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Oct. 10, 1918
PATRIOTIC SING AT ASHLAND ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON
On Friday afternoon, Oct. 11, at 3 o’clock, Ashland will put the capital P in patriotic pep, and also place the big V in victory, all thru the agency of a spontaneous rally guised as a community sing. The gathering will be held in the Chautauqua auditorium. The public schools will be dismissed in time to participate. There will be music, also talks by our best local speakers, and it is planned to make the event one possessing all the characteristic of a patriotic love feast.
It is unnecessary to add that the object of this rally is to give an impetus to the Liberty loan movement. This district is still lacking in the specified quota due to be raised by Oct. 19. Ashland has pursued the voluntary subscription plan in the present campaign with good results, but in order to cap an achievement, recourse must be had thru other channels if present efforts fail to score on the homestretch.
There will be no haggling over this matter either, for the direct question will be applied, “What is victory worth to you?” We now have a great inspiration, and let the response be commensurate with that inspiration. The news from the battle front inspires every American heart, not only with pride and patriotism, but with a great incentive to do his or her part. There is no shirking, no shifting of this individual burden, no selfishness, by our soldiers in France and there should be none here. We are both supporting the same cause — our army in one way, ourselves in another — but theirs is the greater burden. Should we not fulfill our obligation, in the midst of ease and contentment, as promptly, as loyally and efficiently as our soldiers do theirs?
The community sing will be well worth attending on its own merits, even if the direct motive of the rally is a bond rally. The entire movement is patriotic all the way thru, and the employment of a little innocent camouflage in the way of designation should not detract from the main purpose, which is a fixed resolve to back the government in meeting its financial obligations. Granted the expenditures are prodigious, the demands must be met and the ultimate benefit to be derived is beyond compare.
Ashland is not the only locality that is shy in meeting quota requirements up to the present date, but this circumstance will not deter us in reaching the goal in due season.
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