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The Rio Grande rattler. ([McAllen], Hidalgo County, Tex.) 1916-1917, January 26, 1918, Image 23

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THE WADSWORTH GAS ATTACK a n d RIO GRANDE RATTLER 21 UNIT 97. One of the finest concerts ever heard in the unit was given last Tuesday night by M adame Grace H all Riheldaffer, accom ­ panied by E. Edw a rd Crerie. Madame R iheldaffer has given up a prom ising career tem p o rarily to sing in the various arm y cam ps and contonm e n ts and her concert at 97 was great. She had the boys w ith her from the start and carried them w ith her all the way through her program . £>he gave arias from various operas, in­ cluding Les H u g enots, Madam Butterfly, and others of note. Before singing each aria, she told the story of the opera in such a way as to connect the aria w ith it so th a t the piece would not be over the heads of her audience. A fter these num ­ bers, she sang Les M arsailles in French and English and then lead the boys in singing various songs which they knew, in­ cluding “T h e re’s a Long, Long T rail,” “Over T h e re,” and “A Long, Long Tim e,” to all of which she im p rovised a tenor obligato. The fact th a t Madam Riheldaffer’s son is in France at present w ith the U. S. Engineers gave added interest to her concert. The evening was one of the m o st enjoyable which the boys have spent since coming into the building and the kindness of Madam R iheldaffer was thoroughly appreciated and will not be forgotten right away. A large and enthusiastic audience greet­ ed Rev. E. E. Ryden, of Jam e stow n , last W ednesday night. Dr. Ryden comes to S p a rtanburg to work in the interests of the men, under the auspices of the L u theran Church, and this was the first tim e th a t he had spoken in camp. The sing before the talk and the movies afterw a rd were both good and much enjoyed. M. E. Oakes, our popular social secretary, was drafted into “active” service last week, w h en he was sent to A tlanta to drive the new Ford truck to Camp W adsw o rth. The trip was full of hard work, delightful scen­ ery, rotten roads and interesting happen­ ings, after all of which “O akesy” returned to us sm iling and serene as ever. The new truck is a dandy and drives finely. D u ring O akes’ absence, Mr. R o b e rt L. Milam helped out. Mr. Milam is a gospel singer of note throughout the South and comes to us from A tlanta to help w h e rever and however he can. The F rench classes under the direction of Mr. Pafford are all doing business and a good business, too. New classes are in pro­ cess of form a tion in M athem atics and E n g ­ lish for foreigners. A fter a big sing last Sunday night, led by Mr. Allen, Building Secretary, and a short service conducted by Mr. Ford, Religious W o rk Secretary, Dr. Strayer gave a won­ derful talk, which resulted in many men signing the W a r Roll and asking for T e s ta­ ments. The 104th Field A rtillery Band gave another of its fine concerts following the movies Monday night. The program was (DELETED). varied as usual, but the cornet solo by Mr. Sutherland, the “M iserere” from “II Trova- tore” was especially beautiful. In the absence of Chaplain Shipm an of the 104th Field A rtillery, Mr. Ford, Religious W o rk Secretary, conducted the regim e n tal service last Sunday morning. UNIT 271. Capt. Anthony Fiala, 102nd Ammunition Train, gave his feature address on his Polar Expeditions. A good crowd of men was present to hear Capt. Fiala relate intim a te details of his own experiences in the frozen North. W e also had a splendid concert from the 102nd T rain Band, under the able direction of Sergeant Roach. Come again! Sunday night after a big “sing,” a stir­ ring talk was given to the men by Mr. Ford, Religious W o rk Secretary from U n it 97. Mr. Ford made a strong appeal to “living men,” and at the close of his discourse m any men volunteered to sign the W a r Roll. Special music was furnished by T. H. Gibson, R. M. C., whose singing was m u ch appre­ ciated. “Movie night,” which hereafter will be an established p a rt of our w eek’s program on Monday and T h u rsday nights was initiated Jan. 14 by an unprecedented crowd th a t cram p ed even standing room. Following the screen plays, Tom F a rm e r and Ted M er­ cer gave their life-stories, which deeply im ­ pressed every man present. To those who have heard these two men, com m ent is un­ necessary. The library has an ever-increasing circu­ lation, and a call for more books has been sent in. A full w e e k ’s program will be scheduled and from the talent th a t has already been discovered am o ng the men, there will be no lack of big doings. “Our keys are in the river” and Secretaries Bonk and Foote will welcome visitors at any time. Come over and see us.

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