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A Pet Screech Owl

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Camp Thomas, Chiekamauga, Ga. May 21, 1898. Kditor Times: Stern military discipline is in force at Camp Thomas. Tonight 124 guards are on duty furnished with two rounds of ammunition each. Last night a mulé belonging to or-r regiment was stolen. This morning the mule was found in the Pennsylvania camp and is now inside our guard lines. The Y. M. C. A. tent, which dld such effective work among the soldier boys at Island Lake, is sadly missed here, but our chaplain is endeavoring to flll the deficiency. He has asked for a large tent, which he intends to use as a reading and writing room. He will also ask the young ladies in each of the cities which have companies in the regiment, to send at least one monthly magazine for the reading room and any other reading matter that can be obtained. In this connection it is espeeially urged that any one, who is willing to aid in this work, should ccmmuiiicate with The Times correspondent at Camp Thomas. Good reading matter is very scarce and the friends of the soldier boys will do them a great kindness to send books, papers and magazines here. There are many hours when the boys have nothing to do and the time passes very slowly without some kind of reading matter. A short distance from Lytle, the station on the edge of the Park, is situated the headquarters of General Brooke, commander of the camp. When interviewed yesterday by The Times correspondent, the general was in his office busy writing and greeting callers. The general when asked if he was satisfied with the volunteer army under his command, said: "Yes, I am more than satisfied with the men. Of course many of the men are without uniforms, but all are very well drilled." He especially complimented the Michigan troops, saying "in his juclgement it was the best equipped and best drilled volunteer regiment he had ever seen." In view of the military standing of the general, his words of praise should be welcome to the great commonwealth of Michigan. It seems tain to those, who are in a position to judge, that the Thlrty-flrst will be one of the first to leave for the front. Major Biddle, chief surgeon of the regiment, said tonight that the boys were wonderfully f ree froni siekness. This is so true that the hospitaï authorities have but very little to do. The change of climate has not affected the men. It is said that Frank Wagner, of Company A, will soon be promoted to headquarters as stenographer. All who knoff Frank will be glad to hear tliis and no one in the regiment is so eminently fltted for the position. Capt. McKeand, of Company O, has a pet screeeh owl, which he will keep while in the army and take it home with him. The regiment feels proud of Dr. Owfen. He is so careful of his men, tending them with a tenderness and feeling of a íather. He is familiarly known about camp as "Our Dr. Owen." lf mail does not reach friends in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti on time, it is due tu the crush at the postofflce here. Today there are ten mails that have not been sorted. This is not surprising when we remember that there are over forty thousand troops here, representIng nearly every state in the Union. To one who is not acquainted with handling mail it would seem almost impossible that people should make the mistakes - so many inistakes - in addressing mail matter. For instance, we often find such an address on a letter: "Mr. John Jones, care of Camp Thomas, near Chiekamauga, Tenn., Georgia." It can be easily seen that when the postofflce authorities are compelled to lócate such mail that it must retard them in Speedily sorting the enormous mail which is daily brought to the tented cfty. It is expected that thousands of vlsitors wil! flock to the Park to see the nation's volunteer army on Sunday. Excursions from the surrour.ding country will be run and a great gathering is expected. Yesterday The Times man vlslted several other regiments and in neariy every case found U. of M. graduales in the ranks. In fact, the oíd U. of M. is represented from neariy every state having regiments in camp. In many cases these men hold offices of distlnetion and trust. Since we have been in camp no other university yell but the U. of M. has disturbed the quietness of the forest camp. HILLMAX. Tliirty Volunteered. The regular meetins of the Light Infantry occurred Wednesday and the company showed great improvement in foot movements. After the drill an election of officers occurred and F. L. Gallup was elected captain; Charles Carver and J. H. Philip, first and secmd lieutenants respectively. There were about thirty who volunteered. The boys have a new scheme on tap. Governor Pingree has stated that he would not take ar.y more volunteer companies as a whole, but that each town should be allowed its quota. The cali for 75,000 men by the president means that Michigan's share is over 2,000. However, to evade ruling of the governor, the members of the new company will take in men from Dentón, Milán, Plymouth, Saline and other small places in the neighborhood, thus giving each their quota and also puting them in shape to drill. Uesolutlons. At the special meeting of the Arbeiter Unterstuetzungs Verein the following resolutions were passed: Whereas, it has pleased the Almighty Ruler of life and death to take to Him to eternity ou.r respected member, V. Arnet, be it Resolved, That this society expresses its deepest sorrow to the survivors; and Be it further resolved, that a copy of these resolutions be sent to his survivors. By order of the Arbeiter Unterstuetzungs Verein of Ypsilanti. WILLtAM DUSHBILrER, Jacob Schmid, Committee.


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