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100 Years Ago: 15th Regiment Band Carnival, Letter from Pat Yeomans

The Intelligencer May 29, 1915 (page 2)

“XV. Regiment Band’s Big Carnival. To Be Held on Victoria Park. After considerable labor and pains that worthy organization the XV Regiment Band, which needs no introduction to the public, has completed arrangements with the Big Pierson’s Shows for their big Carnival for a solid week on Victoria Park, commencing Monday evening the 3rd inst. and continuing every night for the balance of the week with special afternoon performances on the King’s Birthday and Saturday, 5th June at 2 o’clock. …

In the motor-drome three of the world’s greatest motor cycle speed kings defy death at every turn as the spectators gape down in blood tingling amazement. The days of ’49, commemorating the old frontier life of the lawless wild and wooly west …  The athletic show …  The circus side show …  The dog and pony show …  The $10,000 Merry-Go-Round, with the latest Coney Island Jumper will give every one from dear old granddad to the kiddies heaps of fun and exhilaration. …  There will be fun galore. Everybody wants fun and everybody wants to help the band, as they have given so much pleasure to others and with their funds have helped so many needs in the past.”

The Intelligencer May 29, 1915 (page 3)

“Interesting letter from Bombardier Horace Yeomans. France, May 13. …  It is not war out here, Mamma, it is slaughter, pure and simple. It is no longer a case of ‘survival of the fittest,’ but merely a game of chance, in which a man is a victim of circumstances where his brains and brawn count of absolutely nothing. Some day there will be a good and reliable account written and published of the two weeks’ fighting and then the outsiders will be able to form a good idea of the things that are going on here. Your loving son, Pat.”