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Williamsport Review Republican (Newspaper) - September 6, 1917, Williamsport, Indiana \ the Williamsport it Chautauqua sept. Zadto tiie review Republican do your bit by helping tiie red Cross new series vol. Iii. Williams poet Warren county Indiana thursday september 6, 1917. Number 46tells of fight with submarine Ray Metsker reaches Home after the riling experience with German a boat Pine Village was the scene of a big demonstration saturday night in Honor of the Safe return of Wray Metsker who was on the merchant ship Campana which was sunk by a German a boat on August 6th. The demonstration was due to the activities of the red Cross chapter and the merchants of that place. The affair began at 8 o clock with a band concert which lasted for an hour. At the conclusion Young Metsker mounted the stand and related his experiences on the fateful trip which was listened to with eager interest by the big crowd of five or six Hundred people. Rev. N. S. Godwin then gave a Brief patriotic talk following which the veterans of the civil War the Spanish american War and the Young men from that Vicinity who Are within the conscription age were invited to the basement of the m. E. Church when a four course luncheon was served. The Story related by the Sailor lad was substantially As follows the Campana the vessel on which he had sailed As one of the six members of the gun Crew delivered its cargo of Oil at a French port after an uneventful trip and on August 5th left for Spain for a return cargo. When about 120 Miles out after the Convoy had left them the presence of the submarine was discovered and the Battle was on the first shot fired by the undersea Craft passing Over a Leir bows and Awakening them to their danger. The u. S. Gunners promptly responded but owing to the longer Range guns of the enemy were unable to inflict any damage although the submarine was hit repeatedly. The Battle lasted Over four hours and a total of 170 rounds of ammunition were fired by the Campana gunners. The German gunners were unable to place any telling shots and when the americans had but ten shells left were ordered to cease firing and take to the life boats which was done the German shells flying All around them. When a Short distance away from the ship the a boat came alongside and asked for the Ca Tairi of the ship and the commanding officer of the gun Crew who with All Petty officers were transferred to the submarine leaving but four of the gun Crew among them Young Metsker these four were taken Back to the ship to help them take supplies from the latter. They took stores clothing dishes Etc., but could get no government documents these having been put in a sack and sunk before abandoning the ship. After taking what they wanted they mined the ship which Sank within a n hour after the mines exploded and returned to the submarine. The four were returned to their life boats and Given their course and after six hours sighted a French gun boat which picked them up and started for port. On the trip they met a tramp Steamer that had been shelled on which were four dead and thirteen wounded. The Crew of the Steamer related a Story of a Battle with a submarine which they succeeded in sinking. This was thought at the time to be the a boat that had sunk the Campana but this proved later to be untrue. They cruised around All night finally Landing at a French port the next Forenoon about ten o clock. From there it they were sent to Bordeaux by the american Consul where they boarded the liner Chicago for new York arriving i Here August 20th. While o n the submarine they talked with the German Crew several of whom spoke English fluently and who complimented the boys shed quot at once and one of them intimated he was sick of War. Another said the responsibility of the War. Rested More heavily upon the head of the Crown Prince than upon the Kaiser. Young Metsker left Pine Village monday morning at 9 15 for Chicago where he was joined by two of his companions on the Campana and they returned to the East to report for duty at the Brooklyn Navy tax rate at the regular meeting of the county Council tuesday the county tax was lowered from 45 9-10 to 40-9-10, a drop of 5 cents. The gravel Road repair tax was also decreased from 18 to 14 cents. Considering the upward tendency of almost everything else this seems a remarkable achievement but the taxpayers of the county will not Likely raise any objections to the reduction. News from our Soldier quot look before you leap quot in reply to our comment last week concerning the condition of the Street at the end of the Attica Bridge the Tribune says quot if brother Odle would get out of Williamsport occasionally and come Over and see quot the other end of the Bridge quot As he puts it he would find it in Apple pie order All graded up and smoother than it Ever has been. Remember the old adage Merle. Quot look before you look before you leap is Good Jay. Owners of store Teeth will lose pm if they Don t look before they leap Over the bumps in the Fountain county Bridge and Mills Street approach adjacent to the City dump which we presume is also quot in Apple pie by disown hands Ben Harris despondent ends life by taking carbolic acid Friday night the Community was shocked last Friday night when it was Learned that Ben Harris until a few months ago a resident of Williamsport had committed suicide by taking carbolic acid the act having been committed about a Quarter of a mile West of town Between the old Mill and the Etnire crossing. The first news of the tragedy reached town when a or Sandbar of Attica reported finding the body alongside the Road. Coroner Stewart at once went to the scene and brought the remains of the unfortunate Young Man to the Correll and Boyd undertaking room and an inquest held. The Young Man s face and neck were badly burned by the acid which he Aad taken from a Small wine Glass. A 2 ounce vial was found by the body with the Label of the Keefer pharmacy at Attica. Deceased was 26 years old and was married his wife s Maiden name being Edna Jordan the daughter of Benjamin Jordan of state line. He was the son of Samuel Harris a highly respected Farmer of South of Rob to quot in Fountain county who with a sister mrs. Lindamood living with the father and the wife and five months old babe survive. The Young Man worked for the Cadwallader Telephone co. For two years and had been employed recently by the Attica Telephone co., but been discharged by the latter on the morning of the tragedy. For some time he and his wife had not been keeping House. Because of failing health mrs. Harris has been staying with her parents where she is now in a Low condition. The funeral was held sunday afternoon at Beulah Church where burial was letters from Cecil Haupt dear folks a my regiment is at present encamped somewhere in England. I am not permitted to give the location of the Camp. We arrived Here after being on the boat 17 Days. During that time we saw no submarines although for the last four Days we slept on deck in our clothes and wearing life preservers. England is certainly Beautiful at this time of year. Every foot of land seems to be cultivated or in pasture. The Whest and Oats Are just being Cut. I saw wheat which looked As if it would yield 40 by. To the acre. We arrived at Camp this morning at two o clock after a two Hundred mile trip on the train. Every Here along the roads were gathered great numbers of people who had gathered to Welcome the american soldiers. They were most cordial to us and often put themselves to trouble to get us Little necessities. Our arrival at Camp was both novel and exciting. The night was pitch Black and it was raining. Upon getting off the train we found that a number of English soldiers were the re to meet us they also had two bands which played quot the Star spangled Banner quot and then led us about two Miles to Camp. To hear those bands playing while we were marching along a pitch dark Road was something none of us will forget very soon. Our Camp is located in one of the Beauty spots of England. Soldiers from All parts of the world Are training in the Vicinity and we hear the firing of machine guns All Day Long. Powerful Battle planes also Fly Over the Camp by Day. I can t say when we will leave for France. It will be within a Short time at least prob ably before you get this letter. I am going on pass tomorrow and will see As much of this Beautiful country As possible before leaving it. Api acting As orderly to the chief surgeon and also in charge of the Camp sanitation squad. It is now 8 30 p. M. Here that Means about 1 p. M. At Home. The clock is set ahead one hour because of the Daylight saving plan. I am getting along Fine. Never Felt better in my life although my bed consists of a couple of boards. I guess i will be the first Man in France from Williamsport. Let me hear from you often and Send the Home papers. With love. Pvt. Cecil e. Haupt med. Dept. 14th eng. By. Amer. Expend. Force in France. Care add. Gen. Of the army Washington d. C. The thousands for world democracy. I am sending you a London paper today. Keep it As it will Tell much better than i can about some of the stirring events of the last few Days. I am feeling Fine although rather tired from loss of sleep i shall write As often As possible but some of the letters May be lost on the Way Over so Don t worry if you Only hear from me at Long intervals. Let me hear from you often and perhaps you can give some of these letters to the Home papers. Opportunities for writing Are limited and i have to conserve both time and paper by writing to All at the same time. With love to All pm t. Cecil e. Haupt wed. Dept. 14th engs. By. Amer. Expend. . Davis writes to Mcferren France August 2, 1917 Friend Lloyd a i arrived in France All of like it Fine. It sure is a grand place Fine scenery. How is everybody did you have a hard time getting the boys to Register Tell or. Jones hello for me. I got a letter from Swadley while i was in Douglas. I saw John luts he come from Montana and enlisted i did not hardly know him he used to be Frank Kee s pardner. How is every one Tell everybody hello for me. I will get pm Stals and Send you. Did you get i Hose i sent you from Douglas i will close for this time. Charles w. Davis Supply company 18th infantry care War department Washington d. C. Oxford again Defeated before a crowd of possibly 2500 howling tans at Rocky Ford Park the Rainsville base Ball team again Defeated the aggregation from Oxford sunday afternoon by a score of 3 to 0. The game was marked by several sensational plays and the pitching of Crandall the quot South Paw quot twirler tor Rainsville and Ricks of Lafayette for Oxford was one of the features of the Day. Witnesses of the game declare it was one of the Best Ever pulled off in this parts. Dee Lewis and Hurst of this place and Hirshbeel of Attica and Neal Fenters of Pine Village Crandall and the two Boswell boys constituted the line up for Rainsville. Next sunday they will play the Strong team from Pence and a real game is anticipated. Don t fail to celebrate labor Day members of no. 737, National horse shoes association with guests enjoyed a fish Fry at Black Rock last monday. In spite of Clouds and threatening rain a Good crowd gathered and a very pleasant time was enjoyed by All. The ladies brought baskets filled with Fried Chicken cake sandwiches fruit Etc. And the men provided a Bountiful Supply of fish which were prepared in a very satisfactory manner As the appetites of those present attested. Those present were Dennis Mahoney Attica Willuam Miller Jud Yville e. C. Nolan Marsh Field f. C. May Coo Lafayette Herman Nehrig and family Williamsport Bruce Prather and family Williamsport Guy Smith and wife Oxford Chas. Reinbold tab James Gray and b. M. Smith Independence Christ mull Lafayette and Lon Gardner and daughter of Black boys off to Warthe first five per cent of draft list left yesterday morning mrs. Frank Bartlett has received word from her son j. F. Bartlett informing her that he is now on the u. S. S. Bainbridge. He could give her no information As to his location or destination but by this time is probably in foreign Waters. He has been promoted to chief Petty officer and is doing Fine. The first allotment of drafted men left wednesday morning on no. 54, eastward for Camp Taylor Louisville ky., where they will go into training under Uncle Sam s direction. A Large crowd of citizens was on on hand to wish them godspeed and a speedy return and to show them that Williamsport and Warren county was behind them. Those who went on the first Call were Thomas Powell jr., and Ralph High both of this place and Raymond Laurie of Kramer. While no flashy demonstration was made Here upon the departure of the first number yet every Man and woman in the county is with them and for them to the finish. These three represent the first five per cent the second Call being for forty per cent which is due to leave on sept. 19. About the first of october another forty per cent will go and the remaining fifteen per cent will be called into Camp As soon As practicable. Big fire at West Lebanon highly for their nerve and said that if they had been subjects of eng sept. 9th. An All land the would have been quot Fin speech and. Song. Home coming at tab. The tab Community and Church invites friends to their annual Home coming rally on sunday thai England my dear folks a i am rather tired today and Haven t much time to write. Boards Don t make a very Good place t o rest on after a 20-mile March. Yesterday was a memorable Day for All of us. We left Camp at 7 a. M. For London where we were t o be reviewed in the afternoon by the american ambassador and the King and Queen. We marched through the streets of London along which were lined countless thousands of people who gave us a most enthusiastic Welcome. It was a great Day and will go Down As one of the most memorable in history. It was the first time that foreign troops had marched through England for hundreds of years. While at the Barracks i was fortunate to see the formation of the King s guards which is one of the oldest features of English Royalty. At Green Park we were met by a band of civil War veterans and were Given a Short rest and lunch before the return March. It is surprising How quiet and Normal England is. Of course you see thou sat is of soldiers Large numbers of women doing men s work Etc. But there is very Little excitement Over the War. The people Are in it to win and they have been giving their Best to that end. One of the most noticeable things is the entire absence of Young men other than soldiers. There is no doubt has reason to this of Sce is in receipt of a very interesting letter from Rupert Julian who is stationed at Jefferson Barracks to. An excellent description of his experiences is Given but the letter arrived too late for publication this week. It will appear in our next closes tonight the Community Chautauqua will close its five Days session at this place with prelude by the Mendelssohn sex tette and lecture by sex governor Aldrich in the afternoon and a musical feast by the sex tette in the evening. The program has been excellent throughout the entire course with few if any weak numbers. The new feature added this year the Junior department is proving popular with the Little folks. They meet each Forenoon for a Story telling hour in charge of a Young lady provided by the organization and will give the prelude tonight for which they have been practising daily. The Vitale band tuesday night the Large we. Goodwine storage Bam burned monday afternoon with part of contents the Large storage barn belonging to mrs. We. Goodwine North of the elevator and South of the by re amp Ringel store in West Lebanon was totally destroyed by fire monday afternoon about 4 30. The Structure was built about Twenty five years ago and contained about 2500 bushels of Oats a Quantity of Loose Hay and a Large amount of bailed Hay and Straw. By driving the flames from the bin in which they were stored the Oats were saved As was also a Small part of the bailed Hay. The insurance carried was $3500. A striking feature of the fire was the fight that the fire company made. The new water works system for the town had just recently been installed against the opposition of Many of the prominent citizens and the Hose had arrived Only last Friday. A Bonfire had been built in the Street for demonstration purposes during the afternoon for a part of the labor Day program was perhaps the strongest drawing this had been successfully card of the week Many coming ted by the fire company. Then from nearby towns and surround i he real alarm was turned m and ing country to hear it it nerf i the fire laddies jumped into a real and pleased the big crowd rendition of the classics As popular composition. Monday even ing Stanley l. Krebs gave his won a Kerful lecture quot quot two snakes in edit was Good i the fire laddies with their is claimed by those in Posi Well As i know that if it had not been for the water system by re amp Rin store the Wabash depot the elevator and other property would have undoubtedly burned. In quot which was one of the Best Ever heard Here. We might mention several others but it is sufi scent to say that Williamsport is Well pleased with the program Given. The patronage however has not been As a ,. Liberal As formerly and May show geography and Reading Hei Struc. the final curtain tors being principal Ramsey of Rolls Down. Blooms ton High school and mrs. A Reynolds of the University Extension mrs. Conrad Morris and Ralph Bureau. G. F. Kenaston also gave teacher s Institute Good the teachers Institute last week closed on Friday after a five Days session. The work Given was court proceedings court convened monday with judge Berry on the Bench. The first Day was confined to assigning dates for trial and on the second Day several cases were disposed of among them being the Fred Stingle Case. It will be remembered that Young Stingle was arrested charged with stealing chickens from John t. Rittenour at Pine Village several weeks ago and has since been in jail await iffy trial. The Case was heard tuesday and Stingle entered a plea of guilty but the court withheld judgment until Friday of this week. Another Case of interest was state of Indiana is Oliver p. Kennedy and Roscoe Murphy a new Case on the docket. The men Are charged with the theft of the Ford car from mrs. Victoria Gray on aug. 25th on the streets of Williamsport. They were arraigned tuesday and trial set for sept. 14th. Young Murphy is a son of John Murphy of this place and Kennedy is his Stepfather. J. J. Hall was appointed by the court to look after their interests. All the divorce cases except one were set for trial sept. 13th. The exception was Elsie Welch is Roy Welch which was dismissed. A change of venue to Fountain county was granted in the Case of Homer Mccarty is Wabash by. For damages. In the Case of John Pugh is John h. Crawford trustee court found for plaintiff and ordered plaintiff to pay him $1000 and also pay the costs. Before the plaintiff s father died he attempted to leave $1000 in Trust for his son with or. Crawford but left it in such a shape that it was necessary to go through the courts for settlement. The Cora Hess is Grace Hess damage suit was set for trial sept. 10th. Isaiah Smith was appointed guardian of Judith Boggs and Carl a. Meli Affey appointed guardian of Guy Keister. The Farr Butler assault and Battery suit was dismissed. Evans win leave saturday for Sway a lecture each Day on general topics Zee ind., to pack up the household the week s lectures this year were goods pre Parati iry to. Moving to exceptionally Good and great Bene Michigan City who re or. Morris fit was derived from them. The will teach the coming school year attendance was Good the total in j to of a mrs. W. H. Evans will join them the Rollent being 83 with an average Williamsport ready for business. The Princess theatre was again Able to open its doors to the Public monday night. Although no roof has been put on the building and nothing but the floor above protects it from the weather or. Reece de thought it advisable to go ahead with the show. The Chautauqua this week necessarily has Cut the crowd some but it is being fairly Well patronized. And now just a word to the citizens of Williamsport. The owner of this theater Means to give Williamsport one of the Best shows Ever seen Here if properly supported. He has the financial Means Back up his statements and if desires a real High Day program of proud of her men. They Are doing first of the week. Mrs. Morris has attendance of 74. Out of their bit and giving their uves by been visiting Here for several the total class amusement place it behoves j us to give support liberally. In ii cd i

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