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The enterprise. volume (Williamston, N.C.) 1899-201?, October 04, 1918, Image 1

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Dtvottd to the lnrtreM o{ Martin County in Ganaral & V iiiasaaton in Particular 19. Number 46 from Somewhere in America to Somewhere in France ___________ ( Hardly did we realize when v i left home to answer our c untries call, that we would be £ merwhere in France long be f re the beautiful snow would i ve mother earth a coat of \ hite, but we are here and 1 aking the best of it. Our ex l riences have been many-- e me of them very trying--but \ d have withstood the test and { -e as happy as a lark, trying to I rl'orm the mission that was I aced in our hands. As all "Over r J.iere" are interested in thewel -1 re of the boys "Over Here" t id their experiences, 1 will try t relate some of mine after 1 iving our camp and enroute 1 er the Atlantic Brook and then l Somewhere in France. If I \ to relate them in detail I c uld .write for a week so I will r. U»te*the mo at interesting ones i brief. So here it goes: After several weeks of good I iVd training at a southern camp ! ie Regiment of which 1 am a ) ember received the order -to l-ive the A. E. F. stamped on 1 leir Barrack bags and pack up >eir "Duds" and get resdy to ake the trip across the B-iny eep'or as you would say "Over tere". We started on our long , ;urney one beautiful Saturday iOrning about 8 o'clock and we : ire felt like millionaires, for we ud very fine sleepers to travel i The trip was full of interest ind many, spectacular sights ere to be seen on our journey irough thirteen States. We topped at several places to avail jrselves of that famous "Sev nth Inning" stretch to loosen p the stiffened joints a trifle, y parading through the main iorough fares Wherever we 'ent we were applauded to the i most and every factory window nd those in the homes brought irth shouts of applause that ade one soon realize that he as not in civil life anymore, ut in the army To put the pro er finish to this, we of course elped them along, but it did ot take us long before we were narikful, that we were in posi ion to bring forth a whisper. Th« Red Cross performed heir part in a very admirable vay and at almost every station ve were served with hot Java, ruit, etc., and cigarettes were landed out in such numbers, hat the supply lasted until we Tot to the next station and these „ :ourtesies certainly proved to .he boys, that there was more to he Red Cross Organization than nerely the name and began to -ealize where the money went hat was donated to this noble •ause, before they were fitted >ut in the uniform of the most Kipular design approved by Sam's Fashion Center. Finally after several days of traveling through tunnels and valleys, over hills and trestle work, we arrived at an eastern camp where we spent consider able time at all duties required of a soldier. The life at ttys camp was verv agreeaple in spite of some of the inconveniences, . as it was not so terrible hot there us at the other camp Again came the order to move, and with full field pack ( it yeemed to weigh a ton) we gall | antly started for the gang plank i of the boat that was to take us ™ across the Atlantic Creek, It was a funny sensation to see the land lade away and the old Goddeiss ot Liberty did not even smile. The ship on which we traveled was not a regular passenger linpt, tout a regular troop ship, and when it came to classes they never took the first, second and steerage into consideration and we were in about the 58th varie ty and had one on old Heinz of pickle fame, but it was the lar gest ship in our little caravan and when it came to speed it did not lack any. The captain of the ship looked just like all the rest of them heavy mustache, goatee and kinda fat, but the small boys Br-V v THE ENTERPRISE aboard certainly amused me, for their lingo seemed so peculiar to ' ' me, but it did not take us long to i?et wise to it. In spite of the , congested conditions and poor ; ventilation and other conditions we soon ihade up with them and before long we were again as happy as if we had our right i senie. Heavy beams on the ceilr , ing'of the boat with plenty of ( hooks furnished the place for the hammocks to be strung from and | it took regular acrobatic stunts , to get into them and then it , meant lay quiet or down you go , hard on the hard floor. The first | night I was lucky enough to ] draw a hammock, but the next , night luck was against me and I received a matress instead and , made my bunk on the floor. Well it was real comfortable, but the , next morning to my surprise a beautiful pair of about No. 12 Hobnails were dangling in inv face and it did not take me long to dodge the other hammecks I and hike for the place where the , waves often play cross tag, for t fear that the rope of the ham -1 mock might break. The next , night the '"man above" had the heart to take off his hobnails , and as he was ticklish under his "hoofs it did not take me long . to let him know that the place r for his feet was upstairs The boys held up very well ! throughout the trip and only a > few of them got seasick, but those that did almost had to an ; chor their hobnails to the deck 1 to prevent them from going over ■ board One night while fast ! asleep and dreaming of days gone I by, I was suddenly awakened bv a bump on the chin. At first I 1 thught a fish had "kicked" me, but_when'l looked around I 1 found myself bleeding like a i stuck hog and a beautiful Bteel ! helmet lying at my side, which r had fallen from one of the racks : above, while one of the boys was ; getting his overcoat for a cover, ; well if this is all the bumps I get in this fray I will not eomplain, but I sure will remember that i helmet I After a long journey over the ; deep we finally landed at a Euro ' pean port and it was raining like sixty Our Company Commander ' gave orders to put up a good i front, as our "Rookie" days were 1 over and we could show the peo ple that we were real soldiers ■ and were not allowed to talk or - yell at any of the spectators * Well we did put up the front all - right, but it sure was some job } at that, for the heavy pack sure 1 did make the face ' leak" and 1 the sweat just ran down our 3 foreheads with poor chances of 1 getting hold of our handkerchiefs i as we were marching at "Atten * tion". Some kindhearted old lady ' saw me in my predicament and f offered me her handkerchief, but I did not make the effort to f get it and she finally put on i my arm. I certainly 1 appreciated i her efforts and was only sorrv 1 that her address was not includ - ed, so that I might be able 1 to repay her for her kind -3 ness or at least send her a letter e of thanks Arriving at the rail • rofcd station and a bunch of girls e singing "The Yanks are Coming" 1 in their peculiar lingo, we sure i did laugh, for when we saw those I dinky little engines and cars we - almost dropped, for they sure ' were only a drop in the bucket s {against those at home, but when a [ it came to speed, they just sizzed II along. At the next camp the s. real circus began and when we . I went to buy things, the old say i i ing of "two bits'' lost its popu , llarity and it seemed funny to it run around with a "Pound" of f money in your pocket atlin one j piece—but it did opt take us long J to get wise to the coins of this • place. Even though we were I "roped" a bit. we soon found our - old standby, the Y. M. C. A. the 1 best friend the boys have, where i we were given full value for our e money. Without a "Y",we are t! lost and they have just opened e one here. So if its ever a cause s which the "Y" is striving for. Williamstoii, Martin Couptv, N. C. October, 4, 1918 don't forget that they are our best friends. After a short stay at this camp we were again put aboard another ship and we were on the last lap of our journey "Over Here". The sights on this ship were amazing and after we had unslung our equipment and plac ed them in proper order it was almost time to hit the "hay". T stayed on the deck as long as I possibly could and when I went down to our quarters a sight greeted me that I will never for get and the only way I can ex press it is by saying: That one mass of human flesh covered the equippments and to help it along I simply piled in with the rest and made the best of it- longings for that good old bed at home soon arose, but after one has been in the army for a while you Ret bo that vou can sleep in a "Ddgtent" 011 the ground as well as you do in one of those beds over here that seem to have if feathers about three feet deep in them. The next morning after a horrible night* on rough sea (during which time many said. Europe) we put our feet on solid ground again and then it was another long hike to another rest camp. After a day at this place we "mooched" on again and were put aboard another train which was to take us to our pre sent location. Every time we re ceived our rations for the trip I had the honor to carry the cann ed "Willie" (corn beef) for our squad and since oarrying it BO many times I seem to like it and even hardtack tastes good when you are hungry. The trip to this place was sure ly interesting and many sights were to be seen. The buildings here are verv odd, but beautiful in architecture and we saw sev eral of the oldest ones, that are crumbling with age. Well we ar rived all 0. K and are now sta tioned Somewhere in France, where we will complete our train ing, which will be. an indefinite time. We are all feeling good af ter our wearisome journey of over OOUO miles which is some ground to cover, but every foot of it has been interesting in spite of some of the hardships, which we had to undergo. The places over here are very odd and anti que in every'respect and 1 can not understand how they keep abreast with the times as com parison to the good old U. S. A It is a spectacular sight to see a two wheeled cart as one of the main means of transportation, where at home a Ford would be burning the edges off the curb stone to get there on time. The villiages are very typical and house and barn are of the com bination type uud a law manure pile generally heads the column of adornment All houses are built of stone or brick and are very Substantial in con struction, electrict light and gas, hard and soft water facilities are not at ones disposal as in days gone by. Our nearest wash place is a creek about a block from our quarters, but the wa ter is nice und clear and answers the .purpose as washbowl, gener al bath and laundry and cold enough to wake up a dead man when we go for our morning splash-it sure is the most essen tial cure for drowsiness and all other ailments I have ever seen and it is no wonder that quack doctors signs and patent medicine advertisements do not adorn every other door or fencepost. The method of washing clothes is another non-appealing one, but very essential to those who are in need of ex -rcise to ease up their muscles a trifle end work up an appetite*lo the high est pitch. At the creek we Ivy our clothes on stones and thai its heavy on the scrub-brush ant soap is not in abundance either., At another place they have a 1 sort of a box filled partially with straw to protect the knees, while another board is nailed to the top of this box which leada to the creek and answers the purpose of a w|shboard, but the genius who deljsed this scheme, forgot the zinc corrugation to help take off thfedirt. The horse power of the' 'Mectric Wringer" depends solely Jhon|the muscles you have in Stir hands, but when it comes wringing the heavy shirts Jfa trousers we generally form * company and make it a regular Merry-Go Rournd atunt-jOll yes. we're in the army now? J? The country jjbd landscapes are very pretty Ad they have a very peculiar wajfiif laying out their farms and felces are seldom to be seen, but |be method is very appealing ani the greatest I ever saw. The inkthod of culti vation is also very odd and mod ern machinery has not entered the first stages of popularity here yet The people are very kind and do all within their pow er to make us comfortable and contented. They work hard and diligently and make the best of the conditions in realization of heater days to come. In spite of the terrible stress which they have undergone they take their part well and even though tears take the places of smiles in a great many instances, they have not given up hope and bear their lot bravely. Anpther fancy of theirs which struck me very funny was, that if a man and woman go to enter the same dooh~- the"' lady opens the door and lets the man in first. But this need not be considered as odd, for what is right "Over There" is left "Over here". Sty les also do not take up a promi nent role here and the clothes they wear are very plain and when the girls are at work they have beautiful big wooden shoes for footdress. At work the girls can do the manatf ofVftms with a pitchfork about as well as we can with our rifles. We can not understand the language, but by maneuvers with the hands and feet and twitching of the face we manage to get along fairly well and they are learning fast (we also) and by the time this struggle is over with, things will 'be different in this country. | When J first got here j thought every kid J saw was a girl, as all seemed to have dresses on, but after a day or so I noticed that all children wear dress aprons sure some stunt to save on soap and water :' The value of American made goods is also recognized to a great extent here and the boys can not quite save these that ar ■ made here and the population in general is getting wise to the quality and are buying them at every opportunity. The orders and commands we receive at times seem very fool ish, but they are the proper tests of the discipline one possesses, which is the most essential thing jn the army and also later in civ il life again, for the old- gag of wait a minute don't go here, but do it as quickly as possible and the best you can Our officers are very efficient officers, in fact the best one could wish for and are real men from head to foot and treat us in a very admirable way and do all they can for the boys and endure the hardships with the boys in a verv manly w.iy There is not one of tliem who feels himself too proud to the same "Chow" the boy i eat, in spite of their rank, and LIIIS IS one reason the tests are very trying at times but when you are training under such officers as we have, the task is much easier accomplished and one goes to it with vim and vigor and forgets the hard part. Everyone of the boys has a good word for them. I The boys are holding up very} well and we have not lost a man in outfit, all are doing their ut -1 most and the progress is to be admired and the officers were nighly complimented on the work , their army was doing by some of the highest officials. Aeroplanes are as common here las sparrows at home ami we | hardly take the time to look up 'to see them anymore Today a I of them passed over here again-there were seven in a bunch and of course this caught our eye. for we were wondering what had become of the eight one or the Corporal of the squad. Uncle Sam sure has a model way of caring for his boys over here and every available precau tion for their health and happi ness is used and we are not lack ing anything, even tho eats are good when the arrive on time, The only thing that lacks at times it that the people at home get tardy and forget to write and a letter from home is just as satisfying as a meal The other day we received our first mail since being here and the wav the boys shouted was grati fying, but it was unlucky for tl cencor, as when they had rea l them, they had plenty of things to write abjut, and then the poor censor had his "Inning", Many other interesting could be related, but this will take too much time to do so Well in spite of themanv experiences we are still here and as live ac live can be and the sooner we perform the mission we were sent here for, the sooner will we be able to return to the good old U. S. A and that will be soon, for it is the grandest country on the globe and the trip over here proved it to us within a short time. With love and hest regards to all- I must now close and assur ing you that the boys with the '"Cheesecutters" are coming hack in their 0. D's. bigger, better, healtier and more experienced men who have learned to rely on themselves. 1 remain as ever, A Doosrhboy Somewhere In France. Written by Corporal, Herman F. Gerdom Co., F. 52nd In ft., To All County Agents Saturday 1 telegraph to the Director of Extcntion a denial of the press statement that Secre tary Houston had advised the {'resident that 25 cents would be fair price for this year's coiton crop, I am so disturbed over this false and unfounded rumor that I have taken this opportunity of putting the language in your hands direct for fear the Direc-. tors may not be able to get it to you. — As soon asSecretary Houston's attention was called to the fact that a falße rumor was being cir culated in the South to the ef fect that he had expressed an opinion on a price for cotton, he immediately gave out the fol lowing statement: "A statement concerning cot ton price fixing appearing in a Washington paper on Saturday to the effect that it was under stood that Secretary Houston had expressed the opinion 25 cents would be fair price for this year's cotton. This statement, and any other statement that may have been made purporting to represent the views of Secre- Houston as to the price for oot ton, if any is to be fixed, is ut terly without foundation. The Secretary has expessed no opin iorftas to the price of cotton." Yours Truly, Bradford Kuapp, Chief Announcement The Parent Teacher's Associa tion will me it in the" graded school building Tuesday Oct. Bth at 4 p. m., All parents are re quested to be present, so that the association may be perfect ed. Show your cooperation bv attending. \ E, E. Bundy, Supt. Ready (or Owning Carry your cotton to VV, VV. Rol»erson and have it ginned, We ginn every Tuesday and ly"iday, We will, ginn your cotton and 1 grind your corn at the same timjfr: w w Volierson. -J ••'\ i ' 7 ""*k /M 1 i > J '. . ~ JJ About National Highway Special to Th. Entmrpriam Birmingham, Ala., Sept., Much interest is being aroused throughout the country over the tour of theßankhead Pathfinding Commission, which will inspect a number of prosposed routes from Memphis, Tenti., to El Pasco, Texas. There are two routes to inspect between Mem phis ann Little Koek; two routes between Little Rock and Fort Smith; one route between Little Rock via Hot Springs to Texar kana. Ark., two routes in Okla homa: two routes in New Mexico and three routes in Texas The official party will start from Memphis Tenn., October 15th and will be composed of Ex Congressman T. S. Plowman, President and J. A Rountree. Sec'y of the Bankhead National Highway Assocition, and one United States Government En gineer, one Civil Engineer, three distinguished disinterested citi zens living East of the Mississippi Ri/er. There will be several newspaper representatives, pho tograhers, etc. The official ,party will be composed of ten atftl will travel in automobiles The Path finding party will have the latest equipment for observations of the topography of the country roads. They will have maps, data and all information about each they are to inspect, before they start so they will know the route when they commence to travel over the same. The Path finding Commission, who pass on route is composed of five mem bers; they will make a report of the most fnvorable route from Little Rock to El Paso and the Board of Directors will receive the same. Secretary Rountree, who is arranging details of the Tour and who will have charge of the party, reports that, from the letters and telegrams received that the I'athing Commission will receive a most cordial wel come in the States of Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas. The people are anxious for the route to be settled and each wants it, through his state and town, and especially since theßankhead Highway Route is definitely settled from Washing ton via Richmond, Raleih, Green ville, S. C , Atlanta, Birming ham to Memphis, Tenn., passing directly through seventeen can foments and military post avia tion fields, making it a tyical military road and with the pro spects of the Government build the same, The Senate Committee on Mili tary Atrairs, of which Senator Chamberlain is Chairman, lias net December 18th fur the pur pose of hearing and showing wtiy the Bankhead Highway shonld be taken over as a mili tary road and built by the Government. Farm lo de Sold at Auction Atlantic Coast Krafty Co. ,'»n aotince un auction sale of the farm known as the Jim Roebuck Farm which is locate*! on the WilHainston and Greenville road four miles from Uobersouville and three miles from liveretts. This sale will take place on day next (October 11 )■ at 10:30 A. M. There are SOI) acres to be sul> divided into small farms and sold to the highest bidder. A brass band will and a free dinner served to all who attend. Teacher* Eliminations 4' ' ' Kxaniiuations for teachers for county and state certificates. held at th* court house on Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday October Bth, 'Jtli and 10th, A. J. Manning, Superintecdsnt, WE will clean your old gold and silver ware cheap. No scratching Bring it to, McGow an's store. t-f L AfeudMM will flad Mf ColuaataUtakKayto MOO Martin Cwratr Hotbm. Established 1898 Williamnton Pergonal K. W. Cobb was in town We nesday on business. Misa Helen Powell, of Parmeh was a visitor in town Thursday Ashby Dunn of Scotland Nec was in town Wednesday.- Nash D. Cox, of Rosemar; was a visitor in town this wee Mrs. Bettie Gurkins returne 1 Tuesday from a visit to Blac ; Mountains. Mrs Fred Gardner is visitir ; her daughter in Everett th i week Dr. Jospeh O'Hare, of PI; - mouth, was in town on busine t this week. .Joseph D. Biggs, of Washint - ton, was in town Wednesday t \ business. M iss Jessie Hodges spent tl i week-end in Washington wii i relatives. •4 1 rs J. G. Godard spent tl week-end in Greenville with hr mother Mis* Helen Maynard, of Rocl r Mount is the guest of Miss Irei e Smith this week. Miss Eva Peel, of Roberso - ville spent the week-end he e with her parents. W. C. Manning was inTarbc .) Monday to a meeting of t i County Food Administrators. Miss Elizabeth Quinnerly, f the School faculty, spent tee week-end at her home in Gree - ville. Mrs. .).' S. Rhodes and M». Julian Freeman went to Ri - mond Wednesday for a few da. i Mrs. Andrew L. Pendleton, ' Roanoke, Va. is visiting her e - ter Mrs C H. Godwin on Mr n Street- ". _„ 1. '... » Dr. R. P. Huffman who 1 s charge of Hog Cholra Eradh tiot} and Central work in t e northeastern section'of the Str c was in town this week. Children Day Exercises will e held at the Methodist Chui h- Sunday night at 8:00 o'clo' v. The public is cordially invited o attend. See The Fourth Liberty Loan Tr. o At Williamston Arrived Oct. 15th at 7 p m. Leave Williamston 8:30 a i Oct. lflth. Arrive Everett B:sn a. i ~ Oct, Kith. Leaves Everett I>:so a. j_i., Oct. Kith. Arrive Robersonville 11:0;'. a. m.. Oct. Kith. Leave Robersonville 1:30 p. n, Oct Kith. The train will be filled w ;h war trophies captured from is enemy and will be shown ; ii explained by a squad of our )i --diers, who will explain the r dinance and supplies used by tr boys overseas. Speeches will ~e made by Mr. GranvilleJones jf Montana and Mr. John Bro s Fletcher of Illinois. Dr. HbHman Coming Dr R. P. Huffman of the U. S.,Dept. of Agriculture will be in the county about the mi l e of Nov. for the purpose of as* Jt ing the County Agent in te; .fl ing men in each section of he county how to administer se un treatment to hogs to inin tie them against cholera. Those sections of the coi i*.y where the people want to in ire themselves against ws of the disease will t? eir men and be ready for the w *k. This is a rare opportunity , tid each community should avail it self of it. Yours for the Fourth Libr-tjr Loan. / J. L. Holiday, ,// County Ag nt. We are fast winning the \ »r, the reign of oppression, plui lor and despotism is rapidly crut bl* ing. Don't atop the flght. ].a? I Liberty Bonds. N \>

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