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pers, and the maintenance of reading and writing rooms in the various towns.
Each division has its own big division sales commissary, where the men may buy at low prices candy, clothing, and foods of various description, h tney wish to add a bit to their messes, and each separate regiment now has its own regimental sales commissary. The men dine in large mess halls that have been erected,, and many of the companies have gathered together real plates, cups, knives, forks and spoons, and have the table set just like home, packing their old field mess-gear away.
Cikulating libraries are being established, tennis tournaments are in full swing, and two big baseball leagues have been formed in the Second Division. Each company has its own team also, and competitions are so arranged in athletics that every man
the company has to do something himself, and does not spend all his time on the side lines, cheering fo a few good players.
Chaplains and athletic officers cooperate in all these things, and amusement officers look after the shows.
Last, but not least, come the schools. An )pportunity has been extended to each man of the Second Division to equip himself mentally and physically, so when the time comes for him to enter the peaceful pursuits of civil life, none need fear being handicapped in competition with those whose studies were not interrupted by the course of events over here.
An Educational Center has been established at Rengsdorf, where spacious buildings have been secured with ample accomodations for. 600 students and 40 instructors. Courses including agriculture, mathematics, history; English, business branches, economscience (general,) barbering, photography, lithography, mechanical drawing, sign painting, lettering and a variety of other trades.
Five hours of recitations or supervised study constitute a day’s session, with one hour military instruction. In connection with the agricultural course are forestry and field work on Saturdays. It is under the personal supervision of Maj. W. E. Finzer, assisted by an able corps of trained instructors.
At other schools about the division are taught horse- shoeing, blacksmithing, motorcycle and automobile repairing, maintenance and driving, and a general knowledge of carburetor, tire and magneto repairing.
One thing more deserves special mention. This is the “Comrades in Service” movement, under the guidics, science (general,) barbering, photography, lithoance of Divisian Chaplain Oscar Lee Owens. This is an organization of the enlisted men within each company and separate detachment, whereby they elect officers, and manage their own debating societies, entertainments, and other morale-building activities.
WE ALL REMEMBER THIS COUNTER-SIGN
Bob Campbell declares th’e best countersign he ever saw or heard of was a counter-sign back home in a lunchroom that read : “Ham and Eggs 25c.”
It will probably be 75c when you get back, Bob.
—Downs.THE RIVER TELLS A STORY
One day a soldier stationed in a small Rhine village wandered down the narrow street that brought him to the banks of that great river. In being a nice spring day, he sat down in the sunshine and had almost fallen asleep, when aroused by a voice coming up out of tile water. At first the soldier was startled, but the voice said: “Be calm, and I will relate some of the tilings I have seen and experienced in my life.”
“Lad, I am very old now, but once I was young. I then lived at the top of these hills you see, but as I grew older 1 slowly crept down the hillside until now
am too feeble to go farther. Instead of my life being filled with pleasures and happiness, it has been filled to overflowing with tragedy and disaster. One horrible war alter anotner has been waged along my banks. I have seen the bloody battle standards of powerful nations sweep across this valley, while I had to stand in breathless agony, watching the future of my people.
“My friend, for eight long years I stood between Caesar’s terrible legions and the people I am compelled to call my own. I saw Attila cross my banks with his mighty hosts of warriors, bound for the fateful fields of Chalons. Again I yielded for his shattered hosts of murderers to recross.
“I lived through the age of feudalism, and watched the lords crown my steepest hills with their castles, and carry on a succession of bloody wars.
“I saw the Crusaders go forth with their hearts brightened with a holy vision. I saw Napoleon lead his Grand Army over my waters and beat my people into the dust. Again, like Attila of old, I saw him return in defeat and despair.
“All these things have made my life a dark one, but the saddest day was yet to come. A great change came over my people. They no longer had good rules of conduct. They began to make wars, to dream of conquest and how they might rob their neighbors, thus making me very unhappy.
“Finally, in the year 1914, I saw them crossing my banks to meet the civilized world with blood and tears, and knew that the worst was yet to come. I had seen the great armies of Caesar, Attila and Napoleon carrying out their missions of destruction, and had later witnessed their defeat.
“I did not have long to wait until I saw the shattered hosts of my cruel ruler fleeing back across this valley in disorder and dismay, minus their king. i heard your army singing its song of freedom, and 1 loved them because they came, not like the warriors of old, to rob, murder and steal, but to plant the seeds of freedom that they had harvested in the west. Now, kind stranger, with your help I can live in peace, and be free from the horrors of war.”
—Brittie J. Stewart, 81st Co., 6th Marines.
She : “Were you ever cited for fighting?”
He: “Yes. I was fighting one day and the captain sighted me.”
She: “How lovely! And what did he say?”
He: “Two thirds for three months.”