Hi-Ya Fellows, This will introduce you to the first issue of the "Hot off the Hoover Rail" news bulletin. Our purpose in getting out this bulletin is to give all our I.avmdale Boys the local gossip and all events \ie think might be of interest to you, regardless of hov/ unimportant they might seem to the world at large. Should our roving reporters bring in the news that Alex Wease has "skinned" someone in a hog trade, that Dood].e Laughlin received a self- inflicted bite by carrying his false teeth in his hip pocket or should we learn that Charles Forney or Fitz Rollins has become the father of a "bounc ing baby boy", wc i;ill pass this information on to you, pronto. The Old Hoover Rail, so well Imown to all of us as the place ?/herc Y;e cussed and discussed all our trials and tribulations, is still doing business at the same stand, but on a much smellier scale than when you fellers' v;ere here with us *- its most faithful occupants arc just a fevj old has-beens, present day "arm-chair Generals", namely Sjim Jeffries, Mon Brackett, Lefty Blanton and yours truly, Jim Osborne. Many battles arc fought and won each day, about noon-timo, by', this quartette, and the comments usually run about the same, day in rxid day out. Sam is our opt mist, always providing a swell balance wheel, sometimes when the news doesn’t seem so good, San invariably mpuages to see the doughnut rather than the hole. - On the other hand, Mon is the natural-born pessij.iist, always taking the opposite side froia Sam, re gardless of the issue, betxveen the optimist and the pessiinist, they usually mr.nage to draw a few comments from Jiia. Lefty, the fourth bench-warmer, can be depended upon to end the free-for-al3. discussion \jith a very brief, but thoroughly American expression — IJUTS. Vfc realize some of our boys have been gone for quite awhile and for their benefit we want to mention jjn passing, some of tlic changes here - first our very capable contractor Gus Evans, assisted by Bud Neal in charge of the painting crev; have done v^onders to improve our village - all the homes have been repaired and remodeled, and painted both inside and out. A huge ware house has been constructed where Carl Lee used to have a garage - this ware house will be used for storage of both Cornpany cotton, and the cotton of the farmers. You will find on the last pag"e a list of your friends now with the armed services of Uncle Sam - if you loriow of any one that \]q have missed, please in form us, so that v/e may put his name on our mailing list. We are attaching for your convenience a self-£i,ddressed card, and we sjjicerelj^ hope that when you find time between your big job of beating the "heil" out of Hitler's self-styled "super-men" and kicking the pants off Tojo's chesty little sneal^- thieves, that you v.n.ll let us laiov; "hov; ^^es it" and if you like your paper - after all it is our sole aim to please you all. So shoot in the cards and letters, and give us any information that you can about yourselves, so th?,t the forth-coming issues will be of greater interest to yourselves. Good Luck, Good Fighting, and God Bless you All i I I Sincerely, Jim Osborne. "Defeat isn’t bitter if you don’t svjaDJLow it"- "Dignity is one thing that can’t be preserved in Alcohol" -

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