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position. He received an excellent salary. by means of which he could support his parents more easily than ever. At the same time he was saving his money ‘'for a rainy day.” At the age of 21 years he was a prosperous young business man.
In April, 1917, we declared war on Germany. In order to secure enough fighters, Congress passed the draft law. This law affected all men between the ages of 21 and 31. Andy Brown had reached his seniority only a few months previous to the declaration of war. He intended to ask for exemption from military service on account of the dependence of his parents upon him. Besides, he thought that he could render more aid to his country at home than abroad in the service of his country.
Andy was notified by the local draft board to appear for examination, as his number was one of the first drawn at Washington. Simultaneously the news came to America that hundreds of our own soldiers and marines had given up their lives at Chateau-Thierry in order to save Paris from the onslaughts of the Germans. As soon as he heard this news, Andy changed his whole attitude toward the war. He decided that he could best serve his country by fighting side by side with other brave American boys, who were willing to lay down their lives for democracy. This decision meant much to Andy, but his parents were willing that he should join the ranks of Uncle Sam, and that settled the matter entirely.
In a few days Andy was given the examination by a medical inspector, and passed. The next week he was to leave for Camp Meade. Before going he had a lengthy interview with the head of the factory, who told him that if he (Andy) ever came back his position would be open for him. Andy also made arrangements for the upkeep of his parents during his absence. His father said. “My son, I am proud of you. My prayer
is that you shall return safely to your home.”
The day came for the journey to Camp Meade. Along with Andy there were eight other young men. As the train left the station there were tears in the eyes of the great crowd who had come to give the boys a rousing send-off. Then, with a mighty cheer, the assemblage bade farewell to their patriotic sons.
Andy arrived at the camp late in the evening. With several other comrades he spent the night in the temporary barracks. The next day he received his uniform and other military accessories. The officers at once recognized Andy’s ability and made him a corporal.
Andy stayed at this camp for five weeks. Then, as a member of the 79th Division, he sailed for France. Further training was received at Chaumont. Here the division trained for almost five months. At the end of this period orders were received to go to the front.
Andy’s squad of men was anxious to face the Germans. They were initiated into warfare at the battle of Soissons. This engagement was a very bloody one, but Andy and his comrades did not receive a scratch. The Germans were repulsed at this place.
A few weeks later Andy’s men figured in the battle of Avignon. Although the Germans were defeated, they killed many of our men. Andy and Bob Miller, a private in Andy’s squad, were wounded, Andy being wounded in the left arm while carrying a sergeant to safety. The sergeant was mortally wounded. As for Andy, he had to be carried to the nearest base hospital. When he had fully recovered the war was over. He was sent home immediately and in March, 1919, secured his honorable discharge.
As soon as he received his discharge Andy resumed his former occupation at Bristol. His parents are still living and are very happy in the home provided by their son.
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number of the men are in the lumber business and go far back into the mountains to cut timber and haul it each day.
As everyone was tired that evening, we all retired eaily. All arose early the next morning, and after a hasty breakfast set out with dogs and guns into the mountains. Soon we separated, three going in one direction and two in another. That day we saw no pheasants and no turkeys and were greatly disappointed.
The following day was Wednesday, the opening of the rabbit season, so we decided to hunt rabbits. We found rabbits plentiful, but turned our attentoin to shooting woodcock. We had some great sport, as they would not fly far when scared up. No one seemed good enough a shot to hit any, no matter how hard he tried. In the afternoon we came to a covey of quail. We succeeded in getting but four out of the lot. It was great fun to watch the dogs when they would come near a bird. As soon as they smelled it. their tails would straighten and their bodies become stiff, pointing towards the bird. They would stand in this position until someone came to their aid.
The following day (Thursday) was
spent in the mountains hunting pheasants, but no luck, as usual. The natives said the pheasants seemed very scarce that year, due to so many enemies. That day, while crossing from one mountain to another, three of us came to a stream, knee deep with water and about 25 feet wide. We could not jump across, as there were no stones, and the nearest bridge two miles away, so we decided to wade. Everyone was wet up to the waist. We built a fire and dried our shoes and clothes. When we went to put on our shoes every pair split, as we had gotten them too near the fire and driven all the oil out of the leather, making it ery brittle.
That evening we were informed that some wild ducks had stopped on a dam nearby. The next morning we proceeded to the spot and had some fine shooting. We succeeded in getting but one, as all the rest flew too high for shot to take effect.
The remaining days of the week we hunted very little, but played pinochle at the hotel. We all left for home on Sunday, shortly before dinner. We had enjoyed the week’s outing very much. We hope for another trip soon, with more game to hunt.
— -D.H.S.- —
John E. Heffner, ’19.
Andy Brown and his parents lived in Bristol, a small town situated in the western part of our State. Andy’s father was not in the best of health, and for this reason he was unable to work. As a result, Andy was compelled to leave school at an early age. and secure j employment in Bristol’s only manufacturing establishment, a large shoe factory. Here he obtained a position as office-boy. With the money thus earned he was able to support his parents comfortably.
However, Andy was not destined to remain in such a position for any considerable length of time. He studied at evening assiduously, and in this way mastered the rudiments of knowledge.
His perseverance and diligence won the respect of all those whom he met. In addition, he proved to be a capable office-boy. All of his friends predicted a brilliant future for him.
During Andy’s second year with the firm the sales manager resigned. The firm was literally swamped with applications for the position, and, at last, they decided to hold a competitive examination. Andy had been anxiously awaiting such a chance, and decided to try for the position. He received the highest mark in the examination, and duly became sales manager. In this position he served the firm to the best of his ability.
Andy was now holding a responsible
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Vol. I Downingtown, Pa., May, 1919 No. 3
GEORGE A. PANXEBAKER, ’19, Editor-in-Chief. EMERSON X. GLAUNER, '19, Business Manager. W. GORDON CARPENTER. ’19. Asst. Business Manager MARGARET M. BRAY, ’20, Associate Editor.
JOHN E. HEFFNER, '19. Literary Editor. CHARLES E. FERNALD, ’19, Athletic Editor. KATHRYN B. HESS, ’20, Exchange Editor. ANNA E. LONG, '19, Alumni Editor.
OLIVE MILLER, ’20, Joke and Class Notes Editor. ROBERT B. TAYLOR MISS ANNA M. ROG
K F. GEES f
Published periodically by the students of the Downingtown High School.
Price, 15 cts. Regular Number; 25 cts. Special Number.
All advertisements an l other business matters should be addressed to the Business Manager
The war is over and victory is ours. The excitement is past and the boys are coming home. With these facts before us our interest begins to decline and soon we fall back into our former modes of living and are willing to look upon the war as a thing of the past, no longer to he considered. But is this altogether true? It is as far as the war being over is concerned, but that is all. If we would stop to think we would realize that all is not ended with the stopping of the war. In fact the end of the war marks the beginning of what is commonly called the “Reconstruction Period.’’ We are now entering upon this oeriod.
At present there are many great problems before the Government. Problems which will take a lot of time and skillful management in order to be successfully solved. When completed this work of reconstruction will better our country to such an extent that a state of improvement of about 80 per cent will be reached. All this as has before been said will take time.
And then again we have before us a problem equally as great as that of reconstruction, and which must be coped with at the present time. Namely, the matter of getting positions for our boys who are returning.
When war was declared these boys went forth to fight for us. They went tp fight to defend our rights and protect and retain for us our homes and our country. We saw them go and felt grateful to them for going. We even promised to give them back their positions when they returned.
Now they are returning and where is that promise we made them? They have given all for us, some gave their very lives and what are we going to give them? That is the problem we have to consider. Let us take it up and carry it to a successful end, and not disappoint our boys in the way one returned soldier boy writes of when he says:
O, ’twas Yankee this, and Yankee that, and “Yankee, ataboy!”
But its “Awful sorry, Yankee,” from the people who employ.
Do not, therefore, think because the war is over, that is the end of it. Do your part and get the boys a job.
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