August 8, 1914

by Richard van Pelt, WWI Correspondent

Early optimism by the allies of quick victory against Germany quickly waned. On the western front, the Belgian amy began to fall back towards the Dyle. French forces occupied Altkirch and Mulhausen in Alsace.

President Wilson offered the good services of the U.S.A. to mediate cessation of fighting.

On the front page, the headline read:

EFFECT OF WAR ON AMERICANS HOME AND ELSEWHERE
More Than a Thousand American School Teachers Are Marooned
GERMANY PROTESTS CENSORING WIRES
Americans Complain That Morgan Cinches Them in Cashing Drafts

Washington, Aug. 8. – European warring nations were informed by government officials today that the United States will not interfere with the departure of reservists unless they were organized and armed in this country. New York City was harboring at least 50,000 reservists, awaiting transportation to their native land.

The German-American chamber of commerce here protested against an alleged censorship of German wireless stations, asserting that British and French cables were not molested.

Secretary of the Treasury McAdoo told the government’s relief board that the financial needs of Americans abroad will be amply provided for when the American cruisers Tennessee and North Carolina reach Europe.

Hundreds of American school teachers were marooned abroad. It was predicted that the opening of a number of eastern schools would have tone postponed as a result.

The Canadian cruiser Rainbow slipped out of San Francisco harbor at 1 a. m. today and made a dash for the open sea. It was reported that the German cruiser Leipsic was waiting outside to give battle to the Rainbow.

Apprehension was felt for a number of Standard Oil tankers, plying between San Francisco and the Orient and the west coast of South America, and flying British and German flags.

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