The Elgin Echo
Elgin, Fayette Co., Iowa
Should the United States be drawn into war, the
Iowa state university has 240 graduates from its two nurses' training
schools, most of whom would be available for the Red Cross services. An
affiliated chapter of the Red Cross society would be formed at the
university. These chapters are open to anyone, and includes instruction
in elementary hygiene, home care of the sick, and other subjects which
would make the members valuable as assistants to the Red Cross proper.
Elaborate arrangements are now being made at Lone Tree for a
reception to be tendered the members of the local cavalry command when
it returns from the Mexican border.
The First squadron of Iowa cavalry and Iowa
Field Hospital and Ambulance corps have left the Mexican border for
Fort Des Moines to be mustered out.
Guard Pays for
The final blow to the officers and men of the
Third regiment fell when the war department ruled that all clothing
issued to the regiment must be turned in at full value.
It is the
case of the First regiment over again. Bitterness of feeling on the
part of the men over what they regard as outrageous treatment is even
Coming to the climax of a long series of incidents
which they believe to be part of a deliberate campaign to make their
position as guardsmen as uncomfortable as possible, this ruling by the
war department well nigh whipped all the enthusiasm out of the men.
Resentment may cool with time, but just now anyone who mingles with the
men of the Third regiment will quickly be convinced that nothing short
of an actual invasion would cause them to offer their services to the
government again under present conditions.
It will be recalled that
second hand clothing, much of it scarcely fit for wear, was issued when
the regiment mobilized at Camp Dodge, yet under the department's ruling
this is charged up at full value, exactly the same as for new garments
issued later on the border.
The entire bill both for new and worn
out goods is charged against the soldier's clothing allowance, and in
case of overdraft, the balance will be deducted from his pay.
Third Iowa Mustered
The Third Iowa regiment has been mustered out and the
companies have gone to their home stations. Payrolls were signed and
turned over to the regimental adjutant.
The dispute between the
state government and men over clothing issued by the state and worn out
on border service is causing much ill feeling. The state demands
reimbursement from the government for the old uniforms. The army
authorities have ordered the men to replace the state property or pay
for it. This means that each man will lose from $5 to $25 from his
"This is the final blow,' said a sergeant who
has lost $24 by the order. "Wait until that federal oath comes along.
The whole regiment will yell 'No' so loud that the boys of the Second
will hear us at Brownsville. I have talked with many enlisted men and
all are disgusted. I didn't find one that would take the oath."
committee has been named to appear before the legislature committees on
military affairs with the request that the state reimburse the men for
the money they are thus forced to expend out of the small amount paid
for army services.