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preparing for the call for weeks, and
Adj't Gen Dickson declared that all
available troops could -be mobilized
in 48 hours. How many men would
respond to the call was something
that could not be foretold."
"The land forces of the state on a
war footing will total 19,822 men and
officers," said Dickson. "In addition
there is a naval reserve of ten di
visions, total 750 men and officers.
"The three regiments called out
have a present strength of between
1,100 and 1,200 men each. The war
strength of an infantry regiment is
2,058 men and officers, and all of our
regiments will be recruited up to that
mark as rapidly as possible."
Lieut Carroll M. Gale has been
made chief recruiting officer for the
First regiment and an enlistment sta
tion was opened at the armory for
the examination of recruits. A whirl
wind campaign to raise the regiment
to full war strength was immediately
Quick as a flash, Chicago respond
ed to the war call today.
While other cities have paraded
and met in masses, Chicago has been
cool in the prospect of war with Ger
,many. But the calling out of the "Dapper
First," the national guard unit Chi
cago has always offered quickly
when trouble threatened, snapped
the city to its place as a leader of
the country in war, just as it stands a
big figure in business during peace.
Every man who went down to
Cuba, who tasted of the bitter Phil
ippines, who went to the border, and
every young fellow who has just been
waiting for real trouble, not the
'newspaper variety of war, stood at
attention today and marked time as
the martial fever gripped the husfci-
) est city in the world.
( The boys of the First regiment
were undoubtedly the most excited.
; Not that it isn't old stuff tor them,
I this response to the call, for they
have been back from the border but
. ort time. But this means busi
ness and it may be many a long da7
before they lay aside the uniform
The plan is to place in the care of
the First regiment all important
bridges, docks, factories and utilities
that may be blown up by German
sympathizers when the word of war,
expected soon, comes.
Where their duty may lead them
when actual hostilities begin, is pure
The Fifth and Sixth Illinois na
tional guard regiments were also
called by Washington. They are
"green" troops, not having been sent
to the border. The Fifth is sta
tioned at Quincy and the Sixth has
its headquarters at Geheseo.
NATIONAL GUARD OF 18 STATES
CALLED OUT 25,000 ON DUTY
Washington, March 26. Addition
al national guard organizations were
called into federal service today In
They will be used for police pro
The new organizations ordered out
today comprise close to 25,000 men.
The list follows:
Illinois First, Fifth and Sixth in
fantry. Indiana Second infantry.
Iowa First infantry. Missouri
First an Third infantry. Nebraska
Fourth infantry. Minnesota
First infantry. Michigan Thirty
third infantry. Wisconsin Third in
fantry. South Dakota Third bat
talion, Fourth infantry. North Da
kota Second battalion. North, Da
kota Second battalion First infan
try. Colorado First and Second sep
arate battalions infantry. Wyoming
Second separate battalion infan
try. Ohio Third and Sixth infantry.
Washington Second infantry. Ore
gon Third infantry. California
Second, Fifth and Seventh infantry.
Idaho Second infantry. Montana
The following organizations are
already in federal service, and conse