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To the Adjutant,
Base Hospital, Camp Greene, N.
My dear Sir:
I received a message from your of
fice stating that my son Chester Lon
don was seriously ill at Base Hospi
tal, Camp Greene. On arriving at
Base Hospital I found my son very
sick, having undergone an operation
for empyema. I also found him re
ceiving excellent attention. I was
at the hospital every day for more
than two weeks and better attention
and kinder treatment was never giv
en to sick ones than was given to pa
tients on Ward C-4.
I am very grateful to you, the doc
tors, the wardmaster, the nurses and
the orderlies for the kind attention
given not only to my son hut all pa
tients in base hospital.
J. M. LONDON,
FIFTY LINES NOW CONNECT
WARDS AND OUTSIDE WORLD.
OFFICERS OF BASE HOSPITAL NO.
54 LEARN' RAPIDLY,
With the adding of twenty new tele
phones the base hospital system har
grown to one of fifty call boxes in the
wards and offices. Last October the
hospital branch station was establish
ed with six telephones placed at scat
tered points among the buildings.
At the present time a person may
call direct by ’phone the following:
Commanding officer’s office, adjutant’s
office, registrar office, receiving de
partment, fire department, laboratory,
ear, eye, nose and throat ward, opera
ting room, medical supply depot, quar
termaster corps, detachment office, pa
tients’ mess, officers’ quarters, major’s
quarters, nurses’ home, officers’ ward,
laundry and the wards as follows: B
row wards (1-2-3-4-5-G-8, C row wards
(1-2-3-4-5-6-8, A row wards (1-3-5-8), U
row wards (2-6), Isolation (1-2-3-4.
Work of putting in new telephones
has not been ended. As the appropria
tion for such use is increased there
will be a telephone in every building
of the hospital.
Private Arthur W. Parrel has seen
every move in the growth of the hos
pital telephone system, as he has been
at the switch board since the plant
was first organized. Private Ernest
Searl has been a “hello girl” since
early last ovember.
The present force of operators is
made up of Privates Charles Oswald
and Parrel on day duty and Privates
Wilfred Conners and Searl on the
Cook Weston has almost complete
ly recovered from the attack of scar
let fever which has made him a hos
pital patient for several days.
FIRST AID AND LITTER DRILL
FOR HOSPITAL MEN.
“Donnez moi une allumette.”
This is the way the officers of Base
Hospital No. 54, who are stationed at
the Camp Greene hospital, say;
“Gimme a light,” nowadays.
The language of the French, to
wards which these forty men hope to
turn their faces soon, has gripped the
attention of the Base Hospital No. 54
officers and they are ’ holding class
three hours a week in an effort to
acquire a speaking knowledge of the
tongue before they land “over there.
The class is being held in ward C-1,
from 2:30 o’clock until 3:30 o’clock
on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
“Les officlers Americains de L’Hos-
pital No. 54 aiment beacaup leur
classe francaise”—in fact they have
taken such an interest in their study
that a movement is being started for
having the class daily.
The class has been in progress for
three weeks. So studious have the
men been that every member of the
class now has a French vocabulary of
300 words. They read and write the
foreign language remarkably well for
the brief period of their study, their
Captain L. L. Meyer is instructor
for the class. He is especially fitted
for the work, having a fluent speak
ing knowledge of French and having
spent a year in medical study in
Rheims, France, in 1889. His parents
came to America from Alsace when
that province was yet a part of
France. He was in charge of a class
in French at Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., be
fore being transferred to Camp
French is not demanded of the of
ficers who are to go overseas and the
work in the course is purely one of
personal interest. The vocabulary is
being builded from words which re
late to the military and medical. Read
ing exercises are from the manual of
arms and from specially prepared les
sons dealing with the clothes worn by
soldiers and how to order a meal in
French. The text book used is
Whitten and Long but Captain'Meyer
employs much of his own resourceful
ness in directing the courst. The
study is to be continued on board
ship when the overseas journey starts.
It is a fine pastime to hear the tyro
French students in conversation.
“Savez-vous la lecon.”
Newly organized classes in litter
drill and first aid practice are engag
ing the attention of 150 men of the
hospital. The classes are held dai
from 10 o’clock to 11 o’clock. Captain
William Carnog, detachment comman
der; Lieutenant Upton and a medical
officer, who has seen service overseas,
are in charge of the courses.
The enlisted men of both Base Hos
pital No. 54 and of the Camp Greene
baseh ospital will be given a chance
at the course. The men will be tak
en in companies of 150 men each. The
lectures are being held in C-1 and lit
ter drill on the drill grounds back of
the barracks row.
The weekly schedule of the courses
Monday—Loaded litter drill; actual
practice with litters upon which are
carried men who prettend to be wound
ed. The wounded patient is transfer
red to a bed and removed from the
stretcher and later returned to the lit
ter, with every precaution in observ
ing the care of wounds exercised.
in first aid and practice of the same
by the student soldiers.
Wednesday—Lecture, first aid dem
onstration and quiz. The questions
cover the first aid demonstrations of
the week and the main points of the
Thursday—Lecture on military sur
gery and battle field first aid.
Friday—Practical litter drill and
first aid demonstrations.
RUN DOWN BY AUTO.
Rev. E. O. Smithdeal, formerly con
nected with the Ba&e Hospital Y. M.
C. A., and now religious work secr
etary at the Liberty Park “Y” was
run down by an automobile and se
verely injured, Sunday evening. His
right knee is badly sprained and he is
unable to be about as yet. He suffers
from other bruises and minor lacera
tions. He is being cared for in the
Rev. Smithdeal was crossing the
road between the “Y” and: Liberty
Park when hit by the machine, which
was driven by a woman. In the auto
with the woman was a young man
who had broken his arm two days be
fore in an effort to crank the car that
injured the Y. M. C. A. secretary.
Sergeant Edward F. Leahy left on
Thursday for a ten-day furlough.
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