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LETTERS OF INTEREST
FROM OUR SOLDIERS
^ from N«t Holt to his mother
Mm. W. A. Bolt, of i.unt Airy
Somew'nere in France.
Pear Mother and Mister:
Perhaps hy this time you ha 1 re
ceived the letters that I wrote w'me
In England. Since 'andinff here we
have changed IncstioTH several time*
and had the chance to see much of
this country. The people of franco
are •xccedincrly ple»«ant an I .wlite
and we enjoy tnlkii g to them in our
limited way. To ■<••• '«ir fel'.iws try
ing to converge with them is like .ee
intr a hunch of wimlm lis all irmnif at
once, ah most nf our Krench is spoken
with the hands. However it will not
he louR before we run make oursel
ves understood, for we are tudyinff
French now. I am io the be*t of
liealth and r>m jraininif in wepht
daily. Do not feel concerned about
my safety, for I am in no danger
Letter fronr Pewitt Martin of La
sioni.t, to his sitter, Mrs. P. 3. Roth
rock of Mount Airy.
As I am through for the day. and
have nothing to <lo until Taps. Will
write you again and (five you some
more news of Camp ..icClellau
The ramp ir. ptill in quarantine for
Spanish Influenza and t suppose will
be for a few days or mny be weeks
yet, but the number of roses are de
creasing daily now. Over 50 per rent
of the men that were sent to the
Base Hospital, were oaly suffering
Am fide. Bat were »enf there m t.
A» for mc, I am feeling fine, weigh
"26 pounds more than when I came
here. So the "Hash and Stew" we
are always kicking about evidently
agrees with me. Cussing the mess
Sergeant is a habit that soon becomes
chronic with us. Rut mess call is al
ways responded to on double time.
The most prnular man in Tamp
though is the mail man, you can never
realize just how much a letter means
to you until you get transferred and
vour mail is about two weeks reach- j
ing you, by that time yon are dis
gusted with everything, then when
about a dozen letters come in at once,
you let out a whoop and decide that
the army isn't so bad after all.
The Y. M. C. A. has been closed
here since quaranine you can't realize
how much we really do miss the "Y"
and what a help they are to the bovs
until you are denied the privilege for
awhile. The Y. M. C. A., K. of P..
and Jewish Welfare Board, furnish
all kinds of amusement and entertain
ment. They have a different pro
gram every night, boxing, wretling,
moving pictures etc. Sometimes the
girls come out from town, and give
a recital for us, which is always very
much enjoyed and appreciated.
This is the fifth week I have at
tended Radio school, and it gets more
interest'ng all the time. We are do
ing field work now. We take our
wireless machines out to the Dug
outs and connect them up ready for
receiving. You see the Wireless is
operated in connection with the ar
tillcry. We huve several aeroplane*
fitted out with wireless, and when the
guns are firc<l, the observer in the
aeroplane notes the place where the
shot* fall, and then send* us a wire
less message from his machine, and
tells us ho*- to correct tlie ran if*. We
have lots of fun out on the range here
All the batteries are target practic
ing now, and it keeps up a regular
boom, boom, boom, all the time. I
guess it will be more interesting when
we have the Hunn for a target, and
auppoae well get our share of their
shells too, for they say the Roche
have no love for the Radio men.
Our Radio station here, can re
ceive messages from long distance,
such as the Great lake* Naval Train
ing Station. We picked up n mer.tage
from Calon, Panama last week, and
«very night we ret the Press Dis
patches as they are sent out from the
Arlington station near Washington,
Each Regiment here, has eroded a
w'reless station so we receive the
news every night in our own Regi
I suppose well lie leaving for
Franca soon. Everything seems to be
miwt ready. At leaat «• arc -*pec'
ing to *p«nd O Jxtrna* in F-mnoa.
W. ho|«! .he 'in lUiit.ne will .«oon be
lifted o there'll L« notl. ing 'o keep
us from going. Ever-'one rnrnn o»g
er to xturt, ".o tve'll i, rt there in ti>ae
for the liir akuw when *ve c o*a f^a
I lime and -a«i 'he utarx and Ktripr*
on the Roj ril 4a' e at Barlin.
Tho h>./t "Oxer there' are head
ed in that ' rei ion al-gtit.
It", time for pi when the light*
have to go o . i» t -lone. I aura di«'
frj»y the . Vc, it \vu dandy, tasted'
Be Mure and T'»et I'm alway.i »o
iflud to get news .om home. Send
me a copy of tie Mount Airy N«w«
Love to all the fr»»nily.
DEWITT T. MARTIN.
letter from Abner Deatlierage to
'•!« fnlhi- Peter °On'herntfe of Mount,
«:«mp Sevier, S. C., Oct. 7. 1#1H'
Your lettar of October 3d. received
•hi* morning and was very glad in
deed to hear from you and to know!
you ire all well. This leave* me en
joying good health.
The papers are very encouraging!
now. and everyone here think- that
the beginning of the end ha* start
ed. I get to read the daily paper*,
hut would be glad to receive a copy |
of The Mount Airy Newa any time,
when you are through with it, I would
be very glad to read same. ->
Will clou* for this time. Writ* at
your convenience, i knew you war*
mail time and 't the people at home
knew how glad their hoy* are to hear
from home they would write more of
ten. You hear them speaking of their
father and mother at home more than
you do their sweetheart*, and I am
of the opinion some of the mothers
will have a hard time keeping their
hoy* from making a neckti* out of
their apron strings, when they get
home to stay.
With love and best withes to all.
Letter fro C«phu* Lewis, to hi* Bis
ter, Mrs. W. F. Lambert of Brim, N.
Somewhere in Kranee
Sept. 6, 1918.
I will answer your letter of Aug.
Sth. Well I have ju*t gotten back
from the front. We went over the
top and made good gain* on old Fritz.
They ran from us but it did net do
them any good. So if they „'et me
next time I have got my part already.
I had a good chance to try my rifle
and I did not mis* a shot. I had to
get nine while some of my pal* were
unfortunate, but I had some close
call*. I hear that the Germans all
had good watches and thought I would
get me one, but when I got to a Ger
man he had no good watch so I had
to take such as he had. I hope this
cruel war will *oon end for it is no
fun. I will write as often as I can,
so you will hear from me now and
then if I do not get picked off, if so
give my best love to the kids and all
I.ettcr from Greely J.■re- to his
mother Mrs. Dove Jones of Monut
Somewhere in France.
Sept. 1st, 1918.
Your most welcome letter just re
ceived. Was more than glad to hear
from yoa all. I am very well with the
exception of a little head ache, and
that doe sent amount to much caused
by p. alight cold and perhaps a little
too much mental and physical exer
tion. I was in a battle yesterday.
We attacked the Huns and drove the
devila back alway.». 1 was in the
first wave that went over the top.
We made it in the broad open day
light too. One of the boldest attack*
1 gucsi ever made. Wc mad* It
without even the assistance of our ar
tillery. He ured his artillery, machine
t iruns, and every thing else he had.
We was in a very clone place once,
| but came out alt right. I am not
-apposed to go over the top like that
I in an attack a« I am a HattaJHon
Srrgt- and Jut aapp—ed U> bt mi
aperial vaik, getting (information «U
but the conditlona on thia special at
caaion raqlrad my «r»ic« and I need
ad • priaoi ar in my buaineaa right at
thia time, ao I J oat want over witfc tha
twy'i '>nd wo had quiU an exciting
wrap, but I am back at Battallir n
haad quartern nuw. Jife with out a
acraUli. of huim my 'niform loots
something 'ika a bum's or hoho'a.
thno ar i ho many holea «nd slit* in it
I ran hardly And tha pocl Ha, hn! ha!
You will notice a little mark up 8
I in*- from here, I had to patina to go
out to have a took, there wan no
much noma I thought perhapn the
Bnrhe had in-de a attack on US, hut
it'a about over now, ho was juat put
ti.ig over Mwne i.hells, ai>d I could
h-%r th« i on the r.ght i-t Of. Our
artillery ia gi.'ng now, ao y hi can bet
it don't take long to alienee him. t
cert:..rily woul I like to see ynu all. I
dream of of j-ou mo»t every
night nod »ure will l>e triad when the
war ia over so I can return. I don't
thirk it can last *o very much longer
you nee<l not worry about me gett
ing married. Tell father to take
good care of him elf for I want to
An J h n fat and strong when I re
turn no he can atand the ?hock when
I start telling him of my adventure*
and ups and downs, tell him I said he
used to tell me >f adventure* and
thing* he thought I never would ex
perience hut I will ha telling him
wlien I retu'i. of thii.gs Tie never
would of dreamed of, ha! ha! Tell i
him to meet me at the door with anyj
thing from a pen knife to a cannon,
or chuck me out to sleep with the
cows, in the chicken coop, under the
hounc, in a ditch, on a rock, on
boards, or dig a hole and make it ra-!
fern hie a shell hole ■* much a* poaai
hla or any old place but don't put
me in a .real bed for quite awhile af
ter I return, for it would mean sad
den death. You know I will have toi
get at it very gradual kinder break in
you m«. And another thing, you j
want to Are the cook and leave thatj
to Be too, just chock the stove out!
ran or a couple of brick hat* that
will do the buaine** and a* for my
ward robe you need not trouble about
that, ju«t a nich in the basement will
be all O. K., and a.* for the waiih
woman you can fire her too, without
you can use her for an ornament. And'
I suppose you had better get rid of
the cat and collect up all the rate
around the barn you can, for I could-,
rw>t be with out my pet* you know,
and in regard* to the family aewinf
why I will take that on also.
Anal the moet important thing yet
i* my ?leep. jurt tell father to hire
all the hands he can get, arm them
with shot gun* and any kind of fire
arms or explosive* that will make the
moet noise, and drill them and place
them at my kennel or barn or where
he puts me the first night and start
them going when I retire, and it will
be very nice to let them have a few
hand bombs to chuck on the roof or
some where near and I will assure
you of a good nights sleep. Now one
would think from this letter that I
was was a rough fellow or had led a
dogs life, but not so. L am a much
better man than when I left home you
can rest assured on that, and I think
if it doern't better a man it ought to
kill bim. I can do any thing now.
there is no such a thing as can't. I
know this will be funny to you and
father considering the w~y I used to
live and what you and he often told
me but dont think I am living a dog's
life, for I am rot, although I have
gone through all this and more, but
am fi'ring just as good as any one in
the army. I am not in the lines, am
at Ratlallion headquarters. I gener
ally have good quarters, as good as
there is, don't have to work hard only
at times, have warm rations, warm
place to .-leep and work.
FARM FOR SALE.
524 Arrn-Kiw Farming Land*—
We are offering • fin* farm of
524 Here* of Und in Montgomery
rourty for sale on easy terms. This
land ia well su'.tcd to the production
of corn, wheat, cotton and tobacco,
and all kind* of fruits. Lands are
well watered, and in a splendid neigh
borhood, on Rural Route, six miles
| from depot, eight miles from court
house, in a mil* of church.
This land has good r*d clay sub
soil with gray iopaoil. We will sell
this land on easr terms either aa a
whole or in small tracts to suit the
purchaser at f 10.00 par acre.
C. C. HUTCHJEN8,
J. H. FLOGER.
AUTOCBACY MUST GO
BCPMU PLACE COMU
If Raply doos not Brini Umm
ditionol Smrrmmdmf or Mm
it May C«— a Revolution in
Waahington. Oct. M.—PniMwt
Wilatn haa ininMred Oa< many'a pro
posal with a .leruioi «hiik not only
fulfill" the expertatmna of aupportara
of hia diplumary, hut al«o .tiapaW lha
faara at thaee who indlrttJ ha would
auhatitnte victories at arir• with de
feat a at iliptwnary
So paaoa with kaiaartam. Auto
rrury mu«t go: no armittire ran aven
he thour^t of whila Germany ron
tinuea hrr atr'witiea on land and aaa;|
on* nuinot ha considered unless it ia]
fully dictated hy the allied romman-!
ders in the Held in swh terms an ah-'
aolutely provide safeguards and (pi-!
nrantees thof Germany'* part will '
not he a srrap of paper.
Thia in a few word* ia the Praai-J
"If it does not bring a capitula
tion which may b« mora than uncon
ditional surrender, allied diplomats
and American official* believe it may;
cause a revolution in Germany."
Beyond question it speaks for thei
entente allies as well as the United
The dispatch of the President's re-'
ply 'vas followed by the issuance of,
this formal statement at the White
House by Secretary Tumulty:
"The government will continue to,
send over 250,000 men with their sup
plies every month and there will be
no relaxation of any kind."
No Thought of Stopping Fight.
Quito outside of the formal phase
of a diplomatic document that was
President Wilson's word to the world
that he had no thought of stopping
the lighting at thia atage.
The senate chamber rang with ap
plauae of senators ae the President's
mjmm mm smA »
partment. Senator T-odge. the Pre si
dent's crief critic in his course, until
today, issued a statement expressing
his gratification at the President's
decision. Opinion at the capitol and
throughout official Washington was
unanimously in approval.
The official note which will convey
the President's decision to the Ger
man government and more important
to the German people, w>> delivered
today by Secretary Lansing to the
charge of the Swisa legation who haa
been acting as intermediary. It was!
given out publicly by Mr. Lanaing at
the state department at 6 o'clock thia
Must Return Alaaee-Larraiae.
One outstanding point which does
not appear in the President's note—
a point on which the world haa been
asking questions can be answered to
When the President declared that
the wrong done to France when Ger
many took Alsace-Lorraine should be
righted, he meant that Alsace-Lor
raine should be returned to France.
Those who centend that' the Preai
dent's decision arrangea the situation
for something more than an uncondi
tTonal surrender t>aae it on the argu
ment that he has now passed the
stage where he might have accepted
a surrender of the German military
and naval forces and left the Hohen
zollern autocracy on its throne.
Mr. Wilson, according to thia view,
has now finally infromed the German
people that if they want peace they
can only attain it by getting rid of the
kaiaer and hi* system.
\n ArcepUblt Araistice.
An armistice. it in true, might come
fimt and the details of the downfall of
the German autocratic government
might be arranged later. But this is
what an armistice would entail.
First, a atop to the atrocities on
land and sea and the systematic de
struction and devastion in the wake
of the retrentinf German armiea.
Then, the disarmament of all the Ger
man forces and the deposit of their
arms and munition* at pointa to be
chosen by the allied military comman
ders. Then the occupation by allied
forces of certain German cities or
strongholds of stiategic importance. I
Probably also the occupation of all
the submarine basse, a turning over
of the German fleet.
In short it will entail a taking from
Gsrmany of everything with which
she might break "her word to an ar
Prom that point the United tSatM
and the all lea might proceed to die
poee of what remained of kaiserism
if the Oirmm people have not don*
•o, m President Wilson in h < note
plainly invito them t« do.
Gailty NM he
While nowhere in the note does the
President openly join with the en
tente statesmen in the demand that
the "chief criminals must he deliver
ed op for trial," the President'* con
fidants points out that he plainly sub
scribes to the doctrine that the guilt
of bringing on the world war is per
It will be noted that the President
completely rejects the German sug
gestion for a mixed commission to ar
range an evacuation and reminds the,
militarists that they will iccept the
terms laid dowr. ' v Marshal Fuch and,
the associated commanders; that they
will have no part in framing them.
He makes it plain that he does not.
accept the new German government
headed by Chancellor Maximilian as'
anything less autocratic anything le*s
a creature of German militarism than
it* predecessors and wa. ns the Ger
man people that unless they -"—-troy
it the allied armies will do so.
One of the most imports' points i
of his note is that in which he ac
knowledges the present German gov
ernment's unqualified acceptance of
his peace terms and then goes on to
show that those tarms provide speci-'
fically for the substitution r* * wnv
ernment wholly responsible to the
German people themselves for the pre
sent one dominated by the German
ftrqiwlnl Mount Vera** I'ltorun.
Quoting hia Mount Vernon ap«wh.
of July 4, the President reminds Ger
many that his terms call for "the de
struction of every arbitrary powerI
anywhere, that can separately secret- (
ly and of its single choice disturb the
peace of the world; or if it cannot be,
presently destroyed at least its re
duction to virtually i in potency."
He»e, then, follow the words which ,
proclaim with finality that the auto
cratic government of Germany must,
*» awl yUinly invite the German peo-1
pfe to make the eftanjje which wfll f
bring them peace.
"Hie power which hitherto has con-1
trolled the German nation," says the
President's reply, "is of the sort here
described. It is within the choice of
the German people to alter. The pres
ident's words just quoted naturally
constitute a condition precedent to)
peace if peace is to came by the ac-,
tion of the German people themselves
The President feels bound to say that
the whole proceaa of peace will, in his i
judgement, depend upon the definite
ness and the satisfactory character of
the guarantee* which can be given in
this fundamental matter. It is indis
pensable that the governments asso
ciated against Germany should know
beyond preadventure with whom they
Next Move is Germany's
This pronouncement the President's
friends say, fulfills the predictions of
those who declared that when he
asked Prince Maximilian if he merely
represented the military leaders who
had been conducting the war. he was
laying the foundations to show that
the new government of Germany is
no less autocratic than the others and,
for a Anal statement to the German
people themselves that nothing but
their autocratic government stands
between them and the peace which
they so fervently desire. This, the
President's friends say. has been the
whole theory of his diplomacy.
When the President Heculed to say
that if an armistice should he thought
of, it could not be considered without
imposing terms to guarantee th;> rood
faith of Germany and provide for the
maintenance of the military supremacy
of the armies of the United States (
and the entente allies, he undoubtedly
knew what the allied war coucil,
acting on the recommendations of
Marshal Foch and decided upon as
necessary guarantees. These now are
understood to include the occupation
of Met* and Strasshurg and Coblent,
the strategic keys to Germany.
The next move in the great interna -!
tional drama is now expected to take
place in Germany while the armies of
the co-helligenrents thunder at her
gates. Diplomatists are agreed that
what must come from Germany now
is action, not words. She may offer to
comply with the terms and give up
the guarantees which would permit
an armistice. From that point the dis
position of the autocracy might be
considered In connection with the
terms of peace. Otherwise, the opin
ion is unanimous that the victorious
armies of the United States and the
entente allies mast march on.
REPLY IS EVASIVE,
Sp> 4 of Ccrnuui Answer In
dicative at Anxiety of Cmt
muu, He DkIwm.
London. Sunday, (*t 13.- "Tile
speed of the German ref'.y u indica
tive of the anxiety the (Iwmnr '<*!
f r the snfety o' their re' idly rrtmat
ing timy," said ««uat Nor.h.Iii'fe
to an Associated Pr» • represer ative
" if oil will remcmU t at the lima
they wer* Wrf 'fin <ttf>i:ed all it* the
f.uaitania the" played fnr delay, May
delay," hi ortin.ied. "Now thf> ure
firht'nir t.> %iin day*, even hetu*. Aa
I rend 'heir reply, it is ncUher < andid
nor itraVhtfnrward. It rrnti**' of
evasion*. These eva'iot, are ma le
for the purpose of unbuiancinr the
mind* of simple foil.'* in allied oun
trie.. and for the purpo «• «<f cr : inc
inc the discontented «rtiM ' t the
German people th.it the »!"«.-■ v .I! n«t
-rep» what is declared l>y "I"™! to
'.-ok 'iki a reasonable <>(T >r ef || ace.
"The character of the answer dhows
the atmo^phr'e of equirucatii <1 i.i
which he German government live*
and moves. Germany in fact only de
clares herself ready to comply, she
doe* n t ror1 ply. She l.aa not accep
ted the president'* terms. SVp only
say*—untruly -that those terms have
S«en accept «<l'
"You wi'l mnfmlif' that in 1870
the Germans when they had ihe ifi.-at
Frenrh army enveloped at Sedan, de
clined to give an armistice. Bi.-""iarcfc
«aM* : .
"'C'rmany de.ire.. to promote th»
re-establishmeit of peatre. The best
mean) of •swrinp it is to deprive
France of her arcry."
"t* 1*1" S-w.-iran ' "-Hs »*!] lrv*k
at the map* in their newspaper to
day they will that Marshal Foch
is rap:dly driving the Germans into a
girantic Sedan—not the Sedan of
1870. The number of retiring Gerr
mar.s far outnumbered the French
army in 1870.
"If we grant an armistice we shall
be prmiHng ■Material for a great pro
longation of war. Tf we leave tile mat
ter to Marshal Foch he will end the
war. Bulgaria is out. Turkey " is go
ing out. Au tria-Hungary is on the
verge of a revolution.
"The combined efforts of Ameri
cana, associated with the armies of
France, Great Britain. Italy and Bel
gium. will end this struggle and put a
stop to any possible recrudescence of
An Active Program
For Women Agents.
Mrs. Jrne S. McKimmon reports a
most interesting schedule for the
year's work in the Home Demonstra
tion Ciubs. One particularly striking
program stresses the making of new
garments from aid. The scarcity of
wool has made it necessary that every
old coat suit, cloak, or dress should he
remodeled or retouched that the WW
woolen cloth may go to keep the sol
diers warm this winter. At the meet
ing each club member is requested to
wear some old dress that she desires
to remodel, and plans for just how it
can beet be done are discussed by the
Just at this time the Home Demon
stration agents have had to drop ev
erything else and try to organize
their clubs into aids to doctors and
nurses in this terrible influenza epi
demic. They are supervising diet
kitchens collecting garments and ban
dages for the sick, and going in as
nurses where they are needed. One
city agent who was to resign the mid
dle of October to go everseas as die
titian writes: "Icannot leave here
now until this awful epidemic is over.
Conditions are somewhat improved,
but my people need me still. So far.
the county agent and I have been
spared, and we are keeping our diet
kitchens open night and day. Oneofuf
takes charge of the night work and
one of us supervise* things by day."
In Wadesboro there is to be put on
by the home demonstration forces in
co-operation with the Bed Cross a big
competition "sing" between a colored
choir of Anson county 300 strong and
one of the same site from Union. The
proceeds from this novel contest will
go to the Red Cross.
Cuba Gives Cigarettes.
I^ondon. Sept. 20.—The governm. nt
ofCuba hm Mnt to the American
Red Cross in Europe 240,040 cigar
etter an<1 ?i.!>00 packaires of smoking
tobacco for distribution to American
"T1>i« is a rift from the Pa ban peo
ple in recognition of the work at tha
American army and • token of tha
ulncere friendnh'p between Cuba and
tha United States," writaa tha Cuban
minister in transmitting tha gift