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The Rio Grande rattler. ([McAllen], Hidalgo County, Tex.) 1916-1917, April 06, 1918, Image 13

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GAS ATTACK LEGAL PROTECTION FOR SOL­ DIERS. How Our Civil Rights Will Be Safe­ guarded In Our Absence. The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act, recently passed by congress, has been signed by P resident W ilson and is now in full force and effect. This act aim s to pro­ tect all soldiers from undue hardship, due to their inability to defend and bring law­ suits and to attend to their business obliga­ tions or proper rights during their absence in m ilitary service. The act, according to Maj. J. L e s ter K in­ caid, judge advocate of the 27th division, is, next to the w ar risk insurance act, the g reatest benefit and protection th a t has been conferred upon the soldiers in Camp W ads­ w o rth by the governm ent. The purpose of the act, as set forth in the first paragraph, is to protect persons in the m ilitary service of the U n ited States in order to prevent prejudice or injury to their civil rights dur­ ing their term of service and to enable them to devote their entire energy to the m ilitary needs of the nation. “A soldier or sailor may owe money on a note,” said M ajor Kincaid, in discussing the new law yesterday. “Or he may have bought or leased land or tools or furniture on which installm e n t is yet due. Or he may have m o rtgaged his home, and be liable to foreclosure for nonpaym ent. Or he may have started a hom e stead or m ining claim and be unable to continue the necessary oc­ cupation in the required period of time. Or he may have carried life insurance for sev- years and now be unable to keep up the prem ium paym ents. Or he may have a m oney claim against some one and during his absence the lapse of tim e m ay raise a legal bar against suing for it when he re­ turns. Or he may be sued on some claim in his absence and may be unable to de­ fend the suit effectively while absent. In these and other ways he may suffer undue hardships. The object of this act is to give relief from such hardship.” The provisions of the act are too num e r­ ous to set forth accurately here, but the m ain provisions are: 1. L e t some one, on behalf of the soldier or sailor, notify the court th a t the party concerned is a soldier or sailor. Then the court will m ake prom p t inquiries into the m e rits of the case, and if the case m e rits it the court has power to stay the other party from fu r ther proceeding or to give other rem edy th a t may be appropriate. The court m ay also appoint an attorney for the sol­ dier or sailor in the law suit. 2. If a law suit has been already begun in some court against the soldier or sailor, go to th a t sam e court and give the notice above mentioned. If no law suit has yet be­ gun, but some landlord or other person is preparing to sell out or to take possession A SATIRE ON INOCULATION. Our genial but som etim es hobbied con­ tem p o rary LIFE has printed this am u sing view of inoculation in the arm y. Of course, like the report of Charley Chaplin’s death (or was it J o n a h ’s) it is greatly exaggerated. Or, perhaps, they are w riting about the Ger­ man army. W e hope they are. A BILLION BUGS. No Shortage in U. S. A rm y ’s Germ Supply Anyway. Army life is just one darned inoculation after another. The average soldier is as full of holes as a porus plaster. They aren ’t bul­ let holes. They are the apertures through which all sorts of anti-bugs are introduced into his system. Each soldier is issued a billion bugs, for whose up-keep he is held responsible. They hike hither and thither through his system . They drill on his spinal column and hold sham battles on his cere- of property in which the soldier or sailor is interested, go to the court in whose jurisdic­ tion the property is, notify the court above, and ask the court to sum m o n the other party. All such persons are forbidden by law to take property in th a t way w ithout first applying to court for an order, but some persons may attem p t to take posses­ sion w ithout doing so, in ignorance of the new law.” The act also provides for the governm ent, on certain conditions, guaranteeing th e pay­ m e n t of prem ium s so th a t an insurance policy or fraternal benefit m em b ership will not be forfeited during the soldiers’ ab­ sence. He will then have a year, after his return, in w h ich to pay up and save his policy or m em b ership. M ajor K incaid said th a t the judge advo­ cate general of the arm y is taking all steps necessary for a wide prom u lgation of the term s of the act in order to protect the rights of soldiers. The im m ediate necessity is to bring the act to the attention of the courts and law y ers, creditors and fam ilies of soldiers, so th a t the latter can protect the soldiers’ interest by applying to the courts. It is expected th a t officers and soldiers at Camp W adsw o rth, who desire to take advantage of the act will be able to count upon the gratutitous legal services of the m em b ers of the legal advisory boards attached to the local boards of the selective service system . These boards, in every lo­ cality, consist of public spirited attorneys, who are giving the governm ent th e ir serv­ ices in connection w ith the execution of the draft act. All soldiers, whose civil rights are in any way liable to be prejudiced by civil action should im m e d iately com m u n icate either w ith Judge M. L. Smith, if they are mem­ bers of the provisional depot for corps and arm y troops, or w ith M ajor Kincaid, if they belong to the New York division, to have their rights protected as far as possible. “ I see the P. and N. is running faster these days. ’ ’ “ Sure, t h a t ’s w h a t they got the spur for.’’ brum. He spends half his tim e getting in­ oculated, and the rest of it recovering from the inoculations. H e re is the schedule of a typical day in training camp w h en the doctors are in an inoculating mood. 6 A. M. Reveille. 6:15. R e p o rt to Dr. Jabb for inoculation against sleeping sickness. 6:30. B reakfast and inoculation against indigestion. 7. Drill. 7:11. R eport to Dr. Poke for inoculation against baldness. 8 . All men m u st be inoculated in the left shoulder-blade against T a sm a n ian epizooty, in case the arm y goes to Tasm ania. 9:01. R e p o rt to Dr. P ricker to have 5,- 765,899 anti-prickly heat germ s injected in the right funny-bone. 11:07. Second inoculation against flat feet and w a rts. 12. Mess. Men will be inoculated w ith one plate of stew and four cubic inches of bread pudding. 1 P. M. R e p o rt to nearest doctor to be inoculated w ith any germ s he happens to have around. 2:20. All men suffering from fox-bite or squirrel-bite report to Dr. K n eedle for inoc­ ulation. 2:30. Drill (if able). 2:55. Ankle inspection by Dr. Slasher. 3:33. Bring your calves to Dr. Punch’s tent for inoculation against frost-bite. 4. Special inoculation in Dr. Muff’s tent. All men suffering from alimony, pip, cauli­ flower ears, free verse, persistent sneezing or aversion to work, m u st report for prophy­ lactic treatm e n t. 5. Mess. Each m an will be issued one pill, the equivalent of one plate of beans, one mug of tea and one piece of bread. He may take it, or use it for am m unition. 6-9. All men m u st stay in their tents, as the doctors may think up a new inoculation, and may w a n t someone to practice on. 9:16. All men who are still conscious will be inoculated against insom n ia and mule- kick. 10. Taps (for survivors). N. B.—The only thing they don’t inoculate you against in the arm y is inoculation.

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