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San Antonio Express Satu
Specialization Begins At Camp Lyon Next Week
Civilians will be permitted to center study on one branch of service
Dog Tent Drill is Held
Specialization in the different branches of military science will begin at Camp Cecil Lyon next week. The Entire regiment has now been carried through the rudiments of mapping, infantry drill, machine gun tactics and first aid instruction and the candidates will be permitted to choose in which branch they wish further instruction.
Officers said that it has been decided that better results can be obtained by the men specializing than in attempting to give them a smattering of all branches of the service in one month. Of course all of the citizen soldiers will continue to receive instruction in those rudiments which are common to all branches, and in infantry drill. Infantry drill is valuable to all services and absolutely necessary in order to make a man proficient in any branch of the army.
One member of camp has qualified as an aviator to a certain extent. First Sergeant E. E. Edwards of Company C made a flight as a passenger with Miss Marjorie Stinson early in the forenoon and reported afterward that he enjoyed the experience greatly and is ready at any time to try it again. Sergeant Edwards enjoys the distinction of being the largest man in camp. He stands considerably over six feet and weighed 240 pounds when he enlisted, but thinks he has taken off about ten pounds since.
Miss Stinson complimented Mr. Edwards on his nerve and presence of mind while in the air. She said he was the first passenger whom she has ever taken up who seemed absolutely devoid of fear on the first trip. The sergeant waved his hands at his comrades as they soared over the camp and seemed perfectly contented 1,300 feet from the ground, she said.
"I found the experience of flying exhilarating," said Sergeant Edwards. "I saw nothing to be afraid of. Miss Stinson seemed to know her machine well and I had implicit confidence in her ability to bring me back to earth unharmed.
"We first circled around the camp and then began to climb up in spirals. We were over the National Guard Artillery camp before I knew it and on looking down I thought it was our camp until I looked back and saw another cluster of tents in our rear which I knew was the civilian regiment. We were so high at this time that it seemed that I could cover one of the camps with my two hands. Men in the company streets seemed no taller than tent pegs."
Mr. Edwards is from Dallas and is in business there as a contracting printer.
Delivers Express
Miss Stinson also acted as camp newsboy and delivered copies of the San Antonio Express to Lieutenant Chaffin, camp adjutant, before they reach the camp by carrier. A package of papers was dropped in front of the adjutant's tent addressed to "Lieutenant Chaffin from the camp newsboy, Marjorie Stinson."
Actual field conditions were illustrated by falling the men in heavy marching orders and having them pitch the shelter tents. This exercise took place during the last hour of the morning program.
The companies were formed in the company streets with their packs strapped on and carrying guns. Fully equipped for field service, they were then marched a half mile from camp and shown how to pitch a temporary camp. In addition to personal necessities each pack contained two blankets and a shelter half.
Before leaving the camp officers explained to the men what heavy marching order means and showed them how to roll their packs. Then with packs strapped on their backs and rifles at a right shoulder the companies were marched away.
Arriving at the site of the temporary camp the companies were halted and the detail of unrolling the pack and pitching the shelter tents was explained step by step. The civilians pitched their tents and made camp snug in about fifteen minutes. A company of regulars would have done it in five minutes, and officers said that the showing made was excellent. An object lesson in marching was given at noon when a company of regulars in heavy marching order marched through the camp.
Officers explained the meaning of every thing to civilians as the regulars passed. Special attention was called to the long springy step of the perfectly trained men and the "rookies" were advised to imitate it.
The sighting drills continued during the day. The tripods were left standing all day and many of the men improved, "off time" by practicing peeping through the sights. The drill was advanced yesterday
Pictures of Military Camps are Taken from Sky; "Bird
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The citizens' training camp at Fort Sam Houston photographed from a height of 600 feet. The view is look
sunset-the best time for making pictures from the sky. The long buildings to the right of the picture are the
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The camps of the Thirtieth Infantry photographed by The Express staff camera at a height of 600
Majorie Stinson's aeroplane. The views shows the men striking their tents preparatory to departing from Eagle,
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