Citizens Turn Out En Masse on Patriotic Night

Terre Haute Tribune, April 5, 1917, page 1


Plans Practically Complete Parade and Meeting Scheduled Friday


Final preparations for a mammoth patriotic demonstration were completed Wednesday night at a meeting of the general and special committees on arrangements for “Patriotic Night” which met at the Chamber of Commerce. Reports were given by Postmaster J.J. Cleary, general chairman; Harley Pritchett, decorations; George O. Dix, invitation; Charles Duffin, parade, and Judge D.W. Henry, speakers. All that remains, the committee announced, is for the citizens of Terre Haute to do their part, which must be spontaneous. Postmaster Cleary said:

“We do not want anyone standing in the street watching the parade go by. Let everyone get in line and show their loyalty to the president and their country.”

Speakers Named

The big mass parade of citizens, with representations from neighboring cities, civic, patriotic and fraternal organizations, will be the feature of the demonstration Friday night. The meeting will be at the Grand opera house, with provision made for overflow meetings. Mayor James Gossom will call the opera house meeting to order, introducing Judge D.W. Henry as chairman. The speakers are Brigadier General Edward D. Lewis, of Indianapolis, commander of the Indiana brigade on the Mexican border; Major Boyll and Mr. Richard Miller, also of Indianapolis. Rev. Clark R. Parker will deliver the invocation.

Announcement was made by George O. Dix that citizens of Clinton, Paris, Brazil, Greencastle and Farmersburg had sent word that they would take part with Terre Hauteans in the celebration and Mr. Dix said he would get in touch with Sullivan Thursday. A large body of miners from Nevins township also sent word they would take part in the parade.

Terre Haute local organizations of all designations have set aside their meetings falling on Friday night to take part in the celebration. Mr. Dix said all organizations were expected to participate without a formal invitation and should get in touch with Charles E. McKeen. The patriotic parade will form in Ohio street, east of Ninth street at 7 o’clock with Major Benjamin Wimer on horse as grand marshal. No vehicles will be permitted in the parade or in the line of march. Pedestrian contingents will form south of Ohio street from Third to Ninth streets and will be absorbed by the procession as it passes.

A prominent place in the parade will be accorded the military and naval organizations of the city. The army and navy headquarters have announced their intention of participating and Company B and the unorganized companies will take part.

A principal guest at the meeting of the opera house will be Mrs. Sarah Douglas, 1459 South Second street, whose son, William, was on the Aztec, sunk Sunday night by a German submarine. Two other sons, Winnie and Charles, are in the army.

West Terre Haute Joins

West Terre Haute was planning Thursday to take a part in the demonstration. A call was issued for all citizens of Sugar Creek township to meet Thursday night at the fire house to perfect arrangements. An invitation to the Elks to take part in the Friday night demonstration met with a hearty response at their meeting Wednesday night. Homer L. Williams, Fred G. Schaal, David L. Watson and W.H. Duncan compose the committee appointed to arrange for the Elks’ entrance into the celebration. The committee called upon every member to meet at the club house at 7:30 Friday night.