The question of closing the poolrooms on Sunday was put up to the committee, and thoroughly discussed. It was argued, against closing, that army records show that nearly all the trouble the boys get into occurred on Sunday. It was shown that the closing of the poolrooms in Little Rock worked a very great hardship on the men, for it left them practically no amusement on the only day they could call their own.
On the other hand, it was stated that with the poolrooms open the ministry would have ground for complaint, as a great many fellows who would otherwise attend the services of the church would drop in for a friendly game of pool instead.
Suggest Afternoon Pool
It was suggested that they be allowed to open between the hours of 12 and 7:30 PM, so not to interfere with any church service, and this will probably be done. A committee was delegated to confer with the district attorney as to the legality of the step, and if it is found to be legal, final action will be taken. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Friday, September 28, 1917
The question of taking proper measures to insure good, clean amusement for the soldiers at Camp Cody was discussed at some length at a meeting of the local censorship committee, composed of owners of the various theaters and amusements, and representative citizens. The lewd play was tabooed, as were any lines that would lend themselves to any suggestiveness. It was pointed out that the problem of controlling such a large number of men was difficult under even the best conditions, and would be much more difficult if any improper suggestions were visualized.
Theaters Will Cooperate
All the theater owners have signified the war service board in every possible way, and by unanimous consent each exhibitor of pictures will furnish the service board a copy of his programs for a week ahead, so that any objectionable feature may be eliminated. Each will contract for only the highest type of production, and it was said that the pictures shown here will be free of all undesirable features. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Friday, September 28, 1917
If you have a relative or friend at Camp Cody or “somewhere in France” and have not heard from him of late, then you had better find if you have been addressing his letters properly. “Fully 10 per cent of the mail received by this office lacks sufficient address. This undeliverable mail is turned over to men especially detailed for the work by the camp headquarters. The owner of the letter is found, if possible; if not the letter is returned to the sender or forwarded to the dead letter office if no return address is given.” Mr. Fischer declared that it is imperative that all letters bear not only the number of the unit of which the soldier is a member, but also the letter of the company, battery or troop to which he belongs. Imagine a letter addressed to Chicago, Ill., if Chicago had no general delivery system, and it being expected that the letter would reach the person addressed, or to a street in Chicago without the street number being given.
The method of handling the mail at Camp Cody differs from that employed in civilian offices in that all mail is separated for the various larger organizations and placed in big bins. Each unit has its orderly, who takes the mail to his unit’s headquarters, where it is separated to the minor divisions and then delivered to the individual. All mail, whether ordinary, registered or insured, is handled in this manner.
The Camp Cody branch office is furnished with modern equipment and a new canceling machine is just being installed. It is expected that the clerks will be furnished with a uniform not unlike that of the soldiers and will wear a special insignia to distinguish them from the men of other military organizations. It is being whispered about among the men that when the soldiers are moved to France from Camp Cody that the post office clerks will be taken right along – which may or may not be mere rumor.- El Paso Herald Newspaper – Monday, November 5, 1917
Cake, Candy and the Like From “Women Folk” Being Sent to Deming.
The popular phrase, “All going out and nothing coming in,” is decidedly reversed at the Camp Cody branch post office in Deming. The cake, candy and other delicacies – all strangers to mess hall chow – coming from mother, sister or Sammie’s best girl – far outnumber the curio and other interesting packages sent back home. The same is true of papers and magazines. Many soldiers receive the home daily and all get reading matter in one form or another, while the amount of printed matter mailed at Cody is very small.
“Each member of the family writes an individual letter to son and brother,” said Clerk in Charge Fischer, “and the soldier answers them with one – a sort of family news sheet. Hence the average number of outgoing letters, about 20,000, is doubled in number by the incoming mail.”
33,000 Outgoing Letters.
The highest total of outgoing letters dispatched to date is something over 33,000, and the average is rising with the arrival of new troops. About 2,000 sacks of papers, magazines and parcel post are received weekly. “The twenty-six clerks, of whom eight are soldiers with mail experience, are working overtime to give the best service possible,” said Mr. Fischer. “We need six more men now, and the mail is increasing steadily. Additional letter cases and other needed equipment will be here within a few days and all we need is more clerks to put the office in fine running order.” – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Monday, November 5, 1917