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THEY MAY BE PULEX PENE
TRANTS BUT WE ALL KNOW
If you men of the medical detach
ment have not enjoyed an attack of
chiggers this spring, it means that
you have missed much of this Pied
mont scenery. Most of us have be
held the scenery and—
It is the prevalence of chigger
scratchera which has caiused Private
Carl Bissell, one who has nad the
subject brought close home to him,
to prepare a tract on
The Pulex Penetrants.
The Pulex Penetrants or chigger, as
it is commonly known in the South,
is found in the West Indies. South
America and in the Southern and
Southwestern States of this country.
In the region of the Mississippi river
they are known as Red Bugs.
In size they are much smaller than
a common flea, measuring only about
a millimeter in length and of a red
dish brown color.
The chigger not only penetrates
the skin buf burrows and produces
an inflamation with pustular orvesl-
There is no way in which to get
rid of this pest but there are cer
tain measures by which we can ar
rest the amount of discomfort pro
duced by the bit. In countries were
shoes are not worn and the chigger
exists in large numbers the essential
oils are applied to the feet. However,
in this .country most people wear
shoes and are not apt to be bitten
on the bare feet. The arms and neck
are the parts of the body that are
most apt to be bitten.
The bite at first appears to be
nothing more than a small red spot
and after scratching becomes raised
and very much inflamed. It comes to
a head much the same as a boil does
only of course somewhat smaller. At
this stage the chigger is easily picked
out by the aid of a needle.
In order to kill the chigger before
the bite reaches this stage daily ap
plications of Iodine are recommended.
A bit of Iodine in time saves much
Since the body of this article was
prepared for the press another chig-
gered comrade has discovered a cure
for chiggers in a late medical maga
zine. We reprint the receipt:
Here is some good news for those
troubled with chiggers: Bathe the
bites with salt water and see if it
doesn’t give relief. Salt water will
not only cure chiggers but it will pre
vent them. If applied before going
to the woods or any place infected
by them they will not touch you.
THE HUES THAT SUMMER BROUGHT
The head stenographer of our de
tachment (a sergeant), and the as
sistant stenographer (a b. p), seem to
be having a peculiar sort of a con
troversy. Interwoven in the argu
ments, seems to be ‘a girl,’ ‘five
dances,’ etc. We relish this treat
muchly, but why not leave it to her?
Remember some few weeks ago, we
ran a little article entitled, “Who’s
Next?” Well, it’s answered.
The following men have left us, hav
ing been commissioned second lieuten
ants and sent to different stations:
fJorporal Guy Hayes, Sergeant, First
Class, Otto Seidenbecker, and Sei-^
geant. First Class, E. M. Bakes. We
certainly vyish them the best of luck
and quick advancement.
Again we ask. “Who’s Next?”
Well, guess by the time this issue
goes to press, our old friend, “Doc”
Stockard will have returned from his
After spending a very interesting
and no doubt exciting furlough of fif
teen days in the midst of Michigan,
Private William Berdinner is with us
again and busily engaged in doing
something or other as yet we' have
been unable to determine just what
the something is.
That’s some camouflage “Tar Heel”
Vreeland is laboring with. Wanted—
Fifteen cents or a REAL patriotic bar
ber to do his duty.
We haven’t mentioned “Silent”
Maas for some time. The mysteriou :
one has been “doing Broadway” for
the past ten days.
—By D. M. Brill.
General Mill Furnishers
and Manufacturers of
and Dealers in
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