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the road was deserted for then it was under the observation of the enemy's look-outs. We were up early the next morning and began to look through the town to see what it contained. Signs had been placed on the building cautioning all American soldiers to keep close to the building walls and to beware of the big German observation balloon which went up daily about noon. Long streamers were suspended from one building wall to another, high above the street, to obscure movements within the town from the enemy's eyes. The town itself with the exception of the roadside inn which we had taken over for a field hospital, was pretty well shattered. Most of the houses were in ruins. The church showed a half dozen large shell holes, two through the steeple and others through the side wall. I noticed all along the Front that steeples and other lofty structures always showed shell holes. They were given attention by the enemy artillery because they afforded excellent observation posts for Allied artillery observers. We found that the building in which we were to conduct operations was divided on the first floor into several large rooms. It had formerly been a prosperous inn and the rooms had been marked in gilt letters what each one was used for, the dining-room, smoking-room, butler's pantry, barber-shop, etc. The letters were, of course, almost obliterated by the four years of neglect. We immediately began to put the place in readiness to receive the wounded when the big drive opened on September 26. The largest room on the first floor was to be used as the receiving ward for stretcher cases. The second largest room for the out-going wounded, stretcher cases. A third room for the incoming -49-