Skidmore Wants a Cannon

Skidmore was determined to celebrate the Fourth of July, and celebrate big.  Some of the committee’s plans were revealed by the Nodaway Democrat and reprinted by the June 2, 1899 Skidmore Standard:

Skidmore Wants a Cannon

The following special was in the Globe-Democrat of May 27:

Washington, D.C., May 26 – The citizens of Skidmore, Mo., are nothing if not patriotic.  The Fourth celebrations always surpass anything of the kind in that section.  But this year they wish to outdo themselves.  They have written to Ass’t. Secretary of the Interior Davis requesting him to call at the War Department and present a request for the loan of a Spanish cannon to be used in Skidmore for the Fourth.  They inform the secretary that they don’t hope to receive the cannon for Skidmore for a permanent attraction. They realize that other cities more important than Skidmore have better claims for this favor, and will doubtless urge them.  But if Secretary Davis will secure the cannon for use in Skidmore on the Fourth the patriotism of its citizens, he assures, will thrive upon the recollections of the noise which the cannon created and the windows which its concussion smashed. — Nodaway Democrat

The St. Joseph Daily News seemed to think Skidmore could make it happen: 

Skidmore is trying to borrow a Spanish cannon just long enough to have a howling Fourth of July celebration and send the thing back again.  The prospects are good for the success for the committee to get the cannon. – St. Joseph (Daily) News [as reprinted by the June 9, 1899 Skidmore Standard]

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