by Richard van Pelt, WWI Correspondent
The front page of The Daily Capital Journal had these headlines regarding the war:
MEDICATED COTTON FOR HOSPITAL USE SENT BY AMERICANS
Whole Country Joins In Relief of German and Austrian Wounded
1049 MAIL SACKS; 7599 BIG PACKAGES
Steamer Carries Gift From Sympathetic Americans at Peace With the World
New York, Dec. 4. – The Holland-American liner Sommelsdyk sailed from here . . . with 26,000 pounds of medicated cotton for wounded soldiers in German and Austrian hospitals. It was all sent by parcel post and it was in response to a suggestion by Correspondent William G. Shepherd of the United Press, who first announced the need for proper dressing for the wounded in Vienna.
The Sommelsdhyk will land the cargo at Rotterdam n ample time to catch special trains which will carry it everywhere in Austria, Hungary and Germany before Christmas.
ARMIES NOW EQUAL; ALLIES EXPECTED TO TAKE OFFENSIVE
Allies Have 700,000 Troops in Belgium and the Germans 750,000
THE COMING BATTLE MAY PROVE DECISIVE
400,000 More British Troops in Line – Germans May Also Take Offensive
34,000 CANADIANS LANDED IN EGYPT
Claim 33,000 slave Officers Have Been Killed, Wounded or Are Missing