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The Rio Grande rattler. ([McAllen], Hidalgo County, Tex.) 1916-1917, October 11, 1916, Image 1

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.1 ^ : 't -Jl '• ; V 3^' ;: is' D o n ’t forget to Send T h e R a ttler H o m e E v e ry week Next Week A Special Cavalry Number Order y o u r copy now Published in the Field by the New York Division VOL. 3 .-^NO. 8 HIDALGO COUNTY, TEXAS, OCTOBER 11, 1916, 8 PAGES PRICE FIVE CENTS ‘The Strength of the Wolf is the Pack, but the Strength of the Pack is the Wolf” 3RD. FIELD ARTILLERY ARRIVES IN CAMP 1st Battalion, 22nd. Eng. And Other Units Receive Entraining Order RECALL SCHEDULE NOT COMPLETE BLUE RIBBON EVENTS DRAW CROWDS 1ST. CAVALRY HORSE SHOW 3 DAY SUCCESS Col. DeBevoise’s Charger Wins Grand Prize Over Other Entrants The first section of the 3rd' N. Y. Field A rtillery, Col. D. W. Hand, U. S. A. commanding, detrained at McAllen early Monday morning. This new ar­ tillery regiment which was formerly the 65th Infantry of Buffalo, has been at Camp W hitman all summer. I t is equipped with the new 4.7 howit­ zer, tw enty-four guns in all to the regi­ ment. The long trip from New York had not lessened the enthusiasm of the officers and men in the 3rd for they are looking j eagerly forw a rd to Border service. All were in high spirits when they stepped out of their tourist sleepers and had their f ir s t look at the McAllen encamp­ ment. The second and third sections were following close behind them. The artillery regiment will pitch their tents on the old camp site of the 1st Cavalry and remain there until the 1st Field Artillery stakes its departure. Then the 3rd will move to the grounds evac­ uated by the l.st. The 1st A rtillery, although it reeeiv-s ed its home orders ten days ago, will not leave for New York until after it completes its target practice at the La Gloria range, where the regiment is at present encamped. Meanwhile the roll­ ing stock th a t brought the 3rd to Mc­ Allen will rem ain at this station until it is decided which unit shall be the first to return to New York. The choice lies between the 1st F. A. and the other organizations th a t have already receiv­ ed their orders. These units are the 1st B a ttalion of the ,22nd Engineers, the 1st Field Hos­ pital and the 1st Ambulance Company of Binghamton and were included in the last schedule prepared by M ajor General Funston a t San Antonio. AU State Camps Emptied by Order. % The latest order issued from the War Departm ent started ten thousand guardsmen toward the Border and 'wiU ’exhaust the supply of troops in the mo­ bilization camps of the various states. When any regiments now on the Border not mentioned in the new schedule aro . ordered home,, there will be no fresh troops on hand .to take their places. It is expected th a t the next order for troop movement will be the signal for the early w ithdrawal of practically the entire Guard from the Border states. This order, it is believed in official cir- cles, will follow the closing of the ses­ sions of the Mexiean-American Commis­ sion if some definite plan for Border control i.s agreed upon by the Commis­ sioners. Schedule of Troop Recall Not Complete. There is much significance to be a t­ tached to the fact th a t General Fun­ ston has not yet announced the comx>lete schedule of troop recall under the last levy. No infantry regiment has yet been designated in the New York Di­ vision for return home and muster out of the Federal service, and until the Southern Departm ent Headquarters a San Antonio announces th a t it nas completed its schedule there is reason to believe th a t still another JN. Y. regiment will receive its entraining orders. The other units mentioned above will depart as soon as sufficient rolling stock has been secured. The 3rd Field rn 'iw ill take of the le t FieW Hospital from Brooklyn is expected at atmosphere of expectancy in quarters th a t augers well for the p of ai? early homecoming for a . Other Troops A ffected by ^ew Order. The other organizations ordered home arc as follow sf Second Kansas Infan Bathed in a cloud of dust which made the several thousand spectators even w h iter than the wnite painted stanchions and railings, the 1st Caval­ ry Horse Show opened Friday after­ noon with colors flying. Mere than 450 entries w6re on hand for the elimination events, which filled the entire afternoon. Practically all members of the 1st Cavalry were re­ lieved of duty for the afternoon. Vis­ itors with blue hat cords and others had the opportunity of their lifetimes to see what real horsemanship is like. Space should be takeu here to give credit to the energy and enthusiasm of the men who organized and produced this Horse Show, which is probablv j the first event of its kind ever held under similar conditions and by a sim­ ilar organization of men. It was not a show of officers alone or enlisted men alone, but rather a happy combin­ ation of the two. Many of the best looking horses e^itered belonged to men in the jnnks, wrho eWod. a fair chano|e ill every way with the proud entries their official superiors. V/onderful Horses Exhibited. The show brought out the excellent ( condition of the horses of the 1st Cav-j airy as a whole. Three months ago | the best horse in the regiment looked as ‘ if he had just crossed the continent in ' a day coach, which was literally true, j and under the bfoiling hot sun of July < and August the horses suffered con­ siderably. But careful grooming and intelligent handling of the material had their effects, so that now the 1st Cavalry has a thousand mounts which are a credit to Col. DeBevoise and the entir-e .Division. Old Jup. Pluvius tried his best to break up Saturday’s events, and though raiu fell in torrents late in the after-, noon the show was only discontinued for the day and completed Sunday af­ ternoon. The entries exhibited were the fin­ est class of horses ever shown in their respective classes. The class for offi­ cers deserves special notice and it was a revelation to the officers themselves to see such wonderful mounts. Troop D Takes Honors. Tne most spectacular event w’as the jum p ing class. This class was won by Lieutenant H. Black of Troop D, 1st Cavalry. His horse, Deceiver, acted admirably and showed wonderful form, and in both the trials and finals made perfect scores. Deceiver is a big black gelding and has won his class in many big shows of the East. Troop D of the 1st Cavalrv made the best showing of tliA individual troops, winning _ two co-ck won the Guidon class, Private jl. and two tiiirds. Corporal Bab- A c .e im a n placed in the enlisted men’s mounts under fifteen hands Corporal Davis placed in the light jumiiiug class. The prizes presented to the winners of the first three places of each event were very attractive and tlie commit­ tee deserves great credit in their se^c- tion. All Eastman Kodak w’as eii bv The R a ttler for a winner in the Guidon class and the other prizes were e .ual'y attractive. During the day music was bv three bands and scores bv the W orld’s series were posted on the bulletin board. One noticeable feature was the absence of the usual social eers, Illinois Field H o spital No. 2 a i d rinmnanv. ad dt Missouri Signal Company, . Wilson, San Antonio, T e ^ s 1 th® Fifth, Eighth and Ninth sets In f a n try and Brigade +5 qop 3 ters, a battalion <>^ / ^ C l i n e o\® ami a squadron of cavalry „ troop; Second and Seven 1. Infantry and brigade signal company, ‘“\ ''’“'“^ 'L u a d r m ot fiel.l hospital company and cavalry; Second ’hrapital, two troops of cavalry, ^nd ambulance company; a First two troops of Illinois cavalry, 1 irsl Maryland i n f a n t r y field quarters; D istrict C0NQHERED! D« j B m ^ e b y 3 r o . A m .C o . the vtivy cess 'of the First Cavalry Border horse or v.ne x** pvprv show. S com m i«eeJ>a7Ied e v e ^ run off in regular order and every meu was run - class on schedule time. The field artilleries made very in- , e S n T ‘<.Howio7an^ f e i r hitch and c l l s s 'v a s hotly con Bat n'^'^'ffhr-nd Field won the event S ’ X? ^Is^’i^nw k Jble fiow Diey^made and raced down the field to out some fine fire mule team in the history of the National F drivers put F ^ X ”;em n rth?ough their paces in a (Continued on P- Col. 5.) | remarkable manner. Albert Jeriiigan with the team and wagon from the 28th U. S. Infantry fully deserved the blue ribbou. Thrillioig Races. A surprise event which kept the crowd on its toes for the last half hour of the show w’as the races. This event brought to the front the dozens of McAllen mer­ chants who had whizzed to the cav­ alry field in their bright new twinsixes. (Signs of prosperity.) The rescue race, always a reliable thriller, proved tame compared with the results which followed, although Troop B found it no easy m a tter to lift first honors from the shoulders of their neighbors, Troop C of the 1st Regiment. Troops M and L finished third and fourth respectively. The final thriller was the four-mount relay race, in which four men rode their hor4 s over a three-eornerod quartei mile track, vaulting or falling off at the end to grab a new mount and gal­ lop back around the markers. One or two accidents were narrowly averted and a horse and rider barely suffered mishap when one of the steeds dashed into a relief with an impact of several hundred pounds. All hands applauded when Troop B of Squadron A rode off with first honors, leaving the red deco^ ration for old Troop K. The Machine Gun 'Troop of the First Cavalry took third and Battery A, 2nd Field, closed fourth. Then followed the artillery salute. Colonel DeBevoise Wins Championship. The championship class brought the afternoon’s exhibit to a successful close. In this class only the winners of the other classes were eligible and a better choice of saddle horses could not be de­ sired. It was hard for the judges to select the winner since the entries were of such high caliber but after putting the horses through their wonderful paces, Colonel DeBevoise’s big roan with Captain Alpers riding was con­ cluded to be the champion of all classes. Colonel Johnston won the second place. The results of the show follow: The Results. Clas«» 1.—Officers’ Chargers: 1, Col. Johnston, 1th Cavalry. 2. Colonel Debevoise, 1st Cavalry. 3] Colonel Wingate, 2nd F. A. •1 Major Donovan, 1st Cavalry, ’ class 2.—O fficers’ Chargers—heavy weight: 1. Col. Debevoise, 1st Cava l r y . ____ (Continued on Page 5, Col. 5.) STATE RIFLE TEAM LEAVES FOR FLORIDA Ready to Capture Honors at National Matclion Oct. 20th MAJOR WATERBURY, TEAM CAPTAIN On Friday, October 6th, the members of the New York State Rifle Team who v^ere ’with the various units of the New York Division, left McAllen for Jack­ sonville, Florida, where the National Rifle match will be held. The date of the Shoot is October 20th and the team will spend the intervening time in prac­ tice at the range. At first it was not believed that the National match would be held this year because many of the expected entrants were on service on the Border with the militia or regular army. When i t ^ decided that the shoot would be held, Major Fred M. Waterbury, Ordnance Officer of the Division and Captain of the State team, was nearly swamped with the work of rounding up hxs men and preparing for the event. There was no time this year to pick out the team bv competition so those men who had entered the match last those who had made exceptionally high scores at Peekskill were designated w the ones to uphold the reputation of the Empire State. . ,«• I t is expected that even in the field of the arm y’s most expert sjiarpshoo^rs the men of the New ^ e a m ^ U give a creditable account of themselves. ^ The make-up of the team follows. Major Fred M. Waterbury, Ordnance Officer Division, E. Crall, 7th Inf., Spotter; S e r^. Ge«g_ H. Doyle, Supply Co., 71st Inf., » Principals and alternates--lst L eut. Leo F. Knust, Co. E, 7th Inf ^ ‘7*^ J. H. Kneubel, Co. I ’ 74th Inf., 1- T 3rd Tuf • Sergt. F. M. Dardingkiller, q : M\co\rps; I serg t F C Co. M.. 1st Inf.; 1st Sergt C- C* S ^ ^ t r ^ I n f ^ C o r p o r a i LIEXJTENANT VON BOEDER MEETS WITH ACCIDENT. Lieut. Ludwig R. Von Roeder, one of the most popular officers of the 7th In­ fantry, met with an unlucky accident on the slippery bank of an ir­ rigation ditch northeast of the cavalry camp Saturday afternoon, when Ms horse fell, breaking the Lieutenant’s left leg above the knee. He was returning with five members of the 7th’8 Medical Detachment from Madero, where he had just completed a five weeks’ tour of duty. Luckily, he was bringing back as souvenirs a dozen mahogany canes, and six of these, un- ,ler the skillful hands of Dr. Young, formed a perfect splint until the pa­ tient rould be brought in by motor am­ bulance. The leg was carefully set, and the Lieutenant is doing nicely. BRIEFS. The First Cavalry Horse Show ® blue-ribbon winner. We hail it as the opening event of McAllen’s social sea­ son. The affair was marked by the absence of the usual debutantes who flock to such functions back home. And no one missed them more than we. Last week Major General O’Ryan re­ viewed all the troops stationed at Brownsville and vicinity. General O’Rvan was the guest of General Parker, who commands all the troops in the Brownsville district with the exception of the New York Hi'i* sion. A large number of civilians turned out to witness the review which was a brilliant military display. The Twelfth Array Division umler %Hma?y D ^ rparad e last Wed^ nesday. The marching ’^.^000 miles long and was composed of 15,000 soldiers, 5 000 horses and mules, iw vehicles, and 4S field cannon. Phillip Drewsen, Co. G, 7th Inf.; Cor- ..Irv- Sergt. Major Alexander Eakm, sju7dron®A; Sergt Theodore Oreoe, TrnoD B Squadron A; Sergt. r . 0- ^ ' X b e r g e j M. O Co In •; 1st Lt.D. J. Cadotte, Bat. Aelj., <-«n Inf Range Officer: Captain George W. A u ^ stinfM e d . Corps, burgeon. WILL N. r. DIVISION REMAIN ON BORDER? Empire State at Least Ready For Soldiers’ Vote If We Stay in Texas FULL RESULT OF LATE PRIMARIES (Special Dispatch to The Bio Grande Rattler by Frederick T. Cardoze.) Albany, Oct. 5,—New York State’s troops on the Border, if they are still on the Border on November 7th, will drop their votes into the ballot boxes which Ti-ill be forwarded from Albany within the next week. H. G. Adams, the Law and Election Deputy in the Secretary of State’s office, will super­ vise the election in the various camps on the Border. He will call upon Ma­ jor General O’Ryan to furnish a force of election inspectors, clerks and watch­ ers, who will superintend the details of the voting. Immediately following the election, the ballots voted and one of the poll books will be hurried back to Secre­ tary of State Hugo. A duplicate poll book will also be sent to Governor Charles Whitman.Tlie work of counting the soldier’s vote and properly creiiit- ing the same will involve considerable aiMitional labor. As soon as the bal­ lots are received by Secretary Hugo, the state Chairmen of the two princi­ pal parties will be notified. The en­ velope containing the ballots will be compared witii the poll books before representatives of both parties. That portion of the poll book referring to any particular county will be copied and the copy with the envelopes and ballots will be sent to the boards of election or county clerks. They in turn will take the copy 'Vf the poll book and make a copy for each election dis­ trict and send the same with the bal­ lots to the board of inspec tors of the particular district. They will proceed to canvass the vote and later return the same to the county board of can­ vassers who will forward it to the State Board. The results of the count will be wir­ ed to division headquarters as soon as compiled in the office of the Secre­ tary of State in Albany. The Primaries campaign ended two weeks ago. The official returns were as follows: Republican Primaries. . Whitman, 254,177; Bennett, 44.720; etc, etc. Democratic. Seabury, 358,718; etc. Progressive. Whitman, 11,483; Sea­ bury, 1,763; etc. American. Whitman, 38; Seabury, 37; etc. Independence. Whitman, l , 7 6 3 j Seabury, 691; etc.' As will bo seen from the above tables the chief contest was in the Progressive Primaries. As a matter of fact, with the exception of the Ba ioi--Calder con­ test in the Republican Primaries, the Progressive nomination mr Governor was the onlv nominat*uii over which the big fight was conducted. In that Frimarv and in the TndepeDdence Lcuue Primary the Republican and Democratic candidates for Governor waged a to kaml struggle. Pro­ minent Progressives were aggfessively supporting both candidates. ColoncV Theodore Roosevelt issued a 'statement fi few days before Primary Day in which he declared that any Pro^essiv-«» that voted for Seaburv — as helping the cause of President Wilson and he insist­ ed that no Progressive should cast a vote in anv contest which would in any wav aid President Wilson. Mr. Goerge W.' Perkins issued several statements and letters which wore sent to every Progressive voter following the same line as the Colonel’s 1 ement and driving Lome the points^ about the Whitman administration which he con­ sidered justified the support of the Pro­ gressive party. John J. O’CoDliQl, the chairman of the New York County Progressive or­ ganization, fought equally as hard for Mr. Seaburv. Hamilton Fish, Jr., sup­ ported Seabury, but since Primary Day he has announced that as the Progress­ ive Primary selected Governor Whitman as the Progressive candidate, he in­ tends to support Governor Whitman. The Governor himself issued a report to the voters which was dubbed ^ the press of the state as “ Whitman’s ^ h i te Book” and this pamphlet was sent to all enrolled Progressives before Prim- arv Dav. Since that day the Demo- crMic State Committee has issued a campaign book along the -.m e lines, entitled “ Whitman’s Wanton .^^®^te in which thev severely criticise the •Governor’s financial p - '^ a m . j

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