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The Rio Grande rattler. ([McAllen], Hidalgo County, Tex.) 1916-1917, January 12, 1918, Image 17

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THE WADSWORTH GAS ATTACK a n d RIO GRANDE RATTLER 15 KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS. That “ Everybody W elcome” sign outside the K. of C. building did not mean a warm welcome' until 1 1 t week, when the camp Q. M., 011 rce eipt of authority from W ashing­ ton, issued some v ood for heating the build­ ing. This week he went still further, issu­ ing some coal. The hot air furnaces are now doing their b it in fine style. Joseph A. Cummings, who has been secre­ tary in charge at the K. of C. building in camp, has been recalled to New York for service as a soldier. He had been a mem­ ber of tin 1 ilisted -Reserve for about six months Ini 01 coming to camp early in Xovembei 11 s friends here may next see him 1 i somewhere in France. ’ ’ Two knockouts every week are the attrac­ tions that bring out super capacity audiences to the weekly boxing bouts held under Frank M o ran’s direction at the K. of C. building. Major-General John F. O ’Ryan and many other officers are interested spectators at every set of bouts. Director K a z a m a k ’s band and orchestra have given several fine concerts recently at the K. of C. building. The Fourteenth Regiment boys are always able to provide a well balanced program, and the violin solos of their leader never fail to bring down the house. A small outside chapel for the reservation of the Blessed Sacrament has been built at the K. of C. building. The chaplains are now able to adm inister the last rites of the Cath­ olic Church at any hour of the day or night should any soldier, either at the Base Hospital ill, or elsewhere as a result of acci­ dent, find himself in danger of death. Two post chaplains are now resident at the Iv. of C. building: Rev. George A. Crimmen, of Buffalo, and Rev. William P. Brennan, of Albany. Father Crimmen has been in camp almost two months. i i G etting right with God ’ ’ was the big occupation for the soldiers who thronged the K. of C. building 011 the three days preced­ ing Christmas. 2000 men made their con­ fessions in the building in preparation for Christmas, and every one of them received Holy Communion at the masses on Christmas Day. Four masses were celebrated in the building, and the big M idnight Mass was held in the Red Triangle tent. The M idnight Mass, celebrated by Rev. Peter E. Hoey, Chaplain of the 106th M a­ chine Gun Battalion, was the outstanding feature of the observance of Christmas in Camp W adsworth. 3,500 men and about 50 women were in attendance. The huge tent was too small to accommodate the throng, and the tent walls were removed th a t the hundreds standing outside might obtain a view of the altar. French and B ritish offi­ cers were present in large numbers, and P r o t­ estants vied with their Catholic brothers in arms in seeking to participate in the ob­ servance of the great Feast of Peace. The climax of the Mass came at the Com­ munion, when 1630 men came forward to re­ ceive the Eucharist. I 11 adm inistering the Sacrament Father Hoey was assisted by Rev. William P. Brennan, the K. of C. Chaplain. Other midnight masses in camp were cele­ brated by Rev. W alter Fornes, chaplain of the 106th Field A rtillery, and Rev. Francis E. Kelby, chaplain of the Tenth Infantry. About 2,000 were in attendence at each of these masses. Rev. George A. Crimmen, K. of C. Chaplain, celebrated a similar service for the men encamped at the range, 600 be­ ing in attendance. Christmas night was the occasion also of the first Benediction of the Blessed Sacra­ ment being given in camp. This ceremony took place at the K. of C. building, Father Hoey being the celebrant. NO MORE “ BOB T A ILS” FOR SLACKERS. D ishonorable discharges from the arm y, which many officers believe have been seized upon by slackers and objectors as the ve­ hicle of escape from m ilitary service, will no longer provide such an opportunity under an order issued by S e c retary Baker. For several weeks the arm y has been losing men at the rate of 100 to 150 a day. They chose to com m it offenses which led to their dishonorable discharge. In the future, Secretary B a k er ordered, such men will get term s of im p risonm e n t w ith their discharges, and w h e rever possible some other form of sentence will he used.

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