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VOLUME XLV. NUMBER 39.
CITIZENS OF SISTER REPUBLICS
CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE DAY
(By Benjamin Franklin Fly)
"Vivan los Estados Unidos
"Viva el Presidente,'Wood
The vast audience in the
Yuma theatre broke into a
wild, happy acclaim when 10-year-old
Wilson concluded her eulo
gistic recitation with these
patriotic expressions, for she
Had struct a responsive
chord in the heart of every
man, woman and child within
the sound of her sweet little
The entertainment and ball
last night were in commemor
ation of the 105th anniver-
sary of Mexican indepen
dence from the yoke of Spain
celebrated very much in the
same manner by every man,
woman and child who has
Mexican blood coursing. thru
their veins, that American's
celebrate their independence;
from the yoke of England.
In years' gone by it was my
privilege to attend these cele
brations with as much regu
larity and patriotic pleasure
as I attended the Fourth of
July celebrations, or San Ja
cinto Day (April 21) when
all Texans grow hilariously
happy over their - indepen
dence from Mexico and free
dom from Santa Ana's rule.
I have attended these cele
brations throughout Texas
and Mexico, but I never saw
one that was markech with
greater enthusiasm or a
greater spirit of fraternity
and brotherly love between
the two races, or the two sis
ter republics than was so
plainly manifested at lastj
YUMA, ARIZONA, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 1915.
night celebration of the 105th
anniversary of Mexican Inde
pendence. The celebration was all that it could
or should, have been: An outward
and public, manifestation of the friend
ly spirit existing in Yuma between
Mexico and the United States and be
tween Mexicans and Americans who
have the good sense, and loyalty for
their native land to bear and forbear.
Much of the credit for this feeling
of good citizenship and good fellow
ship is due to " the committee that
worked so untiringly for the success
I of last night's entertainment, com
posed of Palemon Avila, Comelio
B1Ia8p j. L Redomio A. Verdug0 aud
County Recorder James Hodges, as
floor manager, made everything work
with clock-like precision, and Mexican
Consul Jesus R. Lazada t was here,
there and everywhere in his efforts to
see that everybody enjoyed them
selves to the utmost in fact, it ca
De sam tnat Mr 1azafla devoted the
past two weeks almost exclusively to
arranging all the details of the cele
bration, and he has every right to feel
highly elated at the outcome.
The music was furnished by V.
Olivas and P. Contreras, violin; Prof.
S. Nuno, piano; H. Verderas, clari
net, . and Prof. Romero, drum, and
when they struck up the grand march
promptly at 8:30 o'clock, the vast
audience was at once' either in line of
march or keeping time with animated
After dancing an hour or more, the
entertainment committee furnished a
program replete with interest from
beginning to end, a program Nthat filled
every 9 heart with patriotic pride,
whether Mexican or American, French
or German, English or Russian, or,
for that matter, any other nationality,
for no word was spoken, no deed done
that was other than an appeal to the
higher qualities of manhood and wom
anhood, an appeal to love your native
land, no matter from whence you
come; an appeal to love your adopted
country, and to revere its ideals and'
its institutions but, above all, an ap
peal for liberty and independence!
The first on the program was J.
L. Redondo, master of ceremonies.
who, in a pleasing and appropriate
speech, welcomed the celebrants and
He then introduced Mexican Consul
Jesus R. Lazada, who was applauded
at the end of almost every sentence
of his purely patriotic speech. There
wasn't a word of factional feeling in
his remarks, not a word to indicate
that he represents the Villa govern
ment in Yuma, not a word of anything
save praise for Hidalgo, Mexico's lib
erator, and tears of sorrow for Mexi
co's internal troubles of today. Peace,
Peace for Mexico, peace for all the
world, all mankind, was his earnest
District Attorney Colman spoke on
behalf of America and Americans.
He' made a distinct hit with his hear
ers when he likened Hidalgo to wash- J
mgton, and his earnest prayer for the
immediate restoration of peace in
! Mexico, with Tionor for all those who
', are now at war among themselves
was loudly and enthusiastically apquith in the house of commons and'
plauded. j Earl Kitchener, secretary of war, in '
Then came pretty little Miss Henri- the house of lords, gave an exhaustive
etta Wilson, whose recitation captured 1 survey of the financial situation, both
the audience. ( making candid statements of what ,
After that, 12 of Yuma's prettiest j has already been done and the prepa
young ladies and six young men sang ' rations "for carrying the war to a suct
ttie Mexican national hymn, each'cessful conclusion."
verse being encored. j Both houses were crowded with
This part of the program was con- ' members and spectators, who followed
eluded with an appropriate recitation . with deepest interest Asauith's Dlain
by Miss Louisa Balderas, who because , and business-like tsatement in asking
of her unusual beauty and grace of ! another vote of credit, which finally
delivery electrified everybody in the ' passed, and which brings the total to
Yuma theatre. j $6,310,000,000, and to Kitchener's read-
Then came more dancing, and when ing of a carefully prepared and optim
al left the theatre at 1 o'clock- this istic speech on the military operations
morning they were still dancing, the and needs. ,
long dance program having been in-1 The premier had to deal with huge
terspersed with "extras" until there figures to explain the financing of the
seemed no end to it. war. He warned his hearers that, al-
Out of compliment to the Yuma I though the expenditure is now over
Daily Examiner, at my personal re- j three and a half million pounds daily,
u"ol, mC uivjiicsuu, pia,yeu one oi my
favorites--"La Paloma" and Consul
Lazada sang it with a pathos and en-
thusinsm that I have seldom hpfnro
heard. All in all, the celebration wasjbiHfon and a quarter of dollars), for
a most delierhtfnl pffnir nnri win lin
er long in the memory of all who
had the good fortune to attend.
For the unusual courtesies extend
ed me personally, I am deeply grate
ful. Amone: those nrpsp.nt T nntpfl
Mesdames L. W. Alexander, Felix
Mayhew, J. L. Noriega, R. J. Fraijo,
Henry Levy, James Hodges, P. Avila,
Raques Avila, Dr. Chas. Rooney, Har?
vey Hill, R. E. Lee, J. Heaton, Jesus
Misses Jennie Polhamus, Adelina !
Avila. Fiahia. Avila. .TPsiiRif MnrHnp I
Louisa Balderas, Hermenia Mejias,
Margaret Hodges, Adelaide Balsz,
Claudia Morales, Francisco Ortiz,
Belle Hodges, Beatrice Stevenson,
Bertha Prince, Elena, Prince, Anna
Avila, Amelia Lorona, R. Escamilla. ,
Messrs.. L. W. Alexander. A. J.
Marquard, Carlos Leon, Geo. Zavala,
Chas. Garcia, J. L. Redondo, Salva-
dor Nuno, Ed Hodges, Jr., Dr. Chas.
Rooney, Jack Whitney, "Sun" Woods,
A. C. Hodges, O. O. Daniels, Jr., Mil
ton Kelly, Artie White, A. Vander
mark, J. L. Noriega, Austin Cawley,
C. H. Colman, Harvey Hill, R. Mar
quez, Manuel Lorona, Henry Lorona,
A. C. Lorenzo, Alfied Rillos, B. Earp,
J. M. Venegas, Francisco Beltran,
Sam Neahr, P. Avila, Jr., Chas. Leroy,
Juan Wilson, L. Escamilla, E. Ochoa,
and James Hodges, floor manager.
6 BILLI1N DOLLAR!
BRITISH WAR DEBT
LONDON. Sent. 16. Premier As-
tueiu ia a, nivt:miuuu oi its increasing
owing to advances to the allies and
dominions, which have reached two
hundred and fiftv million nmindis
provisions and munitions.
He said that since the war began
nearly three million men had enlist
ed in the army and navy, besides the
eight hundred thousand now engaged
in the manufacture of munitions. He
declared both figures will be increas
ed and annealed to the women to
give their assistance.
Kitchener lifted the veil of secrecy
and announced that eleven ' divisions
of reinforcements have been sent to
France and others win follow Quickly.,
He said ne believed the Germans had
j"shot their bolt" in the offensive in
Russia and was optimistic as to the
A fall coat of tan English broad-
cloth is announced as a Dart of mi-
lady's wardrobe. Some of the Yuma
girls who are returning lack only the.
broadcloth. " '