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The Rio Grande rattler. ([McAllen], Hidalgo County, Tex.) 1916-1917, April 27, 1918, Image 8

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6 “LET’S GO TO THE HOSTESS HOUSE- c w ** M '4? The Lounge. Miss B e rtha Miriam Loheed of Brockton, Mass., Colonel of the Hostess House, calls this attractive wickered and chintzed room—‘ ‘ the lounge.77 I t is, w ithout doubt, the most comfortable place in camp (except when someone plays i i Silver Threads Among the Gold 77 on the public V ietrola). Here the soldier can read, m editate and rest after retreat and in his other moments of leisure. A log fire crackles in the fire-place, which, just now is surmounted by boughs of dog-wood blossoms. It is in this room that Miss Loheed (the lady in white whom the camera ' has caught in the midst of a song at the piano on the left of the picture) says, one or two hundred times a day to mothers, wives and sweet­ hearts of the soldiers— il So pleased to see you! 7 7 “Forty-Five Cents!” Heavenly blue and canary yellow is the decorative motif of the cafeteria of the Hostess House. The azure effect is carried out in everything but the cashier’s eyes. They are brown. This room also has a fireplace which the Y. W. C. A. hostesses keep cov­ ered with fresh dogwood blossoms. Captain Elizabeth Kingman is seen in the act of assembling some pie a la mode. Lieutenant Ila Williams, adjutant of the cash register, is just about to scan a tray w ith one of the aforementioned sepia-hued optics, and smile * ‘ Forty-five cents7 7 so archly th a t the soldier will go back for another piece of straw b erry shortcake just to hear her say 41 S ixty.77 Allen, the indefatigable bus-boy, appears in this picture to have a double-yolked head. Which, in real life, he hasn 7,t. He was gliding in front of the camera w ith a tray when Mrs. M ajor Beall 7s eagle eye detected him and to get him to stop she cried out the first masculine name th a t occurred to her, which was 4 4H a rold.7 7 In the parlance of the Bialto, Allen did not give her a tumble but continued on his way, w ith the result that he appears to have a double bean. Speaking of beans, the cafeteria is the soldier7s refuge from beans. Here he can heap his tray with luscious things, and laugh at the mess sergeant. The self-service feature puzzled one apple-knocking gentleman from Aurora, New York, who in relating his adventures in the cafeteria said, i6I got my knife and fork and spoon, collected a lotta vittles on a tray, took ’em to a table myself, et ’em, but then I fooled the hostesses. I snuk out w ithout washin 7 the dishes! 77 DIVISION LOSES BRIGADIER-GEN­ ERAL LESTER. Popular Commander Found Physically Unfit and is Honorably Discharged. Brig. Gen. Jam es W. Lester, commander of the 54th infantry brigade, has been dis­ missed from the service because of physical disability. Gen. Lester made his last pub­ lic appearance as head of his brigade here when he was in command of the 10,000 troops who participated in the Liberty Loan parade. Upon returning to his quar­ ters at the conclusion of the m ilitary pag­ eant, G eneral L e s ter received official notifi­ cation of his dismissal. Gen. Lester was regarded as one of the most efficient comm anders in the 27th di­ vision and was exceedingly popular w ith the officers and enlisted men as well, who served under him , because of his fairness and consideration in all his dealings w ith them. Gen. Lester was a veteran of the Spanish-A m erican war, having served as m a jor in the Second New York N ational Guard infantry. Gen. Lester rose from the ranks, and has been a member of the New York N ational Guard for more than 33 years, enlisting as a private at Saratoga Springs, his home, M arch 25, 1884. He was appointed a cap­ tain on January 15, 1892, a m ajor on M arch 29, 1898, and Lieut. Col. March 21, 1899. He assumed command of the Second infan­ try as colonel December 11, 1903, and was appointed a brigadier-general June 6, 1911. General Lester was given a farewell re­ ception by the officers and enlisted men. Colonel E d g ar S'. Jennings, comm ander of the 108th infantry, has been assigned to tem p o rary command of the brigade. NEW M. P. COMPANY. Capt. George W. Sullivan, fourth pioneer infantry, has been ordered to organize a provisional company of m ilitary4 police as soon as possible by Brig.-Gen. Guy Carle- ton, comm anding the provisional depot for corps and arm y troops. W ith the arrival of new soldiers for the depot u n it the work has been found to be too extensive for the m ilitary police of the Twenty-Seventli Di­ vision to handle and the provisional com­ pany is to be organized to co-operate w ith them. The other officers of the provisional company will be F irst Lieut. Thomas Bar- don, Jr., of the fifty-fourth pioneer infan­ try and Second Lieut. John H. Jenkins, of the fifty-third pioneer infantry. Capt. Sul­ livan will report to Major T. H a rry Shan- ton, com m anding the 102d M ilitary Police, for instructions. 150,000 MEN ABE CALLED TO AEMY CANTONMENTS. The provost m a rshal general has issued a call for approxim a tely 150;000 men to re­ port at camps, the movem ent to begin April 26 and continue five days. New York S tate’s quota is. 10,171.

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