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Bethlehem Steel 'Booster' masthead

1918 Bethlehem Steel patriotic rally

PLEDGING ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG AT THE FIRST OPEN­AIR
PATRIOTIC RALLY, MAY 7th

"Oh, boy, wasn't that some fine meeting, that first open-air patriotic rally?" May 7th was the date, remember. Looked rather queer to see our band parading without their pretty uniforms, but, oh, how they did play. They seemed to be thrilled with that patriotic fervor that was so manifest throughout the day. Where do you suppose the boys got all those signs and banners? Did you read 'em? Some fine stuff there, fellow, take it from me. The 100 per cent. Liberty Loan departments had the spirit and then that "We work Every Day to Help Win the War. How About You?" That got a good hand, believe me.

Guess that Edwards man from the Blast Furnace thought he was back in college the way he put over that "Hoo-ray, U. S. A." yell. Did you ever see so much pep? I yelled so much and sang so loud my throat has been sore ever since. But f don't care; I'll be right there next week doing the same thing.

Mr. Lewis certainly had his heart and soul in that meeting, didn't he? Anyone could see that he is a friend of the men and we ought to back him up to the limit.

Say, didn't that Colonel Evans get next to the crowd. Maybe they weren't with him every minute. He had them hanging on to every word, too, and they were all sorry when he finished. I could have listened to him for another hour. He could have made that crowd do anything he wanted them to. Did you see them when he yelled, "Take off your hats." A paralyzed man would have lifted his arm for the Colonel right then. Oh, gee, it was great, and when he told how he had killed that German who tried to stab him as he lay wounded — man, oh man, my fist was clenched and I wanted to do some killing myself.

 


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You didn't get down to the Saucon, did you? Well, it was just as fine down there. Lots of girls in overalls from the new shops, and say, maybe they can't sing some. I brushed away a tear when they got through singing "Keep the Home Fires Burning." Won't it be great to have one of these meetings each week? We will make up all the lost time. You ought to have seen the boys speedin' it up the afternoon of the meeting. If the Kaiser had ever seen 'em it would have been him for Rittersville.

 

THIRD LIBERTY LOAN

The Third Liberty Loan is a matter of history as far as the Bethlehem Steel Company is concerned. Although no organized effort along campaign lines was used, enthusiasm was not lacking and when the leaders started into work subscriptions were readily obtained and the Bureau of Labor and Safety was soon swamped and extra clerks had to be employed to handle the rush.

The men in the shops became very earnest about having every one buy a bond, so that their's might be a 100 per cent. shop and when met by a refusal, forceful measures were used in a number of cases. As far as can be learned, the punishment of applied tar or oil or a ducking in the river was only used after derogatory remarks had been made by some man who did not give sufficient thought to what was being said. As a climax, a life-like effigy was hung by the neck to the flagpole near the main gate of the Lehigh Plant. It is reported that several of the girls in the offices screamed with horror at the sight, thinking that a human being was being strung up. On the inside of the back cover is a picture taken by our artist, Mr. L. J. Sterner, who is ever on the job.

Number six shop, not to be outdone, also had a hanging and the two figures swung by their artificial necks for several days.

At the time of going to press twenty-two thousand, two hundred and eighty-two subscriptions for the Third Liberty Loan Bonds had been secured. The total amount of these subscriptions is one million, three hun­dred and six thousand, five hundred dollars ($1,306,500). Fine work. Sixty-six and two-thirds per cent. of the working force have subscribed and there is no doubt but that additional subscriptions will be coming in for the next few days.

 

WAR GARDENS

Are you further going to do your bit by having a war garden this summer? There are some choice lots still to be had by applying at the offices of the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce in the E. P. Wilbur Trust Company, Fourth and Broadway, South Side. These lots will be plowed for you at a nominal charge and you will have an expert to call upon if you need assistance or instruction on any point connected with the work.

Every war garden is another munitions plant and you know the important part munitions will play in this war. Some say food will win the war. It will be a large factor, that is certain, so you might as well raise some nice vegetables for your own use, the same as hundreds of others will do. Better think it over and give it a try. Not expensive, you know, and it is just another way to show the Germans that we can and will co-operate in every way possible with the Government.

 

Work like Helen B. Happy.

 

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