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The Rio Grande rattler. ([McAllen], Hidalgo County, Tex.) 1916-1917, January 26, 1918, Image 21

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THE WADSWORTH GAS ATTACK a n d RIO GRANDE RATTLER KMNB& Private Butternut— W h a t ’s your horse’s name? Private Hickory—-V e s u v i u s ! Private Butternut— Why? Because he is so fiery? Private Hickory—-Naw—-because he is covered with eruptions. Giddap, Vesuvius. AMBULANCE CO. NO. 105, 102ND SANI­ TARY TRAIN. W h en P rivate “Foggy” M aynard, disting­ uished among the “mixed nuts” of tent squad No. 1, left the company street shortly after retreat on Tuesday, January 15, he was a t peace w ith all the world and thoughts of home and wifey in Spartanburg lighten­ ed his steps as he ploughed through the deep, sticky Carolina mud on the way to the notorious P. & N. Spartanburg local. Finally clam b ering on board he m anaged to squeeze him self into half of one of the seats and soon found him self in conversa­ tion w ith his seatm a te who proved to be an artillerym a n . Several interesting bits of camp gossip changed hands and the talk finally swung into a heated discussion as to the m ethod used in w iring the electric lights w h ich illum inated the car, P rivate M aynard confidently asserting th a t th e re­ moval of any one of the bulbs would throw the car into sem i-darkness. To settle all doubts in the mind of the artillerym a n he stood up and loosened the bulb nearest him and as the interior of the car darkened, a chorus of indignant pro­ tests arose from the other passengers in the car. In the resulting confusion the bulb slipped from the grasp of the flustered private and hurst w ith a loud report as it hit the floor. Unluckily for Maynard, the com m ander of the M ilitary Police happened to be one of the passengers and despite the frenzied pro­ tests of the unfortunate benedict, he order­ ed the culprit to he put under arrest and now friend “Foggy” is listed for no one knows what. “H a rd luck, old top! A little knowledge is som etim es a dangerous thing, isn’t it?” During the past week the mem bers of this company have been favored w ith sev­ eral very interesting lectures on the care of the teeth and most of the audience are now sadder but w iser men. Lack of canvas w ith w h ich to patch the holes th a t had been burned in some of the tents m ade the occupants of several of the tents very uncom fortable during the steady downpour of hail and rain th a t visited us on January 12. Those in squad No. 5 suffer­ ed the most as lack of extra tentage had prevented them from replacing the one ruined by their New Y e a rs’ fire, and they w ere forced to move bag and baggage to ad ­ joining tents w h e re m en were absent on furlough. New tents arrived last Sunday and No. 5 squad is once more together. Two big bunches of enlisted men, accom ­ panied by P v t 1st Class “Cuckoo” Gomon, and P rivates Short, P a rkhurst, “Tonsorial” Dessert, and the Bunch B rothers started for Syracuse W e d n e sday on 10-day furloughs and “H a n k ” Snyder, “King George” Collins, “Rosy” Phelps, Cook Nickels, E rnie Little- wood, and W a lt K u rtz found tim e to re ­ assure their tentm a tes th a t the Salt City still stands, th a t Snell’s Academy is ru n ­ ning full blast (Oh, B o y !) and on a hun­ dred and one other questions. P rivate 1st Class Jack Layden announces the completion of the program for our sec­ ond entertainm e n t w h ich will take place (Continued on page 24)

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