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Heroes were made every day during the war.
Unusual deeds of bravery became so common
that Utile attention was paid to them. Some
times they found their way into offlcial dis
patches, but often no one htard of them. Hut
now many stories of these brave acts arc- being
told, usually by the pals of the men who dared
and died for their country and for humanity.
Jlclow are a few of these unusual Tories:
X How Two Yank Soldiers Held f,
$ Enemy Street Till Help Came $
NO INDIVIDUAL or group of Individual
can step Into the limelight tmtl Mtny any
time without becoming the subject of
criticism of one sort or another. Anil the Ameri
ca u soldier dining his comparatively short par
tlclpntlou In the great world war has come In for
One of the most outstanding criticisms of the
American soldier as a
tighter Is that he
doesn't know when to
stop, that he'r. reckless
In his coinage and
seemingly devoid ol all
care as to his personal
well-being or sttfolv In
hsK'-ZiM tlic uccomplMimciit of
&&&?&-,oK; ' l",,, 'I'lainies or tne
.ijfr&X&v iC"-, Yankee lighter were
ZzjfQ. fJ,X$ l"wn tectntly at tne
"AKlW:4MJftfitftJ capture of the town of
s Sergy by the American
It was Sunday morn
ing. A platoon of HO
men was ordered to go Into Sergy and to hold a cer
tain street. The Germans were still In the town and
were raking all rouds approaching with a storm of
machine gun lire. The platoon emerged from a
wooded shelter on the notth hank of the Ourcq
mid made Its way across a slotting Held toward
the outskirts of the village. There It was met
with u withering hall of bullets that Immediately
began to-thin the ranks, but the men kept on go
ing. As the little company drew nearer the town
the lire from the Gcrmun machine guns Increased.
It heenme so deadly accurate that by the time
the platoon had entered the village only '20 odd
of the original HO men remained, and James Ily
Inntl of Brooklyn, N. Y., was one of those 20.
Immediately on entering the town the platoon
made Its way to the street It hail been oidereil to
hold. The men sought shelter behind a pile of
debris at the head of the thoroughfare, a poor
shelter Indeed and one swept by machine guns and
snipers from three sides. Hut the lieutenant In
command, who Is now dead, decided that Inas
much as his orders were to stay there until re
lieved, there he would stay.
Kvery Hun In that end of the town seemed to
be directing his undivided attention to the little
company of Amci leans behind Us lllmsy shelter.
The snipers were everywhere. A particularly
deadly lire came from machine guns placed In ii
Bod Cross building; so llerce was It that the men
spent nearly all of their ammunition trying to get
those guns, and tlnally ru.-hed the building, but
they had to come back.
Foodless and waterless, they stayed there all
that day. As the hours dragged on, the gallant
band grew smaller and smaller. By afternoon all
of the olllcers had been killed and the privates
elected commanders, who one by one were shot
When relief reached them at seen o'clock that
evening Hyland and one comrade whose name
Isn't njen were till that wer left of the f0 who
started out In the morning. Hyland was in com
main), and the two men were shooting their last
cartridges at the machine gunners up the street
they had been ordered to hold.
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How Former Circus Clown Bore $
His Message Through Barrage $
EVER since we hnve all been old enough to
think behind the tilings we see we have won
dered as we have watched the antics of a
circus clown Just what kind of u man he really Is
when out from under the big tent and moving
around in the everyday life of the ordinary man.
It isn't likely, however, that we ever thought of
n clown as being of such stuff as heroes are made,
but here Is the story of a former circus clown who
became n real hero In the great war.
Charles Klein of Brooklyn, N. Y., became n
member of the American expeditionary forces.
Burly In the spring, before General Foch turned
upon the Germans ami
began to drive them
back to where they
eamo from, Klein was
detnllcd to the motor
cycle squad as a dis
One day early In May,
Klein was sitting In a
dugout watching the big
shells as they went
screaming and whis
But while Klein was
watching the bombard
ment he received or
ders to report to the
commanding olllcer of the unit to which ho was
attached. This olllcer gave Klein a messago to do
liver at once, tho carrying of this message meaning
that ho would have to rldo straight through a hot
barrage that had Just been laid down.
Without a moment's hesitation, with eagerness
oven, tho former clown a mighty serious-minded
courier now took the message, mounted his mo
torcyclo nnd started on his perilous ride.
"Tho racket sounded as though n hundred
boiler factories had broken loose," said Klein Intor,
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"but I put on full steam, and the old tnotorcyclo
leaped ahead like a kangaroo.
"Blngl A big shell busted only ten feet from
my machine. Bung! Another eploded to the
left of tne, and 1 put on some more steam. Then
a whopper hissed over me Just missing the top of
my tin derby, but I kept on going.
"Say, once 1 rode n white mule In the circus
that no one else could ride he broke my arm and
tattooed me with cuts and bruises. The mule's
name was Snowball, and that animal seemed to
have a hundred heels oery time 1 tried to get on
her back. But, believe me, one Boihc shell Is
woise than a hundred Snowballs.
"It was the hardest woik 1 ever did to dodge
the holes in the road. Blng! A shell plunked
behind me and ripped olV my back Mre. Blng! A
piece of shrapnel knocked off my helmet, but never
Hatched me. Then I began to smell mustard gas.
My eyes watered so that It was hard for me to
see. I don't know bow 1 did It, hut I delivered
my menage, ami when I woke up I was In the
"Talk about mule-. In a clicus! Mu-tard gas Is
mighty tough stuiT. I'm telling you. and It doesn't
help to make speed on n inototcclc, either."
Aial then, because ol Ids smile and hi ability
as an entertainer In the hospital, Klein was nick
named "Sui'iij Charles."
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;t; How English Aviator Exercised :J;
t the Commander's "Privilege"
AVIATOBS were nfu-n compelled to destroy
their own machines to prevent the Ger
mans from obtaining some Jealously guard
ed secret about the new type of nlrciaft. This Is
a stoiy of an aviator who did that at the cost of
Ids own life.
There were two men the pilot and his observer
In the latest Hying boat which Bngland's aircraft
builders hail turned out. The two dyers weie well
out to sea when a fog came down and cut them
olT from their companions. The pilot headed lor
home, but the engine suddenly ' died."
A hasty examination thnwei the pilot that oidy
a repair shop and a squat) of expert mechanics
could hope to make the engine run again. He
told the observer so, ami the two men the ob
server was really little more than a boy sat down
to watch and wait with the hope that a British
patrol boat would come along and pick them up.
The night came on and the young observer fell
asleep. The pilot sat on the deck-coaming nnd
listened all the night through. In the morning
the fog lifted and the observer, looking out over
the waters, caught sight of a little black smudge
on the horizon, which grew steadily In size, and
behind It another smudge, and another. It was n
patrol flotilla rapidly approaching them. The boy
"It Is Geiman, my son," spoke the older man In
a quiet voice, as he
turned his eyes from
the smudges to Ids rock
ing craft. "Have you
your life bolt on se
curely?" "Yes," answered the
"Then go over the
side and swim for all
"But don't you want
me to stay and heip
you?" peisisted the
"Get over the side,"
commanded th pilot
sharply, "and good-by,
sonny. It Is my priv
ilege, you know."
About 200 yards away
the boy paused and
looked back at the dis
abled plane. The pilot was crouched on the top
of the under plane Just over the bomb rack with
a heavy wrench In his upraised hand, ready to
strike a blow.
A mile nway the first of the German destroyers
was tearing the sea la Its haste to take the broken
plane ami get nway before the British patrol
should appear. The hoy turned and swam nwny
from the tragedy which he knew was about to
A few moments later there wns the mighty roar
of an explosion, and he heard the swish of tho
nlr blnst along the surface waters and the rush
of the approaching wave from the sea disturb-
w , re vi
syLy'r-zts j? s !&&
I'rf'tLV' "-vT , cciiics suddenly
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SeH5te5Hr7 t iiriil beasl. s n
sK''mjf chine which trafi
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f r fX- - y
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nnce. The wave engulfed him Just as he began
to hear the splash of tho falling debris, then he
knew no more.
lie was still sobbing deliriously when the Brit
ish patrol boat picked him up an hour later.
The pilot had exetclsed his "privilege."
How Man "Tackled" a Deadly
Depth Bomb and Saved a Ship s
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IT ISN'T recordeil that .lolm Mackenzie, chief j
boatswain's mate in the L'nlted States naval '
reserve force, was once a great football play- ,
er. but he was leconnuendeil for mi honor medal .
and a gratuity of loo for doing one of the great-
est football stunts ever teported.
The navy depailinent repot t shows that on the j
tnoinlng of December 17 u depth bomb on hoard
the destroyer Uetnlll; broke loose from Its posi
tion on the stern ol the crnll. and. bursting Its
hosing, went boiindng about the deck. A heavy
sen was on at the time; In fact, the wncs were
breaking far over the stern of the destroyer, and
the rolling and pitching of the little ciaft sent
the big bomb Hying backward and forwiud to port
and s(ni board, crushing into the rails of the ves
sel and hitting eei.thlng upstanding on the deck
wiih a force that
threatened to explode It
at any moment and
blow the boat to sci.ip
The actions of this
i engine of destruction
recti 1 1 Victor Hugo's
gicat descilptlon of the
gun which bleaks loose
ficm Its mornings on
shlplmard and "be-
Itself Into a monster.
This mass turns ujkm
Its wheels, hurt tho
rapid iuoeiue:iti of n
billiard hall, rolls with
the rolling, pitches with
the pitching; goes,
to meditate; resumes Its
...,,i-v.. .mwIii.b nlmiL' the shin from end to end like
an arrow, circles about, springs aside, evade,
rears, breaks, kills, exterminates."
The bomb was n regular sized depth charge,
weighing hundreds of pounds, and It would have
been Impossible for anyone to have lifted It nnd
carried It to safety even If one of the crew had
cared to take the risk of catching It In Its wild
rushes nnd rollings about tho dock. So the ofU
cers and men stood for a time watching the
charge as It thrashed madly about, wondering
whnt to do, and not knowing whnt minute the In
fernal machine might explode and send all hands
living Into eternity.
Suddenly someone cried "Tho pin has come
Whether Mackenzie had been In some other
part of tho ship until that moment, or whether
he had been standing with the others staring In
hopeless wonder and was only aroused by the
cry, reports do not say. But It Is recorded that
less tlinn.n second after the shout was raised the
plucky Yankee boatswain's mate dashed down tlie
deck nnd Hung himself on the rolling bomb, much
after the fashion that football phiers throw
tliemselvis on the hall.
Three times he had his arms about It, but each
time It tore nway, once almost crushing him as
the roll of the' ship hulled It upon him. Tho
fourth time, however, he got n firm hold on It,
nnd with nlmost superhuman effort heaved It up
right on one flat end. Then Mackenzie sat down
on the deadly charge though even In that po
sition the bomb might have exploded and blown
him to ntoms nnd succeeded In holding It until
Hues could be run to him and the charge lashed
safely to tho deck.
The commanding olllcer of the Itemllk In his
report recommending that the 'mednl of honor be
conferred on Mackenzie, says:
"Mackenzie, In acting ns he did, exposed IiIb
life and prevented n serious accident and prob
able loss of the ship and the entire crew. Had
the depth charge exploded on the quarterdeck
with the sen and the wind that existed nt the time
there Is no doubt that the ship would hnve been
Mackenzie Is a native of Massachusetts. Ills
home Is South riadley Fulls.
The needs of the refugees and the
French wounded still keep the workers
of tho American l'und for Trench
Wounded busy, even though the war Is
it an end. I.n.cttcs, pajamas, hos
pital garments of nil kinds will be
gratefully received by the American
I'linil for l'lench Wounded, and they
will supply patterns. These should be
secured from their hendquniters nt (0
Kast Washington street, Chicago.
Among Hie things most needed an1
surgical shirts of twilled muslin,
These shirts open In the back. The
left sleoe Is left open from wrist to
neck, the edges hemmed. It is fas
tened by sliott sltlps of tape sewn
on in pairs, the Inches apart. The
back Is fastened In the same way.
Many handkerchiefs are needed. They
are made of new material 111 by II)
Inches when cut out. and hemmed on
the sewing machine, measuring 18 by
IS Inches when finished. These the
recovered patients are allowed to take
with them, and the. like to imtll them
selves of this pilvllege.
the late James A. Scrymser, a Now
York hanker. This Is tho largcBt be
quest ever made to tho organization.
Miss Julia Stlmson of Worcester,
Mass., chief nurse of the American
Bed Cross In France since Inst April,
has been appointed chief nurse of tho
American expeditionary forces, accord
ing to a cable message received nt Ucd
Cross headquarters, For ten months
previous to entering the Bed Crosa
service Miss Stlmson, a graduate of
Vassiir, was attached to one of the 12
American hospital units assigned
to the British forces shortly nftcr
this country entered the wnr. Sho
enlisted for the work before tho United
NEWS OF THE RED CROSS
"The Greatest Mother in the World,"
nnd "Hold Up Your F.nd." two Amer
ican Bed Cross posters familiar to
ever.vone In this country, were the
most elTcctlw postern used In the re
cent British Bed Cross drive. A re
production of the former, said to be
the largest Bed Cross poster ever dis
played In Gieat Britain, covered the
front of the rojnl exchange building,
opposite the Bank of Kngland.
The American Bed Cross Is to re
ceive .$1,000,000 from the estate of
1'arls showed Its appreciation ol
the work ihsne by the American Bed
Cross In Franco at ji celebration plan
ned by the municipal council to
take place on November 14. An
nouncement to this effect was made by
Chassiilgnii Guyot, leo president of tho
council, at a reception tendered to
Henry 1'. Davison, chairman of the
war council of the American Bed
Cross, at the Hotel do Vlllo. Mr.
Guyot said the city of Paris owed the
Bed Cross a debt which was growing
every day and that It showed Its grati
tude at the celebration.
Secretary Baker's first call on hla
recent trip to France wns on tho
Misses Katherlne and Kninui S. Lnn
sing, sisters of Secretary of State
Lansing, who are engaged In American
Bed Cross canteen work In Paris,
The Misses Lansing provided food nnd
hot drinks ior American soldiers nbont
to return to this country.
conies, pauses, seems
Elegance in Sport Skirts
I'M m V$ if ii
FUTURE HIDDEN FROM CLAY.
Could the shade of Henry Clay, roused from tho
slumbers of more than threescore yenrs by the
pandemonium as 100 engineers tied down their
whistle cords and shrilled forth exultant shrieks,
have trod the atmospheric space from his haunts
In the Blue Grass country to Sault Ste. Mario a
few weeks since, and looked with dull eyes on
the newly finished engineering feat spread out be
foie his astonished gaze, lie would hnve been
forced to admit that his declaration back In 1810
wns at least shortsighted.
"It Is a wink quite boond the remotest settle
ment of the United States, If not In the moon,"
said Henry Clay on that memorable occasion,
when by the power of his silver-tongued oratory
he Influenced the congress of the United States to
defeat a measure by which a canal could he dug
around St. Mary's falls.
He was believed, and the project thnt now In
finished form ranks In world Importance fur great
er than the Suez canal, and In some minds greater
than tho l'nuntmi cntml, was condemned ns Im
practical. It was not until 12 years later that
congress snw Its mistake and yielded to tho per
suasion of Inlluential citizens of .Michigan and
New York to grant an appropriation of Innd
whereby the state of Michigan could finance tho
excavntlon of a canal. J. I'aul Chandler In Detroit
" HER VOTE.
"How how you going to vote, Grace?"
"Depends on the weather. If It rains I sttpposo
I'll have to vote In n mackintosh," Judge.
Y. M. C. A. IN DARKEST RUSSIA.
The rural group (of the American Y. M. C. A.
In Ilussln) dealt with another need of national
mngnltuiK Tho mighty Volga basin, covering
more than half a million square miles, Is unable
even In normal times wholly to feed the huge
population It holds, k. t. Cotton In Association
Men says n floating exhibit wns made up to visit
nnd Impress the teeming riverside communities
with (lie Importance of more sowing, better pro
duction and fuller conservation. A staff of ,t5 wns
organized to demonstrate with models, moving pic
tures, lnntern slides, chnrts and lectures such neg
lected subjects as seed selection, cultivation, dairy
ing, horticulture, animal hushnndry, bee keeping,
domestic economy, plnv JIfe for children nnd other
aspects of community welfare.
This association conception and undertaking
won Instant recognition, the government furnish
ing a steamboat, a barge and some funds.
FINDS FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH.
No plnco In the United States or Canada 'has a
lower death rate than Kelley's Island, Lake Krle,
according to Dr. Paul Fitzgerald, chief of an east
ern Insurance company's bureau of statistics.
The Island, tho homo of a large stone quarrying
Industry, Is tho homo of approximately fi.OOO "peo
ple. For years the Insuranco company has been In
suring a large percentngo of tho population but
never hns been called upon to pny a death claim,
says Doctor Fitzgerald, who In his report to head
quarters will refer to tho Island ns "tlw head of
the fountain of youth."
Whether sport clothes Inspired the
weavers of silk to make their splen
did new products, or these heavy,
crepy silks inspired the elegnnco of
sport clothes, Is an unanswerable
question, but tho two things nrc meant
for one another. A niuno Is needed to
fit the hats nnd skirts, made of fine
mnterlnls In sport styles thnt are at
once very Btnart and altogether in
formal. Some ono hns called hats of
this character "veranda hats," slrco
they aro quite nt homo on tho cTub
house verandn, but hardly sturdy
enough for the links. It Is nn de
quato description of them nnd might
also serve for skirts nnd conts.
The skirt In tho picture above Is
nn example of elegance In t?Vrt
clothes. It Is made of n heavy ellk
with n largo checker-board partem
woven In by alternating square of
plain silk In tho others having n crepe
surface. The hold checker-board de
sign compels u plain skirt, nnd this one
hangs straight, with its fullness gath
ered In at tho waist and Is finished
with a straight belt of tho silk, frs
tenlng with a large button having a
white center In a black ring. Flo of
these big buttons nro set down tho
side, and a pocket, pointed nt the bot
tom, finishes the brief but snappy story
of this classy garment,
If any doubts of the Informal char
acter of so rich a skirt Ho In tho inMid,
Its fatr wearer has taken pains to ills
pel them by wearing a blouse of fine
whlto batlsto with It. Thero Is not
much to bo told of this, except thnt It
depends on tho ulwnys dependable vn
lenclennes laco In Insertions and edk
lngs for Its dainty and spnro decora
tion. Both tho b'uUsto nnd lnco aro &Si
fine ns silk, and the blouse Is beaattn
fully tnado and therefore belongs to
the same company with this aristocrat
In sport skirts, which proclaims Itseli
superior to whims of fashion by be
ing quite plain. This Is ono of many
handsome skirts In silk and In wool,
that will enliven the beach nnd bote)
verandas In tho sunny South.
A Cheerful Bedroom.
Bedrooms, of nil tho rooms In thi
house, should bo gay nnd cheerful,
and tho short cut to an effect of cheet
and suushlno Is yellow wall paper. la
working out n schema for u yellow
bedroom u bluo nnd yellow chlnti
could he used nt the windows,
with the sumo chintz ,ou some of th
furniture, nnd a plaid bluo linen on
the rest. Lamps made of powder blue
vases with yellow lacquer shades done
In n Chinese design would emphasize
tho hluu note delightfully nnd work
out tho lighting problem In nn Inter
esting way. Tho furniture might be
painted gray, and a two-toned gray
rug would be very good on the floor,
Somo of the shops nro showing
heavy silk sweaters for winter wear.
They aro especially desirable for In
door wear when tho low supply of
coal makes It Impossible to keep up
.ho normal degroo of heat. These
new sweaters hnvo many odd bits of
finishing, such as vests, very deep col
lars, fringed edges and unusual cuff
anything for the sake of novelty.
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