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Image 1 of The Kentucky Kernel, January 6, 1916

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THE KENTUCKY KERNEL Formerly THE IDEA State University of Kentucky LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY. JAN. 6 1916, VOL. VIII. FRANK COFFEE WRITES LETTERS INTERESTING WILDCATS FIRST GAME PRIOR TO DEATH IN SCHEDULED FOR No. 13 FARMERS WEEK OPENS AT UNIVERSITY WITH RECORD 14TH BREAKING ATTENDANCE ENTERED A remarkable Cincy Contest "May Be Cancelled Because of Lack of Practice Condi- UNIVERSITY AT AGE OF FIFTEEN series of letters ap in The Lexington peared recently Herald, written toy Frank Coffee, a former State University student, a short time before he was killed in action 'while serving in the English army in the Dardanelles campaign, on November 18, 1915. Mr. Coffee was born in Australia. His father is an American, born in Warsaw, N. Y. His grandmother, Mrs. Charles Coffee, died in this city and is buried in the Lexington Ceme tery. At the age of 15 he entered the Uni versity of Kentucky in the College of Mechanical and Electrical Engineer ,ing, in 1902. After leaving the Uni- , versity he saw newspaper service in Canada and finally Australia, where he was given a lieutenant's commission in the Australian contingent of the British army. The letters published below were written from the front and received by Coffee's aunt, Mrs. Sarah Clark, 117 Woodland Avenue, and other relatives. They are remarkable for their clear and vivid descriptions and por trayal of conditions on the fighting line. They touch especially the humorous and pathetic phases of the life and death of "Tommy Atkins." Space is available for only a small number of the most interesting letters. Selections follow: Allan Line, R. M. S. Ionian, Off Cyprus, Sept. 11, 1915. (Received Nov. 1, 1915.) Sept. 1011:30 a. m. Good sleep last night. At 9 a. m. had parade of Very few of them men with although badly crowded. Half an hour ago we pased over the spot where the Royal Edward was submarined. One officer aboard a S. Wales Borderer was saved from the Royal Edward. He was five hours in the water, being picked up by a French destroyer. The French officers did everything for him brandy, rubbing Ho was just beginand everything. ning to feel O. K. again when a British cruiser sent an officer to see him. The Naval Johnny wore a monocle, and this was his greeting to a man just rescued: "Haw! Havo you a roll of thoso who wero saved? Bah Jove! You haven't? What! How extraordinary! Good-dasir!" Not a word of sympathy, but tho pationt nearly laughed 'himself sick. Picture a man t calling the roll clothed in a of those afloat! life-belt- sea-sic- life-bel- Allan Lino, R. M. S "Ionian," Lemnos Island, Sept. 13, 1915. Dear Mill and Dan: This belated letter is written twelve hours after arrival in Mudros Bay, Island of Lemnos, 40 miles (about) from the peninsula. The campaign here, by the way, has developed into the largest in history, of such- a nature; and until this war of Armageddon the empire never in history has m iad such a large overseas force enApproximately gaged. how many British and French troops are fighting I can not divulge, owing to the censorship; but when we finally get through to the sea of Marmora I suppose the world will be allowed to learn a little of the magnitude of our operations. And it is great to think that the Australians and one English division composed of the flower of the Brit ish army, men who fought from Mons to Marne and back to Ypres will be entitled to the lion's share of. the credit at the end. The New Zealanders have fought steadily and bravely; but the dash, snap and tenacity of our boys has placed them in a class by (Continued on Page 3) STAFF PLANS FOR Snap-Sho- ts KENTUCKIAN Will Be a Fea- ture of the 1916 Book There will be a meeting of the An-- j nual staff Monday afternoon, January 10 at 3:30 o'clock in the Kentuck-iaoffice. Work will be pushed rapidly on getting out the 1916 book. All Seniors are urged to visit the photographer, Spengler, within the next three weeks. In order that the special rate will be effective all individual pictures must be in before Februn ary 1. section will bo a feaThe snap-sho- t ture of tho 1916 Kontuckian, and all amateur photographers are urged to see Lawrence Heyman, who will have of inrge of this Bection. Seniors, prominent students and faculty, and views genorally of student life and activity will bo accepted. Further details for tho photographers will bo announced lator by Mr. Hoynian. Artists and cartoonists are urged to submit drawings and cartoons, sketched, but the art staff requests that no completed drawings be sent in until after tho original sketches have been approved. Snap-shot- s Horticultural, Dairy and Poultry Exhibits Excel All Former Displays and Are Indicative of Widened Interest. TO USE Former State Student Gives Vivid Portrayal of tions on. Fighting Line in Letters To His Aunt. PRESIDENT BARKER MAKES A GOOD ADDRESS PARK FLOOR With only eight days remaining before State is scheduled to open her 1916 basketball season with the University of Cincinnati at Cincinnati, and the basketeers undergoing an enforced idleness due to a poultry show in the armory and a fruit show in the gym, which are the only available floors for practice, local chances for a win in the opener are not bright. Those who were delegated to have a floor put down in the auditorium during the Holidays neglected to do so, but now the work is being rushed and Dr. Tigert expects to have his squad there this afternoon. The auditorium will be the scene of all the home games as in the past several years, and it is well that the squad get as much practice as possible on that floor. Doctor Tigert said yesterday that in view of the lack of practice that he was making an effort to have the opening game with Cincinnati postponed until a later date. It is hoped that the Cincy' officials will agree. to from the Blue and White. Vandy has thrice met the Wildcats, losing one and breaking even in the two other series. This year, however, they expect to bring the strongest team that has yet . represented them, and one which will make the home boys outdo themselves to ward off a double defeat. Tom Zerfoss, star, will be seen opposed to his brother, Captain Karl, and possibly another brother, George, who showed up excellently during practice. the basket sport this season than in the past, because of the fact that a rating of all the Kentucky college teams will be possible due to the fact that State will meet two of the K. I. A. A. teams besides Louisville. Aside from these contests with Kentucky teams, the greatest interest will doubtless center in the renewal of the animal contests with Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Neither of these teams has ever been able to top a series Ms as the Ohio quintet has already played several games and are in form. More interest should be attached to Last year's big contor, Jim Server, probably will bo kept out of the game because of other tasks. Captain Zerfoss is a man who can locate tho baskot from almost any position on tho iloor. Gumbert played in several of tho big games last season and is known us a valuable man. Derrel Hart, varsity forward several seasons ago, is a fast man, and a sure goal thrower. Schrader, Schwart, n (Continued oil Pago 2) Farmers' Week opened at the Uni - In the same hall are the dairy and versity of Kentucky Tuesday with a horticultural exhibits. Dairy products attendance at sessions are listed from all over the State and of the State organizations assembled the display of models for barns, silos Considerable interest was manifested and equipment is especially Interestin the poultry, corn, fruit and dairy ing. shows. Heads of the horticultural show deThe Kentucky Beef Cattle Associa- clare that the fruit exhibit, with aption opened the week with a session ples the main feature, excels all forIn the chapel at 10 o'clock. President mer shows in numbers and beauty. Barker delivered the address of welThe drill hall is crowded with what come, congratulating the agricultur- experts pronounce an unexcelled disists on the interest showed In State- play of poultry, graduating from the wide progress and predicting wonder- giant Light Brahma to the tiny Partful improvement and advancement of ridge Wyandotte. The pigeon section Kentucky as a result of their interest is remarkable for its beauty and the and enthusiasm. fullness of classes. In open races The chapel was crowded to doors, there are entries from Ohio, Indiana, while many more visitors who follow Virginia and Tennessee. special lines in agriculture were inSeveral coups of pheasants add a specting the displays in the corn, gorgeous touch to the exhibit. There poultry, dairy, horticultural arid do- are numerous pens of stately turkeys mestic science shows. and' an extraordinarily large number The widening of interest manifest of smiling ducks. The prizes, inin the attendance is further evidenced cluding numerous handsomv cups, will in an enlarged participation in the be awarded this afternoon. several competitive exhibits. All of the shows save the domestic The number of entries In the corn science exhibit are in the Armory show reaches far in excess of last building. The dazzling array of work year's list. In the gymnasium there of women and children is displayed in is a splendid array in wliite, red, yel - 'the Educational Building. low and speckled rows. In compliment to the work done by the Kentucky Experiment Station for the. benefit of Kentucky farmers and SEASOR OPENS WITH agricultural interests throughout the State the following resolutions was KEHTUCKY WESLEYAH passed Tuesday by the Beef Cattle Association of Kentucky: "Whereas, The Blue Grass counties Co-eBy of Kentucky afford exceptional grazHandicapped Lack of Practice During and pasturing facilities, and, ing Last Days "Whereas, We are convinced that it is only by a system of live stock farmgirl gasket-bailer- s The are handiing that the permanent fertility of our capped in the same way that the boys soils can be maintained properly and are, due to the exhibits in the gym, the worn and exhausted soils of the and will suffer from the lack of pracState restored to a profitable conditice, at a valuable time, too, as the tion of agricultural productiveness, opening of the season is near at hand. and, Only two of last year's varsity, "Whereas, The most valuable exCaptain Elsie Heller and Manager periments are being carried on now at Nancy Innis, are in the University, tho Experiment Station farm in the though Misses Frances Geisel and fattening and proper maintenance of Pearl Bastin, both of whom played in our animals; thereenough games to bo called veterans, fore are working for positions. Miss "Bo It Resolved by tho Beef Cattlo Natalie Woodruff, another of last seaAssociation of Kentucky, in conven-Mo- n son's squad, is out. Misses Mary Hamassembled, that wo do hereby ilton, Dawn Flannory, Helen endorse tho said Experiment Station Cella Cregor, Lillian Haydon, in its careful and painstaking efforts and Sarah Harbison are among others looking to tho development and betterup best in tho practlco who showed ment of the live stock interests of tho before tho holidays. Stato and to tho gradual improvement Tho girls will practico at tho audiof our agriculturo in all its phases; torium as soon as it is in readiness, and that wo do hereby heartily and ununtil "Farmers' Week" is ovor, when equivocally endorse tho energetic and tlioy can get back into tho gym again. persistent efforts on behalf of tho livo Thero will bo a lively scramble for stock interests of the State, of tho diposition among tho last year subs and rector of said Experiment Station and (Continued on Page 2) (Continued on Page 5) f record-breakin- g j ds Burk-holde- r,

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