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Feb. 8, 1919
FRENCH ARMY BAND INVITED TO PLAY HERE
Mayor Gates yesterday invited the French Army band to visit Medford when on their tour of the western coast. The invitation was extended thru the representative of the French American association, M. Armitage, who was in the city yesterday, and who will arrange for the band’s appearance. George Andrews will handle the actual details of the event.
The band is on an extended tour of American under the direction of the French high commission, to strengthen the “entente cordial” of France and America. All of the band members have actually been engaged at the front in many battles. They wear the chevrons of the wounded. More than half of them march with sore hearts, remembering interned families, children taken from them, imprisonment, agony, struggle. Now they are here on leave of absence, as guests of America, to play for us our own Star Spangled Banner and their Marseillaise.
For the past two years they have proved their worth in the trenches, as they proved it as artists long ago, when they won first prizes, every man of them, at the Paris Conservatoire. The date of their appearance, March 4th, will be made a gala day. Mayor Gates will later issue a proclamation setting aside this day, as Tri-Color day, in honor of these distinguished guests.
It is without question the greatest musical organization that has ever been heard or seen in Medford. It is planned to have the city suitably decorated with French and American flags, and a committee of prominent men will meet the band, and entertain them while here.
LOCAL AND PERSONAL
Relatives and friends of the Medford boys of the 65th artillery yesterday received copies of the Philadelphia newspapers of Jan. 31, containing accounts of the arrival in that city from France of the 65th on the transport Havreford. It was the leading news item of the day and the leading newspapers of Philadelphia devoted over a page to telling of the arrival of the overseas veterans and describing their splendid service and the battles in which they took part. The accounts were illustrated with pictures of the arrival and the 65th marching on the streets. Philadelphia’s welcoming ovation to returning troops was all the more remarkable in view of the fact that of the 2,197 men aboard the Havreford only 15 were from Philadelphia.
The horrendous thought occurs that Russia was the first nation to adopt prohibition. And now look at the darned thing. — New York Tribune.
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