By John Hale Chipman, Class of 1919
"October 14, 1917, Sunday, Fair, Cold.
Up at 8:15 and wrote some. Our new chef [head], Wilcox, arrived this morning. He hasn't half the personality Barton had, but he's boss so we must obey. But Pete has told him about the section which by the way, is one of the best in this groupement, --even if I do say it, --so I guess we won't have any trouble.
At 12, I left for F--en S with 8 camions [trucks] for a 9 hour trip, but we really made it in 5 1/2 hours. The quickest time I ever made one as long as this one and it wasn't such a bad trip for the 1st day of our new chef. Today was a real October day, --brisk air, white clouds and blue sky and one felt mighty good to be out.
We unloaded in a wood near V and here is a place where big guns are hidden ready for the coming offensive. We also saw a cow made out of sticks, covered over with a canvas and I understand this was used by the french in an open field during the last attack here. You see the French placed a couple of men inside and placed them all in an open field so the French had a look-out who sent back instructions by wireless. Just a case of Trojan history repeating itself.
We got home from the trip at 6:00 and had our supper then I was too tired to sit up so went to bed at 9:30."