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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, November 15, 1899
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\ . ^ .ff if TELE' GflPHfe, 'MQDtfiftl AL00MA; IOWA, WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 15 1899, FIFTY-FIRST_AT HOME. WARMLY WELCOMED ON ARRIVAL AT COUNCIL BLUFFS, Thousand Itebjdc Ffdffi Outside ^ Towitis ipate iii Wdcbttie— Battds White and Others hi;tiFJ?8i November 6.— fwenty-flve thousand people from all ove? Iowa joined the people of Counclf BluiTs today in welcoming back to Hawkeyedom the Fifty-first Iowa volunteers, tt -was a great day tor this town. Oii Sunday the excursion tralnfl began to pour their Hundreds of coach loads of people Into the city. The Sitr- llngton system brought In over 10(000 people on special trains, and while It •was by a long lead at the top of the list, yet the other Iliies contributed immense throngs. Sunday afternoon it became evident that the town was stalled. The people couldn't be fed, to Bay nothing of housing them. The ,coupt house and city hall were convert£d Into bed houses; thousands went over to Omaha for the night. This mo'.-plng they were on hand early, but not early enough to see the trains come Into the Rock Island station with the soldiers. Comparatively few were at the depot when the train was sighted coming across* the Missouri river bridge. As soon as possible the signal was given, and the whistles of the city were turned loose. In shrieking chorus. But the citizens and visitors had taken too many liberties the evening previous with the sanctity of the Sabbath. Even in Council Bluffs Sunday Is supposed to be more quiet than any other day of the week. But this was an exception. The people turned night Into day, promenaded the streets, sat In the parka to listen to the music of a score, ••more or-Iess,-of bands, argued and worried about the question of Bleeping Quarters, and otherwise had a real good time till early morning. The strain was too severe, and the town and Us guests were ringing for Ice water or Just beginning to get well down 'to sleep when the -whistles began blowing. So it happened that, with 60,000 people waiting to receive them, there were only a few hundred in the neighborhood of the depot when the trains came 'in. But the town soon awakened, and by the time the troops could be formed and marched up town, the streets were thronged. The first train came in. at 7:30 and the second an hour later. The Parade Froit. tL,e Depot. Everything had been arranged to make the parade a great affair. Thera were about thirty bands in the town; the .police, fire department and all the civic organizations of the town were pressed into the parade; then there were numerous delegations from towns all over Iowa, wearing badges indicating their respective postofflce ad• dresses; It was a great cavalcade; b«t In OK.J minor respect the local conr.snlt- tee had errsd. It forgot to make detailed arrangements with. *h'e regimental officers for the p&rt the soldiers should take in the parade. As soon as the boys got into the town they climbed out of the care and proceeded to enjoy themselves. Their legs needed stretch- Ing, and some of them were dry. The efforts made later to form them and secure something like the complete strength of each company for the parade was difficult, and the result was that comparatively few of the soldlera were actually in the line of parade. The parade, however, was a great success. Never were so many bands in a single procession In Iowa. The long line took about forty minutes to pass a given, point. It marched all through the central district of the town and finally to Bayless park, the order being as follows.* FIRST DIVISION. Chief of Police and Aide. Platoon of Eight Mounted Police. Platoon of Bight Mounted Marshals. Agnew Band of Creston—JO Pieces. Chief of Staff L. M. Black. Adjutant's Department Iowa,. G. A. R.j Chief Marshal Major John P. Lacy; Assistant Chief Marshal J. J. Stea'dman. Council Bluffs Fire Department. Bedford Band—35 Pieces. Red Oak Fire Department. . Avoca Band—35 Pieces. Governor and President of the Day In Carriages with Mayor and Chairman Reception Committee. Governor's Staff, Mounted. Lake City Band—35 Pieces. Speakers In Carriages, with Chairman Speakers' Committee and Chairman Invitation Committee. Newton Band—35 Pieces. Department Commander G. A. R. in Carriage, with General Stanton., Major Howard, Past National Commander G. A. R. Major C. P. Clarkson and Chairman Military Committee. Carriages Containing State Officers and Distinguished Guests and Members of General Executive Committee. SECOND DIVISION. Captain Geo. M. Parker, Commanding, Atlantic Band—35 Pieces. Three Mounted Marshals. High School Cadets. Anita Band-^-30 Pieces. High School ex-Cadets. Kno-xvlllo Band—30 Pieces. Uniformed Rank K. of P. Nos. 27 and U, Uniformed Rank Modern Woodmen. Oskaloosa Band—30 Pieces. THIRD DIVISION. Colonel J. F. McNeal, Commanding. Washington Band—30 Pieces. Three Mounted Marshals. Delegations from Loveland, West Sld» Penlson, Dunlap, Woodbine, Logan, Missouri Valley, Crescent, VaU. Charter Oak, Onawa, Modale. with any other Delegation* on the Line of the C. & N, W. Railroad, Hartan Band.-25 Pieces. Delegations from Hamburg. Nebraska City and towns on the Kansas City St. Joseph & Council Bluffs Railroad. FOURTH DIVISION. G. H. Castle, Commanding, (Juthrle Center Band—35 plecei. Three Mounted Marshals. Bhenandoah Band—38 Pieces. Delegations from Silver City. B " TBwnaV B Sneharfc. Shenandpah . «tn«' other towns on the O. * St. L. Ralfrpad. Brooks Ban«-20 Pieces. Nodaway Band—20 Pieces. P»le6»tlons frqm Defiance. Earllng, Bana. puT, Manilla and other towns on the 1 tX, M/& St. P. Railroad, Sidney Band-20 Pieces, P FIFTH DIVISION, •Major A. WHUapn. Commandliif, CHe Abe Wncoln Post, O. A. 1*., and all Visiting Posts of the Department of . Iowa and Nebraska. Union Veteran Legion. Union Veteran Union aiid all ex-Soldiers and Sailors, and Soldiers and Sailors ot the Spanish war. SEVENTH DIVISION. Colonpl Iioper Commanding, Fifty-first Regiment Band. Iteplmental Staff Mounted. Fifty-first Regiment. Four Mounted Marshals. Scene About the Speaker's Stand. When at last the parade had poured its full length Into the park and the thousands who had lined the streets along the route had followed it thither, the scene was an animated one. All around the park the business houses were decorated profusely in the national colors. In the center was a great stand arranged to seat 300 to 400 people. This was occupied by the distinguished guosis of the occasion. In front of it the members of the regiment were marched into an enclosed space reserved for them so that they might be assured of comfortably hearing the speakers. The park and surrounding streets were thronged with people. The eonorous tones of John Baldwin, even, reached a comparatively few of them. The intention had been that Col. W. P. Hepburn should act as chairman ot the day. In his unavoidable absence Hon. John N. Baldwin acted In his stead. nir. Halilvrln Presides. In assuming the presidency of the day, Hon. John N. Baldwin explained that Colonel Hepburn, who was to have acted In this capacity, had been belated and could not be found. It was explained further that Rev. H. P. Williams, chaplain of the regiment, was in and could not appear, and in his stead his father, Rev. J. Madison Williams of Drake university, Des Molnes, , Sot It inust not bfe forgotten that o* the frafnber who in the springtime of I89i weht frOni Camp McKlnley with proud step, firm heart a»d lofty mten, soixre fcave gone to their ffeward, and there is left as but the scant privilege of & tear in their 1 remembrance and a word of evwioathr for the bereaved hearts and saa names maae sucft by their absence The righteousness of the end towards which they strove, the Justice of the cause for which they dted and the response to duty ever iMperative constitute the, only justification for the sad sacrifice. Proud as we are today of what has wen so recently accomplished by Ateeri- can valor, when futuf-<s years shall have added thereto their settings and the hopes of Improved, conditions for, the oppressed both on the east ana on the west of us shill have reached fruition, the remembrance that brother, father or ancestor took part In the events through which you have passed with such sfrgnal honor will be a priceless legacy to your descendants. The cause of llbertr has not suf^ fered at your hands; human rights have not been transgressed; human hopes have not been blighted, but the world is somewhat nearer universal peace, universal righteousness and universal self-government because of what has been achieved by the army and navy of which you, citizen soldters of Iowa, have formfed an Integral part. A little over a third of a century ago there returned to this state, frotn a war that also reflected great honor upon the nation, a somewhat larger, but In no sense a braver body of men. These heroes of the old war, by common eon- sent, have been accorded' peculiar prlvi- eges. It lias been theirs to say whatever :hey pleased concerning tlio conflict In which they were engaged nnd to freely express their opinions as to the rfghteous- ipss or the unrighteousness of the cause or which tlnsy tendered-the sacrifice of :hclr lives. Theirs alKo It has been to each their children anything concerning he part their fathers bore in the preat itrugglc for tho preservation of tlip union which they considered essential to good citizenship. Tl.n samr? privileges will lie •ours; aiicl with you, an with your fathers, what you teach In your neighborhoods, n your homes and at your camp llr\:s will be the verdict of coming years. I welcome you, bravo boys, back to ome, to work shop, to office, to field and o factory; and may God bless you as gain you take up tho duties of civil life, which you were so prompt to lay down t the call of your government. May you throughout all tho struggle of life, as it he far-ofC camp, continue to make friendi nnd may all things unmanly and al .hlngs mean remain strangers to oui 'sturdy Hawkt-ye veterans." Captured tho Jfl ft y- First Town. -The next speaker was Hon. J. A. T, Hull, congressman from the Seventh district and chairman of the committee on military affairs In the house. Hi* address was most warmly received and enthusiastically applauded by soldiers and citizens. Mr. Hull said: otoa nai corn* a9 a part or our great destiny, and so far as I am concerned, and while a member of congress— and to us In congress these questions jnnst be referred— 1 shall never vote to give Up one inch of soil conquered by the bravery of American troops. (Loud cheers.) We have no other Fifty-first to welcome, back to our home, welcome to the htu-fs of the people of Iowa. You have rnaliiailn- cd the glory of our statft, which was begun in the Mexican war, while we were but a territory, sending out one company; you have maintained her glory which was triumphantly maintained by eighty thousand Hawkeye soldiers during the civil war, and I look forward to the future with the sublime belief that if in the Providence of God other wars shall come to this country, the brave citizens of the Hawkeye state will rally to the caU of the republic either to quash a foreign foe or to stamp out a domestic insurrection. Everybody Ke Hon. Fred E. White, the next speaker, was Introduced by Mr. Baldwin as the man who is making an Honorable and straightforward effort for the gubernatorial chair. Mr. White said: Mr. Chairman, Comrades and Gentlemen of tho Fifty-first Iowa: It Is entirely safe to say that today there Is nbt a citizen within the limits of this state -who Is not rejoicing over your safe return to the soil of our beloved commonwealth. And let us rejoice In the fact that this rejoicing It not confined to any one section or any one class of our citizens. This should be, and I be- llevo will be. Intensely gratifying to you men. Neither is any particular class here today constituted a special orator to deliver t.o you greetings of our people. We nre all here for this purpose and arc alike unxlous to perform this very pleasant duty. Do not, you men, permit yourselves to believe for a moment that whilo all of our people are rejoicing, that snmo do so with more fervor than others. I want to say to you comrades that tho welcome which the people of this state Is today extending to you proceeds from a quality of human nature that Is common to us nil, and only needs the opportunity to be stimulated Into active life. Gentlemen, this country, as the governor so aptly remarked a few moments ago, this country witnessed tills spectacle a generation ago and tho homecoming of over a million of men. Those men had unflinchingly undergone tho ordeal of a mighty war of four years' duration, They all went back Into civil life and they have proven themselves as valuable In times of peace as they wore In times of war. Gentlemen, exchange If you will at once the equipment and the uniform of the solOier for the dress and .he occupation of the citizen, of the clv- Hun, I say, with renewed emphasis, that BO far as all emergencies that are likely t.o arise among a free people, that the volunteer, the citizen soldier, can always bo relied upon. When that power of cruelty had developed t.o the point of seeking to unpeople Cuba through tho nhuman process of starvation, all of our COLORS OF THE FIFTY-FIRST IOWA REGIMENT. was Introduced and made > the opening prayer, as follcws: Oh, our Father, Thou God of battle, and Thou defender of right, we look to Thee today witi; thanksgiving In our hearts for what our eyes see of Thy mercy and Thy favor to the defenders of our country. We are glad before Thee, oh, our God, that Thou hast returned to us so many of our loved ones, so many of our citizens, so many of the defenders of our flag. And we recognize Thee-first of all as the Giver of all the good blessings that we enjoy this hour. We pray Thee, our Father, that with our thanksgiving and our gratitude, we may remember that Thou art the God of right, and that if we will have Thee ever on our side, though we may never be in the majority, we must defend the right. Wo thank Thee that In this war we are standing upon the right, we are defending the truth, and we thank Thee that we have a clear vision of our duty In this present {lour. Help us all to give thanks for Thy mercy. Help us all to rejoice before Thee for Thy blessings as they come to us, and may It be the feeling of every patriot today to do his duty In the up^ building )f the greatest nation on earth. Hear us in our thanksgiving and our praise. Governor Shaw's Addreas. Governor Shaw was introduced fo? the "address of welcome on behalf ol the state. He said: \ Officers and Men of the Fifty-first Iow« Infantry Volunteers: Eighteen monthi ago your departure frcro the state that was even then proud of you was wit neaued with universal anxiety and-solicitude. Today yoar returning footstep) make glad JoWa's every loyal peart, Yo£i journeyings have been most carefullj watched, and the record of your nob)< conduct, bpth in camp and on the firms line, has made the state you Jeft pehln? yet prouder to call you hers. It Is due you to have Jt B a!4 on thli occasion tl»at no report concerning wishes and their prayer;. The patphes have a.11 been of the moat favorable character a«4 have borne epnvtne- Ing p roof that th» one herpfo rnfef ton waa far tawarflB, the '" rs^er. T5 |W ' 1 ,' J ' * Fellow Citizens and Members of the FiCty-first Iowa: It certainly gives m« groat pleasure to' take part in welcoming back to our state the boys who have kept the name of Iowa illustrious and a place in the republic. And I want to say to them here that they have met today a greater army than they over met while they were away from home, and that we have clone something that no enemy of the country can. do—we have captured •the Fifty-first Iowa, And we are going to keep them 1 our prisoners in love and faith and hope, so that they may come back and be part of us. I want to say to you that this war has demonstrated the wonderful bravery and matchless patriotism of the American citizen. 1 have been accused; of being too great a friend of a regular army, 1 want to say to you people here of th<? Flftyrflrst regulars and volunteers, they are all American citizens and in the hands* of either the flag of this country has never suffered defeat or been trailed in dishonor. (Cries of "Good, good.") I say of our American citizenship, and/ these boys that have come back will bear me out Jn saying, that they are,; both of them, ready to die. If necessary, In de* fense of their country. There is- no dan> ger can come to tb,e republic from a rea» sonably organized regular army, so long as they are taken from the citizenship of the country itself, and today, my friends, no man can enlist in the regular army of the United States unless he is himself a citizen of the republic. Thank God we have nothing to fear from our own soN diem and I want to say another thing, that these boys that went out ln> the early spring of have enlarged the horizon of the republic and recast the map of the world. They have entered Into a war for humanity, not for aggrandizement, put the result of the war will have Us effect on us and pn every other nation on earth. And this flag of ours, no matter where It gpes, pver what people It floats, is the emblem of liberty end individual r <fht. (Cheers.) - Con«ju.erjpjr -pub,a, anft J?orte Rico, tefct no e >vwt «n n.Q of wrong'; m m* wjt wlfg «. «awj> ««;« && ft es»- people with one acclaim, announced to the world In general, and to Spain In particular, that such a process of extermination, such diabolism as they were perpetrating:, would be tolerated no longer near our shores. Wwnts Only Volunteers. A declaration of. war followed, and you men, with remarkable swiftness, backed up this declaration. The 'people of Iowa not only admire the sublime degree of patriotism and intensity and humanity that dominated you men and that impelled you to enlist, but they have also correctly estimated the sacrifices you have made Uiat were Involved In this action of v.giirf). And tnrtav the np.onlfi of xne. svato, regardless of party or creed 01 section, welcome you from the very bottom of their hearts to your former homes among them. Gentlemen the wise and the brave men who founded our Institution had faith In the volunteer system, In the citizen soldiery, but they nevei ceased to warn our people against th« dangers of a larger ' standing permanent military eatablishment. Never ceased tc warn us against it. That their faith was 'grounded solidly, the lapse of time and the recurrence of events have demonstrated, Gentlemen, it would be,crue},to keep you people standing here any grestf length of time. The Intention Is for each roan tlm^ is on the list of speakers to simply say a, feiy words to you and onr purpose is done. I want, In conclusion, comrades and gentlemen of the Fifty-first Iowa, to say this to you: May our people neve* become Infatuated with {he, wrenched Jptep to entrust their destiny and their liberty to ronjury keeping, Qen.«e,»fm;, may<,W« rise so high an^ become so, great 'that ^ g may support the olviUjgatton of whloh i we are so proud without the danger fhjnpau. snlng us of a tremendous <mJUtary ^njj naval establishment. Gentleni eus . say this, that American ^ag never wave above ftny r bwt |t Let able wq he said; 9l the, 3?atros hear 7t a \ , .eplF, mi mftrbiw, ssmms" ».•» BT, i«°l tTm,* *ft: elaborate dinner was served, .tvo in the town could have served it more elegantly or could have offered a larger variety, and none could have bettar cared for half th& number that w«re fed. The people of Council Bluffs were all this time extracting comparatlvly little satisfaction from the entertainment, for their own soldier boys ot Company L, -were not yet arrived. They XVPI-P on the third section of the train, which was about twelve hours behind the others, and did not reach the city till this evening. With them were Companies M of Red Oak, K of Shenan- Joah and C of Glenwood.' The other ;lght were on the first two sections. Two o'clock was set a.s the hour for •the special trains to. proceed eastward I few more sp e «.i .-iS wie- to be at their devoted hea^s. Aa4 rl ro'.rally did they tear thehwnvesT end turn to the ssrfous business of hour. For such Is war; and ever knows what General Sherman about war. The parade slart«4 up Fourth str*sf '*" with a platoon of police It»atlin<? foli' lowed by Troop A, s-indry* cllft'ngu'fitefl guests In carriages, the loral 0. A R- ; posts and civic organizations. Th«' troops did not make an imposing appearance. They carried no arms tot thess were turned in when thsj- left Saa Francisco. They did not attempt to preserve a very regular formation, for with a score of people crowding around each, particular aokller. Insisting o« •«•(•*« '1 rv ISAM! ^JB^ $ nVef m*. COr,ONRf. l.OI'KK. on the Rock Island for Des Mbines, with the Des Molneg, Knoxvllle and Oskaloosa companies. On account of the great number of excursionists who wanted to ride, with the soldiers, the Des Moines companies were given a separate train, and Knoxville and Oskaloosa another. Both were long trains and they were crowded. They were nearly two hours late In getting out of town. About the same Umothat they departed the Burlington road took out trains for Creston, Bedford, Corning and Villlsca, wdtTi the companies and excursionists for those places. It was not till evening that the third, section of the regimental train came l-i from the west, ami then the pro- gramme had to be largely repeated, so far as possible. The crowds were not so large, but they were none the lesS enthusiastic. Speeches were mado at the park, and the members of Company L were received w'ith great rejoicings by their fellow townsmen. Arrival at DPS jVIolnos. DKB MOINKS, Nov. 7. The fighting Fifty-first, with 11s record of heroic deeds on a dozen battlefields, was never so completely under fire in all its months o£ service on the firing line in a hostile country as were the DCS Moines companies when they came home last night. Disembarking from the Rock Island special at 8 o'clock last night 'the two companies %vere formed In the parade that awaited them and marched through the business section, under such a blaze of red and blue fire, such flashing; of rockets, such flaring ot Roma-n candies, such ba- dazzling electric displays as Des Moines haa never seen before. Under clouds of smoke, now . tinted azure as the torches of blue lighted them; now red as blood with the brilliancy of torches or another color; anon purple and murky as the two colors rivalled each other for the predominance; under showers of sparks which singed their garments and threatened to start a conflagration any moment; beneath flags and designs, of the national tricolor; to the cheers of surging: thousands and the moving strains of martial music—thus came the Fifty-first home from It's year of service on the other side of the world, from months under the scorching sun and pouring rains of the tropics, from the land of fevers and fllth and palms ami tropic luxuriance; the fields they had fought, the turbulent rivers they had swam and the benighted natives whorp, in their humble wa,y, they had benevolently shot at and assimilated. It was a reception never to be forgotten, the crowning glory of all the series of receptions that have been tendered, to Iowa soldiers sinco they started for home. It was only to be regretted that all the other companies could not have taken part in the welcome which Des Moines extended 'to her own soi- diers. When the parade was over, before an audience which packed the Auditorium to Us walls, the boys were welcomed, to their home'city find, each was presented wltji & medal commemorating the occasion. For a fortnight everything 0)se has been secondary in local fntero^t; to the* homecoming of toe-JTlfty-flrat, * A_H d,ay yesterday the interest of the iov£n'was( centered, Sn tlie event of the evening, .Every bulletin,, indicating the , l pulling at nis BIUUVI.-B, bimK.iss hanua and exchanging greetings, onier wa* impossible. But if I hey wi.'ro not very military in their appearance, each soldier bore a certificate of charactci which proved his claim to udmittanoi in good military society. '"our Throo Survine Stripes. Every enlisted, man In the company came home wearing three stripes on hla arm. These are significant of the nature of their service, and are adopted under a recent order of the department Tho first white stripe is for service In the Spanish-American war; tha second, for Servian in the Philippine war; abova the^e is a gold stripe, for service outside the United Slates. Thus the'men are marked as 'veterana of "two wars and as soldiers who have gone outside their own country for service. In addition to the sleeve decorations of enlisted men, each man is entitled to wear the corps badge of the Eighth army corps. It represents, a figure "8" in enamelled metal. All the American Philippine soldiers belong to the Eighth crrps. Ofllcera are entitled to wear tlie corps badge, but not the- service stripes. Kaoli oflicer or enlisted man who has served in the volunteers or who volunteered in the regular army for service during the war only, anil who remained In the array beyond the close of •tlif; S]ianish-A.merlcan war, will be pre- For.tcd by congress with a special congressional medal of honor. The president in a Kpocial order t.o the troops, thanking them for their service In tha Philippines, gave, his plsdfre that ho will use his utmost efforts to secure tha passage of the necessary resolulioa. At the Auditorium addresses were made by ex-Governor Jackson and Mayor MaoVicar, after which each soldier was presented with a bronze medal. The audience then /sau" "America" and was dismissed. The I'rip jnade tp s $ Q'pjpcfc % train/ Bfrff . lust '*^ m* Jasfc, „ LflM Pronounced "aiu-Neol-rn," The soldier boys are teaching tbs Coloradoana some things about the pronunciation of names relating to places in ;the Philippines. Manila, aa a word, is a most prominent example. Americans have always said Ma-nil-a, ( ^ with the "i" pronounced short, this "i" should be spoken'like 1 ; "e," and thus the word is cr <J " peel-a." All the soldiers, , > 1! to their friends, would sp^, iar ternjs of Marneel-a,~, j|nij' new pronunciation wa,s ' t bej on all sides, , ,->ir" "^ JJuylug A Press in' When la^ies Japan they, tel nge, and it trt' becaujBe there a,r.| l . the single an'^ dw '' as well ag Jfop,? .JattX

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