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March 21: ON THIS DAY in 1942, MacArthur expresses confidence in an allied victory

March 21, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle

ON THIS DAY IN 1849, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “For the Gold Region. – The bark Philena, Cap. Swain, owned by Mr. Charles Kolsey, of this city, now lies at the foot of Warren street, near the Atlantic Dock, where she is undergoing a fitting up, preparator to starting for California. In a day or two she will be taken to New York, and is expected to sail thence about the middle of April. Among the cargo which she is to carry are about one hundred small houses, all ready framed, and to be erected at the gold mines with very little trouble. These dwellings are about twelve or fourteen feet square, one story, and are intended to be warmed by means of stoves. The cost of embarking them is $100 each, and it is expected that they will pay a profit of nine hundred percent. The Philena is a staunch and commodious craft and her gentlemanly commander offers strong inducements in the way of convenient passage to all who are bound for the land of promise. She will accommodate sixty or seventy passengers.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1876, the Eagle reported, “The proposition to transfer the control of the Truant Home from the Common Council to the Board of Education ought to be acted upon affirmatively. It is stated by the reporters that the Aldermanic Committee, to whom the subject has been referred for examination and report, are disposed to look with disfavor upon the proposition to make a change. We trust that they will come to a better understanding of the subject. The Home is a logical part of our educational system and should be subject to the power that controls the common schools. It is just as absurd to have its affairs administered by the Aldermen as it would be to have the Polytechnic run by a Committee of the Board.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1883, the Eagle reported, “General [Henry W.] Slocum comes out in favor of making the East River Bridge an absolutely free highway between the two cities. He would not charge for its use to anybody, except those who are carried over the bridge by rapid transit trains the bridge authorities intend to establish and maintain. General Slocum makes out a very good case for the side he espouses. The Eagle has been disposed to favor such a rate of tolls as would be sufficient to pay for the cost of maintaining the bridge and the interest on the cost. General Slocum would look for a return to the two cities on their investment in another way – in the enhancement of property and in the growth of population consequent upon the practical union of New York and Brooklyn by a great and free highway. We are free to say that General Slocum makes out a strong case and his argument will appeal with especial force to the people of the City of Brooklyn – which can double its present population, and then have plenty of room for another half million, and still not be at all crowded. We commend the facts General Slocum furnishes in support of his position – published elsewhere – to the attention of our readers in both cities.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1942, the Eagle reported, “Melbourne, March 21 (U.P.) – Gen. Douglas MacArthur, formally assuming command today of the United Nations forces in the Southwest Pacific, expressed his complete confidence in an Allied victory but warned that his success depended on the primary war resources which the Allies could put at his disposal. ‘I have great confidence in the ultimate success of our joint forces,’ he said. ‘But success in modern war requires more than courage – it requires careful preparation.’ … It was revealed that before MacArthur left the Philippines his men had promised him that they would defend their positions to the last … MacArthur’s pledge, as he arrived here after his daring break through the Japanese blockade, was his second since he came to Australia. In the first, yesterday, he pledged himself to organize an offensive against Japan and to return, at the head of his army, to the Philippines.”

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