U.S. At War: The World Needs Ireland

No bagpipe skirled in all Ireland, said dispatches; Dublin pubs were shuttered. Quarantined Eire wore her shamrocks grimly. But in the U.S. the transplanted Irish kept St. Patrick's memory green. The customary twist was given the British lion's tail. Parades, pageants and Irish wit decorated the day.

Up New York City's famed Fifth Avenue, spirits undamped by a chill rain that made banners limp and drumheads soggy, tramped 48,000 of the faithful, colleens and patriarchs mostly, as the young Hibernians are off fighting again.

The chief lion-baiting took place in Boston. Some...

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