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" Prepare to Lice "
Did vou ioin the colors to help win
Hie IB 1 this War with the idea that you would
Wmfl/ never come back to civilian life?
IDI/K Did you say "good-bye" to loved
Mmllflll onps- thinking you would see them
W|lff/,7l no more? Have they said: "GoodiBIillrlv
bye an(' S?od luck and if I do not see
If I'll Hi y?U usa'n b'ess >'ou?"
If II VOU aDl* ^ave tbouSbt and
I If IIII i sa'd these things, let Trench and
tf I II I Gamp break the cheerful news to you
J'I'll I that you wore both probably wrong-?
I I I I ,h:it -vou Probab'-v WILL come back.
I ' '/ -I Secretary of War Haker estimates,
I I judging from the experience of other
I ' expeditionary troops, that 14 out of
( I every 15 Americans who enter miliI
I tary service will return and enjoy
I I . the days of peace.
I I While you stand ready to make
I I the supreme sacrifice, if need b?. theI
I chances are u:i per cent in favor ofi
I J your seeing the nations of the world
I I again devoted to peaceful pursuits.i
I I In fact, you are just about as likely
II to live to a r'Pp old age as your
J / friends who face, in civilian life, the
I I perils of street cars, subways, ele|
I vated and steam trains, to say notta|
II ing of motor trucks and recklessly
| / I driven pleasure cars. You have a big'
| II c hance of a glorious .and victorious
I If future, and Trench and Camp hopes j
| I I you will adopt the optimistic slogan.
I I I "PRKP.WiK TO LIVE."
11/1 *,ost of vou were Preparins f?r 'ife
i II I wor't when the call came. Patriotic
I / I /I an(1 'ove of countr>' prompted
II "Ik >'ol,r rea(l> response. After the war
I I III (h's world will be a better place to
I I Ilk ,iv0 'n This fact in itself makes it
/ I 'f'/k all the more important to "PREII
jl l,J PARK TO LIVE."
I! i ttk With peace, there is sure to come
ll/l/OM an economic readjustment. Many
IHtWM ':?r^e and new business opportunities
I iJfk w'" PresPntt'(' where a little capL/JnM
ital and good judgment will mean the
lllkj^^u hanre to accomplish big things.
^ome will not find their new job at
once. Here again a little capital will
,yJQM come in handy to tide over this pcriod
of uncertainty. To retain the
self-respect due to one who has been
jwfll an enlisted man in the war which
made the world safe for democracy
and preserved liberty of all free peopies,
a little extra capital?a nest
egg?is a necessity.
To "Prepare to Live" means, save
a little money each payday and have
11^ 4 * a rainy day fund for any emergency.
"Prepare to IJvc" also means the
thrift of your muscle, mind and
morals. Save your physical resources
li).**./ , in order that you may be a better
MnEbjl soldier and a better citizen. Save
Hiivjyn your mental resources for the same
* Ireasons and above all. preserve your!
1^ ///J nK)nils and y?ur self-respect?come
home "clean"?be able to look into
f i i your mother's eyes and tell her that |
V// # you have come back "clean." Be
V// M. able to go back to your sweetheart
V// ft as you expect to find her.
Mjf f Nii The days you are passing through
I, igw' now and the days you will pass
J H i through, climaxed with a triumphant
I Jm 11 march down the avenues of Berlin.
II j are and will be the greatest of your
IA /I I life. Look at these days as time
Mil 11 I spent in the most wonderful school
Jill I on earth. "Prepare to live" by obII
// serving and turn to your own advanII
I tage this schooling. Practice the
I II broad conception of Thrift?the
lllj thrift of money, muscle, mind and
n] morals. This is the message of Y. M.
/// | A. "Thrift Week," which begins
I t on National Thrift Day. February 3.
III ym I'prhaps you know the story of the
I 'v^rl old man whose cabin had a leaky
I ZM I roof? When asked why he did not
I OS make repairs, he replied: "When it!
AOTO rains it is too uncomfortable to go]
I out and fix it. and when the sun
I shines it does not leak." You have!
J I a better philosophy of life. Youi
JM i'" know that you cannot be prepared to!
live later if you do not "Prepare to|
Pack up the habit of thrift in your
Tj! I old kit bag and you can smile, smile.
|| I smile, for you will be prepared to
I jj Jlj live and enjoy life to the full.
USING BIG GUNS
Although little is heard of them,
American heavy artillerymen are
playing an important part in the
,11 fighting "Over There." The U. S.
| I I Coast Artillery soldiers who spent
j I I several months behind the lines prac'
J ticing with big guns and familiarizJ
0lLL ing themselves with their operation
are now participating in artillery
duels. They are using the monster
lYJf Xi - 400 milimeter cannon pnnivalent to
the 16-inch gun, which throw 400^BmB|
pound projectiles twenty-five miles.
RatEpfflHT suns are operated from a newly
completed American artillery camp
which covers a range of many miles.
The marksmanship of the American
gunners has proved a revelation to
the French soldiers, and great damage
has been inflicted on the German
lines by the boys in khaki.
| 'Just Bel
Drawn expressly for Trench a
B, Camp Upton, N. Y.
Service Flag A
| "The Boll of Supreme Honor" Is
'being compiled by churches throughout
the country Whose members lay
down their lives for their country.
On the church records a small red
' cross is to be placed beside the names
of the members who fall on the field
On stars on the service flags representing
the members who will not
return smaller white stars will be
In another column of this issue of
Trench and Camp is printed what
has been pronounced the best poem
thus far inspired by the service flag.
Strange as it is to relate, however,
there is at least one man whc^does
not share the poet's thrill upon seeI
ing the service flag. He describes
himself as G. Hallel, of the American
Flag Association, United States
He protests against the servioc flag
in ine roiiowiiig language.
"I have no recollection that our forefathers
who volunteered In the Revolutionary
War or the War of ISIS. or any war
since then up to the present war. had need
J for a service flag to advertise their going
"This anarchistic-looking cloth Is now
taking the place of Old Glory with a good
many people. Some who could not afTord to
buy an American flag seem to have the
money for a service flag. On a good many
flagpoles from which was formerly displayed
the Stars and Stripes Is now displayed this
| "Tho American flag law of this and other
States prohibits tho attaching or annexing
of anything whatsoever to our noble banner.
The flag of the I'nlted States represents all
true patriotic native and naturalised Amerlj
cans. There Is no other one. old Glory Is
tho only one that goes to tho battlefleld
I with our soldiers and sailors and nurses."
The editor who printed this protest
jcame back at G. Hallel the next day
with the following defense of the
I "With the antagonism to the service flag,
so called, that was expressed by ono of our
I correspondents yesterday, wo arc not In
sympathy. Of course, llko other good things,
I the service flag can be. and sometimes Is.
abused. That Is no reason for condemning
it. however, and no more is the fact that
such flags were not displayed during our
| previous wars.
"The parents of one son or several who
have answered their country'* call to arms
and offered their live* In It* service are
producing and training real men, and they
have a right modeatly to advertise tho sort
of eitlxena they are. Possibly there is In
this pride and In Its manifestation something
of the queer element to bo found In
the man who by Implication claims recognition
of superiority because a horse of his
has won a race, but even that and similar
demands, though one could argue away
their Justice and propriety, constitute a "folkway*
so ancient, so persistent, and of such
nearly universal following that not It, but
tho argument against It, must be wrong.
That there Is In the service flag a trace
of Invidious distinction against the parents
who for good as well as for bad reasons I
are not privileged to display one is perhaps
to be regretted. But the regret need
not be very deep or keep anybody awake o"
nights. Those sensitive enough to feel re-|
proach la the service flag of a more fortu
rore The Battle
nd Camp by Private Michael Lem
nate neighbor ran easily enough prove In
other ways the honesty and extent of their
patriotic devotion, while those who on*lit
to be humiliated by the absence of the
starred banner from tholr own houses?
well, they probably do not suffer at all, so
no commiseration need bo wasted on them.
ne.ss houses, churches, clubs, and* the lUcc.
their case Is not quite as clear as that' of
the proud parents, but Ita defense would
bo very far from hopeless. Instinct, If not
logic, declares them Justified, and the verdicts
of normal instinct" are by no means
to be disdained."
THE SERVICE FLAG
Dear little flag in the ziwdow there.
Hung with a tear and a woman's prayer;
Child of OldJJIory, born with a star?
Oh, what a wonderful flag you arc!
Blue is your star itt its field of white.
Dipped in the red that was born of fight;
Bom of the blood that our forbears shed.
To raise your mother. The Flog, o'er'head.
And now you've come, in this frenzied
To speak from a window?to speak and i
"I am the voice of a soldier-son
Gone to be gone till the tnctory's won.
"I am the flag of The Service, sir;
The flag of his mother?/ speak for her
Who stands by my window and waits
But hides from the others her unwept
"I am the flag of the wives who wait
For the safe return of a martial mate,
A mate gon* forth where the war god
to save from sacrifice oincr mens
"I am the flag of the sweethearts true;
The often unthought of?the sisters, too.
I am the flag of a mother's son.
And won't come down tilt the victory's
THE "WHY" OP IjIRERTY
Uncle Sam's fighting forces now
have a monthly payroll of nearly
$100,000,000. This Is exclusive of
family allowances toward the support
of families of enlisted men in the
army and navy, nor does 1$ include
any of the special compensatory
features of the Military and Nav&l
Insurance Act under which' $176,150,000
MAIL IT NOW
I Mail this paper home to mother
I when you have finished reading it.
She wants to read everything regard1
ing the life and activity in your camp.
mermeyer, .itmn r. a., oaitery
, ' #
| French. Fried
"Come ill toe!"
With these few words, 4 Yankee
High Private stomped up to the Semr . ~ '
itic Sewer of Seams, squat Turk-faehIon
on a corner of the meltable.
"Voo saunt sompray on the job!" .
he added, grinning gleefully at the
"Besee." A torn greatcoat slipped
from brawny shoulders and fell In a ' t
heap on the table. The sartorial ex- ~VtS?
pert grabbed the heap at the corners, ,
and hoisting it blanket-fashion, -Vags
showed a rent from waist to heel.
"Commong seelah?" he asked.
"Barbed wire," explained the victim
of practical Warfare in the
"Sacray!" cursed the tailor. "La .
gerr rueen for robes a manioc, but it _ A
is le' Diable for ze culott," and he *&(.
fished up three pairs of O. D. gar- gab
ments that looked more like porous f?"
plasters than breeches.
"Whew!" whistled the Soldierman.
"How shall I coudray lay cootours?"
grinned the Tailor. The yg
H. P. frowned and threw up his
"As you were!" he implored. "Yuh
know you're ten days ahead of me in
the Patwah class."
"Oy! Oy!" chuckled the tailor. "It
is to say what sewings shall I make,
blind stitch or lap seams?"
"Aw, do it as you dempleex!" Js?
growled the Private. "Only rayparay
la day sheeroor an praysant, main
tenong! I'm tray pressay!"
"But 'pressay' will take' another
hour," cried the tailor on thei verge of
tears, as well as the dangerous edge
of the mess-table.
"Got yon there, old thimbl^ finger,"
yelled the doughboy In glee. "Don't
you know, you poor boob, that
pressay' means- 'pushed for time'?
And when I say I'm 'pressay.* I mean
I'm in. a hurry!"
"By the way, Ikey," he added,
"This robe de gerr Is bokoo too long! *?*?>
LCnt It off at lay zbenoo. . Itll make
you a shorter seam to coudray. Be- ' gAr
sides, when me mates pipe me In the
new style reefer cut a la Polret, ,Hg5
they'll all be saluting me for Lay
Capitaine himself." And his eyes
gleamed at the prospect of sudden
homage, the unearned increment of
a tailor's shears. He turned toward
the door and fairly Bang his parting r
shot at the humped-up figure on the
"Oh, I'm the glad little plotter, I 'JL
am! some tour ae rorce:
"Not on your life, Sammy/' gram- .VI
bled the tailor aa the door cloatd. - ??g|
"Oyl -Oy! I'll Bhorten your coat! Bat . *'*j|
there* no one to lengthen your wit! - >J
And yon shall be only for a Follies 1
Bergere to the^whole^regment!"