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By Carl Sandburg
A party of 118 Russian "citizens"
left a railroad station Tn Chicago
- last night for the Pacific coast,
where they take boat for an Asiatic
port. Their destination is the battle
lines of the Russian field armies.
They are emigrants and refugees, 28
from Chicago and 90 from New York,
glad and ready now to go back to
the republic which they went away
from as an autocracy.
"'Money and transportation is sup
plied 'these reservists by the Russian
government," said a Chicagoan who
knows some of them. "Their pass-J
ports are interesting. Formerly a
Russian passport was a long, heavy
complex document Retold a man's
name, birthplace, religion, amount
of property, and classified him as sol
dier, workman, nobleman, . peasant.
Now the passport is short and doesn't
say much besides that fact that the
bearer Is a Russian citizen."
While the war lasts there is going
to be more or less discussion of Mar
shall Field III.., who is now a pri
vate in the First Illinois cavalry. And
after the war there will be more dis
cussion along with pictures of him
as a trooper serving the nation.
Reporters and editors irresistibly
feel the play of big news and big hu
man interest around this boy. -While
democracy shrinks away from giving
, the spotlight to a unit in this situa
tion, the fact remains that Marshall
Field III. is the most spectacular pri
vate in the armies or the United
' States and his conduct from day to
day draws curious scrutiny from all
men and women of thought
Many of ub would like to see' the
curtain drawn and no more mention
made of Marshall Field. III. during
and after the war. We would, like to
respect his wishes that his name be
not printed And we all hand jt to J
him for the modesty and discretion
with which he spoke Thursday just
before he faced the flashlights of the
camera squad. He said he didn't se6
what all the fuss was about and in
a quiet, smiling way that everybody
liked he said his only kick so far in
the service Is against the quarter
master whb gave him pants that are
too tight a fit in the seat
Across the street from our house
a boy Is going away today.
And the father and the mother and
five little sisters are-all saying good
bye to him.
Summer nights they won't see him
throwing a ball in the front yard any
He's In the navy now.
He's out where the fist of Uncle
Sam is mixing hi the world war.
Used to play guard on the crack
basketball team of Hyde Park high
school a lithe, strong-necked, clear
headed American hoy graduated
this February and now, in the great
est game ever played on top the
Good-bye, boy our hearts and
prayers are with you."
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one reason insane asylums
Have a. Waiting list
Washington, April 21. Spending
the money at the rate of $1 a min
ute, it would take one person 13,318
years to spend Uncle Sam's $7,000,
000,000 war fund.
Figuring on the basis of that much
money ever being In one man's pos
session, mathematical sharks figured
today that if this seventh degree bil
lionaire spent a dollar every minute
he would go broke in the 15,235.
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Dramatic entertainment, Stanford
park, Union av. and 14th pL, 8 p.m.
One play in English; one in Yiddish.
Brit-Midway Athletic ass'n holds
second reception and ball, Rosalie
halL 57th and Haner av.