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Knitting Bags, Work
Bags and Catch &
By An American
EMPEY AND HIS COMRADES
GUNS PERFORM SOME
Synopsis. Fired by the sinking of the Lusltanla, with the loss of
American lives, Arthur Guy Empey, an American living, in, Jersey City,
goes to England and enlists as a private in the British army. After a
short experience as a recruiting officer In London, he is sent to train
ing quarters In France, where he first hears the sound of big guns and
makes the acquaintance of "cooties." After a brief period of training
Empey's company Is sent into the front-line trenches, where he takes
his first turn on the fire step while the bullets whiz overhead. Empey
learns, as comrade falls, that death lurks always in the trenches.
Chaplain distinguishes himself by rescuing wounded men under hot
fire. With pick and shovel Empey has experience as a trench digger
in No Man's Land. Exciting experience on listening post detail. Ex
Citing work on observation post duty. Back in rest billets Empey
writes and stages a successful play. Once more In the front trenches,
Empey goes . "over the top" In a successful but costly attack on the
CHAPTER XXII Continued.
This punishment Is awarded where
. there is a doubt as to the willful guilt
f a man who has committed an of
fence punishable by death.
Then comes the famous field pun
ishment No. 1. ; Tommy has nicknamed
' It 'crucifixion." It means that a man.
is spread-eagled on a limber wheel,
two hours a day for twenty-one days.
During this time he only gets water,
bully 'beef and biscuits for his chow.
You get "crucified" for repeated minor
Next in order, is field punishment
This Is confinement in the "clink,"
without blankets, getting water, bully
beef and biscuits for rations and doing
an the dirty work that can be found.
This may be for twenty-four hours or
twenty days, according to the gravity
of the offense.
Then comes "pack drill" or default
ers' parade. This consists of drilling,
mostly at the double, for two hours
with full equipment. Tommy hates
this, because it is hard work. Some
times he fills his pack with straw to
lighten 1 it, and sometimes he gets
caught If he gets caught, he grouses
at everything in general for twenty
one days, from the vantage point of a
Next comes "C. B." meaning "con
fined to barracks." This consists of
staying in billets or barracks for twenty-four
hours to seven days. You also
get an occasional defaulters' parade
and dirty jobs around the quarters.
The sergeant major keeps what is
known as the crime sheet When a
man commits an offense, he is
crimed," that is, his name, number
nd offense is entered on the crime
sheet Next day at 9 a. m. he goes to
tte "orderly room" before the captain,
irhb. either punishes him with "C. B."
or sends him before the O. C. (officer
sommandlng battalion). The captain
of the company can only award "C. B."
' Tommy many a time has thanked
Che king for making that provision in
' To gain the title of a "smart soldier,"
. Tommy has to keep clear of the crime
sfceet, and you have to be darned smart
to do it
I have been on it a few times, most
ly for "Yankee impudence."
During our stay of two weeks in
rest billets our captain put us through
a course of machine-gun' drills, trying
out new stunts and theories.
' After parades were over, our guns'
crews got together and also tried out
some theories of their own in reference
to handling guns. These courses had
Bdthing to do with the advancement of
the war, consisted mostly of causing
tricky jams In the gun, and then the
rest of the crew would endeavor to lo
cate as quickly as possible the cause
of the stoppage. This amused them
for a few days and then things came to
One of the boys on my gun cjalmed
that he could play a tune while the
gun was actually firing, and demon
4 strated this fact one day on the target
range. We were very enthusiastic and
decided to become musicians.
After constant practice I became
oolite expert in the tune-entitled "All
Conductors Have Big Feet."
When I had mastered this tune, our
two weeks' rest came to an end, and
once again we went up the line and
took over the sector in front of G
At this point the German trenches
ran around the base of a hill, on the
top of which was a dense wood. This
wood was infested with machine guns,
which used to traverse our lines at
will, and sweep the. streets of a little
Tillage, where we were billeted while
There was one gun In particular
which used to get our goats, it had the
exact range of our "elephant" dugout
entrance, and every morning, about the
time rations were being brought up, Its
- bullets would knock up th dust on the
road more ' than one Tomniy wnt
West or to Blighty by running into
. them. ...
r This gun got our nerves on edge,
and Fritz seemed to know it because
he never gave us an hour's rest Our
reputation as machine gunners was at
take; we tried various ruses to locate
and put, this gun. out of action,, but
eacn one proved to be a failure, and
ArftEmiir Guy Empey
Machine Gunner, Serving in France
Copyright 1917, by Arthur Guy Exnpcy
MAKE THEIR MACHINE
Fritz became a worse nuisance than
ever. He was getting fresher and more
careless every day, took all kinds of
liberties with us thought he was in
vincible. Then one of our crew got a brilliant
Idea and we were all enthusiastic to
put It to the test.
Here was his scheme :
When firing my gun, I was to play
my tune, and Fritz, no doubt would
fall for it, try to Imitate me as an
added Insult. This gunner and two
others would try, by the sound, to lo
cate Fritz and his gun. After having
got the location, they would mount
two machine guns in trees, In a little
clump of woods to the left of our ceme
tery and while Fritz , was-in .the . middle,
of his lesson, would open up and trust
to luck. By our calculations, it would
take at least a week to pull off the
If Fritz refused to sw allow our bait,
It would be impossible to locate his
special gun, and that's the one we were
after, because they all sound alike, a
Our prestige was hanging by a
thread. In the battalion we had to en
dure all kinds of insults and fresh re
marks as to our ability in silencing
Fritz. Even to the battalion that Ger
man gun was a sore spot
Next day, Fritz opened up as usual.
I let him fire away for a while and
then butted In with my "pup-pup-pup-pup-pup-pup."
I kept ttls up quite a
while, used two belts of ammunition.
Fritz had stopped firing to listen. Then
he started in ; sure enough, he had
fallen for our game, his gun was trying
to imitate mine, but, at first he made a
horrible mess of that tune. Again I
butted In with a few bars and stopped.
Then he tried to copy what I had
played. He was a good sport all right,
because his bullets were going away
over our heads, must have been firing
Into the air. I commenced to feel
friendly toward him.
This duet went on for five days.
Fritz was a good pupil and learned
Showing How .Fritz Is Fooled.
rapidly, In fact, got better than his
teacher. I commenced to feel jealous.
When he had completely mastered the
tune, he started sweeping the road
again and we clicked It worse than
ever. But he signed his death warrant
by doing so, because my friendship
turned to hate. Every time he fired he
played that tune and we danced.
The boys In the battalion gave us
the "Ha! Ha!" They weren't in on
our little frameup.
The originator of the ruse and the
other two gunners had Fritz's location
taped to the minute; they mounted
their two guns, and also gave me the
range. The next afternoon was set for
the grand finale.
Our three; guns, with different eleva
tions, had their fire so arranged, that
opening up together, their bullet
would suddenly drop on i Fritz like a
About three the next day, Fritz start
ed "pup-pupping" that tune. I blew a
sharp blast on a whistle, It wirs the sig
nal agreed upon; we turned loose and
Fritz's gun suddenly stopped in the
middle of a bar. We had cooked his
goose, and our ruse had worked. After
firing two belts each, to make sure of
our Job, we hurriedly dismounted our
guns and took cover n the dugout We
knew what to expect soon. We didn't
have to wait long, three salvos of
"whizz-bangs" came over; from Fritz's
artillery, a further confirmation that
we had sent that musical machine-gunner
on" his Westward-bound journey.
That -gun never bothered us again.
We were the heroes of the battalion.
hour captain congratulated us, said it
was a neat piece of work. and. conse
quently, we were all puffed up over the
There are several ways Tommy uses
to disguise the location of his machine
gun and- get-his range, i Some of the
most commonly used stunts are as fol
At night, when he mounts his gun
ojjer the top of his trench and wants
to get the range of Fritz's trench 'he
adopts the method of what he terms
"getting, the sparks." This consists -of
firing bursts from his gun until the
bullets hit the German barbed wire.
He can tell when they are cutting the
wire, because a bullet when It hits 'a
wire throws out a blue electric sparky
Machine-gun fire is very damaging to
wire and causes many a wiring party.,
to go out at night when It Is "quiet to
repair the damage. s
To disguise the flare of his gun at
night when firing. Tommy uses whatsis
called a flare protector. This Is a stove
pipe arrangement which flt$ over tie
barrel casing of the gun and screens
the sparks from the right and left but
not from the front. So Tommy, always
resourceful, adopts this scheme: Aboiat
three feet or less In front of the gun e
drives two stakes into the ground,
abou five feet apart Across thee
stakes he stretches a curtain made ot
of empty sandbags ripped open. le
soaks this curtain in water and flrfs
through it The water prevents t
catching fire and effectively screens'
the flare of the firing gun from tfce
Sound is a valuable asset in locating
a machine gun, but Tommy surmounts
this obstacle by placing two machine,
guns about one hundred to one hun
dred and fifty yards apart The gun
on the right to cover with its fire the
sector of the left gun and the gun on
the left to cover that of r the right
gun. This makes their fire cross ; they
are fired simultaneously.
By this method it sounds like one
gun firing and gives the Germans the,
impression that the gun is firing from
a point midway between the guns
which are actually firing, and they acp
cordlngly shell that particular spot.
The machine gunners chuckle and say
"Fritz Is a brainy boy, not 'alf h
But the men in our lines at the spof
being shelled curse Fritz for his ignof
ranee and pass a few pert remark
down the line in reference to the maf
chine gunners being "windy" an
afraid to take their medicine.
Three days after we had sllenced
Fritz, the Germans sent over gas. It
did not catch us unawares, because the;
wind had been made to order, that is,i
It was blowing from the German
trenches toward ours at the rate of
about five miles per hour.
Warnings had been passed down the
trench to keep a sharp lookout for ga lt to the dlscipies. Knowledge of
We had a new man at the periscope cnristv triumph involves the responsi
on this afternoon in question; I was bllIt of wItnessIng concerning It The
s ttlng on the fire step, cleaning my. dlscl les aU needed thls blesged newSf
rifl when he called out to me: bnt peter especially since he had so
There s a sort of greenish, yellow wonderful grace, this I
front It's coming "
But I waited for no more, grabbing
my bayonet, which was detached from
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71 UJ .61U8Uhem In Galilee, but
uu ciupijr Buni case, vvuicu was nang
ing near the perlsrope. At the same
instant, gongs started ringing drfwn the
trench, the signal for Tommy to don
his respirator, or smoke helmet, as we
lose any time; you generally have
.hn i.4. .
which to adjust your gas helmet.
Empey is assigned to the
intelligence department, but
finds it is not the "soft" snap
that he anticipated. The next
installment tells of some of his
experiences in his new Job as a
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
Acts qf Heroism Recognized.
Twenty-four acts of heroism wers
recognized by the Carnegie hero fund
commission in Its fourteenth annual
meeting. In seven cases silver medali
were awarded, In 17 cases, bronze
medals. Ten of the heroes lost their
lives, and to the dependents of nine
of these pensions aggregating $4,560
a year were granted. In addition to
these money grants, in two cases, $2,
100 was appropriated for educational
purposes, payments to be made as
needed and approved, and In 11 cases
awards aggregating $8,000 were made
for other . worthy purposes. Pay
ments in these cases will not be made
until the awards have been approved
by the commission. '
Cornmeal In Honduras.
Because of the marked success of
recent governmental and private ef
forts to promote the production of
more cereals , during the period of the
war, writes Consul Walter F. Boyle,
Puerto Cortes, an American company
has imported and erected the first mill
for the milling of cornmeal. This was
purchased in the United States and
has been erected at San Pedro, S'ula.
Honduras. It is a small equipment
but marks the beginning of s new Id
(Br REV. F- tt- U'i'i VV Ai tun,
Teacher of Eng-liah BlbU In h
Moody Bible Institute of Chicago.)
(Copyright. IMS. Western Nwpaper Union.)!
' LESSON FOR JUNE 23
JESUS TRIUMPHANT OVER
LESSON lEXT-Mary H:l-a.
GOLDEN TEXT Now is Christ nssn
from the dead. I Corinthians 15:20.
ADDITIONAL MATERIAL FOR
TEACHERS Matthew 28:1-20; Luke 23
84:12: John 20:1-25; I Corinthians 15 :1-M; I
PRIMARY TOPIC Jesus pver ovsr
death.-Mark 15:42-16:20. ; '
INTERMEDIATE TOPIC Th living
CSENIOR AND ADULT TOPIC-Christ'S
resurrection and the Christian's assurance
I. The Ministry of Love I w. 1-4).
1. By whom (v. 1).
Mary Magdalene, the mother of
James and Salome.
2. When (v. 2).
Early in the morning, the first day
of the wrek.
. (3) Their perplexity (w. 3, 4).
They questioned as to who should
roll away the large stone from the
mouth of the tomb. To their surprise
they found the stone removed. They,
like us, find their difficulties are re
moved before they come to them. If
they had believed him, their, anxieties
nd sorrows would not have been.
II. The Angel In the Tomb tyv. 5-8).
Jesus knew that these women would
come to the sepulcher with unbelley
)ng hearts, so he had an angel waiting
there to announce to them the fact of
his resurrection. How many times we
are helped out of doubts and difficul
ties by an angel which the omniscient
Lord knew would be needed at a par
ticular time. With such companions
and helpers no place need seem lone
ly, and no condition need affright us.
The angel's message:
1. "Be not affrighted" (v. 6).
What comforting words these must
have been to these bewildered women.
K' j The open tomb is the cure for fear;
It steadies our hearts when things look
dark and we do not understand.
2. "Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, who
was crucified (v. 6).
This three-fold designation with
marvelous clearness shows:
(1.) His humanity Jesus.
(2.) Lowly residence Nazareth.
(3.) Ignominious death crucified.
1 8. "He is risen ; he is not here be
hold the place where they laid him"
These words throw light upon his
birth, humility and shameful death.
He who was born In lowly circum
stances, and suffered the shameful
death of the cross. Is now the con
queror of death. His resurrection
gives meaning to his death. If Christ
had not risen, then his death would
have been meaningless. 'If Christ be
not risen, your faith Is vain ; ye are In
your sins" (1 Cor. 15:17).
4. "Go your way, tell his disciples
and Peter" (v. 7).
As soon as It was known that Christ
had risen from the dead, they were to
lee: there shall ye see him" (v. 7).
Christ had told the disciples that he
would arise from the dead and meet
kept them from this blessed truth.
III. The Appearances of the Risen
Ch'rist (vv. 9-14).
These appearances had as their ob
ject the restoration of the disciples
from their awful failure and dlscour-
k without the r
peradventure of a doubt.
of Christ's resurrection. Since his
resurrection was to be the central
,-theme of apostolic preaching, it was
necessary that they have certainty of
knowledge as to this matter (Acts
'1:3). Without the resurrection of
Christ, his death would be meaning
less. Out of the ten or more appear
ances, Mark selects three.
, 1. To Mary Magdalene (w. 9-11).
Mary's heart responded to the Sa
viour's gracious deliverance of her
from demons. Her sufferings were no
doubt terrible. She is the first to the
tomb. Her devotion is amply reward
ed by being the first to meet the risen
trd. Light will surely come to the
heart that really loves the Lord,
though the faith is weak. She went at
once and told the sorrowing disciples,
but they refused to believe.
I 2. To two disciples on the way to
Kmmaus (w. 12, 13).
I Luke gives full particulars concern
ing this appearance. Jesus had
ralked, talked, and eaten with them,
convincing them that the Lord Is risen
lldeed (Luke 24:13-35). The testi
mony of such is trustworthy.
13. To the eleven disciples (v.. 14).
IV. The Commission of the Risen
lord (w. 15-18).
I After the disciples were convinced
of the truth of his resurrection. Christ
sent them forth to "preach the Gospel
to every creature.
What a glorious and supreme task is
this ! "He that bell eveth and Is bap
tised shall be saved : but he that belles
pth not shall be damned (v. 16).
V, The Activity f the Enthroned
Christ (vv. 19-20).
tAfter giving the disciples thetr.com
axslon. he ascends on highland from
he unseen sphere directs their activi
ties. Wherever they went he con
loured their word
There is nothing for it but to knit
tnd knit and then knit some more
hd carry on. She who does not must
be forever explaining why not. It's
an obligation and all that we have to
show that our hearts are in the right
place are knitting needles, knitting
bags and such things.
The four hundredth pair of Bocks
may prove just a little monotonous,
but , there are new knitting bags to
add the spice of variety to our daily
lives. ,;At the ribbon counters they
are showing some immensely clever
ones along with other work bags and
"catch-alls." Those1 who spend their
time thinking of new things in bags
have grown to be such adepts that
life at the ribbon counter promises
to become one continual round of
joyous new bags from now until the
end of the year. Then- unless the
war is over they will begin all over
again with 1919 knitting bags.
A new arrival that charms every
one Is a knitting bag that ; looks like
a little umbrella. It is made of silk
or strips of ribbon, sewed together
and cut into a circle The circle Is
cut out In six scallops at the circum
ference and the points of these scal
lops are sewed to the ends of the
narrow strip that forms the handle
Some! time before the days of ; mid
iummer have really arrived, merchants
tssemble stocks of silk street suits,
ready to be presented when tit e first
hot day comes. These midsummer
suits are almost untrimmed, but are
carefully designed and distinguished
by smart style-touches and niceties of
finish that plac them close to the
formal j suit class. Clever women
sometimes take1 their graceful but
plain- suits and tone them up with a
little effective hand work, but even
without that, they are equal to almost
There are many pretty suits of heavy
taffetas, and of gros-de-londre in the
displays. One of the new taffeta suits
Is shown in the picture and tt could
hardly be simpler or plainer, but It is
remarkably eood style. The coat nnoni
,to the busf line, differing from earlier
styles which were open to the waist
line. It has a short, flaring skirt por
tion with three plaits at eabh side and
a ! little dip in front, H very crisp
and spirited. Flat, white pearl but
tons fasten It. They invite the addl
Ion of i a white pique vesteeand coN
nt an4t white cuffs. Altogether they
Silk Street Suits
three scallops at each end
strip. Then the handle u
through a small slide made 3
uuuvu nuu wnen it is drawn
the bag falls in the fft
hllo rrU WUfcl
aei is sewed t si
v.v.m.w uuie or silk.
Work bags that will gem
knitting as well as tw n..
work are made of strips of J
nuu urvt-uut?u riDDon sewed
lonorthnrlca lllm tV.n. 1
vU6tuM,oc uiai snown t J
right of the umbrella bae. TtuJ
is cut in scallops and draws up,
narrow satin ribbons that run thro
a casing sewed along the base of a
scauops in tne plain ribbon. Si
rings sewed at the sides of the k
caded ribbon are covered with o
chet silk and the narrow ribbon tm
ers pass from the casing thrJ
Below this bag a smaller worklj
is gathered over large glass rina i
is made of plain satin ribbon oW
with shlrrings over cord and
with silk tassels. The bag atfcl
right is made of narrow strips of d
bon feather stitched together. 4
mouth Is a small embroidery
it Is always open and ready to ala
what may be dropped into It
hangs from four cords of llk mil
finished with a tassel.
... . . . ji.iKtr roo'
maae tnis suit irresiauuv
Ing, and that Is the cnarm - - ,
in midsummer. White punij
stockings might De wuru -
the best advantage. . -u
Among these new su
one naving a coai n i -
i 1. hot 13
set in across tne dm
pretty. It has narrow pockets i
at each side with rows of sm a
tons, and a belt or tne
belts, In many silk suits, exreuu- .
the waist in the most straw;"
and matter-of-fact mauun,
another point of aepauu
style in cloth suits. The rou
colors are navy, taupe and di '
light colors, as sand graj
. -,,..oo thnt compel
for their hinz shorter lived.
The Palm. p
. tn, in order-
xo Keep a pei vaw . careiw
leaves should be spongea tor
every week. Don't water
often; let th earth become
soak it liberal