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IV. Zhnn, 'N-E, American Enlisted in
Army, 1)escribes Conflict
to Instructor
eailled to (tF Up Highway Amid Din
of Artillery, Rockets
and lares
P. W. Zinn, '14E, who went to Eu-
>pe just before the war broke out,,
as one of the first Americans to
nlist in the French army. In a re-
ent letter to Mr. John J. Cox, instruc-
or in civil engineering, he gives a
ivid account of the work done by the
rmy. He is now in the second for-
ign regiment, first company, eight-
enth army corps. The letter, which
ears the censor's stamp, follows in
April 22, 1915.
Dear Mr. Cox:
I am afraid that by this time I
ave forgotten most of the engineering
ever knew, but at the same time
ave had a very good chance to study
'rench roads. You can have no idea
f the terrific punishment that some
f these ordinarily light traffic high-
rays have taken since the beginning
f the war. The continual stream of
'aris motor-buses that help make up
he army transport, together with the
eavy artillery and ammunition wag-
ns, are enough to kill an ordinary
oad in a month, but these routes hon-
stly seem to thrive under it. One of
hese department roads crosses the hill
re occupy very close to this point.
From here to the rear every night
hiere is a very heavy artillery traffic,
rhile on the front side of the hill
vhere the road goes toward the Ger-
nan position in Craonne, there hasn't
een a vehicle on it in months. We
o along there sometimes at night-no
ne, unless he wants to commit sui-
ide, would go out there in the day
me-and from surface indications at
east, the road to*the rear is in as good
ondition. as this stretch.
A while ago-the night before the
Caiser's birthday to be' exact-the
ermans made a fairly heavy attack

close on our right. The regiment next
to us was getting a pretty heavy pres-
sure and every minute we expected to
get it on the flank. We were doing all
we could to strengthen our position
on that side.
Our section was detailed to cut the
Pontivert road. French rockets, and
German flares were going up by the
dozen, and all the artillery around us,
even the 105's in the reserve batter-
ies, were working up to full capacity,
making such -a racket that you
couldn't hear an order:. That was an
ordinary harmless looking piece of
road that we were trying to dig
through. but, say, I'd swear that it
seemed as if the thing was four feet
thick and solid rock all the way down.
We didn't have to use the trench
after all-the 34th held finely, but lost
over 400 in killed alone.
We4have helpedathe.14th artillery
build a stretch of five kilometers of
corduroy through a swamp near here.
The big timber has all been used for,
fortifications; so we used bundles of
fagots instead of logs for the founda-
tion. But the thing has to be watched
pretty carefully, or the dirt covering
wears through, exposing the branches
and.then it goes to pieces very rapidly.
I wish you could see some of the
other work around here that the Ger-
mans are doing, especially the tunnel-
ing and mining. And on the German
side they must be even more active
than we are. To judge by the amount
of dirt that they have pushed .out,
they must have made that plateau into
a veritable fortress. The French tried
to take the position last fall, and did
succeed in getting into Craonne, but
were caught by the artillery and forc-
ed back. Even now there are hun-
dreds of dead lying on the slope. We
have been waiting all winter for the
troops at Berry-au-Bac-that is about
eight miles from here-to advance up
even with this point, but theyseem to
have trouble enough in holding their
position, to say nothing about advanc-
I see by the home papers that they
are counting on the war ending inI
three or four months, and in Paris
they seem to be almost equally hope-
ful. But I can -tell you frankly that
such optimism isn't shared by the men
on the line. None of us here have
more than the faintest hopes of being
through before next dhristmas and
perhaps not then.
After it is over, it looks as if op-
portunities would be fairly good for
such of us as are not left hanging on

the barbed wire. Six out of the 30Oodd
that made up the original American
outfit were engineers, but they are
pretty well thinned out now. One of
them, a fine fellow from Chicago, was
killed a short time ago. But in spite of
everything this side has to offer, the
States will look mighty good to all of
Make Selections on Campus Election
Day, to Be Held on
May 29
Student candidates for the board in
control of student publications were
nominated by the board at their last
meeting. The list of candidates, from
which three members will be selected
on the Campus Election Day, May 29,
are: Adna R. Johnson, '16L, Werner W.
Schroeder, '16L, Renville 'Wheat, '16L,
Paul F. Thompson, '16L, Henry C.
Rummel, '16L, and Francis T. Mack,
Other candidates for the positions
on the board may be nominated by
petition bearing 25 signatures. Petit-
ions will be handed in to Prof. F. N.
Scott, chairman of the board by 4:00
o'clock Monday afternoon. Any stu-,
dent who is a senior or who has re-
ceived a degree in the literary college,
and is now enrolled in another school
or college lbf the university, is eligible
to nomination, but no student who
holds a salaried position on any of the
publications may be considered.
Hawaiian members of the Cosmo-
politan club are arranging a Hawaiian
program to be given under the aus-
pices of the club, Friday n'ight, May 28.
Illustrated talks and music typical of
the island country will comprise the
"Scenic Hawaii," illustrated with 90
lantern slides, will be the subject of
a talk by W. C. Achi, '17L, while W. F.
Crockett, '16D, will talk upon the polit-
ical and social conditions of the ter-
ritory. Achi and Crockett will also
render Hawaiian folk songs in a guitar
and ukelele duet: The musical pro-
; gram will be supplemented by Hawai-
ian music on a victrola. This enter-
tainment will conclude the series of
international nights given by members
of the Cosmopolitan club, and will be
open to every one.

Lloyd C. Douglas Writes Article for
"The North American
Lloyd C. Douglas, pastor of the Ann
Arbor Congregational church, has re-
cently written an article entitled "War
Ethics in College Politics," which ap-
peared in "The North American Stu-
dent." The paper, which follows, treats
of the student and his attitude toward
college activities:6
"Whether war may ever undertake
to play adjective to ethics is a matter
of some doubt. One is reminded of
the famous screed on 'Snakes in Ire-
land,' which began 'There are no snak-
es in Ireland.' There can be no war in
ethics; and judging from newspaperI
reports, there is precious little ethics
discernible in war. Everybody knows,
however, what 'war methods' mean-
all's fair, whether fair or foul.
"We have just passed the 'open sea-
son' for the academic office-gunner.

with his prize, when he gets it, never
occurs to him. lIe has no program
beyond the 'killing.'
"This type of person who is eager
tland every office that the college
public will let him have, is usually
contented, after election, to rest upon
his laurels-which is bad for laurels.
It musses 'em. And the student who,
after the elections, fails, for lack of
time, to make good on five of his six
offices to the extent of more than 46
per cent. of efficiency, need not expect
his devoted comrades to give him much
sympathy next December.
"Or; if the insatiable office-bagger
decides to make good in all of those
responsibilities which a cruel and un-
feeling community has dumped upon
his two, too heavily burdened shoul-
ders, and thus win the approbation of
all the student organizations which
have pinned medals of honor upon his
manly 'bosum,' it is not improbable
that he will do it to the neglect of the
incidental features of his college ca-
reer, relating to his studies; so that
the faculty will be obliged to decorate
him with another badge before the
close of the first semester; viz.: The
Order of the Khan.
"It is an invaluable experience for
a student to lead some important col-
lege interest. But, if he takes the

Blackfriars, the University of Chi-
cago dramatic society, held its third
and last performance of its 1915 pro-
duction, "A Knight of Knights," in
Chicago Friday night.
Following the lead set by several
western colleges, one hundred stu-
dents of Columbia University, repre-
senting 40 different races, met to
found what will be known as the In-
ternational club of Columbia. If the
undertaking is successful the members
hope to affiliate with Corda Frates, a
world-wide organization.
Plans for the holding of a confer-
ence at Cornell University from June
15 to June 30 for the intensive study of
international relations, and the train-
ing of students who hope to become
leaders in the development of world
organization, have been completed by
the World Peace Foundation. While
the fundamental idea of the conference
is that international conflicts are due
to the absence of an enlightened pub-
lic opinion as to the futility of war
and the advantages of world organi-
zation, all points of view will be wel-
comed and complete freedom of dis-
cussion will prevail.
Both California and Leland Stanford
University are planning mammoth
alumni reunions for the coming sum-
mer. The middle of May has been
decided upon as the most convenient
time. It is believed that the opening
of the exposition will attract the grad-
uates to these gatherings.
Harvard, through the activity of its
hygiene department, has arranged for
a weekly inspection of milk, butter and
food supplies at all places where stu-
dents eat. Clubs, cafes, quick lunches
and all other places of the sort will
ome under the inspection 'system. This
is done in the hope that much of the
yearly sickness among undergraduates
will be done away with.
Sport Coats
All styles, Mbors, and fabrics on sale
at Popular Prices
New location 211 South Nain St.
When you break a window glass,
telephone Switzer's Hardware to have
it replaced.

During the past few weeks, a consider- office, let him consider the responsi-
able number of students, either by bility of it rather than the mere joy
persistently tugging at their own boot- of acquiring a new title. For one man
straps or through the expressed pref- to load himself up with a large num-
erence'of their fellows, or both, have her of offices, simply to satisfy his own
been elevated into leadership of the vanity, and then fail of functioning in
multitudinous activities of the campus. six-sevenths of them, is not fair. He
"Undoubtedly, there is a certain sat- is usurping opportunities which might
isfaction in seeing one's name in the have helped other people to develop
college sheet, every day or two, for a leadership. Meanwhile, he is amass-
month, -as having' just been elected ing false notions about 'the responsi-
President of This, Manager of That, bilities which attend a delegated trust,
or Third Assitant Secretary of Some- Such an attitude toward college poli-
thing-Else. It gives one distinction in ties brings disrepute upon what might
the proud maternal eyes of one's Al- otherwise be invaluable training for
ma Mater and reads well when copied future service. It lowers the standard
in 'The Booming Bassoon,' back home. ( of efficiency in the student organiza-
"However, the modest violet who tions and does the office-seek: r, him-
consents to bow the knee, every other self, untold harm-not unlike the mis-
afternoon or so, while yet another fortune of that other animal, his com-
committee adjusts upon his alabaster patriot, who, in his eagerness to feed
brow the emblematic laarel, is apt to at the expense of his brethren, upsets
develop into something of a nuisance. the trough and brings confusion upon
Office-seeking becomes his pet obses- the feast."
sion. Once he has applied his keen
nose to the scent of an office-trail, be University Ave. Pharmacy Fountain
the quarry ever so humble, he goes Pens and Students Supplies. tf
'ki-yi-ing' across the campus to the - __--
utter disregard of everybody and ev- University Ave. Pharmacy Marthe
erything else than the glories of the GWashington Candy. Cigars. Cigarettes
chase. Just what he is going to do 'ant Tobacco. tf

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