Forging the Sword; The Story of Camp Devens, New England's Army Cantonment

Forging the Sword; The Story of Camp Devens, New England's Army Cantonment

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ...He used to be with the Cleveland Club, and he was one of the best "mixers" in New England. Always on the job, yet he always had time to meet and make friends. That was his specialty, making friends, and once he made them he kept them, to the benefit of the men themselves and also to his firm's. Then there was "Joe" Markham's store in Depot Square. "Joe " was an Ayer man. The coming of the camp disarranged the old order of things for him, but he accepted the new order philosophically, and his friends are now numbered by the thousand. It was men like these who did wonders, generally without realizing it, to keep the morale of the Camp Devens soldiers high, and they saw American soldiers come and go by the thousand. As soon as the camp opened the state of Massachusetts sent state police to Ayer. The "camp followers" of previous wars were expected to materialize in this one again. The state police were to keep the camp clean. And they did. They really constituted a vice squad, and as the result of their work Camp Devens was among the cleanest cantonments in the country. Old army officers spoke of it and wanted to know how it was accomplished. Governor McCall selected Inspector Edward P. O'Hallorhan of the Newton police force to head the squad. He got the city of Newton to give Mr. O'Hallorhan a leave of absence. Mr. O'Hallorhan picked his men with care. There were only a few of them, but they did the work of many. Best known among the state police at Devens were Lawrence Schofield, James Devereaux, Frank Hale, Stephen Bresnahan, Edward McCabe and William Cannon. Kindly, big-hearted men they were, who believed in tempering justice with mercy, and using lots of plain horse sense. Many a young girl, who might have...show more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236563778
  • 9781236563774