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Woman's enterprise. (Baton Rouge, La.) 1921-19??, December 16, 1921, Image 2

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A. Boykin of Jeanerette was elected
2nd vice president and Mrs. W. D.
Faught of Welsh, recording secretary.
The other officers did not change at
this meeting, they are: 1st vice pres
ident, Mrs. Jos. E. Friend, New Or
leans; treasurer, Mrs. Francis White,
Alexandria, and auditor, Mrs. T. E.
Brown, Oakdale.
Mrs. A. F. Storm of Morgan City,
the retiring president, served four
years and no president may serve
longer.
Many excellent talks and fine pro
gramins were enjoyed during those
three days and an interchange of
i:has with representative federation
women from other state of north,
west and our sister southern states
v. re interesting and valuabie.
The many resolutions presented at
this convention show that the women
are studying carefully the needs and
wish earnestly to apply every possi
ble remedy, it was agreed, however,
by the convention that to go after a
few of the most essential things at
a time was best and deep thought,
careful action and patience were con
sidered necessary.
Many clubs and individuals have
written letters back to Baton Rouge
since the convention expressing ap
preciations of hospitalities and say
ing little nice things, as, "It was the
most pleasant convention I ever at
tended," and "I came away much in
spired."
The seven hostess clubs were:
Philisortia; Civic, League of Women
Voters, Housewives' League, Rest
Room, I. H. Gottlieb Memorial and
Reviewers.
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The
Delta Rifles
Get Off at Last and Proceed to New
Orleans on the Way to Camp
Moore-Lost Liquor and First
Delta to Be Placed Un
der. Arrest- Stump
Grubbing.
In the November number of Wom
an's Enterprise I left the Delta Rifles
awaiting the Steamer A. J. Cotten
upon which they were to embark for
New Orleans on the way to Camp
Moore. The landing at that time was
at the railroad depot near the levee t
and just opposite the Court House of ai
to-day and here on that morning were oi
gathered nearly every resident of I
West Baton Rouge. Every family of
the upper portion of the parish was ki
represented on the roll of the Deltas cf
as well as several from the lower ti
end. Barrows, Popes, Herefords, p
T)uvaldes, Nolans, Lobdells, Clarks, a
LeBlanes, Dubrocas, Devalls, Fav- bi
rots, Reynauds, Lejunes, Robertsons, si
and others and every mother, wife, a
sister or sweet heart was present, d
tears and smiles alternating on their
sweet faces, tears in eyes, forced t,
smiles on cheeks, tears of sorrows and a
smiles of encouragement that loved "
one might not be saddened, or their n
patriotic ardor dampened and there g
was in all that multitude not a lady 1
who would have had her loved one b
recreant to call of country. While f
fearful of the future they were ex- o
ceedingly proud of their boys armed ii
for the protection of home and fire- t
side. fi
It, was with feelings of relief we I
bade the last farewell and marched a
aboard the steamer which immediate- e
ly backed out into the stream, follow- P
ed by lusty cheers and waiving of h
handkerchiefs. However the ending g
of tears and cheers was not yet e
for as we approached the east side d
we beheld an awaiting crowd reach- t
ing from Florida to North street and r
here occurred a repetition of the fare- t
well scenes on the opposite side of the
river. In addition to relatives there t
was a brass band which welcomed us c
with the "Bonny Blue Flag," accom- r
panied by the roar of a piece of ar
tillery in charge of MIr. Douglas Mou- f
ton. There were nearly as many men c
in our company from Baton Rouge as c
from the opposite parish so to grat- I
ify the mothers, sisters and sweet- I
hearts Capt. Cotten consented to lay i
to for half an hour while the second I
leave taking was being enacted and
that was some leave taking, believe
me.
The local brass band blared out
with martial music, Mr. Douglas
Mouton fired his old cannon as rapid
ly as it could be loaded, women and
girls hugged and kissed, not only
kinsmen but any of the boys, for be
it known that nearly every man from
this side had been born and bred in
Baton Rouge and if not relative they
-were near neighbors and, besides and
s above all, the boys were going away
n to fight for home and fireside' and
r nothing was considered too good for
p them .
s As all things have an ending so had
the leave taking and we were afloat tc
again to enjoy within a few hours tl
one of the most sumptuous banquets a
I ever was a guest at. a
The Bayou Sara packets were f(
known far and near for the magnifi- r,
cent manner in which guests were w
treated. Those depending upon the h
patronge of planters along the river a
and as fully two thirds of the mem- fi
bers of the Delta Rifles were sons of s<
sugar planters they were entertained p
as princes rather than private sol- tl
diers. t
In the entire company from Cap
tain down I was the only one familiar fl
I with army routine, consequently I cle
I was kept exceedingly busy assigning e
men to births, looking after the bag- a
gage, and must I say it, keeping the e
wild yougsters from patronizing the v
boat's bar. To do the latter success- a
bfully I detailed a guard from the
older men and placed it in close prox- t
I imity to the tabooed spot. ThiL kept a
the boys away and was about the t
first disciplinary method adopted. c
However, when dinner was announced c
I and the boys were seated about the i
elegantly decorated tables more cham- '
pagne was consumed than should l
1 have been and several of the boys t
grew somewhat hilarious through its r
t effects. Now none of them were ad
dicted to liquor drinking but it seems I
that soldiers will drink through sheer t
1 recklessness and ours were no excep
- tion to the rule.
Arriving at New Orleans during t
the early hours of night the men were
quite indignant when informed that i
- no one would be permitted to go
- ashore until they did so in company1
- formation next d(lay. They had count
n ed on a good time in the city, andl
s could not understand why they could
- not be trusted to return in time to
- proceed on their journey. When the
y boat (locked sentinels were placed at
d the gangway with orders to allow no
d soldier to pass out, but bless you, we
e had a wild and undisciplined set to
deal with and one to laugh at sent
it inels so as the boat lay alongside the
s wharf a dozen or more of the younger
I- element dropped from the top of the
d side wheels and thus avowed the of
y ficers and guards. However, next
'e morning at roll call previous to dis
n embarking every man answered to his
n name even though four or five show
y ed they had indulged in more or less
d dissipation during the night.
y Leaving the boat we marched to a
id restaurant at which the Captain had
>r ordered breakfast to be prepared and
there we remained about an hour,
Ad long enough for those who so desired
to secure a supply of liquor to last th
the journey out. When refreshed by "ii
a substantial breakfast company was ed
again formed and a march taken up so
for what was then the old Jackson th
railroad depot and a long march it an
was for those weighted down with in
heavily packed knapsacks, rifles and ar
accoutrements to say nothing of well ar
filled canteens and several of the boys ed
soon showed signs of a night's dissi- vc
pation and wabbled about in ranks to th
the evident chagrin of our good Cap- kt
tain. d(
Arriving at the depot where open
flat and cotton cars were awaiting our th
coming the Captain ordered me to to
empty every canteen in the company w
as he did not wish to enter camp with ri
even one intoxicated man, an order bi
which caused intense indignation et
- among the men. "What, said they, Ic
S"are gentlemen to be treated as oi
- toughs? Are we to be searched as ti
arrcsted pickpockets?" Now nine h,
Stenths of our men were not to be n
classed as liquor drinkers and it is s,
I certain that many of them had never g
indulged in anything stronger than c
- wine at a meal time, but it would not o
I have done to pick out and mortify o
stwo or three so the entire company t(
s must submit to what was considered a
- an outrage. They were an intelligent l(
s body of young men, however, who
r understood that having voluntarily d
- entered military service they must t
obey all orders and did so without o
e further, protest. Ranks were then op- a
e ened, front rank about faced, can
t teens unslung and soon costly brandy t
o was running along the street gut- I
y ters, t
Then on open flat cars to ride under r
d a hot sun for hours with no other t
d seats than our knapsacks, some of the
o hoys stretching full lcni.th to catch unp i
ie the sleep lost while on their night's I
it frolic. We had not proceeded a long
1o distance before one of the rovsterers 1
re became unruly and troublesome to the
to annoyance of the better behaved sol
t- (iers so it became necessary to place
ie him under guard. He was a clerk be
er fore he enlisted and was a sober and
ie reliable young man but being unac
f- customed to strong liquor a few drinks
xt upset him. With a guard over him he
s- soon fell asleep to awaken sad and re
jis pentant and to beg his comrades
v- when writing home not to mention his
ss arrests.
The long, hot trip ended at last on
a arrival at Camp Moore where we de
ad trained and to tle intense disgust
nd and after earnest protest the order
ir, was obeyed to unload the camp equip
ed page and private luggage. This was
the first manual labor many of the tnW
"Kid Glove Company" ever perform- se
ed and worst was to come for no Ibe
sooner had the cars been unloaded St
than the boys were furnished axes m
and grubbing hoes and put to clear- fe
ing up ground covered by scrub oak Vi
and other small growth for our tents
and company street. Oh, the blister- ar
ed hands and aching backs! Yet these no
young gentlemen complained less than ex
that aggregation of rough necks th
known as as Tiger Rifles would have le
done. fr
While the boys were thus engaged
the officers' negroes were loaned to us D
to cook dinner which consisted of ai
wheat bread, beef, beans, potatoes, ol
rice and coffee, good substantial food ai
but llcss you, our dainty lads refus- w
ed to eat it. For the first time since ri
leaving home I became angry when T
one fellow after being served, threw b;
the food on the ground remarking as st
he did so "Hell, I wouldn't feed my
nigger such stuff as that'.' "No," fl
said I, "dam you, if I do not miss my d
r guess about this war the time vill a
I come when you would pick that food n
t out of the sand and eat it." They F
' one and all in time were glad enough e
' to receive a ration of corn bread and n
d a small piece of bacon for a day's al- s
t lowance. t
STents pitched and everything in or- n
yI der, details were made for guard du- 1
t ty, dirilling was begun and formation i
t of a reciment aceomplished, between I
- and after which sports of all kinds
- were indulged in and the boys seemed t
y qluite contented with military life. t
t- Early during this period of activity
the ranks began to lose some of its 1
r most poIpular men. The first loss was 1
r j the promotion of four, Thomas Gibbs
ie Morgan was commissioned a Captain
in in the Seventh Louisiana, Dudley Av
s cry a Lieutenant in the Eighteenth,
ig Ben Cooley a Lieutenant in the Four
rs teenth, Marshal Pope regimental sur
ie geon while Henry Watkins Allen be
d- came Lieutenant Colonel of the
cc Fourth to which regiment the Delta
e- Rifles were attached.
nd Within a few days after our arriv
c- al companies from every section of
ks the State arrived daily until there
he were some nine or te nthousand men
'e- being broken to military life. Soon
es an epidemic of measles accompanied
uis by other diseases broke out, result
ing in numerous deaths, some claim
on that as many as 800 died at Camp
le- Moore from first to last, but a more
Ist conservative claim put deaths at 600.
ler Some 25 or 30 regiments were at one
ip- time or another at that camp, say
Pas 30,000 men. Every man who died at
that time and place died while in the
- service of the State and previous to
lbeing transferred to the Confederate
.1 States for immediately upon being
mustered and accepted by the Con
- federacy the regiments were sent to
k Virginia, Kentucky or elsewhere.
s While disease was playing havoc
among the troops strange to say that,
ej not a single man of the Delta Rifles
n experienced the least sickness during
s the stay of that company. The meas
e les seemed to be confined to troops
from country life.
d While deaths were numerous the
,s Deltas performed all required duties
f and between time indulged in all kinds
, of sports including boxing contest
,d and the only matter of serious import
;- was when called out to suppross a
le rioting of the company known as the
n Tiger Rifles. Then for the first time
w ball cartridges were served and in
Is serted into our guns.
Ly It seems that the mutineers re
," fused to perform dluty as ordered and
ty defied the authoritieo to do their worst
ill and (Gen. Tracey ii, command deter
)d mined to subdue them. So the Delta
,y Rifles were chosen to enforce lobedi
Ch ence to the laws. Ranks formed we
id marched to where the Tigers were as
Li- sembled, accompanied by the Adju
tant General who ordered the muti
r- neers to form ranks and obey orders.
u- This they flatly refused to do but
on instead began cursing the Kid Glove
en Deltas and daring them to fire. We
ds were than ordered to load and come
ed to a ready and the Adjutant General
fe. taking out his watch notified the mal
itv conte nts that he would give them just
its two minutes to form ranks and unless
ras they obeyed in that time he would or
>bs der us to fire upon them. At first
uin they laughed and guyed him but no
ýv-i ticing the firmness of the Deltas and
th,1 believing they would fire at the com
ur-' mand they were in ranks before the
ur- expiration of the two minute limit.
be- Strange to say these toughs had a
the moro friendly feeling for us than for
lta any other troops in camp and many
of them honored us as visitors and
riv- when we entrained to leave the Tigers
of turned out in full force to bid us a
sere farewell.
nen On the 25th day of MIay 1861 a
oon Confederate officer from Richmond
cied arrived in camp to muster the Fourth
ult- Louisiana Infantry into the Confeder
aim ate service when ranks were formed,
imp the roll called, each held up a hand
sore while the oath of allegiance was ad
600. ministered and at last after several
one months in the service of the State we
say became Confederate soldiers and left
I at for points assigned us next day.
Do Your Christmas Shopping at
"The Practical Gift Store"
Our Christmas Gift to Our Customers
be $550.00 Cash Free
S -O O will be given away beginning last MONDAY, December 12th, at 9 a. m., and at each hour
$ 2-9, 10, 11, 12 a. in., 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 p. mu.-of the next 12 shopping days, ending Christmas eve at
7 p. mn., at which hour $10.00 will be given away.
Don't Forget the Place "The Practical Gift Store"
$5.00---Free Every Hour---$5.00
With every cash purchase a cash register receipt will be given bearing a number. At 9 o'clock each morning a
number will be drawn from all nmubers issued up to that time. The holder of the number will receive $5.00. At
10 o'clock there will be drawn a number from those issued since the last drawing. Numbers issued previous to the
last drawing will be void. At each of the hours mentioned above $5.00 will be given in similar manner.

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