He was getting a reputation for being one of the "keeners" of his division.
They seem to be civilization's rudimentary relic of the Irish keeners and the paid mourners of the Orient.
It had deep cadences in it and chanting inflections, not unlike the negro preachers or the keeners at Irish wakes.
Good "Keeners" are in much request, and a really efficient howler is sure of regular employment.
The keeners may or may not be professional, and the keens are more often of a traditional than of an improvised description.
The Irish keeners are invariably women, as also are all the continental dirge-singers of modern times.
The keeners lamented; the country people had a wake before the funeral, and a dinner after it—and there was an end.
The keeners were swaying themselves to and fro, there where they waited in the next room.