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The Rio Grande rattler. ([McAllen], Hidalgo County, Tex.) 1916-1917, April 27, 1918, Image 16

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14 GAS ATTACK ews of the Y. M. C. A. Edited by E. REED SHUTT. The “Y’s” Men at Camp Wadsworth. BUSY W E E K AT BUILDING 96. W ith a large num b er of the men it serves absent at the range or in the trenches, 96 has been less thronged than usual. Yet the movie program s on Tuesday and F riday ev­ enings, and the concert on Monday drew crowds th a t taxed our capacity. Madame R iheldaffer’s visit was the big event. Noth­ ing we have had in a long while has touched the hearts of so m any m en as did her songs and intim a te talks and cheery greetings afterw a rd. Not only was she recognized as a real artist w ith a rich voice under per­ fect control; more than that, a big, friendly, m o therly soul, w ith an unfeigned interest in every soldier boy. On W ednesday evening of last week the band of the 57th Pioneers repeated th e ir form er trium p h in another splendid con­ cert. It was perhaps even better received than the first, there being more popular and fewer classical selections in the pro­ gram . At the religious m eetings on Thursday and Sunday evenings the attend­ ance was not up to par, but the addresses were among the best we have heard. Dr. Lewis, the new camp religious w o rk di­ rector was the speaker Thursday. It was his first message to our men, and they will look forw ard eagerly to the next. Before the address Dr. Woolsey conducted a sing- fest, introducing the new song, \Keep on H o p in’.” L t Gleason of the 54th Pioneers made the Sunday evening address, a stir­ ring and m anly presentation of the sol­ d ier’s need of real religion. Lt. Flem ing of the same regim e n t helped us out of a tight place by taking charge of the singing, and proved a fine leader. All the hym n s he chose were F a n n y Crosby’s. In appearance 96 has been im p roving both inside and out. The floors are being oiled this week, and the Y. M. C. A. emblem has been worked in broken stone on our front lawn. More landscape gardening is still to be done. NEW S FROM UNIT 97. A ting of sadness settled over our p a rt of the Camp when the sad news of the acci­ dent which cost two of our boys their lives and sent several more to the hospital was received. The m ilitary funeral was held Sunday afternoon, conducted by Chaplain Sattig assisted by Chaplain Kelly. The services were most im pressive, and those in attendance were made to realize th a t these two lads had made th e ir contribution to­ ward the w inning of the w ar as truly as those who may later fall beyond the sea. The continued activity in th is section keeps things lively at 97. There is much of go and come since our U n it is located on the highw ay to the Range, and also in posi­ tion to w itness the frequent arrival of new troops. T h e re is considerable hilarity on the p a r t of the m arching bodies of troops, and so well drilled and hardened are many of them becoming th a t a m arch of twenty- seven miles in a single day is a m ere in ­ cident. They come in w ith jubilant spirits and ready to do justice to the evening mess as soon as the bugle calls. L e tters are pouring through this U n it by th e ' thousand, and Uncle Sam m u st alm o st stagger beneath the load of m ail th a t is daily laid upon his back. The library is continually patronized and the late acquisi­ tion of a quantity of new books has only added zest to the reading mania. New paper racks and hangers have also brought an added convenience in the use of the period­ icals. Mr. Ray Jenney, Camp Physical D irector, shot a message straig h t to the h e a rts of the hoys in his able address on \Sailing On,” last W ednesday night. Dr. Ames May­ wood, of D etroit, who spoke Sunday night captivated all hearts w ith his mingled hum o r and pathos, as well as w ith his elo­ quent and m a s terful appeal for Christ-like living. No messenger will be more welcome than he on retu rn date. French Class. Dr. Libby does not lack for pupils in the French class which he is m eeting three tim es a week under the direction of Mr. Pafford, our Educational Secretary. Several hundred men have been particpating in this study and the eagerness w ith which they lend them selves to the work indicates th a t they are anticipating the use of the lan ­ guage ere long. The men all appreciate the excellent service Dr. Libby is so cheer­ fully rendering, and all w ithout money and w ithout price. A happy half hour w ith the Bible has been introduced by Religious W ork Secre­ tary Ayres. Each Tuesday evening at 7:30 he directs a public forum for the discus­ sion of Biblical them e s w ith a direct b e a r­ ing on soldier life, the full -attendance and ready response on the p a r t of the men would indicate th a t this is the best method for this work in our Unit. Secretary Allen since his retu r n from the Blue Ridge Conference has been asked to assume additional obligations. All are aw a re th a t he has a broad back and is ca­ pable of carrying two m en’s load. In ad­ dition to continuing as Building Secretary for 97 he will assist in the instruction of the \uninitiated” secretaries in the various units of our Camp, and will also act as Re­ cruiting Secretary for Overseas work, cov­ ering a district th a t centers in Bennetville. Madame Riheldaffer Given an Ovation. Some who were present had not forgot­ ten her previous appearance early in the history of the Camp. A storm of applause greeted her Saturday night when she came upon the platform . The story of her son \B illy” who is somewhere in France w ith the 15th Engineers, riveted the attention of all; and w ith her marvelously sweet voice she had soon sung her way into the hearts of every hearer. For the boys it was like a breath from home to be the recipients of the m o therly interest she so cheerfully tendered them all at the close of the public recital. Ju s t as we go to press a new mem ber ar­ rives for our Secretarial force. He comes w ith a sm iling face and w ith a readiness to serve. We are sure we have in him a most valuable addition to the w o rking force for this unit. He is Mr. G. W ilbur Taylor, from Baltim ore.

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