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The Rio Grande rattler. ([McAllen], Hidalgo County, Tex.) 1916-1917, January 19, 1918, Image 15

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THE WADSWORTH GAS ATTACK a n d RIO GRANDE RATTLER i 3 52ND PIONEER INFANTRY. W ith the New Year came a new birth. The m any m u tations suffered by the gallant 12th No Y. Infantry in the past few m o n ths has received some Balm of Gilead by getting a new designation, and official inform a tion th a t its wilholm rattlin g skeleton will soon have built upon it some good soldier flesh. W h e ther the new comers are to be regulars or yaphankers is still in the air. Although W e b s ter’s U n abridged informs; us among other things th a t a pioneer is a backwoods­ man, still it also m eans a “preparing of the way\ and there is rom ance in this. For instance, blazing a new trail to the enem y ’s country. The Dandy Dozen have always been in the van, and the men are constantly expressing the hope voiced by th e ir Com­ m anding Officer, Colonel Foster, to w it: “N ext Sum m er in Berlin.\ H e re’s bopin’. Sgt. McArdle says th a t the best way to enjoy a furlough is to dream about it. It’s less expensive. He also said th a t one of our Supply Sergeants has a new head; he has never used it yet. We have in our command now, non-commissioned officers only, and all are specialists, all the way from I. D. R. to carrying wood. W hen Sergeant H a rry Thiebaud was last at the A rm o ry in New York he was pho­ tographed as a type of a handsom e soldier, and should any one see his posters in New York under which is printed the legend, “Join th e . Army, see the world, learn a trade,\ they im m ediately become imbued w ith the am b ition to be a soldier. Sgt. Bugler Goff is practicing a new trill on the bugle. Some one played a*trick on him and placed a larger m o u th piece in the bugle than he generally uses. The other night, w ith the therm o m e te r 6 above zero, he blew “T a p s \ ; the result was a num b er of sour notes. A p p arently the bucal muscles did not liaison w ith the m outh piece. N ever­ theless there is no one in the Division who can blow “taps\ as well as he, and we all say it will be a pleasure to have him do this final r ite for us. Sgt. Major F r a n k Doolittle has developed a m o rning report face. T h is only comes from long quarrels w ith first sergeants and company clerks, especially when the m o rn­ ing report shows some one “Present Absent.\ However, he has now an able assistant in Clerk Russel Kinney, of Co. A, who has taken the m o rning report vaudeville act off his hands. Kinney, by the way, has red hair, but is nevertheless calm, cool and collected. Color Sergeant Charles Evans is about to go on a furlough, and between reveille when he plants the flag in front of the Colonel’s ten t and down to taps when he has com­ pleted his last story about his experiences as a railroad engineer, he is telling us of w h a t he w ill do during his furlough. At the rate he is m a k ing prom ises to him self, he ought to go to the Thousand Islands, and spend a week on each island. Band M aster Jam e s O’Neill has returned from New York w ith an enorm ous am o u n t of new music, and he gives a band concert Private—“Sir, I would like to be prom o ted to a corpulency.\ Captain—\“See the mess sergeant.\ every day before retreat. A u stin W alsh, of the Band, is 6 feet high, and M usician Short is 5 feet. W alsh plays the picolo, and Short the helicon bass. N evertheless, W alsh has never been reprim a n d e d for staying in his ten t “too long\ at reveille, and Short is ju s t as active in abandoning bunk fatigue. 1st Sgt. F rank F a rrell and 1st Sgt. “Babs\ Malone gave a dance at the E n listed Men’s Club the other night. It may be the Sunny South but it is certainly not the daughtery South. If more young ladies were present there would be more to go around. How­ ever, it was a fine elite affair and enjoyed by all. Corporal Thomas Farrell, of the M. G. Co., was t an able-bodied assistant in the general festivities, w hile the regim ental band discoursed sweet music, and M usician de G'uilio, of the band, proved him self a sweet singer. He and Sergeant D o rrite, of M. Company, are rivals in this particular line. Regt. Sgt. M ajor Ed. Boylan has been one of the lucky ones to be selected for the new Officers’ T raining School. H is friends have given him a gold and black h a t cord for a present. L. G. The Man W ithout a Country w a sn’t half so bad off as the m a n w ithout the Gas Attack. 12TH N. Y. INFANTRY, CO. F. Mess Sgt. W h ite (The S a n itary K id ) , has gone home on a fifteen day furlough because his m o ther is suffering from the news of his brother’s death “Over There.\ Supply Sgt. Billy Loyer, our esteemed “F ire Chief,\ is still trying to get some dope on how to charge us twice for stuff we have never received. Say, Jess, w h a t are you going to do w ith th a t big $7.50 you draw for your m o n thly pay? Sgt. J. Briley, when he isn’t talking about his experiences in the R egulars, is either sleeping, eating or else growling. W h a t do you say, Jack? Sgt. Jam e s A. H a lloran was greatly dis­ turbed by the loss of his perfum e bottle. Too bad, John; too bad. But never mind, she will send you down some more. W h ere do you get all the stuff you put in those twenty-page letters you w rite every day. Lillie sure has our sym p a thy when we think of the fellow w ith the invisible m u s­ tache she has chosen for her life mate. Sgt. Joe Dealey, our abm itious newlywed, was seen in camp for a few m inutes one day last week. W. E. R. C a p t Jam e s Riffe, 108th Infantry, has been detailed as com m a n d a n t, of the camp> prison, “Luna Park.\

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