Saturday, June 3, 2017

The Great War: June 2, 1917

The Playhouse seemed to be the scene of many patriotic events in 1917. On Friday, May 25, the Red Cross benefit packed the house. On Sunday afternoon, June 3, the Playhouse was the scene of "Rally for America." The featured speaker was Ogden Livingston Mills, then a New York State senator representing a district in Manhattan. 

The big mass meeting at 3 o'clock tomorrow afternoon in The Playhouse in this city over which Justice A. V. S. Cochrane will preside and at which Senator Ogden L. Mills will speak, promises to surpass anything of the kind ever held in Hudson. A "Rally for America" is the title given to the gathering and it means just what it says. Senator Mills is a forceful speaker and an eloquent one and Hudsonians are fortunate in having an opportunity to hear him. The presence of Justice Cochrane as presiding officer is also a rare treat and coupled with the presence of these two notable men there will be a unique musical program in which the public will have a part as well as a chorus of school children, and other features which are calculated to arouse enthusiasm.
There is no admission fee, no reserved seats and the house should be crowded with men and woman who can spend an hour in no better way than in showing by their presence their personal approval of the great cause.
The meeting will open with prayer by Rev. Dr. Yeisley, and the chorus of sixty school children will sing patriotic airs under direction of Miss Florence Rose. The meeting will be one of much interest, and a prettily conceived closing number has been planned.
Another feature will be old Southern plantation melodies, which will be sung by a choir from the A.M.E. Zion church, the medley being entitled, "O, Freedom."

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