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THE BEE: OMAHA, WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 1918..
A Common Soldier's
Recital of Thrilling
, Adventures in the
Terrific Struggle for
i By ARTHUR JAMES M'KAY.
(Copyright. IBIS, by Small. Maynard & Co..
Arthur James McKay, "SheUproof Mack."
enlisted In an English bantam regiment
after the sinking of the Lusltanio and upon
reaching the front was wounded (wlca and
Ilia application for discharge was torn
up upon deliberation and he went back to
the front to participate In the battle of
Mwslnea ridge. When ther 1,000,000 pounds
of ammonal are discharged to blow up Hl(
BO Mack and his comrades go over the top
In the face of heavy fire and lose about
20 per cent of the men In casualties.
,A long rest was ordered for the men In
reserve billets but at the expiration of two
weeks they experienced their first air raid
bat came through It creditably. They took
over the first line from a Kcottlnh battalion
which failed to accomplish their objective
and went into action.
While trying to escape the German shrap
nel Mack hides in a German trench. Ills
indole company is almost wiped out In this
action. After two days Mack Is assigned to
a 1 detachment aligned to capture a num
ber of t.crman "pill-boxes." While accom
pllKhlng this Mack is gassed.
An air raid is staged by the permans on
Stack's first night there and 26 were killed
and 45 wounded. Fourteen of the dead
were Hermans under treatment at the hos
pital. The bombiiur of the hospital was classed
as an art of reprisal by a German officer In
retaliation for the shelling of a German Bed
' Cross train used to bring up reserve troops.
,A gas attack was made by the Huns, in
which "Shellproof Mack" was gassed. He
was sent to the base hospital, where he re
mained for a time and then got "blighty."
While convalescent he passed his time at
Chatham. The ministrations of the Red
Cross, both at the front, the base hospital
and the convalescent stations in "blighty,"
he said, made all of the suffering and
danger In the trenches worth while.
- jThey told a story at Chatham about
aa Irishman, who was approached by
at lady visitor with the customary
question. She gullied, "Oh, my poor
man, are you wounded?"
"No, ma'am," said Pat. "I was
" kicked be a cootie."
;That didn't faze her a bit.
iBack she came with, "Did you ever
kill a German?"
Pat shook his head.
Shure lady," he said. "I don't
khow. But I kin tell ye this. Jist be
fore I cops this crack on the nob,
, Micky Flinn say to me, says he,
'Shake yer bay'nit, Pat. Ye've a brace
- of Bodies hangin' to it.' "
She slammed the door on the out
side. "The sick soldier is up to as many
tricks, as a school boy, and he gets
a'jvay with them because you can't
punish him much. One that we used
to put over on our good sisters was
a.fair crime. We ought to have been
ashamed of it, but we were not.
.-When the nurse was taking tem
perature at tea-time somebody would
sneak his thermometer out, stick it in
the hot tea and run up a beautiful
temperature and then slip the glass
back under the tongue just before
. the sister came back.
'v Then she would fuss around the
villian for an hour or so and usually
he'd get chicken for supper.
One of our medical officers was a
tall, young Englishman with an eye
glass, one of those stage Britishers
that you don't often see in real life.
One day he stuck the thermometer
in the mouth of a young Welshman.
It happened that the soldier was
sucking on a piece of ice at the time,
but he didn't say anything and rolled
the glass around where it would get
good and cold.
When the M. O. held the thermom.
eter up to the light he let out a sur
"My wordl" he said. "My word,
me good fellow 1 If this bally glawss
is right you've been dead sine the
battle of the Marne."
And yet they say that Englishmen
have no sense of - humor. To my
mind it is what carries them through.
It is what will carry them through.
The Cockney private and the aristo
cratic officer each has the good sense
to take his hardships lightly and to
joke at danger. It helps make the
Englishman hard to beat.
As a comrade in arms the English
man is good enough for me; and,
while I was as ready as the next
one to take my discharge after doing
my bit in the war, I never in my life
regretted anything more than having
to leave the British service.
A year before I had tried to get out.
This time they put me out. Lieuten
ant Coleman looked over my record
and said that he thought I had done
enough for Jhe allied cause, regard
less of physical condition. Then he
X-rayed me and said I had to go
whether I wanted to or not. They
gave me my discharge papers with
pension on October 26, 1917.
Three days later I was in civilian
clothes and a month later was in the
U. S. A. Well, I have Tooled them
on the weak lungs. For some rea
son the air of Boston has agreed with
the old bellows, and they have been
getting stronger every week.
If I get to feeling any better I am
afraid I shall get that darned fool
longing for the trenches and get into
khaki again under the Stars and
Shells and Slang.
One of the first things a new
comer to the British army notices Is
the slang, or "lingo," as it is called.
it really almost amounts to a new
language, especially to a Yank. A
good part of it is in common use
among the English lower classes, but
it is ureek to an American.
In writing this book I have tried
as much as possible to avoid the use
of trench vernacular that would not
be Understood by the reader, and for
that reason I set down here some
of the commoner expressions and
Tommy is particularly apt in his
names of the different kinds of shells.
A whiz-bang, for example, is just
what its name implies. It goes off
with that kind of a noise. The whiz
bang conies over without any noise
whatever; but just before it hits it
goes "whizzzz" and then, of course,
"bang." A "pip-squeak" makes that
kind of noise coming over, with the
s.wie general kind of a bang at the
end. "Crumps" are almost any kind
of high explosive shell, and nearly all
of them say "crump" when they land.
No Medicine- Chest
Its Family Laxative
from tue baby to the grandparents a 'good laxative is the
necessary medicine in the little ills. It wards off serious
sickness and saves doctor's bills. Many a cold has been pre
vented from running into grippe and pneumonia by its timely
Many a racking headache has been quickly dispelled by it.
And it is a laxative rather than a drastic cathartic or purgative
that should be in every family medicine-chest, for a laxative
can be used at all ages. . .
Thousands of good American families have for more than
quarter century used a combination of simple laxative herbs
with pepsin known to druggists as Dr. Caldwell's Syrup
Pepsin. It is a laxative-tonic that acts on the bowels, and
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effective for grownups.
Grandparents are now seeing their children give it to their
babies. It is excellent for all the family in constipation no
matter how chronic, indigestion, wind colic, biliousness,
headaches, dyspepsia and similar ills.
The druggist will refund your money if it fails
to do aa promised.
la spite of enormous
costs due to the War
the manufacturers of
Dr. Caldwell's Syrup
Pepsin are sacrificing
their profits and absorb
ing the war taxes, so
that this family laxative
may remain at the pre
war price of 50c and $1
a large bottle, oo sold
The Perfect JL Laxative
FREE SAMPLES Dr. Caldwell's Syrup
Pepsin is the largest selling liquid laxative
in America. If you have never used it, send
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If von have habiea in the family Mnd far
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What Is the Answer
To the Clothes Problem?
1 Hundreds of men are asking this question day after
I day BUT NOT THE MEN WHO HAVE COME
1 HERE TO BUY THEIR CLOTHES BECAUSE
I THEY HAVE FOUND THE ANSWER
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Found their answer in ALL-
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I rouna i neir Answer
1 In This
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1 In Suits at $20, $25
I $30, $35 and $40
Young Men's Suits, $25
Hart Schaf fner &Marx
New Spring models, hundreds to se
lect from. Military styles as well as
the more conservative. Worsteds,
Cassimeres and Homespun Flannels.
Spring Overcoats, $18 to $40
Blue Serge Suits, $18 to $35
Other Good Makes of Suits for
Men, $15, $18 and $20
New materials and latest styles and
the best for this money anywhere.
Second Floor, Rid Up on the Moving Stairway
Home Furnishing Needs-Wednesday
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BRIGHTENING up the home at this
time of the year, becomes an
easy matter when offerings like these
give you the opportunity to get what
you need at very little outlay of money.
Draperies, Rugs and Art Embroid
ery offerings combine to make this a
Wednesday replete with excellent op
portunities for the woman who seeks to
supply her needs at little cost.
THE DRAPERY offerings are excep
tionally interesting because we
are able to quote very low prices on
short lengths of excellent materials for
Rugs, too, will attract the seeker
after Summery floor coverings, as we
are showing an exceptionally good line
of Rag Rugs, so appropriate right now.
This day's announcement is unusual
in its opportunities.
Draperies and Cretonnes
Brief Notes of Exceptional Offerings
WE HAVE discovered some short lengths of excellent
Draperies in this extremely well appointed" stock, and
in order to clear them away quickly, have put such
little prices on them, that women, with the slightest
need for these crisp, fresh Window Drapes will be
quick to take advantage of them.
Short Lengths of Filet Nets, worth up CO,,
to $1.25; at, yard ...... m
Short Lengths of Sunfast Draperies, reduced
from $1.98 down to $129
Special Lot of Filet Net Allovers and AQg
Short Lengths of Cretonnes, suitable for curtains
and slip covers; reduced now to, a 4.Qp
Hammocks, $1 ,50 to $3.00
' Make preparations for the Summer get a good
Hammock and put it out under the trees, or swing
it on your porch, solid comfort in one of these.
New Arrivals of Scotch Madras
These crisp, fresh, 'new, fine Draperies will find
ready sale here on Wednesday at this price. 45
inches wide and with overlocked Qr
edges, a yard J,"
Rag Rugs at Remarkable Prices
A Nice Assortment for Summer
A Rag Rug on the floor of the bedroom in Sum
mer gives a veiy cool and inviting appearance, and
they are easily picked up when you want to clean
36x72 inches, at . .... ..... ... .$2.50
27x72 inches, at .... ........ .$2.00
27x54 inches, at .$1.75
24x48 inches, at ...$1.35
24x36 inches, at .............. 90c
We have a full line of Crex and Rattania Porch
Rugs, in sizes
From 36x72 inches, at. ... . ... .$1.75
To 9x12 feet, at $14,00 .
Other sizes priced accordingly. ?
Two Very Special Items for Wednesday
Smith Yonkers Axminster Rugs, in two sizes,
at these low prices:
36x72 inches, at . . . . . . .$4.50 ,
27x54 inches, at .$2.98
Art Embroidery Offerings
That are Very Exceptional
A conservation idea as well as a pleasing employ
ment, to purchase some of these pieces and work them
out in their fascinating embroidery. It means much
more to you to have things in your home that are hand
All-Linen Center Piece, 36-inch size, assorted designs
for eyelet, French Knot and Kensington embroidery,
each .$1.25, $1.50 and $1.75
Stamped Cashmere Jackets for babies, fine quality, new
designs. In French knot and loop stitch, 60c values,
each, at 25c
Pillow and Centers, elegant assortment on tan needle
weave; fine for Summer work; patterns include the new
Japanese designs; each, at 50c and 75c
Children's Stamped Dresses, sizes 2 to 12 years, of Blue
Shot Chambray, White Voile, Fancy Striped Nainsook and
White Lawn. New designs; models on display;
each $1.75, $2.00, $2.50 and $2.75
Stamped Tea or Serving Aprons, lace trimmed, all made
up; stamped for French knot work; nice for afternoon
wear, each 25c
Wall Papers Special Prices
j About 20,000 Rolls in This Lot
Some of our best selling Papers sharply reduced in
prices for Wednesday's selling a chance for every
one to pick out paper for their Spring re-papering.
5,000 Rolls of Odd Ceilings, good for any room jn the
house, with borders to match, very
special, a single roll C
5,000 Rolls of Bedroom Papers, that are the very newest
in chintz, allovers, stripes and florals, with very attractive
borders, special for Wednesday, 1
a single roll C
10,000 Rolls of Paper Suitable for Parlor, Dining Room,
Living Room, Hall or Kitchen, with borders for CJL.
each, special, a single roll OzC
Plain Duplex Oatmeal Papers, 30 inches wide, the quality
we carry is the kind that won't fade, with suitable borders
for each, Wednesday, a roll 22 Ho
Domestic Oatmeal Papers, in all the colors, with borders
and bands in harmony with your draperies, Wednesday,
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The "Torrid Burn
ers" on a Laurel Gas
Range are one-piece
and will not leak. The
construction and the
' uniformity of holes in
the sixty tips gives the
flame a vertical wave
of great intensity.
Non-rusting Body made of Keystbne
metal, a copper bearing sheet metal, beauti
fully finished and extra heavy. A high
oven range with full size 18-inch oven,
white enamel doors, full nickel trimmed
canopy and full-size cooking top, complete
with simmer burner $55
Other High Oven Ranges, up from. . .$45
Low Oven Ranges, up from $30
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