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DOWNTOWN JAM CHEERS NAVAL
"BOYS IN BLUE" OFF TO
SOMEWHERE IN.U. S. A.
"While hundreds perhaps thou
sands still do not realize" that the
United States is in a state -of. actual
warfare, yet there are hundreds
and perhaps tousands of others
who did realize yesterday. They were
the mothers .wives and sweethearts,
or possibly the school-kid sisters,
who stood along the line of march of
more than a thousand U. S. naval re
cruits who left Chicago toflay for
"somewhere in U. S. A." They had
come from the Great Lakes training
station at Lake Bluff.
Tire blue-clad jackies made a very
impressive scene as they tramped
along the loop streets in perfect step.
Not a .head was turned to right or
left as the boys marched to the tune
of the sailors' band, between jammed
curbstones. The line of march led
to the City Hall. There was staged
a wild scene. Some of the boys in
line slipped to one side now and then
to embrace a relative or future rel
ative of the gentler sex This was
easily done, as the crowd on the City
Hall first 'floor was so great it hin
dered a fegulated march of the boys
Stairways were jammed. Every
body was howling. American flags
were very much in evidence. It is a
queer sight to see a tear-dimmed
crowd cheering and half hysterically
crying at the same time. But that is
what ' the thousands saw who
watched Chicago's U. S. naval re
Nobody seemed to care how many
people saw their eyes fill up and their
cheeks become streaked. If there ff
such a things as being happy and sad
at the same time that was what
was the matter with the crowd in the
"I'd rather have my man down
her in the line of march than up on
the second floor applying for a man-
riage license," paid one mite of a girl.
"If he was upstairs in the so-caBcd .
slackers' line it wouldn't be my name
he'd sign to the license. If my man
won't fight FOR me and our coun
try, perhaps he.would fight WITH me
after we were married. How do I
The crowd in the hall at first -
thought the appearance of the sailors W'
was a demonstration against so
called slackers who stood many deep '
in line up at the marriage bureau on
the floor above. This was not so.
The marchers had a bigger thing
foremost in their minds. They were
off to do their bit for their country.
And there wasn't a slacker in the
- As some of the young couples
made their way from the second to
the first floor, after procuring a mar- ,
riage license, they weer forced to run
the gauntlet of criticism. The crowd
cheered the' boys in blue and "rode"
the young couples.
The scene was only va repeater
on what happens every day in every
city when an army of TJ. S. boys
march away from home to "some
where in U. S. A. . i
Yes, there are thousands .and
thousands of Americans who have
every reason to Teallze that the
United States of America is.actually . i
at war with Germany and means
"DIAMOND JIM" BRADY, NEW
YORK FIRST NIGHTER, DEAD
Atlantic City, N. ,J., April -14
James Buchanan Brady, New York's
famous 'Diamond Jim, "died hereFri- -
day. Not even his famous "million
dollar stomach" was proof against
the illness which racked his 'frame fjj
for the past year. Brady's stomach
had been "made for him" by sur- "
geons at John Hopkins hospital sev
eral years ago and until recently had
served its purpose perfectly. It Was
in gratitude for this operation that
Brady gaveHarge sums to.Johns Hop- "