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Cheering Masses Let Themselves Go

> i SCENES IN NEW YORK 150,000 Merrymakers Throng Times Square N.Z.P.A.—Copyright'.—Rec. noon. NEW YORK, August 14. New Yorkers decided after the issue of the first flash announcing Japanese acceptance that it was the real thing. Crowds flocked to Times Square after dawn. By 8.30 a milling, cheering; mass was watching the bulletins flashed from the New York Times electric . board. Scores piled on trucks and honked a way through the choked streets Waving flags, ringing hand bells, blowing horns and swinging rattles. The air was full of confetti, ticker tape, streamers and torn-up newspapers. The police were out in strength, but concentrated mainly on keeping the people from crushing shop windows by sheer weight. Hie jostling, yelling crowd in Tunes Square had passed the 100,000 mark by mid-morning. Torn paper covered the streets ankle-deep. Fireworks exploded over the heads of Chinatown's joyful residents as a ceremonial paper dragon was brought out to symbolise the advent of peace. Churches were thronged with worshippers. New draftees listened to the city's din at the main induction centre. Military service was still a thing of the future for them. Generally the people obeyed Mayor La Guardia's injunction to demonstrate immediately the news was received. The police received complaints from some sections that paving blocks and other missiles had been hurled through store windows. One crowd quickly emptied a novelty shop's window of confetti and noisemakers. By afternoon police barriers blocked off the Times Square area, in which it was estimated 150,000 people swirled about. Absenteeism closed over 100 coal mines in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. More than 20,000 Ford employees left their work 4 at the River Rouge plant. Liquor stores in Ohio were closed indefinitely.

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Cheering Masses Let Themselves Go, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 192, 15 August 1945

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Cheering Masses Let Themselves Go Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 192, 15 August 1945

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