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until a fire was made to cook the mess, when the German artillery opened up. The smoke from the fire had been seen. I was told that one shell had fallen in a group of fifteen sitting together and had killed several and wounded others. We did not receive the attention of the enemy's artillery until several nights later, when they opened unexpectedly. I had gone on guard at ten o'clock to stay on until 1 A. M., had relieved Belles and was to be relieved by McCord. I was walking post all alone during the three hours - the only one of the company awake. The whole landscape was visible in the bright moonlight. Infantry was coming up the road with an occasional wagon. My orders were to be on the alert for gas, if any gas shells were thrown, to get the company up and awaken the officers. Everybody was sleeping with his gas mask at his side. At one o'clock I looked at Belles' watch, which I had borrowed, to tell the time, and noted the hour. No sign of McCord. I waited a few minutes more and when he did not appear I went inside where he slept. He was fully dressed and searching around for a lost glove. We were wearing overcoats and gloves as the night was cold. He was still searching for the lost glove when I heard a shell strike a tree outside and explode. I rushed outside to be on post as my orders directed me, leaving McCord to follow. The bombardment had only commenced. While the shells were falling, I went inside where the officers slept, to get orders from Major Nelson and met Lieutenant Pyle, the officer of the guard, fully dressed, coming out. The officers were sitting up on their cots. I asked Major Nelson for orders. I suppose my voice indicated that I was not a seasoned veteran. The Major -51-