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LIFE IN THK AVIATION CAMPS.
Mount Olive Boy Gives An Interest
ing Account of the Daily Routine in
the Life of I'nele Sam's "Eyes of
the Army." No Monotony or Dull
(By M. B. Andrews.)
Kenly, February 8? The following
letter from the Hancock Training
Camp, of Georgia, will almost ex
plain itself. It was written by my
youngest brother, Mr. Alva E. An
drews, Mount Olive, North Carolina.
As the letter will show he is now go
ing through the final process of train
ing before sailing for France. It will
be noticed that there is a reference
in the letter to a trip we took to the
west. He and I were members of a
large party who went on a rough
neck trip roOnd about through ap
proximately thirty states including
California, where we visited the Pan
ama Exposition. While on this trip
he and I went under pet names; his
name was "Joe," and my name was
"Dudley." With the above explana
tions in mind, the reader will be able
to follow the letter perfectly.
"2 February, 1918.
"Dear Dudley, Sister Dudley,
and Little Dudley:
"One of the disadvantages of being
a soldier is that it is very hard to get
mail. I received your second of Jan
uary letter addressed to me at Fort
Thomas only a week ago. I was cer
tainly glad to hear from you. It was
a pleasant surprise to learn that you
had sent my Christmas letter to the
papers to be published.
"I guess you have noticed that I
am in the 'Motor Mechanics' regi
ment, and no doubt ou have wondered
just what that means. Well, it covers
practically everything that pertains
to Flying. Almost everyone of the
ment, and no doubt you have wondered
something. Some are mechanics, some
are chauffeurs, some are clerks, and
some are flyers ? mostly in the embryo
state. We are supposed to be able to
go to an aviation base and take
charge, send out flyers, wireless ope
rators, construction engineers, nnd
men of almost every other mechanical
profession. Practically all of our men
have been in service several months
and have been picked from almost
every camp in the union, including ,
draft camps. A large proportion of
them are college graduates, from
^^arvard, Yale, and various other in
"If a fellow fails to show up in
every detail, he is thrown out at once.
Thirty officers have been discharged
within the last week; two of them
were colonels, and two were briga
dier-generals. No favors are shown
even the officers themselves if they
prove unfit, for Genend Pershing has
already ordered us to cross at once.
Of course, it is hard to keep qualified
as a member of this group; to use the
favorite college phrase, it takes guts
? and a plenty of them.
"I have hopes of crossing right
away, as I signed up for immediate
service abroad; still I maybe delayed
for a while, for there are so many
who are anxious to go that the au
thorities have found it necessary to
select the favorite ones by ballot ? the
favorite cnes are those, of course, who
happen to be lucky enough to be
chosen to go first. The officers say,
however, that we will all go plenty
soon ? and here's hoping.
"Examinations are almost a fad
here; our men were examined physi
cally on ten conseiutive days . Sever
cally on ten consecutive days. Sever
examinations are given real often.
My two pals and I were called out for
a special test yesterday; we were ex
amined as to our knowledge of the
French language. I think that the
two years of French I had in college
will help me considerably.
"Each man is given a service card
showing what he is qualified to do;
among other things, I am credited
with being able to drive any make of
automobile produced in the United
"The different phases of life are the
most varied imaginable; each man
takes his turn on guard, as kitchen
police, and as everything else. Prob
ably one day a man will be dirty and
greasy from one kind of work, and
next day perhaps he will be dressed
up doing something different alto
gether. We have a good deal of liter
ary work to do. We often go scout
ing. As you mentioned in your last
letter, our experiences remind me
very much of our trip to the west ?
except we now have a great deal more
of t.Ne rough work. When we have
different work, it surpasses even the
hardest I have ever done; to use Mr
Roosevelt's phrase, it is strenuous.
However we have lots of things to
divert our minds. We have several
splendid bands that give us good
music at the Young Men's Christian
Association Hall. We also have
wrestling matches .races, ball games,
and other things of equal interest.
We sleep in tents, and all our modes
of living are very primitive indeed.
But the life surely agrees with me
for I have already gained eight
pounds ? due more, perhaps, to the
regular exercises than to the grub.
I am afraid beans and stewed prunes
are not calculated to fatten people.
Four of us boys slipped off the other
morning and cut wood until dinner for
some pies. But seriously, our food
is good; though our bill of fare is
simple, we get everything we need to
"You will be pleased to learn that
our particular camp had led the en
tire country in regard to health for
three consecutive weeks. We did not
have a single death last week; and
when you consider that we have sixty
thousand men in camp, you will con
clude with us that our record is a
"I hope you all are still getting
along well. I would have written
sooner, but was waiting for a perman
ent address. We have been promised
one ever since coming here, but we
have not been given it yet. My ad
dress was changed three times last
week. There is a notice on the bul
letin board now for us not to leave
our street, saying that we are liable
to leave this camp on a moment's
notice. Not one of us knows where
he is going. My present address is
on the envelope. Write me accord
ingly. I will get your letter some
time, but no doubt it will be delayed.
"As a final word for this time, al
low me to say that I have taken out
ton thousand dollars of war insurance.
"Give my love to all; train Dudley,
Jr. up to be a soldier for Uncle Sam;
write to me real soon.
Mr. and Mrs. John Johnson spent
Sunday at the home of Mr. W. G.
Mr. Joe Boykin and family spent
the week-end in this community with
Mr. and Mrs. H. II. Creech sjient
Saturday night and Sunday with rela
tives in Wakefield.
Mr. and Mrs. Loomis Strickland,
from near Friendship, visited at the
home of Mr. J. R. Creech Sunday.
Mr. Claud Narron made a business
trip to Zebulon Saturday.
Mr. Elbert Atkinson spent a few
days last week with his brother near
Messrs. Ruel and Percell Narron
and Battle Creech spent the week-end
with relatives and friends in Zebulon.
The cold weather has been a great
hindrance to some travelers this
winter but not to the "stork." He
recently left a fine girl at the home
of Mr. W. O. Hocutt and a 10 pound
boy at Mr. A. A. Narron's.
We have never heard of so much
whooping cough. Hardly a home in
our community has escaped it. The
writer thinks that the quarantine
laws ought to be more strict and
stijonger enforced in such trouble
Fletcher, the small child of Mr.
Roscoe Lewis, is severvly ill with
pneumonia ? after effects of whoop
These warm spring days are begin
ning to make the "Doubting Thom
ases" think that there is some virtue
in the ground hog tale after all, and
has put the farmers busy making
tobacco beds, hauling fertilizers and
turning rusty plow bolts. We hope
that none of us may have cause to
lose confidence in the "ground hog"
story, and that every one may fully
realize that "every cloud has 4 silver
The school at Sandy Spring is pro
gressing nicely under the manage
ment of Mr. D. C. Massey, Principal,
and Miss Mamie Hocutt assistant.
We hear that the attendance is very
good. ? Reporter.
ITL'IICJ l'l>/t\? 1 i/n
i i lii'in r AUiTi rin it uai\?\
Four Oaks, Feb. 18. ? Mrs. Wilbern,
of Richmond, Va., is the guest of her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. E. Davis.
Mr. Arthur West, Who has been
sick at home since Christmas with
measles returned to Camp Jackson
Mr. Junius Lee,- of Camp Sevier,
spent Sunday here with his brother,
Mr. W. H. Lee.
Miss Gladys Adams is here from
Louisburg for a few days.
Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Creech, of
Smithfield, visited friends here Sun
Miss Mabel Coffinberger spent Sun
day and Monday in LaGrange.
Messrs. W. E. Barbour, Daniel,
Lonnie and Robert Keen made a busi
ness trip to Raleigh Tuesday.
Attorney J. R. Barbour, Chief
Henry and Willis Moore, of Benson,
were on our streets Tuesday.
Mrs. Ben F. Royal and son, Ben,
Jr., of Morehead City, are spending
some time with her parents, Mr. and
Mrs. B. B. Adams.
Mrs. Laura Creech has returned
home from Coats much improved,
after being confined to her room with
pneumonia for a month.
Capt. Elie Denson, of Charlotte,
spent Monday here shaking hands
with his many friends.
AMEND CEREAL ORDER
AS REGARDS FARMERS.
Mr. Hoover SayH That He Will Have
Mr. Page Modify Recent Require
ment. Mr. Doughton Took It Up.
Washington, February 12. ? Food
Administrator Herbert C. Hoover will
issue orders to State Administrator
Page to modify his recent order com
pelling every one who buys flour to
buy an equal amount of cornmeal or
some kind of cereal. Mr. Hoover
told Representative Doughton today
that he would have the order modi
fied and that he would notify Mr.
Page at once to do so.
While Mr. Hoover did not go into
details as to how the order is to be
modified it is assumed that it will not
compel, for instance, formers wh*>
raise corn and have their meal ground
at neighboring mills, to buy corn
meal when they need flour. It is
said the matter will be worked out in
a way that will cause as little incon
venience as possible and that the ad
ministrator will not make it obliga
tory upon those who already have
their own meal to buy a surplus when
they have no need for cornmeal or
Mr. Doughtoh decided that drastic
action was necessary to have the or
der changed while he was in North
Carolina last week. He found in his
district that the order was working
untold hardships upon the people in
the farming localities because these
farmers had, in many instances, meal
to sell, yet they were compelled to
buy meal in order to get enough flour
to have biscuits for breakfast.
Mr. Doughton explained the situa
tion to Mr. Hoover who expressed a
willingness to have the order modi
fied and said he would notify Mr.
Pago at once to change 'the order in
such a way that those who already
have cornmeal will be allowed to buy
flour without an additional purchase
of meal or cereals.
Vera M. Asbury, of Drexel, has
been appointed a clerk in the war
department and Paul D. Satchwell,
of Wilmington, appointed a clerk in
the treasury department. ? Parker R.
Anderson, in Greensboro News.
What It Is and What to do for It.
Mumps is generally considered a
sorry little disease and a joke | by
everybody except the patient. Health
authorities, as a rule, pay very little
attention to it, because its prevention
usually costs more in time, effort and
money than the ravages of the dis
ease warrant. But even at that, the
disease ranked fifth in the United
States navy in importance in 1915,
and even now many of our men in
the training camps are incapacitated
as a result of a "swell" case of
Thus far no one has successfully
isolated the germ or specific cause of
mumps. It appears that the infection
is carried in the secretion of the
mouth and nose and that it is "catch
in" when a victim of the disease
coughs or sneezes without using a
handkerchief for a muffler or strain
er, causing others who have not had
the disease to inhale polluted second
hand air particularily in closed rooms
or poorly ventilated schools, offices,
churches and stores. To prevent in
fection as in the case of most other
infectious diseases, all discharges
from the mouth, nose and throat
should be carefully destroyed and not
scattered out on common roller tow
els, drinking cups and door knobs.
Mumps are usually characterized
by feverishness and a severe swelling
just below and in front of one or both
ears. Eating, chewing and talking
sometimes become difficult or very
painful. While very few fatalities
result from mumps it is very impor
tant that the patient remain quietly
in bed during the height of the dis
ease. Working, walking, or even sit
ting up frequently cause serious com
plications involving other glands.
Ordinarily no medicine is required
and if the bowels are kept freely
opened and hot compresses applied
to the affected parts, the disease will
run its course in from one to two
As you did it to my brother,
You did it unto Me.
His wounds were Mine, his hardships
We bore them all for thee.
It was I whom you did succor.
When he trod that toilsome track;
He had been in hell, and you knew it
When you gave us welcome back.
I am there with all my brothers,
Who give their all for Me.
Can life grudge aught to those who
At such cost to set her free,
And on their painful ctosscs bought
Her Larger Liberty.
? John Oxenham.
ROYALL SCHOOL NOTES.
North Carolina Day will be held at
the Royall School (Elevation) on Fri
day, February 22, beginning at two
o'clock. The teachers and the pupils
ure trying to make this a great patri
otic rally for the community, and the
public is cordially invited to attend
this meeting and help us enjoy the
program which is as follows:
1. Song ? Star Spangled Banner.
2. Recitation ? Meaning of the
3. Poem ? Your Flag and My Flag.
4. Tableux ? Liberty and Her Allies.
5. Song ? America.
6. Why We Are at War.
7. Poem ? We Are Coming.
8. Song ? God Keep, Save, Hold our
9. Reading ? Conservation of Food.
10. Dialogue ? The Red Cross.
11. Why Our Country Accepted the
12. Recitation ? My Flag.
13. Song ? Dixie Farmers.
14. Address ? Speaker to be an
15. Song ? Battle Hymn of the Re
There was a game of basket ball
played on the home ground on Febru
ary the first between our boys and
the Elevation School team. The
Royall team won by a score of twenty
one to thirteen.
FOOD ADMINISTRATOR PAGE
MODI FES THE FLOUR ORDER
Raleigh, Feb. 12. ? Food Adminis
trator Henry A. Page today made an
exception in the recent order requir
ing purchase of equal amount of
cereals with ptound for pound for
flour. The farmer who raises his own
cereals may buy flour without taking
meal or other substitutes, 25 pounds
being the limit of flour so bought.
This straightens out the most em
barrassing feature of the new act.
"Mandy went to the party las' time,
and dun seen Willyum dar, and she's
all cut up 'bout it."
"You mean that she was cut by
William's coldness, Sarah?"
"No'm; she warn't dun cut up wiv
Willyum's coldness; what dun cut dat
wooman up was Willym's razah, yaas,
'm." ? Baltimore American.
SIX BOOKS FREE.
We Have One Set of the Ethel Morton
liooks Which We will Give Free
to the First Rural School in John
ston County that Sends Us Three
Dollars for Two New Subscribers
to The Smithfield Herald One Year.
There are six titles in the set. They
were written by Mabell S. C. Smith
and are suitable for girls 12 to 16
years of age. The titles are:
ETHEL MORTON AT SWEET
BRIER LODGE, 247 pages.
ETHEL MORTON AT ROSE
HOUSE, 248 pages.
ETHEL MORTON AT CHAUTAU
QUA, 250 pagi .s.
ETHEL MORTON'S HOLIDAYS,
ETHEL MORTON AND THE
CHRISTMAS SHIP, 246 pages.
ETHEL MORTON' ENTERPRISE,
These books are neatly bound in
cloth and printed from large clear
type. They are easy to read anu will
make a good addition to any school
library. The books sell for fifty cents
But we will give the six volumes
free postpaid to any rural school
Library for only two new yearly sub
scribers to The Smithfield Herald and
three dollars. Only one set and it
will be given to the first order re
ceived. Will sell the set of books for
Should we get subscribers from
more than one school we will permit
the teacher to select other books as
THE HERALD BOOK STORE,
Smithfield, N. C.
My Brick store recently occu
pied by D. T. Worley & Company
is for sale. The building is
25x65 feet on a lot 25x75 feet.
For price and terms apply to
J. H. WORLEY
Selma, N. C.
Roofing and Wire
We have received a ear load of American Wire Fenc
ing, and can now fill your wants. Also a large lot of
Poultry netting fence 2 to 5 feet.
See us for Asphalt Roofing. A good Asphalt Roofing
properly put down will last for many years. We have this
Roofing from $1.50 square to Seven Dollars.
Cotter Hardware Co.
7 Smithfield, N. C.
YOU know what broiling
does to steak, baking to a
potato ? and toasting to bread.
In each case flavor is brought
out by cooking ? by "toasting."
So you can imagine how
toasting improves the flavor
of the Burley tobacco used in
the Lucky Strike Cigarette.
Another Lot Family Bibles just
HERALD BOOK STORE
Well Finished, Strong, Durable, Light Draft.
Rib Strengthened Mold, Full Chilled Shinpiece, Interlocked
Point, Land and Standard. Point has Face Chill, Wide Edge
Chill, Long Snoot Chill, Patented Extension and U the
STRONGEST and MOST DURABLE Chilled Point made.
When buying a Plow, consider Quality Firtt, Price Second
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