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of a onion that will Uit fortvrr and
sjrow ctronffer because of the trarall
from which It came.
JLdd to thli panorama of color andl
patriotism the white sashes and the
fur of the maids of honor, the little
tray caps with black borders worn
by the camp mascots, the cold on uni
forms of trrar and blue, the silk hata
and dark clothing or the citizen es
cort, the uniforms of the metropoli
tan police, the flash of sabers, the
dull appeal of khaki, and the bright
Talment of the bands, and one may
picture, eren though far away, the
wonderful spectacle that Washington
afforded today.
Aire That Stir the Heart.
And above all, my dear, bringing- a
lump In the throat and a queer tin
gle to the body, were the airs that
these bands played.
"The Stars and Stripes ForsYer."
with Its plea to laggard feet; "Su
wanee RlTr," with Its call to senti
mental thoughts: "Old Black Joe,"
bringing memories of "darkles" and
ante-bellum days, "My Old Kentucky
Home," with its day dreams of con
tent; "Carry Me Back to Ol Vlr-'
Clnny," forcing pictures of Bull Run,
2Ianasas, Petersburg, and Richmond;
"The Girl I Left Behind." one of
the camp-fire songs of the CO's; "Mary
land, My Maryland," with Its martial
wing and "Dixie" "Dixie," under
the spell of which men went bravely
to their death and died with a bless
ing Instead of a curse on their lips
more than half a century ago.
Happy To Hear "Dixie.
And many an "old Conred" smiled
happily from the ranks today when
"Dixie" was played because no mat
ter at what point along the Avenue
It was heard, the throngs on the side
walks cheered and waved hats and
handkerchiefs, and heartbeats were
But not all of the music came from
the bands today. Now and then one
could see, a little apart Jrom the
others, a straggling group of gray
clothed veterans beating the drums
and fingering me flfes they played In
the Army of Normern Vlrlnla or the
Army of Tennessee. These life and
drum corps, a remnant of what they
used to be, lent a touch to this scene
that I never shall forget
What though the breath of the flfe
players went short at times and the
rat-a-tat-tat of the diums wi not as
steady as once upon a time? They
were playing the airs of yesterday
and living again In yesterday, and
were beating the requiem of departed
hopes and charges that failed. By
this 1 do not mean that anyone today
would have It dlffeernt but men
must' have memories and "nations
must have memories It they are to
be worth while".
War-Wom Uniforms.
I thrilled again as here and there
came along some aged comrade In the
uniform he wore through Our civil
war. The gray was everywhere, but
Its real significance came when It was
faded. The bright and pressed uni
forms of today are typical only The
recollection clings to the itray'Sfilt
that Is dust-stained and shabby, od
possibly bullet-torn. Just a few St
the old men came to the Capital of
their country today wearing the real
habiliment of war uniforms that are
valueless, but which money cannot
Among the wearers of these fadd
suits I saw go by Private Donling,
' of the First Confederate Volunteers,
who came from Georgia to .march
again. Major William A. Gorton, of
this city, who was with PJci&tt when
he charged at Gttysburgr Major Wil
liam M. Ellis, of Virginia, who com
manded the Jrmes F. Preston Camp,
and with him trudged Sam Palmer
and Calei) Sowers, ith the drum and
fife they used in u 60'; Colonel
Tom Booker, also of Virginia, whose
banjo-playing whiled away the hour
In camp.
There were otlters, but they were
wallowed up in the steady stream
of gray that swept by the President
and the thousands who cheered on the
nation's greatest thoroughfare.
G. A. R. Feature Jfew.
But for the presence of G. A, R.
veterans, and the fewer men who
passed, the parade formation was not
unlike that of twenty-six previous
reunion. There were aged fellows
who sat well on their horses, the bat
tle flags of many a campaign, the
daughter of Robert n. 1-ee. and the
maids and matrons of the New South.
There was one unprecedented,
brant, gripping thing about the Con
federate parade of 1017. That was
participation by 2.500 student officers
now training within sight of Wash
InHnn Mnmimnt for . service In
France. They have been in camp onlyl
a month, but they marcnea wiin me
confidence of youth In their eyes and
the real of red-blooded patriotism In
their limbs.
With runs gl'amlng In what sunlight
there was. these joung men. the poten
tial generals of the future, awung as
nnhiv anit rracetull. down Pennsyl
vania Avenue as eer men have marched.
Get Warm Reception.
They came behind the old and, limb
weary, looking strait- ahead at the
dlsappearlns forms of the warriors of
other liaya. No organlratlon recelied
greater ipplause, none deserved more.
Here vas the contrast of which 1
have wrluen the Indissoluble link of
love for country and a cause, what
ever that cause be, that ties together
American hearts and that reaches out
across the year the handhake of un
derstanding. Youth, adventuresome, valiant, pa
triotic youth, came Into Iti-own again
when the cadets of the Virginia Mili
tary Institute, their uniforms of blue
a dark background for the preceding
hosts, whirled by. And again youth
and the heroism of today wa serd
a the regulars of our army soon to
go to the battleground of Europe
where men tight In trenchea Instead
of across open plains as we did In our
vtr saluted their Commander-in-Chief.
game Lingering Thoughts.
There 1 much that might be de
scribed, now that the parade has
passed and the thoughts of home
come upon me. First, the mounted
police of Washington, reflecting civic
authority and protection.
Next CoL Hilary A. Herbert, grand
marshal, an da veteran.
Then the nephew of Gen. Robert E.
Lee, with bis aides, and on down the
line to Miss Mary Custls Lee, daugh
ter of the great commander; the
Marine Band; CoL Myron M.
Parker, leading Union veterans, who
fought against us In the dark period
of Internecine strife; Senator Bank
head, a private of other days; the
picturesque "Lone Star Band" that
came from Texas to' be here; the Dal
las Guards, with a stuffed "Texas
rabbit" hung high on a pole as their
mascot: the old fellow In the Texas
division who halted now antkthen to
dance a Jig on the asphalt of an ave
nue that was a road when we sought
to take the Capital; faded flags of the
Confederacy, with the bullet holes
still In them, and tipped by the stand
ard bearer toward a companion who
carried the Stars and Stripes of re
union; cavalry swords that clanked
against new saddles thrown across
fiery steeds and so on and on.
But I tire, for the day and Its mem
ories have pulled at the heart strings
and blurred the eye.
What the Martyr Said.
When Lincoln v.a asked how he
would regard the prodigal South after
the war he said:
"I shall treat them Just as though
they had never been away."
That Is the way the Government of
today and the Capital of our country
treated us thl morning.
So the vision comes again and some
how I feel that Lincoln, Grant, Sheri
dan, and Meade looked down approv
ingly today from the land of the last
roll call, and that with them, peer
ing through the blue and gray of
heaven, Lee and Jackson and Pickett
nd the others who lea us on in me
Many Kinds of Music; All Lively!
Paraders Brought With Them Great Variety of
Bands and Drum Corps and Marched j
at Will.
More than a score of band3 kept the air ringing with
Southern melodies, war time marches and patriotic airs
throughout the parade.
The muisc was pleasing, and provoked storms of cheers,
but so far as keeping the Confederate veterans in step, it
utterly failed of Us purpose, except The musicians were clad In Conftdtr
when the gray-clad warriors filed
through the Court of Honor for re
view by the President. There they
straightened up'and marched In regu
lar ranks and In good step with the
For the greater part of the parade,
however, the Southern gentlemen took
their ease and itrolled along as If
going down to the atation to meet the
Incoming 'train or walking over a
field' to see how the hands were pro
gressing with the planting.
Were Strictly Informal.
The veterans made little or no ef
fort to keep In step, and their ranks
were broken by scores among their
number stopping to remove their ats
and bow In recognition of cheers sent
up for their particular State or con
tingent. Some of them carried canes, other
crutches, umbrellas, and flags. Many
of them smoked corncob pipes, while
others held big black cigars between
their teeth, and still other pufd
Jauntily on cigarettes.
The Marine Band, which headed the
line of march, kept up an almost con
tinual program of music Like all the
other musical organizations. It was
compelled to repeat "Dixie" several
The bands heading the various
State delegations played the State
songs, but all set the crowd wild
with "Arc You From Dixie?" the thun
derous cheering indicating that every
body on Pennsylvania avenue hailed
from below the Potomac
Kessnlchs Municipal Band, of Rich
mond, which headed the Old Dominion
delegation, made a big hit with Its
flaring red uniforms and the excel
lence of Its music All the old South
ern melodies were played with feel
ing and fervor, while many latter
day marches were liberally Inter
spersed. The Boy Scout Band of Washing
ton wws given a demonstration at
various points' along the line. This
was one of the bglgest musical or
ganizations In the line and the di
minutive musicians plajed as If they
had long rehearsed the Southland's
favorite airs and the best of march
music They were at the head of the
Mississippi delegation.
Coast Artillery Musicians Kftlflent.
The Fourth Coast Artillery Band
rivaled the Marine Band In the pa
rade. Thla organization furnished
music for the OITcers" Reserve Corps
students from Fort Myer. The stu
dents wanted music to which they
could march 130 steps to the minute,
and they got It. The Coast Artillery
Band Played nothing but the fastest
of march music and notwithstanding
their tempo, their harmony was of
the best.
The AuguMa, Oa., contingent of cet
erans was headed by the band or
ganized by the Fraternal Order of
Eagles of that city These musicians
were led by two drum majors, one of
ate gray
The drum and bugle corps organ
ized by Cherokee Tribe of Red Men.
of Atlanta, furnished music for the
veterans from the Georgia metropolis.
The score of drummers and half-score
heard several blocks away. i
The Tennessee Industrial School
Rand and the Tampa High School
Band, composed of school boys, filled
the air with Southern air, and play
ed almost Incessantly. The more they
played the mofe the crowd cheered,
and the more the crowd cheered the
more they played.
Wore Old Uniform.
The. Stonewall Jackson Band of
Staunton, Vo-, which furnished music
by which Confederate from the val
ley of Virginia marched to battle, wa
In Una In the Qld Dominion section.
The aged musicians were clad la
their old war uniform, and played
with the beat of the bands In the line.
In addition to the bands there were
a number of drum corps and In many
cases individual camps were htadded
by one or two drummer.
. There was plenty of music and an
abundance of drum beating tattoo,
but the veterans preferred to dis
regard them and ambel along at their
own chosen gait.
sixties Joined In the benediction of whom eexcuted a great tariety of
their former foes. gymnastics, acrobatics, and gestures.
And now that It Is allVjver, and the , particularly, when turning corners
handiwork of Providence has been re
vealed In the passing of the years,
and while war I upon the young men
of this generation, I am glad that we
came to Washington in 191 Instead of
when we battled for the Capital of
this Government a half century ago.
Yours till w-e meet again,
French Statesman Says America
May Be Deciding Factor.
PARIS, June 7. "The French gov
ernment Is deeply Impressed by the
result of the American enrollment!
for war," declared M. Jules Cambon.
former foreign minister, today.
"Officials realize that a certain
time must elapse before there can
be thorough co-operation with Eu
rope, but meanwhile they are struck
with the preparations to date.
"Knowledge of American prepara
tions may be the deciding factor to I
victory for the allies. Marshal Jof
fre will act as the bond of friend
ship between the French and the
American armies."
Cambon declared the Russian sit
uation was "Improving."
"History"." he said, "demonstrates
that the Russian temperament Is
Oriental, and hence Is easily Influ
enced by occidental thought. Thl la
the only bad feature of the Stock
holm 'peace conference.' which other
wise Is unimportant, with neither
France, England or Italy participating."
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