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THE BEE: OMAHA, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 1918.
. CASUALTY LIST
GenerarGervey, Director of
Operations, Makes Final
Decision of Disposition of
Nebraska Troops. A
Washington, "June 4. (Special
Telegram) If there was any doubt
as to why national guardsmen should
. rot be , brigaded with any unit
trained for oversea service it is dis
sipated by the following letter to
General Henry Jcrvey, acting assist
ant chief of staff, director of opera
tions, to Congressman Lobcck, who
presented Governor Neville's reasons
why the Nebraska National Guards
men at Camp Cody should be kept
intact General Jervey says on di
rection of General March that in the
present crisis when so much depends
upon, the time. in. which the United
States , will deliver her,; assistance,
some - organizations - must make a
sacrifice and furnish these replace-
" ments.'" . '"
Trained men must betsent to take
the places of those who are woumfcd
and killed among the forces over
seas. Our divisions are now bearing
their share of the burden of the
( struggle on the western front and
these divisions must be kept at full
strength. A casualty must be re
placed and replaced at once by a
trained man. '
"In, addition to the 44th division
. three other divisions were similarly
i called to furnish June replacements
of troops, previously other divisions
, have furnished their quota of replace-
, ment for other months. v
."In selecting the four divisions It
was obviofsly necessary to limit the
- choice to those divisions that were
not toon scheduled to proceed over
seas. Moreover, other divisions al
ready depleted could not be called
vpon to furnish these men.
, Change In Plant Fatal. ;
"It is earnestly requested that you
assist the War department in tiffs
matter, especially in reference td that
Iiortion of the Hon. Keith Neville's
etter, in which he states that he feels
ure that Nebraska's representatives
in Washington have sufficient influ
ence to cause the department to I
change their plans with reference to
the disruption of these organizations.
. changed plans mean delay and at prcs-
; ent time is the vital factor.
"It is' not practicable to move
brigades or regiments, as the men of
the replacement draft are sent over
seas to replace individual casualties
as they occur, and not organizations.
' "Replacement training catnips have
recently been instituted, and as soon
as they have been in operation a
sufficient time to furnish trained men,
til replacements will be drawn from
"The War department, sincerely re
grets the necessity- which demands
. that men be taken from a unit com-
' nosed entirely of men from one state,
but you will undoubtedly realize that
ine necessity is urgem ana inai
trained individuals must be sent over
- is replacements.
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Ye ken that tale? There was an
AmericanVvho had enlisted, like so
many of his fellow countrymen be
fore America was in the war, in the
Canadian forces.' The Erjtish army
was full of men who had told a white
lie to don the king's uniform. .Men
there are in the British army who
winked as they enlisted and ..were
told: "You'll be a Canadian f
"Aye, aye, I'm a Canadian, they d
"From what province?" ' 1
"The province of Kentucky-or
New York or California!"
. Well, there was a lad, one of 4hem,
was in the first wave at Vimy Kidge
that April day in 1917. 'Twas but a few
days before that a wave ot the wildest
cheering ever heard had run along
the whole western front, so that Fritz
in his trenches wondered what was
up the noo. Well, he has learned since
then! He has learned, despite his
kaiser and his officers, and his lying
newspapers, that that cheer went up
when the. news came that America
had declared war upon Germany. And
so it was a few days after that cheer
was heard that the Canadians leaped
over the top and went for Vimy Ridge
and this young fellow from America
had a wee silken flag. He spoke to his
"Now that my own country's in the
war, sir," he said, "I'd like to carry
ber flag with me when we go over
the top. Wrapped around me, sir"
"Go itr said the officer! ..
And so he did. And he was one of
those who won through and reached
the top. There he was wounded, but
he had carried the Stars and Stripes
with him to the crest.
Vimy Ridgel I could see it. And
above it. and beyond it, now, for the
front had been carried on, far beyond,
within what used to be the lines of the
Hun, the airplanes circled. Very quiet
andilazy they seemed, for all I knew
of their endless activity and the pre
cious work that they were doing. I
could see how the Huns were shelling
them. You would see an airplahe hov
erinir and then, close by, suddenly a
I all of cottony white smoke. Shrapnel
that was bursting, as fritz tried to
get the range with an anti-aircraft
gun an Archie, as the Tommies call
them. But the plane would pay no
heed except, maybe, to dip a bit or
climb a little higher to make it harder
for the Hun, It made me think of a
man shrugging his shqulders, calmly
and imperturbabiy, in the face ot som
great peril, and I wanted to cheer. I
had some wild idea that maybe he
would hear me, and cnow that some
one saw him, and appreciated what he
was doing someone to whom it jrfas
not ai old story t But .then I smiled
at; my own thought.
Mow it was time tor us to leave tne
cars and get some exercise. Our steel
helmets were on, and glad we were of
them, for shrapnel was bursting near
by sometimes, although most of the
shells were big fellows, that buried
themselves in the ground and then ex
plodcd. Fritz wasn't doing much
casual shelling the noo, though. He
was saving his fire until his observers
gave him a real target to aim at
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But that was no so often, for our
airplanes were in command of the air
then, and his flyers got precious little
chance to guide his shooting. Most of
his hits were due to luck.
"Spread out as bit as you go along
here," said Captain Godfrey.. "If a
crump lands close by there'Knd need
of all of us going! If we're spread out
a bit, you see, a shell might get one
and leave the resf of us."
It sounded cold blooded, but it was
not. To men who have lived at the
front everything comes to be taken as
a matter of course. Men can get used
to anything this war has proved that
again, if there was need of proving it.
And I came to understand that, and to
listen to things I heardwith different
ears. But those are things no one can
tell you of; you must have been at
the front yourself to understand all
that goes on there both in action and
in the minds of men.
We obeyed Captain Godfrey readily
enough, as you can guess. And so I
was alone as I walked toward Vimy
Ridge. It looked just like a lumpy
excrescence on the landscape; at hame
we would "hot even think of it as a
foothill. But as I neared it, and as I
remembered all it 6tood for, I thought
that in. the atlas of history it would
loom higher than the highest peak of
the great Himalaya range.
Beyond the ridge, beyond the actual
line of the trenches, miles away, in
deed, were the German batteries,
from which the shells we heard and
saw as they burst were coming. I was
glad of my helmet, and of the cool as
surance of Captain Godfrey. I felt
that we were assafe in his hands as
men could be in such a spot.
It was not more than a mile we had
to cover, but ft was rough going, bad
going. Here war had had its grim way
without'interruption. The face of the
earth had been cut to pieces. Its sur
face had been smashed to a pulpy
mass. The ground had been plowed,
over and over, by a rain of shells
German and British. What a planting
there had been that spring, and what
a plowing I A harvest of death it had
been that had been sown and. the
reaper had not waited for summer to
come, and the Harvest moon. He had
passed that way with his scythe, and
where we passed now he (had taken
his terrible, his horrid, toll.
At the foot of the ridge I saw men
fighting for the first time actually
fighting, seeking to hurt an enemy. It
was a Canadian battery we' saw, and
it was firing steadily and methodically,
at the Huns. Up to now I had seen
only the vast industrial side of war;
its business and its labor. Now I was
for the first time in touch with actual
fighting. I ' saw the guns belching
death and destruction, destined for
men miles away. It was high angle
fire, of course, directed by observers
in the air. ' ,
But even that seemed part of tne
sheer, factorylike industry of war.
There was no passion, no coming to
grips in hot blood, here. Orders were
given by the battery commander and
the other officers as the foreman in a
machine shop might give them.- And
the busy artillerymen worked like la
borers, too,, clearing their guns after
a salvo, loading them, bringing up
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fresh supplies of ammunition. It was
al methodical, all a matter of routine.
''Good artillery work is like that,"
said Captain Godfrey, when I spoke
to him about it. "It's a science. It's
alt a matter of the higher mathema
tics. Evry thing worked out to half
a dozen places of decimals. 'We've
eliminated chance and guesswork just
as far as possible from modern artil
lery actions." , ' '
But there was something about it
all that was disappointing, at first
sight. It let you down a bit. Only the
guns were acting as they should, and
showing a proper passion and excite
ment. I could hear them growling
ominously, like dogs locked in their
kennel when they would be loose and
about, and hunting. And then- they
would spit, angrily. They inflamed
mv imasination, did those guns; they
satisfied me and my old-fashioned con
ception of war and fighting, more
than anything else that Ivhad seen
had done. And it seemed to me that
after they had spit out their deadly
fhargs they wiped-their muzzles
with red tongues of flame, satisfied
beyond all words or measure with
what they had done
i We were rising now, as we walked,
and- getting a better view of the
country that lay beyond. And so I
came to understand a little better the
value of a height even so low and
insignificant as Vimy Ridge in that
flat country. While the Germans held
it they could overlook our positions,
and all the advantages of natural
placing had been to them. Now,
thanks to the Canadians, it was our
turn,and we were looking down.
Weel, I was under fire. There was
no doubt about it. There was a dron
ing over us now like the noise bees
make, or many flies in a small room
on a hot summer's day. That was the
drone of the German shells. There
was a little freshening of the artillery
activity on both sides, Captain God
frey said, as if in my honor. When
one side increased its fire the other
always answered played copy cat.
There was no telling, ye ken, when
such an increase of fire might not be
the first sign of an attack. And neither
side took more chances than it must.
I had known, before I left Britain,
that I would come under fire. And I
wondered what it would be like. I
had expected to be afraid, nervous.
Brave men have told me, one after
another, that every man is afraid
when he first comes under fire; Now I
could hear that constant droning of
shells, and, in the distance, I could
see, very often, powdery squirts of
smoke and dirt along the ground,
where our shells were striking, so
that I knew I had the Hun lines in
And I can truthfully say that, that
day, at least, I felt no great fear or
nervousness. Later I did, as I shall
tell yon,' but that day one overpower
ing emotion mastered every other. It
was the desire for vengeance! Yon
were the Huns the men who had
killed my toy. They were almost with
in my reach. And as4 looked at them
there in their lines a savage desire
possessed me, almost overwhelming
me, indeed, that made me want to rush
to those guns and turn them to my
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Detectives arrested Glenn Clark,
2668 Douglas street, and L. H. Comp
ton, 2,417 Poppleton avenue, Tuesday
afternoon, charged with stealing an
automobile belonging to Jack" Unz
furth, taxi driver, Council Bluffs.
The automobilethkh was stolen
from Seventeenth and Douglas streets
Monday night, was recovered in a
garage in the rear of 1432 North
Nineteenth street, which Clark had
Detectives lay in wait for Clark and
arrested him when he came .to the
garage. Compton was arrested an
hour later when Clark "squealed" on
his accomplice. ,
Detectives say that Clark and
Compton have gained notoriety over
their convictions of automobile thefts
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own mad purpose of vengeance.
It was all Icouid do, I tell you,
to restrain myself to check that wild,
almost ungovernable impulse to rush
to the guns and grapple "with them
myself myself Are them at the men
who had killed my' boy. I wanted to
fight! I wanted to fight with my two
hands to tear and rend, and have the
consciousness that 1 flash back, like
a telegraph message from my satiated
hands to my eager brain that was
spurring me on. i
But that was not to be. I knew
it, and I grew calmer, presently. The
roughness of the going helped me to
do that, for it took all a man's wits
and faculties to grope his way along
the path we were following now. In
deed, it was no path at all that led
us to the Pimple that topmost point
of Vimy Ridge, which changed hands
half a dozen times in the few minutes
of bloody fighting that had gone on
here during the great attack.
Fast Trains From Chicago
Are Delayed by Washouts
Fast trains from Chicago to Omaha
were delayed by washouts Monday
night on the Milwaukee, Rock Island
and Northwestern lines. The Over
land Limited, the Northwestern
Union Pacific trans-continental train,
was six hours late. No. 11 on the
Northwestern was also six hours late.
These delays were due to track trou
ble between Marshalltown and Ames,
Ia. Telegraph lines were down so
that the exact nature of the trouble
was not ascertained. , '
Rock Island train No. 13 from Chi
cago was held so long by high water
east of Des Moines that it was an
nulled for the day.
Milwaukee train No. II from Chi
cago for Omaha was five hours late
because of track conditions east of
The Burlington-roadbed was in a
somewhat soft condition in spots be
tween Omahafand Lincoln because of
frequent rains and high water. Tele
graph poles were joshed out on this
line between Omafta and Ashland,
Shoes Make Poor Savings
Bank; Pruym Loses $6
W. B. Pruym, 2735 Caldwell street,
declares he will resort to extreme
methods to conceal his money, other
than hiding it in his shoes, hereafter.
He reported to the police that some,
time Monday night a sneak thief en
tered his room and stole $6 out of
his shoe. On account of deep sleep of
Pruym the crafty burglar was not
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Medals Awarded High School
After Address to Gradu
ating Class by Jerry .
The final assembly ' of the
Creighton College of Liberal Arts
and of the Creighton High school
was held jointly with the commence
ment exercises of the high school at
the Creighton auditorium Tuesday
morning. , "
Solemn high' mass was celebrated
in St. John's church at 9 o'clock,
l ather Louis Kellinger officiating.
Father Francis - Riley delivered the
Father Robert M. Kelley, dean of
the college pt liberal arts and pnn
cipal oj the lug school, made the
award of medals. Medals were
awarded as follows: "
For highest rank in examinations:
COIXKUE OF LIBERAL ABTS.
Junior Clam Wayne P. Keltges.
Sophomore Arts Class Lyle Doran.
Sophomore Science and Medicine Fran
cis K. Duffy, Paul E. Kubecec.
Freshman Class Arts Ralph Swoboda,
Harold uwyer. ,
Freshman Pre-Iefal George W. Rogers,
Oratorical Medal-James- W. McOan.
Evidence of Religion Patrick Darcy
Schults Public Debate Medal T. J. 'Mc
Govern, Ralph Leary, Brandon . F.
College Elocution Medal Paul B. Duffy.
Fourth Tear Clasi Honors George F.
Third Tear Class Honors Frank J.
Second Tear Class Honors Clarence R.
First Tear Class Honors James D. Paul
Clarence R. McAuley, Leonard Dieter.
High School Debate Medal Edward
Elocution - Medals, Fourth Tear Her
bert A. Saul, Lee R. Attention, Oda F.
Jerry J. Burns delivered the ad
dress from the graduating class of
the high school. Rev. r atper V. X.
McMenamy, president of Creighton
university, presented diplomas to
six students of the classical depart
ment of the high school and to fif
teen students of the non-classical
Honors for the college department
were read by Father Kelley as fol
Junior Class Wayne P. Keltges,
Sophomore Class Arts Lyle Doran. -8ophomore
Class Science and Medical
Freshman Arts Ralph E. Swoboda.
Freshman Science and Medicine Harold
Freshman P re-legal George Rogers.
Lyle W. Doran was appointed
cadet major in the Creighton Cadet
battalion. Seven captains were also
appointed for the ensuing year.
Rev. Father F. X. McMenamy,
president of the university, delivered
the main address of the morning,
one of congratulation to ' the suc
cessful graduates and prize winners.
Matthew J. Severin sang a solo, and
the program closed with the as
sembly singing "Alma Mater."
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candies and tobacco were taken from
the Fregger Drug company, 1848
North Sixteenth street, some time
during the nighn when burglars ran
sacked the place. A side window was
found broken, .through which the
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