Italian-Americans Called to Arms

Terre Haute Tribune, June 2, 1915, page 1


Vice Consul at Clinton Notifies All Men Eligible to Report for Duty in Army.

All Italians in Indiana between the ages of 20 and 39 years of age have been called to the colors and are urged to report at once to Dr. A. Salarogolio, vice consul of the Italian government in Indiana, he announced at his home in Clinton, Ind., Wednesday. He said the Italians would have to report to him or the consul in Chicago or Cincinnati for physical examination before being accepted as soldiers and that the government would pay all the expenses of their return to the fatherland.

Dr. Salarogolio said his government held the Italian, although naturalized, always subject to a call for war and that a failure to respond would mean that he would be arrested should he ever return to his native land.

The vice consul said there are between 3,000 and 4,000 Italians in this vicinity.

Although there are a number of Italians employed in the mines around Terre Haute, there is little talk among them of returning to the old country to fight. Most of them have become naturalized and consider themselves Americans. Those who have not taken the first papers expressed themselves as opposed to war and said they would not return to fight for their mother country.

The majority of the Italians living around or in Terre Haute have families to look after and have established their homes in America. They no longer feel allied to Italy and it is not expected that many of them will leave to take up arms.