The Bayonet, 1 March 1918
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TEN THE BAYONET: CAMP LEE, VA., FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 1918 HOLIDAY BRINGS REST TO TOILING SELECTIVES Washington's Birthday Observed Here in Various Ways -- No Divisional Exercises Held K. of C. Hold Services One year ago last Friday, February 22 members of the Eightieth Division knew they would observe, a year later, the birthday of this republic's founder, but few supposed that they would do so as members of a military organization soon to go forth and, on the soil which gave America one of its most stanch supporters, Marquis Lafayette, fight for the undying principles of the great American born in 1732. Divisionally there was no celebration, but the day was observed as a day of rest. Celebration, however, held by separate organizations and units of the division, were part of the day's observance. The program of events began early in the morning and continued on through the day until late in the evening. In the morning at 10 o'clock a solemn high mass was celebrated in the main Knights of Columbus auditorium and was attended by 2,000 soldiers. Fixed Bayonets at Service. Adding a touch of the military to the mass was the consecration when a squad of sixteen soldiers, with fixed bayonets, headed by the color bearer, approached the sanctuary. As the colors were dipped during the impressive ceremony, the men stood at rigid attention. Chaplains Wallace and Churchill officiated, and the sermon was delivered by Bishop O'Connell, of Richmond, who spoke on "Washington". Music was furnished for the ceremony by the soldiers' choir, with Corporal Earl Mitchell, of Company G, Three Hundred and Twentieth Infantry, accompanying on the organ. The 7,000 negro troops of Camp Lee, member of the Depot Brigade and the Service Battalion, observed the day extensively. They listened to short talks by prominent representatives of both races, sang patriotic songs, participated in athletic events, heard Washington's farewell address, passed in review before their commanding officers and in the evening entertained their wives and lady friends at tea in the Y. M. C. A. Building, No. 83. A throng of negro soldiers attended the morning exercises and heard the war-aim talks and necessitated the speakers delivering their talks before two audiences. Dr. William H, Hudnut, president of the Youngstown College, Youngstown, Ohio, explained to the negroes "Why We Are at War". Rev. Robert Bryce Miller, of Pittsburgh, explained "The Objects Which Our Allies Must Obtain". What the Negro will Gain. President J. M. Gandy, of the Virginia Normal and Industrial Institute, of Petersburg, gave the members of his race wholesome advice when he explained "What the Negro Will Gain by the War". The discipline of the army is of inestimable value to the negro. It makes him more manly, and the rigid care that he must take of his health will not only make him a better man physically, but will show him what he can accomplish by the proper care of his body. He will, he said, have a higher respect for authority and law after he is dismissed from the army. Secretary Arthur Rabdall, of the Y. M. C. A., No. 83, a negro, presented a service flag to the 510th and 511th Engineer Service Battalions, who expect early oversea order. A negro band, drawn from the 8th, 9th and 10th Training Battalions, furnished music. In the afternoon the principal address of the day for the negroes was made by Dean William Pickens, of Morgan College, Baltimore, who spoke of "Washington". Dr. Pickens's speech was full of advice for the negroes. He is an excellent orator, having won the Ten Eyck medal when he was a student at Yale. Camp General Secretary E. M. Willis made a short talk. Captain Sommerville, of the 34th Company, 9th Training Battalion, read Washington's farewell speech. Athletic Events Staged. G. N. Lew, a negro, physical secretary of the Y. M. C. A., directed various athletic events. He is a graduate of Massachusetts Agricultural College. The exercises were concluded with a review of the negro troops. Lieutenant-Colonel Dewitt C. Jones, commandant of the Engineers' Training School, was the principal speaker at the Washington's birthday exercises held that night in the Y. M. C. A. auditorium by the students of the two schools. An excellent musical program had been arranged, which included several selections by Madame Malta Wittkowski, formerly principal prima donna of Covent Garden, London. Sergeant A. W. Browning, of the line officers' school, also sang. Corporal Earl Mitchell, of the 320th Infantry, presided at the piano as accompanist, and also played several piano solos. COOKS' AND BAKERS' PLAY Culinary Artists to Stage Show and Dance on March 6. The School for Bakers and Cooks has come to the conclusion that its members possess as much Thespian and histrionic talent as ability to preach and put into practical effect the gospel of food conservation, according to Apostle (Captain) William E. Hill. Conclusive evidence of this will be demonstrated free of charge on the evening of Wednesday, march 6, at the K. C. Hut, on Thirteenth Street. Among the special features will be Sergeant Kastner's unique rendition of the songs especially written for the occasion by Lieutenant Allan B. Shall, and First Sergeant Mundy's imitation of the athletic activities of "Ole Black Joe". Dancing will follow the program. Th entertainment is being managed by Supply Sergeant Macke, thus insuring its success in every particular. Curtain raises at 7:30. Every one welcome. [cartoon] KITCHEN POLICE FOR THE REST OF YOUR NATURAL LIFE!!! OH!!! HAVE A HEART SIR Russell H. Edwards 305th Field Signal Bn. Camp Lee Va. SENTENCED 318th'S CHORUS LEADS "SING" AT PETERSBURG Fifty Virginians, Headed by Captain, Take Part in Weekly Music Gathering. BAND AT NEXT MEETING Led by Camp Musical Director J. A. Driscoll and Captain S. J. Raymond's chorus of fifty voices from the 318th Regiment, soldiers from Camp Lee and Petersburg folk united last Sunday in the second big "sing" held in the Academy of Music by the War Camp Community Service Bureau. In addition to the singing, an address was delivered by Lieutenant Barratt O'Hara, of the 319th Infantry, on the fate of those who, after the war, are found to have placed self above the common good in these days of turmoil. At the sing to be held Sunday the 318th Regiment band will play. Corporal Earl Mitchell, of the 320th Regiment, was accompanist last Sunday, both for the general singing and the solos of Mr. Driscoll. Lieutenant O'Hara, in his address, said in part: "After this war is over the men who come back from the trenches of France will take an accounting. Every manufacturer, every retailer who adds an unnecessary cent to the price of articles sold to him and to his, every person who in any way uses the war for personal profit and aggrandizement, will find himself on the debtor's side of the returned soldier's ledger. He will then be called upon to answer before the soldiers' bar of justice. "The slacker may hide behind a flimsy excuse now, but he will be uncovered in the days of reckoning ahead. I have seen mothers in Pittsburgh, loyally giving their only children and making no complaint that additional toil as well as worry has come to them. I have seen young women, wives of soldiers, working in stores and offices in Petersburg and Richmond, for the first time in their lives members of the industrial army that their husbands may be members of the fighting armies of democracy. Do not make the mistake of pinning your faith in the easy tolerance of these sons and these husbands when they return from overseas. If your sacrifice for democracy has not been as large, or if you have profited from their sacrifice while making none yourself, depend upon the keenness of the soldier's vision in ferreting you out. "There are two armies in America whose survivors will rule America, her thought and her activities after the war. The first army is that in the fighting service of America. The second army is that of the men and women who honestly cannot go, but who honestly remain behind, doing the work that it is essential should be done, doing it well and efficiently and despising personally to profit therefrom. Between these two armies there will always be community of purpose and devotion." [advertisement] SOLDIERS SHOULD KNOW FRENCH. Learn by the PRESTOCARDS Trademark 400 specially designed, self-arranging cards. French one side, English the other. Makes study as fascinating as a game. Adapted by courtesy of National Security League from its English-French Handbook. $1.25 a set. THE PRESTOCARD COMPANY, Glen Ridge, N. J. U. S. A. [advertisement] The Strand Theater North Sycamore Street, PETERSBURG. The home of the best moving pictures. Soldiers can always spend a pleasant time in this popular theater. Call and see. [advertisement] We Sell American Bankers'Ass'n Travelers' Cheques The Liberty Theater and "Princess Pat" Proved to Popular Successes So Are Our Efforts for Banking Service and Safety for the Officers and Men of the Eightieth Division Virginia National Bank Depositary [Depository] for U. S. government, 14 N. Sycamore St., Petersburg, Va. Safety-Service -- 4% Compounded [advertisement] YOUR friends are proud of you, the cause you serve and the uniform you wear. They want your photograph. Do It To-Day PHOTOGRAPHY W. W. FOSTER Ninth Street, Richmond, Va. FOSTERGRAPHS -- Nothing Missing But the Voice" WAR ARTISTS NAMED Eight American artists have been chosen for captain's commissions to serve as official artists with the American expeditionary forces. From these, four will be selected to go shortly, General Pershing recently asked for them. The eight selected are First Lieutenant J. Andre Smith, etcher, now in the engineers' reserve corps; First Lieutenant Walter J Enright, illustrator, now in the signal reserve corps; Harvey Dunn, painter, Chicago; Ernest C. Beixotto, painter, San Francisco; George Wright, illustrator; William C. Aylward, painter; Harry Townsend, painter; Wallace Morgan, illustrator, of New York. The War Department has selected the following committee of nine to select official artists for service at the front: Charles Dana Gibson, Herbert Adams, sculptor; Edward Howland Blashfield, painter; Cass Gilbert, architect; Oliver Dennett Grover, of Chicago; Arthur T Matthews, former director California School of Design; Joseph Pennell, of Philadelphia; Edmund C. Tarbell, president Guild of Boston Artists, and Francis C. Jones, of Baltimore. JEWISH SOLDIERS HERE TO HAVE NEW BUILDING Welfare Board to Erect Headquarters for Hebrew Selectives in Training. PUBLIC "SEDAR" MARCH 27 As soon as plans are approved by a board which meets this week, work will be started immediately on the construction of a building in Camp Lee for the Jewish Board for Welfare Work, represented here by Maurice R. Spear. At Camp Meade the first meeting was held in the building there three days after work was started on it, and it is expected that that record will be equaled here. Rimmon Lodge, No. 68, of the I. O. B. B., and the Congregation Beth Ahabah, of which Dr. Edward N. Calisch is rabbi, are planning a public "Sedar" on the first night of "Pesach" (Passover), Wednesday, March 27. Every effort will be made to get a personal invitation to every Jewish national in Camp Lee. It is essential the names of those who wish to attend be handed in by March 15 to Mr. Spear, at Y. M. C. A. building 56. The Camp Lee Zionists, under the auspices of the welfare work, will give an entertainment and social in Petersburg next week. Every Jewish selective here is urged to attend and to take his friends with him. A Purim ball was held Wednesday night at Library Hall, Petersburg, by the Ladies' Auxiliary and Hebrew School of the Orthodox Congregation. Friday night services are being held as usual at "Y"56, at 7 o'clock. The Jefferson Club, 1801 West Grace Street, Richmond, invites the men to its dances every Saturday evening. Refreshments and smokes are served. The Neighborhood House, Nineteenth and Broad Streets, holds a social every Sunday afternoon. The Y. M. H. A., 412 North Eighth Street, Richmond, is open at all times and holds a social and entertainment Sunday evenings. 317th INFANTRY REVIEWED First Outside Muster Conducted by Colonel Jamerson. The first outside muster and regimental review for the 317th Infantry was held Thursday morning, when the troops made a splendid showing. Colonel Jamerson who commands the regiment, mustered the companies, and following the muster, the regimental commander and staff reviewed the entire command on the drill field. The 317th Regimental Band played a number of new marches during the review. New Tuberculosis Hospital Sanatoriums for the treatment of soldiers suffering from tuberculosis are to be established at New Haven and at Whipple Barracks, Prescott, Ariz., in addition to those to be built at Asheville, N. C., and Denver. It is understood that they will cost about $550,000 each. [advertisement/announcement] Joe Turner Middleweight Champion Wrestler of the World and Holder of the Police Gazette Belt, will meet Con Albright in a match at the big Hippodrome Theater to-night. The wrestling match will go on at the conclusion of the first show, which will be about 8:30. There will be no preliminaries - just a short intermission after the first show for time to prepare the stage for the match. The management of the Hippodrome has gone to considerable expense in bringing these two celebrities of the sporting world here for this match. However, only a slight increase above the regular admission prices will be made. The usual first show will be given on Friday night, consisting of vaudeville and musical comedy. The price of admission will be 50 cents for the best seats downstairs, this price to include admission price for both the first show on Friday night and the wrestling match. Balcony seats will be sold for 25 cents for the combined attraction. DOWNHEARTED? NO! A West Virginian's Version of Virginia The mud is nowhere quite so deep As in Virginia. Hillsides were never half so steep As in Virginia. With bugles never sounding sweet, Our field shoes never lightly beat And shirts and breeches rarely meet Dow in Virginia. the days are never quite so long As in Virginia. We'd just as soon be in Hongkong As in Virginia. But when our time has come to go, It's likely we'll forget our woe And wish ourselves back in the snow Down in Virginia. Jags, Battery B, 313th F. A. Champion (trying on a uniform several sizes too small) - "Say, the chap this was made for must have been turned down by the local board." Battery B, 313th F. A. Williams - "I have a new uniform, new shoes and a new girl. Now, all I need is a pass home." - Battery B 313th F. A. "Sandy" Crawford, our persistent volunteer, has again offered his services, this time to the tank unit. He says he has run a thrashing machine, what is it? - Battery B, 313th F. A. Wagoner Fowler, having finished a hard day's work, retired with the chickens. Great was his surprise when he awoke next morning and found a pup in his bed. - Company E. 305th Ambulance Train Officer - "All who have housewives, hold up your hands." Private Rich's hand goes up. Officer - "Private Rich, you have no housewife, have you?" Private Rich - "Yes, sir. I've been married nearly eleven moths." H. H. Bruce, Company B, 317th Infantry When bed tags with our names and rifle numbers were given out, Private Harry A. Parsons was found wearing his around his neck. He thought it was an identification tag. - Company [illegible] 317th Infantry. Major Echols was reviewing company. Private Doughty, [illegible] glad to see him among us again, [illegible] out and remarked, "Well, major, how do you like your new job?" Company D, 318th Infantry Salvatore Szymanowski Vanscyoc Ruthkowski Vergobley Wasielewski Wawzynick Olszewski No, sis, the foregoing is not a Chinese poem - merely added proof of the dangerous nature of a "top's" duties. Sergeant Sutton has a slight attack of lockjaw. - Company K, 319th Infantry. Dave Stern says the object of his many trips to Richmond is not cards, as many supposed. He says, however, that he holds a good hand on each visit. this we consider some feat - Supply Company, 319th Infantry. Great scandal in Company H. Private C. R. Davis found in room with German measles. It certainly is awful the way this German propaganda has spread throughout the camp. - Company H, 319th Infantry. The rookies are progressing rapidly, all showing great spirit. Recruit Shade says he's going to kick a brick out of the imperial palace in Berlin as a souvenir for his girl. - Company H, 319th Infantry [advertisement] Camp Lee Restaurant PETERSBURG, VA., Corner Bollingbrook and Second Streets. 10 Per Cent Discount to Soldiers. Under New Management. A TRIAL IS OUR GUARANTEE [advertisement] Hotel Verdun European Hot and Cold Water, Steam Heat Each Room. Rooms Without Bath.....$4.00 Up Rooms With Bath.....$2.50 Up Everything New and Clean. HULSKEY & SCALLAN, Proprietors. JOHN P. 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