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ARIZONA YUMA SOUTHWEST VOLUME XLV. NUMBER 39. CITIZENS OF SISTER REPUBLICS CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE DAY (By Benjamin Franklin Fly) "Viva Hidalgo! "Viva Mexico! "Vivan los Estados Unidos del Norte! "Viva el Presidente,'Wood row Wilson!" The vast audience in the Yuma theatre broke into a wild, happy acclaim when 10-year-old Senorita Henrieta 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 voice. 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 Juan Wilson. 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 feet. 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 merrymakers. 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 prayer. 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 other fronts. 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. " '