6 THE WADSWORTH GAS ATTACK a n d RIO GRANDE RATTLER K E E P AWAY FROM LUNA PARK. B rightly Lighted Stockade Serves as Division Prison. The Twenty-seventh. Division prison was established on October fifteenth. C aptain H. O. Young, U. S'. R., the comm andant, a t 11 o’clock th a t m o rning received his first boarder. Since then the num b er of his charges has increased to more than half a hundred. “L u n a P a rk,” the officers living w ithin sight of the barbed w ire stockade, have named it. This, because of the num erous electric lights th a t have been placed along the top of the big fence and about the sev eral buildings to facilitate the vigilant watch th a t the guard detail continually m aintain. The lights burn throughout the night. The prison camp is situated some eight hundred yards north of Division H e a d q u a rters, di rectly back of the Signal Corps quarters. The stockade is about one hundred and fifty feet square. W ithin the outer fence, w h ich is about ten feet in height, is a second fence of equal height, w ith a space of a dozen feet intervening. This makes escape from the interior of the pen practically impossible. Occupy New Quarters. Since the establishm e n t of the prison, the guard of sixty-four men, sixteen each from the four infantry regim e n ts th a t at present are included in the 27th Division, and guests have been quartered under canvas. This week rem oval to the new quarters in the fram e building th a t has been constructed was effected. Staff An Efficient One. A ssisting Captain Young are F irst Lieu tenant Edward D. Spring, U. S. R., A d jutant, form erly a sergeant in Company I, 74th New York Infantry; L ieutenant Horace Zimmer, U. S. R., Supply Officer; L ieutenant Otis Thomas, U. S. R., Mess Officer. Lieu tenant Thom as last week relieved L ieutenant Amory, U. S. R., form erly w ith Squadron “A,” who is now in W ashington on special duty. L ieutenant Thomas supervised the preparation of the Thanksgiving dinner at the prison and the satisfaction m a n ifested by the boarders is indicative th a t he was most successful. Reclamation Is Plan., L ieutenant Spring, in discussing the pro gram at the camp, says: “Those confined here are of several classes, among which are men from the tough ele m ents of our larger cities who evidently did not have the rig h t sta r t in life to begin w ith. We have w ith us not only men who are sentenced from w ithin the ranks of the 27th Division, but men who have been picked up as deserters from all parts of the coun try, including those who are classed as 'Ab sen t'w itho u t leave’ from the N a tional army. It is the aim of the officers attached to this w o rk to see to i t th a t the men in this prison, either aw a iting trial or under sentence, no m a tter w h a t their reputation or conduct was before entering, shall be better both physic ally and morally. We aim at reclam ation, and when these men are released we w a n t them to leave us w ith the. proper idea of good soldiering.” In connection w ith the v/ork at the camp no drilling is done. The prisoners are used to assist in the road building and to do other w o rk about the reservation. As a re sult the guard is given little or no tim e for training, for the detail is split up and a member is sent w ith each detachm e n t of prisoners sent out from the camp to work. The heaviest sentence th a t has so far been imposed on one of C aptain Young’s boarders is five years a t hard labor. T h a t m an was removed to a federal prison early this week. There are still several men confined whose sentences range from one to two years. Many of the prisoners, L ieutenant Spring states, upon whom sentences under three m o n ths have been imposed, are men th a t have been encbarged to Captain Young by their ■ com m a n d ing officers because they were consid ered too refractory for confinement in their own regim e n tal guardhouse. The larger per centage of those confined are of th is class. Sanitation Perfect. Every effort is being put forth to m a in tain a high standard of efficiency in connec tion w ith the sanitation of the camp. P e r sonal cleanliness is playing a big p a r t W hen the guests are received they, are searched. Weapons, knives and razors th a t they may have in th e ir possession, are taken, from them and deposited in the safe. Each Wed nesday and Saturday afternoon they are is sued their razors and are allowed to shave, under guard. On Saturdays the men m u st bathe, “w h e ther they lik e it or not,” Lieu tenant Spring stated. If they are ill, the men are transferred to the base hospital, w h ere they are kept under guard. Contagi ous cases, th a t it is deemed unnecessary to transfer to the hospital, are segregated. Mail th a t is received a t the prison for the men confined is delivered to them , unopened. Packages are first given to the men and they are allowed to unpack them under the supervision of the sergeant of the guard. THE INCENTIVE. By L ieutenant L. D, W hyte, U. S. R. Many men, both of the commissioned and enlisted personnel of the Twenty-seventh Division, have asked the w riter w h a t pro nounced differences there are between the Officers’ T raining Camp and this one of ours. There is one chief difference—-more hours for work. • T h is, combined w ith the ever- prevalent thought: “W ill I m ake good?” r e sults in a nervous tension w ell-nigh unbear able. Invariably the next question has to do w ith discipline. - The disciplinarians in charge of the O. T. C, were and are, seem ingly,’ w ithout hearts.- But the men re sponded ■ nobly. And why w o u ldn’t they re spond nobly. Consider the incentive. Well, this incentive was not sufficiently strong to prevent some of them breaking rules and disobeying orders. For instance, one m an touched a plate on a mess table before receiving the order “Sit down.” He was confined to the post for th ir ty days. A n o ther m an told a .non-com- missioned officer to go to hell. He had to go back to the next camp for three m o n ths’ ad ditional training. Still another was at odds w ith an acting non-commissioned officer and disobeyed him in w h a t seemed a triv ial m a tter. He was confined to the company barracks, except when at drill, for the entire period of three m o n ths and was then discharged w ithout commission. Incidentally, th is m an was drafted into the N a tional army. A n o ther candidate was selfish and w ithout consideration for the comfort of nor desire to- w o rk w ith his bunkies. He received no commission. \Y o u r Incentive.\ “But,” the enlisted m an argues, “are we expected to reach this high standard of dis cipline w ithout the incentive the Platts- burger has?” In both this and the officers’ train in g camp- the same things are taught in view of the common goal of defeating the enemy. Get rig h t down to the bottom of things. You have an incentive. It is the sam e as your officers’—TO ' BEAT THE ENEMY. T h a t was the reason for your enlistm ent, w asn’t it? Very well, then; play i t for all i t is w o rth. Climb up upon your- toes. R epeat to your self m any tim es: “MY INCENTIVE—TO BEAT THE ENEMY.” From General P e rsh ing’s reports and from the officers and non commissioned officers of the allied arm ies who are now in Camp W adsworth, teach us th a t there are three pat rules 'necessary to the successful term ination of this w a r: The first is D ISCIPLIN E ; the second is D ISC IPLIN E ; the th ird is D ISCIPLINE. W h a t has th a t to do w ith incentive? Ju s t this; our incentive is w o rthless unless we subject ourselves to the m o st severe disci pline—the discipline th a t keeps every but ton in place and m akes us obey every order sub-consciously. - Our m inds are of the type To ask the “why” of everything and to reason how else it m ight be done or w h ether it m ight ju s t as well rem a in undone. Men who have been across No M an’s Land tell us th a t this can not be; to obey orders and then, if you are still alive, reason it out. Have you ever read E lbert H u b b a rd’s “A Message to Garcia?” If you haven’t, read it. If you have, read it again. Draw for yourself a m ental picture. Make it repulsive, revolting beyond description. Label it, “ENEMY.” W h ether you are a t bayonet w o rk or on K. P., repeat to your self: “THAT’S WHAT I’M A F T E R .” St. James Catholic Church, Baltimore, which is attended by several thousand native born Germans, or their descendants, held a service on Thanksgiving in which they prayed for President Wilson. There are 120 young men from this church in United States service.