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By An American Arthur Guy Empey : 'MES . LB Tjf
- , SoldierWhoWeot Machine Gunner, Serving in France LESSON FOR JUNE 30 IjF - iBtfc'l jfl V
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BflPEY AND HIS COMRADES
ATTACK MADE BY
Synopsis. Fired by the sinking of the Lusitania, 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. Erfipey
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
to 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,
Einpey goes "over the top" in a successful but costly attack on the
CHAPTER XXIII Continued.
A gas helmet is made of cloth, treat
ed with chemicals. There are two win
ftovs, or glass eyes. In it, through which
yum ran see. Inside there is a rubber
ewnsred tube, which goes in the mouth.
Too breathe through' your nose; the
ens, passing through the cloth helmet.
Is neutralized by the action of the
cbexsitate. The foul air is exhaled
thrragh the tube in the mouth, this
tube being so constructed that It pre
vntt the inhaling of the outside air or
gas. One helmet is good for five hours
f the strongest gas. Each Tommy
carries two of them slung around his
shoulder in a waterproof canvas bag.
He must wear this bag at all times,
erea while sleeping. To change a de
fectiie helmet, you take out the new
ne. hold your breath, pull the old one
ed placing the new one over your
kead, tucking in the loose ends under
the collar of your tunfe.
For a minute, ..pandemonium reigned
fm. nr trench Tommies adjusting
their helmets, bombers running here
mad there, and men turning out of the
flagwts with fixed bayonets, to man
the fire step.
Re-enforcements were pouring out of
the communication trenches.
or gim's crew were busy mounting
the zsaehine gun on the parapet and
hriogiiig up extra ammunition from
German gas is heavier than1 air and
soeo fills the trenches and dugouts,
where it has been known to lurk for
two or three days, until the air is puri
fied by means of large chemical spray-
We fced to work quickly, as Fritz
generally follows the gas with an in
A company man on our right was
too slow in getting on his helmet; he
aaai to the ground, clutching at his
throat, and after a few spasmodic
twistings. went West (died). It was
Itorrlble to see him die, but we were
powerless to help him. In the corner
a traverse, a little, muddy cur dog,
cne af the company's pets, was lying
dead, with his paws over his nose.
Ifa the animals that suffer the most
fce horses, mules, cattle, dogs, cats
aJ rats they having no helmets to
save them. Tommy does not sympa
thize with rats in a gas attack.
. At times , gas has been known to
acaxeL, ulth dire results, fifteen miles
iefiind the lines.
A gas, or smoke helmet, as it is
called, at the best is a vile-smelling
thing, and it is not long before one gets
TUiZent headache from wearing it.
Our efghteen-pounders were burst
ing in No Man's Land, in an effort, by
the artillery, to disperse the gas
The fire step was lined with crouch
tag men, bayonets fixed, and bombs
xtear at hand to repel the expected at
tack. , Our artillery had put a barrage of
csrtain fire on the German lines, to try
mad break up their attack and keep
I trained my machine gun on their
trench and its bullets were raking the
Then over they came, bayonets elis-
tanixtg. In their respirators, which
honre a large snout in front, they look
ed like some horrible nightmare.
All along our trench, rifles and ma
chine guns spoke, our shrapnel was
fevsting over their heads. They went
down in heaps, but new ones took the
SAaces- of the fallen. Nothing could
fcs that mad rush. The Germans
rattix& our barbed wire, which had
previously been demolished by their
aheDs. then it was bomb against bomb,
sjtd the devil for all.
S?2enly my head seemed to burst
ws loud "crpek" in ray ear. Then
scar fcfao began to swim, . throat got
tfry. and a heavy pressure on the lungs
warned me that my helmet was leak
lag. Turning by gun over to No. 2, I
The trench started to wind like a
snake, and sandbags appeared to be
fiaatSag In the air. The noise was hor
sSfcle; I sank onto the fire step, needles
to be pricking my flesh, then
1 was awakened by one of my mates
waaorlng my smoke helmet. TTnw h.
Sciovs that cool, fresh air felt in my
REPULSE A FIERCE GAS
A strong wind had arisen and dis
persed the gas.
They told me that I had been "out"
for three hours; they thought I was
The attack had been repulsed after
a hard fight. Twice the Germans had
gained a foothold In our trench, but
had been driven out by counter-attacks.
The trench was filled with their
dead and ours. Through a periscope
I counted eighteen dead Germans in
our wire; (hey were a ghastly sight in
their horrible-looking respirators.
I examined my first smoke helmet.
A bullet had gone through it on the
left side, just grazing my ear. The
gas had penetrated through the hole
made in the cloth.
Out of our crew of six we lost two
killed and two wounded.
That night we burled all of the dead,
excepting those in No Man's Land. In
death there is not much distinction;
friend and foe are treated alike.
After the wind had dispersed the
gas the It. A. M. C. got busy with their
chemical sprayers, spraying out the
dugouts and low parts of the trenches
to dissipate any fumes of the German
gas which may have been lurking in
Two days after the gas attack I was
sent to division headquarters, in an
swer to an order requesting that cap
tains of units should detail a man
whom they thought capable of passing
an examination for the divisional in
Before leaving for this assignment
I went along the front-line trench say
ing good-by to my mates and lording it
over them, telling them that I had
A Gas Helmet.
clicked a cushy job behind the lines,
and how sorry I felt that they had to
stay in the front line and argue out the
war with Fritz. They were envious
but still good-natured, and as I left the
trench to go to the rear they shouted
"Good luck, Yank, old boy; don't
forget to send up a few fags to your
I promised to do this and left.
I reported at headquarters with six
teen others and passed the reauired ex-
ramination. Out of the, sixteen appli
cants four were selected.
I was highfy elated because I was, I
thought, in for a cushy job back at the
. The next morning the four reported
to division headquarters for instruc
tions. Two of the men were sent to
large towns in the rear of the lines
with an easy job. When it came our
turn the officer told us we were good
men and had passed a very creditable
My tin hat began to get too small
for me, and I noted that the other man,
Atweli by name, was sticking his chest
out more than usual.
The officer continued: "I think I can
use you two men to great advantage
In the front line. Here are your orders
and instructions, also the pass which
gives you full authority as special M.
P. detailed on Intelligence work. Re
port at the front line according to your
instructions. It is risky work and I
wish you both the best of luck."
My heart dropped to zero and At
well's face was a study. We saluted
That wishing us the "best of luck"
sounded very ominous In our ears; If
he had said "I wish you both a swift
and painless death" it would have been
more to the point. 1!
When we had read our Instructions
we knew we were in for it fcood ind
What Atweli said Is UOt fit for pub-;
licatlon, but I strongly seconded his
onlnion of the war. army and divisional
headquarters in generaf. 1 T
After a bit our spirits rose. We were
full-fledged spy-catchers, because pur
instructions and orders, said so.
Wa immediately reported to the
nearest French estaminet and had spy-
eral glasses of muddy water, which classes a good way will be by the use
they called beer. After drinking oiir of a good map of Palestine, to trace the
beer we left the estaminet and halted Journeys of Jesus from his birth to his
an empty ambulance. ascension, giving emphasis to ome of
After showing the driver our passes his vital teachings, deeds of mercy
we got in. The driver was going to the and power, atoning death, triumphant
part of the line where we had to j- resurrection and glorious coming
port. I ! again. The following day may be
How the wounded ever survived a suggestive of the latter method:
ride in that ambulance was lnexplica-, Lesson I. As Jesus was passing
ble to me. It was worse than riding pn trough the coasts of Tyre and Sidon,
a gun carriage over a rock road. jx ! he was besought by a Syrophoenlcian
The driver of the ambulance was a WOman to heal her daughter, who was
corporal of the It. A. M. C, and h grievously possessed with a demon
had the "wind up," that is, he had D After apparent Indifference, In order
aversion to being under fire. j 0 Iea(J ner jnto an intelligent faith,
I was riding on the seat with trtrn he hea;d ner daughter. As he further
while Atweli was sitting in the ambii- journejed through Decapolls. a deaf
lance, with his legs hanging out of the . and dmnb mon besought him for heal-
buck- ;,T Ing.
As we passed through a sheli-de- Lesn .As hls earthiy career was
stroyed village a mounted military If ' flpDroaohlng Us end. Jesus began to
llceman stopped us and informed the fake accmjnt Qf hIg mJnIstry. He
Vnr h VerJ We ! the dlscIP,es t0 have defin,te
111 rD r' n WMf "nd personal knowledge as to his per-
dangerous. because the Germans fate 1 1 Re knpw n fhe inJong of
had acquired the habit oft she ling jotnPra would not sufflce thera m the
Znl nnv t e T" hour of darknes. which were immedl-
was any other way around, and was . . . fKm.
Informed that there was not. Upon)
this he got very nervous and wanted t
turn back, but we insisted that he pro
ceed and explained to him that hf
would get into serious trouble with hi
commanding officer if he retizrnec
without orders; we wanted to rldej
not walk. i.
From his conversalon we learned
that he had recently come from Eng-i
land with a draft and had never been;
under fire, hence his nervousness.
We convinced him that there was not,
much danger, and he appeared greatly
When we at last turned Into the openj;
road we were not so confident. Onf
ctivii biuc lucre imu ueeu u line 01
trees, but now, all that was left Of;
them were torn and battered stumps.1 slrn of true grea"tneSS. This is a les
The fields on each side of the road son wn!ch needs to he iearned by most
were aouea witn recent sneii hoies:i
and we passed several In the road it
self. We had gone about half a mile
when a shell came whistling through
the air and burst in a field about three
hundred yards to our right. Another
soon followed this one and burst on'
the edge of the road about four hun
dred yards In front of us.
I told the driver to throw in his
speed clutch, as we must be in sight
of the Germans. I knew the signs;
that battery was ranging for us, and
the quicker we got out of its zone of
fire the better. The driver was trem
bling like a leaf, and every minute I
expected him to pile us up in the ditch.
I preferred the German fire.
In the back Atweli was holding onto
the straps for dear life, and was sing
ing at the top of his voice:
We beat you at the Marne,
We beat you at the Alsne,
We gave you hell at Neuve Chapelle,
And here we are again.
Just then we hit a small shell hole
and nearly capsized. Upon a loud
yell from the rear I looked behind, and
there was Atweli sitting in. the middle
of the road, shaking his fist at us. His
equipment, which he had taken off
upon getting into the ambulance, was
strung out on the ground, and his rifle
was in the ditch.
Empey Is called upon to do
duty as a member of a firing
squad. His description of the
execution is given In the next
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
Traits of Bird Lovers.
Years ago. during a winter's visit
in London, I used to watch the per
sons who regularly fed the birds In
Hyde park. I noticed that most of
them were people of apparently hum
ble circumstances, a few pretty close
to underfeeding themselves. It was
delightful to see how much pleasure
they all took in keeping these birds
Two that I saw each day for a
week or; so, evidently husband and
wife, I ventured to speak to. Eagerly
they talked about the birds as they
might have talked about children,
noting and relishing individual char
acteristics. "We have become so -fond of them,"
said the wife. "They recognize us
now, many of them, and a few come
to us quite fearlessly. We should
feel quite uncomfortable if we should
miss a day. They are like members
of the family that have to be cared
A Swedish engineer's stoking de
vice makes 1.3 tons of pulverized peat
produce as much power In locomoUras
aa a ton of coaL
REVIEW: JESUS CHRIST OUR RE-
nCCMCD AND LftRD.
GOLDEN TEXT For God so loved the
worldt that ne gave his only begotten Son.
that whosoever belleveth in him should not
perish, but havs everlasting life. John 3:
hou art the Christ, the Son of th
living God. Matthew 16:16.
I am not ashamed of the Gospel ot
Christ, for it is the power of God unto
salvation to everyone that belleveth.
The method of review must largely
be determined by the Individual teach
er. For junior and Intermediate
ately before them.
Lesson III. Jesus was transfigured
before Peter. James and John, to show
them his triumph over death In his
glorious kingdom. This occurred at a
time when; the disciples were sorely
tried. Jesus' rebuke apparently
estranged them. He was transfigured
"before them." showing that the chief
object of the transfiguration was to
prepare the disciples f or the ordeal be
lt fore them. An Inspired commentary
J upon this translation is found in XI
Peter 1 :16-19..
Lesson IV. As Jesus was endeavor-
Inc tn Khnw his rilsMnlps hnw he must
he cruclfied, they were disputing as to
who should be the greatest In the
Jesus tancrht them that
humble self-denvinr service Is the
of us today, as despite our best efforts
we note Insidious self-seeking making
Lesson V. A certain rich man in
quired of the Lord as to what he must
do in order to inherit eternal life.
This young man was of an amiable
'disposition and earnest and sincere,
but he had wrong notions as to salva
tion. Jesus showed him that his su
preme need was not doing something
o be saved, but to be willing to sur
render all things for him.
I Lesson VI. While the Lord was
pnsciously facing the cross, the dlsci
ples were concerned about positions of
pre-eminence. Jesus taught them that
those who would follow him must not
eek for greatness or position, but to
render lowly service. In this Christ
Is the grand example. In due time he
tylll exalt those who in lowliness of
ftenrt serve him.
Lesson VII. Jesus drove out the
oiqnoy changers from the temple, and
declared that the house of God should
be a house of prayer instead of a
house of merchandise. This lesson
needs o be learned by many churches
4 Lesson VIII. The scribes sought to
ejitrnp Jesus by asking captious ques
tions. To 4he question as to what was
toe greatest commandment, he replied
that It was love to God with all one's
heart, soul, mind and strength. Since
this Is-the, first and great command
rrtent. to violate this commandment Is
to be guilty of the greatest sin.
Lesson IX. While Jesus sat at
meat, a certain woman annointed him
with precious ointment In anticipation
o hls burial. The Lord was pleased
wth this act, for It was out of a heart
of; fervent love that she lavished upon
him her best.
j Lesion X. In connection with the
last Passover, at which Judas betrayed
Jesus, the symbols which represent
thf body and blood of Jesus were In
troduced. In the emblems of the com
munion we appropriate the very life
and blessings of Christ.
Lesson XI. Jesus died between two
malefactors to make atonement for
th? world's sin. He gave his life a
ransom for many. While on the cross,
they mockingly said he saved others,
himself he could not save.
; He could not save both himself and
others, so he chose to save others and
srive himself to die. "
.Let son XII. Jesus arose from the
grn'ye and demonstrated his resurrec
flop with Infallible proofs. In th
God declared him to be his Son, an
set his stamp ofpproval upon hi
work. The disciples ought to bav
rejoiced that the tomb was empt)
Had he not arisen, his entire wor
Nvntild have been proven a failure. Th
-esurre-tion of Jesus Christ, and th
bodily resurrection of those who an
Christ's, la central to the Chrlatlar
In the New England' Bulletin of the
American Red Cross there is a splen
did review of its work during the past
year from which the following is an
extract under the title of "The Human
"The American Red Cross recognizes
that our first duty for humanity in this
hvarf is the protection of our soldiers
in France. It recognizes also that this
duty! lies with the United States gov
ernment and that the government is
responsible for it. As a supplement
ary relief organization the Red Cross
stands; ready to co-operate with the
government in this work, and to put
its orjjWzation, money! and supples
into service at the calif of the Ameri
can army whenever and Ivherever they
can be of use. Fully realizing the dis
advantages that are always met in a
foreign country.-and wifSi the view of
keeping our soldiers in touch with
things American, the Red Cross begins
at the port of landing In France by
establishing rest stations'. These rest
stations extend inland toward the
camps .and are located In ft series at
junction pofnts and railroad stations
where ithe soldiers are required to
wait for train connections.
"Chief work of the American Red
Cross in helping care for Wounded sol
diers lies in Its co-operation with the
government in supplying an efficient
nursing service ; in assisting the Army
Medical corps in ceases of emergency,
and in i furnishing materials for hos
pitals. There were on March 1, 1918,
more than twenty-three hundred Amer
ican Red Cross nurses employed in
base hospitals and in the French mili
tary hospitals throughoutthe republic.
The total number of hospitals of va
rious sorts in the French republic ex
ceeds five thousand, and more than
half of these are receiving all or part
of their medical and surgical supplies
from the American Red Gross.
'"The re-education of mutilated sol
MORE STYLES IN
Women are swarming into new ac
tivities to meet the needs of industry
and to release men for service at the
front. These war times call upon
every Individual to do some, kind of
work, excusing only the very old or
the very young from active service.
And women are acquitting themselves
like men. They are getting down to
business in uniforms scientifically de
signed to meet the requirements of the
various kinds of work they have un
dertaken to do, and to meet their own
sense of fitness. Many a smart uni
form proclaims that its wearer is do
ing her bit by discharging the duties
of some man who is "over there" or
on the way. ,
For the factory or farm or garden
there are overettes and service suits
like ihos shown in the picture. They
prove to be immensely convenient for
house work, and for outings in the
woods or mountains there is nothing'
so comfortable and satisfactory as the
service j suit. For tramping, climbing
and fishing it has any outfit, that in
cludes a skirt discredited : there is no
comparison between them for conven
ience. For work that does not demand
breeches or bifurcated skirts there la
diers is being n,rrM on Z'H
French government and 7b
xveu v.ross. Tlu.re.are C
and sixty schools 0f vnn fc
this work. TheitorlrN
ea more than ix hun(1
soldiers with artificial c'
type,, and has esr.ui.ii.C, llH
nar Farls where aniiichi "51
manufactured. uy V.
'illt' II n
fcUlLUlllfll I t-i i nun ., u-
manufacturer t , vJU&njjt
able to secure th i . IlasWI
ment for each case lb!e Hi
With the wanton a.
homes, by the German ar f 2 !
unrootin- of th r,.,., J
astated regions, the h,n . efel
1U nance is in Peril
izing this condition, the itei r -endeavoring
to -,kecp the
hnmoc Inanf. .
- 10 -nun nomesfnr
outcast children who have JL?
homes nor parents, and to hehu
K.iv.v..o mm irijiunes to find
to live until they shall be able tf!
build their homes.
The most telling work of tuA
Cross in. France, as far as helpin, J
win the war goes, is the cnr J:
families of the French soldiers, ft
Red Cross is giving to the needy
ilies of these French soldiers supjs
and money, according to their needs,
- "When the German armv innb
France, hundreds of thousands
French people were driven from thl
homes and are now scattered throng,
out the republic. These people an
known as refugees. The number h
increased, of course, for various rttl
sons until now there are more than!.
200,000, embracing all classes and ages,!
except able-bodied men. There are
proximately 500,000 refugees 'in Pa?j
"The housing of these people Is ok
of the greatest problems of the Fresl
government. The American Red Cms
Is co-operating with the French goreu
ment in this work.
a service suit like this excel 'i ' (
has a skirt. All these suit
of Warren Jean material in
color. Caps and hats to niau
made to be worn with them. .
Smart society women who iu
icated their cars and serv,ces 1f
government have donivdji tu
replacing young men as u i'
theaters are uniformed in spiru
and breeches sulrs with putr
dashing little caps. uo;'lt' ,
in canteens like to be umf r ,
Cross workers don cap tu " fforJ
erywhere the service P1"111' ,eJ
as a proud badge of duty fum
Cheerful Looking ''f raioJ
Why should we look auu ,iai
day? We can be cue
even to our umbrella now
ored silk umbrella for nun - c
to be popular this summer. o
bination umbrella and pa '
protection from sun and sno
Some of these umbrellas n
tips and ferrules to match w