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100 years ago today in Spokane: Patriotic fevor sends citizens to the streets

Patriotic fervor brought thousands into the streets. (Spokesman Review archives)
Patriotic fervor brought thousands into the streets. (Spokesman Review archives)

About 5,000 people took part in a patriotic parade to kick off another Liberty bond (war bond) drive.

It was not the longest parade in the history of the city, but it was “decidedly the greatest,” said the Spokesman-Review.

It was almost entirely a foot parade, with few vehicles and “an absence of any spirit of frivolity or gaiety.” Instead, there was a spirit of determination, capped when the head of the parade hit the intersection of Riverside and Stevens, where where Old Glory was raised alongside the Old National Bank building.

A firemen’s band launched into “The Red, White and Blue,” “Dixie,” “Yankee Doodle,” and “The Star Spangled Banner.”

Another unusual feature: Miss Druscilla Albert, “leading a dachshund and dressed as a marine.”

From the Wobbly beat: About 22 Wobblies were being held on vagrancy charges after their meeting halls were raided several days ago.

The arrested men were not as disruptive as the Wobblies of 1909, during the Free Speech Fight. The jailer reported that they sang revolutionary songs in jail, “but not in a way to disturb the other prisoners.”

A number of other Wobblies were released on condition they leave the city.

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