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:de Guerre W~ the Geor~ l~,tthew Adams S~Vtee GERMAN IN BAYONET FIGHT. HIS FIRST and say But they the which he attained the rank of chief rot it, The world war starts soon after he near me until we got to the~ Boche e from the navy, and he leaves for wire, I had to stop to ~et through, to enlist. He Joins the Foreign Legion and though must of It was cut up by artll- , where his marksmanship wins lery fire, but he must have JUmped It, Later he is transferxed to the land forces and sent to for when I looked up he Was ~venty He gets his first experience In a front line trench at me. got vow vengeance when Germans hide behind Bel- While. Vl---Cont~, I used to think all the Germans were ,--.5--- ~ atid fat and strong, end, of course, came back with the some of the grenadier regiments are, and he asked one of but lots of the Boches I saw Were not hear him, if little and weak like this fellow I "got ' v firSt charge. bearer said: aI don't was a good piece Of work to take and a white, had look i cig~- And he kept eommunlcaflon The lieu,. we got to them." man, :you when they a mother to ~ut of a Boch~ m and Then the Boche made a at him with his rifle, but the dropped on one knee and dodged ndlng himself with was another Ger- hhn by this time and he could squad came up ?Just about that time, but he , because one of the the" Swiss with his bay- time to with- him. The other German made a pass at the Corporal, but he was too late. The corporal beat him to it and felled him his rifle butt. were prettY thick around fellow and my= eif ~ up, A Boche mean8 his rifle he dodged R almost get me. The swing took him off his feet and then the cor- ns. the Le~on charged ~rlth rifle and bayonet llke their men. Then--Boom I Slam I l~ang I--~nd the mines went off. "Allez i" and then th~ parapet was filled with bayouets and men scram. bllng and crawling and fal~lng and get- flus up again. The stuck drifted bac~ on us, and then our own machine guns hogan ahead of ud. Up toward~the f~.,nt the bombers were flshing'~, t~.~ba~s and thro~-'" lag, Just like'boys after a rat along~ the docks. The black smoke from the "Jack Johnsons" roiled over us and probably there was gas, too, but you could not tell. The front lines hml taken their trenches and gone on and you could see them, when you st,,od on a para- pet, running about Iik 9 ~ounds through the enemy communication trenches, bombing out dugouts, dlsarmlng prls- oners~very scary-l~oking in their masl~s and goggles. The wounded were coming back slowly. Then we got busy with our work in the dugouts and communl~atlon trenches and fire bays, with bayonets and bombs, dig- ging the Boches out and sending them "west." And every once in a while a Fritz on one side would step out and yell "Kamerad," while, like as not. ou the other Side, his pal would pot you with a revolver when you started to pick him up, thinking he was wounded Then we stood aside at the entrance to a dugout and some Boches came out in single file, shouting "Kamerad" the boy the L wild man. [ much rath~ ever al~d L rifle and I gentle- and c.avren wL DIxmUde. of our ~nt- a er~tar aused t mine. All around the thi~i llne ~ ~o~ztag The Bombers Wore F"lshing In That' Bag and Throwing. for all they were worth. One of them Every man" ~ had his mask and face blown o~; yet he wu trying to talk, with the tears over "the raw flesh. He minutes later. One night, while I was lying back in try~g not to think of any- thing and ~ to s/esp the bemire began to get pretty thick around there, and when I could not ~md It any longer I rushed out Into the bay of the fire trench and right up against the para. It was safer. of Star shells were being sent up by both* sides and the field ~dthe trenches were as" bright as y. All up and down the trenches our men were dodging about, keeping ~e:~ out of the~ w~y of t.~ ,bm~ba that were~ being thrown In ollr facet It u If there was any place It was pomlble to ~ cover. picking dirt out of my eyes that explosions had dldven when Into them. If you went into ~ ~u~out the men already In there would shout, "Don't stlck in a h~neh--spread out i" While you were In a dugout you kept ~. the out- ing to be bulled alive and when yon went outside you thought the BoeJ~s were aiming at you direct--and there was no place at all where you felt safe. But the fire bay looked better than the other places to me. I had not been there more than a few minutes wken big one dropped in and that bay was mess. Out of the 24men in the bay only eight escaped. When the stretcher bearers got there they did not have much to do in the way of rescue---It was more PaHbea~ er~s wOrk,. A stretcher hearer was 'picking up one of the boys, when ~ grenade land- ed alongside of him and you could not pars- find a fragment of either of them. That made two that landed within twelve feet of me; yet I was not even Scratched. When I got so that I could merci went over to where the captain was standing, looking through a PeriScope over the Parapet. I was very nervous and excited and was afraid to ~eak ~ghlm, but somehow I thought I t to ask for orders. But I could not say a word. ~taally a shell whizzed over our heqds~nst , it seemed like, and I broke did you see? What's all of the news?" and so on. I guess I chattered like a monkey. Then he yelled : "You're the gunner You~e Just in time--rve 1o- l their mortar batteries." Depew has an ex~ltMg experi. ence In a Zeppelin raid, at told inM4dlmenL (TO B]~ CONTLNUEIA) Get Wl~ Vanderhoof Heruld--If you I~l that IS aga~.~t you. get in be r~ht a~ut it. ECONOMY IN GOOD HIGHWAYS Good Demonstration Made by Motor truck Firm in Practical Test Q~ite Recently. At its meeting in Chicago the Uuited States Chamher of Commerce adopted n resolution that the govern- ;.eat, through the president and th~ director general ef railroads, be peti- tioned" among other thin~s, to "com- plete trunk highways for heavy traffic where they can be used in relieving railroad congestion." Note the phrase 'heavy traflic"~which calls, not mere- ly for graded highway rights of way, but for hard surface, ~cement, asphalt or brick ro:~dbeds capable of sustain- lag the hea~ iest trucks and dependable in all sor~s of weather. The day is coming--in fact, it is here--when such highways are almost 8n absolute necessity. In some sec- tions of the country, due to railroad inadequacy to meet the traffic de- hi:lads, paved cross-country highways are indisl)ensnble to commerce and co:mmmity prospeiliy. So, while we are building roads iel us build tlmm. not for today, but f~r ~he days to come, ~ys Atlanta C~n- stitution. It will be cheaper iu the long run, and vastly more satisfac- ::ory from the "word 'go.'" The dollars-and-cents saving, and the time economy, in hard surface ~oads were clearly demonstrated by a :Northern motortruck firm in a practical test eomplete~l some time ago when a consignment of heavy mer- chandise was moved overland from Detroit, Mich., to Toledo, O. '"I~he total pay load carried by four-ton tractor truck and two-trail- era was 12 tons," says Automobile' l~opics in discussing the trip. "The load was distributed as follows: Two tons on the truck, six tons on a five- ton trailer and four tons on a three- ton trailer. The trip was made in eight and a half hours over 48 miles of cement and asphalt and 12 miles of dirt road. Almost exactly as much t,me was required to travel over the dirt road as over the cement, because Improved Highway in Ohlo. there was no foundation to the road and both the trailer and trucks sank. Three fourths of a gallon of oli and 22 gallons of gasoline w~e used on the trip." The real pith of the "argument lies In the fact that almost as much time --and, of course, more eli and gss~ was consumed in .t~'aveling 12 miles of ~lrt road as was required to make the 48 miles over the hard-su~face highway. And again: Consider the dlffer~ ence In value of the respective type~ of ~oad to the abutting property and to the county a~d the state coutalning them. LOADS AT END OF GOOD ROAD DOuble Amount of Team Power Re. quired to Haul Wagons Over Un. improved Country Highway. To see what happens at the end Of the good road, a public road specialist ~f the department of agriculture re- cently had obse~'vations made in differ- ent sections of the country. Observers noted many country-bound teamsters who drove two loadetd wagons, hitched one behind the other, to the end of the good road, where they left one wagon by the roadside to be returned for later while all the power Of their team~ Was devoted to hauling a single wagon aver the unimproved highway. Farmer~ bound for market frequent- ly were seen to haul wood and similar products to the beginning of the good road, there dumping them and return- ing for a second load. When this ar- rived, the two loads were consolidated and easily hauled by a single team fhe remaining dtstance to market ever the improved road. Price of Good Roads` If a carpet will protect "a floor then a blanket on a road, if maintained, is conservation. Many an old macadam road can be saved if taken in time, Perpetual maintenance is the price of good roads. Crooked Road Is Dangerous, With modern means of .traffic a~ crooked road Is a dangerous road, therefore, every road builder, should endeavor to straighten his gutters. Be aides, crooked gutters have s bad aP- ARMISTICE TERMS UBMITTEDTOHUN ,MMEDIATE END OF WAR SIGHT, PROVIDED GERMANY ACCEPTS CONDITIONS. IN Terms Interpreted to Mean Absolute Surrender, Nothing Being Left to the Good Faith of the Van- quishc~, Nor Victor Restricted. Washington.--Tt-rms on which Ger- ma~y may obtain immediate armistice :tll(l end the war were completed an(~ signed November 4 in Paris. Secretary L~tusing amio~znced the fact iu a brief StatellleuE Monday night, adding only that complete diplomatic harmony had heen achieved by allied conferees at Versailles. It nmy be stated authoritatively that the terms follow closely those uu- der which Austria-Hungary surren- dered and passed our of tt'~e war, leav- ing Germany to stand alone against the worhL Subjected to analysisby military of- ricers here, -filled terms of the AUSo lrian armistice, which are said to be more drastic than those for Germany. ~tre imerpreted to nlean absolute sur- render. Nothing is left to the good faill, of the vanquished and no re- strictions or limitations are imposed o. the victors. These officers believe Germany, left alone, also must throw herself without reserve ou tile mercy of the victors. Final adjustments, territorial or otherwise, are all deferred to the peace conference for which cessatiou of hos- tilities paves the way. The judgment of army officers as ~o the situotiou on tl~e western front iu a milltary sense is that Germany musr accept the armistice conditions or face a debacle of her armies. Signs of disintegration of the German forces facing the France-American lines have been evident for days. The German official statement'Sunday admitted aa American break through. If the breach is widened the German armies will be cuc in half a,s effectually as were the. Austrian armies in Italy. They then may be crushed separately. An attempt to apply the lessons or the Austrian armistice to Germany's situation brings out several points upon which military men based their forecast of the German terms. For one firing, it is regarded as certain that complete evacuatiou of 41sace- Lorrain$ will be insisted upon, as well as the occupation of the Rhine fort- resses by allied garrisons. Surrender of the German submarines and a sub- stantial part of the high seas fleet and the occulpation of land defenses that protect German bases also is im- plied. Guns Must Be Left Behind. So far as the German army Is c(m. corned, it must go back into Germany, probably without the Whole vast mechanism of war which It can-led lnt0 France and Belgium. All the big guns, tanks and aircraft, under the Austrian precedent, would be concen- trated and left under the direct con- trol of~ the allied and" American armies. It was pointed out, however, that since Germany is the last of the cen, tral power~ when she surrenders there will be no need to" provide for the employment of her military equip- meat by Marshal~Foch.-~There will be no one left against whom to turn the guns. T~ terms for Germany, there- fore. pr~ bly will show that variation from the Austrian condltions~ One feature of the Austrian surren- der conditions which is thought to have been duplicated in the German terms is the entrusting to Marshal Foch of the carrying out of the pro- grams of demobilization and disarma- ment. AUSTRIA TO GIVE UP NAVY Total of 2~1 Ships Fall Into the Hands of the Allies. Rome.--Austrla ~ Hungary's navy, which either must be delivered to the allies' or disarmed under the terms of the armistice that country lma signed, consists of approximately 251 ships, at~ cording to latest official information. The total of submarines is placed at 45, with 15 battleships, an equal num- ber df cruisers. 21 torpedo boat destroy- ers. 10 torpedo gunboats, 67 torpedo boats, 45 mine layers. 11 river moni- tors. seven patrol boats, six armed steamers~, six scouts, one river torpedo boat and two trawlers. l ler l old ye~ Mr t tie Im litti Brii us s keci thex Austrian Ruler Determined to Quit. BaseL~Emperor Charles of ArB- Pr~ tria-Hungary is determined to abdi- cate and will retire to Switzertam~, and German newspapers say. The" en~ usual peror, made this announcement, it is added, during a conference wtth the pecm new Austrian government and-other influential leaders in the dual mon- archy. 01d fashfi Pacifist Gets Long 8e~te~me. Fath~ Los Angeles'.--Joseph Berger, 25 Nm .years old, was sentenced to 45 years who z imprisonment here Monday by a goner- the el al court martial after conviction on a charge of refusal of duty in the United States army. U. S. Recognizes Polish Army. Washlngton.--The Polish army under, ' On the supreme political authority of the and z Polish national committee, w~s tion v nized on November called States government as autonomous and M~Mi co-belltgerent.~, settle i " from Men& W~ of e~ once, to writ~ Den~ Oct R( Cc cash M.t T! the per and leno