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The Rio Grande rattler. ([McAllen], Hidalgo County, Tex.) 1916-1917, April 27, 1918, Image 32

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GAS ATTACK m w r m w i t i i H i i i w w i w i w H i w w i i i f i w H 1! Established as the great war-time sw eet­ meat, this beneficial, refreshing, long-lasting tidbit proves its worth for all times of struggle: The constant friend of the fighter, the worker—the man or woman who does things. W i M e F l a v o r L a s t s m Three Different Flavors jgjj COMPANY A, 105TH INFANTRY. Who says Company A isn ’t prepared? From now on we are convinced nothing is impos­ sible. A fter having hiked twice to the Glassy M ountain range, we did it just once more and back again, traversing those weary 26 miles in the excellent marching time of 9 hours. Of course, we were not alone—the 105th Regiment as a whole, but during that brief 5-day absence from our Company street, more ordinary punishment was inflicted on the “ enem y \ than could even be imagined in D a n te’s Inferno. Carefully we engaged in the tactics of Von Hindenburg, and for 7 miles, simply carried the “ e n e m y \ to obli­ vion on the sw ift wings of destruction, let M I F i l l S Designed and Tailored by a New York Tailor Complete Assortment of Materials to Select from For Uniforms Breeches Overcoats is now ready for your inspection First-class Alterations and Repairing A ll U n ifo r m s M ade at My Establishment are Guaranteed as to F it and W o r k m a n s h ip A s h Y o u r Brother Officer He Knows M. ROTH 107% East Main St. One Flight Oj loose from our Springfields, autom atic rifles, and machine guns, at the same time being gently baptised for the tomorrow by an oc­ casional whistle of a high explosive shell from the mouth of cannon located in the rear. The tomorrow dawned, however, only after a sleepless night in a cornfield (which w a sn’t made to camp in anyway), and all seemed glad to get on the way as a means of thawing out the frost in our anatomy. At least, the feeling was universal that we were due for a “ warming u p \ m ighty soon, as while we lumbered slowly up the mountainside, we were pondering with anxiety over the great impending event,—the like of which had never before been even experimented with in the history of the American army. We were to go that morning under a barrage of artil­ lery fire, consisting of real shrapnel. As we formed below the hillside th a t was to be the arena for this great feat, full and concise in­ structions were given, and every one knew just w h at he was to do. Zero hour was 12 o ’clock. At 5 minutes past zero the barrage would come from somewhere in the rear, and harass the trenches before us. The Captain, looking intently at his watch, cautioned “ Eight seconds more—Get read y .\ We waited; then a single “ b a n g \ in the distant rear, and it seemed that all the heavy ham­ mers of hell were pounding the hillside every­ where. At first, doubtless none can say he did not “ d u c k \ even though just a wee bit, but after a few seconds, we grew bold indeed at the noise of bursting shrapnel, even joking about those few shells that fell short nearby, and the clarion whistle overhead grew to a sort of charm. Then came the order to ad­ vance, as the barrage lifted back over the dugouts, and to those who were of sufficient curiosity to look back even once, doubtless the picture of the 105th Infantry as it then appeared, will not soon be forgotten, and when Company A goes ‘{over the top ’ ’ “ Somewhere in F r a n c e ,\ we will know just what to expect, and what to do. CORPORAL K. COMPANY F, 105TH INFANTRY. Back from the range after breaking the hiking record and good old F setting the record breaking pace. We left the range at 2:55 P. M. and it looked as if even the ele- ments were against us for it commenced to rain. However w ith good old F setting the pace, the second battalion arrived at Mont- low Creek Church at 6:45 P. M., a distance of 13 miles. A fter a short rest and supper we left Montlow Creek Church at 9:45 P. M. and arrived at Wingo Farm at 12:45 A. M. A fter another rest and some hot coffee, we left Wingo Farm at 2:40 A. M. and arrived in camp at 5:45 A. M., just as the bugle sounded reveille. Tired, dusty, but happy at making a new record, for it was good old F that set the record breaking pace of thirty-tw o miles in ten hours and twenty-five minutes. A fter the start of the hike it rained as is usually the case, when the second battalion goes on a hike. A fter hiking a few miles, the boys could feel the delicious *1 Ceylon T e a \ oozing out of them. During a discus­ sion on the hike Private C. A. Montgomery, otherwise known by the name of * ‘ Monty, ’ ’ remarked as the perspiration poured off him, “ Gee, if ever I get back to civilian life, I am going to buy a white suit, with wide black stripes, a white tie w ith red stripes and a checkered cap, so th a t everybody will know that I ’m a civilian.’’ P rivate Willie Adams rem a rked: “ Gee, fel­ lows, I have it all figured out if I get wound­ ed, $58.00 a month insurance, $30.00 a month pension and a job as a watchman at $15.00 per w e e k .\ I ’ll be better off than a cop. On the second day out from Camp W ads­ worth it rained and then more rain, but as Private McDonnell remarked, “'we can’t hike now, we have soft going, ’ ’ and it certainly was soft for a while. At the end of the hike some of the rifles were as rusty as old stove pipes and lots of oil was needed and the pull-through worked overtime. P rivate Hidegh looked like Gunga Din, as he carried w ater into the butts for the m a rk­ ers. When the 300 yards was reached the m ark­ ers down the butts thought a sand storm was blowing as the bullets kept hitting the para­ pet. Private Willie Adams could not under­ stand why target 39 was not marked more often and kept yelling, “ M ark 39.\ We were supposed to get an issue of straw to sleep on but it didn’t come until the last day and it was then used to feed the mules. “ W IL L IE .\ Buying any new equipm ent? See the ad­ vertising columns of the Gas Attack for bar­ gains. Think how interested your grandchildren will be in the Gas Attack! Your uniform belongs to Uncle Sam. You are its caretaker. Remem ber, “A stitch in tim e saves nine.\ s. o. s. In Europe food is so scarce it is sacred. To w a ste it is sinful. S. o. S.

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