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The Rio Grande rattler. ([McAllen], Hidalgo County, Tex.) 1916-1917, December 15, 1917, Image 30

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28 TH E WADSWORTH GAS ATTACK a n d RIO GRANDE RATTLER er the iVlistieto- 7 7 At the old Yuletide dance in Merrie England^ years ago^ the young men w ere entitled to kisses, if the girls could be caught under the m istletoe boughs with which the dance halls w ere decorated. W e hope w h en the A m e rican boys get “Over T h e re / they will be fortunate enough to catch some of the bright-eyed B ritains or those of La F r a n c e , “ U n d e r the M istletoe B o u g h s / 1 h o p e , too, that w h en the w a r is over the A m e rican boys will safely return to every day business. In the meantime it is nec­ essary for us to econom ize. Rem e m b er that the dollar you spend fool­ ishly is a lost friend gone forever. If you are going to send Ghristmas p resents, send substantia! gifts like GOLLINS offers at the B E E H IV E , that will be useful after Ghrist­ mas is over. I want you to know that the BEE H IV E can save you money on every purchase. I buy direct from manufacturers which places me in the position to save you paying middlemen^ profits. I buy for cash and sell for cash which places me in a position to sell for less. I own my own store houses so that I am not compelled to tack on extra charges for store rents. Here s wishing you a Merry Ghristmas and a Happy New Year. J. D. GOLLINS. ENLISTED MEN W ILL HAVE CLUB. Women Friends of Soldiers U n d ertake to Pro­ vide a Need That Is Keenly F e lt—Will Be Opened to Soldiers Soon. Realizing that something more is needed in the city of Spartanburg for the enlisted men in the way of social entertainm ent than is furnished 'by the churches, the Y. M. C. A. and the efforts of the citizens generally, open handed as their hospitality has been, some of the ladies connected with the 27th divi­ sion have undertaken to equip and m aintain a soldier’s club which will fill a need that is not quite met by any of the other agencies here. A prelim inary organization has been form ­ ed, and the movement has gone far enough to insure that it will be carried through. A building on Main street has been secured and plans for its remodeling have been made by Lieut. Paul F. Mann, a well known New York architect, who is an officer in the 27th divi­ sion. The prelim inary board of managers consists of Col. George A. W ingate, chairman; Dr. Rosa H. Gantt, vice chairman; Mrs. Cbauncey J. Hamlin, H. B. Carlisle, Mrs. W al­ ter H. Sehoelkopf, H. F. McGee, E. F. Bell, J. C, Evins and T. W. Garvin. The building committee consists of H. F. McGee, Mrs. Chauncey Hamlin, J. C. Evins, E. F. Bell, Maj. J. D. K ilpatrick. It is the purpose of those interested in the club that it shall not be limited to the enter­ tainm ent of the 27th division alone, but that the club shall be established by the division and that it shall continue when that division has left for France and other troops come to Spartanburg, so that it shall be a perm anent institution as long as the war lasts. For the thousands of soldiers here who have a social status at home and are used to some­ thing more than the customary environment of the enlisted man ;s life, the situation here is felt keenly. The people of the community have put forth splendid efforts to furnish wholesome entertainm ent for the soldiers, and have succeeded in a large measure, but it is m anifestly impossible for a city of 22,000 to furnish adequate and varied entertainm ent for 33,000 men, many of whom are from the largest city in the world. The Y. M. C. A. building in the city is crowded every night, the hotels are filled, the restaurants are turn­ ing- away hundreds nightly, the movies are jammed, the church entertainm ent committees have more than they can do. The proposed club will fill a real and keenly felt need. It is planned to have the club ready for opening w ithin a very short time. There will be a canteen where meals can be served at the lowest cost possible, a lounging room, an auditorium, shower baths, etc. Those who have been working on the project have been assured of financial support by local people and by New York friends of the soldiers who are here. “ ALWAYS ON THE ALERT. Four Doughty Doughboys Quell Panic in Movies. South Church S treet was as quiet as South Church Street. Suddenly a voice ren t the evening air. “L a w s e e !” it said, “De ole movie m achine she done gone bus’ and de place is afire.” The voice cam e from a negro movie. The audience turned as pale as was possible under the circum stances. Then it got panicky. It decided, alm o st as one man and woman, th a t it was going away from there and into the cool evening air. Also it was going quickly. A panic, followed by a few funerals, was in the air. But Sergeant H enry Eisner, Co. B., 47th Inf., and P rivates Jim m y Duffy and Jack Flynn, of Co. L., 105th Inf., and Private W. H. Derr, H e a d q u a rters Co., 108th Inf. were w alking the streets in a m ilitary m anner, keeping always on the alert. They heard the noise. They rushed into the theatre. “You can’t hold a panic in here,” Sergeant E isner shouted. “It’s against orders. Band, strike up ‘Turkey in the H ay.’ Take in s tru ­ ments. P lay ! ’ ” The music and the presence of the soldiers soothed the frightened movie patrons. The burning reel was tossed into the street, the lights were turned on. The doughboys had saved the day.

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