A dashing young Missourian not only proved himself a first class soldier in the Santiago campaign, being one of the Regulars who was accorded special mention in the official reports of his commanding general, but has also written this first-class book about the part his machine gun service played in the campaign. Col. Theodore Roosevelt, in his preface, records his belief that a Gatling battery is the most valuable assistance to a regiment or a brigade, infantry or calvary.
through every conceivable crevice and made the effort to breathe a suffocating nightmare. Over all the tumultuous scene a torrid sun beat down from a cloudless sky, while its scorching rays, reflected from the fierce sand under foot, produced a heat so intolerable that even the tropical vegetation looked withered and dying. In this climate officers and men, gathered mostly from Northern posts, were to "acclimate" themselves for a tropical campaign--somewhere.
[Illustration: Skirmish Drill at Tampa.]
They never encountered as deadly a heat, nor a more pernicious climate, in Cuba nor in Porto Rico, than that of southern Florida. Its first effect upon men just emerging from a bracing Northern winter was akin to prostration. Then began to follow a decided tendency to languor; after this one was liable to sudden attacks of bowel troubles. The deadly malaria began to insidiously prepare the way for a hospital cot; the patient lost flesh, relish of food became a reminiscence, and an hour's exertion in the sun