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The Rio Grande rattler. ([McAllen], Hidalgo County, Tex.) 1916-1917, September 27, 1916, Image 1

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1 Good Boosters! C ircu latio n of T h e R a ttie r in S ignal B a t t’l. av e rag e s over 1 3 0 p e r cen t of to tal s tr e n g t h . Keep Your Rattler ______ File Complete! Editions exhausted Every The R a ttler Volume will be Valuable for F u ture -Reference. Published in the Field by the New York Division VOL. l .- N O . 6 HIDALGO COUNTY, TEXAS, SEPTEMBER 27, 1916, 8 PAGES PRICE FIVE CENTS N. Y. GUARDSMEN TO iTHE REGIMENT FROM VOTE ONJHE BORDER Sect’y. of State Francis M. Hugo Tells How Election Will Be Conducted BALLOT WILL BE EIGHT FEET LONG SUNNYTENNESSEE Latest Addition To New York Division A Separate Com­ pany Regiment. EXPERIENCED OFFICERS COMMAND (Special to The Rattler.) \Vc have received a eommunication from the Secretary of State, Francis M Hugo, which will be of great interest to the New York guardsmen on the Bor­ der as it clearly outlines the method of casting their ballots this fall and thus providing the opportunity for all to voice their choice for National, State and city offices. Bringing with him 40,000 ballots for .... ------ --- the use of the New York State troops ■on the Mexican Border at the coming election, Henry G. Adams, head of the Election Bureau of Secretary of State Francis M. Hugo’s office, will leave Albany on or about October 25th for Texas. In complying with the law governing an election among the troops -as in the present instance, double the number of ballots is required. A liber­ al estimate places the number of New York State troops which it is expected will be at the. bo 20 , 000 . )order in November at The ballot designed especially for the soldiers is a decidedly lengthy affair, a trifle over eight feet and the longest ever used^by decidedly measurin said to ^ ThefJ will be no/names oi vamm on tho ballots w'hicb Secretary Hugo is about to send to the Mexican Border. The offices to be filled will be printed on the ballot with a blank space be­ neath each. lu this blank space the soldier is to write the name of his pre­ ferred candidate. . . Lists in pamphlet form containing the names of every party from presideu- When the 2nd New York Infantry marched out of their camp at Phan last Wednesday and boarded the wait­ ing tourist sleepers that were scheduled to carry them back to New York they passed on the way a regiment that ha' just detrained from these same cars. Three rousiug cheers and thfen some were given by the veteran New York­ ers for the new comers to whom Pharr was a place of wonder and a joy-^-for a few weeks yet. This new unit, a late arrival in camp, is the 3rd Infantry of Tennessee, and now forms a part of the 6th Division. The regimental commander is Col. Cary F. Spence, a prominent merchant and' leading citizen of Knoxville. The Lieutenant-Colonel is James A. Gleason, the regimental adjutant, Capt. Thos. J. Wyrick, both of Knoxville. All three .of these officers are veterans of the Spanish-Americau War, Colonel Spenc^e having been adjutant of the Sixth L. S. Volunteers, while Colonel Gleason and Captain Wyrick were enlisted men in the Third and Fourth Tenuessee Regiments, respectively. The first battalion, traveling as first section reached Pharr at eleven o ’clock lasb Wednesday morning, ^ d wf ‘lowed iu a few liours by tUe three --- sections, bearing the second and third battalions and the Headquarters, Su] . jongest ever uocu uj aecuo** - — — — ibined national and state election. Liasb Wednesday morning, afid was toi •fj will be no/names of candidates ’lowed in a few liours by the three other ♦ions, bearing the second and th aliens and the Headquarters, Sup­ ply and Machine Gun Companies. As soon as the first battalion arrived the first battalion of the Second New York struck tents and made way for the Tennesseans. As the remainder of the Tennessee troops did not get in until night fall, the remaining New Yorkers did not vacate their quarters and the ■’ e nil jry party from pr< tlarelk-tors, state, judicial and legis- ...— . ... lative officers down to city, town aud, Tennesseans spent the light in “ dog w a r r furnished to ^he u uf When Mr. Adams arrives at either j >p]jg train equipment which brought McAllen or Pharr, he will go 'a t I Tenn. Regiment to the Border was --------- q - — • >nt t * ^ - n i L - A i i c u VI . . . . a n , — __ once to the commanding officcE . o Tc T-T a will go only that men be assigned to assist in the proper distribution of the election sup­ plies to the New York State soldiers m each of the two camps. Each Captain’s quarters will be a polling place unless otherwise desi^ia- ted for some particular reason. The election will be carried out m much the same manner as an ordinary one so far as clerks are concerned, but instead of the soldier entering the booth and mark ing his choice, ho will receive a large envelope in which there will be two ballots!^ One of these is to be used for ofiices to be filled. The other will contain the two propositions, namely, the $ 10 , 000,000 bond issue on the ae- _ nf lands in its f( sufficient to take away two batal- lions of the Second New York, as the athletic meet in Liiuin m? tui atuiviic ixi morning, beginning at ten o'clock, military tournament and mounted ents in the afternoon, including a ’ ’ 'onship d . 1 g ................ ... ...... ..ving built at southern end of the parade fights works displa^ _ ___ _ grandstand is now bei ” be filled'.’ The other will propo ye^ the other as to whether or not there Ihall be another constitutional conven- ' ‘ The BoWier will be permitted to take the envelope and the balloi it to his tent, the pamphlet andicli latter is almost up to war strength, ' while the Tenuessee command numbers only about eleven hundred men, there­ fore oue battalion of the New York Regiment did not get awmy until Satur­ day, as rolliug stock had to be brought from Houston. Oue battaUon ot the Third Tenuessee, the second, did not get into its new quarters until Saturday. To sfiy that the officei-s and men of the Tennessee contingent were pleas­ ed with their new home would indeed be stating it mildly for with the com­ fortable mess-shacks, the shower baths and the imposing Y. M. C. A. building, their camp seemed little short ox p feet to them. It was not long beti the men from Tennessee began to m. elc with their brothers from New York aud to become thoroughly acquainted indiugs. firm “IF WE HAD OUR CHOICE” Which Way is he Going? eleven liundred, it . having lost l>eavily I proposed teams nnmben^^^ from the physical examination after ‘'“ i. spaees with the names of those persons — e t l A n bear on US r t ‘!:rrdn?^\^“ausrc^r?h Jinllot The envelope will be deposited ^ of tL%wo hundred ballot boxes la with their new surroundings. North and South struck up - - - friendship at the start. I f the Northern inenusuip ni me oiuiv. veterans, to whom Border patrol is an old story, expected to find a green andi credulous body of men in the camp of the 3rd. Tenn., they were doomed to di \”iere tr supplies from Albany, u the polls will remain open ■ r S e polls are closed will be compared witn not less the the ?tban tb «n « lopeT w ill be eomimred ^ » to the ’>“” f V r ' ‘^V o r k troopjmay mean the I t ' y T d e f t S r/s^m e candidate rn ^ closely contested district. .CHAU.BNQE TO OFFICEBS. i^ e T w e n ty-third New “ Officers of u S., challenge J?eam’ o l“ fersi^rm n a n y f A S ' ? « n t y - t h i r a ; s Ball Grounds on .date to be selected. Liebmann, 'c a p t a in , A d jutant. SPECIAL t K ’ ent?r*e*D’w ision will be : S r s “ f t c o ^ « . v a « e r l 0 a. m. state has from Tennessee. They are an excellent and seasoned outfit who have beeu un­ der arms at their state mobilization camp since the 27th of June.^e moun­ tains of Tennessee do not breed raw recruits for every man that comes from the eastern part of handled a rifle ever to toddle. And —e ’ll mention t l..-. ------- The first battaUon is known back m Tennessee as the Knoxville battalion, being made up of two companies from that city, while the other companies are from Maryville and Benton, towns in the vicinity of Knoxville. The battal­ ion commander is Major Chas. W. Dyer, of Knoxville, who has been in the guard more than twenty years. .-eportiug to its mobilization camp. Upon the mobilization call last June, the regiment quickly gathered under the colors aud encamped at Cumberland Park, Nashville, where they expected to spend but a few days before entraining for the Border. As the days lengthened into weeks aud the weeks into months the Tenn­ esseans naturally felt slighted and ag­ grieved because they had been left be­ hind. While the boys in Texas were wouderiug when they would be order­ ed home, their brothers in Tennessee were speculating on'how much longer they would have to stay home. Dame Rumor found a warm welcome in both sections. But when the orders came for the 3rd proceed to the Border all discontent nishod aud the men received the com- witli full marching equipment lay designate the dU.. a hundred miles is alljthe ui that - ------ -- sver since he was able as for hiking—well, at later. El Pa»u «**>! ....— - - lance No. 1, and Field Ho: and with troop B, ambu- >spital No. Ij pauy and not from the entire regiment. Then when tho selected teams np, I’lit, the the distance. other side ma; Oue mile or a ^ ---- same to Col. Spence ami his men. ine wrestling challenge is a blanket den for the 3rd have their champions th^t are willing to meet all comers on the mat. Chairman of sports committee take notice. There is just one other little thing. ’ - ------- iroduct that 18 not school geog- it deal The moon mar shine I f T e n i l In i t reports. The moon may shine and bright in Texas but the moon- } of Tennessee is of a finer ana niand to break camp with a hearty roar ‘ first the orders read XW. - ----------- spitL.. the 3rd entrained for the designated city. The 1st aud 3rd Tenn. Inf. were en route to El Paso. At New Orleans the 3rd. received orders to proceed to .,<.cAllen and it was not until their ar­ rival at Houston that they learned that Pharr was to be their Border home Now that they have finally reached their destination they hopo to settl down and begin soldiering m earnest and woe be to the High Command that drags them away from the Rio Grande ifore they have had a S S S S H l the way, at the recent election m his state, was elected County has been to busy working for Uncm Sam to take over the office. The com­ panies comprising the second battahon are from Bristol, Johnson City, Ehza .,.h ton and Han.p^n,^ Hat^ bethton aud Hampton. •ay is also a vetera vice' in the :-e they 1 ----- that the 3rd Tenn. is fine.” “ finest c Teauessoaus are not usually grveu to S a r e for tho 3rd. have a justi- I tuned iors or even peers in any fields. And indeed they hu .- _ fiable pride in their band which up soon after their arrival and „ the neighboring c^mps aud natives n sure-enough concert. Col. shine of Tenne.^— - , - more invigorating quality. The 3rd Tennessee is composed entire­ ly from men of the mountains and val­ leys of East Tennessee. Many of them being descendants of men who foug at the battle of King’s Mountain. Dur­ ing the Civil War East Tennessee fur­ nished as many men to the as was furnished to the Confederate army. In the Spanish-Amerxean war East Tennessee alone furnished »,0 men.. Tennessee well deserves its name as the “ Volunteer State,” for accord­ ing to the population, no state has had more soldiers to volunteer in any of our ' wars than Tennessee. HORSEBEBAKING IN CAMP Several horses have arrived in the corral of tho 23rd Regt. of these unbroken horses and mad good saddle horses of them m very short order. MAIOR GEN. FUNSTON TO REVe DIVISION Will Make a Tour of Inspec­ tion of Entire Brownsville District FIRST BORDER'mTl SINCE RAIDS Everyone in the York Division will welcome the news that Ma.ior- General Frederick commanding the Southern Department, United States Army, and in command of all the troops on the Border, is expected to visit this part of the Border some time this w^K, to review all the troops in the Browns­ ville District. It is expected that General Funston will go first to Brownsville review all thf troops stationed till GREATEST OF ALL FRON­ TIER ANDJIEID DAYS. Saturday to Be Biggest Day In South-Western Texas. GOV. FERGUSON TO BE HONOR GUEST To the folks back home, next Satur­ day will simply he September .30th, but to the entire New York Division and all of Southern Texas it will be Fron­ tier and Field Day—the biggest event of its kind ever launched in this coun­ try. We have heard of and seen many Frontier Days in the past, the annual one at Cheyenne included, but from point of spectacle, and the numbers par­ ticipating Now York’s grand event on the Texas Border will eclipse them all. Not only will oveV half of the Division do their share as active participants, but every ranch, from Sterling’s to'^the Northern part of the Lone Star State, will send its quota of men and horses to compete for the Grand Ranch Prize. Governor James E. Ferguson of the State of Texas, will be the guest of honor at this great occasion. Thera will be the- morning a milit events _ „ Wild West show, and championsh ^ prize fights and vaudeville, and fire- ming. A large built at the Division Headqnartersi ____ __ seat, when finished, over three thous­ and persons. Reserved seat tickets, selling at seventy-five cents, and twen­ ty-five cent general admission tickets are now on sale. Visitors are expected from all over the southern part of Texas. Mr. H. W. Pinnick, General Agent Passenger De­ partment of the Gnlf Coast Lines has arranged for a large number of excur­ sion trains to be run to McAllen from all points along the road, including Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Ft. Sam Fordyce ind other centers in order that ■’ great numbers of soldiers from jhboring Divisions and the many .....lians who plan to attend may be accomodated. Segeant M. A. Hart, mounted order­ ly to Major General O’Ryan, first con­ ceived the plan of a Frontier Day for the New York Division. Within a short space of time the Sergeant se­ cured official permission and had gen­ eral and special committees appointed. The Major General heartily sanctioned the scheme from the start and has ac­ tively co-operated with the committee­ men in insuring the success of the ven­ ture. All the preliminary arrangements, and they were almost infinite in num­ ber, were completed by Sergeant Hart alone. For the past month he has un­ doubtedly been the busiest man in the whole Division, for besides his work at McAllen he has visited all the ranches in the surrounding country and secured many entrants for the Wild West events. Sergt. Hart cannot be outclassed as a promoter even by the man who first visualized the Panama- Pacific Exposition. Lieutenant F. J. McCann, aide to tho Major General, is the treasurer of Frontier Day and Lieutenant H. Leroy Whitney, aide to Brigadier General McNair, is chairman of the General Committee. Both have be^ indefa­ tigable workers with Sergt. Hart. Off courseourse everyoneeryone hass seenen ann ath-­ O c ev ha se a ath letic meet but the one that is Beheduled for next Saturday will be more athletic and more unique than the average. Beside the usual 100-yard dashes and The^third battalion has headquarters id its commande^ 18 these lines to jiiinames • [Division. about I Tho o„,v stipulatiou ho otahoo . . that natives a sure-enough concert. Col. Spence admits that his boys have yet to prove their preeminence in hiking and wrestUng but Issues a challenge in both these lines to all other regiments m the at San Benito, the troops _at Mercede^s, General Lewis’ brigade at all the Western horses used by troop C of Brooklyn under the Dwight C. Bcnham of the Miles City Sales Co. of Miles City, Mont. “ published at Odd Places in Texas” 'dares The Rattler^s heading. Deeid- dedares edly odd; opines B. than the BesKic me uauju 100-yard da.^— — - distance events, novelty contests such at? Athletic Chairman Corporal Ban- \ ■ \ ' smiles in a A, The Battler riall.T, we of th e ^ ot hope to see me gr have th ? Southern Department^a^^^ ^ the opportunity of igagth \ r f IS** of t r D & ! \ w r f r e g?ad sudi opportunity has arrived. OH. DOCTOR! Surgeon; Private Smith is suffer- A K h ” t “ t a “'omplaint! sSgeon: “ Iwannagohome. non of the 7th Inf.^ i know- . __ *\%£k Uftfl ot the late James E. called the father of American Athlet­ ic , and for many years of the A. A. U. Stacey Sullivan him­ self has followed in his father s foot- - •* ' - - n o A t i v m v eOT ___ college - - - -'f 'itarv tournament, par- ; of all units. iteps and'has been actively connceted with athletic affairs both with and since graduation, als will be awarded to all events. Beside the regi Cups the ■ at -- winners of rimental reviews of the afternoon a ™»‘tary tournament, par- tidnated in bv members of all units. w?U^be given.' This will .?/ waU scaling, competitive artiUeg ^ n lb ” (Continued on Page 5)

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