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The Rio Grande rattler. ([McAllen], Hidalgo County, Tex.) 1916-1917, December 08, 1917, Image 34

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32 THE WADSWORTH GAS ATTACK a n d RIO GRANDE RATTLER INCINERATOR (Continued from, page 5.) A P ittsburg stogie tw ixt my lips, A bundle in each arm ; An officer stru ts up. the street, I drop all in alarm . I give a m o st prescribed salute, Then w ith a quiet sm irk He snipes my cigar and boards a car—- ’Twas a new civilian clerk. L ittle drops . of w ater, Many grains of sand—- Behold you have a camp site By official sleight of hand. The next tim e Our Mess Sergeant Cuts Up a horse For steak I hope he W on’t forget to Take off the harness. E. & A FEW WORDS ON TRENCHES. A Glimpse of Our Future Abodes by One Who Has Been There. “ As for the trenches themselves—well, as the immortal costermonger observed, ‘there a i n ’t no word in the blooming language’ for them. “ In the first place, there is no settled trench line at all. The salient has been a battlefield for twelve months past. No one has ever had the time, or opportunity, to con­ struct anything in the way of perm anent de­ fenses. A shallow trench, trimmed w ith an untidy parapet of sandbags, and there is your stronghold! For rest and meditation, a hole in the ground, half full of w ater and roofed w ith a sheet of galvanized iron; or possibly a glorified rabbit burrow in a canal bank. These things, as a modern poet has observed, are all right in the Summer-time. But W inter here is a disintegrating season. * * * In addition to the Boche, we wage continuous w arfare with the elements. ’ ’ A REUNION A t the Hotel Finch, Spartanburg, a happy reunion was effected over a well served Thanksgiving dinner by Mrs. C. S. Burr, who came South with her daughter, Margery, and Miss Esther Von Glahn, to spend some time w ith her son, Sergt. M ajor Reginald I. Burr. There was also included in the party Sergt, M ajor H erbert Eorsch, Sergt. M ajor H. V. L. Flannery and P rivate Lester S. Timmins. Mrs. Burr has already been enlisted by Mrs. E. II. Norton, wife of the colonel of the 106th Infantry, to contribute some of her time to make the boys happy at the Christmas fes­ tivities. The people who are coming to the front these days aren’t nearly so im p o rtant as those who are going to the front.— Life. NO PAY FOR MEN DURING PREV E N T ­ ABLE ILLNESS, As part of the work of preventing diseases of every kind, so far as possible, a special examination is being made of every man in camp, and any found to be suffering from venereal diseases of any kind will be sent to the base hospital and isolated until properly discharged. Commanders are to be held re­ sponsible for its rigid enforcement. In a recent cablegram, Gen. Pershing recommends th a t no man suffering from venereal disease be sent to France. In the future men found to be suffering from venereal diseases will have their pay stopped until they have recov­ ered. I SPUNK, SPIR IT AND SONG. I I Spirit and spunk are the two big quali- 2 I ties th a t make a soldier. These two quali- 1 i ties shake all others, and the army with j I plenty of spirit and spunk is invincible. 1 I Soldiers who go out to their drills and | I work singing or whistling and return the J I same way are cultivating an optimistic J I spirit th a t will enable them to hold out 1 1 the extra fifteen minutes th a t often wins J I the victory. I | Soldiers w ith spirit and spunk are ag- 2 | gressive, and the advantage in w ar is w ith I | the aggressor. J I Join in w ith the rest. Sing and whistle I I and you won’t have to “ forget i t . ” .Song 1 | stim ulates and soothes. I t brings your re- I 1 serve power into play. 2 2 The army th a t sings is happy and 2 I healthy. Its morale is good, its enthusiasm I I high, its fighting spirit on edge. I t is the | I army th a t conquers. | | Spirit, spunk, and song spell success in j I war* I I Sing and w h istle! I 1 Sergeant Jam es W. Beckman, I | 102d U. S. Engineers. I THE M ILITARY POLICE HAVE THANKS­ GIVING DINNER AT CONVERSE COLLEGE. All of the M. P . ’s who have, at different times, guarded the Converse gate, were asked to the Thanksgiving dinner at the college. There were fifty-three of them and the girls gave the entire day to their entertainm ent. The Seniors were put in charge of the dinner tables, as usual,, with the assistance of the Juniors and a few Sophomores. At intervals during the meal the girls stood and sang songs especially w ritten to and for these M. P. ’s. A fterwards the Freshmen and Sophomores showed them over the college from the swim­ ming pool through the practice halls, then all girls and M. P. ’s gathered around the piano in the chapel and sang everything from “ Oh, Johnny,’’ to the “ Star Spangled B an­ ner. ’ ’ All too early evening came, bringing the end of a most glorious Thanksgiving day, one that will not be forgotten soon. Our advertisers have w h a t you w a n t. Tell them you read about them in T he G as A ttack . OUR FIRST TRENCH PAPER. U. S. Engineers Publish “ The Spiker” in France. Our ambitions to continue publication of a division paper after we reach Europe have been sharpened considerably by the receipt of “ The Spiker.” “ The Spiker,” the first periodical to be published by American troops in France, is the product of the spare moments of the men of the Eighteenth Engineers, U. S. A., who are engaged, among other things, in re­ building those French railroads destroyed by the retreating Huns. From this job comes the paper’s name, “ Spiker. ” According to the leading editorial in the issue, dated October 23, 1917, “ The Spiker will be continued, unless something unforeseen intervenes, until F ritz yells quits, and will be printed as regularly and as frequently as practicable. ’ ’ Such, too, may be the publication schedule of the 27th Division paper. The Spiker contains advice th a t we, who are yet to see belligerent soil, may adopt with much personal profit. . The Paris DON ’TS, for instance, warns us not to engage rooms in hotels w ithout first asking the prices and not to think That your hot bath is included in that price. We are told to consult prices on menus before ordering food and to very carefully recount the amount of our check that we may be spared shock. Again, we are warned that, when ordering a DRINK in a cafe, the price of said drink should be m arked upon the saucer on which the drink is served. We must not give waiters fees exceeding ten per cent, of the amount of the bill up to 50 francs ($2.50); above that amount, tip him but five per cent. And don’t accept outside rates for your pounds or dollars. Change your money for francs in the banks. Otherwise you loose. In its eight small pages The Spiker prints regimental, sporting and social news. Con­ sidering the handicaps that lim it the efforts of the fellows publishing it, it is not only creditable but really excellent. The publica­ tion and editorial staff includes Jack Bur­ roughs, H. W. Ross, J. W. Shaver, John N. W ashburn, A. G. Marsh, E. E. Short, L. E. Churchman, Patsy Carroll, Louis E. Breton, B. W. Hellings, T. W. Palmer, J. J. Cassidy and T. M. Murphy. John J. Burke, Company B, is identified, evidently intim ately, with the cook detail, for thus he contributes: “ You find me where the pan tree grows, Where tired stems turn up their toes, Where smashing murphies roll their eyes, And loaf around with German pies; I ’m quite a cut up. Look for me At any wholesale butcherie— I never fail—still more or less, I always make an awful mess Of everything I undertake When life and lib e r ty ’s at steak. ” Buffalonians! The people back home would appreciate T he G as A ttack .

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