November 3, 1914

by Richard van Pelt, WWI Correspondent

Election day fell on the third of November and voters were asked to decide on 29 ballot measures. Out of the 29, voters approved measures mandating that voters be American citizens, permitting cities to merge into adjoining cities, prohibition, and abolishing of the death penalty. Defeated measures included the eight-hour workday for women, a proportional representation amendment, and a universal eight hour day.

The major issue on the ballot, in Oregon and other states as well, was prohibition, surpassing in importance elected offices such as Governor and Senator.

The headlines and news from the Capital Journal  for this election day included:

IF TURKEY REFUSES RUSSIA’S DEMANDS WAR IS INEVITABLE
Russia Demands Dismissal of German Officers from Turkish Ships
MUST PUT WARSHIPS OUT OF COMMISSION
Sultan Up Against It As War Party Will Never Consent to Russia’s Terms

WAR NOW MATTER OF ABILITY TO ENDURE, AND GET RESERVES
Germans Are Driven From Trenches by Floods – Allies Take the Aggressive
6,000 GERMAN DEAD AT ARMENTIERES
British Prisoners Loud in Praise of Germans for Humane Treatment

SAY GERMAN TROOPS ARE DISHEARTENED; AND FALLING BACK

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