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The Rio Grande rattler. ([McAllen], Hidalgo County, Tex.) 1916-1917, April 27, 1918, Image 17

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GAS ATTACK 15 TEUTONIC DUPLICITY. “ Sir, I found this man sitting in a Turn Verein, eating limburger cheese and drinking kulmbacher, while he read Nietsche. He says his name is 0 ’Brien. ’ ’ DB. EOBEET WATSON OF NEW YOEK TO VISIT CAMP. Rev. R o b ert W atson, P a s tor of the Second Presbyterian Church, Central Park, W est, New York City, will be In camp for the week beginning April 28th. Dr. W a tson is a preacher of repute, and has spoken w ith great success in many of the cantonm e n ts of the East. His visit here will be welcomed, especially by men from New York City. Dr. W atson will speak in all of the arm y Y. M. C. A. Buildings in camp. “ VICTORY M OTHER” SINGS FOR BOYS. Mme. Grace H all Riheldaffer, one of Am er­ ica’s forem o st concert sopranos, or as the boys at camp chose to call her “Our Victory M o ther,” gave a series of concerts through­ out “Y” buildings in camp. There is rarely need for a special announcem ent to get a crowd into the Army Y. M. C. A. Buildings. T h e re is usually one there anyhow, but the word had been passed along th a t there was a special treat in store for the men and every building w h e re Madame Riheldaffer sang was crowded to the doors and even open windows w e re filled w ith faces. Mme. Riheldaffer made a delightful little talk to the boys before beginning her formal program , and told, w ith now and then, just a little catch in her voice, of her own “Bill” who is w ith Pershing’s m en in France, and of how the strength gathered from this su­ prem e sacrifice has made her not only will­ ing, but eager, to forego m any of her pro­ fessional engagem ents and give her tim e and her talen t to the boys who are soon to join “Bill” in the great arm y of democracy “Over T h e re.” The program itself was so arranged th a t it delighted all. P a rticularly pleasing w ere such num b ers as “Laurels of V ictory,” com­ posed by E. Edwin Crerie, able accom p anist for Mme. Riheldaffer. The fellows around camp will continue to w h istle the catchy tune for some time. “Out W h e re the W e st Begins,” by Phiieo, and “The W inds in the South,” by John Prindle Scott, w ere delight­ fully rendered. “The Magic of Your Eyes,” by A rthur Penn, was enthusiastically re­ ceived. It was indeed a rare privilege to listen to the rem a rkable rendition of “T h e M arseil­ laise” which was sung in both French and E n g lish while all stood at attention. W aves of em otion sw ept over the audience, and yet it seem ed th a t the drop of a pin could have been heard. Mme. R iheldaffer has a voice of rem a rkable clarity, over w h ich she has per­ fect control. On the choruses of some of the popular songs of the day, the boys w h istled and sang to th e ir h e a r ts ’ content under the leadership of the singer. M adame Riheldaffer closed her program w ith the chorus of “Keep the Home Fires Burning,” in w h ich the soldiers all joined, at her invitation. A fter the conclusion of the program , M adame Riheldaffer spent considerable time, greeting the boys, who cam e forw a rd to shake hands w ith her, and held an inform al reception for 20 or 30 m inutes. Y. M. C. A. CAMP SONG DIRECTOR CLARK LEAVES FOR CAMP HANCOCK. Robert E. Clark, Camp M usical D irector of Army Y. M. C. A. at Camp W a d sw o rth, has gone from W adsw o rth to Camp H a n ­ cock, Augusta, Georgia. Mr. Clark came to camp last fall and since th a t tim e has been doing a fine piece of work w ith the boys, both on the m arch, in the m ess shacks and in the Y. M. C. A. buildings. Mr. Clark is a m u sician of note, having a deep, rich, pow erful baritone voice. For five years he was in a male quartet w ith A rthur O. M iddleton, who is now A m erica’s great­ est concert bass. L a ter he joined Dr. G. W. A n d erson in evangelistic w o rk and was asso­ ciated w ith Hon. John W a n a m a k e r as his musical man. Mr. C lark has sung for the Edison Phonograph Co. and m a d e several records for them . He gave all this up to come to Camp W adsw o rth and do his bit here w ith the boys. Mr. Clark has a genial, w inning personal­ ity, w h ich m ade him popular w ith the fel­ lows. H e surely could m ake them sing. Officers, enlisted men, and “Y” Staff regret th a t Mr. Clark has been called to another field, but w ish him great success a t Camp H ancock. Mr. Clark was accom p anied by Mr. H a rry A. H ildreth, who has m ade a nam e for him ­ self in camp as a pianist. Mr. H ildreth, be­ sides acting as accom p anist for Mr. Clark, was connected w ith Building 92 as assistant business secretary. In both of these capac­ ities he was a favorite w ith fellows and they regret to see him leave. W e wish both of these gentlem e n con­ tinued success in the largest m e a s u re in their new field. NEW S OF “ Y ” MEN. Ray F. Jenney, Y. M. C. A. Camp Physical Director, has been granted a m o n th’s leave of absence in order th a t he may take up further special training. It is w ith regret th a t we lose Mr. Jenney, but tru s t we will have him back w ith us soon. T h ree new m en have been added to the Y. M. C. A. Staff in camp. Mr. G. W ilbur Taylor, a business m an from Baltim o re, Md., recently graduated from Blue Ridge Training School for “Y” secretaries, has been assigned to Building 97 to act as Building Social Secretary. Mr. J. G. W ilburn, a business m an from A tlanta, Ga., is now a t Building 92 in capac­ ity of Building Social Secretary. Mr. F. B. A v e rett, from Columbus, Ga., is located at H e a d q u a rters to keep the Fords in running order. Mr. A v e rett is an expert mechanic. W e take this opportunity to welcome these m en to our ranks. MILITARY REGULARITY. Colonel G— is a fine com m ander, but not a m u sician. H e sent for th e chief m u ­ sician of his regim e n tal band one day and delivered this scathing, criticism : “I notice a lack of uniform ity about the band w h ich m u s t be regulated. Y e sterday m o rning they w ere out on parade, and the largest m an in the band was playing a little bit of an instrum e n t—-flute or som ething of the kind-—and you had the big drum played by a sm all man. T h a t sort of thing doesn’t look well, and m u s t be attended to. I w a n t the sm all m en to play sm all instrum e n ts and the big m en the big instrum e n ts . And an­ other thing—I w a n t the trom b o n e players to slide th e ir instrum e n ts in and out in uni­ son. It annoys m e to see them all out of step w ith th e ir hands.”—P ittsburgh Chron­ icle Dispatch.

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