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About The North Platte semi-weekly tribune. (North Platte, Neb.) 1895-1922 | View Entire Issue (Oct. 1, 1918)
' 1 am only a cog in a giant .machine, a link of an eri'd
" less chain: . '
And the rounds are drawn, and the rounds are fired,
and the empties return again; :
.Railroad, lorry arid limber, bakery, column and park;
; To the shelf where the set fuse, waits the breech,
from the quay where the shells embark.'
We haW watered and fed, and eaten our beef; the."
long dull day drags by,
As I sit here watching our "Archibalds" strafing an
Puff and flash on the far-off blue round the speckf
one guesses the plane '
Smoke and spark of the gun-machine that is fed by
, the endless' chain.
The ammunition carrier is only a link in the
great war machine, but he is as vital a link
in the chain as the man who goes over the
top. And back of the ammunition carrier
comes the ammunition maker and the rail
road worker and the thousands of varieties
of war workers until it all comes straight
home to the individual man and woman
I am only a cog in a giant machine, but a vital link
of the chain;
And the captain has sent from his wagon-line to fill
his wagons again; ,
From the wagon-limber to gunpit dump; from
loader s forearm at breech
To the working party that melts away when the
shrapnel bullets screech.
So the restless section pulls out once more in column
of route from the right
At the tail of a blood-red afternoon; so the flux of
another night ' . ;
Bears back the wagons we fill at dawn to the sleeps
ing column again
Cog on cog in the gun-machine, link on link in the chainl
C , by Gilbert FrinWu GILBERT FRANKAU
who helps save the necessities of life and re
frains from wasteful spending in order to
help our fighting men. Every link in the
fighting chain, every cog in the war machine
must be of the strongest steel. Every heart
must be steel against waste these days- We
are all part of the great battle let us each
do our part and make it a great part.
JjBjt- r Let us buy the Bonds we flf
ffi know they want us to buyl &L
This Space Subscribed to Winning the War by ,
North Platte Business and Professional Men Whose Names
are Published Elsewhere in these columns.
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