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Troop A Members Are Now Located At Colver Camp
Busy Days And Nights For Troopers Since Departure From New Castle
New CAMP NEAR HOMES OF MINERS
Everything Is Peaceful in District – Camp Is Being Well Fitted Up
By BARTON E. RICHARDS
(News Staff Correspondent)
COLVER, Pa., July 25. Someone has said that attention to details is genius. If this be true then Troop A is composed of a bunch of geniuses for that’s all that has been done since the troop left the armory at New Castle, Thursday evening, July 21st. Fatigue details, unloading details, tentage details, guard details, feed and water details, and a hundred and one others. Life so far for the men has been continuous fall in and fall out
Everybody has got their share. A couple of stripes on the arm meant nothing. One detail engaged in mixing up mortar and putting up a stove foundation was composed of two sergeants and a corporal. The mere matter of sleep has been secondary. One got it when there was nothing else to do.
Aside from the hard work that has featured the encampment so far the camp site is a wonder. Sitting on top of the world is no idle expression for apparently the camp is just that. It is on a hill on the outskirts of the little village of Colver, on top of a young mountain. The view is simply gorgeous. Stretched out for miles on all sides can be seen the beautiful rolling mountains of the Alleghenies. The camp site
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commands a view for possibly twenty or thirty miles.
Near Mine Houses.
While the troop is located within fifty yards of a double row of mine company houses there has been absolutely no indication of any trouble. The miners walk over, speak pleasantly to the guards on their posts, but so far have not even offered the slightest offense. The kiddies of the miners play about the guard lines and have apparently adopted the troopers as their friends. An example of this was seen Tuesday afternoon when a couple of youngsters said they were going to have their mothers bake some pies for Chester Bauder and Harold Sampson. Sure enough a few hours later the youngsters came loaded with four homemade pies. After the more or less commonplace chow the boys have been getting the pies looked like money from home.
The town of Colver is owned almost entirely by a wealthy operator named Coleman. The houses, the mines, the realty of the town, in fact he seems to own about everything but the view from the hills. The striking miners have not been evicted from their homes and apparently are living in fairly comfortable circumstances considering the fact that they have been on strike so long. The youngsters use the mine playgrounds and the baseball field located in the camp area of Troop A. They are the only people allowed inside the guard lines. Tuesday afternoon the boys came to the line and asked if the captain would grant them permission to play on the diamond. Captain Bretell willingly allowed the boys to come in.
Weather conditions at Colver have been ideal since the change was made from Ebensburg. Pyramidal tents are up, electric lights have been installed and floors will be put in. It looks as if Troop A would be out more than two weeks, to say the least.
The only thing that has proved a little annoying is the cold weather at night. Daytime the sun burns down but shortly after it sets the cold air factory gets busy turning out the nightly supply. Guard duty means a cold tramp over a post that is as unprotected from the chilly winds as the flag pole on the Lawrence Savings and Trust Building. The probabilities are that woolen clothing will be secured from the New Castle armory.
A machine gun mounted on a motor truck has been added to the property of Troop A. Sergeant Chester Brenner who has been Mess Sergeant has been placed in charge of it with Sergeant Paul A. Keeley as driver. William P. Kreeps has been appointed assistant gunner. Each morning and afternoon the crew makes a patrol of the adjoining roads under Lieutenant T. Fred Bretell. A mounted patrol also makes two patrols daily under Lieutenant Harvey G. Bintrim and Corporal Edwin A. Arrow. Corporal William J. Pence is acting Mess Sergeant.
The health of the men remains excellent and when the camp is finally set up conditions here will be good.
Although the men have been working fourteen and sixteen hours a day they still have time to break in the rookies in the troops. After the heavy rain on Sunday afternoon someone asked a rookie to hold the guidon up to dry so the colors wouldn’t run.
Five extra men have been detailed to Troop A, three medical corps men and two truck drivers. A truck has been supplied to the troop.
Captain Bretell is in charge of the camp that has been established here.
Donald Dennis and Veryl Hartzell are acting as runners while Henry Alley is second cook.
Although working under difficulties Cook Allessio Ciambotti is getting out some excellent chow.