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The Rio Grande rattler. ([McAllen], Hidalgo County, Tex.) 1916-1917, December 08, 1917, Image 10

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8 THE WADSWORTH GAS ATTACK a n d RIO GRANDE RATTLER Y aphanker: ''How would you like to be a soldier?” Colonel B a n k s retired: “Fine. How would you?” MAJOR SHANTON W R ITES SONG I Composes Words and Music for Official I M. P. Song. I The feature of the M. P. Follies, pre- I sented at Converse College, December 1, | was the singing of the M. P. song. The I song was w ritten by M ajor T. H a rry 1 Shanton, comm anding the 102d M ilitary } Police. M ajor Shanton also composed I the sw inging melody. The G a s A t t a c k I secured M ajor Shanton’s perm ission to 1 p rin t the song: | Song of the M. PCs I W e’re three hundred bold, w ith plenty of I gold, I We’re a rollicking, hounding bunch, 1 W e’re rig h t on the job, w ith plenty of 1 prod, I And we put things o’er w ith a punch. 1 We try our best to help all the rest, 1 And watch for the rook who’s a stray, | To tu r n his step homeward, say “Beat it, ; i old pal, 1 In tim e for the last call to hay.” 1 C h o r u s : | The ¥1. P.’s, the M. PCs, the spanking, I dandy M.. P.’s! I We work by day, and work by night, 1 B u t we’re out for a frolic, or ready to I fight. I We w ork for the boys in the trenches, 1 To see th a t their grub line’s kept free, | And the dough-boy, you see, S W on’t go hungry for tea, I If it’s up to the boys of the M. P.’s. I To our mounts, you will find, we are gen- I tie and kind, | And we’re ready for any old ride; | W e’ll do our best to keep up w ith the rest, | W hen we get to the other side. | W e’ll m ake our girls sad, hut our folks 1 w ill be glad, | From the Em p ire State, and you’ll see, | To keep up a good reputation I Is the motto of every M. P. DUCHESSE DE RICHELIEU SINGS. On W ednesday night, November 27th, Y. M. O. A. U n it No. 97 was honored by the presence of Mme. Duchesse de Richelieu, the guest of Col. and Mrs. George A lbert W in­ gate, who sang to a large audience of officers and enlisted men. The Duchesse has a charm ing voice and uses it to the best ad­ vantage and her singing was thoroughly en­ joyed by all and she was asked for many encores. The program was varied, startin g w ith a cycle of old English songs and' was in ter­ spersed w ith frequent num b ers of a popular nature which the audience sang w ith her. The 104th F. A. Band added much to the enjoym ent w ith its excellent numbers. It is hard to pick out which of the songs was the most popular, as all shared alike in the ap­ plause. “Carry Me Back to Old Y irginny” was as much enjoyed as any, while “Over T h e re” and “Keep the Home Fires B u rning” came in for their share of the applause. The u n it was honored by the presence also of m any distinguished guests, among them being General and Mrs. Phillips, Col. and Mrs. W ingate, Col. and Mrs. Sm ith, Col. Hines, Capt. and Mrs. Schoellkopf, who are entertaining the Duchesse during her stay in town, and num e rous of the officers of the various m ilitary units in camp. WHAT TO SEND THE SOLDIER. Some* C hristmas Suggestions to Clip and Send Home. H ere are a few practical C h ristm as sug­ gestions for the folks back home. Kind but m isguided aunts are apt to send you copies of Xvanhoe, red neckties, and suspenders. If you send them this list and check the things you’ll need, you won’t be apt to draw a w h ite vest or a pair of skates in your sock C h rist­ mas m o rning: K n itted things, as sweaters, mufflers, w ristlets, belly bands, sox, gloves, bed-sox, all 0. D. in color. Food, as all sorts of tinned stuff, such as ground coffee, potted meats, boneless chicken, jam , sardines, tea, jelly, preserved fruits, soup, chicken a la King, shrim p s, etc. Avoid glass jars. They are alm o st sure to be broken. Cakes, especially the kind of fru it cake th a t will last, packed securely in a wooden box. Cake is apt to get quashed if sent in cardboard boxes. Candy, all sorts. B u t NOT fruit, except, possibly well- packed apples. Nuts. W riting paper, trench m irrors, soap, in ­ flatable pillows. Baa-baa Bennies, i. e., coats lined w ith sheep skin. Sleeping hags, flash­ lights, fountain pens, shoe polishing sets. Rubber boots, moccasins, felt slippers. W rist watches, compasses, strong jack- knives, w a te r-proof m atch safes, w a ter­ proof c igarette cases, toilet cases, Duffie-bags, chafing dishes, hooks, especially w a r books; checks, any am o u nt, but preferably blank. OFFICERS ON LEAVE. The following officers have been granted a leave of absence: Capt. C. L. W aterbury, 0. R. C., on duty w ith the division school of the line, nine days, beginning on or about November 25. F irst Lieut. W illiam F. S. Root, 102d Engineers, fifteen days, beginning on or about December 14. Maj. J. Leslie Kincaid, judge advocate, ten days, beginning on or about November 25. Lieut. Col. H. S. Sternberger, division quarterm a ster, ten days, beginning on or about November 25. Maj. F. E. H u m phreys, 102d Engineers, ten days, beginning on or about December 1. F irst Lieut. L a m b e rt Oeder, D. C., 105th Field A rtillery, ten days, beginning on or about November 26. Capt. K e n n eth G ardner, 107th Infantry, ten days, beginning on or about November 25. F irst Lieut. H. L. Mellen, 102d Engineers, ten days, beginning on or about November 26. Lieut. E'mbre Rogers, U. S. R., 104th Field A rtillery, beginning on or about December 10 . Capt. A. W. Palm er, 102d Engineers, ten days, beginning on or about December 22. The leave of absence recently granted Sec­ ond Lieut. H. A. M orriss, 53d Infantry B rig­ ade headquarters, has been extended one day. A HOME-MADE TRENCH STOVE. How to Make One Out of An Old Tin Can and Y e sterday’s Newspaper. H e re’s an easy way to m ake a trench stove. Roll a new spaper into a tight roll. Cut it into three-inch lengths. Boil these sm all rolls in paraffine. They are the fuel for your stove. Now get an old tin can—a large two- pound coffee can is good. Cut a door in the side of the can 3 1-2 inches long by 2 inches high, just above the bottom of the can. Punch holes about as big as the end of your little finger an inch apart around the top of the can. Now your stove is done. One of your, paraffin rolls can be placed on the bottom of the can and lighted. It will burn brightly for about tw e n ty m inutes and will give a good heat—enough to heat shaving w ater, m ake coffee or warm up some beans. Place them on top of the can w h e re the cover was. The flame fans out through the holes. A lot of these paraffin rolls are being made by the school children of ■ S p a rtanburg, under the direction of the Red Cross. Chil­ dren throughout the country are doing their sm all hits by rolling these paraffin rolls and sending them to France, to the real trenches, and to the various camps in th is country for use in the train in g trenches. Some may be supplied to the soldiers a t Camp W adsworth.

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