General Johnston Compliments Men Upon Their Noted Cheerfulness
Giving shows by brigades at the division exchange theater is getting to be the fad here. Wednesday evening the 68th infantry brigade, the third in line, gave an exhibition as its share of free amusement for the camp. The large open air theater was filled with enlisted men and officers, a few women and civilian men. Major Arthur M. Nelson, the brigade adjutant, was in charge and his wit and humor, in announcing the various numbers contributed much to the evening’s enjoyment.
While it was no part of the program Brigadier General John A. Johnston, the new commander of the brigade, made a few remarks, especially commending what he termed the “unconquerable cheerfulness of the 68th brigade.”
“Never in my life have I seen such cheerfulness among men,” said the general, “and I wanted you to continue that happy quality of mind, for we shall all need it “over there” where things won’t it is said, we have to eat some of the climate.”
The brigade and other soldiers in attendance proved General Johnston’s commendation of cheerfulness by the cheers they gave him, and the demonstrative appreciation shown to the performers. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Friday, June 14, 1918