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THE DELTA RIFLES
B From Social Entertainment to Carrying Sand Bags in Ship
Island-Promoted I Sever My Connection
With the Company. .
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While at Mississippi City the Del- a
tas were recipients of several social t
entertainments, one of which yet v
dwells in my memory notwithstanding r
all the intervening years. It was at s
the lovely summer home of the Mag- c
iness family, the ladies of which in
vited the entire company. Owing to r
the fact that up to that time our c
fatigue suits had been generally t
worn the dress uniforms were bright
and clean so we presented an exceed
ingly fine military appearance when
attired therein. r
On the occasion referred to com- a
pany was formed and with rifles and v
full accourtrements, the captain at t
the head and lieutenants at their re- v
spective stations, was marched to e
the hospitable home where arms i
were stacked on the lawn and we a
were received as honored guests by a
the ladies of the household. After I
an hour of social intercourse delicious c
refreshments were served and to say r
they were greatly relished and greed- d
ily devoured is quite unnecessary as
my readers can well imagine what a c
company of healthy young soldiers I
would do to delicious refreshments t
after a few months of living on army a
rations.
It was at this time and in this home
that John T. Nolan first met the lady
who subsequently became his wife.
Private Nolan of that time, after
wards Captain Nolan of Miles Legion, I
was a son of Dr. Nolan, a prominent t
planter of West Baton Rouge and t
the same John Nolan who owned an i
extensive sugar estate near Donald
sonville and lived thereon many years
after the Civil War.
About this time boats were fre
quently sent by the warship Massa
chusetts to make reconnaissance, with
a view no doubt of watching the
movement of our troops scattered
along the Coast. So to better guard
certain points companies were sent to
different localities and to one point
the Deltas were assigned, every one
regretting removal from where they
were being so generously and hand
somely entertained.
To supplement our rations we pur
chased a long seine with which to
capture species of the finny tribe and
also to give what pleasure might be
derived from wading and swimming
as we drew the long net. It was not
only fun for the boys engaged in the
task but for spectators whose duties
kept them from indulging in the sport.
Just after reveille the net, which was
fully 150 feet long, was pulled ashore,
generally with enough fish and crabs
to feed the entire company. The fish
were mostly turned loose as the boys
claimed it was too much trouble to
clean and cook them but with crabs
- all that was nevessary was to throw car;
them into a camp kettle of water tool
t with a handful of salt and they were und
i ready. More provident and less lazy to
t soldiers featsted on both fish and hea
crabs. "
By this time a number of our com- the
0 rades had received commissions in sai
r other regiments, so great a number
V that it became necessary to recruit par
t to fill vacancies and while the ranks ore
were kept filled the personnel was Tw
n greatly changed from the original
membership and military life, without ger
accompanying excitement, became the
d wearisome. The only hope for a
t break in a monotonous daily routine ger
- was from time to time when the en- the
o emy's boats appeared in our front as
s if about to raid the main land. Then for
e all was excitement as we fell into line we:
y and double quicked to the threatened pili
r point only to find the sailors resting I
s on their oars just out of reach of our Fir
y rifles which we discharged in their [ ,
ý- direction although to no purpose. ant
s On one such occasion we were run gal
a out upon a wharf which extended a anm
s long way into the bay, summoned rai
s there by the appearance of cutters aft
y and other small craft as we supposed nei
intent upon making a landing, but up- nol
e on our appearance one of the number we
Y tun closer in than formerly and dis- the
" charged a bow gun loaded with grape so
or cannister which falling short was ly
i, lucky for us who were grouped up on gl(
Lt the further end of the wharf, a posi- fiv
d tion that would certainly not have col
n been taken by officers and soldiers of ha.
- greater experience. cal
's An end was put to the practice of foi
running out on the wharf and expos- los
- ing ourselves to the danger likely to
I- result sooner or later by the, coming
;h of an armed confederate schooner
Le which patroled the bay between the
d islands and the main land thus caus
'd ing the Federals to keep outside in
to the open Gulf and at a safe distance. en
it The coming of the Confederate ves
eC sel boded ill luck for the Deltas for to
no sooner had she cleared the bay of
l the enemy's boats than orders were an
received to go to Ship Island accom
r- panied by the National Guards where all
to we would be marooned and all chance
id of receiving leave of absence to visit us
)e New Orleans, to say nothing of our do
Lg pleasant surroundings on the main
At land lost, for aside from orders for- se
le bidding the granting of passes, a
=s packet boat only visited the Island of
t. twice weekly, leaving again the same it
is day. The boys could not see the sense t
e, of sending troops to that "pile of
)s sand" as they termed the Island.
ih "What can we do there? We cannot
Ps fight a ship with heavy guns beyond
to reach of our rifles while she will have
)s no trouble in shelling us. This is
Ssure a fool movement."
No sooner had we reached the Is- It
land than Colonel Allen, commanding
our batallion, was ordered to report
to General Twiggs for instruction.
Reaching the old warrior's office in
New Orleans, he was asked if the
troops on the Island were ready for ing
duty. the
"Certainly," replied the Colonel.
"Well then," said Twiggs," the boat
upon which you return will carry a wap
cargo of gunny bags and entrenching van
tools and you will proceed at once neil
under the direction of the engineer
to construct fortifications to protect
heavy guns to be sent to the Island". pen
her
"Will the negro laborers go over on har
the boat with the supplies, general?'' wh
said the Colonel.
"Laborers, have you not two corn- she
panies of soldiers? What other lab
orers do you need?" said bluff old do
Twiggs.
"Why General, my soldiers are wh
gentlemen; you don't mean to say ful
they must do the work of negroes." the
"Gentlemen, you take your damn be
gentlemen and put bags of sand on ha(
their shoulders; gentlemen, indeed." cor
So th'; boys who had never per- sw
I formed an hour's work in their lives i
were soon filling sacks of sand and sni
piling them up to form parapets. me
Having received a commission as lov
r First Lieutenant in another regiment dot
r [ was kept in camp preparing papers Ji
and instructing my successor as ser
n gaent as to the duties of the position wo
s and did not go out where my com
I rades were working, and a few days thf
s after, I reluctantly severed my con- we
l nection with the Delta Rifles and saw the
nothing more of the company until did
r we met at Corinth just previous to thl
the battle of Shiloh when I found it cal
e so changed in personnel that I scarce- WS
sly recognized it as the famous kid- bet
n gloved company I once knew. Thirty- '
five of the original members had been qu
e commissioned as officers, while others hii
f had been transferred to artillery or
cavalry. Nevertheless, the company Ji3
f fought gallantly and suffered severe Po
. losses at Shiloh and elsewhere. ba
JOHN McGRATH. to
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APPRAISING THE HOME ab
se:
To make the best success of any pr
e enterprise one must know exactly why
it exists, what is to be expected of no
it, what are its ideals, what is it no
r for? in
This is as true of the home as of ch
e any other institution and she will Ti
make the best house-keeper who has ne
all the specifications of her job clearly he
e in mind. To arrive at a very definite to
understanding of these why not sit
I down, pencil in hand, and ask your- th
self the following questions:
Why is this home? Is it a place to
to rear children in? Is it a retreat w;
of order and quiet for repose? Is m
e it a base of supplies for outside ac- SI
e tivities? Is it the most important he
thing in life, and all outside business pi
merely a means to supply its needs? It
Is it a show? Is it a place to en- gi
tertain society? Is it a place to re- th
lax and seek comfort? Is it a work- h
Sshop? Is it a place for play and rf
recreation? jti
Has it a social significience? Does to
it add to the dignity and beauty of ti
the neighborhoo4? fi
Is this home, for each member of hi
the family, a place of joy; of develop- ec
ment; of love and confidence and pym-ldi
,pathy; a place where one may bringla
his friends; where inspiration soars; s
where rest brings new strength; where tU
big ideas are discussed and thought
out;. where real life may be lived to ye
the fullest? , ls
If your answers to these questions
are not satisfactory, there is aw
chance to remodel the home. If they ,i
are, whether the house is a palace ,
or a cot, whether or not it suitsa ,
Madame Grundy, it is Home Sweet l
Home and the dearest place on earthl:
for each member of the family. g
If a
If flies are flies because they fly, oe
And fleas are Afleas because they flee, it
Then bees are bees because they be. u
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- THE AMERICAN ALIEN see Ji
no b
t that
. By Thelma Johnson Lacour. homy
n Patterson, Louisiana in
e The whole of Garyville was gossip- woul
r ing-men were in little groups, at niea
the postoffice and drug store, talking So
in low tones and women were whis- ter
pering over their tea cups. What Sc
a was it all about? No-a mysterious polit
9 vampire had not come to town, legi'
e neither had the town bank failed, but A
something worse than that had hap- brot
pened-Mildred Randolph had broken beco
her engagement with James Callag- han
han. Mildred Randolph, whom the sist(
whole of Garyville had picked to Man
marry James Callaghan, long before thin
she was out of her 'teens, had turned stat
down this promising young man. that
"What more could she want," aliei
e whispered the women, "than a success- It
y ful young lawyer and a member of trac
the state legislature? Why he may Ami
n be governor some day and now she Ma)
in had given up the opportunity of be- was
coming mistress of the state man- afte
r- sion." by t
es Cy Hicks entered the postoffice and er r
id snickering and gigling, said to the thei
men there, "Do ye know what the nan
as lovers' quarrel's about? That gal Mrs
at done went up and got mad because of 1
rs Jimmie is 'gainst that bill which brit
r- will come up iri the legislature for of !
>n women votin'." N
n- There was a roar of laughter from thei
s the group-thoughtless men that they a
n. were-they did not even know what wisi
the ballot would mean to women. They situ
til did not know the great responsibilities his
to that women could bear and would be the
it called upon to bear so soon-for this cal
e- was in 1913, just a little over a year for
d- before the call to the colors sounded. his
y. Jimmie called on Mildred after their to
en quarrel thinking she would reconsider his
rs him.
or "I will be proud to be your wife, con
ny Jimmie, if you will promise to sup- tha
,e port the bill giving the women the wet
ballot when it comes up in the legisla- the
ture. Not only that bill, but you fric
must promise to support any measure
which will remove civil or legal dis
abilities or inequalities on account of
sexes. If you will do this I will being
vill
ny proud of you."
hy "But Mildred, that is absurd, I can
of not support measures of which I do
it not approve. The woman's place is
in the home-it is her duty to have ica
of children and to rear them properly.
rill They have as many rights as they citE
ias need. A woman is represented by 1
rly her husband so why does she want Da
ite to vote?" wa
sit "That old worn-out argument about the
ir- the home," said Mildred scornfully, bei
"is the only one the men seem able the
ice to fall back upon. The woman who for
sat wants to make a home is going to sai
Is make one whether she votes or not. ha
ic- She will make a home no'matter what the
mt her legal privileges are-more legal
ess privileges will only add to the home.
Is? It will bring family life closer to
n-gether, for the mother will discuss
re- the civil status of the state with her
rk- husband and sons. She whose love
md for her children is the greatest in
the world, will vote for clean laws
.es to protect them. For the mother will
of think of her children when'the father
forgets how a law may effect his
of home. Yes, motherhood is woman's
op- crowning glory and when a woman
in drinks in the horrors of hell to bring
ing a child into the 'world why should
rs; she not make the laws under which
ere this child should live?
ght "It is no use, Mildred, I cannot see
to your point and I cannot promise to
support your measures."
ans "You cannot see my point because.
a you do not want to see it. Does not
my mother make a home? There is
ace not a better mother in the world than
iits she, yet she has time to study the
eet political and social situation of her
rth country. Mrs. Layton, who does not
approve of the women's rights, spends
hours and hours at bridge-bridge is
no sin if not overdone, but she does
overdo it; she neglects her home for
lee, it. There is a woman who does not
e. want any civil or legal rights and she
I. fails to make a home. Cannot you .
see how weak your argument is?" led
Jimmie had to admit that there was to
no better mother than Mildred's and he
that Mrs. Layton did not make a wa
home, although she had no interest the
in the laws of her state, yet he go(
would not promise to support the Jill
measures to which Mildred looked up. tea
So the lovers parted again with bit
ter words and harsh looks. re:
So James Callaghan, to support his lov
political faction, fought the bill in the ha'
legislature and it was not passed. so
As time rolled on, Mildred's two me
brothers urged her and Jimmie to du
become reconciled. They liked Callag
han so much and thought that their any
sister could find no better husband. los
Man-like, they had not stopped to
think that under the laws of their
1 state and country, as they were at
that time, their own mother was an no
alien. ca
- It was true, their mother could TT
r trace her ancestry back to pioneer sir
Americans-no, not to the good ship th
Mayflower, but to a baby boy, who ha
was found in a New England town V.
after an Indian massacre and adopted IT
by a Farrington family. Their moth- ,W
1 er remarried a 'number of years after m'
e their father's death, to a German, in
e named Von Hess; thus, under the law wJ
1 Mrs. Van Hess, although a descendent cu
e of those who went through fire and pr
Ibrimstone to make our country one in
r of glory, became a German. he
Mr. Van Hess had been a good fa- pt
ther to his step-children. He was not th
Y a naturalized citizen, because he f,
wished to study political and social as
y situations of the country before filing p(
his naturalization papers. He was not pc
the kind of man who wanted a politi- w
, cal ward boss to get out his papers ai
,r for him if he promised to give him w
his vote the next election. He wished
r to study things carefully and get out ,
r his own papers intelligently. t}
. Mildred would not consent to a re- M
' conciliation with Jimmie. She believed he
that if their ideals and standards h,
were so different before marriage, in
these things would certainly cause p,
friction afterwards. ec
During the months that passed ei
there was talk of our country enter- ft
ing the war with Germany-but Gary- tl
ville peacefully and happily living cl
under the droziness of southern sun- c<
to shine, did not take this seriously. g
is Thus, when the word came that Amer- b
ica had declared war against Germany t
the whole town was in a flurry of ex
citement and panic. s8
The two Randolph boys, Jack and n
2t Dave, were the first to enlist-this 0
was soon followed by a mad rush to
t the recruiting office, James Callaghan n
y, being among the boys enlisting. On a
be the day that the boys left, Mildred
1 forgot all the harsh things she'had t
o said to Jimmie, she forgot that he e
t. had ever fought the women's bill in s
at the legislature. She only remember
led that she loved him. She
"to love him more than ever now
i he was about to leave-now th
i was putting an ocean be
t them. After kissing her bro
e good-bye, she put her arms
S!Jimmie and kissed him-and two
.tears rolled down her pretty f
"Little girl," said Jimmie, "do
really love me this much-have
loved me all these months that
have been so cold? Be cheerful
so that I can carry your smile
me, to light my way in the d
o dug-out."
Through her tears, Mildred
.r and she waved good-bye to her
i. loved ones as the train pulled o0
r We in Amercia did not hear
whistling of the bullets in the
nor did we hear the roaring of
cannons, but we heard their
1Their echoes-thundering, peeling
sinister, which did as much har
P the shot and shell. For the boys
o hardly overseas when Mr. and
" Van Hess were interned as
d Think of this, gentle reader,
" woman whose own sons were is
mr mire and slush of the trenches,
", interned as an alien. Their p:
w was taken over by the alien p
it custodian and Mildred was left
d protected and penniless. Her
ie in Garyville opened the doors of
homes to her, but she, posses
a- pride that was handed down to
ot through her pioneer ancestors,
1e fused their generous offers. She
al as though she could be red
ig poverty but never to charity.
ot packed a few of her belongings
;i- what money she could gather too
rs and left for a neighboring city tol
m 'work.
There was plenty of work, fai
ut war had taken so many men I
there was many vacancies to be
e- Mildred had stopped at one of
ed hotels suntil she could find a beud
ds house, for she could not think d
,e, ing at the hotel at the sky-high
se prices. In a few days Mildre
cured a position doing filling aul
ed eral office work, but she bd'
r- found a place at which to live-i
y- the girls' clubs were packed andl
ng class boarding houses had all
n- could handle. Her small saving
ly. gan to dwindle under the big I
ar- bills and finally in desperation
ny took lodging in a cheap, pooeI
x- commodating place. Her room
small and poorly ventilated, she
nd no means whatever of heating I
is one can plainly see that this girl,
to was brought up in a home of n
an ment and comfort, actually mu
in want because of unjust laws.
-ed Mildred wrote of these codnd
gad to Jack jshe dared not tell her b
he ers what she and her mother,
in sutffering, for fear that they wad
er- (Continued on page three)
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