The Hennessey Clipper (Hennessey, Okla.), Vol. 28, No. 19, Ed. 1 Thursday, October 4, 1917 Page: 11 of 12
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THE CLIPPER, HENNESSEY, OKLAHOMA
What ihe Boy
from Our farms.
Are Ooin<J in
By HENRY REUTERDAHL, Lieuten-
ant, U. S. N. R. F., in the Philadel-
phia Public Ledger.
AYS I to Rill, 'Here she
blows!' and before I could
finish, the torpedo explod-
ed and the Rockingham
was done for. Winged, we
lay there with the sea
surging in and filling up
the insides of tlie ship.
"We didn't shove off, the ship did
the shoving and left us floundering in
tln boats, me nursing a skun knee
from sliding down a boat fall. We
were in two boatloads, white and
Ilawaiians, and us sailors all gathered
"Say, it was a long way from home
and mother, and some of us kids just
new to the game and never before on
aalt water, and sort of lonesome, with
wet sea rocking up and down and at
us. I come from a farm in Wisconsin.
"The chief gunner's mate in com-
mand was some bird; he said we be-
haved like real 'gobs,' but I was sea-
sick to my tummy, though I didn't let
on. We were pulling like the devil.
It was a sort of rough, but the C. I*.
O. kept lis at the oars as if we were
training for a boat race. All the whi*
we kept our peepers plumb on the
horizon, hoping to pick up a smudge
of smoke somewhere. The rubber-neck
wagon had nothing on us.
"Rut it was getting more and more
lonely and awful wet. I remembered
the old wheeze, 'Is the moon coming
up. too?' And while I was sitting there,
pulling on the oar with one hand and
shoving a ship biscuit in my face with
the other, I couldn't help thinking that
jit last the Germans got the Rocking-
ham, having two years ago tried to
torpedo her. I couldn't help thinking
how the ship's lamp trimmer told me
that in the middle of the night the
foremast crashed down and as the
ship stopped the skipper came out of
liis room trailing his pajamas and
bawling out everybody, not knowing
what happened. Anyway, tjicy all had
to take to the boats, and after paddling
nnound nil night and waiting for help
they found the old ship still afloat at
daylight, so they climbed on board
again and got back to port.
"Makln' out smoke, we headed
toward it, and in a litle while up lum-
ber® a steamer above the horizon, us
hoisting the colors on an oar. She
looked like a square-head tramp.
Finally she changes her course and
picks us up. And, believe me, those
Scandinavian guys \vere the real stuff,
and gave us lots to eat, and we cheered
up some when we heard that she was
bound for the U. S. A.
"Rut you should see us land, dressed
up In all kinds of sea rigs borrowed
from the tramp's slop chest, us looking
like going to a masquerade. Hitting
the beach, some high-ups get us all to-
gether and we take passage for the fleet
nt Rase No. , and get back again
to our old home.
"And, say, weren't we the real he-
roes when we came over the gangway?
I guess yes—like a circus parade swag-
gering up Main street, with the rest of
the rubes looking on wild-eyed. We
had seen war all right, and right in the
eye, too. That's what I wrote mother."
This was the kid's story. Shift the
scene to the dreadnaught down at the
base—these youngsters talking it all
over among themselves, touching up
iheir yarn here and there and putting
' n the final varnish in the letters to
the folks nt home, making the censor
I work overtime reading the dope*
j Rut chewing it over among tliem-
| selves, the lads suddenly discovered
that they had been cheated. So they
organized a delegation to wait on the
gunnery officer of the ship. In the
eyes of the young bluejackets who had
jusf come in and are new to the game,
the gunnery officer stacks up highest,
for he is in charge of the shooting irons
of the dreadnaught and is the whole
thing—like the angels rolled into one,
and enameled at that. With the kids
He has the muzzle velocity of a 15-inch
gun, and to the youngsters the skip-
per, in comparison, is just a myth—
some invisible power in gold lace.
Now, the training given is most in-
tensive in character; each man is
made to specialize as far as possible,
and every effort is made to perfect
each member of the crew In the work
to which he is assigned. The most
likely youngsters, even those who have
never seen anything larger than a 12-
bore shotgun, are assigned arbitrarily,
to start with, as gun pointers and gun
captains; the hefty, strong, well-built
lads are made shellmen and loaders;
men of quick minds are assigned as
sight-setters and telephone operators;
and these men are trained, trained,
trained, and Instructed, cautioned. Al-
ways drilled together, they are made
to feel that if any one of them falls
down in his particular job, the work
of the others is spoiled. It is all team-
work, like on the diamond.
So this gang laid aft and waited on
the gunnery officer and presented their
case thus wise: "Of course, mister, we
are going to be the next fellows in the
gun crew to go abroad, ain't we?"
"Certainly not; you had your trip;
you have just come back."
"No, sir, we didn't just come back;
we never got there. You know when
we left you said we were going to Eng-
land, and we never saw England at
all. We ain't going back home and
have all the fellows guy us and say
that we didn't finish the job and that
the U-boat ditched us." They went
back all right.
Here you have a sample of the met-
tle of these youngsters, some barely a
month In the outfit, but getting the
punch and absorbing the spirit of the
service, the willingness to do the job,
the desire to play the game.
It is now tolerably well known that
picked men from our battleship fleet
have been sent to man the guns of the
armed American merchant vessels that
so abroad. This started first several
months ago and a gun crew and their
oftlcer In command would make a
round trip, over and back across the
ocean and then return to their ship.
You know how well these men have
done their duty, and truthfully their
exploits have been reported in the
Rut in hunting the U-boat little has
been said about the long, untiring
watches and the ceaseless vigil that
these men must keep while crossing
the sen, and particularly when nearlng
the danger zone. And these calls from
the fleet have been so great that raw
recruits have been specially trained to
man the comparatively small-caliber
guns which our merchant vessels carry.
Intensive training has been the order
of the day, and the fleet Is full of bully
stories of how these young and com-
paratively inexperienced men have
taken to the game.
There Is such a thing ns being gun-
shy, and even" old-time men might an-
ticipate tilings before firing. A draft
of men came on board a dreadnaught
the other day. Though willing, they
had only a mere Idea of naval disci-
pline ; they had only been at the train-
ing station for a few weeks. They
didn't ask who the "topside guy was
walking up and down* the deck with
an opera glass under his arm doing
no work." They knew that he was
the officer of the deck. Rut In inan-o*-
war terms, they were Just green.
The first thing was to show them n
gun; the second, which was the busi-
ness end of the gun, and where the
gun was loaded. And In the doing the
loading machine was Introduced, a
contrivance which simulates the
breech of a gun, In which the blue-
jacket lad Is taught to pump in pro-
jectiles and powder at the rate of 15
a minute. Then sub-caliber work,
which means that a small gun clamped
on the big one Is fired at a small tar-
get close aboard.
With all hands properly keyed up
and full of prp and hope, there was
the first target practice. Not one of
the rookies Ifnd ever heard anything
bigger go off than a Fourth of July
firecracker. Three gun crews were to
fire at the target In what Is known as
short-range prnctlce, which consists of
firing at a mark not very large and at
moderate distance. The doors of each
gun compartment were closed, so that
each gun was comparatively isolated
from the other and from communica-
tion with the entire ship except by tel-
ephone or voice tube. Several runs
were made across the course; ranges
were taken down ; the sight-setter set
his sights, and outside of actually fir-
ing the pieces it was the first touch
in the test.
One of the precautionary measures
which is always taken hj target prac-
tice Is that after a round is fired the
first loader looks through the bore of
the gun to see that there are no un-
burned powder grains'or parts of the
powder bag or any smoke or flame left
In the gun. An automatic air-blast
drives the gases out of the muzzle,
thereby preventing premature explo-
sion. Neither the shell nor the pow-
der charge are put In the breech until
this man sings out "bore clear." Rut
at this practice the wind was on the
bow and drifted the smoke into the
gun parts and the muzzle of the gun,
taking It longer to clear the bore.
The youngsters knew and had been
told what flarebacks meant and that
any premature explosion would send
all hands to kingdom come. The order
"commence firing" had been given. Al-
most instantly the gun pointers found
their range and had the cross-wires In
the sights right 011 it. Number one
gun flred right after number two. Am
the breech of number two was thrown
open some smoke and powder gases
from number one were blown Into the
muzzle. The second loader, whose
duty It was to examine the bore, took
a good look through It, and, seeing
that the bore was apparently filled
with smoke, snug out: "Rore not
Now, the lad with the powder charge
felt Instinctively that something was
wrong. Anyway, his routine was in-
terfered with. In his arms he had the
powder. He knew Its potential energy.
He knew the danger. So he threw
himself fiat on the deck and wrapped
himself around the powder bag Just
like an elephant wraps his trunk
around a peanut. IIt had to shield it.
He believed that the life of the ship
depended upon him.
With only a month's training the
boy had already the Instincts of a
nian-o'-war's man. He was willing to
sacrifice his life to save the ship, and
he did it upon his own responsibility,
without anybody's say-so. lie had al-
ready learned Initiative.
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i^TATE NEWS N0TES~]]
27-29, Haskelf county fair. Stigler.
2-G, Washington county fair.
. Nowata county fair. Nowata.
, l'awnee county fair, Hallett.
Mayes county fair, Pr>or.
20, Indian land sale. Hugo.
*4, Indian land gale. Poteau.
Garfield county fair.
Indian land sale, Wilburton.
Indian land Mile, McAlester,
lndain land sale, Coalgate.
Indian land sale, Stigler.
Indian land sale, l'au.s Valley.
Indian laud sale. Ardmore.
•15, btute Poultry bliow, Klk
Chickasha is the latest bidder for
the 260,000-acre artillery cantonment
for which Oklahoma City, McAlester,
Muskogee and Ardmore are compet-
Though both lungs are pierced with
a rifle bullet hole, Claude It. Kohl, the
life termer,«hot by a McAlester peni-
tentiary guard \vhen he attempted to
escape is expected to live.
The Oklahoma City drill team of
the Knights and Ladies of Security
was awarded the first prize in the
drill contest at Tulsa, which was the
feature of the state convention.
Wheat is being fed to hogs and
horses in Woods, Dlaine and othef
northwestern counties, according to re-
ports of county agents to Frank M.
Gault, president of the state board of
Dean W. G. Carlyte, for the last
three years director of the extension
department of the Oklahoma A. &. M.
College, has resigned, and left for Cal-
gary, Alberta. Mr. Cariyle's resigna-
tion has not been acted upon.
Clyde V. Chitty, stage carpenter, of
Shawnee, was the first to enlist from
Oklahoma for camouflage work in the
Twenty-third engineering corps of the
regular army, now being asseinb'ed at
a training station in Connecticut.
Cranvil Kirk, Church of Christ ad-
herent at Indianola, who appealed for
military exemption, must answer the
draft call. Tis appeal of the district
board at Muskogee was denied. An
appeal has been carried to the pres-
The cells and other equipment, for
the now county jail, which Is to form
the third story of the Hryan county
new courthouse, have arrived. It is
now expected that the new building j
will be ready for occupancy by the
first of the year.
All employes In the packing house
and yards at Wilson & Co., and Morris
& Co., in Oklahoma City, have been
granted an increase of 2% cents an
hour in their salary. This amount
means an increase in salary of more
than $1.00 a week.
Charged with shooting himself In
the foot in order to escape the draft, j
Berthold W7eber, who was notified to j
report for service at El Reno, Sep-1
tember 20, was lodged In the county j
jail there to be taken to Fort Sill,
where court martial proceedings will
Percy B. Howard, former postmast-
er at Watts, Adair county, took an
eighteen-months' sentence in the Leav-
enworth penitentiary on a plea of
guilty to misappropriating $533.08 of
postal money orders. He had been
caught $400 short once before but
made up the money.
Two hundred miners went on a ten-
minute strike at Henryetta last week.
For the first time in industrial his-
tory the owners agreed that the men's
grivance was proper and complied
with the demand at once. All the
men wanted was an American flag
floating from the tipple of the White-
head mine, number two.
William Shaw of Cornish, 32 years
old, went to the residence of John
Lankford to invite the family to Sun-
day school and church. While he sat
in a chair, making a short visit, Arthur
Goode, 12-year-old step-son of Mr.
Lankford, pulled from a dresser
drawer a 38-caliber revolver to show
his guest. The revolver had been
placed in the drawer with the ham-
mer back. The lad's finger on the
trigger pressed a trifle too hard. The
pall passed through the body of Shaw
and he died almost instantly.
The people of Maysville are planning
for a community rally to be held Oc-
tober 12 and 13. p The object is to
bring together all school pupils and
patrons, farmers and merchants in the
district. An interesting program has
been arranged, including an address
by I. C. Wigley on behalf of the fann-
ers and Mrs. Arch High on behalf of
the patrons' clubs. K. II. Wilson. A.
C. Parsons. William H. Murray, Carl
Williams, Dr. Dixie Tucker. C.eorge
Wilson and Judge J. 13. A. Robertson
are among the prominent people in-
vited to speak.
Former Russian Czarina
Gems to Germany.
Treasure Estimated to Be Worth $100,-
000,000 Kept Out of Hands of the
The Russian royal Jewels, Including
the gems that intrusted the imperial
Romanoff crown, are safe from the
democratic hands of the new rulers in
Retrograd. With a woman's intuitive
knowledge of trouble ahead, the for-
mer czarina had them tucked away in
a safe deposit vault in her ancestral
city of Darmstadt, Germany, right at
the beginning of the war.
And there they will remain until Mr.
and Mrs. Romanoff claim them again,
says the New York Tribune.
The story of the Russian royal jew-
els is told in the Chronicle by a wriier
who says that the former czarina
was largely responsible for the war, In
that she assured her German friends
and relatives that Russia would not be
a formidable antagonist. She proceed-
ed to prove this antebellum prediction
by pro-German Intrigue which ended
with the revolution and the overthrow
of the Romanoff dynasty.
Rut the former czarina, who, before
her marriage was Princess Alexandra
Alice of Hesse, had no illusions about
Germany. Accordingly, she packed up
the family jewels in the stjnimer of
1914, when she saw the international
war clouds appear, and sent them in
charge of trusted messengers to her
brother, the grand duke of Hesse, for
safe keeping till peace was restored.
The royal emissaries traveled by the
way of Finland and Sweden. They
reached their destination before the
mobilization of the Russian army was
The tale of the czarina's German
forehandedness in the matter of saving
the family gems is said to have been
revealed by members of the Russian
commission, who visited New Ywrk
A New York society woman had her
eye peeled for bargains in royal jew-
elry and approached members of the
commission on the subject of purchas-
ing a string of rare pearls which she
had seen the former czarina wear at
a fashionable European resort some
years ago. She was told that she would
have to talk to Mrs. Romanoff or her
brother, the grand duke of Hesse.
Ivan Narodny, Russian business
man and writer of New York, cor-
roborated the article in the Chronicle.
Mr. Narodny said it was impossible to
place an exact value 011 the royal jew-
els, but estimated that they ought to
bring close to $100,000,0(X) in the mar-
ket. He said they were of far greater
intrinsic value than the historic jewels
dcfKislted In the Kremlin, which are
The disappearance of the royal jew-
els became known about a month after
the revolution, when the provisional
government's appraisers were taking
an inventory of the Hermitage, one of
the structures of the winter palace,
where the treasures were supposed to
be kept, according to Mr. Narodny.
"When the vaults of the Hermitage
were opened the jewel boxes were
gone," said Mr. Narodny. "The Im-
perial crown reposed on Its silk
cushion in one chamber of the vault,
but all of its stones were found to bo
PAIN? NOT A BIT!
LIFT YOUR CORNS
OR CALLUSES OFF
1N0 humbug! Apply few drops
then just lift them away
t with fingers.
This new drug is an ether compound
discovered by n Cincinnati chemist. It
Is called freezone, and can
now be obtulned in tiny
bottles as here shown at
very little cost from any
drug store. Just ask for
freezone. Apply a drop or
two directly upon a tender
corn or callus and instant-
ly the soreness disappears.
Shortly you will llnd tho
corn or callus so loose that
you can lift it off, root
and ail, with the fingers.
Not a twinge of pain,
soreness or Irritation; not
even the slightest smart-
ing, either when applying
freezone or afterwards.
Tills drug doesn't eat up
Ihe corn or callus, but
shrivels them so they loos-
en and C'.ine right out. It
is no humbug! It works
like n charm. For a few
cents you can get rid of ev-
ery hard corn, soft corn or
corn between the toes, as well as pain-
ful calluses on bottom of your feet. It
never disappoints and never burns,
bites or Inflames. If your druggist
hasn't any freezone yet, tell him to
get a little bottle for you from hla
That exalted military personage
called by his countrymen of France
"The Tiger" lias a liking tongue some-
times. He was Informed not long ago
of the forthcoming marriage of n gen-
eral still in active service, hut well
past bis first youth. Ills comment
"I suppose that he hasn't enough
front to defend."
Lyon Kicking Again.
State Auditor Howard is asked to
stop payment of warrants issued for
"game rangers," in a letter written to
him by Secretary of State J. L. Lyon.
Mr. Lyon asserts that the "rangers"
are only a subterfuge to get around
the abolishment of deputy state game
wardens by tho 1913 legislature. Mr.
Lyon Is a member <ot the state game
and flsh commission, hut says he has
found that the commission and especi-
ally himself, has little to do with di-
recting the aff-'rs of the department
Woman Captures Eagle.
Mrs. Wtnthrop Howland of the El
Chivar Goat ranch in Live Oak Canyon
came out victor in a battle with a gold-
en eagle and the big bird Is now a
captive at the ranch, says a Rediands
(fill.) dispatch. iMrs. Howland noticed
the bird alight in a peach tree. It
appeared to be exhausted, so she
grabbed one leg and then the battle
Mrs. Howland saw that she was in
for a fight, and not daring to let loose
of the bird, made a dive for its neck,
and was lucky enough to get hold of it.
She was thus able to keep the bird
from biting her, but it beat at her with
its wings. She managed to get it into
a pigeon corral and then found that
she was almost exhausted by the fight.
The eagle is a large one, and meas-
ures about six feet from tip to tip.
When Mrs. Howland made an examina-
tion she found that she had been
wounded, but not seriously.
It was nearly noen when the Irate
traveling man found the night clerk
of the little hotel in a North Caro-
"I told you to call me for the two
o'clock train. Now I have to lose
twenty-four hours' time. Why didn't
you cull me?"
"I couldn't very well," explained the
clerk cheerfully. "I just got up my-
"Where's the tape line?"
"I don't remember exactly," respond-
ed mother. "What do you want with
"I was just reading over the meas-
urements of the Venu? de Milo," ex
plained the daughter with some embar-
Ahead of Him.
Mr. Qotcoln—Now, Willie, when yeut
sister comes down and is comfortably
seated 011 the couch with me I want
you to tiptoe In softly and turn the
gas down low. Will you?
Willie—You're too lute. Sister told
me to come In and turn It out.—Struji
COVETED BY ALL
but possessed by few—a beautiful
head of hair. If yours is streaked with
gray, or is harsh and stiff, you cun re-
store it to Its former beauty and lus-
ter by using "La Creole" Uulr Dress-
ing. Price $1.00.—Adv.
"Even tills dog here did Ills bit In
"Who'd lie bite?"
CUTICURA HEALS ECZEMA
And Rashes That Itch and Burn—Trial
Free to Anyone Anywhere.
In the treatment of skin and scalp
troubles bathe freely with Cutlcura
Soap and hot water, dry and apply
Cutlcura Ointment. If there is a nat-
ural tendency to rashes, pimples, etc.,
prevent their recurrence by making
Cutlcura your daily toilet preparation.
Free sample each by mail with Book.
Address postcard, Cutlcura, Dept. L,
Boston. Sold everywhere.—Adv.
What Kind of Riches?
"'Riches take unto themselves
wings and fly away,*" quoted the
'anchor. "What kind of riches is
And Johnny Jones said: "I reckon
(hey must be ostriches."
THIS DRUGGIST KNOWS
BEST KIDNEY MEDICINE
Sixteen years ago I began to sell T)r.
Kilmer's Swamp-Hoot and today I believe
it is one of the best medicines on the
market, and my patrons are very much
pleased with the results obtained from its
use and speak very favorably regarding it.
Swamp-Root has been very successful in
the treatment of kidney, liver and bladder
troubles according to the reports received
and I have no hesitancy in recommending
it for 1 have great faith in its merits.
Very truly yours,
OWL DRUG STORK,
By R. F. Roies,
Oct. 3, 1910. Sedalia, Missouri.
Dr. Kilmer O Co.
Blntfhamton. N. Y.
Prove What Swamp-Root Will Do For You
Send ten cents to Dr. Kilmer & Co.,
Binghamton, N. Y., for a sample size
bottle. It will convince anyone. You
will also receive a booklet of valuable in-
formation, telling about the kidneys and
bladder. When writing, be sure and men-
tion this paper. Large and medium size
bottles for sale at all drug stores.—Adv.
Working Under Difficulty.
Burglar—I hate to work a Job alone.
If I git pinched I can't turn state's evi-
dence 011 nobody and git off.
SOAP IS STRONGLY ALKALINE
and constant use will burn out the
scalp. Cleanse the scalp by shampoo-
ing with "La Creole" Hair Dressing,
and darken, In the natural way, those
ugly, grizzly hairs. Price, $1.00.—Adv.
"Come on," said the first flea, as ho
hopped from the brown bear's left fore-
leg; "come over and join me at a
short game of golf."
"Golf," exclaimed Ihe second flea,
hastily taking a bite of hyena; "where
In the realm of Barnum are we going
to play golf?"
"Why," said the first flea, "over on
the lynx, ot course."—Jack O' Lan-
"The hyphen seems about done for."
"Yet in Its day it cut a dash."
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