U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, William Gibbs McAdoo launches Fourth Liberty Loan Drive in Washington DC.
Washington DC USA Date:1918, September 28 Duration:1 min 58 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Launch of the Fourth Liberty Loan Drive in Washington, DC. U.S. Navy Brass band entertains crowd of thousands gathered around the William Tecumseh Sherman Monument and equestrian statue in Sherman Square near the Treasury Department at E and 15th Streets. The Washington Monument can be seen in the distance. John Phillip Sousa, in uniform of Navy Lieutenant Commander, conducts the band in front of the Treasury Building. Secretary of the Treasury, William Gibbs McAdoo and his wife, Eleanor Randolph Wilson McAdoo, stand with John Poole, Treasurer of the Washington District Council of Defense, at a bunting-covered step at the front of the Treasury building. McAdoo gestures with his hat as he speaks, encouraging the crowd to buy Liberty Bonds. He is joined by Sousa, who points a few times at elements of the band (unseen) below. The camera pans across the crowd. Sousa is seen below the steps, again, conducting the band. Scene shifts to McAdoo on the Treasury Building steps. He pulls his hat down on his head. Sousa, again, stands beside him. They shake hands. Scene shifts to side view of the Treasury Building steps, where Vice Admiral William Sowden Sims, Commander of U.S. naval forces in Europe, is seen speaking to the assemblage, which includes a number of U.S. Army soldiers in uniform. (World War I; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
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