Daily News from New York, New York on September 11, 1919 · 3
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Daily News from New York, New York · 3

New York, New York
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Thursday, September 11, 1919
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TYO HHTTl? CAT HTl?rlJT'W A C TfTCV A 1NJAT WTT? 7 fWd MARM - ; if f i ; V ' - AX "THE PROUDEST AND MOST INTERESTED SPECTATORS of the srreat parade were the relative of General P-hing. From , a Pfint of anUeo in cp reviewing sUnd they watched the grand .arch pa8t, V.gftA, aaa.- MCKeC Vyiar1 3' . THE GENERAL IS NOT WITHOUT A ' DRAMATIC TOUCH As He Pranced By, ays' Hammond, He Impersonated Valor, Resource and Triumph By PERCY HAMMOND. Kniitietit dramatic critic and war rorreonlent of the ticao TriLune in New York City to write for THE SEWS. The General was a handsome and martial figure as his horse two-stepped past the Metropolitan Museum, and he saluted the Secretary of War with an ample and a. Grecian dignity. For the soldiers, believe me, the parade was jiist another long walk, or so it seemed from The grim indifference with which they participated. But for their commaijder it was Iiis crowded hour. Fifth avenue was his primrose path of glory, and he rode through it as grateful and modest a soldier as ever looked into a nation's eyes. - The General is not without the dramatic instinct. He has a clean and unself-conscious gift of the theatre. Around him was a prodigious setting, the ultimate word in democratic spec-taoles, with an audience commensurate in its vastness. Yet he tlominated the thing as if it were a pastoral. , ' He impersonated VALOR. RESOURCE. TRIUMPH. AMERICA and HISTORY and HE DID IT WELL. Ha was just florid enough as he saluted the dignitaries in the official reviewing stand. Back of .him were two stolid color-bearers, mounted, on? lifting the flag and the other a red ensign with four white stars. Back of them was the regiment del luxe, he composite outfit of six-footers selected for the Perjhing bodyguard in Paris and London celebrations. The first man l(o catch our eye in that unit was a bored chap, upon whose chest seemed to be all ; the emblems of distinguished service in the world. Banners were dipped, the General's horse cavorted, bugles sounded, Mr. Baker and his entourage bared their heads, a carillon of bells down the avenue chimed "The Star Spangled Banner," and Pershing pranced onward as you heard the snappy lieutenants shout "Eyes right!" I suppose it was regularly rehearsed, but it did not seem so, when General Pershing dismounted in front of the Cathedral and walked briskly over to the stand where Cardinal Mercier of Belgium was an onlooker and shook him by the hand. "Do you enjoy this?" he said to the great prelate, and the Cardinal answered, "It is grand." , . v Up to this point In th3 pageant the chief WOMEN WHO EARNED A PLACE IN THE LINE Y I.IKE EVERY GREAT. EVENT, women played an important part in it. These women war workers reprcKntin very organisation ...i .n th nMiom ...L ii j 1.1 .i ,i .Kof iiimH tlin route of niarch. t-K'n tvomn wore a decoration won for service with the First Division. llxcluiv ptcluia by our on n photographer) actor in it had been not aloof, but rather majestic, as if he knew that he waa assigned by fate to be he instrument of American sinew in war and the symbol of American victory in peace. Then a pretty girl shows up, Miss Kitty Dalton, of the -overseas Knights of Columbus, and gives him roses. He kisses her gently, for a soldier, upon the th and there are cheers from the side walks. A small boy, escaping the police lines, rubs against him and he lifts him up in his arm, asking him his name. - He is not now the imperial Pershing who passed the War Minister and his retinue few moments ago with gaudy salute and panoply. The Jefferson Feigl Camp of the Ameri- ; can Legion gave him a horse at the cathedral, and they told him the horse's name was Pershing. "I'll call him Jeff," said the General as he got upon him and rode away. Tii First Division, which trailed the conqueror, is in app:ar..nce a lot of tough boys. Kids, most of them, they showed K you by their demeanor that a Hun throat was as safe with them as a mint julep with a straw. Banners preceded each unit, announcing their achievements at Cantigny, Soissons and Meuse et Argonne, but nothing, so far as I could judge, meant less, in their lives than the parade. They all had that oh. hell, expression, from the delousers to the artillery. Boys , with decorations thnf would glorify the Black Prince looked gloomily at uaKer or Baruch in the reviewing stand, and they didn't care a damn. When the snappy shave-tail shouted "Eyes right" they paid no more attention to it th:.n Lodge does to Lansing. If appearance means anything, the First Division has been a game and desperate army. With other units it has battled upon its death bed in France, but it is through now wjth carnage, and it waits for others to do their stints in the inevitable angers of the world. . " , I seemed to get from those thousand of little ; boys who marched today that continental peoples will always , quarrel and that one faction will be ever as wrong as the other. These youthful veterans, I suspect, ar for the big, protective, stick, which wiTT say. to the sullen nations, "Fight as mach as you like among yourselves, but lay ft us, else we will kiil you." And they want something with which to make a promise good ships and bayonets.: . ' It was a great parade, but personally I missed a lot of acquaintances in the First Division. -- The Itoosevelts, for instance, the Col- i onel and the Captain, were not In the ; procession, yet th'ey were valiant par-; ( ticipanta in everything that the First y Division did. ' '','. Some Of the fighting brigadiers, I am told, are now on the border and in Aiontebauv nnrl h ciArmnn villages. Last New iw 1 met First Division soldiers who were ti . within hearing of theplaudits cf yesttrl. -though they suffered with it from Cantip. ttlJ?W God will love these. 1- 1 diers I met last winter on the Rhine, wherever they vt new.

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