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The Rio Grande rattler. ([McAllen], Hidalgo County, Tex.) 1916-1917, January 12, 1918, Image 13

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THE WADSWORTH GAS ATTACK a n d RIO GRANDE RATTLER H COMPANY, 107 INFANTRY. While we must admit there is no place like home on Christmas Eve, the next best place for a happy time was at our party in the mess shack. It was a messy party and we all enjoyed ourselves. We were honored by the presence of a num­ ber of guests, including M ajor Engle, Lieu­ tenant K ent, Mrs. Rowland Tompkins, Mrs. A rthur J. McKenna, Mrs. W. Hodgetts, Mrs. L . H odgetts, Mrs. J. Vollbracht, Mrs. John Dewey, Mrs. Perry Breck, Mrs. Clinton May, Mrs. and Miss Williams, Miss Taylor and Mr. and Mrs. Theo. Langclon. Sergeant Phillips was the master of cere­ monies and started the party on its merry way w ith a neat little speech, which was most apropos. Privates Schmidt of Co. M and W hitman of Co. P then tore off about ten yards of rag on the bango and piano. Mrs. Dewey finished up with a real treat by singing for us, Miss Taylor accompanying her on the piano, and Mrs. Breek added a lot of pep to the occasion by rendering a ragtim e song, finally getting all the boys to join in. W hitman, Johannes, and Unger then gave us five minutes of harmony, and just to prove they liked it the boys made them sing five minutes more. About this time {i Santa Claus” arrived loaded down with gifts, and proceeded to distribute them. We found him most generous, for every­ body received a package and we dubbed il S a n ta ” a pretty regular sort of a guy. ‘ ‘ S anta Claus ” in “ private ’ ; life proved to be none other than Private Van Zandt. The party would not have been complete w ithout the * * G eneral ’ ’ to help entertain, and in his new role of Santa Clans he made a decided hit. Just why he failed to distrib­ ute any of his cure” for b a r b e r ’s itch is a mystery. We also had a donkey party, and the 2nd Squad of the 2nd Platoon carried awav first prize which soon went up in smoke for it was a box of cigarettes. The company is especially indebted to Mrs. Tompkins, Mrs. McKenna, Mrs. Hodgetts, Mrs. Yollbracht, Mrs. Breek and Mrs. Dewey for doing so much toward making the even­ ing such a pleasant one, and their efforts are very much appreciated. The Christmas tree and mess hall were decorated by the ladies and the place looked as cheerful as we felt. In short, we went to bed satisfied that our first ” 0. D. Christmas ’ ’ was not half bad. Mess Sergeant Roe w ent home on a fu r ­ lough over New Y e a r’s. \We should not won­ der a bit if he stayed up after taps. Sgt. “Bobbie” V o llbracht has been Acting Mess Sergeant during the period of Sgt. R o e ’s furlough, and in the kitchen lie is the same “old pepper box” as when “long point­ ing” w ith the bayonet. He kept Jim T h o rn­ ton busy trying to stir the stew by the num ­ bers, and Sunday, Dec. 30th, when it was so cold all the w a ter pipes froze tight, we were the only company in the regim e n t to have red hot coffee for m o rning mess. Jam es K ing and Joseph Dickman have been made corporals. “Jim m ie” and “Joe” are popular boys, and we congratulate them. Corporal Singer is sporting a very tight fitting overcoat. “P o s tm a s ters” Morin, K o rwan and M itch­ ell are very glad C h ristm a s comes hut once a year. It really m u s t be hard to preserve a straight soldier-like carriage when so many m ail hags have to be w restled with. We strongly suspect Jack Johannes of having been in the navy at one time, for he appears to have a sw e e theart in most every State. A real Grecian Bend—H a rry T riantifillu doing squatting exercises. There are still some people who are not “Spugs.” Corporal Schmeiske received a dazzling green neck tie as a Christm as gift. We are going to invite those Coney Is­ land “Snow Birds and Polar B e a rs” to visit our shower baths. P rivate “D ink” Robinson’s pa and m a paid him a short visit and he gained three pounds “am id ships” eating mess in camp and then joining them at the H otel Gresham for an­ other “feed.” Mrs. L. Gosselin has just departed after a short visit w ith her son. The w e a ther in the Sunny South is not w h a t it is cracked up to be. Ask W a lter Puckhaber, he brought his cotton bathing suit down w ith him. -—T. K. COMPANY “ H ,” 106TH INFANTRY. Sergeant K linger, of our company, re ­ fused to eat his Christm a s dinner w ith the squad of his platoon, as he believed in eat­ ing w ith his rank. But the squad took it very coolly as they thought he was rank enough to eat by him self. He Will Learn. W h ile doing his bit in the kitchen tam ing pots, P rivate H e w lett was asked by the Mess Sergeant to get two copies of the Gas At- tack from the canteen. H e w lett stood w ith a sm ile on his face and chirped: “The last tim e I was on kitchen detail the Mess Sergeant sent me for a liver saw, so I refuse to go on any m ore fool errands.” S. B.

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