Des Moines, December 17. Governor Harding and Adj. Gen. Logan and party have returned from their official inspection of Camp Cody at Deming, New Mexico. A regimental review was put on in honor of the visitors December 9. The governor is highly enthusiastic over the character of the troops at Camp Cody and their advancement in their work.
“I found our Iowans in fine spirits,” said the governor on his return. “The national guard boys, however, largely understand the seriousness of the business they are entering into. You see very little fooling or playing. They work from 5:30 in the morning until 9 o’clock at night. In addition to their drills there are various kinds of school work carried on. You are rather impressed that the atmosphere is that of a school or college except that there is no fun or frolics going on.
“The hospital facilities are made inadequate,” the governor continued, “Cases of measles develop every few days and it is necessary to put those exposed cases in tents. The hospitals are heated with stoves. This doesn’t furnish an even heat.
“Pneumonia is developing in the past several days, probably due to the colder weather. The altitude is high, about 4000 feet I think, and the men are exposed to a constant dust. There should be provision in taking men to lower altitudes when they become ill of pneumonia.
“The bathing facilities are entirely inadequate. The men have to take baths in cold rooms and with cold water. There are plenty of machinists among the enlisted men to provide hot water for baths through the camp in 24 hours, hut the red tape of the government and a contractor are standing in the way.
“It is contemptible to think that a contractor would be permitted to delay work as is being done there in order to make a profit on the work and have 25,000 men go without proper facilities.
“During the first two days there we had a sandstorm. It was almost impossible to see any distance whatever. This is true when there is no storm. But the men work right through it.
“The men are well fed and most of them have proper clothing and bedding. I took my meals all of the time with the officers or the men so I know their meals are good. Their kitchens are models of cleanliness,” Gov. Harding returned convinced that there should be no commissions given to medical men in the service, He says this places competent men under officers so that they are not in a position to speak freely of conditions which ought oftentimes to be remedied. – From “Iowa Recorder” 12/19/17