The Weekly Democrat-Chief (Hobart, Okla.), Vol. 18, No. 28, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 6, 1919 Page: 7 of 10
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10,000 AMERICANS IN
FRANCE ARE MISSING
[soldiers' letters j
the war department had published the
names of 43,882 men killed or died of
wounds as against shown in
the 95 percent tables. The differ-
ence is made up by additional returns
since the tables were closed January |
t— On November 27, General Pershing
t- l estimated that his total killed and
Scores of Men Who Went Withj(lied of W0Unds would be 40,456. Pre-1
the American Expeditionary isumably publication of the lists of Camp, Funaton, Jan. II, l.HJ.
Forces May Never Be Ac- these known deaths and exclusive of near Mother:
counted for—Casualties Large the unaccounted for is nearly com- Every step 1 take late y is a
pletod, having exceeded the estimate nearer home. We arrived here Jan
I by more than 3,000, due in part tojuary 20th. When we left Newpoit
Washington, Feb. 4. — Official
tables oi' the major battle casualties
oi the American forces in France.
made public by General March, chief
of staff, show that approximately 10,-
1)00 men remain wholly unaccounted
for nearly three months after the
ending of hostilities.
The deaths, missing and known
prisoners- are tabulated up to Janu-
ary 10 for each of the 30 combat di-
visions of General Pershing's army.
The total is 5(5,592, of whom 17,434
by more man o.vuu, nut- hi - - ■
additional deaths from wounds and to News we wtnt through West V
the listing as dead of men formerly ginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, un-
reported missing. |no's to Chicago an ""I1,,. a
The names of 149,418 wounded had Kansas City and on here. 111 go back
been published up to Jan. 31 com-
pared with a November estimated to-
tal of 189,955. Of those missing in
action, 11,676 have been published a-
Kainst the estimated 14,2<>0 tota.1 and
compared with the 17,434 missing
and prisoners shown in this table.
Infantry Bore Brunt.
inc to uu u./4- The war department's explanation
are classified as missing or captured, of the tables follows:
An appended statement shows that Examination of the losses by regi-
only 21) American military prisoners ments shows clearly that the brun
were believed to be still in Germany the fighting foil on the infantry,
on January 8 and that 4000 prisoners In every division which got into ac-
had been checked up as returned and tion, losses were many limes g •
118 died in captivity. even proportionately to the strength
Some portion of the great body of of the units, than those of the artil-
missing men may be located as the lery, machine gun battalions, trench
SSSfof the army thin, out the mortar batter.c. or enBme=r,. A
American force in France. Indies- score of reB'menU loat fully one-
tions are however, that the majority third of the full strength of 3,700 men
of the 10,000 finally will be added to in killed, d'ed of """"da.1
the roll of honor ahown in the tables prisoners. When !funs0'
f those Wiled or died of wo—, — are aya.
row recorded as 39,150 men. may equa,
95 Percent Complete The artinery regiments escaped
To that figure also must be added wJth reiative]y jjght losses. In some
1,551 men of the marine brigade, fig- cageg machine KUn battalions suffer-
ures for which, not carried in the ta- ed severely an(] there are a number
files, were obtained from official divisionai engineer regiments that
sources. This brings the aggregate ed a heavy to„ for their place in
of deaths from battle up to 40,709 on ^ fronfc ljnes Thg first reguiar di-
returns estimated officially to be 9o vjsion built up out of the original
percent complete. As figures on the fQrce Qeneral Pershing took to France
•missing and prisoners of the marines | guffered the heaviest casualties with
are lacking, the number of unaccount- [ al 5 248 recorded in this
ed for which finally will be added to | Thig divjsion was the first to
the roll of dead cannot be accurately I the Iin6) and
was almost con-
estimated. . Istantly in action until the end. A
The army tables, however, give a,' feature of the table is the
total of 14,(549 men missing m action, , of the 28th. (Pennsylvania na-
and 2,785 known prisoners, making guard) division, which stands
up the 17,434 missing or captured., d ^ the list with a total of 3,-
The appended statement shows that casuaities.
the army rolls record 4,910 American 890 casuames;
military prisoners accounted for. Ad- More Guards Hard Hit.
mittedly, there are many possibilities ! The records of the 26th. (New Eng
■of error but the statement says it is jand National guard), the 27th. and
anticipated that- the indicated unac- 77th., both New York divisions, the
counted for list of 12,516 will be o2nd- the famous 42nd. (Rainbow)
brought "down to less than 10,000." and the 79th. (Pennsylvania, Mary-
Battle Figures Only. land and District of Columbia troop)
'The tables do not furnish any data with more than two thousand casual-
as to the wounded or deaths other ties each, tell of the work they did.
than those resulting directly from These and every other national guard
battle. A new estimate of the com- or national army division that was
plete figures on American casualties given an opportunity at the non
is therefore, not possible. It is sig- won its ground with desperate losses
nificant, however, that up to Jan. 31 in men.
to Kansas City and then down to
Hartville for a little visit.
Believe me, I have sure seen some
country in the past ten months. The
last two months I haven't done any
thing, don't even have to stand rev-
eille or retreat, just get my meals
and run around and enjoy life. We
ride in Pullmans and are not crowd-
ed. Somewhat contrary to oyer ih
France. There we had to ride in box ;
cars, half as large as ours, and 40 in .
a car. We just had straw in them ;
to sleep on, so we slept on one an j
other and,froze and everything. W«j
slept frequently on boards and waded
mud 6 inches deep. It rained all the
time. Every place was muddy. Some
times I've been a millionaire but
most of the time I was penniless. At
times I had all I wanted to eat, but
most of the time I fasted and stole
anything I could get to eat. At times
I was warm but most of the time I
froze for they have no stoves for us
over there. At times I've used rock
for a pillow, but most of the time,
nothing. I never did have enough
The trip over was great, but com-
ing home the old pond was fierce for
about 3 days. Off the Virginia coast
we met a storm that lasted 48 hours,
and talk about water cutting up—
those waves 100 feet high and high-
er, coming together and breaking,
then leaving a great hole. One end
of the boat would go under then the
other, then a wave would come and
sweep across the deck, wash every-
thing off. We had all the port holes
closed and weren't allowed on deck.
The waves would come right up by
the side of the ship even with the
top; about the time the old sister
rode a high wave then she would fall
it seemed like thousands of feet and
SAY, you'll have a streak of smokeluck that'll
put pep-in-your-smokemotor, all right, if you 11
ring-in with a jimmy pipe or cigarette papers and
nail some Prince Albert for packing 1
Just between oursclve9, you
never will wise-up to high-spot-
amoke-joy until you can call a pipe
by its first name, then, to hit the
peak-of-pleasure you land square
on that two-fisted - man-tobacco,
Well, sir, youH be so all-fired
happy you'll want to get a photo-
graph of yourself breezing up the
pike with your smokethrottle wide
open! Talk about smoke-sport!
Quality makes Prince Albert so
appealing all along the smoke line.
Men who never before could
smoke a pipe and men who've
smoked pipes for years all testify
to the delight it hands out! P. A.
can't bite or parch! Both are
cut out by our exclusive patented
Right now while the going's
good you get out your old jimmy
pipe or the papery and land on
some P. A. for what ails your
particular smokeappctite !
fey R. J. Heynoldi
You buy Prince A Ibirt every,ohere tobacco h told. Toppyred baf^
tidy red tint, handsome pound and half pound tin humidorr-and
i and half pound tin humidorr-and
_ d crystal glai* hamtdor with fon'e
moittener top that Aw the tobacco in Much perfect condition.
hat clatBy. practical pound t
R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, Winston-Salem, N. C.
and hit the floor, talk about a noise, States, and this year in Germany.
you would have to look straight up frQm ^ that was some rac_ That is going some don't you think?
to see anything and then all you could ^ chief, an Indian next to me, I Some of the members of our com-
see was the sky. She would tip side- .h' ht wo'uld go wild. He grabbed pany are going to put on a show to
wise like she was turning over and*^ ^ then started for thq deck but night at the Y. M. C. A. It is located
then right herself and go over the wouldn't let him out. It never in an old theater building. There
other way. She tilted 46 degrees and
me much, only for a little was a band concert here last night,
the sailors said 55 degrees and she However, I don't want any So on the whole we are in a far bet-
would have turned over. It started ' of jfc am, j am through want- ter place than we were in France,
one night at 11 o'clock and we were ^ ^ the navy. We were in an awful mud hole there,
all in bed. The first thing we/notic- ( ^ j ^ j was KoinR a. and thirty miles from a city of any
ed, or woke us up, was when she tilt- the wQrld bufc when j got to size, although when we left there I
ed side ways, our mess kits were aU F),ance tha(. wag quite enough. could not keep from taking one last
lying on the shelves, and they fell oil ( ^ fjiQm France> December look at the old mess hall down in the
20th. Christmas I had 5 nuts and 2 mud because it had been a mighty
pieces of candy, given us by the
bed with my box in my lap writing on
it. You see it has to serve for two
or three purposes.
Well, sister, how are all the folks
Hope they are all keeping well. G,
seems like this winter is going by fast
Just think, in a few weks it will be
Well, Murial, I guess I will close for
this time. Will write as soon as I get
in New York.
From your buddy,
1 What the Big Finanrial Concerns oi the Country Think of the
| HOME STATE BANK
| Telegram from National Reserve Bank:
M Kansas City, Mo.
|j $1,000,000.00 Capital.
fH Home State Bank,
== Hobart, Okla. ,
= Draw on us for any amount of money you may need.
4=5 Red Cross, and we were only getting
HH two meals a day coming over. I had
=1 beans ftjr breakfast and was suppos-
es ed to get chicken for supper, but we
jfH got the soup and pork chops. But it
Is was a h>ppy Christmas for me, for
= we were headed to the old U. S. A.
where we get boo-koo eats. And then
=5s everybody can't spend Christmas on
Si the water you know.
=31 Well, I could talk the rest of my
S5 hfe and not tell half I saw, so will
HI wait until I get there, which I think
|H will be only a matter of a few days.
~ CURTIS MERLE RANDALL,
Bat. C, 43 C. A. C.
it had been
favorite place while there. ,
Well, tomorrow is my birthday,
bet you had forgotten about that.
Private HUBERT HUTCHENS,
Evacuation Hospital No. 8,
American E. F.,
P. S. I received your letter
Nov. 29 since writing this letter.
FROM HUBERT HUTCHENS
| Telegram from Drovers National Bank:
FROM ROY WRIGHT
FROM KARL M. SETTLE.
- Kansas City, Mo.
m $1,000,000.00 Capital.
=t If failure Hobart is in any way affecting business there,
H and we can be of assistance to you in any way advise, as we will
H be glad to serve you.
1 Telegram from Missouri State Bank:
HI Butler, Mo.
sjf Should occasion arise that you need our assistance please
H rest assured we are amply supplied and will be glad to accom-
s modate you in any amount needed.
1 Letter from One of the Largest Bonding Companies in D. S.:
H Home State Bank,
s Hobart, Okla.
§1 I just want to advise you, Mr. Kelsay, that in keeping
M with our service idea of being able to serve you immediately
H that we still have $25,000.00 line of depository bonds open for
f= your bank.
December 31, 1918.
Hi Dear Folks:
Sj I afii now in Mayen, Germany,
= which is in the Province of the Rhine
= and Kingdom of Prussia. This is a
fH city of about 15,000 inhabitants. I
S have been here since the 19th. of this
=. Germany looks more like the states
S than France. They have mofe mod-
= ern ways and customs. Their cities
=S are very clean and nice. The shop
HH windows contain very fine displays,
= although the people don't seem to
55 buy very much. Bread is pretty hard
=S to obtain. But beer is plentiful.
S51 Our company has taken over a
hospital and the school buildings.
fl§ We slept in a high school building
S when we first came, but at present
=S we are billeted in private homes.
Hi There are twelve of us at the place
= where I am. There are 6 in a room.
= We are on the main street of the
j§= town, over a hardware store. These
= people in Germany have their homes
§S and places of business in the same
Sj buildings. The place where I am be-
ls[ longs to Mr. Numberg, at number 46
S§ Market street. So if you should hap
= pen to arrive in this city in an unex-
= .pected manner you will have no dif-
55 ficulty in finding me.
§5 I ran across a German today who
is a naturalized citizen of the Uni-
He was there fourteen
E ted States. —
I years and was in the American army . lUiw, ^ *
^ seven years. He speaks the Ameri-1 eights of the time over here.
= can language and not the English sure are some beautiful places over
... .« - T7< , 1 T COP lOTK OT
Cowes, England, Dec. 26, 1918.
Thought I would drop you a few
lines this morning, so you wouldn't
think I had entirely forgotten you.
How did Christmas serve you this
year and did you have a good time?
Was there anything doing there this
year. I sure would like to have been
there. Well maybe I will be there
next Christmas. I sure hope so any
We sure did have a fine dinner on
the ship, had everything one could
think of. They always have a big
dinner on every holiday. They had the
mess hall decorated with all kinds of
flags, and a small Christmas tree in
the front of it, all decorated with sil-
ver and pretty stars, there wasn't
any presents on it, but it was sure
pretty. The Y. M. C. A. gave us a
big package of candy and cigarets
and gum. Every time we have a big
dinner at the Y. M. C. A. gives us
something, there is always package
of cigarets or a cigar in it. I have
about a half a dozen packages in my
suit case. I guess I wiV, have to give
them away, as I don't induljj^ in
As soon as our ship goes into dry
dock and repairs are completed we
will go to Brest, France, after troops
so I guess it will be around the first
of February when we get back to the
States. But I don't care, I haven't
done a week's work in 2 months and
it isn't vei*y cold over here. The
grass is as green now as it is in the
summer time. I took a few kodak
pictures yesterday evening when I
went ashore. If they are any good I
will send you some of them. Seems
like I have a hard time getting pic-
tures. It is cloudy about nine-
Bitborg, Germany, Jan. 2, 1919.
I received my Christmas box yes-
terday, al^o two letters from you
dated Nov. 5th. and "12th. One from
"Sis" and four from Leona G. The
cookies were mashed up a bit, but
they were good and the candy was
good also. I am chewing some of the
gum at present.
Joe Jones was right, I have been
lucky. I have come through the war
without a scratch so far. No I never
have got the Kingman papers or any
of the papers Sis sent me.
Yes, Cooties are something like
fleas, but I haven't got any now. Tell
Irene her letter was fine and for her
to write again. I just got my pic-
tures today, and will send you one,
they aren't very good, but you can
see what I look like after "going
through the war." The outer coat I
have on is made of leather, they are
real warm. The insignia on my
shoulder is the 89th. Division insignia
We didn't fix up to have these taken
my shoes (or what ever you call
them) are not in the best condition.
They are called "hob-nails" You can
see the ring you gave me for Christ-
mas if you look close. The boy with
me is my pal from Chickasha, Okla.
Biggs is his name, he knows a bunch
of kids in Clinton, and Cordell, that
I know. You can see by the picture
that I am happy and feeling fine. I
will send one of these to Sis and one
to Grandma, also one to Pratt. I al-
so received a letter from Chas. Harter
I'll send him one this evening. Hope
you get the picture alright and can
see the "original" soon. Every on®
says I am getting fat.
The German people are sure good
to us. They give us milk and waffles
and all kinds of good things to eat.
This is a beautiful country. Did you
get the Luxemborg coin I sent you?
Well, I must close and blow "Mess
KARL M. SETTLE,
Co. B., 314th. Engrs.,
Am. E. F. Fraace.
= language like the most of these Euro
sure aic * . . -
here and I am getting to see lots of
them. I have been to London, South
i l WJnMioc+or nnrl Clowes, that
= customed* to army conditions. I guess it by now hasn t she? ^ wish^ you SALE—Ford car in good run-
1 conditi0"'w c y'
= dinner in the center of the Lmtea na\e i-i ^ -y
What President Wilson says about
the Armenian and Syrian Relief Cam-
"I therefore, again call upon tfte
people cf the United States to make
even more generous contributions
than they have made heretofore
4o help re-establish these
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