Rally and Flag Raising
A Rally and Flag Raising that will long be remembered by the people of this locality took place Tuesday afternoon. Although it rained so hard that it was impossible to give the entire program which had been prepared, the speakers were on the job just the same, and delivered their addresses to between 500 and 600 eager listeners.
Attorney General Wiilis E. Reed, the speaker of the day, spoke to a crowded house in the old S. K. Brown building, while Mrs. P. C. Carstensen of Curtis, spoke to the overflow crowd who were protected from the rain by awnings in front of the business houses; afterward the Attorney General and Mrs. Carstensen exchanged platforms.
The Farnam band played a few selections from the new band stand, followed by the flag raising.
When it comes to speaking, Attorney General Reed is "there and over," what he said was concise, right to the point, and was delivered straight from the shoulder. He showed the people their duty toward their country in a way that will not soon be forgotten, and in several instances it became necessary for him to wait for his audience to stop applauding before he could continue.
Mrs. P. C. Carstensen also proved a very efficient speaker like Mr. Reed, was emphatic and to the point, although the trend of her address differed somewhat from that of Mr. Reed’s, mainly pointing out deeds of heroism and bravery during the Civil war. She also made a strong appeal in favor of supporting the Red Cross Society.
Farnam was indeed fortunate in being able to secure such noted speakers as these two on such an occasion.