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The Rio Grande rattler. ([McAllen], Hidalgo County, Tex.) 1916-1917, January 05, 1918, Image 13

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THE WADSWORTH GAS ATTACK a n d RIO GRANDE RATTLER 11 “'Now 1 am going to count till three. When I say ‘One! * y o u bend y o u r k n e e s ; at ‘Two!* you jump as high as you can; but be damn sure I don’t catch any o ? you guys go down before I say ‘ T h r e e ! 7 “ Vanderhop and P rivates Barbour, Nicholls and H am b ar, M echanic P r a t t has returned for duty, after a short stay- a t th e base hospital. O. D. uniform s and heavy underw e a r are being handed out abundantly; also the long- expected flooring has begun to arrive. L e t th e “'Sunny S o u th” em u late old New York if it desires, th a t is, as long as Carolina pine holds o u t Corporal O a tting’s squad are still proud of Ms pink cheeks. “Donkey” Donahue con­ tinues to insinuate the “roseate hue” is not due to the balm y breezes from the Blue Ridge M ountains, but is sent directly from Schenectady. How about it, Bill? C o n g ratulations are due form e r Corporal Maroney on his prom o tion to a sergeantry. Sergeant: “The Lewis autom a tic rifle is a -gas-operated, air-cooled gun.” The sam e sergeant (a short tim e la t e r ) : “How is the rifle kept cool?” Buck P rivate: “The gun is cooled by w a ter sprinkled on the barrel as each cart­ ridge is exploded.” And he wonders why ■extra detail is Ms lot. “D ynam ite,” the com p any’s pet mule, still rem a ins an unsolved problem.. H o rseshoer N u g ent w a g ers odds th a t he will succeed in placing shoes on the aforem e n tioned pet yet. Good luck, Nuge! A m o st instructive talk on “Gas A ttacks, and the M eans of Protection Therefrom ,” was delivered during the w eek by L ieuten­ an t Higbee. A fter th e lecture a practical dem o n stration in the use of the gas m a sk was held. A lthough realizing the serious­ ness of the lesson, considerable am u sem e n t was afforded those participating by the novel or alm o st w eird appearance of fellow- men. T h e re is quite a knack in adjusting the gas m ask incadence, and th a t a great deal of practice is necessary is very appar­ ent. “High Explosives” was the subject of an inform a l talk by L ieutenant Thom as re ­ cently. The lieutenant has gained an envia­ ble reputation am o n g th e m en as a speaker and even th e “sick, lam e and lazy” crawl to the m ess shack to hear him. J. A. McC. COMPANY C, 102ND ENGINEERS. A lbert Spiegm an and Daniel Ryan, for­ m erly of H e a d q u a rters and C Companies of the 102d U. S. Engineers, la v e been tran s ­ ferred to the A v iation Section of the Signal Corps, and are now stationed a t San An­ tonio, Texas. “Spiegie,” as the entire regi­ m e n ts knew Mm, was the energetic drill m a s ter who whipped the recruits of H e a d ­ quarters Company into shape. Spiegie m ade ’em sw e a t and blow; but he was a jolly good scout and they liked Mm ju s t the sam e. L a ter he was corporal in C Co. R y a n was an autom o b ile mechanician, w ith the Pack­ ard and other big autom o b ile m a n u facturers. L e t us lo p e th a t the above pair of high flyers will not have to fly across the river Styx. MEMORIES OF CO. K, 71ST INFANTRY. It was not so long ago w h en we all got together in old 71st K room. W e rem e m b e r the look on their faces as each entered the room for drill. The telephone bell would ring and P rivate Jones would be on the wire reporting, “I can not attend drill; w o rking overtim e.” The old faces! W h e re are they to-day? The topper is out of service; the 1st Duty Sergeant is now a F irst Lieutenant, and the Q. M. Sergeant is a Second L ieutenant in another outfit. Our F irst L ieutenant then is now in the Home B a ttalion, and the Second L ieutenant is dead. Our captain also has left us. He is aw ay in an outfit all by him self, w ithout any of the old K men. But perhaps some day we will all m eet again and be able to go over the tim e s we spent together. And then the old 71st K will be on top, as it alw ays has been. PRIVATE JNO. H. BENJAMIN, Co. I, 105th Inf.

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