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him dress and he goes to the mess
tent for his breakfast. After that
his horses are waiting in front of the
tent with one orderly and his speedy
Stutz runabout is waiting in back of
the tent w,ith another orderly at the
"Sure everything looks all right to
the officers. They've got everything
but electric, fans in their tents and
they are expecting to get them just
as soon as electric wires can be
stretched to their tents.
"But down on the troop streets
some of us are sleeping ten in a tent
that the regulations say shall only
hold eight We have no floors in the
tents and we are fighting ants and
bugs. Just the other day we got
mosquito netting to keep out the air
bugs which we have been fighting
for two weeks."
Of course, Bertie may not have
had a chance to get a look at Gib
bons' story before the Trib published
it. The story ought to be particu
larly embarrassing to Foreman be
cause of the trouble he had in get
ting McCormick's appointment as
major sanctioned by the other offi
cers of the First
According to a prominent public
official who is on the "inside," there
was a great rumpus in the First cav
alry when Foreman first tried to
make his old pal, Bertie, a major.
McCormick, this official said, had
traded editorial praise of Gov. Dunne
in the Tribune for a place on the gov
ernor's staff. But this is merely an
honor to civilians and only gives
those honored the right to wear the
spangles on state occasions.
When the European war broke out
Bertie got the fever and figured it
would be a dandy thing socially if he
could grab off a commission in the
militia and wear a title. So he put
the matter up to Foreman.
The Trib used to trail along with
Foreman when he was the "silk
stocking alderman." Foreman valued i
the publicity the Trib kept giving him
and he told Bertie he'd make a major
out of him.
Foreman, according to the story,
put the proposition before the staff
officers of the First. There was a
"howl at first. But Foreman, so the
story runs, told them the Trib would
make the Firsf the best advertised
militia regiment in the country. So
Bertie was taken in on condition that
he earn his shoulder straps as a press
agent for Foreman and the First
Up until Thursday Bertie had
made good. During the mobilization
period staff photographers took doz
ens of poses of Foreman; reporters
were instructed to play up the First
cavalry in their stories and the edi
torial writers were ordered to feed
the public mind highly colored praise
about the "efficient Foreman," the
banker-soldier, and his regiment.
But Gibbons has Tspilled the beans.
And there Is another cute little knock
in the Trib at Foreman in'an "uncen
sored news letter from Brownsville,"
written by a member of Foreman's
regiment In part, it said:
"The quartermaster's dep't is short
on shoes and I have only this one
pair. They are trying to ge us oth
ers. I walked four miles a this clay
during the night and bve not "had
these clay shoes off ry feet for 24
hours. Believe me, they are sore.
And the colonel orders us to drill
morning and afternoon in this mo
rass and we must lie down in it on
the skirmish line!
"The sun is out now and the
ground is not quite so sticky. It Is
beginning to dry up. Mismanagement
somewhere. One-half of tSe regi- ,
ment is on sick list, and no wonder!
Three corporals and twenty privates
mutinied in E troop recently and re
fused to get up for revielle at 4:45
after standing guard all night.
"The corporals were reduced to
the ranks and the privates confined
to camp for two weeks and all had to
gay a fine of $2 each.
"All the men in the reginjent are