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The Rio Grande rattler. ([McAllen], Hidalgo County, Tex.) 1916-1917, January 26, 1918, Image 22

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2 0 THE WADSWORTH GAS ATTACK a n d RIO GRANDE RATTLER News of the Y. M. C. A. EDITED BY ERNEST W. LESLIE. JAM E S A. G-. MOORE, BUILDING SECRE­ TARY UNIT NO. 93. Mr. Jam es A. G. Moore, Building Secre­ tary, U n it No. 93, was born in Geneva, N. Y., received his prelim inary education in Geneva, later going to T rinity College, H a rt­ ford, from which he graduated in 1914. W hile in college Mr. Moore was prom inent in athletics, playing on the college football and basket-ball team s the entire four years of his college career, m a k ing the track team two of the years in college. He later w ent to Rochester Theological Sem inary, where he graduated w ith honors last May. Mr. Moore has always been active in Y. M. C. A. w ork and while at T rinity College was instrum e n tal in establishing a branch of the College Y. M. C. A. at th a t college. W hile at Rochester Theological Sem inary Mr. Moore was also active in local Y. M. C. A. work, being especially interested in the Boys’ D epartm ent. Before coming to Spar­ tanburg he had charge of the Boys’ Farm Cadet Camp near Rochester, which is run un­ der the supervision of the New York State Food Supply Commission. Mr. Moore came to Spartanburg in A u g u st as a B u ilding Re­ ligious W ork D irector and has lately been made Building Secretary of U n it No. 93. UNIT 93. L a s t T h u rsday night a t 12 o’clock the Corps in U n it 93 w ere compelled to answ e r knock at the door. W ere they callers ? No, they w ere shelter-seekers. The wind had ju s t blown down tents occupied by the guards of 106 Inf. These men had been out in the cold wind for some tim e and were looking for a place th a t would give comfort. The men here did w h a t we could to give it. U n it 93 is alw ays ready to serve the boys their best. W ednesday nighjt the boys had a real musical treat, Mme. Grace H all Riheldaffer, grand opera soprano singer, and E. Edwin Crerie, composer, accom p anist, both of much note, rendered a m o st enjoyable pro­ gram . W e w e re fortunate in having these people w ith us, they both m ade a hit am o n g the boys. Sunday morning, Jan. 6, Chaplain Haus- comb, of 106th Inf., held an im p ressive Communion Service. T h e re was a large num b e r of soldiers present to partake of the Lord’s table. Sunday night, Jan. 13, the Rev. M. J. Thompson, D.D., of R o chester, N. Y., de­ livered a stirring sermon. The boys enjoy­ ed it. W e are anxiously aw a iting his re ­ turn. UNIT 95. Bob Drysdale, the jolly Scot, our Religious W ork Dir.ector, has gone to U n it No. 96, where he is closer to the fellows from his home-town, Rochester. Two large crowds filled the building when he gave his last talks on January 6 and 8. In his place has come Dr. M arvin J. Thompson, also of Rochester, N. Y. We were m ighty sorry to lose Mr. D rysdale but we are glad Dr. Thomp­ son is his successor. On Thursday, Jan. 10, we were delight­ fully entertained by Mrs. Blotkey and her company from Spartanburg. The movies on W ednesday and Friday evenings would not be complete w ithout the 10th Inf. Jazz O rchestra: Chauncey Sears, violin; Frederick Alwaise, piano; H a rry Silman, m a n d o lin-banjo; Paul Klopf, banjo- ukelele. The movie operators are Pvts. An­ thony Guido, Co. H, 10th Inf, and Alfred Shackler, Co D, 10th Inf. Col. Andrews, of the 105th Inf., has kindly loaned us the regi­ m e n t’s new Powers 6 B machine. On Monday and Saturday of last week the building was packed to the doors. Most seats were taken when the secretaries re­ turned from mess. Men occupied every avail­ able space, even the rafters, to gain a foot hold. On Saturday we had the added com­ pany of the prisoners and guards of the 105th Inf. who had been washed and blown out of their tents during the storm on the previous day. The attraction was the en­ tertainm e n t of P rivate Sydney Greene, of Co. C, 105th Inf., his company of eight star perform e rs and Silverstein’s O rchestra of the 51st Pioneer Inf., one of the best m u sical organizations in camp. T h e ir comedy sketch* “Fun in a Schoolroom,” made a great hit. The company is available for other units. Ask Mr. Jenny. Sunday, Jan. 13, Chaplain Tucker con­ ducted services in the m o rning and the Rev. Dr. Jordon, of Spartanburg, spoke in the evening. Secretaries Jordan and O rtner are confined to the base hospital. We hope for an early return in vigorous health. The latest ad­ dition to our staff is the. new office secretary* Clayton C. C’odrington, of DeLand, Florida. UNIT 96. D u ring the week of J a n u a r y 9-16 this unit has had the usual varied activities. The unit has missed very much the men of the 108th Infantry, but the attendance has fal­ len off very little. On W ednesday, January 9th, there was an inform a l sing led by Lucian Bareham. On T h u rsday night a spirited m eeting was held w ith addresses by Dr. Thompson and Dr. Strayer, followed by singing and movies. Friday night drew an unusually large crowd for the movies. Sunday, January, 13th, there were two splendid religious meetings. In the m o rning at 10:30 Chaplain Edrop, of the 53rd Pioneer Infantry, conducted a regi­ m e n tal service and gave an im pressive ser­ mon. In the evening Rev. R o b ert J. Drys­ dale, the new Religious Secretary of this unit, conducted the m eeting—“Scotty” Drys­ dale made a great h it w ith the men and proved by his first talk th a t he will be a great asset to this unit. Mr. Drysdale was form erly at U n it No. 95, but it is especially fortunate for this U n it to obtain him as he is well known by the m any Rochester men who come here. Tuesday night, January 15th, we had one of the best movies of the W inter w ith Ty Cobb as the star. D u ring the week we lost George K. W a r­ ren, Religious' Secretary, since the U n it was opened. Rev. W a rren will he much missed* not only in this U n it but in the camp in gen­ eral. He has returned to his church at Syra­ cuse, N. Y., but hopes in tim e to retu rn to Y. M. C. A. work.

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