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Thirty-Three Men Entrain For Vancouver
Volunteers for Ship Building Works At Vancouver are Given An Ovation
Had a Special Car
Number From Carroll County Was Such That the Boys Were Given a Special Car for Their Long Journey — Many At Train to Say Adieu.
Unless the war fever abates in this county before long one half of our citizens will be found sorely pressed for time in attending the farewell functions given for the other half that are leaving for the various camps of the country to enter military service. The decorations used in the farewell reception to the boys leaving for Camp Dodge had scarcely been removed from the business houses and court room when the word was passed along that volunteers for the ship building works at Vancouver Barracks, Washington, were coming in so fast that it would be necessary to send out a contingent to that point, so the big-hearted people of our city hastened to formulate plans whereby these men should not leave our confines without a farewell reception that they could carry in memory's storehouse throughout their enforced absence.
The entertainment committee of the Citizens Club, learning that the volunteers were to leave on Monday morning for the scene of their future activities, arranged their program in accordance, and the festivities began Sunday afternoon with an open house for the boys at the Club Rooms, where they while away several pleasant hours in social converse and innocent amusement. At 6:30 o'clock an elegant banquet was served at the Burke Hotel, to which the men responded with right good will. While the boys were enjoying the good things prepared for their benefit at the banquet, their friends and relatives were assembling at the court room to listen to the program which had been arranged for the evening. This program was ushered in with patriotic music by the Carroll Band, after which Father Sullivan invoked divine blessing upon the assemblage. Chairman J. J. Myers, in his usual happy manner, then introduced the speaker of the evening, Hon. B. I. Salinger, who spoke for perhaps thirty minutes along lines of thought that were entirely new to many of his auditors.
The Times sincerely regrets the fact that we have been unable to secure Mr. Salinger's address, for we believe that it would be an inspiration to many who have not as yet been brought to a full realization of the struggle upon which we as a nation and a people are now engaged. The speaker was in a position to handle his subject with knowledge, having been born in beuratic (sic) Germany, and he has encountered all the vicissitudes that accompany the immigrant to these shores along the highway of success — in his case. He drew some beautiful pictures with an ease of manner that held his audience in rapt attention, and many were the expressions of commendation that we have heard over the effort. If Judge Salinger could be prevailed upon to make such speeches over Carroll county it is our guess that the draft laws would prove of little value here, for the volunteer enlistments would take on such an impetus that conscription would be entirely useless. One point in particular was brought out by the speaker that we have never before heard introduced, in which he made a plea to those whose sympathies might be with the fatherland in this issue, to forget the fatherland and make a place worth living of the son's land. Mr. Salinger has been in ill health for several weeks, and his condition would not permit an extended address, but during the short period that he favored the audience, eloquence claimed its response in the keen enjoyment of those fortunate enough to be present on the occasion.
At seven o'clock the following morning the line of march was formed at the corner of Fifth and Main streets, headed by the band, and the boys were escorted to the Northwestern depot, where after farewells from fond friends and loving relatives they were whisked away to take up the new duties that they have so willingly assumed. Following is the list of volunteers who it may be seen are all in Class 1 of the draft regulations:
The enlistment fever has not abated in Carroll county, and during the past week five more young patriots have joined the colors and are now in training at different points of concentration. Those who have gone since our last mention are: Ralph T. Morgan, of Coon Rapids; Peter Giesinger, of Templeton, and Arthur E. Hutchison, of Carroll, to San Antonio, Texas; Robert Spillman, of Carroll, to Jefferson Barracks, Missouri; Wallace H. Harris, of Carroll, to Camp Greene, North Carolina. These are all Class 1 men.
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