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F PAGE EIGHT THE GUARDIAN, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1918. Other Camp Activities The following breezy news itemsiday, as the census show.s 4,335 Cath- from California, Alabama, Virginia olics in camp. So the backsliders had aml Florida are taken from the Cath-Ibetter line up, as the chaplains will olic Telegraph, Cincinnati, Ohio: [be on their trail and won't wait for Presidio, Cal. ]any "spring drive." There are quite Dear Gym--Your newsy letter was a few Catholics among the Toledo out- received with pleasure, and I breathed]fits, and 'the good and regular attend- a sigh of grateful relief when I read of Iance of the officers and men is edify- the grip that old King Winter held up- ing. on Cincy, for, only a half hour before, We received word from Colonel after long drill we sought the shade while we rested. The weather in this beautiful country is most delightful and is the joy of all the boys who came from Fort Thomas. Our trip out, on the santa re, was a fine one, through long stretches of beautiful country, but we traveled so fast that I do not feel equal to giving you an adequate description. Neither can I supply you with a satisfactory description of winter travel through the desert, as, when we reached the real desert, it was night time and we slept soundly. However, what little we did se elicited the thought that it is just as dusty in winter as in summer. I'd like to be able to give you as much news of San Francisco as you gave me of Cincinnati, but it is quite impossible, as we are too busy learn- ing our fours, and how to sling a gun like a regular should, not to mention learning to walk like a soldier, to do much foraging in the unknown wilds of a big city. There is one thing, though, which can not but make a good impression on a soldier from the East: the hospitality extended the men in uniform and the universal effort to I make his spare hours enjoyable. ] Upon arrival here each soldier was I given a booklet, detailing the way he I can spend his "liberty" in San Fran- cisco. Nine clubs extend all privileges, at all times, to the men of the service; many of the clubs and societies give numerous dances and entertainments for them; several bathing beaches are open to them, as are the swimming pools, baths, billiard rooms and dance floors of several of the leading hotels. A recreation committee arranges for sociables and pleasant home evenings by residents of the bay cities, and sev- eral hundrd San Francisco autonmbile owners have formed a committee to entertain us with rides in their pri- vate cars. These are a few of the efforts of the people of the Golden Gate to make life pleasant for us. Speaking of the Golden Gate, it is often seen by us, as, from Presidio, it is a very nice hike there. I am glad to he-tr the news of the other Ohio and Kentucky boys in the service, and, perhaps, while we are able to get about more, I may meet some of them out here from my old home town. The Telegraph is most welcome, as I am sure it is every place it goes. The account of the dedication of the Fort Thomas K. C. Hall was eagerly read by all the boys in this company, who came out here from there, all of whom eagerly await the opening of the Presidio headquarters of the K. C., which will be in the State of Oregon building. Rev. John P. Cavanaugh, recently appointed K. of C. Chaplain, celebrates Mass there now. Sincerely yours, JULIUS DYER, C. A. C., U. S. A., 44th Company of San Francisco. Camp Sheridan, Alabama. This week has brought us the warm weather, and the last few days have the spring feeling and color which the North produces only in May. Basket- ball is now in full swing on the out- door courts and we all took a turn at practice. We are now anxiously awaiting the coming of the real spring and, with it, the coming of the "Reds," and as division manager of the Varsity team, we will surely line up some old stars in the spring practice. Mr. Mathew- son is more than pleased with Soldiers" Field here, and the Reds will be given a most cordial welcome. Since the an- nouncement of the formation of the Varsity team, many applicants have handed in their names from every cor- ner of the division, so we will hardly be short of good mateial. Father Walsh, from Notre Dame, is now with us and we extended to him a most cordial welcome. He was ush- ered in properly by being called upon to referee our first basketball game, on the 136th court. With the coming of Father Walsh, Mass is offered up in six places in camp, being now said, every Sunday, at the Base Hospital, at three of the "Ys" and in the K. of C. Hall. Chaplain Walsh is assigned to the 135th Machine Gun Battalion. The quarantine here certainly made the boys cultivate the home spirit of camp. The daily and Sunday pro- grams were reversed, the lady friends coming t camp to see their soldier boys, who royally entertained them in K, of C. Hall. All the Soldiers attended Mass in camp last Sunday and we were proud of the good attendance. We feel, however, that quite a few are not go- ing to their religious duties on Sun- Mitchell of the excellence of the School of Fire at Fort Sill, and the knowledge and experience to be de- rived from the work. The classes in artillery school here are regularly conducted by the lieutenant colonels, who have lately returned from Fort Sill. The fundamentals in the study of the six-inch howitzers opens the course of study for the artillery men, and is somewhat like moral theology, in the fact that much stress is laid on "probabilism." Quite a few of the soldiers have been laid up with cohts, and the sick list.at the Base Hospital has some- what increased, but the good cae of the nurses and doctors is very effect- ive, and we are proud of the fact that Camp Sheridan ranks as the most healthy camp in the country. Quite a few of the nurses at the hospital are Catholics, and their devotion to Mass on Sunday is certainly an inspiration and example to the soldier boys, and much is done spiritually. The sad death of Morris Rogers of Nmvood, the first member of the reg- iment to pass away, cast a feeling of deep gloom on his comrades. Our deepest sympathy is extended his good father, whom we had the occasion to meet here, and to his many friends back home. Enlisting on his eight- eenth lirthday, Morris Rogers mani- fested his youthful patriotism and de- votion to the cause, and his many friends will always recall him as the first soldier, true and brave, to leave our ranks, and our prayers will always follow him. We feel that due appreciation should be shown to the tentmate of Morris Rogers, who wrote the following beau- tiful eulogy, which we take advantage of this opportunity of submitting to you: , It s hard to call the roll of the eghth section now, especially at reveille and retreat. The section chief knows all the names in a certain order, so he can call them off glibly, and it isn't easy to skip the name of one high pri- vate, who will never answer the roll call any more. On the day after Rog- ers died ,the section chief did not smile into the faces of his men, but looked solemnly at the ground, feeling that the men were watching him. as he came to the one name and were wondering whether he would happen to think in time. There was a catch in his throat, when the Top Sergeant ordinal 'Section Chiefs, Report,' and he had to 'about face' to answer 'All Present.' Well, that nmst be the re- port hereafter, 'All Present,' though this one volunteer of nineteen years be missing from the ranks. Treasured in a box, under the eel Of that section chief, is a roll call list that bears the name of Rogers, and his name will remain there. "The average soldier looks ahead calmly to the risk of dying in action, but he has a dread of death in train- ing, before the battle line is forned. Just so his grief is especiall deep when it concerns a lad like Rogers of Battery F, 136th F. A., who died in the Base Hospital at Camp Sheridan, of pneumonia. It seems so futile, so premature, but every comrade of Rog- ers realizes the truth of the words of Lieut. Wm. P. O'Connor, chaplain of the regiment, who preached at the mil- itary funeral here. He said that the thing to think of was that Rogers was a very young man, who volunteered because he felt duty strongly, and en- listed gladly, to chance everything for a cause that he was broad enough to appreciate. "Rogers had the spirit; he acted out that purpose by enlisting, and his com- rades agree that, as he did not weaken in that, he would not have wavered in that big objective, had he lived to reach the front. A man's motive, his intention, is what matters, and, if Rogers was not permitted to live out his intended life as a soldier, he is not less a man who died in the service of his country, devoted to a great cause. "We of Battery F talked much at Christmas time with Mr. C. E. Rogers, the boy's father. They were 'pals.' Now the father is alone in the world, because Morris was an only child, and his mother has been dead since he was three years old." We hope that this letter will find the Ohio weather mitigating, and hearts lighter and brighter in the thought or a pleasant future, and we sincereb, trust also that, after the bad weather has ceased in the North, ninny of our Ohio friends will take the occasion to visit us. I take this occasion to thank the Knights of Columbus of Cincinnati for their exceeding kindness and consider- alien to the Chaplain, and to thank all the people of Ohio for their kindness to the soldier boys. With best wishes, in J. M. J., I am, sincerely yours, WILLIAM P. O'CONNOR, First Lieutenant 136th F. A., Chaplain Quantico, Va. "They wore their lmts all during Mass," exclaimed mother as she looked up from the bay's letter. "The Knights of Columbus surely have a lot to do to teach them how to behave," dad re- sponded. "I'll take that up at the council tonight." The boy, a member of the Marines, was at Quantico, Va., and the folks were eager for news from him. Yes, it was true, the boys wore their hats in church. That is, some of them did. i The letter told of the dedication of the K. of C. building on Sunday, January 20, with a military Mass. Mother would surely have thought these were extraordinary times had she been there. At the beginning of Mass, the guard of honor, a squad of marines, nmrched into the building, taking their seats on one side near the front. At the Sanctus, instead of a tinkling bell, "R-r-r-rat" rolled the "sound off," or attention call, on the drum. Each man of the squad arose. Each was fully equipped: uniform, overcoat, hat, cart- ridge belt and rifle. Quietly the ser- geant assembled them in front of the altar. "nr-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r" sounded the drum again, in the music known in service as "he long call.". Each man came to salute. The bugler sounded the "flourish" twice at the Consecra- tion and Elevation. The squad re- sumed its place and this feature of the military Mass was ended. Had it been in the open air a salute, fired from their rifles, would have re-echoed to the farthest limits of the camp. -'T-''-e h-ih'-Mass'a'celebrated by Ray. Wm. P. Marchant, O. P., of the Dominican College, Washington, who is acting as relief chaplain for the boys, assisted by numerous priests from Richmond, Petersburg and Wash- ington. Rt. Rev. Bishop Dennis J. O'Connell of Richmond preached one of those sermons that go straight into the heart, and there cause its senti- ments to walk up and down. "Every man has two countries--the country of his body, and the country of his soul. The country of his body relates to ma- terial things and the country of his soul is peopled with his visions and his ideals, his aspirations and his hopes. You are going into battle for the coun- try of your soul and you must ever re- member that upon your triumph de- pends the safety of civilization." These words summarize the sentimentment of his Lordship, but they convey no idea of the emotion which possessed him and which permeated the congre- gation as they listened to the words or cheer and encouragement. The marines are truly the sohiiers or hind and sea, and a finer body of men wear never assembled in their coun- try's uniform. From East and West. from North and South they have come, leaving desk amt ork" bench, dropping professional careers and cherished ambitions in life, that, to- gether, they may be "first over the top" in the mighty struggle "over there." Brig. Gem John Archer Le- jeune, in command, attended the dedi- cation both at Mass and in the after- noon, and could not do too much to show his pride in his command and his appreciation of the efforts of the K. of C. and "Y" in their behalf. General Lejeune is a plain man. He looks you directly in the eye and you feel here is a man who is unafraid, his weather- beaten face being the badge of foreign service. His gracious reception of Bishop O'Connell and train at the Of- fleers' Club was a pleasing incident of a delightful dhy. The majority of the visitors cast their lot for mess in the barracks, and the way boiled beef, po- tatoes, asparagus, preserves, apples and coffee disappeared showed their hearty indorsement of government fare for enlisted men. Secretary Thee. A. Thomas, in charge of the K. of C. building, is nationally known to Catholic readers by, his col- umn in weekly papers, "Tittle Tattle, by T. A.T." For fifteen years he has been a_eature man on Northern pa- pers and, when the call for secretaries came, was among the first to respond, gaining his preliminaryaexperience at Camp Custer, Mich. In the afternoon, at the building, the social dedicatory exercises attracted marines from every quarter. Capt. J. I. Niver, regimental chaplain, and an Episcopal minister, presided and ex- pressed the regret of the "Y" that Mass would possibly be no longer said in the Y. M. C. A. buildings. Captain Ntver was at the train in the morning to'meet the visitors with ambulances and not for a single moment during the day did he overlook consideration of their comfort. William Knowles Cooper, General Secretary of the cial train comes out every day with workmen who are putting up sleeping quarters, mess halls, etc., iia profusion. The boys who came from Newport last week are quartered at Fort Pick- ens, which is across the bay from he,e, and where the coast defense guns are located. The boys of Battery E have Almost Insane. 111 ]been over to work on the guns. I have Mansfield, Pa R. 5, August, 1913. i ............ Through the ia of my tster about $ycar$ I nol;, an(t lI 1 Sl;lCK o my wireless, 1 ago I became o nervoua that I trembled and  ................ " ^ n could not sleep well any moro. I lot interest m. . **u   . in eve thing and felt most melancholy. ,Then I read Frank L ,nskey's letter in The I lost tre last 3 of my relattvea within 2 year&, ....... : ........ which almost made ml Insane. If I had not arnOllC lelegrapn ann npe, zaaz ne taken Pastor Koenlg'a Nerv Taio which dd -;. hi '..f n . . Ch. finest me more good than all other which I tried. ,.,,,,,o :.. "Y ............. Mary C. RoblF. in the country ' And I can verify that. Bonanza, Ark., Box 157, September, 1915 ...... " ........ Through fever and eramp Iwm m wukea. 15 has cue l'epual;lon ox vemg tne ed that 1 cnuld not t t of bed it kat'l stron,est in the South at least I expected my end noon. Three phl.mm ao.   " ' " not help me., but I bottla of Ptm Koent41 know now how many guns there ar * Nerve Tonic produced wendrs oama; mTad . . several bottle and cannot thank @ed enenh Fort Pmkens, but it nmy not be the .......... M?; L Lla&a. right thing to tell, so I will keep the ara. tpna ,mlm stem veeoenmflL za., . . tys that Purer Xoenlga Nwvom Vo.ds mformatmn to myself. I will say this, h,|ped her more then imythiag  /tr tl first dose eka alept well and    however, from what I have been told, w.. m.t the  l e, I r. it would take some fleet to get into F R E E al t/am 1  this harbr- ] 1 mm mrm  mlleiP*  This "Y" is a great place; there are I lerna ln mv. FavHa gom. in this room, at present, not less than I nl Fort Wme, 1.. an  m  ln tl 100 men, and it sure fills a great need. I KOENIG MED. CO, Cldmll It1_ There is no K. of C. hall here, but it[ z W. l.,k Senmt. nenD.m4mm as much for the men as this "Y" does, ] gold by Druftdtta Jt SI For barrio, 6  L Knig's Nerve Tonic. now called they certainly deserve the support oft Nervine. everyone, irrespective of creed. Am glad John arrangd to take charge of K. of C. Hut at Fort Thom- as. He ought to make good and I hope he will introduce many novel features, for, believe me, the social features are a welcome diversion to the soldiers, after a hard day's work. Well, Sis, it is time for the class in French, so I will close for the present. Give mother a good hug for me, and to you and the girls I send a big kiss each. Your loving brother, MAURICE. P. S.--I did not know that Fd Harmeyer told about our moustaches. We had decided to let our camouflage grow, have a picture taken and sur- prise you all. However, the "fuzz" on Fred's lip refused to get serious and I grew tired of waiting and shaved nay moustache (?) off. I just returned from a "Sunt" party at the Y. M. C. A., where I was unex- pectedly dragged in on the program. Sang a song and, strange to say, got away with it. While in Warrington, at ch reh last Sunday, we witnessed u a  onderful sight. Had been to an early Mass and, just as we were leaving, no less than ten details of sailors, with twelve to twenty-five men in each detail, came marching from the Navy Yard and sympathy, into the church. It was a great sight Mr. and Mrs. Knepple were here to- aml one thoroughly enjoyed by all the .................. .. boys I have no ide how they accom day. I'ney cel'l;alnly cnue tx wv,tur- "" ' , - ......... : -,,e r'.o modated so ninny men in that little fully oeauum uay xor a ws,  ..... lchmch but t , t my nmst have managed been wondering since what they must. " . ' have thought when they saw the bunch i it somehow, as none of them were left marching about in their nice. cute blue] ''n the outside looking in." overall uniforms. We certainly look nifty m our glad rags, but as the sure- Most Inspiring Experience of Camp enough uniforms havgn't been issued Hancock Soldiers. to us as yet, we must get along with I K. of C. War Activities, the best at hand. We all understand I Camp Hancock, Augusta, Ga. that it's no easy matter to furnish uni- I Catholic Standard and Times: In forms for a while, but we'll be glad the Knights of Columbus building at when they are issued, as present con- Camp Hancock was enacted recently ditions prevent us from taking in any the celebration of a Mass that will be of the many affairs arranged for the remembered for many years to come soldiers at Pensacola. For instance, by those who participated in it as the last night was "Setwice Night" at the most inspiring experience of their K. of C. Club there, but none of the lives and by those who witnessed it boys cared much about going to a as one of the most wonderful sights dance in overalls. Take it from me, that human eye has ever beheld. It when the khaki does come the fellows was on this morning that Mass was will make up for lost time. celebrated at the early hour of 6 As I explained in Sunday's letter, o'clock for the First Regiment of Me- we were all ch'anged about last week. tar Mechanics. I was assigned to Headquarters Co. I On Wednesday, Chaplain Ray. Wil- 64, C. A. C., and now I hava new liam J. Lallou learned that this regi- assignment. I was picked, along with ment, the men who comprise which seven others from our company and were sent here from various sections four from each of the other two com- of the country, and a large percentage panies, for wireless service. So the of whom are Catholics, were about to last two days I have spent learning leave on the last lap of the journey the International Morse code, and to- that may ultimately lead them to day we were taking lessons in wig- France. He accordingly obtained per- wagging messages. I might explain mission from the commanding officer that wig-wagging is done with a flag, to give them the privilege of attending the letters being made by dots and _ . .... and General Lejeune unequivocally voiced his gratitude for the pleasures of the day. MACK. Fort Barancas, Fla. The following was received this week by Miss Sue Kearney of New- port, from her brother Maurice, past grand knight of Newport Council, K. of C., who left for Florida a few weeks ago: Dear Sis--Received your letter yes- terday and, like all letters from home, it was most welcome. Your brand of weather must cer- tainly be awful, and, judging from the constant and continuous complaints which come here in letters, one would judge that it will never let up. Judging from Aunt Agnes' letters, they are in- dulging in the same species up in Chi- cago. All this news about weather sounds funny to us down here, for, while the nights are somewhat cool and the air is of a penetrating variety which can be quite disagreeable at times, the days, as a rule, are some- thing to dream about. For example, [I have gone about all day in my shirt sleeves and, this afternoon, I was out playing baseball. You frozen-up Cin- cinnatians and Newporters have our 8evel  LZ T;.11 eb tL . Mass on Thursday and receiving the Sacraments before leaving, and the 6 o'clock Mass on Thursday morning was the result. As this fine body of men --over 1,500 of them--poured into the building at this early hour and, in re- spectful solemnity, repeated in unison the prayers which many years before they had been taught at home, the walls of the building seemed to re- sound with a divine echo. It was a sight that can not be depicted with justice; so awe-inspiring, so wonderful that human mind could not grasp its mute significance in sufficient meas- ure to reproduce it. There was some undefinable feature of it all; some thrilling sentiment that made one feel that the supreme moment of life had arrived, and that although the fields of "No Man's Land" were thousands of miles way, these were men prepar- ing to engage in the eventful struggle of their lives in as real a sense as though they were within sight of the battlefields. The larger number of present reecived Holy Communion, three priests having heard confes- sions late into the preceding night. A few hours later, as this regiment marched past the building on their way * * * the full realization of the purposes that actuated hem be- came apparent. As they marched, stepping light-heartedly to the strains of music, it was hard to conceive of them as being the same men who had so solemnly taken part in the morn- ing's services; hard to think of the fu- ture before them, and yet inspiring to realize the chivalrous motives behind their sacrifice and the ambitions which they are to make possible for a world. Among the many thousands of men who are being constantly, sent to Camp I{ancock for mobilization a large per- centage are Catholics. Among these men. as among the men of the Twenty- eighth Division, there is one man that is conceded to be a popular favorite and advisor, and that one is Father Lallou, and he has automatically stepped into the place of friend and counsellors for them all. Every mail brings him letters asking infm:mati, on of some sort regarding men of the dif- ferent organizations--some from Tex- as, from Oregon, Illinois; in fact, ev- ery portion of the country is represent- ed in these new units, and every sec- tion appeals to Father Lallou for as- sistance of this nature. His eagerness to be of such help Jaas brought him the undying thanks of hundreds of moth- ors whom he has aided in this manner. He has the zeal of a missionary com- bined with the tact of a diplomat and an unquenchable optimism that insures the success of whatever he undertakes. He has solidified the feeling of unity between Catholic and Protestant with- in the camp, and by his broad-minded attitude has commanded universal re- spect and admiration, irrespective of creed or rank. Among the Pennsyl- vania men he has instilled a regard of their religious duties that is largely responsible for the remarkable manner in which they have conducted them- selves since coming to Camp Hancock. JOHN E. CROWLEY. % }' i,,' dashes, as in telegraphy. The flag moved to the right is a dot and to the 1 lllM% . left a dash. It is very interesting and i Fal and Winter Clothing  1'!( II:' ' I hope to keep the assignment by , working hard. Of course I may lack :':.! the qualifications for such work, in - Especially designed and tailored to meet the requirements of ---- / !" (' those who want comort, style and quality. ' - ]L, which ease, I may be writing you of - A complete line of the newest weave in Winter fabrics, at very -- tW, : further changes. ---- reasonable prices. _-- ' .,i,!i As regards changes they are mak- _-= RING & CO --=- ing them every day. It was only last Friday that our companies were = TAILORS AND CLOTHIERS. = formed, and, today, seventeen of Bat- - 109 WEST MARKHAM ST, -- "tory C men were transferred to Bat- llllllllllllllllllll tory E. MOStcompany,Of them are Newport Gell [i'I][r! boys, among them being Fred Har- ;i 'r meyer. By the way, five of the eight, from our put on wireless  The Large#t and Mo#t work, are from Newport. They are the  Stock in the State te telv following: Ed Jacks, A1 Voss, Joe Blank (nephew of Nick), a boy named  From. ! Scott (a brother of Walter Scott), with  / Monaha n & Son ,/ whom I went to school, and myself. I am writing this at the "Y." I am over here to attend the class in Fench, which was started last Tues- ) day. So you see I am kept some busy. LEADING DEALERS IN THB - There is one thing certain, if a man STATE IN ) enters into this life to make the best I, Washington Y. M. C. A., came down of it, and takes up the things placed for the exercises and eloquently ex- at his finger tips, it can't help but pressed the hearty accord between the ] make a better man of him. After the "Y" and K. of C. activities. The build- I class tonight, we are to be entertained ings are practically side b side in the I by some talent from Pensacola, in a camp. Ray. Edward G. Fitzgerald, O. ]little musicale. P., in a forceful talk, brought down to] There are great preparations being the boys On the benches the war issues, I made for a larger camp here. A spe- NOTI finish r, cent st to any placed sailors address master T i As last T Jeanr Archd fron John the U tion Rev. San polit New ( The n of oy For great ce and b Jame,  the H worth: he ha( dignit: authox joicin one e That in I who man a |e his "tolic war of Arh ment intere grams that I prelab of Te or tN Texas Metro Provi the A Anton confe keen chief been lent, of his In oul the this lea Arc Shs cop ioy Fro had f caree] had  his b and t hood Walls follo dent Jesuit ald I Collei daine, and to. de' own and 1 numb serve vhen seein nized the from Mont ship ;ho c and( no'sE Whe asl il