HEADQUARTERS COMPANY, FIFTEENTH FIELD Sgt. F. F. Vaughan of this company has received his discharge as an enlisted man, and been sworn in as a commissioned officer. Mr. Vaughan enlisted No-vember 2, 1917, joining the headquarters company on the 17th. His ability was soon recognized and re-sulted in rapid promotion. Headquarters Company has lost another top ser-geant. First Sergeant R. W. Forbes has been trans-ferred to Battery B of this regiment as a second lieu-tenant. Headquarters company loses a good top, and all of the fellows are sorry to see him go. But his promo-tion caused a perplexing difficulty. Men are not ex-actly in the habit of contracting loans with superior officers, but an obliging top kicker is always willing to help a fellow. Now there are quite a few who do not know just where they stand. They borrowed off the top, but how can they pay a lieutenant. At the time Mr. Forbes was commissioned there was a scarcity of francs, marks, and even pfennigs, and the liuetenant was heard to remark : “They turn a man loose in his underwear, and tell him that he is now an officer and should look dignified.” The paper barrage which descended on this regi-ment during last week claimed 77 victims. Seventy-seven men of this organization received their travel-ing orders and are on their way to the States. —Sgt. Reis El Bara.
EXHAUST FROM THE M. T. C.
There is a new Sam Browne in our midst—Second Lieutenant William L. Van Dyke, if you please. He was formerly sergeant major. Good luck to you, lieu-tenant.
The following happened on a front where the “one-way” road regulations had everyone guessing. A mule team started up a road and was halted in the following manner: “Hey there, lad! You can’t go that way; it’s a one-way road.” The driver came back at him: “Well, I am only going one way. Giddip.” While the M. P. was figuring this out, the wagon proceeded on its way. —”Blitzen.”
HERE’S THE REAL REASON
If you see some of the engineers with that far-away look in their eyes these days, don’t think some dough-boy has stolen their billet. Nay, not so. It is because their marine buddies, who have been attached to them for the last two months, have been returned to the marines again. We hope they come back again. —Louis Kumpf, Engineers. Officer: “What is the greatest calamity that could befall an army?” Bright Buck: “To lose their mess kits, sir.”
E BATTERY, SEVENTEENTH FIELD ARTILLERY
Wanted—Beaucoup replacements. Important notice: E Battery goldbricks, look out for your scalps. Captain Ramer is on the war path again—or rather, yet. * . Three best bets: Inspections, halter-shanks and re-placements. Bright remark from Private McDowell after being quizzed about his baldness: “Didja ever see grass grow on a busy street?”
The crown prince, during an interview with a newspaper correspondent, is reported to have shed. tears as he recalled the sorrows of the people of Germany. Do you recall reading in “The Alhambra” how the young king, fleeing with his mother from the in-vaders, wept for his subjects, at which his mother re-marked: “It is well for you to weep like a woman for what you could not defend like a man.”
MAY DANCE A SUCCESS
Owing to the efforts of Mrs. Simmons, who has charge of the canteen there, a very successful May dance was held in the “Y” hall at Heddesdorf on May 1. The room was tastefully decorated. The music was furnished by the orchestra of the 308th Engineers. Mrs. Simmons secured the services of 15 Y. M. C. A. girls, who participated in the dances, after which re-freshments were served.
WHO WOULD STRIP A FORD
Private Toblery of Company D, Second Supply Train, was driving a Ford through Engers last Sat-urday when its name suddenly changed to Maud, and it refused to go. Tobler returned to Heddesdorf to get a truck to tow it in, and when he returned, the machine had been stripped and even the rear wheels taken off.
WHAT ABOUT A TRIP ON THE RHINE
No soldier in the Third Army should miss the op-portunity to visit the points of interest in the occupied zone. Facilities have been made to take large num-bers of men on trips up and down the Rhine with stops at historical points. Commodious boats have been put in this service.
A Third Army regetta will be held on the Rhine about the first of June, for the purpose of selecting swimming crews to be •sent to Paris to represent the Army of Occupation in the A. E. F. regatta on June 14. Several very promising crews are now working hard for this honor.