Another July 4th

   It rained lightly on the morning of Wednesday, July 4, 1917, and the Festival Committee met to decide whether to postpone the Festival until the following Saturday. It was argued that Saturday was a better day than Wednesday, even if Wednesday did happen to be the Fourth. It was also argued by some of the Fort Penn businessmen that if the Festival was postponed until Saturday the merchants would be losing two and a half days that week: Wednesday, the Fourth; the regular Thursday half holiday which the Merchants Association had decreed upon themselves; and now Saturday.

   "The question is," said one committee member, "are we running this thing for the merchants or for the Red Cross? . . . "

  From A Rage to Live (1949)

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