Edward A Welch

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Edward A Welch  - SOLDIERS REVEL AT HI InTestlgator Frankly Says...
SOLDIERS REVEL AT HI InTestlgator Frankly Says That . Canteen Could Not Possibly Be Worse." , SALOONS ARE FILLED Maioritv of the Men at Fort Sheridan Hurry to Spend ' " " : ' - Pay. COLONEL BARS BOOKMAKERS Twt Mtakml Safeeosaaalttee of la. aalrjr- Wltaeas the CHlo - ,'. Dr. Parkkani Expected -. Make a VIelt Today. 4 ' - VlO Colonel Van Horse, commander of the Doet at Fort Sheridan, wu lamenting the fact that none of the members of the forest! gallon committee appointed br the Anti- Canteen organisation had come in person to see the effects of par day on the 900 soldiers who received money yesterday, two. mem-brs of the subcommittee the ReT. S. B. Ieztcr of the Humboldt Park Baptist church . and W. E. Nichols quietly got off ths train m Hlrawnod and made a careful scrutiny of - the town. - . It was at o'clock in the evening that the two made their appearance. . Revelry was at Its height. Five hundred soldiers were lined up in Irregular squads at the eight saloons the little town affords. Half of them were gloriously drunk. , The rest were later comers, and were losing no time In Imitating lit example vi wtir lwiui - laveatlsrater lor Caateea. After passing through two or tnree 01 xne saloons and observing the various stages of carousal and drunkenness. Mr. Nichols let fall the remark: "The can tern would be better than this." He looked at the Rev. Mr. Dexter.. Mr. Dexter smiiea. dui reiusea to tui-j bis impressions. ' In Fort Sheridan and Hlghwood the one expression was that 'last night's -revelry eclipsed anything ever witnessed In the days of the canteen. "I understai d." said Mr. Nichols, "that . when the canteen was in force soldiers when Intoxicated were refueed more liquor. Bui ' from what I observed tonight they were served vrita drinks as long as their money lasted." ; '-- v -.y--' r Dr. Parkburst was UI yesterday and un able to be present to witness the pay-day features. It Is his intention, however, to visit Fort Bneriaan toaay, wnen, ii is inougui. conditions will be even more favorable for gathering testimony. , , , Yesterday was the third pay day at Fort Sheridan since tho abolition of the cantoen. Abcut WO men received, for the first time, a full month's pay. Including six companies of the Twenty-Ninth United States Infantry and about V4 members of the Ninth field battery of artillery. Assistant Paymaster Major Lord paid off the men. The average of each man was $13. and it was estimated that $12,000 was disbursed. Staaaaede tm Hlajaweed. filz hours were consumed br the ceremony f "paying off." By 3 o'clock In the afternoon every man had received his monthly allow ance. and the thoroughfares leading to the neighboring resorts were thronged. High wood was the Mecca of the majority. There everything was wide open. Several handbook men, who had come to Fort Sheri dan, on the early trains from Chicago, were ordered away by Colonel Van Horne. But Hlghwood itself afforded excellent opportunities for the expenditure of. the men's money. The eight saloons of the place were prepared for rushing business. Extra bar tenders were on hsnd, supplies of beer and liquor -were well stocked, and mirrors and floors were especially polished for the occa Ion. . ' '. ' ' - Games of all kinds were in progress In al' most all of the saloons, and as these resorts are mostly in the hands of members of the village board and county officials. It was assured that the soldier boys got their "money's worth."; ' ... - Slot machines, crap games, and poker games were in evidence In the saloon of John Ben-sen, an alderman of Highwood. The treasurer of the village. Ed A. Welch, did a good business. Alderman .Michael. J. Gibbs kepi well within the Umrts of the lew In the regulation of his saloon, but. W. J. Welch, Dan H. Murphy, David Mcrren, and Huestls Smith ran wide-open places. ; Caastable at the Bar. - Richonwald. a constable or una county, makes things hum tending bar for Saloonkeeper J. V. Garrlty. President of the Village Board Hogan, generally known as the mayor of Hlghwood, allowed a "ladles' entrance" sign to be attached to his office building as a landmark to a prominent adjacent saloon. ' The noise,, quarreling and shouting of the CCO or more soldiers was at Us height when the' word was passed around that "rubber necks" were la the crowd. This referred to the two members of the committee, and some of the salmons began to empty and some of the revelers turned toward the post. ; . V ' It was noticeable that no money was spent in the grocery stores or kindred chsnnels. Everything went over the bar. One prominent saloca-kt-eper remarked that It was the wildest pay night since the abolition of the csnteen. Certain it was that all records were smashed. Five men were arrested as early as sundown for appearing drunk on dress parade. Five failed la put In an sppearance at all. As this was ths first paiade for the new regiment Colonel Van Home had given itrict orders for every man to be present; - . T : GH'OOD

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  1. The Inter Ocean,
  2. 11 May 1901, Sat,
  3. Page 1

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