October 25, 1914

by Richard van Pelt, WWI Correspondent

The Sunday Oregon Statesman headlines:

FRANCE’S FATE WRAPPED UP IN PRESENT FIGHT
All Available Troops of Both Sides Engaged in Terrible Battle
TIDE OF WAR SHIFTING
Allies Gaining at Nieuport, Germans at Lille

NOTHING LEFT TO CHANCE IN HUGE CONFLICT
Pictured War Is Now Superseded by Great Industrial Undertaking

FRENCH START NEW OFFENSIVE IN THE SOUTH
German Forces on Verdun-Toul Line Vigorously Assaulted
FLEET AT DARDANELLES
British Guns Heard in Turkish Waters

The Sunday news focused on the upcoming mid-term election and the major ballot initiative before the voters – prohibition.

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October 24, 1914

by Richard van Pelt, WWI Correspondent

The day’s headlines from The Daily Capital Journal:

KAISER NARROWLY ESCAPED CAPTURE
Aviators Located Him and Russian Calvary Charged
One of Party Caught

AIR, LAND, SEA, AND SUBMARINE BATTLE WAS FOUGHT TODAY
Germans Fought Demoniacally in Their Attempt to Capture Dunkirk
EXPLOSIVES RAINED FROM BIG ZEPPELINS
Submarines Loosed Torpedoes and Great Guns Pounded the Forts

KAISER IS MAKING SUPREME EFFORT
Estimated 500,000 on Fighting Line in France and More Coming

BATTLE IS RAGING ALONG FRONTIER
Kaiser’s Big Guns in Action, Battlefield Is One Vast Quagmire

The editor, commenting on the toll the war has taken, writes:

After daily perusing the stories of losses in the present war, which, if true, would leave all the armies a minus quantity, we are forced to disbelieve the stories of the ancient wars and their terrible death lists. On the contrary, we are proud to state that the evidence now points to the fact that present-day war correspondents are no bigger liars that those who reported Thermopylae. Considering the many more things there are to lie about, and the improved means of getting those lies before the public, we unhesitatingly state the world is getting better and the newspaper correspondents more truthful and reliable. In two thousand years the improvement is not striking, but it is encouraging.

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October 23, 1914

by Richard van Pelt, WWI Correspondent

The day’s headlines from The Daily Capital Journal speak to the difficulty journalists had in reporting and covering the war:

WAR SITUATION AS IT APPEARS TO ONE WHO IS UNBIASED
Thinks Stories of Russian Prowess Told By Russians Need Censoring
GERMANS SEEM TO BE HOLDING THEIR OWN
It is Seen Though that Russians Are Able to Keep Germans Busy at Warsaw

While the allies were reporting today progress in the western theatre of the European war measurable by scarcely more than inches, Russia was claiming victories on a stupendous scale in the east.

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October 22, 1914

by Richard van Pelt, WWI Correspondent

The day’s headlines from The Daily Capital Journal:

ALLIES ARE MAKING STEADY ADVANCE IS TODAY’S WAR STORY

THREE BATTLES ARE RAGING TODAY ALL IN FAVOR OF ALLIES
Allies Drive Wedge for Two Miles ThroughLines Near Lille
AT MENIN 10,00 OF GERMAN ARMY KILLED
Near Warneton Desperate Fighting Has Occurred and Losses Are Enormous

BELGIANS AGAIN BALK THE GERMANS
Belgian Army Checks German Attack and So Saves Dunkirk

GERMANS PLANNING TO MAKE ZEPPELIN RAID FROM DUNKIRK

An op-ed piece, published by the Oregon Statesman by W. H. Alburn suggests “War Is More Merciful” today: Continue reading

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October 21, 1914

by Richard van Pelt, WWI Correspondent

The day’s headlines from The Daily Capital Journal:

GERMANS FORCED TO GIVE WAY BY ALLIES, RETREAT 30 MILES

ALLIES ATTACKING THE GERMAN RIGHT
Turning Movement Develops in Northern France to Drive Germans From Ostend

DESPERATE BATTLE IS RAGING AT WARSAW, ANOTHER AT VERDUN

On the editorial page, the editor addresses the “real feeling lying back of the great war:”

THE REAL FOES

The desperate efforts of the Germans to gain the coast of the North sea and from there strike England shows the real feeling lying back of the great war.

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October 20, 1914

by Richard van Pelt, WWI Correspondent

The day’s headlines from The Daily Capital Journal:

ESTIMATE LOSSES IN WAR WILL TOTAL MORE THAN MILLION

GERMANS RENEW ATTACK ON DUNKIRK; BIG FIGHT BREWING

Estimating the casualties for all sides, J. W. T. Mason wrote:

Taking British losses as a basis for an estimate, and reckoning that other nations engaged in the present European war have suffered proportionately, the total of killed, wounded and captured during the first ten weeks of the conflict must be nearly 1,300,000.

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October 19, 1914

by Richard van Pelt, WWI Correspondent

As with 2014, 1914 was a mid-term election year. Twenty-nine statewide ballot measures confronted voters, prompting this comment from an out-of-state visitor:

“How is it possible for the Oregon voter to digest all of the mass of legislation that is to be on your ballot here, so that he can vote intelligently when the election comes.”

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