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You Belong to THE NEW YORK DIVISION So Does THE RATTLER I t ’s Y O U R P a p e r “THE RAHLER is a Credit to the boys who publish it 'week­ ly at odd places in Texas’ ” VOL. l.-N O . 7 Published in the Field by the New York Division HIDALGO COUNTY, TEXAS. OCTOBER 4. 191 g T 8 PAGES PRICE FIVE CENTS The Strength of the Wolf is the Pack, but the Strength ot the Pack Wolf FRONTIER DAY PRONOUNCED GREATEST EVENT IN TEXAS Soldiers and Cow Boys loin in Entertaining Thousands of Visitors— McAllen Gets Greatest Throng in History of Town THE RED LETTER DAY ON THE SOUTHERN MEXICAN BORDER F i e ld and F r o n t i e r D ay- is now a th in g of th e p a s t b u t in th e h isto r y ot the N e w Y o rk D ivision it w ill be re ­ corded as th e b i g g e s t d a y on th e B o r ­ der, b i g fro m th e sta n d p o i n t o f m em . ■bers, en th u s iasm , and resu lts. N o t on­ ly did th e e n ti r e D ivision tu r n out for th e d a y ’s e n te r ta i n m e n t b u t every re­ g im e n t from R io G r a n d e t o B r o w n s v ille c o n tr ib u ted its q u o ta of m en and offi cers. A n d i t w a s also a d a y w h e n the civ ilian po p u latio n of th e V a lley a t ­ ten d e d en m asse, w e a r in g its best clothes an d h o lid a y smile. T h e m o rning o f S a tu r d a y , S e p tem b e r 30th, daw n e d b r i g h t an d clear w ith enough o f a zest and tin g le to th e air to rem in d one of an early au tu m n day back hom e. A t au early h o u r t h e g r e a t in f l u x o f v i s ito r s l>fgan ^to a r r i v e in M c A llen by lu m b e r in g c a r t s , a u to ­ tru c k s , jitn e y s , reg u lar autom o b iles, horse-back, special tra i n , an d on foot. From all over t h e V a lley th e y cam e fo r a h o liday h a d been declared in every tow n and cam p alo n g th e line. N e v e r w a s M c A llen so crow'deil as on S a tu r- •day m o rning. The s tr e e ts w e re jam m e d ■ind th e :rer<’h a n ts r«*aped a rich h a r .' v e s t f rom th e lib e r a l v i s ito r s fo r ev e r y ­ one w a s o u t to spend m o n e y and have th e beat tim e o b tain a b le. Soldiers, M e x icans, cow b o y s, rancheros, senori- tas, and N o r th e r n to u r i s ts m e t and m ingled on th e n a r r o w sidew a lks of M a in S t r e e t . T h e re w a s an in f e c tiv e h o lilay sp irit in th e a i r and few cases o f d iso r d e r w e re rep o r ted . A t th e s ta t io n each hour b r o u g h t a special tra i u from som e w h e re dow n the lin e and th e r e w a s as m uch bustle and tu m u l t o f th e railro a d term in a l, b u t as little real confusion, as one m ig h t see in a c i t y ten tim e s t h e size of M c A llen. B y n i n e - t h irty th e road to th e p a rad e •grounds in fro n t of D ivision Hea<iquar- ters w a s sw a r m in g w ith tra f f i c and o u t­ side of th e tw o tic k e t offices leading to th e grountls long queues of soldiers and civ ilian s w a ited fo r ad m ittan c e . T h e d r il l g r o u n d s hail been converted in to an im m e n se stailium . S u rrounded b y a w a ll of can v a s and w ith th e new ­ ly co n s tr u c ted g r a n d sta n d a t tw e side.s, th e place hail all tlie appearance of a college cam p u s before th e b iggest fo o tb a ll gam e of t h e season. T h e large stan d s w e re soon filled to c a p a c ity and the overflow d istrib u t e d around the rest of th e field. S till th e eiow d continued to arriv e . Those th a t w e re forced to w a i t in fo r some tim e e n te r ta i n e d th e m s e l'.^ - ^ . b y song. N e v e r w a s t h e r e such a godlK n a tu r e d th ro n g . The M ilita r y P o l i ^ had few cases of diso r d e rly conduct ou th e i r hands. L i e u te n a n t M o rgan of th e M c A llen d e tach m e n t had an au g ­ m e n ted p a tr o l placed around the grounds and in th e sta n d b u t th e y Jiad little to do b u t en jo y them s e lves. O live d r a b w a s th e p r e v a ilin g color tone o f th e g r a n d s ta n d s w ith h e re and th e r e a g a y e r no te in th e b r ig h t colored dresses of th e ladies. Y o u r M e x ic a n g r a n d e dam e w a s on liam l w e a r in g her festiv e reg a l ia w ith all th e san g froiil o f a d e b u ta n t e a t h e r firs t H o rse Show. The audience w a s as iiite r ^ t i u g as the ex h ib itio n in th e aren a . Cowboys from th e n e ig h b o r in g ran c h e s clanked ab o u t in th e i r m o v ing p ictu r e h a b il. m e n ts o f high-lieeled boots w ith s t u f f ­ ed in tro u s e rs, b r ig h t spurs, sport sh ir ts , d u s ty S tetso n s and g a y silk n e c k e r c h iefs, n o t fo r g e t ti n g th e in e v ­ ita b l e pearl-h a n d led six-shooters, c a r e ­ lessly slung from th e i r hips. M a n y or them sw a n k e d and posed before the ad m irin g soldiers from u p N o r th b u t m o st of them had th e eng a g in g insouci­ ance and th e self-unconciousness of your tru e ran c h gentlem a n . The m o rning w a s given over to a t h ­ letic ev e n ts in w h ich a larg e num b e r of e n tra n ts from th e v a rio u s regim e n ts of t h e D ivision com p e ted fo r th e prize. The d e tails of t h e m e e t w ith th e nam e s of the p r ize w in n e rs a r e given m an ­ o th e r colum n . . In th e aftern o o n th e m ilita r y , ‘co u n t ­ ed and W ild W e s t ev e n ts w e re heUI. The m o r n i n g ’s crow d , retu r n e d from luiudi, w a s augm e n ted by m a n y h u n d ­ red m ore v isto r s w h o a r r i v e d on the early a f tern o o n tra i n s . O v e r six thou- fine th ro u g h o u t th e day. The a ir was cool enough to m a k e th e w e a r ing of coats com f o r table, w h ic h was a g r e a t blessing to th e o f f icers who w e re fo r c ­ ed to don blouses by order of th e W a r D e p a r tm e n t. T h e C a v a lry anil A r tillery events w e re in te r e a tin g and in s tr u c tiv e b u t it w a s in th e G ram l .Melee, in w h ic h jiicked m en from S q u a d ­ ron A and th e 1st C a v a lry p a r ­ ticip a ted , th a t th e crow d especially delighted. W e a ring m a s k s and padded h e a d g e a r w ith long paper-string plum e s, th e com b a tants, ten to a side, charged fiercely a t each o th e r on horse­ back and slaslicd aw a y a t th e stream ­ ers w ith wooden swords. Tlie 1st , C a v a lry won th e fig h t a f t e r d e p riv in g ! m o st of tlieir opiionents of th e i r green plumes. The W ild and AVooly W e st jirovod not to be so very w ild and the only wool about it w a s th a t w hich was pull­ ed over th e te n d e r f o o t ’s eyes. The bronchos w e r e n ’t broncking enough to su it t h e audience and th e cleverest rid ­ in g w a s n o t ilone b y th e professional W e s tern bu s ters, b u t b y tw o m em b e rs of The N. y . D l ’. ’.: .H a tha­ w a y of t h e find F ield A r tillery and J o e l H o o k e r o f th e 1st C a v a lry. H o w e v e r I t h e w reckage, upon w a itin g au to trucks, th e audience g o t th e i r m o n e y 's w o r t h ] As soon as th e ground was cleared and seem e d to be well satisfied a s ■ th e are n a w a s arran g e d fo r t h e novelty th e r e w a s a lo t to see and a lo t to en- \ race. T h ree h e a ts were run o f f and joy. Tw o m ilitary bands m ade things ] then th e fin a l. E a c h co n testan t was lively w ith a continuous concert. | m o u n te d and a t a given signal gallojied m a d ly down tiie course, picked a lemon FORCING OF THE RIO GRANUOSSINGS Interesting Field Exercises By Infantry and Cavalry THOROUGHLY E M O BY TROOPS The In f a n tr y B rigade a t McAllen, coinniancled by B rigadier General Les­ ter, reinforced by a battalion of the Second Field A rtillery, Squadron A, Cavalry, one company of engineers, one signal company and Ambulance Com­ pany Num b er Three, last ■week com­ pleted the exercise referred to in a recent issue of The R a ttler. A few days later the In f a n t r v B ri­ gade at P h a rr, commanded by B rigadier General W ilson, reinforceii in a sim ilar manner, engaged in a sim ilar exercise. In each instance the march was to the Rio G rande for the purpose of securing crossings of the river for the passage of the rem a inder of the Division in or­ der t h a t the Division m ight co-oi>erate w ith the Green forces on the other side in the defeat of the Tied forces. In each instance the Reds were represented by a squadron of cavalry on this side of the river, p a r t of the advance guard of a Red Division m arching on Revnosa from th e South and East, The First B rigade exercise resulted in the capture of H idalgo by the Blue airy, reinforced by in f a n tr y of the street sand people hail passed tlie w ick e ts be­ fore tw o o ’clock. Tlie can teen s and tw o o ’cloc k . TJie pop-corn stan d s , sjirinkled arouuil field , did a lan d o f fice business, m e boys w ith tlic p e a n u ts an d program s w e re as busy as th e i r N e w Y o rk b r o ­ th e r s a t th e Polo G rounds ou a teatur- <iav aftern o o n . T h e w e a th e r coiitm u e il W h e re all th a t v a s t crow d dined is a m y s tery w h ic h w ill probably rem a in unsolved. E v e r y resta u r a n t , short-or­ der house, canteen, lunch w a g o n and grocery store w a s jam m e d to th e doors and th e stream of hungry v isito r s was still w it h o u t end. A lthough m a n y of th e soldiers who had come from d is­ ta n t cam p s w e re forced to leave early to arriv e honie by “ t a p s ” the crow d th a t retu r n e d to the field fo r t h e even­ ings en te r ta i n m e n t w a s as larg e as t h a t w h ic h g a th e r e d th e r e in th e afternoon. The fifind E n g ineers opened th e ev­ e n i n g ’s show w ith a firew o r k s display th a t also possessed m u ch m ilita r y in ­ tere s t fo r it ex h ib ited th e new e s t th in g ill tren c h - lig h tin g bom b s, which, wlien exploded above the field , held a pow ­ erfu l m agnesiuin fla r e suspended by tw o p a rach u tes and lig h ted up uot only th e e n tire field b u t all th e cam p sur­ rounding u n til the w ind w a f ted them over tow a rd M exico. W ith these lights in p i a c t ic a l operation, no enem y can -bope to m a k e a surprise n ig h t a tt a c k I o u r positions. A m am m o th vau d e v ille entertain - ■^.licnt and tw o cham p ionship prize f ig h t s ”Aere the e v e n in g ’s share of th e big The b a n d of the new c o m ers to the^ D ivision, th e 3rd Tenn. In f., fu r n ­ ished th e m u sic fo r th e occasion. “ Traps’ ’ w a s fo rg o tten ou th is n ig h t a t 'le a s t and it w a s n e a rly eleven o ’clock w h e n F ield and F r o n ti e r D a y w a s bro u g h t to a close. N o program of such m a g n itude could be com p le te d w ith o u t a few in e v itab le hitches b u t it is to th e cred it of t h e com m ittees in charg e th a t the a f f a i r w a s conducted in such an efficie n t aud orderly m a n ­ ner. T h e g r e a t e s t p r a ise fo r the suc­ cess of F r o n ti e r D a y can be safely bo- .stowed upon L i e u ten a n t H. L e roy W h itney, aide to B r ig a d ier G e n e ral M cNaii;, th e C h a irm a n of th e general com m ittee. H e w a s the m an who by bis tireless energy, ab u n d a n t patience, and adm irable common sense, m ade F ield and F r o n tier D a y live up to spe­ cificatio n s as “ the B o r d e r ’s B iggest D a y ” and to him and the otliers who w o rked h e a r t and soul w ith him fo r t h e p a s t m o n th the praise and th a n k s of the e n tire N e w Y o rk D ivision is due. (F o r an account of the m o rn in g ’s a th letic m e e t see sporting page.) 22nd Engineers Build Bridge. The opening num b e r of the afternoon perform a n c e w a s a b r idge building ex­ hibition bv t h e fifind E n g ineers. I t wa.s quite a .sizeable and serviceable struc- from a stak e — the lem o u s did not grow on th e posts but- w e re sim p ly placed th e r e — a u d galloped back ag a in to the s t a r t i n g point w h ere;.lie dropped it in a pail. Tu all th e r e were fo u r lemons to be thus singly gath e r e d up and then the horsem a n tucked th e pail under his arm am i spurred his horse down to the end of th e field w h e re he quickly don­ ned a long w h ite robe and a stra w hat.' Then, arm e d w ith a broom am i the pail, and a tt i r e d as the AVitch of En- (ior, he rode like the w ind back to the sta r ti n g and fin ish in g post, if he was lucky enough not to drop any of his spoils. The audience derived a g r e a t deal of a m u sem e n t from the novelty race and h e a rtily applauded the w inner, W. B. E a ton, of Squadron A, who rode like a C e n taur and displayed no little clev­ erness in picking lem ons on the fly. The ball and spoon race, another m o tinted event, w a s som e w h at sim ilar. The co n testan ts w e re obliged to circle the field a t a galloi> and keep a Icniou balanced in a spoon w h ic h t h e y held in an ou tstretch e d hand. The p e n a lty for dropping th e lemon w a s to retu r n to the post and s t a r t all over^ Needless to say the event aroused m u ch m e r r i- , m e n t in tlie stands, especially when a MAJOR GEN. FUNSTON REVIEWS DIVISION Entire Detachment at Mc­ Allen Parade Sunday Morning DEPARTMENT COMMANDER PLEASED feel tn r e th a t th e y erected in fifte e n m ir- u tes and w'hile the audience w a tched, expecting to see i t carted aw a y aud put to some good use over one o f the m any canals around cam p , out rushed the DornoUtion Squad and plan ted dy­ n a m ite under tw o of i t s supports. The Iiluugcr w a s pushed down and th e r e was a h e a v v explosion. F o r a m o m ent the scene w a s obscured by a dense cloud of sm oke, dust and debris, but as i t clear­ ed aw a v the crow d gaspeil eith e r l a a-.- m iratio n or dism a y , fo r the beau tifm liriilge w a s w reekcrl beyond any repair. O u t rushed another squad and piled I ud horsem a n would get w ithin ten t of the fin ish in g line before the citru s tum b led to the ground. D u ryea, M a c h ine Gun Co. of Squadron A, car­ ried o f f the honors in th is race. So fa r it looked lik e Squadron A fo r the whole afternoon b u t in the M elee Con­ test, which is described in another col­ um n , th e 1st C a v a lry retriev e d itself. F irst Cavalry Shows Skill. The fea t u r e of the afternoon was the rough .and fan c y rid in g of a picked squad from the 1st C a v a lry in the Monkey’ D rill. U n d e r the leadership of L ieu ten a n t B lack “ of Troop D, they w o rked like one iuan, each doing hia tu rn in p e rf e c t unison w ith the others. T h e ir twO-horse w o rk in special drew fortli the ajiplause of th e crow d for some d a rin g f e a t s of horsem a n ship -u’ere surprisingly well executed. A n o ther squad of fifteen m en from the find F ield A r tillery follow e d them on the field and also perform e d some c r e d it­ able equestrian stunts, although the heavy a r t i ll e r y horses were h a rdly as well suited fo r th a t kind of a drill as were the cavalry horses. Ben AA'allis of t h e 3rd Tennessee next occupied the stag e and to the g r e a t sur­ prise of all perform e d a fe a t of sti-ength the like of w h ic h h a d never before been seen in any camp, fo r he succeeded in inilling a heavy com b a t wagon fi distance of tYventy fee t w ith Ills teeth. H a r d ta c k can hold no te r ­ rors fo r th is husky m o lared young m an troni Tennessee. A section from B a t te r y D of the 1st F ield won the prize f o r the best uppe ance and m o st expert d r iving in co petition w ith six other sectioii.s from ery. Bri- vir, coni- nm n d iiig the A r tillery B rigade, Yvas the the 1st aud find Field A r till gadior G e n e ral AV. S. .\tcN a (C o n tinued ou page 5.) L a s t Sunday m o rning a t nine o'clock, M a jor G e n e ral F rederick F u n s ton re­ viewed the detachm e n t of the New Y o rk D ivision a t M cAllen. The long expected v isit of the com m a n d e r of the Southern D e p a rtm e n l was heralded last week by The R a ttler aud aroused a g r e a t deal of in terest in the officers aiui m en of the division. The presence of the M a jor-G e n e ral was eagerly aw a ited aud when i t becam e know n on S a tu rd a y th a t he ■was com ing the iicyvs was received w ith g r e a t acclaim as all wera decidedly anxious to show the coiniiiander how fa r th e Now Y o rk D ivision had pro­ gressed o n .th e road to becom ing au ef­ ficien t p a r t of the arm y under his com­ mand. G e n e ral F u n s ton arrived Saturday a fternoon a t M cAllen in the p r ivate car of J. S. P y e a tt, president aud gen­ eral m a n a g e r of the G u lf Coast Lines. Ho w a s aceoinikanied by his Aide, C a p tain F itzhugh Lee/ M a jor General O ’R y a n m et t h e D e p a rtm e n t Command­ er a t th e M cA llen statio n and escorted him to th e parade grounds a t Division H e a d q u a r ters Yvhere the a f tern o o n ’s events of F ield and F r o n tier D ay were being held. G e n e ral F u n s ton w a s an in terested spectator throughout the a f ­ ternoon and seemed to thoroughly en­ joy the program of sports. G e n e ral Fuiiston«^n F r id a y reviewed all the troops stationed a t Brownsville and v icin ity and w a s considerably im ­ pressed by the excellent showing made by the m ilitia troops. A f ter S u n d a y ’s review of the New Y o rk D ivision he expressed Ids pleasure a t the soldierly appearance and efficiency of the guardsm e n from the Em p ire S tate. The review Yvas held a t the A rtill F ield w h e re the form e r review of B gadier G eneral P a r k e r took place. All u n i ts of the detachm e n t a t McAllen p a rticipated. The G eneral was especi­ ally interested in P a c k T rain No. 19, as G e n e ral P e r s h in g ’s experiences in M exico have shoYvn th is branch of the service to be of utm o s t im p o rtance. A g r e a t num b er of the citizens of the V a liev who had come to McAllen fo r F r o n tier D a y stayed over to atten d the revieYv and m ade an enthusiastic and surprised audience who “ d id n ’t think the m ilitia had it in th e m .” In the afternoon G e n e ral Funston, accom p anied by M a jor G eneral O 'R y ­ an, visited th e troops a t P h a r r. L a ter in the day the Southern D e p a rtm e n tal Commander left w ith his p a r ty fo r Corpus C h risti, where he planned to spend M o n d ay. D u ring the rem a inder of the week G e n e ral Funston will ui- spect other vifcits in the Brownsville district. THE HORSE WILL BE KING SATURDAY Horse Show Another Feature At Division Camp at Mcilllen IN CHARGE Of THE FIRST CAVALRY AVith the F ir s t C a v a lry Border horse show a t the new C a v a lry grounds only a few days off, there is unusual interest on the part of horse lovers in this com­ ing affair. A t the F r o n tier gam es last Saturday there were surprise.? in the w ay of re- m arkalde horsem anship on the }>art of the Cavalrym en aud this is continuing next Saturday a t the horse show. Spec­ ial grounds are being laid out near the model camp and the comm ittee are spending every energy to complete the sm allest detail to m ake this a huge it- grounds in m arvel and on the day of the lery Bri- success. The Cavalry self is show will be throw n open to every or­ ganization aud the citizens of Texas for a thorough inspection. E v e rything, from the beautiful main street to the corrals will be in spink ami .span. Those who have not visited the cam p before will wonder how such a m ilitary camp could be so attractive. M a n y entries have come in ou the last few days ami there is such a large en­ tree to some classes th a t elim ination will be necessary. The class f o r enlisted men is the ino.st popular also the class for officer’s ^hargers ami the jum p ing classes. There will be a large field for for the m ounted relay ami this event will be hard fought from start to finish Each en tr a n t will have four mounts, riding each one a quarter of a mile dis­ m o u n ting aii<l changing horses a t the end of each relay. M any of the rough riding squad of the C a v a lry have enter­ ed and Squadron A will attem p t to low­ er the colors of the F irst in this spirited race. The rescue race will also be in­ teresting from the sp e c tato r ’s point of ” ‘Dg ill It cavalry , reinforced by i n f a n tr y o f th e advanced guard, a: fighting in wMch the Red cavalry was. driven off. The Blue brigade command- then determ ined th a t in order to secure the crossings he would cross the river and ilrive back Red forces report­ ed to be on the opposite side. His plan was to cover the ferry at H idalgo and the cavalry ford one h a lf mile be­ low Hidalgo, by a fire attack while the engineer company conipIete<l a flying ferry for the crossing at Hidalgo. As the rules of the exercise required, the B rigade Commander to sim u late nothing, the engineer company actually constructed the ra f t while the troops were disposed to make the attack. AVhen tlie physical crossing was about to be made; General O ’Ryan, as chief control officer created a situation on the other side of the river th a t made it im p rac­ ticable to attem p t the' crossing. This — - -'ceessi e s s a r y in onler not to violate nlhtion which prohibits soldiers crossing tlie Rio Grande-^ T he Red divi­ sion had theoretically • Come up. The Bine brigade, therefore, held on to their was ne the regt dn g rigadc, tnererore , position to aw a it the arrival of the re­ m ainder of the Blue division. AVh'ile w a iting they were perm itted to go into □ til six the following bivouac morning. D uring the night im a g inary Red eavalrv- on the Mexican side of the river moved north along the turn of the river north of H idalgo and threatened a crossing in rear of the position of the Blue brigade, and hence a w ithdraw a l of the Blue brigade became necessary. This was begun the follow ing m orning a t seven a. m. w ith the r§al Red cavalry squadron representing tile Reds. The w ithdraw a l from the river attack was most intere.sting, particularly for Hue cavalry, field artillery and in- y assigned to the rear guard. In the exercise conducted by General AVilson's brigade a t Pharr, the attem p t­ ed crossings were made at H idalgo and Capote. Each days exercise was eon- eluded by a most profitable critique conducted by the Division Commander. The main criticism m ade concerned the technique of operation orders— the occasional absence of clarity in onie the ailoptioii of correct technique (th e Blue cavalry , li ssigned to th e re a r guard . fantr^ to t^aptaiii H o w lett and C a p tain K ii of the com m ittee spent several days San Antonio selei the prizes, will be a great incentive for every man to have his horse in the best condition. There is a money prize fo r the mule team classes and for the other classes, cups, a bridle, leather puts, locker trunks anti such things t h a t will appeal to the enlisted man will constitute the prize list. A rrangem e n ts are underw a y for the removal of part of the grand stand from the Division H e a d q u a rters field aud provisions are m ade for handling a large crowd. Each contestant will be num bered aud siiectators will have no trouble follow ing the results of every The entries from the Thir<l U. S. Cavalrv. Squadron A, anil the Field A rtilleries have ad<k’d m a terially to the (Contimied ou page 5.) insure a m eeting of the minds betw een commauder and subordinates as to the plan, and the part each was to play in its execution. The troops all enjoyed the e.xercise. The m arch s e c u rity and discipline of the Ifith In f a n tr y occasioned m any fav o r ­ able comments from the Control Offi- HOME ORDERS FOR FIRST FIELD ARTILLERY Orders have- been received th a t the F ir s t Field A rtillery are to return to New York S tate for m u ster out as soon as their field firing has been completed. The artillery range at L a Gloria ha.s ju s t been completed and th e regim ent will hold this practice during the next two weeks. SAFETY FIRST. Mrs. Flatbush— AVhere’s your hus­ band these days? M rs. B e n souhurst—H e ’s gone to the front w ith his regiment. W h at, to fig h t ? ” Oh no, he w o n ’t have to fight.H e ’s ’— E xchange. “ Oh no, 1 officer.''

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