Holding its bridgehead on the Rhine, the Second Division has settled down to the work and play of garrison duty in a foreign land.
Its thoughts and its aspirations, its humor and its wit are being put into print. The result is The Indian. This is the first number.
Every week The Indian will appear, be distributed and sold. In many cases, after having been read, it will be mailed home. It will keep the boys posted upon official and unofficial events in the division. It will show the folks back home that the duty of holding one of the bridgeheads of civilization is not so bad after all.
This magazine is the "division's own." Officers and men are supplying all the talent. The publication has a permanent staff. There are editors. There are staff linotype operators who set the type and "pull the proofs." Staff proofreaders read and correct these proofs. The staff cartoonist acts as art editor. The staff business manager is responsible for the circulation, and attends to the collections.
All cuts are made by a firm in Cologne from the drawings submitted. These drawings are carried to Cologne by a special staff courier, who brings back the metal cuts from which the pictures are made. The magazine is printed and bound in Neuwied.
There is only one thing that has anything to do with the quality of paper used—the German market. The magazine will be printed each week upon the very best grade of paper that can be obtained.
So much for the magazine itself, and the reasons for its publication. Now a few words to the officers nd men concerning their part in the work of making it.
To begin with, no man who has anything on his mind need hesitate to write it down and send it to The Indian office. If it can be used it will be put into the magazine. If it is not just what is wanted—no matter—try again. Send in "care G-2, Headquarters Second Division."
Now concerning artists and cartoonists. The division is chuck full of men who can draw. Some can cartoon; others, as will be seen from time to time, are artists with the pen along other lines. The work of these men will appear in The Indian from time to time.
There is one thing to be remembered: The Indian staff can sit down and produce the entire publication, but has no intention of doing so. The officers and men of the division are writing and illustrating this magazine. They are sending in their stories and pictures every day. If you want your orginization [sic] to be represented, send in yours.
There is no set time for sending in the stories and pictures. When they arrive in a steady stream. as they are now doing, the linotype machines and the office force are kept busy all the time, and that is as it should be.