harrison S.S.U. 1 Lieut. U. S. Naval Reserve Force U. S. A.
Cedric Laurence Haskell T.M.U. 526 Pvt. Coast Artillery Corps 71st. Regt. C. A. C. Hdqrs, Co. American E. F.
John R. Houghton S.S.U. 16 Air Service, American E. F.
Thomas Calvin Jones, Jr. T.M.U. 133 2nd. Lieut. U. S. Army Infantry American E. F.
Winthrop Warren Case T.M.U. 133 Pvt. U. S. Ambulance Dept. France.
Walter Harmon Hellier S.S.U. 2 2nd Lieut. British Royal Air Forces.
Chester A. Hull T.M.U. 184 Not in service yet U. S. A.
Robert C. Fraser S.S.U. 13 Ensign Training School, U. S. Navy U. S. A.
H. H. Howard T.M.U. 133 American Red Cross, Palestine Commission. C/o American Consulate, Cairo.
James C. Hobart T.M.U. 537 American Red Cross, Palestine Commission, Cairo.
Lineford E. Brown T.M.U. 537 American Red Cross, c/o American Consulate, Cairo.




Lovering Hill (S. S. U. 3) 2nd. Lieut. F. A. ; G. R. Cogswell (S. S. U 9) 1st. Lieut. U. S. A. A. S. ; Wm. C. Sanger (S. S. U. 9) 1st. Lieut. Infantry ; R. T. Scully (T. M. U. 133) Aviation ; Kenneth A. Harvey (S. S. U. 18) U. S. A. A. S.; Robert A. Donaldson (S S. U. 18) U. S. A. A. S. ; Walter J. Gores (S. S. U. 18) Sgt 1st cl. U. S. A. A. S. ; Fred C. Frick (S. S. U. 18) U. S. A. A. S.; E. G. Phelps (S. S. U. 18) U. S. A. A. S. ; Roland C. Davies (T. M. U. 184) 2nd. Lieut. Air Service A. E. F. ; Eugene L. Sullivan (S. S. U. 8) 1st. Lieut. Air Service, Trans. Div. ; R. M. Jopling (S. S. U. 66) U. S. A. A. S.; Edward D. Kneass (S. S. U. 10) ; Frank W. Holmes (T. M. U. 526) Mallet Reserve, Motor Transport Div. ; Leon H. Buckler (S.S.U. 4) Sgt U. S. A. A. S. ; Thomas Turnbull (S.S.U. 4) U. S. A. A. S. ; Percy T. Peterson (T. M. U. 133) 2nd. Lieut.

Raymond A. Higgins T.M.U. 397 Cpl. Co. A 330 Bn Tank Corps, U.S.A.
Stephen Theodore Hodgman, Jr. S.S.U. 67 Pvt. Sanitary Corps N.A. U.S.A.
Buel Eldredge Hutchinson T.M.U. 184 Students' Army Training Camp, Fort Sheridan, Illinois.
Edward S. Ingham T.M.U. 537 Aspirant, French Artillery.
Charles Winchell Isbell S.S.U. 28 Pvt. Dept. Military Aeronautics, U.S.A.
Creighton H. Joneson T.M.U. 537 Special and Limited Automobile Mechanic, U.S.A.
George Edward Roberts Lawrence T.M.U. 526 Cadet, Royal Air Force, (No. 171308) Canada.
Victor F. Jouvenat S.S.U. 27 Flying Cadet, Aviation U.S.A.
Charles Grant Littlefield.   Cadet Royal Air Force, (No. 171321) Canada.
William P. Hunt S.S.U. 13 Saumur Artillery School, A.P.O. 718, A.E.F.



Alexander Acheson (T.M.U. 184) 1st Lieut. U. 5 Air Service B. P. Flickinger (T.M.U. 184) Reception Park A. A. P. O. 701; H. S. Tusler (T.M.U. 397) Reception Park A. A. P. O. 701 ; John H. Hynes (S.S.U. 68) 2nd Lieut. Inf. U.S.A. ; R. S. Simons (S.S.U. 66) U. S. A. A. S. ; William P. Hunt (S.S.U. 13) Saumur Artillery School ; Cyril B. Smith (S.S.U. 15) U. S. A. A. S.; Russell Davey Greene (S.S.U. 68) Sgt. Air Service, A. E. F. J. Albert Clark (S.S.U. U 15) U. S. A. A. S. ; Herbert E. Bigelow (S.S.U. 19) U. S. A. A. S. ; Edward B. Jenney (S.S.U. 19) U. S. A. A. S. ; Harry J. Williams (S.S.U. 19) U. S. A. A. S.; Herbert S. Harvey (S.S.U. 17) U. S. A. A. S. ; Martin M. Muldoon (S.S.U. 635) U. S. A. A. S. Bernard A. Bridget (S.S.U. 635) U.S.A.A.S.; J. G. Crafts (T.M.U. 133) U. S. Air Service ; Robert Stanley Thomson (S.S.U. 512) U. S. A. A. S. ; G. R. Harding (S.S.U. 4) 2nd Lieut. A. S., U.S.A. ; John Craig, Jr. (S.S.U. 2) 21e Brigade, Fontainebleau ; Robert L. Buell (S.S.U. 15) Aspirant 222e Regt. ; Henry W. Patterson (T.M.U. 133) 52e Brigade, Fontainebleau J. H. Chipman (T.M.U. 184) A. R. C. No. 2, 52e Brigade, Fontainebleau ; Thomas Dougherty (S.S.U. 13) 2nd Lieut. M. T. S. ; Julian Allen (S.S.U. 4) Lieut. Coldstream Guards ; Clitus Jones (S.S.U. 15) U. S. A. A. S. ; D. W. Stewart (T.M.U. 133) American Mission, M. T. D., Mallet Reserve; A. Dudgeon (S.S.U. 14) 1st Lieut. U. S. A. A. S. ; Edward H. Pattison (T.M.U. 526) 2nd Lieut. C. A. C. 63rd Artillery ; W. W. Kellett (T.M.U. 133) Aspirant French Artillery ; B. P. Eldred, Jr. (S.S.U. 66) 115e Brigade, Fontainebleau.

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I was in a poste de secours and I had drunk rather too copiously of pinard. I had been reading a batch of American newspapers and periodicals of the month previous, and the Brancardier, observing my boredom, approached mysteriously.

"La gniole? " he queried, at the same time uncorking the wicked bottle with a flourish. I knew it was no use refusing, and allowed him to pour me out a quantity equal in generosity to his own. When we had drunk our santé he set himself to fanning out the fresh air about the entrance of the abri, and presently shut the door and started stuffing up the chinks. He had now completed his round of duties and I knew it was the signal to retire. Stretching myself on a crippled brancard, with neck reposing on the iron cross-bar, I listened confusedly to the rhythmic snores of the recumbent poilus round me.

When I awoke, amid the noise of traffic and the elevated trains, it took me some time to realize that I was actually in New-York. Everything was the same, to be sure, ---draped with flags and bunting--- and yet there was a good deal that was strangely unfamiliar --- even the flags themselves, for out in front of every store hung great red bordered sheets filled up with azure stars. About one of these flags was grouped a crowd of people, and I stopped to look at it.

"What's the idea of the constellation?" I inquired.

"Service flag, of course," said an on-looker. "Say, where you been?"

"Yes, I know," I lied, "but all the stores have them. What's the matter with this one?"

"Gold star," said he, pointing it out. "Means someone's been killed in the war."

"That's nothing," put in a bystander. "There's a flag with two up on Broadway."

"Whereabouts on Broadway?" doubted the first, and they began a discussion that I didn't wait to hear.

I began to look sharply about me --- for a bar, but they all appeared to be closed or deserted. The Knickerbocker bar had a sign "Out of Beer and Light Wine". I noticed that nearly everyone was in uniform. There were beautiful ladies walking with British officers, with Italian officers, and with Australians, and with Canadian officers and French chasseurs. There were one or two American soldiers walking alone, and hardly a civilian to be seen.

I stopped one of the Americans.

"Pardon me, friend," I said, "but where are all the civilians?"

"Gone to France," he said, "or else in training camps, you dub. I was to have gone ‘over there' last month, and I'd be going ‘over the top' right now after the Kaiser if... " and he launched off on a hard luck story about how he couldn't get his head blown off for at least six weeks, because he had been turned down in the first draft.

"But these military?" I said, referring to our Allies. I thought they had a war on over there, too. Or is this a war council or something?

"They're teachers," he explained. "Training our men how to live in trenches and to put on gas masks at a given signal."

"Thanks," I said. "Now do you mind telling why the bars are closed, and where I can get a drink?"

"They aren't closed yet," he said, "but they can't sell anything but beers and light wines; and the manufacturers have got scared and are making non-alcoholics. Besides, you can't get even beer, if you're in uniform ; but you can get some diluted grapejuice over there at the corner."

"Much obliged," I murmured, and left him.

At the corner directing the traffic stood a husky lady cop.

"Lord, " I thought, " Am I cross-eyed? "

But I suddenly perceived that there were women all about me engaged in the most extraordinary occupations. Women in white duck were sweeping the streets, uniformed damsels manned the street cars, and up the side streets I caught glimpses of female figures unloading trucks and heaving trunks and boxes. Scores of pretty girls in overalls, carrying picks and hods and other implements, passed by while reporters, (reporters everywhere) hung about to snap their pictures. These were the munition workers, the ship builders and the lady riveters, I learned. Some, neatly dressed in jumpers and bearing oil cans were railroad employees... engineeresses and firewomen.

Presently my attention was arrested by a mighty gathering of people who lined the streets, while the windows were black with spectators.

I accosted an elderly man on the edge of the crowd.

"What's doing?" I asked, "A parade?"

"What, you don't know?" he returned. "This is Democracy Day."

"Well, well," I said. "I hadn't heard about it? What does it do?"

"I'm not sure," he said. "But I suppose it'll be about the same as Liberty Day or the Festival of Freedom or Win-the-War Week ; but they always have something new. I believe Charlie Chaplin and Annette Kellerman in straight-jackets are going to roll liberty peanuts up Fifth Avenue, and..."

"Liberty what?"

"Liberty peanuts. Then there'll be a collection taken up for the National Decoration Fund to buy service flags for orphan asylums and old people's homes. Or maybe to send bottled Bevo to our boys in the trenches like they did at the Woman's Home Gardening Union parade. I forget the benefit, but anyway you can get Liberty Bonds," he added, a greedy gleam in his eye.

I left this man to his devices.

Further on I found an interested multitude struggling in front of Tiffany's window.

"Some rare piece of the silversmith's art, " I thought, but on edging myself into view I saw in the central position of display an ordinary piece of éclat labelled, "Shell Fragment from the Western Front."

I passed on, and made straight for the first Child's Restaurant. To my surprise it was almost deserted, excepting for two or three humiliated customers sadly sipping buttermilk with soda crackers --- no tumult of rattling crockery and silverware, and I noticed that part of the place had been turned into a sewing circle with a placard "Deposit Bandages Here."

Finally an antagonistic waitress came forward.

"Give me a stack of wheats," I cried, "with maple syrup; give me a grape-fruit and some ham and eggs ; I'll take a steak and onions, some asparagus in butter, and some apple pie and a strawberry short-cake, and a cup of..."

"Wait," said the waitress menacingly. "We'll discuss that later. First, are you prepared to take oath that you are in positive need of sustenance? Are you fully aware that every morsel you eat is a drain on the national food supply ; that by so doing you are, as it were, bringing aid and comfort to our enemies ; and that every cargram of nutrition that you consume will prolong the war in due proportion? Food " she finished automatically, "will win the war... don't waste it!"

"Yes, I knew," I replied, assuming my most Parisian air, "but ça ne fait rien. If you will just bring me the cakes and the beefsteak and pie..."

"It is absolutely forbidden," she stated. If you will give me your food order from the chief of Police, and your certificate of patriotic goodstanding and citizenship, you will be entitled to your denatured butter-milk and Uneedas, but I would advise you to hold out a day or two."

At this I was so overcome that I did not at once see that one of the other customers had risen and was looking at me darkly. He was middle-aged, and wore a tri-color rosette as well as several other emblems whose significance was obviously patriotic, in his lapel.

"My young friend," he said severely, "it is my official as well as my patriotic duty to report you for the distinctly un American meal you have just ordered in my hearing. But you do not seem to know the enormity of your offence. Let me warn you that you are likely to be apprehended as a spy. Spies," he concluded mechanically, "are everywhere."

I saw I had to step easily.

"What is your official capacity?" I inquired politely.

"I am Chairman of the Champagne Committee of Ship Launching," he said importantly, "and my office is to furnish champagne for the governors' daughters to smash on the prows of the concrete ships that don't sink when they are launched up side down. Congress has appropriated six billions..."

"Champagne? " I scented. "Well, since you're in on it, perhaps you could tip me off where I could get some. I have a little boat of my own, " I explained, that needs naming.

"Well, there isn't any champagne just yet --- er ---Congress hasn't exactly appropriated ; But listen, " he said, "America is waking up to this war. Already there are a greater number of service flags in New-York than in all of Europe. Congress has made big appropriations for the printing and distribution of patrotic songs ; And McAdoo has made great expenditures ; the president has burnt his hand on a tank ; and more food has been saved and spoiled in America than a year's consumption in the British Isles, and even the women..."

But at this moment a great hubub arose outside. Newsboys were shouting extras ; the factory whistles were blowing ; the bells were ringing ; and the people were pouring into the streets rejoicing. I ran out and bought a paper, and in six inch headlines read:


The Chairman waved the paper at me triumphantly.

"There!" he shouted. "America is waking up! America is wake.., is wake.., is wak... ing up! " It was the Brancardier who was shaking me by the shoulder.

"Une voiture," he said, "toute de suite. Une malade et deux -officiers... chercher de la bière."

And as I picked up my helmet and started out I stumbled over a pile of American periodicals, and knew it was only a dream.

L. W.



One by one the star-points fade;
Weirdly in the eastern sky
Comes the dawn, it's light and shade
Strangely tinge the clouds on high,
And the cheerless day reveals
A ruined town, a shattered wall,
Across the dreary fields ahead
A line of trenches which conceals
The cellars of a levelled hall.
The hostile trenches far extend
In "No Man's Land" a few cold dead
With the malignant landscape blend.
Now and again the sullen roar
Of the artillery wakes the air
And dies away and as before
The haunted stillness everywhere.

Wm. Cary SANGER, Jr.,
1st Lieut. Inf. R. C.
(Formerly member of S.S U. 9).

France, August 26th, 1918.




We learn with regret of the death of 2nd. Lieut. Greayer Clover, who was killed in an aeroplane accident at an aviation camp in France on August 31st. Clover joined the Field Service in May 1917 and was a member of the T. M. section 433 D from June until November of last year, when he was released. He subsequently entered the U. S. Air Service in which he became a second lieutenant. He was a student at Yale before joining the Field Service. He was twenty one years of age, and his home was in Richmond, Virginia. Clover wrote several articles upon the Transport branch of the Field Service, which appeared in American papers at the time, and some of which will be included in the Field Service History.



"At the Front in a Flivver", by William Yorke Stevenson, the Diary of an old member of Section I, was one of the Messrs. Houghton Mifflin Company's best War Books for 1917. The same firm now announces for publication this autumn "From Poilu to Sammee", by the same author. A propos of the last word in this title, our Field Service historiographer writes us:

"Is this absurd word 'Sammee ' of a piece with 'Paree', representing the way in which the French pronounce 'Sammie'? Or is it one of the products of 'the bright young man' we hear so much about in transatlantic journalism 'who is proverbially ignorant of European ways and European languages and several of whom are now American correspondents on the Western front? Did they imagine that 'Sammee’ was the French spelling as well as the French pronunciation of the word? There is some ground for holding the second explanation.

"The origin of this ‘Sammee' is, I think, as follows. On July 5th of last year, some of the New-York papers and perhaps other American journals --- I recall especially the New-York Times--- giving a cabled account of the Fourth of July parade in Paris when American troops appeared publicly in France for the first time, printed also for the first time, I believe, this ridiculous word 'Sammee'. The Times spelled the word in this way only during two issues, when some body probably pointed out the error or the frivolousness of it, for there-after when this sobriquet was employed, it was spelled. correctly, 'Sammie'.

"By the way, I noticed that, from the very start, objection was taken in certain American quarters to the use of this term and only a few days ago we learned by cable that one of the highest military authorities in Washington, pronounced against it and offered in its stead that common-place and vulgar expression 'Yanks'.

"Nobody seems to have pointed out that 'Sammie’ is a witty French invention derived by association from 'Tommie', the popular name for British soldiers Furthermore, the word came into the Parisian brain very naturally. 'Uncle Sam', which becomes "Oncle Sam' in French, has long been known and used in France, Sardou's play of that name, which had much success in the eighties or perhaps earlier, having given the term great vogue in Paris.

"Again, let me call your attention to the fact that 'Sammie' is never used in the French newspapers except in a familiar or humoristic spirit. On all formal occasions and in serious articles, ‘les Américains' is the term employed, just as when the British soldiers are referred to as 'les Anglais' or ‘les Britanniques', ‘Tommies' being used only in the same way as 'Sammies', that is, playfully.

"It has always seemed to me that 'Sammie' is a most happy word, a real trouvaille, and I cannot understand that, while we Americans do not object to Uncle Sam and are the first to employ the term, some of us, and not the least of us, oddly enough balk at ‘Sammie'. In fact, our action just borders on being ridiculous, it strikes me. So let the French go on pleasantly praising our worthy 'Sammies' and let us not give the lie to our old reputation for appreciating humor."

An ex-member of the old American Ambulance.



On September 2nd we learned that a post card dated August 8th had been received from Frederick G. Lockwood, S. S. U. 621, formerly of Section 68 now a prisoner in Germany. "I am well", he writes, "and six other ambulance drivers are in this same camp. We would be glad to have soap, canned goods. tobacco and chocolate." Mr. Lockwood's address is Compagnie 3 P. Nr. 3264, Gefangenen Lager, Langensalza.

In the class of 80 candidates just graduated from the U. S. artillery candidates school in France, the two highest marks were received by old Field Service men, --- Milton G. Silver, of S. S. U. 65 and Edward H. Page, of old Section 2. Both of these men have received commissions as second lieutenants in the U. S. Artillery.

About twenty of the old Field Service men, now students at the French Artillery School at Fontainebleau, responded recently to an invitation of Miss Anna E. Klumpke, formerly of San Francisco, to partake of a sweet-corn feast at the "Château de Rosa Bonheur", situated just at the edge of the famous forest. Miss Klumpke, herself an artist, was the old friend and confidante of Rosa Bonheur, and inherited the château from the celebrated, animal painter. -



The September number of the "Red Cross-Magazine" contains a long notice of "The White Road of Mystery", the new book by Philip D. Orcutt, formerly of Section 31, giving a portrait of the author and saying this of him: "The son of a Boston author and publisher, he is under the military and draft age, having just turned 17, and despite all efforts, because of his youth is unable to enter the American Army, although he has already been under shellfire for four months at Verdun as a member of the American Field Service corps. His impressions as given in this volume are not only vivid and well told, but have a singular spirit of maturity."

"Facts About France" (Paris : Hachette), by Professor Saillens, Interpreter in the British. army, is an admirable little volume costing 3 fr. 50, which should be the vade mecum of every officer and soldier of the A. E. F. It is packed full of information of every kind about France and the war, arranged alphabetically, and contains many good maps, illustrations and an index.

The American Red Cross has presented the Field Service Library at 21, rue Raynouard, two hundred and fifty volumes.

'The American Library Association, which, as was announced last week, has sent to each of the American sanitary sections at the front a package of books, will soon supplement this gift with a further supply of books and a box-bookcase in which to keep them and which will be found very convenient when a section moves to another part of the line.

Mr. Burton Stevenson, the European representative of the American Library Association, informs us that soldiers and sailors, both officers and men, of all nationalities will find a warm welcome at the library and reading-room, 10, rue de l'Elysée, from 9 A. M. to 10 P. M. every week day and from 2 P. M. to 10 P. M. on Sunday. Several thousand volumes, on all topics, and especially on those related to the war, are so arranged that they can be taken from the shelves and examined on the spot. Furthermore, soldiers and officers at the front can obtain, without cost, any volumes in the library and, after a short delay, any volume in the market, by communicating their wish to Mr. Stevenson.

Mrs. Sara Morris Greene, of New-York, the mother of Jack Morris Wright, formerly of the camion service (526 B), is publishing in "Harper's Magazine" his home letters. Two instalments of this curious and interesting collection will be found in the August and September numbers of that periodical. It will be remembered that Mr. Wright, who joined the aviation arm of the American forces, was killed in a flying accident last winter, at the early age of nineteen.

T. S.



        To the Editor of the Bulletin

As a former member of the American Ambulance, I may claim the right to protest against Issue No 58 of the Bulletin. In the very early days, Franco-American, though novel, fresh and unhampered by tradition, was horrible enough, but even the innumerable epics of Section 3 never attained the present distortion of the French language. I should have thought that after permitting Mr. R. A. D., in Issue No 51 to rhyme "Amiens" with "men" (I can't do it in any language) you might have let it go at that, but you had to go and drive it home by repeating it in No 58 because of a misprint. However, the evil is done and unless the plural of "man" is changed to "mens", which would not hurt the poem much, even Franco-American can't undo it. I must also object to the harsh criticism of the shutters of Amiens. They are declared insensate merely because though blind they, stare without hearing (he honestly says that) the sentry's tread. As he states immediately afterwards "Gone all the sounds save where the cannon beats," he should hardly expect blind shutters to hear a sentry, if he, in full possession of his senses, is unable to do so.

But what is more important, let me hastily assure you that there is no reason for ever republishing "War" of the same issue just because in a misprint you made Marcel Lafitte hurry through a "crowed" gare instead of a crowded one. I also understood that you meant to leave off the last word in the lines:

"A fearful thought which much as he fought came surging back for belief,
Till he sought a neighbor to know the worst or the best either would be a relief. "

With "relief" attached, the verse defies even the metre used so far by Mr. Darrah. Of course if it's left out, "would be" does not rhyme with "belief ". But then Lafitte "does not rhyme with "kit", "clothes" does not rhyme with "knows", "Montmartre" does not rhyme with "depart", I don't think that "war" rhymes with "door" though I would not swear to it, but "all" certainly does not rhyme with "Duval ", nor, beyond a shadow of a doubt, does "tears" with "souvenir." However, if Mr. Darrah thinks they do and is willing to sacrifice his rhythm, I wish he had sacrificed it in his last line, and sung "And there half dressed on the floor of the room a woman and a man lay dead." It would be a little better English. Also, from the point of view of English, "furnished lodgings" is the phrase slightly more usual than "garnished surroundings". As for the French I won't go into that strange word "perme" which rhymes at will with "worms" and "return" but I merely ask what is this new song dear to the French soldier, know as the "Madelone."?

Really there are limits. This is the first number of the Bulletin that I have seen, but the American Field Service is too well-known an institution to permit, even in an isolated case, such in indecent and inexcusable example.

Yours very sincerely,

J. W. C., 36e Artillerie,
(Formerly S.S.U. 3).

(Editor's Note The Editor of the Bulletin welcomes all suggestions and friendly criticisms, and especially welcomes contributions and subscriptions. It is the editor's hope that J. W. C. will favor the Bulletin readers not only with further reviews, but with some of his own efforts built upon classic lines.)



Percy Blair S.S.U. 4 1st Lieut., Signal Corps U.S.A. 3rd Aviation Inst. Center, A.E.F.
Paul Howard Crane T.M.U. 537 2nd Lieut. Army Aviation U.S. Air Service, A.E.F.
Colgate Whitehead Darden, Jr.   2nd Lieut. U.S. Marine Corps Marine Aviation, France.
Harry E. Cox, Jr. T.M.U. 525 Cadet, Royal Flying Corps Ontario, Canada.
Lyman T. Burgess S.S.U. 2 Lieut. Aviation Section, A.E.F.
C. E. Frazer Clark S.S.U. 15 2nd Lieut. Co. M, 146th Infantry Nat. Guard, A.P. 0. 763.
Charles H. Cogswell, Jr. S.S.U. 4 Major Medical Reserve Corps, Camp Dick, Dallas, Texas
George Harper Condell S.S.U. 66 Directeur Américain, Les Foyers du Soldat, Haut-Rhin, Paris.
Harry W. Craig S.S.U. 12 1st Lieut. American Aviation Det. G. L. E. Aviation Française.
Harold Hatch Gile S.S.U.1 1st Lieutenant Aviation. Prisoner at Rastatt, Baden, Germany.
George Webster Griffith S.S.U. 66 2nd Lieut. F.A. U.S. Army P.O. 718, A.E.F.
Thomas Lyon Hamilton S.S.U. 3 Lieut. 2nd Cavalry, A.S.C. British W. F. France.
George G. Haven S.S.U. 12 2nd Lieut. 17th Artillery A.E.F.
Andrew Russell Houghton S.S.U. 12 Landsman Quartermaster, Naval Aviation U. S. N. (Not yet called)
Vivian F. Crawford S.S.U. 1 Cadet, Aviation. School Aeronautics, U. S. A.
Edward Harrington Collins T.M.U. 537 Tank Corps, Co. A, 303rd Bu. American E. F.
Sidney Albert Cook S.S.U. 2 2nd Lieut. S. O. S. American E. F.
Thomas Gilbert Holt S.S.U. 2 1st Lieut. F. A. Battery D 101st F. A., 26th Div. A. E. F.
Herbert Hartley Hope T.M.U. 133 2nd Lieut. U. S. A. F. A. "A" Battery , 20th Regt. A. E. F.
Arthur Daniell Hough S.S.U. 9 1st Lieut. Headquarters American Red Cross, Paris.



William W. Dunnell (S.S.U. 68) U. S. A. A. S.; William J. Bingham (S.S.U. 30 and 2) Captain U. S. A. A. S.; Charles H. Fabens (T.M.U. 526) Elève Aspirant, 21e Brigade, Fontainebleau; Herbert E. Bigelow (S.S.U. 19) U. S. A. A. S. ; Edward B. Janney (S.S.U. 19) U. S. A. A. S.; Harry J. Williams (S.S.U. 19); Henry N. Brand (S.S.U. 69) U. S. A. A. S.; Richard Hooker (S.S.U. 69) U. S. A. A. S. ; W. G. Rice (S.S.U. 1 and 66) 1st Lieut. U. S. A. A. S. ; Ethelbert W. Love (S.S.U.69) U. S. A. A. S.; Robinson Verill (S.S.U. 13) U. S. A. A. S. ; A. A. Baker (T.M.U. 526) U. S. N. A. F. F. S.; J. F. Howe (T.M.U. 133) 261e R. A. C. 21 Batt. P. 165.; Leland S. Thompson (S S.U. 69) 1st Lieut. U. S. A. A. S.; Clitus Jones (S.S.U. 15) U. S. A. A. S.; John B. Watkins (S.S.U. 17) Int. Police ; Frank E. Hardie (S.S.U. 15) U. S. A. A. S. ; Robert R. Reaser (S.S.U. 33) Italian Ambulance A. R. C.; Samuel W. Aldredge (S.S.U. 16) U. S. A. A. S.; Charles M. Allen (S.S.U. 15) U. S. A. A. S.; Vincent P. Maher (S.S.U. 15) U. S. A. A. S. ; Bennett Wells (T.M.U. 526) 1st Lieut. U. S. Air Service ; Edward D. Kendall (S.S.U. 2) U. S. A. A. S.; Cyril B. Smith (S.S.U. 12) U. S. A. A. S.; John Craig, Jr. (S.S.U. 2) 21e Brigade, Fontainebleau ; Henry W. Patterson (T.M.U. 133) 52e Brigade, Fontainebleau ; Edw. Mack Gildea (T.M.U. 133) 52e Brigade, Fontainebleau ; R. R; Ball (S.S.U. 69) 52e Brigade, Fontainebleau ; James W. Harle (S.S..U. 2 and 10) Sgt. U. S. A. A. S. ; Wm. C. Sanger (S.S.U. 9) 1st Lieut. Infantry R. C. ; Edward D. Kneass (S.S.U. 10) ; Robert B. Hyman (T.M.U. 242) Elève de l'Ecole Polytechnique, Fontainebleau; C. N. Schaffet (T.M.U. 397) 2nd Lieut. American Mission, Mallet Reserve ; W. de F. Bigelow (S.S.U. 4) Capt. U. S. A. A. S.

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AFS Bulletin Number Sixty-Two