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\ , Special F o o tball N u m b e r N e x t W e e k I w ish every citizen of N ew York State could have w itnessed the review of the 6th D ivision\ ' Governor W hitman. Published in th e Field by th e New York Division VOL. 1.-.NO. 14 HIDALGO COUNTY. TEXAS, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 1916 8 PAGES PRICE FIVE CENTS The Strength of the Wolf is the Pack, but the Strength of the Pack is the Wolf” GOVERNOR WHITMAN ROYALLY WELCOMED Makes Informal Visit To See Interesting Field Firing on La His Guardsmen on Border DIVISION REVIEW TENDERED HIM. The soldiers of th e N e w Y o rk D ivi­ sion have seen tlioir Governor. Theii G o v e rnor has seen them , and both par: ties are pleaaeci and g r a tified a t w h a t they saw . The boys in Olive D rab saw th e hea<l of th e E m p ire S tate, th e ca­ pable executive who by the wisdom and ju s tice o f his adm inistration has recently won th e approval of th e c i t i ­ zens of N e w Y o rk to such a degree t h a t th e y voted to continue him in his high office by an ovorw'helmiug m a jority. They saw his Excellency, G o v ernor Charles S. W h itm a n , who, w h ile he has a t h e a r t th e in terests of every inhabi­ ta n t of th e g r e a test sta te in th e Union, is especially concerned w ith the wel­ fa r e of N ew Y o r k ’s N a tional G u ard. He has been th e constant frien d of the ^State’s citizen-soldiery, and in a recent le,ttor to P r e s id e n t W ilson, urged th a t the boys be returned to th e i r homes if it w e re a t all possible. In m any other less public w a y s has ho used his high influence in th e ir behalf. The G o v e rnor, on his side, saw a Tvell-trnined, bronzed-faced, hale and healthy body of soldiers th a t could h-irdly be recognized as the pale-faced, new -uniforuicd m en th a t entrained for th e B o rder last June. H e saw and he m a rveled a t th e g r e a t and wholesome rhange and expressed his deep abiding pride in them , for w h a t th e y are, and w h a t th e y have accom p lished. W h ile the G o v e rnor’s stay a t M c­ A llen wms necessarily short, owing to th e g r e a t pressure of public duties, he inspected closely every sector of th e D ivision and becam e thoroughly ac­ quainted w ith the conditions under Which th e guardsm e n Jive. FIGURES OF MERIT FOR COMBAT FIRE Gloria Rifle Range Ended PRACTICE WAS MOST INSTRUCTIVE W ith M rs. W h itm a n , th e Governor reached M cAllen in his p r iv a te car a t 31 o ’clock l a s t W ednesday m o rning. H e re die w a s m e t by M a jor G eneral O ’R y a n and M rs. O ’Ryan. The p a r ty m o tored to D ivision H e a d q u a rters w h ere an inform a l luncheon was served in th e O fficers M ess H a ll. As th e car drew near th e A v e n ida do las Palm a s , as th e m a in street of D ivi­ sion H e a d q u a r ters is called, th e Gov­ ernor expressed his surprise and pleas­ ure a t the sight of tall, grae.eful palm trees, planted in regular lines on both sides of the board w a lk in fro n t of the S t a f f O f f ice r s ’ cottages. The G o v er­ nor app a r e n tly expected to fin d ju s t a dingy row o f ten ts on a bare, w ind­ sw e p t, alkali plain. W hen he entered the M ess H a ll he alm o s t rubbed his eyes in am a z e m e n t for here w a s a large com fortable din­ ing-room, tastefu lly decorated w ith palm e tto liranches and Spanish moss while in th e large, open fireplace, a log fire w a s cheerfully blazing. “ And th e y told me it was hot and uncivil­ ized on the T e x a s B o r d e r ,’ ’ th e Gov­ ernor rem a rked as he ed,ged over to the fire and w a rm ed his hands. The in­ form a l luncheon proved to bo a scries of ch e f - d ’oeuvres by an expert chef. I f th e G o v ernor expected to p a rtak e of hard tack anti “ Corned W illie,” he W'as again agreeably disappointed. The afternoon was occupied by visits to m o st o f the cam p s in th e Division and some of th e outposts along the R io G rande. In th e evening, a dinner was given in th e G o v e rnor’s honor by th e D ivi­ sion Com mander and S t a f f a t Division H e a tlquarters. All brigade and regi­ m e n tal com m a n d ers w e re present. Af- teY dinner a reception w a s held in the M ess H a ll, a t which th e commissioned o f f icers of th e D ivision were present­ ed to th e G o v ernor and M rs. W h it­ m an. A t th e conclusion of th e recep­ tion, dancing was enjoyed to the music o f th e 2n.l Eield A r tillery Band. T liursday m o rning a t 30 o ’clock G o v e rnor 'W h ’tinan roview ed th e en­ tire D ivision w ith the exception of the troops and com p anies engaged in river natrol The review took place on “ W h ite H o u s e ” field ami w a s declear- all who w itnessed it to be a The com b a t firin g a t L a G loria has been com p leted, th e problem having been shot by th e en tire F ir s t and Sec­ ond B rigades of In f a n t r y and th e 1st C a v a lry and Squadron A. of th e New Y o rk Division. The firs t com p any fir ­ ed on the range O c tober 0, and from th a t day u n til N o v e m b er 21 when the C a v a lry finished, four companies shot each day w ithout a single break in the schedule except for tw o days in terru p ­ tion due to recall of troops to p a r tici­ pate in the review tendered Governor W h itm a n . N o t a single casualty or even sliglit aeci<lent occurred although about a q u a r ter of a m illiou rounds of am m u n ition w as fired. The anxiously aw a ited results on which several hundred dollars have been b e t are given below. The fig ­ ures of m e r it were com p u ted as fol­ low’s: A t each range the num b er of hits was counted and m u ltiplied by the num b e r of targ e ts h it and by the value of th e targ e t and divided by the num ­ ber of targ e ts up. A t th e first range th ? r e were fojv targ e ts and ;iits wert- valued a t 2 c a ’,h;' a t the second range 16 targ e ts w ith h its valued a t .T each; a t th e th ird range w e re 20 targ e ts w ith h its valued at 4 each, and a t the last range wore 63 targ e ts and hits w e re valued a t o each. This form u la will be seen to give the facto r of dispersion of fire consider­ able w e ight. Sixty-three h its on 63 targ e ts would count Jl.*! where as 63 h its on one targ e t and tlie other 62 targ e ts missed w’ould count only 5. Figure it out and see how it works. The figures thus com p u ted for the four ranges are added together and divided by the num b er of rifle-; on the firin g line which gives th e figure of m e rit fo r th e d a y ’s run. The figure of m e rit for th e tw o daj's are adtled to ­ g e ther fo r th e final figures of m e rit of th e companies. The B a ttalion, R e g i­ m e n tal and B rigade figures are of course averages. S tanding o f Brigades. Second B rigade ................................... 25.88 F i r s t B rigade ............... ....2 3 .3 3 Standing of Regim ents. 1st C a v a lry, N . Y...................................37.49 7th In f a n t r y , N. Y .............................. .30.76 3rd In f a n t r y , Tenn...............................30.76 7THINFANRY IS HOMEWARD BOUND Orders Received a Few days General James Parker Com- Ago Will Send Regiment North Today GIGANTIC MANEUVER PROBLEM IN PROGRESS manding Brownsville Dist. Ending 5 Mos. Training MOST EFFICIENT BORDER SERVICE LAST WORD IN EFFICIENCY CONTEST -•^fter mouths of w a iting and many weeks of painful nneertainty in which rumors criss-crossed back ‘and forth through the camp and made everyone „ , , . - — ............. nervous and excited, the 7th New York «ulminated November 16th by In f a n tr y has at last received maneuver problem which w ill last The course of training which has been in progress in the Brownsville D istrict, Brigadier General Jam es P a rk e r com m anding, since July 1st, .24.9X .21.97 .20.37 .18.85 ^^' n c w s o f ^ t h ^ review a ttrac ted most of th e nativ e s from m iles around, and overy'conceivablo kind of vehicle from a F o rd to an ox-cart w a s draw n up a t the side of th e field. O v e r tw o thous­ an d spectators / h e review . As th e last com p a n y of the last m L t iniJehed by\ the m ilitary snap and precision, th e Gover “or turned tS G e n eral O ’Byan and ea.d in a voice w h ich shook w ith p r i d ^ I wiah every citiaen N ew Y o rk S tate could have w itnessed this. ir th a n I can say of th e New Y o rk er Division. 74th In f a n tr y , N. Y. 23rd In f a n t r y , N. Y .................. 69th In f a n t r y , N. Y ...................... 12th In f a n t r y , N. Y .................... Standing of B a ttalions. Squadron A ............................................ 42.56 1st Squadron, 1st C a v a l r y ............. 40.61 3rd Squadron, 1st Cav ........................ .37.97 .3rd Bn., 7 th R e g t...................................37.SS 3rd Bn., 3rd Tenu ..................... 34.-32 2nd Squadron, 1st C a v a l r y ...............33.89 2nd Bn., 3 rd Teim ................................. 32.67 2nd Bn., 7th R e g t .................................. 27.61 1st Bn., 7th R e g t .................................. 26.79 2nd Bn., 74th R e g t.............................26.76 1st Bn., 74th R e g t..............................25.99 1st Bn., 23rd R e g t..............................25.70 1st Bn., 74th R e g t.................................25.95 1st Bn., 3rd Tenn...................................25.33 3rd Bn. 74th R e g t..............................21.99 3rd Bii., 69th R e g t..............................21.76 2nd Bn., 12th R e g t..............................21.37 3rd Bn., 23rd R e g t ................................ 20.6.3 .20.43 .19.57 .18.93 .18.41 .16.79 .51.41 2nd Bn., 69th R e g t .................... 2nd Bn., 2.3rd R e g t......................... 1st Bn., 69th R e g t........................... 1st Bn., 12th R e g t........................... 3rd Bn.. 12th R e g t......................... Standing o f Companies. C Co., 7th R e g t ................................. D Troop, 1st C a v a lry ........................47.27 B Troop Squadron A ........................45.69 M Co., 3rd Tcim .....................................43.60 A Troop Squadron A ........................42.91 B Trooj), 1st C a v a l r y ..........................42..32 G Trooj), 1st C a v a lry ........................ 41.86 D Troop, Squadron A ....................... 41.71 K Troop, 1st C a v a lry ..................... 41.47 I Troop, 1st C a v a lry ..................... 40.69 II Troop, 1st C a v a lry ...................... .40.66 G Co., 3rd Teini ........................ : ........... 40.13 C Troop, Squadron A ........................39.94 I Co., 3rd Tenn.......................................39.22 A Trooj), 1st C a v alry ..................... 39.00 I Co., 7tli Regt. . .................................. 38.23 E Co., 3rd Teuu ..................................... -JO.OJ M Troop, 1st C a v a lry ..................... 37.19 C Troop, 1st C a v a lry ....................... 33.88 A Co., 7th R e g t.......................................33.13 A Co., 23rd R e g t ..................................... 13.07 I Co., 74th R e g t.....................................32.J3 L Troop, 1st C a v a lry ..................... 32.52 F Co., 3rd Tenn ................................... 3LJ0 L Co., 7th R e g t ..................................... 31.d5 D Co., 74th R e g t...................................30.o6 D Co., 7th R e g t.......................................30-38 K Co., 7th R e g t ..................................... 30.3- F Co., 74th R e g t .................................. 30.17 L Co., 3rd Tenn .................................... 30.01 B Co., 3rd Tenn .................................... 29.44 E Co., 7th R e g t .................................... 28.99 F Co., 7th R e g t ...................................... 28.95 F Co., 1st C a v a lry ............................27.66 G Co., 74th R e g t..................................27.59 E Co., 74th R e g t...................................27.10 G Co., 7th R e g t .................................... 26.63 K Co., 23rd R e g t .................................. 26.36 M Co., 69th R e g t .................................. 26.12 B Co., 23rd R e g t .................................. 26.10 H Co., 7th R e g t.....................................25.90 L Co., 69th R e g t .................................... 25.57 E. Co., 1st C a v alry ............................25.39 A Co., 74th R e g t .................................. 25.39 C Co., 3rd Tenn ................................... 25.35 G Co., 12th R e g t...................................25.01 K Co., .3rd Tenn ............................. 24.45 B Co., 12th R e g t..................................24.40 C Co., 74th R e g t.....................................24.32 I Co., 23rd R e g t.....................................24.28 D Co., 3rd Tenn....................................24.19 E Co., 23rd R e g t .................................. 24.11 B Co., 74th R e g t..................................23.68 M Co., 7th R e g t .................................... 23.23 E Co., 69th R e g t .............................. 22.87 K Co., 74th R e g t...................................22.84 A Co., 3rd Tenn .................................... 22.34 H Co., 74th R e g t ................................... 22.18 C Co., 23rd R e g t ................................... 22.11 li’ Co., 23rd R e g t...................................21.92 E Co., 12th R e g t ................................... 21.71 B Co., 69th R e g t ................................... 21.61 D Co., 23rd R e g t...................................21.53 H Co., 12th R e g t...................................21.24 D Co., 12th R e g t...................................21.20 r Co., 12th R e g t .................................... 20.97 G Co., 69th R e g t...................................20.65 H Co., 69th R e g t...................................20.65 ,H Co., 3rd Term.....................................20.52 B Co., 7th R e g t ..................................... 20.44 L Co., 12th R e g t...................................20.31 D Co., 69th R e g t .................................... 20.19 C Co., 69th R e g t .................................... 20.09 M Co., 23rd R e g t ................................... 18.06 K Co., 69th R e g t .................................... 17.84 F Co., 69th R e g t .................................... 17.55 I Co., 69th R e g t .................................... 17.53 F Co., 12th R e g t .................................... 17.42 M Co., 12th R e g t...................................17.14 H Co., 23rd R e g t.............................. 16.82 L Co., 74th R e g t .................................... 16.79 M Co., 74th R e g t ............................... 15.80 G Co., 23rd R e g t .................................. 15.46 C Co., 12th R e g t .................................... 15.41 L Co., 23rd R e g t...................................13.83 A Co., 69th R e g t .................................... 13.81 A Co., 12th R e g t ................................... 13.63 K Co., 12th R e g t.........................‘____ 8.75 PEA C E COM MISSIONERS A R E STILL AT ODDS S e c retary Lane Confers W ith the President. C a b rera W ithholds H is Cooperation. A tlantic City, Nov. 20.—M exican members of the joint commission will be form e rly inform e d tomorrow by Sec- retry L a n e on just w h a t term s an agreem e n t can be reached for the w ith­ draw a l of General P e r s h ing’s expe’di- tion from Mexico and for the protec­ tion of life and property along the Border. ! F o r tified by assurances from Presi- dept W ilson th a t he will back the AiYierican commissioners, Secretary Lane returnod tonight from W ashing­ ton. As a result, the atm o sphere of uncertainty and even hopelessness th a t has recently been apparent was entire­ ly lacking tonight. The American com­ m issioners appeared confident th a t the end of the conference is in sight. home orders” and will depart from McAllen today. The first section is scheduled to leave about 1 o ’clock this afternoon and will be followed closely by the two other sections. Hustle- town-on-the-Hudson is their destina­ tion—little old Gotham, or as the Te.tans call it, New York. There a splendid reception is aw a iting the gal­ lant Gray-jaekets for the 7th Regi­ m ent holds a high place in the affec­ tions and esteem of all New Yorkers, esjiecially after their five months of faith f u l service on the Border. It is expected th a t all three sections will be joined as one train at H a rlin­ gen and th a t the troop special will a r ­ rive m Jersey City at 9 o ’clock next M onday morning, a f te r a leisurely journey across the continent. New Y o rk’s “ crack ” In f a n tr y Regiment will bo transferred to a transport in the shape of a Hudson R iver ferry ­ boat at the end of their rail iourney. r xi. -«>• . , — twelve days and be participated in by about 12,000 troops, Regulars and N a ­ tional Guard. In this maneuver prob­ lem, a W h ite army, commanded by Brigadier General E. N. Lewis, of In ­ diana, is stationed at Llano Grande, about 75 miles from the coast, with an advance brigade under Colonel Bul­ lard at San Benito, 50 miles from the coast. A foreign power is supposed to have intervened in Mexico. It sends a Brown army, commanded by B rig­ adier General H. A. Allen of Iowa, to Point Isabel and thence to Brownsville to destroy the W h ite Division. The Brown arm y advances to San Benito drives aw ay the W hite advance brig­ ade, pursues it and encounters a more numerous W hite Division, whereupon it retreats, fighting a retarding action. In this maneuver hostilities will be continuous, day and night. The W h ite arm y consists of the In ­ diana Brigade, Col. Kuhlmann com- T h e ir proposition tomorrow will leave room for little debate. The Mexicans appeared not to tajee a pessim istic view of the situation, Luis Cabrera saying he was hopeful of an amicable adjustm e n t. There was no evidence, however, th a t he w as prepared to re­ cede from his recent opposition to the Am erican plan. W h ether his two col- Street. Here they will be met by the Depot B a ttalion, and the veterans of the 7tli, who will escort the home- comer^, headed by the famous 7tfa Band, across 42nd Street, over Broad­ way of beloved memory, and up Fifth Avenue to the Armory a t P a rk Ave­ nue and 66tli Street. F if th Avenue and P a r k Avenue will be gaily decorat- eded in honor of the occasioii, and all New York, i t is expected, will turn out to witne.ss the home-coming of the olive-drab exiles. The Good News Reaches Camp. The official orders, designating tlif 7tli In f a n tr y as the one unit from the 6th Division to proceed to their home station on the P r e s id e n t’s latest re- cqll schedule, arrived a t Division H e adquarters at 5 p. m. last Friday. A few moments after their arrival Col. Baiidholtz, Chief of S taff, communi­ cated the good uew’s to Colonel W ill­ ard Fisk of the 7tli and handed him the official order. The regim ent was informed of its recall at retreat. But Dak. 26th Iiify. Brigade, Col. Bullard, U. S. A., commanding; two battalions of field artillery; one provisional regi­ ment of cavalry-com p o sed of regular and N a tional Guard troops; and com­ panies of Engineers, Signal troops and Hosjiital troojis. The Brown army consists of the Iow a Brigade, Colonel B e n n ett commanding; the V irginia Brigade, Colonel Leady commanding; a Regular In f a n tr y Brigade, Col. H a tch, U. S. A., commanding; one pro­ visional regim ent of cavalry composed of Regulars and N a tional Guard troops; tw'o battalions of Field A rtillery; and Engineer, Signal and Hospital Corps troops. The transportation to take part ill this maneuver is four compan­ ies of motor trucks, the regular field and combat wagon trains and three pack trains. The scene of the maneuver is the flat valley of the Rio Grande, intersect­ ed by numerous ditches, canals, and resacas usually filled with water. In the western part it is largely coverea with mesquito and chaparral. Near the unofficial news travels more sw iftly coast it consists of open plain. This leagues, who were recently disposed to giatulations, and welcome home.’ accept the Am erican proposals, will stand by Cabrera is unknown. There is some reason to believe, however, th a t C a b rera has brought them to his side. The American plan will contain than Arm y Orders, and everyone in the regim ent was certain of its recall soon a f te r breakfast on Friday morn­ ing. Rumors have come and gone with unceasing regularity during the jiast five months, but early on Friday scores of telegram s from friends and relatives in New York City began to pour in upon the regiment. The pur- jiort of all these messages was virtually the same: “ Seventh recalled. Con- Division H e adquarters was besieged for inform ation by the anxious guards­ men, but no official orders had yet been received from Sail Antonio. The early afternoon papers from Browns­ ville and San Antonio carried the news nothing new to the commissioners, as ^ trooj) recall on their front jiages. it already has been discussed at length. The que.stion at issue is not CANNED GOODS SCARCE. No P resent Shortage in Camps of N. Y. Guard. New York, Nov. 20. R e tail .grocers complain of a shortage of canned goods and some predict th a t only one-third of the norm al supply w ill be available in New York th is w inter. M any grocers are running out of their supplies of standard, w'idely ad­ vertised canned products and are un­ able to rejilcuish their stock. One reason advanced for the short­ age is th a t m any of the big canning factories have contracted to send their entire output to the w a rring nations in Europe. the w ithdraw al of Gen. Pershing, but tlie protection of the Border. The main question is the method of pa­ trolling the frontier. The Mexicans will be told th a t they cannot place restrictions upon American troops pro­ tecting the Border- a g a inst bandits, nor the m anner of punishing outlaws. W hen the M exicans leave the con­ ference tomorrow it will be with the realization th a t American forces will be used to run dow’n bandits rauling American soil, regardless of where they go or how long they may stay. C a b rera announced tonight th a t be had reached an agreem e n t at the New Y o rk conference Saturday w ith Ameri­ can owners of M exican mines, provid­ ing f o r the reduction of the tax on gold and silver ore from ten to seven pei cent and on bullion from eight to tive per cent. The telegraph wires were kept hot by messages from the 7th officers and men to W ashington and New York re­ questing inform ation. W hen retreat had sounded and the companies assernblod all uncertainty disappeared. The 7th was going home and as tlie men realized th a t at is the country in which General Taylor, in 1846, fought the battles of Palo iVlto ami Resaea de la Palma, near which places several engagements are expected to take place. This maneuver will be a test of the new troops, and at the same time a prejiaration. I t is expected to be the means of discovering any deficiencies, and to point out to w h a t extent this portion of the newly raised army on the Rio Grande is fit fqr service in war. FLOCK OF AIRPLA NES ATTEND YALE GA JE New York, Nov. 19.—Twelve air­ planes, the largest number ever seen iii a prescribed flight at one time in the western hemisphere, were flown in squadron form ation Saturday from Mineola and Governors Island to the Yale-Princeton game at Princeton, N. J. Moot of the aviators who had a part in the flight were qualifying fo r their certificates as m ilitary flyers. H a lf of the aviators are members of last their Border Service was nearing F ir s t Aero Company, New York an eud, cheer a f te r cheer shook th e , Guard. canvas walls of the pyram idal teutsi “ H o b e v ” Baker, captain of the th a t had more or leas sheltered th e m , football team of 1913 and during the w e ary sojourn in McAllen, spectacular heroes of the The 1st B a ttalion, on outpost duty at Madero and L a F lores’ Ranrh, ivas in 30x3 inch guaranteed red tubes at 75c; all inch red tubes 85c; all 4 inch red tubes a t $1.20; all 4 ^ inch red tubes a t $1.40; one tube a t this price w ith each “ Congress Security guaranteed casing purchased a t stan­ dard prices. W alker Bros. Hancock Co. Hdw re Dept. formed of the recall. T h a t last night of patrol along the Rio Grande will alw avs bo remembered by the men. AH the uncom fortable features of night 8-ntrv duty when the thermometer hovers above freezing point, were completely forgotten in the joyousness of the unexpected news. E a rly S a t­ urday m orning two troops from the 1st Cavalry relieved the outposts and the battalion hiked back to McAllen in record time. The days preceding the tim e of ex­ pected departure have indeed been busy ones for the officers and men. Equipm ent m u st be overhauled and in­ spected, wagons m u st be cleaned and game, was at the wheel of the first machine to land at Princeton. CONGRESSMAN BLEA KLEY BEC03MES A H IG H FLY E R (Continued on Page 5.) Philadelphia, Nov. 20..'flergt. W’ill- iam C. Oeker, of the United States army, left here a t 1:30 this afternoon in a flight f o r W ashington, D. C., t a k ­ ing with him in his biplane O.D. Bleak- ley. of Franklin, Pa., congressman- elect. A strong wind prevailed. Ser­ geant Ocker came here unannounced last Thursday from Mineola, L. I., to test a new stabilizer. H e rose to an altitude of nearly 8000 feet, but be­ fore starting said th a t he would fly much lower if he found the cold in­ tense.

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