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THE DAY BOOK
TV. D. CCCHRAN
EDITOR AM, PUBLISHER.
SOO S. PEORIA ST. CHICAGO, ILU
Circulation, Monroe 3S36
Subscription By Carrier in
Chicago, 50 cents a month. By
Mail, United States and Can
ada, 50 cents a Month.
Entered as second-class matter April
21. 1914, at the postmfflce at Chicago.
111. under the Act of March 3. 1879
OWN A FLAG! The slanting rays
of the sun bathed the parade ground
in gold. From the tall white staff
the stars and stripes fluttered slowly
down. The bugle sounded the long,
sweet strain of "retreat."
All over the expanse of greensward
in front of the long barracks, over
yonder by the huge guns figures in
khaki stiffened to attention and eyes
turned upward to the flag. At last
it came to earth to be gathered rev
erently into the arms of the color
guard. The bugle ceased; one hun
dred hands were raised to the visors
of one hundred caps. Then the busi
ness of the big fort went on.
The fighting men had paid their
daily tribute to their flag
The moment was almost religious.
To those men the flag meant every
thing. It was the symbol of utter de
votion to country. The ceremony
called to their minds every day in the
year the duty they owed the nation.
What does the flag mean to you?
You are not a soldier. You cannot
see it sink from the staff every even
ing. You cannot hear the haunting
notes oT the bugle with every setting
of the sun. But you can show it just
as much reverence as the men whose
sole business it is to defend its power
and its honor.
You can have your own flag. You
can unfurl it from your own free-
American home. You can show your
neighbors that you love every star7,
and stripe and all they represent J
You can teach your son and daugh- '
ter what the star-spangled banner
means to them. '
If you have no flag in your home t
you have neglected a patriotic duty.
Go out and get one today. Not a lit-
tie silken thing, but a real OLD-'
GLORY made of good, stout bunting '
Jhat will wave defiance to the winds.
Be a real American.
OWN A FLAG!
THE HISTORY OF OLD GLORY.
Old Glory, as we know it, is the re
sult of many changes. In the early
days of the revolution there were
almost as many standards as there
were commanders. Every man who
raised a regiment of colonists seems
to have designed a flag of his own
Most of these ancestors of the
"stars and stripes" were copied upon
the arms of the colony from which
the revolutionary soldiers came. A
month after the battle of Bunker Hill
Gen. Putnam displayed a red flag
with the coat-of-arms of Connecti
cut Many of the revolutionary priva
teers adopted a flag bearing a mailed
fist grasping 13 arrows,. At Cam
bridge, 1776, Washington flew a flag
with the 13 red and white stripes,
such as the flag bears today, but with
a reproduction of the British union
jack in the place now occupied by
the blue field and stars.
The most famous of all the conti
nental flags, however, was the rat
tlesnake banner with the motto:
"Don't tread on me!" This was car
ried in many parts of the country.
Congress adopted a resolution
June 4, 1777, stating: "That the flag
of the 13 United States be 13 stripes,
alternate red and whitp; that the
union be 13 stars, white in a blue
field, representing the new constel'a
tion." The design may have L j