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The Rio Grande rattler. ([McAllen], Hidalgo County, Tex.) 1916-1917, April 20, 1918, Image 11

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GAS A1 TACK 9 THERE IS HOPE. A Pertinent Letter to the Editor from Captain Goodman. To the Editor, Gas A ttack: D ear Sir: In your edition of M arch 24, 1918, there appeared an interesting article entitled \The Camp P a s to r ’s Story.” A fter reciting many of his experiences about camp, the w riter draw s his article to a close by narrating an incident intensely pathetic and h e a rt rending. The case is cited of a young m an who has sought a noble end w ithout employing one of the m ain m eans of reaching it, this is of seeking to be a soldier w ithout a religion. H a v ing given him a setting in a \vestibule of hell,” he leaves there w ith \the m a rk of the plague upon him, never to be re­ moved in this life.” To a sym p a thetic Y, M. C. A. w o rker this lad is quoted as saying: \I never w a n t to look my m o ther or my sisters in the face again.” T h e re­ upon this above m entioned Y. M. C. A. w o rker tells the boy th a t if it w ere his case he would \go to France, sell his life as dearly as possible, and leave his body there.” W ith a clim ax of tear-filled eyes, the story closes w ith this unhappy ending: \T h a t’s ju s t w h a t I would like to do, but I’m no good as a soldier. They won’t let me go. Ready to die for his country, and not fit to do th a t.” Our object in w riting is not to question the genuineness of th e incident; ra t h e r is it to set forth the falsity of the principle w hich m ay be draw n from this narrative, nam ely, th a t syphilis is incurable. Nor shall we infringe upon the ground of the theologian by discussing the m o ral issue which m ight be raised by w h a t seem s an overt counsel to suicide on foreign soil. Sufficient for us shall be the m edical aspect of the article. Let our prem ise: All m o d e rn m edical authorities concur in the statem e n t th a t syphilis can be cured. True, tim e was when a syphilitic was considered a leper in the comm u nity. H is case was considered dis­ graceful and incurable, and he was set aside even in some cases by his own fam ­ ily. But tim e and the developm ent of m edi­ cal science have given to the world the m eans w h e reby the disease m ay be cured, and its transm ission from generation to generation positively halted. As it can be effectively cured in civil life, m u ch b e tter can it be cured in the arm y . A certain w a rd is set aside in the Base H o spital for its exclusive treatm e n t, *and here are to be found the m e ans devised by science to stam p out this m o st dreaded of dreadful diseases. T h e existence of this w ard, its w ork and its w o n d erful results are facts known to so many, th a t the gross ignorance thereof exhibited in the article is well nigh reprehensible. MAJ. GEN. O’RYAN URGES SUP­ PORT OF THIRD LOAN. M ajor General John F. O’Ryan has asked every officer and enlisted m an in Camp W a d sw o rth to take a personal in terest in the third liberty loan campaign, which opened Saturday. The bulletin follow s: \A third liberty loan cam p aign will be conducted throughout the U n ited States, comm encing on April 6, 1918, and continu­ ing for a period of three or four weeks. The im p o rtance of subscribing to this loan can not be too forcibly im p ressed upon every­ one. The men of the arm y should be espe­ cially concerned w ith the success of this campaign, inasm u ch as it is understood th a t the m a jor portion of the money raised by m eans of the third liberty loan will be expended by the governm ent for equipm ent, supplies and other m a terials th a t the arm y will require. \It is the desire of the camp com m ander th a t every officer and enlisted m an take a personal in terest in the result of the cam ­ paign. It is understood th a t a great m any m en in this camp can not them selves pur­ chase these bonds in view of th e ir personal obligations under the w a r risk insurance act for allotm e n ts to dependent relatives, prem ium s for insurance, and also allotm e n ts for liberty loan bonds, second issue. How­ ever, every officer and enlisted m a n can render valuable assistance by w riting a letter to at least one friend or a m em b er of his family, requesting their aid in m ak­ ing this great loan a success by obtaining subscriptions from at least ten other per­ sons. By so doing, a substantial subscrip­ tion for liberty bonds should be secured.” Again, syphilis need not necessarily predi­ cate disgrace. Many of those so afflicted have contracted it m o st innocently, and why a general conclusion of disgrace should be drawn, or left to be draw n from a par­ ticular case of m o ral turpitude, is beyond our pow er of reasoning. It is a grave vio­ lation of the fundam e n ts of logic. The physicians connected w ith this Base H o spital and assigned to work am o n g the syphilitics are men of wide experience and m any of them are known nationally for their research w o rk along these lines. They are m en of the type who would gladly fur­ nish to the Camp P a s tor and the Y. M. C. A. w o rker inform a tion for their future guidance, inform a tion of the sort which may cause them to send back to the ranks a m an filled w ith patriotic zeal and fervor, rath e r than one needlessly haunted w ith morbid thoughts, and consumed w ith the idea of sending him self to perdition w ith­ out a chance. S. J. GOODMAN, C a p t, M. R. 0., Base H o spital. \T o o had about the Wofford College corps.” \H o w so, Agammenon, how so?” \T h e y can’t have any regimental supply sergeants. ’ ’ \A n d why not, Polonius, why n o t?” \N o n e of them have arms long enough to wear the chevrons. ’ ’ HEAVY PENALTY FOR SOLDIER FORGERS. F o r passing bogus checks aggregating $1,500, Privates Ira D. Brail, W illiam H. R a n ­ dolph and George D. K atzm a n n , all of Com­ pany D, 102nd Engineers, have been severely punished by a court m a rtial. T h e ir sentence was m ade public last week. Brail and R an­ dolph received seven years in the federal prison at A tlanta, Ga., and K a tz m a n n five years. AN APPRECIATION. A few words in behalf of the good work done at the Stockade by the men associated w ith the Army Y. M. C. A. These men do their bit by serving as sec­ retaries of the Y. M. C. A. activities through­ out all M ilitary Camps in this country and abroad. They give their tim e to the w elfare of the boys in khaki, by having places of am u se­ m ent built for them , supplying w riting m a­ terial, moving pictures, and church serv­ ices. T h e ir work in behalf of the prisoners, de­ serves great praise. These prisoners who are confined for offences com m itted against the m ilitary service, appreciate the work these men do, in th e ir behalf. They are sup­ plied w ith all kinds of sporting parapherna­ lia, w riting m a terial, books and all sorts of m agazines. V. 0. W E LCH, 2nd Lieut. 27th Division Stockade. CALL FOR YOUR LAUNDRY. T h e re are m any who have left laundry at the New York Laundry, a list of which may be had on inquiry. Those who left such I m ay get the sam e by calling at the office of F. F. Floyd, N o rth Church St., Spartan­ burg, S. C.

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