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THE STANFORD WORLD n1111111111101111111111MITIMMTMUMMITIMMUMMAMMTITIMI1MMTMEMUMIMTIMITUMMIMMTIMMIIMITITIMMITITIMMIMIHMUMMIMMIMMIIIIMIMI GUNNER By 1 E N. DEPEW 4 Ex -Gunner and Chief Petty Officer, U.'S. Navy ALBERT Fr: Captain Gun Turret. French Battleship Gassard Member of the Foreign Legion of France Ei Winner of the Croix de Guerre • Oopyright, 1018, by Reilly and Britton Do., Through Specie/ Arrangement With the Cleorge Matthew Adama Service 111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111IIIILWIWILUILIMIIIIIIIR 1 1 111111111111111111111111111111111111111 11U LEGIONARIES VOW VENGEANCE WHEN GERMANS HIDE BEHIND BELGIAN WOMEN AND CHILDREN. Synopsis.—Albert N. Depew, author of the story, tells of his service In the United States navy, during which he attained the rank of Met petty officer, first-class gunner. The world war starts soon after he receives his honorable discharge from the navy, and he leaves for France with s. determination to enlist. Ile „bens the Foreign Legion and is assigned to the dreadnaught Cassard, where his marksmanship wins him high honors. Later he is transferred to the land forces and sent to the Flanders front, lie gets his first experience in a front line trench at Dixinude. CHAPTER V—Continued. II never saw n battery better con- cealed than this one. Up on the ground you couldn't see the muzzle twenty yards away—and that was nil there was to see at any distance. There was a ruined garden just outside the gun quarters, and while the gunners were there picking apples there would be a' hiss and an explosion, anti over would go some of the trees, or maybe a man or two, but never a shell struck nearer the guns then that. The p0111114 used to thank Fritz for helping them pick the apples, because the explosions would bring them down in great style. Shells from our heavy artillery passed Just over the garden, too, making an awful racket. But they were not in it with the \75's.\ They gave me n little practice with a \75\ under the direction of expert French gunners before I went to my 14 -inch naval gun, end, believe me, it nits a fine little piece. Just picture En yourself a little beauty that can send a 38 -pound shell every two sec- onds for five miles and more, if you want it to, and land on Fritz' vest button every time. There Is nothing I like better than a gun, anyway, and I have never since been entirely satis- Bed with anything less than a \75.\ As you probably know, the opposing artillery in this war is so widely sepa- rated that the gunners never see their targets unless these happen to be buildings, and even then it Is rare. So. since an artillery officer never sees the enemy artillery or infantry, he must depend on others to give him the range and direction. For this purpose there are balloons and airplanes attached to each artil- lery unit. The airplanes are equipped with wireless, but also signal by smoke and direction of flight, while the balloons use telephones. The ob- servers have maps and powerful glasses and cameras. Their maps art marked off in zones to correspond with the maps used by the artillery officers. The observations are signaled to a receiving station on the ground and are then telephoned to the batteries. All our troops were equipped with telephone signal corps detachmenta and this was n very important arm of the service. The enemy position Is shelled before an attack, either en barrage or otherwise, and communica- tion between the waves Of attack and the artillery is absolutely necessary. Bombardments are directed toward certain parts of the enemy position almost as accurately as you would use a searchlight. The licit) telephones are Very light and are portable to the last degree. They can be rigged up or knocked down, in a very short time. The wire is wound on drums or reels 1 -1 fi ‘ A Regular Hall of Shrapnel Fell. ILIA you would be surprised to see how quickly our corps established com- tnunicution from a newly won trench to headquarters, for instance. They were asking for our casimilties before We had finished having them, almost. Artillery fire was directed by men whose duty it was to dope out the `mien from the information sent them ry the observers in the air. Two men were stationed at the switchboard, one man to receive the - message and the other to operate the board. As piegi as the range was plotted out it saLi telephoned to the gunners and fiery tihl the rest. lrlbe IlltV111 guns at Minkel° were pooksieSsal ea fiat cars and these were drawn back and forth on the track by little Belgian engines. After I had been at my gun for sev- eral days I was ordered back to my regiment, which was again in the front-line trenches. My course was past both the British and French lines but quite u distance behind the front Everywhere there were -ambulances and wagons going backward and for- went. I met one French ambulance that was a long wagon full of polite; from a field hospital near the firing line and was driven by a man whose left arm was bandaged to the shoul- der. Two poilus who sat in the rear on guard had each been wounded in the leg and one had had a big strip of his scalp torn off. There was not a sound man in the bunk+. You can imagine what their cargo was like, If the convoy was us used up as these chaps. But all who could were sing- ing and talking and full of pep. That is the French for you: they used no more Inca than they (toted possibly spare to take ckire of the wounded, but they were all cheerful about it— always. Just after I passed this ambulance the Gemini's began shelling a section of the road too near me to be comfort- able. so I beat it to a shell crater about twenty yards off the road, to the rear. A shrapnel shell exploded pretty near me just as I jumped Into this hole—I did not look around to see how close it was—and I remember now how the old minstrel joke I had heard on hoard ship came to my rein(' at the thne--something about a ft:llow fdel- big so small he C1111111(41 into a hole and pulled it after him—and I wished I might do the same. I flattened my- self as close against the wall of the crater as I could and then I noticed that somebody had made a dugout in the other wail of the crater and I started for it. The shells were exploding so fast by that time that you could not listen for each explosion separately, and jest as ? jumped into the dugout a regular hail of shrapnel fell on the spot I had Just passed. It was pretty dark in the dugout and the first move I made I bumped Into somebody else and he let out ii yell that you could have heard a mile. It was a Tommy who had been wounded in the hand anti between curses he told me I had sat right on his wound when I moved. I asked him why he did not yell sooner, but he only swore ,more. He surely was a great eusser. The hombnrdment slackened up a bit about this time, and I thought I would have a loojt around. I did not get out of the crater entirely, hut moved around out of the dugout until I could see the road I had been on. The first thing I saw was a broken- down wagon that had just been hit— in fact, it was toppling over when may eye caught it. The driver jumped from his seat and while he was In the air his head was torn completely from his shoulders by another shell—I do not know what kind. This was enough for me, so back to the dugout. How the Germans did it I do not know, but they had found out about that road and opened fire at exactly the moment when the road was cov- ered with wagons and men. Yet there had not been a balloon or airplane In the sky for some time. After a while the bombardment moved away to the east, from which direction I had come, and I knew our batteries were getting it. The Tommy and I Came out of the dugout. As I started climbing up the muddy sides I saw there was n man standing at Ihe edge of it, and I could tell by his puttees that he was a Limey. I was having a hard job or it, 80 without looking up I hailed him. \That was sure some shelling, wasn't it?\ I said. \There's a lad down here with a wounded fin; better give him a hand.\ \What shelling do you mean,\ says the legs, without moving, \There's been none in this sector for some time r I think.\ The Tommy was right at Try heel by this time, and he let out a string of language. I was surprised, too, and still scrambling around in the mud. Then the Tommy let a \Gawd 'elp us and I looked up and saw that the legs belonged to a Limey officer, a major, I think. And here we had been cussing the eyes off of him( But he sized it up rightly and gave us a humid, and otiiy laughed when we tried to explain. I got rattled and told him that all I saw was his legs and that they did not look like an ofli- DEPEW I cer's legs, which might have made it worse, only he was good-natured about It, Then he sold that he had been asleep in a battalion headquarters dug- out, about a hundred yards away, and ouly waked up when part of the roof caved In on him. Yet he did not know he had been shelled! I went on down the road a stretch, bet soon found it was easier walking beside it, bemuse the Huns had shelled it neatly right up and down the middle. Also, there were so many wrecked horses and wagons to climb over on the road—besides dead nma. After I had passed the lrea of the bombardment and got bask on the road I sat down to rest and / smoke. A couple of shells had burst so near the crater that they had thrown the dirt right Into the dugout, and I was a little dizzy from the shock. While I was sit- ting there a squad of Tommies Cattle up with about twice their number of German prisoners. The Townies had been making Fritz do the goose step and they started them at it again when they saw me sitting there. It sure is good for a laugh any time, this goose step. I guess they call It that after the fellow who invented it. One thing I had noticed about Fritz was the way his coat flared out at the bottom, so I took this chance to find out about it, while they halted for a rest just it little farther down the road. I found that they carried their emergency kits in their coats. These kits contained canned meat, tobacco, needles, thread and plaster—all this In addition to their regular pack. Then I drilled down the road some more, but had to stop pretty soon to let..a column of French infantry swing tin to the road from a field. They were on their way to the trenches as re-enforeements. After every two rompanies there would be a wagon. Pretty soon I saw the uniform of the Legion. Then a company of my regi- ment came up and I wheeled in with them. We were in the rear of the col- umn that had passed. Our boys were going up for their regular stunt in the front lines, while the others had just arrived at that part of the front. Then for the first time my feet be- gan hurting me. Our boots were made of rough cowhide and fitted very well, but it was a day's labor to carry them on your feet. I began lagging behind. I would lag twenty or thirty yards behind and then try to catch up. But the thousands of men ahead of me kept up the steady pace and very few limped, though they had been on the march since 3 a. am. It was then about 11 a. m. Those who did limp were carried in the wagons. But Iliad seen very few men besides the drivers rid- ing in the wagons, and I wanted to be as tough as the next guy, so I kept on. But, believe me, t was sure glad when we halted for a rest along the road. That is, the re , enforcements did! Our company of the Legion had not conic from so far, and when the front of the column had drawn out of the way along the road we kept on tiling, as the saying is. I did not care about being tough then, and I was ready for the wagon. Only now there were no wagons! They belonged with the other troops. So I had to ease along as best I could for what seemed like hours—to my feet—until we tufned off onto another road and halted for a rest. I found out later that our officers had gone astray and were lost at this time, though, of course, they did not tell US 80. We arrived at our section of the trench about three o'clock that after- noon and I rejoined my company. I was ail tired out after this trek and found myself longing for the Canard and the rolling wave, where no Mara- thons and five -mile hikes were neces- sary. But this was not in store for me—yet. CHAPTER VI. Fritz Does a Little \Strafeine My outfit was one of those that saw the Germans place women and WI- dren In front of them as shield's against our fire. More than a third of our men, I should say, had bem pretty tough criminals in their own countries. They always traded their pay ligainst a handful of cards or a roll of the bones whenever they got a chance. They had been Its most of the dirty parts of the world. This war was not such a much to them; just one more Job in the list. They could call God and the saints and the human body more things than any boss stevedor that ever lived. Yet they were religious in a way. Some of theta were always reading religious books or saying prayers In different ways and between them they believed in every religion and super- stition under the sun, I guess. Yet they were the toughest bunch I ever saw. After they saw the Germans using the Belgian women the way they did, almost every man in thy company took some kind of a vow or other, and most of them kept their vows, too, I believe. And those that were religions got more so after that. Our Chaplain had always been Teri friendly with the men, and while I think they liked him they were so tough they would never admit it, and some of them claimed he was a Jonah, or Jinx, or bad luck of some kind. But they all told him their vows as soon as they made them and he was sup- posed to be a sort of referee as to whether they kept them or not. During my second stunt in the front lines things got pretty bad. The Ger- mans were five to our one and they kept pushing back parts ef the line and cleaning out others. And the weather was as bad as it could be kind the food did not always come reg- ularly. Now, before they took their vows, every last man in the bunch would have been kicking and growling all the time, but, as it was, the only time they growled was when the Ger- mans pushed us back. Things kept getting worse and you could see that the men tkilked to the chaplain more and quite a few of them got real chummy with 111111. One morning Fritz started in bright and eerly to begin his strafe. The lieutenant was walking up and down the trench to see that the sentries quma. How We Give 'Em the Butt, were properly posted and were on the Job. A shell WilIZZCO1 over his head and landed just behind the parades and the dirt spouted up like I imagine a Yellowstone geyser looks. Another officer came up to the lieu- tenant—a new one who had only Joined the company about a week be- fore. They had walked about ten yards when another shell whizzed over them. They laid to and a third one came. There were three in less than five minutes, directly over their heads. Then a shell landed on the left side of the trench and a pollu yelled that four men had got it. They were all wounded and three died later. The lieutenant went over to them and just after he passed me a lad got it square not far from me and was knocked over to where I was lying. The lieutenant came back and helped me with the first -aid roll and then the Germans began using shrap- nel. The lieutenant was swearing hard about the shrapnel and the Ger- mans and everything else. Farther to the right a shell had just struck near the parades and made a big crater and across from it, against the parapet, was a young chap with a deep gash in his head, sitting on the fire step and next to, hint a fellow nursing the place where his arm had been blown off. Our bread ration lay all about the trench and some of the poilus were fishing it out of the mud and water and wiping the biscuits off on their sleeves or eating as fast as they could. Only some of the biscuits had fallen in bloody water and they did not eat these. A young fellow, hardly more than a boy, stumbled over the paradox and fell into the trench right near the lieutenant and the lieutenant dressed his wounds himself. I think he was some relation of the boy. The lieutenant asked him how he felt, but the boy only asked for water and smiled. But you could see he was in great pain. Then the boy said: \Oh the pain is awful. I am going to die.\ \You are all right, old man,\ the lieutenant said. \You will be home soon. The stretcher bearers are com- ing.\ So we passed the word for the stretcher bearers. Then he took the water bottle from the boy's side and sat him up and gave him some water. He left the water bottle with the chap and went to hurry the stretcher hearers along. 'When he got around the corner of the trench the boy was slipping back and the water bottle had fallen down. So I went over to him and propped him up again and gave him some more Water. Depew goes \over the top\ and \gets\ his first German In a bayonet fight. Read hle story of this exploit In the next in- stallment. I'Mt rrsseettentercs LENINE AND HOMY RECEIVED HUN GOLD 3FFICIAL DOCUMENTS GIVEN OUT BY U. S. SHOW BOLSHEVIK! TREACHERY JUDAS ISCARIET IS EQUALED Evidence Was Secured in Russia by American Agents.—Papers Dis- close Payment of 50,000,000 Rubles to Traitors IVaehington, Sept. 'RI—Proofs re• moving any doubts (lint Lennie and Tretzky, the Bolshevik' leaders, are paid German agents—if indeed any iliiiilits remain—are laid before the world by the United States govern- ment in the first inshillment of ell amazing series of official documents ;•11scliesell through the committee on public Informatlen. Secured in Russia by American agents, these documents not °lily show him - the Gentian government, through its imperial hank, paid its' gold to Lennie, Trolzky and their immediate ISS.11111 l's to betray Russia into de- :eta:lig lier allies, but give added Proof. if any be necessary; that Gernetny had perfected her plans for a ear of world coliquest, long before the assassina- tions ait Sarajevo. which, as the world is 110W cull tinged, conveniently furaish- NI her pretext. Plan Destruction in U. S. These docinnents furtietr show thet before the worlot war was four months old, and more than two years before the l'iiittal States was drawn into It, Germany was already setting afoot her pliBIS too \mobilize destruct i ve agents and observers\ to callISP explo- sions, strikes and outrages In this country and plimmid the employment iif \anarchists and eseaped criminals\ for the purpose. Althost ranking in their sensational nature with the notorious Zimmerman mite promising war e It NII.X1r0 and Japan upon the United States. whieli a -0s first given 10 the world through :lie Associa tel Pl*P8S. these 110e11111VIIIS lay l»tre a new strata of Prussian in - new view of the workings of kultur to) disrupt the :lilies standing between the wiirld and kaiserlsm. They disclose it new story of human treach- 1i Uhl( h might almost well be fle• scribed without sacrilege as placing its perpetrators on a pedestal with .1talas and his 30 pieces of silver. Typical German System. • The intrigue appears to ha VP been carried down 10 the last tleiail of ar- rangement with typical German s3s• tem. It will lie revealed completely Iii a s,tries of seven articles furnished by the committee on public informa- tion. Huns Arranged Revolution. Not 'only do the disclosures prove that Lenine. Trotzky and their band •a re paid German agents. They show 'that the liolslieviki revolution which threw Russia into) siteli orgy of mur- der and excesses as the world seldom has seen, actually was arranged by the German general staff. They show how the paid agents of Germany be- trayed Russia at the Brest Litovsk \peace\ conference; how German staff offickkrs secretly have been received by the Bolsheviki as military advisers; how they have acted as spies upon the embassies of the nations with Russia was allied or at peace; how they effeetually have directed the Bol- shevik' foreign. domestic and economic policy wholly in the Interest of Ger- many tool the shame and degradation of Russia. They show a picked German com- mander wae detailed to \defend\ Pet- rograd against the German army and an extent of Gerninn intrigue nnd dew - nation almost beyond the realm of nun gitiat 50,000,000 Rubles Deposited. Originals of documents. photographs of originals and typewritten circulars, some of them marked \very secret\ or \private\ and many of them bearing the annotations of the Bolsiteviki lead- ers themselves; some of them con- taining referenres to \Comrade Trotz- ky\ or \Comrade Lenine\ comprise the damning record. Some of the origi- nals, it lit shown, although deposited in the seeret archives of the Beisheriki, were required to he returned later to representatives of the Gemmel general staff in Petrograd that they might lie destroyed. html evidence of them re- mained In the fabric of roguery and Into the vaelinries they fit perfectly. The Bolshevik! leaders themselves in- formed their \comrades\ that the Ger- men government had required the re- turn of the order of the German im- perial bank. depositing 50.0410,01Ni gold rubles iti a Stockholm bank 4 for [mane and Trotzky. and that at the same time the aerounts of the bank had been \audited\ to conceal the payments. EXEMPTION WILL BE ASKED FOR RAILDOAD EMPLOYES Wnshington, Sept. M.—Regional di- rectors of the railroad adminNtration have been instructed to claim deferred clussificittlon for railroad general of- ficere, shopmen, trainmen, skilled yard men. road- and tunIntenance of way forenien and skilled workers, telephone and telegraph operators and 'other es - :initial employes. All telephone- end telegraph companies were nuthorized to file clelnis for exemption of \ab- iolutely indispeneable\ employee. Suffered For Years Back and Kidneys Were in Bad Shape, But Doan's Removed all the Trouble. \aik kidneys were so weak that tie: least cold I caught would affect Gees and start my back aching until 1 could hardly endure tbe misery,\ says Mrs. D. C. Rose, 973 Fulton St., Brook- lyn, N. Y. \In the morning when I first got up, my back was so lame, I could hardly bend over and any move sent darts of pain through my kid- neys. It was hard for itie to walk up stairs or stoop, and to move lying down sent darts of pain through me. \The kidney secre- tions were ,cant § and distressing and the water remained in my system, mak- ing my feet and hands swell. There were dark circles under may eyes and I became so dizzy I could hardly see. I had rheumatic pains in my knees and it was all I could do to get around. For years I was in that shape and I a -ore plasters and used all kinds of medicine to no avail until I tried Doan's Kidney Pills. They rid me of the trouble and strengthened my back and kidneys. When I have taken Doan's since, they lulfre always bene- fited me.\ Sworn to before me. I. N. VAUGHAN, Notary Public. Cirt Doan's at Any Store, 60e a Box DO AN' SHIDHLY MRS. ROSS FOSTER -MU -BURN CO.. BUFFALO. N.Y. The Upper Atmosphere. An agitated neighbor had Just Ike formed Mrs. Warren that her son was at the top of a telegraph pole In the vicinity. When the boy had been coaxed hack to earth again, his moth er remonstrated. \Tad I've told you how dangerous that is; now why Mil you persist in elimbing those poles?\ \But ma.\ exclaimed the boy in an aggrieved tone, \I have to likkve sotue fresh air.\—Christitok Herald. 8'4•••••••••••••••••••••••• \HARD SKIN\ AND FOOT CALLUSES Magic! Peel them off without. pain or soreness Don't suffer! A tiny bottle of Freez- one costs but a few cents at any drug store. Apply a few drops on the toughened calluses or \hard skin\ on bottom of feet, then lift those painful spots right off with fingers. Corns also! When you peel off corns or calluses with Freezone the skin beneath is left pink and healthy and never sore, ten- der or even irritated. Try Freezone sure!—Adv. Quite a Difference. -• BM Bashem was not a safe person to deal with. On the contrary, he dealt with safes; but the lady visitor to the slums was not to know this. \So she said to Bill's little son. \they've put your father away for safe keeping?\ \Nali! Fer sefe-breakin' !\ replied the grubby one, with a wink. t LIQUID BLUE? No, Mr. Grocer, that's mostly water. Since the war started It's more nearly all water than over. Give me Red Cross Ball Blue, that's a two -ounce package of real goodness. You should see my clothes. I Just can't keep from smiling out loud.—Adv. Thorough. \Do you want to sell that mule?\ \Whur do you till live?\ inquired Mr. Ernstue Pinkly. \What has that to do with it?\ \I alit' gwinter transfer him to no- body (lilt lives less dan two hundred miles away. When I sells him I wants to git rid not only of de mule but of tilt conversation appertainIn' to him.\ Soft, Clear Skins. Night and morning bathe the face with Cuticura Soap anti hot water. If there are pimples first' smear them with Cuticura Ointment: - For free sam- ples address, \Cuticura Dept. X, Bos- ton.\ Sold by druggists and by mall. Soap 25, Ointment 25 and 50.—Adv. An Impossibility. Mrs. Justwed—If your husband's tudentent should differ from yours. what )yould you do? Mrs. Longwed—I never hail a chance to find out. He never dares to differ., One way to dodge the divorce courts Is to stay single. When Your Eyes Need Care Th'MurineEs'eRemedw No muting -.Ise, Nye' Comfor, al/ OBS Drugglots or mall. Writs for I. roe ere stunt NE EYE. MENEM( 00,01110 • I. # • r

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