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The Rio Grande rattler. ([McAllen], Hidalgo County, Tex.) 1916-1917, December 29, 1917, Image 15

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THE WADSWORTH GAS ATTACK and RIO GRANDE RATTLER 13 THE HOB-NAIL SHOES. By Pvt. Charles Divine, Ambulance Co. 108. Oh, you can take the high road, and others take the low, And you will be in Scotland, France, or any­ w here you go Oh, many moons afore ’em, lads; the roads will crum b le fast—■ Or you can sail your shoes as ships, and you can be the m ast. An arm y travels on its feet—Napoleon was wrong; The hob-nails would have cut the road from Moscow half as long, For when you strike a ru tty plain, as dough­ boys som etim es must, You’ll leave behind m a cadam w h ere you pounded through the dust. So plant your feet w ith thunder and a philosophic tru s t T h a t w hen you lift your shoes again your legs won’t crack or bust. An ugly lump o’ leather, over hilly ways you’ll plod, So put your feet in hob-nail shoes and place your faith in God. And w hen you leap across the top, through battle-sm o k e or haze, The Boche will see an arm o red tank upon each foot you raise. T h e y ’ll run in fear—and those who stay, the stunned among your foes, They’ll lose th e ir guns and gum ption if you step upon their toes. Oh, thirty-seven hob-nails in the sole of every shoe. Oh, thirty-seven hob-nails, hoys—or is it forty-two? A’stam p ing stars for footprints in the roads th a t you pass by, And some day you will stam p the stars— well, maybe, on the sky! CAMOUFLAGE. Of late the scene painter’s art—technically known as camouflage—has raised the conceal­ ment of batteries and their observation posts to the realm of the uncanny. According to Major Wagstaffe, you can now disguise anybody as anything. For instance, you can make up a battery of six-inch guns to look like a flock of sheep, and herd them into action browsing. Or you can dispatch a scouting party across No Man’s Land dressed' up as pill-hoxes, so that the deluded Hun, instead of opening fire with a machine gun, will merely post letters in them ■—valuable letters, containing m ilitary secrets. Lastly, and more im portant still, you can dis­ guise yourself to look like nothing at all, and in these days of intensified artillery fire it is very seldom that nothing at all is hit. ‘H O W IT SO UNDS A T 6.15 A . MA BEWARE! The following letter from the w a r d e p a rt­ m e n t to the division com m ander is publish­ ed for the inform ation of all concerned: \It has been brought to the attention of the w ar departm e n t th a t considerable in­ form ation of m ilitary im p o rtance becomes public, due to the fact th a t officers and men send out a great deal in letters and on postcards to relatives and friends by whom it is m ade public. \To avoid the leaking out of m ilitary in­ form ation, instructions regarding secret in­ form ation were issued in general orders No. 94, w a r departm e n t, 1917, but considerable inform ation continues to become public. \The secretary of w ar directs th a t all officers and enlisted men of your command be directed to exercise the greatest am o u n t of care to prevent all m ilitary inform ation from leaking out and to refrain from dis­ cussing in public or from m entioning in pri­ vate letters anything w h a tever which m ight be of m ilitary value to the enemy. Consid­ erable of im p o rtance becomes public through publication of letters; the publication of let­ ters is generally objectionable because very frequently they carry inform ation harm less in itself, but seriously harm ful when con­ nected w ith other item s of apparently harm ­ less m a tter. HAVE YOU SEEN JANE? She Came From Brooklyn to the Camp, and Now She is Missing. Jane came from Brooklyn. She was young and unsophisticated. All the men in Com­ pany I, 106th Infantry, fell in love w ith her. But now she is gone. She has, perhaps, eloped w ith some wicked city chap from Spartanburg. Company I is inconsolable. But most inconsolable is Lt. Ira I. Hodes, who brought Jane down from Brooklyn. Lt. Hodes w ants to find Jane. He will be' most- glad to get any inform a tion about her. She has brown legs, and a black body. She has a regulation tail, 1 and 5-16th inches, long. She has a slight limp in her off hind leg. She has a very intelligent black and brown face, and a w inning smile. She is- two and a half m o n ths old and is a full- blooded A iredale pup. If you see Jane, le t Lt. Hodes know.

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