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to which I was attached during my service at the mess, and where my papers and records were kept, Sergeant C. sent me a written order demanding of me to “turn in” my uniform complete, excepting, shoes overcoat and underwear. In place thereof he sent me a pair of old machinist unionalls. This is the only case to my knowledge where a C.O. ever was asked to surrender a uniform once he consented to wear it. I believe this “non-com” was short a uniform, and asked for mine to cover up the shortage. In spite of all the red tape it was possible for crooks to take these government issued clothing, sell them to civilians and make a supplement to their salary. I very readily and gladly complied with this order, and never after that in all my sixteen months stay in camp was I ever asked or ordered to put on the soldier’s uniform again. It would have been easy for me to get a uniform rationed to me, but I felt that it would be inconsistant [sic] to wear the soldiers garb by choice and decline his duties.

About the middle of November we heard rumors of a trainload of C.O.’s having arrived from Camp Lewis. Most of them seemed to be scattered among the various companies of the Depot Brigade and later reportedly sent to the New Base Hospital for their permanent assignment. Occassionally [sic] a service man or officer referred to “long haired” or long bearded” C.O.s and told of abuses and of acts of violence committed on such. Lt. Harry Klein on one occassion [sic] expressed his deep resentment of an act of violence perpetrated on a C.O. who had been treated to a triple dose of salts, then very clearly confined to his tent under guard, until the violent convulsions of his digestive system subsided and left him sorely in need of an abolution [sic]and a new suit of clothes. A bath and a uniform were given him. The above episode came to me through hearsay, but there

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