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The Rio Grande rattler. ([McAllen], Hidalgo County, Tex.) 1916-1917, January 05, 1918, Image 14

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12 THE WADSWORTH GAS ATTACK a n d RIO GRANDE RATTLER HEADQUARTERS 0 0 .5 102D ENGINEERS. Cook Louis Goldberg, of H e a d q u a rters Co., after giving the boys one grand good dinner for C h ristm as, left the sam e evening w ith his wife on a furlough. Our hearts are with you Goldie, and may you take a few for each of us. T h e re has been a considerable conges­ tion of the mail in H e a d q u a rters Company since the m ail m an left. T h a t B o rder Stuff, B. S., has all frayed out in H e a d q u a rters Company. Thom as Bracken, form erly top sergeant in the old 71st N. Y., is now w ith the H e a d ­ quarters Company of the 102d Engrs. Tom brought his Aeolian Y ictrola w ith him and a great deal of classical and ragtim e music has been heard coming from his tent, and the place has become one of the recreation centers of H e a d q u a rters Co. Tom has been w ith us only a short while, hut he is already one of the m o st popular men in the com­ pany. Cook D ietz’s favorite song is, “It’s nice to get up in the m o rning; hut it’s nicer to lie in bed.” Joe H alpin, of the Sanitary D etachm e n t, is orderly for Gen. Rumor. Hinchey, M essem er and Pop O’Brien, of the M idget Squad, are doing corral duty for Gen. Rumor. Supply Sergeant Greeley does not say, “Go west, young man, go w e st.” H e directs them elsewhere. F irst Sergeants Thompson, T u rner, Len­ nox, W idland and Olson have ju s t com p leted the barracks for the reserve officers as­ signed w ith this regim e n t, and they have now begun work on the engineer regim e n tal church. H as anyone seen anything of a letter for S e rgeant Greeley? Since his retu r n from the Big Town, his inquiries for m ail have been fervent and frequent. Rum o r has it—■ but never mind—we all expect an engraved card some tim e in the near future. P e ter J. finally got his allowance of O. D. breeches. T h a t tall Southern gentlem a n , J. C., is evidently failing in health. W h en Joe re ­ fuses “th ir d s ” som ething is radically wrong. * U n d e rstand you got a furlough, Joe. T h e re has been a noticeable increase in “furlough-gram s” for th e past week. Holi­ days are very hard on grandm o thers and stepm o thers. W e are unanim o u s in our opinion th a t the candy our topper receives from N. Y. is O. K. H e ’s sw e e t on the girl, too. E ternal questions: W h a t are the official duties of H e a d q u a rters Company? W h en are we to get our m o u n ts and ordnance equipm ent? A sk Jack Barry. He don’t know. W e are glad to announce the complete recover of our esteem e d com p a triot Jerry O’Connell from a serious attack of “bunkus- fatigus.” W ell, anyhow, it’s b e tter th a n no war. “ AN AGED LADY” WRITES TO THE GAS ATTACK. H E R LETTER. Dear Mr. Soldier: W e’ve never m e t each other, And we may never meet, Though I may pass another W h en w alking down the street. I thought you m ight be lonesome If no one w rites to you, So hence this little letter— And you may w rite me, too. For I’ll not take offense at This breach of social grace, Though you may take exception If you should see my face, For I’m an aged lady, Not handsom e, this is true. No wonder everyone m u st laugh At everything I do. But if you’d like a letter, A friendly word, th a t’s why: Ju s t w rite to Miss Jeanne W a lters, Astoria, L. I. 279 Seventh ave., care MacLeod, A storia, L. I. OUR ANSWER. Miss W a lters, we acknowledge Your note of yesterday, W ith thanks for w h a t you w rite us In such a pleasant way. And we enjoyed your letter, Your “friendly word,” th a t’s why W e’re grabbing pens w ith fervor To send you this reply. For we take no offense, dear— No social rules can cram p A letter-w riting soldier If he can get a stamp. And though you may be aged, No lady could have sung W ith such a kindly nature U n less her h e a r t was young. So w e’ll not stoop to laughter If we should chance to meet, W e’ll kiss you for your spirit— And do it on the street! C. D. COMPANY A, 105TH MACHINE GUN BATTALION. Private Banz, b e tter known as The M ighty H u n ter, goes forth once a week for game of any sort. So far he has caught nothing but w et feet, and a cold in his head. His tent-m a tes are w illing to stand for anything he catches, but the fun will cease should he ram b le in some day w ith a few cats—of the Polish variety. P rivate M anrick alm o st dropped dead w h en he was ordered to cease sporting around in his trench coat, and to cover his lower extrem ities w ith • som ething else be­ sides leather puttees. W e do adm it th a t he looked som ew h a t like an officer, until H e a d q u a rters got wise to him. G. S. DIVISION HEADQUARTERS TROOP. On Christm a s Eve a special entertainm e n t was celebrated in the troop m ess hall. It was attended by the friends of the officers and men. A regular Broadway program was issued to each of the audience. It was prepared by Corporal K ing and Private Comacho. A large, beautifully-dressed C h ristm as tree had been erected, and the evening’s fun started w h en Santa Claus appeared from behind it and distributed handy little gifts to all. Gus Odin handled the p a rt of St. Nick to perfection, and there are several who suspect th a t the forem o st steeple-chaser in the troop has qualified at the Santa gam e before. The feature of the night was a one-act fantasy w ritten especially for the occasion by P rivate H u g h Strange, whose production, “Seventeen,” is just beginning its appearance on Broadway. T h e title of the play was “The Choice.” The scene lies in a dugout on the w e stern front w h ere a young A m eri­ can soldier of Germ an birth is about to go over the top for the first time. Strange has cleverly depicted the m e n tal condition of the Sammy, who is influenced on one side by the inherent respect for the land of his nativity, and on the other by the knowledge th a t Ms adopted country is acting on the side of justice. The latter finally wins his support. A stage was built a t one end of the hall w ith regular scenic and lighting effects. Rex Swain operated the spotlight, w h ile Corporal Davies and P rivate P a in ter w e re stage directors. Teddy Gemp, whose m o tor­ cycle riding has had every m ilitary police­ m an on the reservation on the jum p for the past two months, handled the orchestra. The cast included: P rivate Jack Garvey, th e Soldier; P rivate Charley W ard, R e ality; Private Strange, the F a therland; Private Hughes, the B rother; and S e rgeant M ajor Flannery, Truth. L e s ter Hunt, attired in the costum e of a French Field M arshal, thrilled the troop w ith a tale of his daring work in the B a ttle of Spartanburg, attributing m o st of his suc­ cess to the assistance of Sergeant “SlingeU and Corporal Chanut. He was attended a t the lecture by Ms faithful orderly, L a n c e Corporal King. Several C h ristm a s chorals w ere well rendered by the Troop Q u a rtette, Privates Hughes, Bonk, Campbell and Cor» poral Davies. Sergeant Loeb directed th e program . During the past week th r e e of the troop were commissioned. The lucky men w ere Privates Vlober and Crowski, who have been made second lieutenants and assigned to the billeting service, and W ilder M. Lahy, who is ordered to report to Petersburg, Va., as second lieutenant Engineers. L ieutenant Crowski lost no tim e in getting into a posi­ tion w h ere he could give orders. H e was m a rried in New York on C h ristm as night. H o rseshoer Sam Pine received a neat little w rist w atch for C h ristm as. On the follow­

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