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The Rio Grande rattler. ([McAllen], Hidalgo County, Tex.) 1916-1917, November 08, 1916, Image 2

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PA G E 2 THE RIO GRANDE RATTLER 1 . LOOK New additions to oiir store give us more room for cots, mattresses and necessary camp furniture. Be comfortable! Get a mattress for your cot, or a comfortable. Either one will last you through the winter--if you need it that long. Get acquainted with the big store. We have what you want in this line. Gregory & Cardwell MAIN STREET McALlEN Hall’s Grocery The Home of Fresh, Well Handled Groceries Foods of a perishable nature should be packed av r a j from the M a c aroni and cheese, says a ^ir. fam o u s arm y officer ,is not onl\ come change from arm y rations. The nam e on the package tells w h e ther the goods are of the- W h ere to get the best m aearo- best quality. at Hall s Grocery! o( Comae. p,„,iucts, also .Crosse ami B lackw e ll’s jam s. T ry them . RUSTLING 111’ the ‘‘Old D a y s ” q u a rterm a s ter persons, both regim e n tal and com­ pany, believed the real test of m ili­ tary ■ e fficiency to be the extent of their a b ility to “ r u s t l e ” property which they m ight be short. W h a t soldier of any length of ser­ vice cannot recall th e concern of his corajiany com m ander over a shortage of fiv e blankets, three overcoats, and some other item s, w ith the annual iu- spectioo a t hand? W h a t soldier of any length of service, but can p ictu r e ' the Q u a rterm a s ter Sergeant on such occasions, his m a n n e r distress- ingly patronizring. m y sterious, tacitd r n , know ingly profound, tantili'zingly slow ? ; Then the painful m o ment when the C a p tain realizes he is stung the val­ ue of the shortage. This is the c r i t i ­ cal moment,— the suprem e instant, Avhich m a rks the renew e d fam e \of the Q. M. person. H e steps up. H e , s a ­ lutes w th form a lity. He speaks. H is voice consciously quiet, his m anner one of self-possessed assurance— t h a t of a person who has th e situation in hand and knovi’s it. “ S i r , ” he says, “ does the C a p tain ivant theses s h o r t­ ages re})laced. ” O rdinarily, the Cap­ tain who wishes nothing, so much as he Avishes th a t very thing, would cuss the w a d d ing out of the Q. M. jiersoii then and there, for asking such a fool question. B u t on th is occasion,' the C a p tain knows from the iiorteutous atmosiihere- of the S e r g e a n t’s bearing th a t relief is at hand, and he lieplies AA-ith solemn in te n s ity of demeanor, “ Yes S e rgeant, can you help out in th is situ a t i o n ? ” T h e Q. M. person does not commit him self hurriedly or positiAmly. He desires to hold a t t e n ­ tion, to m a intain the crisis, to, con­ tinue the concern and to be m y s ter­ ious in accordance AA-ith inherited habit. “ I Avill see w h a t can b e done, s i r , ” he replies w ith gTa\m mien, and AA-ith the AAmlUmGAAm Q. M. look, indi­ catin g hea.A'y responsibilities, grave ]>roblems and a realization th a t the arm y exists and moA-es as the ‘Q. M. Corps consents. Shortly he returns w ith the articles needed to replace all shortages, these usually being borne b y a detail of fully awed and m u ch im p ressed re ­ cruits. “ Sir, I found these some m o n ths ago, ’ ’ solem n ly announces the Q. M. person, “ and I pp.t them aside, sir, th in k in g Ave m ight need them for a shortage', s i r . ” “ V e ry excellent Avork, S e rgeant,^' aiinoniices the C a p tain, glancing' im- ])ressiA'oly a t those present, \Adiile the Sergeant basks in th e role of “ Pro found' In t e l l e c t ” unveiled. “ A re there any m a rkings on these a r ti c l e s ? ” asks th e C a p tain vHth an air in d icating confidence in the' Q. M. Sergeant. “ No, s i r , ” replies th e Q. M'. p'orson, “ not a m a rk could I find, ail’. ” “ V e ry AA-ell,. Sergeant, m a rk them-,” ratn n is th e C a p tain. W hile' th is pi(jce of dramatic- per­ form a n c e m being enacted' in one com­ p a n y ' of\ the regim e n t all th e other ' companies- possessoAl of rustliiig Q. M. persons, are- pulling: off th e sam e en­ tertain m e n t, at the- expense of the rem a ining companies and o f one an ­ o th e r ., Fnrfchermore, iir tls..j> storeroom of each Q'. M. person there is an as­ sortm e n t of property o f all ol’eserip- tions n o f carried on thg’ p a p e rs o f t h a t unit, the q u a n tity of such contraband being in (hrect ratio- to the- rustling, or as Ave noAV call if, stealiiiig, h a b its of the Q. M. person, and his elierrtele. This .eontfaband uonstitutes'. the> re- ser-AAe.'. Some years, a-goi ‘militafry transition Avas sh a ttered in one organization of the DiA’ision, when- the Com manding O fficer announced th a t rustling: -would thereafter- (be synonomons A\yth la r ­ ceny; th a t any man having- in M s pos­ session or locker, any article o f m ili­ tary p r o p e r ty not Ms owit, or not bear­ ing his equipm e n t numbwr, Avouid be tried ' for having; stoleii' properftj in his irossessi'on. This aaj \» s ; in the old F i r s t B a ttery , noAA- the F i r s t Fiigi'd A r­ tillery; The men' were asked to> co­ operate for th e i r own coaveniene-e and protection^ and to shoAW up- an y who violated the, neAv rules. T h e y adopted and snj.iported the new- practice- w-ith the result’ t h a t life in th a t urdt was w o rth liA'ih'g. For a timer t h e b a tte r y suffered' AA-hen in' cam p ' with, others, because retaliatio n AAms not perm itted AA'hen other units “ found” arrjcles of its.;property-, b u t so snctAsessfiiE vA'as th e new life within! the eomma-ml.!,, t h a t it wns\ soon follow ed in the- rem a ining bafteries of th-e battalaan.. The- system: to be succiessf.h!l re­ quires th a t e\-ery artirih o f aquiipment aaid olbtihiing ®f each soldii?®' bear his indi\-iilnal equipimenf numBair, old num b ers, w h e re existing,, being; obliter­ ated.. Pr-sperty arontentmmit. cMhtiis in an OrganizafioBi where t&ia plaan M rigidlyv ;adh«-ed- toi. 9 9 9 « 9 e 9 « • 9 9 O 9 9 9 9 @ 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 O 9 9 9 9 D. Guerra's Sons General Merehandi»--Mc'Mlfn ' i Winter iii Texas> is very pleas­ ant, but you will sleep much bet­ ter if you get:.a nice. big,, warmt I. COMFORTABLE All prices for oificersand en­ listed men. Don’t forget, ‘%n apple a» day keeps the doctor away;” Come here for apples and all. kinds of - FRUIT at* 9 '9 9 • %9:»9 0 9 9 9'0 9 0 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 -* » 9 9 9 » « ' 9 ^ 9 9r««i9;an9 DIVISIOIST T A L E N T E N T E R T A IN M A J. G E N ’L A N D M R S . O ’RYANi All entertainm e n t Avas recently held-’ at the open air th e a tr e a t Di\-isaoa,: H e a d q u a rters in honor of M a jor Gen­ eral and. M rs. John F. O ’Ey-an, Axh.'n- talen t from all OA-er the. HiA-ision join­ ed in giA 'ing a m o st, delightful I'.ro--: gram . The Euccessfnl a f f a i r was F R O M A C T IV E SERWHSE TO Jiil-?- SE>iy:E; Men; Caas Not Be .Held nr. Gamp Af’tej’r End a f Active Enlistimgiat Periiidj. The foll'o.Aving gpinioft of the .CGgtlg*# IdA-ocafe of the Arm y co>neerning th.e passing; (if enlisted'm e ® tO' the N.aTjdnal G u a rd Eessinve w h ile r.® th e Federapstff- ciiargo of S e rgeant Ivl. A., H a r t, llead-'T^^'® Pjablishe*-.! he?®' for the.- ihfdr- q u a r t e r ’s D e tachineiit; Supply- Sergeant; '^-‘‘Hdo,n o f all cc9rujem®,.L W. B. LoA-e,- 2nd Field A rtillery;; Sei’i- H y d e, 2Jr In f a n t r y and C o rporal. T. 'h In f a n t r y , The progravn: L. Ban nan, follOAVS Jrd T<mn. 1 tt ;„ “ dinli'sited men: o f the Oegfijuaed m ilitia AA^ho qualify Nationa!-GLUi. 3 -ds- men undier sections tS'3 and 7;, :; o f the N a tiM ” Defe.Ase A ' |■un•.■f d, 3&16, No Use Talkingl C f w ’ s IH mbe r MU S-T b e go o di. Why?-' • Because we’ve nearly sold out that whole traini load we got a iflonth ago,. Sltrhrh-fe^h! We’ll iget some more pretty soon Frank G.. Crow thir ii o n • tvur-^

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