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SUnmuja of a “Jarlm
New York, Feb. 22, 1918.
Saturday Night, 6:15 o’clock.
Dearest Dad and Mother:
I've been swept off my feet so completely by my first impression of New York that, although I’ve been here only
four or five hours, I decided that I just bad to let you know all about it.
We left the station at 1:30 o’clock, and after a mile’s walk through the snow, which was very exciting in itself, we reached the railroad station; after a ten-minute ride on the train we changed cars, and to my surprise we were landed on a station fifty feet above ground; then followed mv first ride on elevated railroads. To the other California boys it was just as much a surprise and novelty as it was for me. I used to think that it was a lot of “bunk” when I heard that trains ran alongside of four and five story buildings. Our ride took us along the famous “Harlem” and its countless number of tenement houses; they were the same as I have often seen in moving pictures; row after row of houses identical in architecture, with millions of little kids lined up on every street, coasting down the hills with their snow-sleighs. We rode as far as Forty-second street and then descended to “terra finna" again. 'File first sight to greet our eyes was the Grand Central Station, and in we went to investigate. I guess, Mother, that you remember it very well, for to my way of thinking once you have seen it you will never forget it.
After we had spent a half-hour looking around we decided to keep going till we hit old Broadway. By this time
CHAS. J. WISEMAN.
A. B. '17
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THE IGN ATI AN
church, Palo Alto, and National Chaplain of the Spanish-American War Veterans, ascended the pulpit. His address was phrased in the words of a “real American" and delivered with a spirited eloquence and a fervid enthusiasm which reached the hearts of his hearers, lie spoke of the distinguishing characteristic of a Catholic's patriotism, his clear concept of a dual duty to God and to country. “That is why," spoke Fr. Gleason, "the Service Flag of St. Ignatius University lies here this evening, here where it should lie, at the foot of the altar of God."
A musical number followed the sermon and then the ceremony of blessing the Hag was begun. Father Me Quaide with his two aides approached the altar and. standing beside the flag, sprinkled holy water upon the outspread banner and invoked with most beautiful prayers the blessing and the protection of Almighty God upon the heroes represented on its starry field. Then, as tears filled the eyes of many onlookers, as just pride kindled in the eyes of students, alumni and faculty members, and as the majestic tones of the “Star Spangled Banner" brought all to attention, the flag was slowly raised to a place above the altar.
A song, written specially for the occasion by Vincent W. Hallinan, 19, and set to music by Professor Albert Schuh, was now sung by the choir. Solemn Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament followed and the magnificent and impressive ceremony of consecrating the Service Flag of St. Ignatius University concluded with an appropriate and heartfelt "Laudate.”
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THE IGX ATI AX
I had received my first glimpse of the “skyscrapers and believe me, they sure are skyscrapers. I guess that I represented the typical “hayseed” as I stood with mouth open gaving upward, but I just could not help myself, for the temptation was too strong. We stopped in at the Navy C lub on Fifth Avenue to obtain some information. It is surely a treat; there are writing-rooms, pool tables, canteen, library, etc., all for our comfort. After giving that the “once over” we proceeded on our journey and our next stop was at that famous corner. Times Square, Forty-second and Broadway. Can you imagine poor little me, who has spent four month-in Los Angeles, where the people never move faster than a crawl, standing at that famous corner? But there were eight others like myself, and we put our heads together and decided to seek a hotel before we all fell over in a faint from the excitement. A couple of us wanted to stay at the Knickerbocker. but the others decided that it was too far away from pay day. so we walked down a block to the Continental and obtained our rooms at $1.50 a piece, which is more than reasonable. “Fat” Kelly, Yin. Meherin, Davidson and myself have a suite of rooms that sure are wonders. After a breathing spell we ventured out again and decided to do Broadway. I guess, Mother, that you remember these parts as well as f do.
We have so many things planned for tomorrow that it will take 11s a month of Sundays to realize them all. Central Park, Fifth Avenue and Wall Street most likely will be honored with our presence, but still you never can tell what sailors will do. We are free till 8 o’clock Monday morning, so I suppose that we will manage to see considerable of the city.
Dad! It sure is some treat for me. and I only wish that you were along to share it with me. You can bet that I’ll persuade you to take the trip some time, seeing that Mother and I are now rated on the same plane as National Travelers. Mother won't be able to say: “Now, when I was East
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