MISSOURI PAYS HONOR TO GENERAL PERSCHING Missouri and Laclede, General Persching's home town, paid honmor to "Black Jack.: Govenor Gardner is shown reading presentation statement for the gold medals from the citizens of Laclede and from the State. Warren, standing in front of his father, is an interested listener. At the right is G.A. Smith, who thirty-seven years ago passed on Persching's eligibility for West Point.