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The New American Monarchy in the Pacific

The New American Monarchy in the Pacific (1875)

(Frank  Leslies Weekly August 21, 1875) – The phrase, American Monarchy, will, no doubt, sound strange to many of our readers. The words, to most minds, imply a contradiction. Our separate nationality grew out of a deadly and destructive war against monarchical power and monarchical principles, and the most notional American never dreamed that the national flag would float over a kingdom created and sustained by American power. We live, however, in extraordinary times; and things the most wonderful and apparently impossible do come to pass.

Far away in the Southern Pacific, and a little to the northeastward of the Tonga groups, lie the Samoan or Navigator’s Islands. The Samoan group, which forms and extended chain running east and west, consists of the four larger islands of Manua, Tutuila, Upolu and Savaii, with several of smaller size. The islands are beautiful and fertile, the largest, Savaii, being about forty miles long by twenty-five broad. As far back as 1839 these islands were visited and surveyed by Lieutenant Wilkes and the other officers of the United States Exploring Expedition. About three years ago a friend of President Grant, by name Steinberger, and a “Colonel,” went to Samoa in a ship-of-war, on what he himself called a “mission.” At the time, very considerable mystery was associated with this mission. It now appears, however, that Colonel Steinberger’s real object was to induce the natives to sign a petition asking the assistance of the United States in their efforts to organize a government of their own, with the special request that he himself be sent out in the capacity of general superintendent. The “mission” was successfully accomplished; and, armed with the petition, Colonel Steinberger reappeared in Washington. Of course he must have reported, although to whom we are left at liberty to form our own opinion. Congress was in session, but Congress was left in as much ignorance of the whole affair as was the general public. As yet, nothing was made of the affair, because nothing was known about it. The people were indifferent, because the people were uninformed.

The second phase of the affair is greatly more interesting than the first. The prayer of the petitioners is granted; and Colonel Steinberger, in a ship-of-war which had been placed at his disposal, well supplied with cannon, small-arms and ammunition, and with numberless articles intended as presents to the native chiefs, is off again for Samoa. It was not possible now for the secret much longer to be preserved. Nor have we any reason to believe that there was any intention longer to maintain the mystery. The work had been done, and mystery was no longer a necessity in the case. Arrived at Samoa, Commander Erben, from the quarter-deck of the United States Steamer Tuscarora, spoke to the assembled people as follows: “I am sent by the Government of the United States to convey, in the vessel-of-war Tuscarora, Colonel A. B. Steinberger, sent by the President of the United States to remain among you.”

Frank Leslie’s Weekly, published from 1855 to 1922, was an American illustrated news publication started by publisher and illustrator Frank Leslie. While only 30 copies of the first edition were printed, by 1897 its circulation had grown to an estimated 65,000 copies.
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Americas Greatest Soldier

General Pershing: America’s Greatest Soldier (1919)

John J. “Blackjack” Pershing (1860-1948) was promoted to General of the Armies during World War I, the highest rank ever held in the United States Army. With nearly two million men under his command, Pershing was responsible for more troops than any commander in American history. Further, he helped keep American forces independent, despite repeated European requests to put American troops under foreign command. In his later career, he was key in formulating the plan that would become our Interstate Highway System.

This profile ran in Frank Leslie’s Weekly on January 4, 1919.

America’s Greatest Soldier (1919)

By Thomas F. Logan

General Pershing’s happy star has been ascendent throughout the period of his service in France. No stain of criticism or glaring error mars his scutcheon. His record of achievement as Commanding Officer of the American Expeditionary Force in France has been unusual in that from its beginning until today there were no untoward events or reverses to impair the feeling of almost awed confidence with which he is regarded by the American people. Pershing came through clean. He has a tremendously hard record to live up to.

Pershing did not avoid mistakes by avoiding decisions. He struck and struck hard for his own ideas. His aggressive personality and confidence in his own estimate of one phase of the military situation in France turned the tide of battle against Germany. That phase was the morale and fighting ability of the American troops. The French generals , even Marshal Foch, it is said, did not believe the American forces were sufficiently trained to be relied upon in a vital way, even as reserves. They were deferring such reliance upon the Americans shortly before the second battle of the Marne. Pershing believed otherwise. He challenged their doubts. He staked his own military reputation and the reputation of the American armies in the war upon the ability of his troops to deliver. By his own faith and forcefulness he imposed his own estimate upon the Allied supreme command. The result was the appeal to the Americans to save the Allied cause at the second battle of the Marne.

Frank Leslie’s Weekly, published from 1855 to 1922, was an American illustrated news publication started by publisher and illustrator Frank Leslie. While only 30 copies of the first edition were printed, by 1897 its circulation had grown to an estimated 65,000 copies.
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Behind the Lines

Pictorial: Behind the Lines of our Allies (1917)

This photo feature appeared in the May 24, 1917 edition of Frank Leslie’s Weekly. Frank Leslie’s Weekly, later often known as Leslie’s Weekly, actually began life as Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. Founded in 1855 and continued until 1922, it was an American illustrated literary and news publication, and one of several started by publisher and illustrator Frank Leslie. John Y. Foster was the first editor of the Weekly, which came out on Tuesdays. While only 30 copies of the first edition were printed, by 1897 its circulation had grown to an estimated 65,000 copies.

The ancient and honorable artillery horse

The army horse its patience and reliability all are familiar. This caravan is bringing to the fighting line a supply of ammunition. Across each animal’s back are hung ammunition bags and each horse’s load is 8 shells, besides canteens and other needed things.  Since the Germans in their retreat destroyed all roads, the supplying of the troops falls upon horses and mules until motors and trains can again be used.

The ancient and honorable artillery horse.

Squirrel or Poilu?

Nature provided a snug Retreat for this French soldier. A hole in the base of a hollow tree is a small but Cozy home, warm, dry and safe or as safe as anything can be on the Battlefront. Reading his mail. The Ingenuity of soldiers and making trench life bearable as been entrusted by many photographs of unique devices, invented in necessity, as substitutes for the conveniences of home.

Squirrel or Poilu?

Squirrel or Poilu?

Frank Leslie’s Weekly, published from 1855 to 1922, was an American illustrated news publication started by publisher and illustrator Frank Leslie. While only 30 copies of the first edition were printed, by 1897 its circulation had grown to an estimated 65,000 copies.
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Plain Truth

Entering World War I: The Plain Truth

America’s entry into World War I came in April 1917, after more than two and a half years of efforts by President Woodrow Wilson to keep the United States out of the war. In 1917, Germany appeared to have the upper hand in Europe when it decided to resume unrestricted submarine warfare against any vessel approaching British waters. This attempt to starve Britain into surrender was balanced against the almost certain knowledge that it would bring the United States into the war.

This all came to a head when it was revealed that Germany made a secret offer to help Mexico regain territories lost in the Mexican–American War in the Zimmermann Telegram. Publication of that message outraged Americans just as German U-boats began sinking American merchant ships in the North Atlantic.

Wilson asked Congress for “a war to end all wars” that would “make the world safe for democracy“, and Congress voted to declare war on Germany on April 6, 1917.

The April 19, 1917 issue of Frank Leslies Weekly had plenty of news and opinion items about our entry into the war. This short piece, The Plain Truth ran on a page full of other small items expressing cautious support for the war.

Frank Leslie’s Weekly, published from 1855 to 1922, was an American illustrated news publication started by publisher and illustrator Frank Leslie. While only 30 copies of the first edition were printed, by 1897 its circulation had grown to an estimated 65,000 copies.
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Chocolate-OG

A Chocolate Opportunity for America

(Frank Leslie’s Weekly – April 12, 1917) Comparatively few of the lovers of the soda-fountain and candy counter are concerned with the source of the chocolate in the confections they order. Chocolate comes from the seeds of the fruit of the cacao tree. The fruit, which is usually gathered from the trees twice yearly, is somewhat like a cucumber in shape and is red or yellow in color, according to the variety of the tree. The seeds, which completely fill the thick husk, as this picture shows, are removed, fermented, screened and dried, and from them are prepared cocoa, cocoa-butter and chocolate.

Americans are the largest users of candy in the world and we have a particular fondness for confections flavored with chocolate or composed chiefly of that article. The soda-fountain is found only in the United States and Canada and of all the syrups used chocolate is the favorite. Despite these facts our chief sources of supply for cacao and chocolate were England and the Netherlands, countries which produce neither sugar nor chocolate.

From these unattractive pods comes the chocolate for dainty bonbons.

From these unattractive pods comes the chocolate for dainty bonbons.

A striking change indeed has taken place in our imports of cacao and chocolate since the war began. In 1913 we purchased about 149,500,000 pounds of chocolate. Of this quantity Europe supplied us about 71,000,000 pounds; Central America and the West Indies 41,500,000 pounds; South America 36,000,000 pounds and Asia about 1,000,000 pounds.

In 1916 a peculiar condition developed in our chocolate market, the imports of which reached the enormous quantity of 243,000,000 pounds. Of this amount Europe contributed but 2,000,000 pounds; Central America and the West Indies, 95,600,000 pounds; South America 97,700,000 pounds and, most significant of all, Africa furnished 28,000,000 pounds, an unusually large proportion coming from the Gold Coast of Africa and isolated English colonies.

Following, there developed in this country a large re-export trade in this commodity. In 1915 our total re-exports of chocolate amounted to 29,000,000 pounds as against only 5,285,000 pounds in 1912.

Frank Leslie’s Weekly, published from 1855 to 1922, was an American illustrated news publication started by publisher and illustrator Frank Leslie. While only 30 copies of the first edition were printed, by 1897 its circulation had grown to an estimated 65,000 copies.
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