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One Judge Says They Feared
Invasion at Any Moment
Prior to Arrival of
P. SILVERS of Mercedes, Tex.,
former county judge and one
of the men who converted
the Iiio Grande valley from
a "wildernesas into a place of successful
cultivation, has told why the troops
came to this part of the border. And
this explanation shows that President
Wilson, hen he said the troops were
not there for drill or show, but to pro
tect the country, knew what he was
talking about. But for the arrival of
the troops more than 18,000 Mexican
soldiers -nould have invaded the Unit
ed States and ravaged the Rio Grande
"We had been having bandit raids
and were calling for soldiers to protect
us," Sih ers said, "and finally Ave got
.some. There were perhaps G.000 sol
diers in the alley, so scattered at dit
ferent points that there were only a
few in an: one place. When Villa
raided Columbus, N. M., we had posi
tne information that another such raid
v. an contemplated and that the objec
point va Brownsville Many of
the citizens of that place sent their
families an ay, and preparations were
made to defend the town. The situa
tion was critical Not only were the
Villa bandits threatening us, but Car
ran/a was massing his soldiers on the
border for the purpose of invading
Te\as. He had about 18,000 troops
sjuead along the border from Mata
ruoros, opposite Brownsville, to Rey
nos.i, and between that point and Car
mago troop trains of soldiers were
seen moving. These troops were un
der command of General Nafarrate,
whose hatred of Americans is notori
ous, and a crisis was imminent. Gen
eral Funston, knowing the conditions,
rushed the state troops to the border
and that is why they have been strung,
along the Rio Grande valley. It was
to stop an invasion of the United
States by Mexico, and the presence of
the troops is what is keeping peace on
the main border even now.
"There are plenty of troops to pre
vent any attack from the main side by
a Carranza army Now that the troops
are here they are being drilled and
acclimated and put into condition for
sen i''e, if needed."
When the troops left Fort Harrison
they were ticketed for Brownsville,
but at Springfield, Mo, they were or
dered to Mercedes, and the outcome
of it was that the small number of
regulars at Mercedes was not enough
to prevent an invasion, and the state
troops weie hurried there for fighting
purposes if the Mexicans made an at
Members ot the Indiana national
guard in camp at Llano Grande, Tex.,
nave not been able to wash or change
their clothes as often as would be done
otherwise. Theietore, in order to have
the men put up their best appearance
for inspection, a general order was
ghen making one atternoon a time for
cleanup. While the men were obtain
int, that \iitue next to godliness their
apparel in some cases was novel. Some
woie 'blue denims" (.or overalls and
jumpers), otheis wore nondescript ma
tenals, and some were attued only in
a pleasant smile and a pair oC shoes.
The camp leseinbled a co-operathe
Chinese l.tuiuln The usual Llano
Giandes seiene landscape was broken
b\ ciowds of solclieis bending o^ev
buckets tubs and washboards, tning
to make old clothes look like new and
siglmr, for the comtorts of home,
chielh laundiies and dry cleaning es
tabi'shments L^ erj available tree.
post or tent pole was used as a means
of stretching clotheslines Uniforms,
underwear, so. ks, towels and handker
chiefs tlutieied all afternoon in the
The men have been limited as to
clothing, owing to the fact that there is
a shortage of uniLoims in the quarter
As to Eating.
According to Major Austin of the
state of Washington troops, a few rules
of diet can be laid down which if ad
heied to will enable every man to keep
himself in the best of physical condi
First.Eat only at mess time, three
times a daj and nothing but issued ra
tion or authorized substitute therefor
prepared and served with the mess.
SecondKeep all organs of the body
Third.Do not undertake se\ ere bod
ily exertion immediately before or im
mediately following a meal.
Fouith.Do not drink large quanti
ties of cold water when heated by ex
ertion, only small quantities. Do not
drink ice water in large quantities
ever, only a swallow or two at a time
and not at all if heated. The same
rule applies to other cold drinks.
Fifth.Do not overeat. Too little is
less harmful than too much. Stop eat
ing before there is an uncomfortable
sense of fullness, no matter how appe
tizing the mess may be. Extras should
be as a substitute for, not an addition
to, the articles of the regular mess.
Sixth.Keep the mouth and teeth
Tpo many rules lead to confusion. If
these few are followed and all the care
which, they imply carried out the train-
SI S WELCOM E GUARDSME N
PROTEC THEIR FRONTIER
Other News Notes From the
.Various Camps Situated
Along Banks of Rio
ing we are now receiving will be a ben
efit to every man and we will more
rapidly become an efficient trained
force, ready to do the needful not with
delay, but with dispatch, when the or
der comes to move.
Why He Joined Army.
A youngster who said he was attend
ing school at the University of Minne
sota stood at a street corner and la
mented his lot. He declared a willing
ness to fight for his country and to sus
tain the constitution of the state and
nation, but he was not strong for ditch
digging and street cleaning.
"I did not have to come here to learn
how to dig post holes and make ditch-
es," the youngster declared. "I could
learn that at home. And I never see
the regulars doing that kind of work."
Just across the street and about fifty
feet away was a squadron of the Third
cavalry pulling weeds, cleaning out
gutters, making drains, and four of
them were driving mule teams scrap
ing the mud otf the street.
"Not much soldiering," was suggest
ed to a broad shouldered young fellow.
"Oh, it's all in the game!'' he laugh
ed, holding an armful of weeds.
"But you didn't come here to do that
kind of work. You came here to fight,"
was suggested once more.
"Maybe so," he laughed again, "but
it's all in the day's work. I know that
when we are pulling these weeds and
cleaning the gutters and doing this
kind of work we are protecting our
selves against sickness, especially
against malaria, and making our camp
more healthful. It may look unsoldier
like, but really it is the foundation of
making a soldier fit."
"You talk like a college man," said
the correspondent, to draw him out.
"Yes, sir graduated at the Univer
sity of Chicago and also at Ann Arbor."
"Well," said the surprised correspond
ent, "you are a little out of place here."
"Maybe so, sir. But things didn't go
just right, and I got pretty far along.
I was on the toboggan fairly, sir, until
I thought I would try the regular army
and see if that wouldn't straighten me
out a bit. I like the life, and when it's
all over I will go back home in better
shape than ever."
"Would you mind telling me your
name?" This time the question was
from no curiosity, but to know the
"Private James Smith, sir Troop B,
It's a cinch that that is not his name,
but he showed the real stuff, even if he
letter 110 Feet Long.
Five members of Company A, Fifth
regiment, of Passaic, N. J., now at
Douglas, Ariz., have received a letter
110 teet in length. It was sent to Ja
cob Eelman, Martin D. Karl, Willis E.
Scott, Thomas Collard and Hubert
Jones by the Tony Frylickn association.
The missive was wrapped up in a
package that cost 40 cents to send.
Writing the letter took the authors a
week. Tobacco and other gifts accom
panied the letter.
Had a "Tuberculosis Knee."
Sinbad of Indiana was getting by all
right on the grounds of a tubercular
knee until he was seen chasing a tent
mate OAer the drill grounds, having
forgotten about his sore knee, and then
he was put to work. But he would not
work. He was sitting at his ease and
kidding his guard, who had no bayonet
on his gun, when Colonel Coulter came
"What are you doing there?" the colo
nel asked sternly.
"Not a thing, sir, except admiring the
beauty of this gent with the rifle."
"Well, you get to work," the colonel
said, sterner than ever.
"Not on your life. Me and work had
a falling out, and we ain't going to
It was for those words that Sinbad
will be on a hard labor job for at least
Bootblacks' Eyes Open.
Even the Mexican bootblacks who
visit the camp to pick up a few dimes
by shining the officers' boots are fa
miliar with everything going on in the
Lieutenant Colonel Charles Danforth
of the Second Minnesota regiment quiz
zed a couple of the bootblacks, and he
learned the boys had knowledge of the
exact number of troops in camp, the
exact strength of the various arms of
the service, the number of horses, mules
and guns and even the number of pa
tients in the field hospitals. It is diffi
cult to beat the Mexican spy system.
Tattoo Artisrts Busy.
A professional tattoo man has set up
a booth on one of the principal streets
of Laredo and is kept busy day and
night decorating the persons of the
guardsmen with bleeding hearts, skulls
and crossbones, pistols and daggers,
snakes, female heads and figures and
the first names of sweethearts to whom
the tattooee intends to remain true
through life. With patience worthy of
a better cause the men submit to the
tedious pricking of the needle and the
injection of the colored inks into their
PLENTY OF WORK
FO SEA ROOKIES
So Busy That Tlwy Do Not
Have Time to Write Letters.
ROUTINE OF DAILY LIFE.
Arise at 5 a. m. and Scrub the Decks
Before BreakfastFiring Guns and
Drilling Show Need of Proper Train
ing, Such as They Are Getting at
The first of the John Paul Jones
cruises for civilians on the reserve ships
of the Atlantic fleet has seen adven
ture subsiding into work. At least it's
that way on the Virginia, which car
ried 300 odd recruits from Boston.
Efficienc3^ demands that under war
conditions the men fire three shots a
minute. It takes ten to man a twelve
inch gun, from the shell men down
in the hold, four decks below the tur
ret, to the pointer above. It took the
civilian crew just five minutes from
"hoist away" to "fire." Yet a trained
crew goes through it all in twenty
seconds, shell after shell, to the end.
It was "a better lesson than any amount
of preparedness talks in the necessity
of trained men. It is a scientific job,
this one of being a modern fighter, re
quiring the proper co-ordination of
brain and hand and eye and nerve
That is what the training cruise is for
to get men ready so that precious
months need not be spent in teaching
men to shoot.
The Boat Drill.
For boat drill the men are divided
into regular full crews. They man
the davits and lower away and man
the oars and row away. Among the
rookies are half of Harvard's first
crew men: Herrick, Harwood, White
and Allen. They are in the same boat,
and there are eight other men in the
boat with them. The oars are narrow,
and the seats don't slide. It is half of
the brawn that rowed Yale off the wa
ter last June.
"But somehow," as one man sadly
remarked, "it doesn't seem the same."
But the observers can see the evi
dence of the trained oar, struggling for
"form," in the lumbering clumsiness
of the ship's boats.
Then there are the old rookies, men
who rowed on the long sweeps when
the Virginia was a youngster. They
are accumulating a good bit of extra
weight amidships and show a roll as
they walk. But they are game and
pull at the oars as they did on the
winning varsity in '03 or so. They
come in puffing and played out after
a practice row, but there is the light
of excitement in their eyes, which
comes from living over again well re
Thev are men-of-war's men now, ev
ery one of these 300 recruits. They
rise at to the bo'sn's pipe, tumbling
out of their hammocks six feet to the
floor. They lash their hammocks in
the required nautical way "with the re
quired number of hitches. Then they
roll up their broad legged sailor pants
to the knees and swab down the decks
with cold sea water. They polish brass
and wash paint, as though their very
existence depended on the job.
Millionaire Washing Brass.
It might be funny to see a man
whose fortune runs to millions shining
brass in a way that would not earn
him $2 a day. Yet you know that brass
polishing is not his goal. That is inci
dental to the larger work of being pre
pared to help on a big man-of-war in
time of danger.
After cleaning comes breakfast and
after breakfast assembly, with setting
up exercises. From that to gun prac
tice they go immediately, then to boat
drill, to classes of special instruction to
torpedo defense stations, taking barely
time for a bite of dinner in between.
They are trying to teach the recruits
the utmost it is possible to learn in the
time of the cruise, and every minute is
"I don't even get time to write a let-
ter," says one dapper sailor plaintively.
"I have written 'Dear Ethel' five times,
and that is as far as I get."
From "turn to" at of the gray
morning to "taps" at 9 of the weary
night the men work and learn. They
are displaying a remarkable quickness
for the mechanism of gun and ships.
The days are full of work, but they are
also full of accomplishment.
"I don't know what to do with my
men," said the commanding officer of
another vessel of the fleet to the cap
tain of the Virginia.
"Keep 'em at work," Captain Jack
son advised him.
Not that life is all work for the rook
ies. Morning and evening a boom is
rigged from the side of the ship slop
ing down to the water, and down it
the men go to swim. Probably half of
them go in the water. The other half
lean over the sides and cheer. The
water is cold and very salty. If a
swimmer stays too close to the sides of
vthe ship a little wave will come and
slap him against the hard armor plate.
Therefore most of the men swim out.
followed by a lifeboat.
Who said men do not live well in the
navy? Asparagus on toast, steaks,
roasts, grapes, oranges, cantaloupes
these are items chosen at random
from the menu of the last three days.
At every meal enough is thrown away
to feed several large families. Fastidi
ousness goes by the board. The only
requirement is that men remove their
hats while eating. At every meal a
dozen men forget it.
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