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March 25: ON THIS DAY in 1919, city’s greatest throng gives welcome to 27th Division

March 25, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle

ON THIS DAY IN 1868, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “The East River Tunnel bill has been defeated in the Senate. Whatever advantages the tunnel plan may present, it is more than probably that to have authorized such an undertaking at this time would have resulted in impairing rather than improving the chances of establishing some permanent connection between the two cities. The bridge plan we know to be practicable, but it is so great an undertaking that it will need the concentrated efforts of all who are interested in connecting New York and Brooklyn by some reliable means of communication.”


ON THIS DAY IN 1882, the Eagle reported, “Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the most famous, though perhaps not the greatest of American poets, has departed, as the sun sinks from sight at the close of a long summer day, leaving the western horizon rich with soft and beautiful colors. It is, of course, impossible to foretell the estimation in which he will be held by posterity. The few names transmitted to us from all the centuries of past endeavor as worthy to live forever forbid any hasty ascription of perpetuity to the works of the men of our own generation. The reasons why the world has chosen to forget the songs and even the existence of poets who were reckoned among the immortals by their contemporaries may also take effect upon those who seem to us the elect of the earth. Every age finds it easy to produce geniuses capable of reflecting the moods and soothing the emotions which are peculiarly its own. What is the rarest of rare occurrences is the appearance of one able to conceive and express that which is true, beautiful or sublime, not for the time being but for all time; not for this or the other fashion of people but for the lasting and never changing type of man.”


ON THIS DAY IN 1919, the Eagle reported, “The mind of man probably has never before conceived of such a welcome as that which New York gave today to its own – to the men of the 27th Division, U.S.A. A welcome that defied imagination was theirs. A spectacle was theirs beside which paled into insignificance all the spectacular events New York has ever staged. A greeting was theirs that, in its spontaneity, its soul-stirring might, its touch of heart, defies all description. It was, beyond the shadow of a doubt, the greatest, most inspiring, most marvelous demonstration ever known to any of those who participated in it. Superlative upon superlative must be used by any who tell of it, for only the superlative will do … No man may ever say after today that New York is cold. No man may ever say that New York failed in one tiny measure of appreciation for these – her sons – the sons of the city and of the whole state – who fought and who conquered over there, and who today were welcomed back.”


ON THIS DAY IN 1934, the Eagle reported, “Washington, March 24 (AP) – The trophy room at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier has been robbed of medals presented to his memory. Arlington Cemetery officials believe the glass case containing the medals was looted some time yesterday. A sentry, posted from sunrise to sunset, constantly patrols the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, but is out of sight of the amphitheater corridor where the medals are displayed in cases. The medals included the Congressional Medal of Honor and the highest awards of every allied nation in the World War. War Department officials and police are pushing an investigation. The War Department later announced the following medals, some of which were gold, were missing: National Auxiliary United Spanish-American War Veterans, gold medal Fidac, Society of Daughters of Cincinnati, Disabled American veterans of the World War, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Dames of Loyal Legion, National Society of New England Women, Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence and gold medal of Caroli Romanier Down Al Virtute Militaria.”

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