Mail Tribune 100, April 22, 1919
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April 22, 1919
BIG PARADE AND SPEECH BY CONGRESSMAN HAWLEY OPENS VICTORY LOAN DRIVE
With a patriotic parade followed by a speech eloquent in its appeal by Congressman Hawley the Medford Victory loan campaign was opened late yesterday afternoon. The first day of the campaign was auspicious, Will G. Steele, chairman of the committee, announcing from the bandstand, at the conclusion of Mr. Hawley’s address that approximately $90,000 of Medford’s $263,000 apportionment of the loan had been subscribed Monday, and predicting that the city would go over the top long before the campaign came to an end.
“Shall we keep faith with those who lie dead in Flanders fields where the lilies grow?” was the closing sentence of Congressman Hawley’s address which touched the heartstrings of all his hearers. Almost his entire address was devoted to entreating the people to stand by the American soldiers living and dead, by supporting liberally the Victory loan issue. Without any attempt at oratory but with plain statements of fact why we should buy the Victory bonds, nevertheless he was eloquent, very much so, and caused suppressed sobs in the throats of the people. The very simplicity of his words and delivery impressed everyone with the great reasons, in sentiment alone, why we should buy Victory bonds.
Mr. Hawley, who was introduced by Chairman Steele, reviewed briefly the war up to the present time. He spoke about the latest news that the Germans were trying to dictate the peace terms and then added: “It is not for them to say. We will tell them what to do.” (Applause).
He then reviewed the awful cost of the war in lives, destruction of property and in money and explained that this Victory loan of five billion dollars is to take care of outstanding treasury certificates and incidentally meet the obligations due the soldiers.
“We must either buy the Victory bonds or pay more taxes,” he declared. “You are asked today to buy the best investment ever known. If we do not raise the Victory loan the war debts of our government must be paid thru further taxation. Business is already too heavily burdened without further increased taxes.”
The speaker commended Medford and Jackson county for its glorious record thruout the war in men furnished for the army and navy and for financial support of the government and general patriotic effort, pointing out that both city and county had exceeded its quota in every previous liberty bond campaign, and predicted that this halo of glory would be increased in the Victory Loan campaign.