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From The Indianapolis Star, Wednesday, March 1, 1922: As part of a nation-wide movement to force Congress to pass the bonus bill, Indianapolis World War veterans’ organizations, along with women’s auxiliaries and allied organizations, will participate in a mass meeting this coming Sunday afternoon at Tomlinson Hall. “The meeting will be open to the public and will present the ex-service man’s viewpoint on the bonus and try to counteract some of the propaganda that has been sent out against passage of the bill.,” said Arthur Gresham, chief of staff of the Indiana department of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Several veterans in uniform will be stationed the downtown district bearing placards calling attention to the meeting. Approximately 50,000 ex-service men along with a large number of their friends and family members are expected to meet throughout Indiana on Sunday afternoon.

“Many Veterans to Participate in Bonus Move,” The Indianapolis Star, 1 March 1922, p. 10:4

From The Indianapolis Star, Monday, February 20, 1922: Fire swept through the main stables at the state fairgrounds early yesterday morning, destroying the structure. Stablemen entered the burning structure, braving the intense heat, cutting several horses loose from their stalls and driving them from the conflagration, but approximately 100 valuable horses perished in the blaze. Among those lost were the prize-winning racehorses Lord Busby and Masterpiece, along with sixty-one horses belonging to Batteries A and C of the National Guard. Lord Busby’s owner was sleeping in the stables and suffered severe burns. The fire is believed to have started when a coal oil stove, used for heating, exploded and ignited hay. Spreading swiftly on the loose hay and straw, the flames were far beyond control when discovered and firefighters confined their efforts to saving other structures endangered by the inferno.


“100 Horses Burn at Race Track,” The Indianapolis Star, 20 February 1922, p. 1:7

From The Indianapolis Star, Sunday, February 12, 1922: A committee of the National Disabled Soldiers’ League will temporarily use a vacant two-story brick double house at 16 E. Michigan St as a relief station for destitute ex-service men until it has use of the adjacent San Toy Apartment building once it is vacated according to an announcement made yesterday by Judge Arthur Robinson, chair of a committee appointed by Mayor Shank to apportion among ex-service men’s organizations the buildings which have been acquired as the city’s share of the state war memorial plaza. Free meals will be served to needy former service men and sleeping quarters will be provided for homeless veterans. One hundred baskets containing fruits, vegetables, canned goods, and other foodstuffs have been collected from city market stand holders and sent to the National Disabled Soldiers’ League for distribution.


“Relief Depot Assigned,” The Indianapolis Star, 12 February 1922, p. 10:6

“Plaza Building for Ex-Soldiers at Once,” The Indianapolis News, 11 February 1922, p. 1:6

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