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18. I was a spectator. Three men from our battery, I recall, did well and won the favor of Sands thereby. They were Sheppard, from the University of North Carolina, in the mile run; Dick, a student from Citadel, in the hundred-yard dash; and Rhett, a Yale man from Charleston, as a baseball player. Many of our cadets were college athletes, and it was a good exhibition. On another occasion a Russian high-ranking general visited the camp. We were passed in review before him, and the band played what was supposed to be the Russian national anthem. A review was also held for General Leonard Wood when he visited us. I remember him only as a stocky man with a slight limp. All of us knew that whether we were dismissed from camp or recommended for commissions depended entirely upon Sands. So each one watched the captain for signs of favor or disfavor. Each one tried, in various petty ways, to win approving notice. I did not like Sands. I think he would have gone to his death if ordered to do so, particularly if it could have been a spectacular death. He was vain. He was fond of women, and some of the men established themselves in his good graces by introducing him to good-looking girls at week-end dances in Chattanooga. One or two others, including Guthrie, gave him liquor at parties. The 8th battery gave a dance at a country club outside Chattanooga. We all contributed to the expenses. I went, but did not dance and stayed only a short time. I had no social connections and no money with which to entertain friends. So during the first weeks in his battery I lived in continual fear of
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