The Melting-Pot – News Roundup for November 1918

These short items were compiled for the Frank Leslies Weekly issue for November 23, 1918.

  • · American casualties in the war lately totaled 56,876, including 10,572 killed in action.
  • · In Berlin many women formerly wealthy and moving in high social circles are now compelled to earn their living as street-car conductors.
  • · Owing to a speech which he made at Rome on the immigration question, Milan labor leaders refused to meet Samuel Gompers, President of the American Federation of Labor, during his visit to Italy.
  • · A retired broker, a millionaire eighty-six years old, of Greenwich, Conn., recently married a twenty-five-year-old woman after a short courting. She lived with him only one day and then deserted him.

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.

  • · Not long ago the navy ordered 2,000,000,000 yards of cotton gauze for surgical purposes, enough to reach from Washington to the battlefront in France and back, seventeen times, or to lap the earth more than four times.
  • · In the battle of St. Mihiel, France, more Americans fought side by side than in any other battle in our history, and more men were engaged on both sides than in any other battle in which an American army under an American general had ever fought.
  • · Chinese silk workers receiving eleven cents a day lately demanded an increase to twelve cents to meet the higher cost of living. This slight advance would mean a large aggregate, and would tend to enhance the cost of silk shirts, hosiery, etc., in the United States.
  • · General Pershing, in a general order, urged clean living on the part of our soldiers in France, as “the plain duty of every member of the American Expeditionary Forces, both for the vigorous conduct of the war and the clean health of the American people after the war.”
  • · More than one hundred actors stranded in Omaha, as the result of closing theaters because of influenza, had free meals served to them by the Omaha Elks. They stated that they had had but two or three weeks’ work since last spring. Three of them went to work in a packing plant.
  • · Maximilian Harden, the famous German editor, says: “We started the war with a dirty trick, and all our subsequent victories have been results of dishonesty. William II is a film hero and Germany a vulgar cinematograph show. We sit today on the ruins of thirty years of Hohenzollern politics.”
  • · When a contingent of 2,000 North Carolina negroes left for their embarkation camp, a patriotic white woman collected enough razors to furnish each man with one of these distinctive weapons. The colored soldiers were delighted, but the cautious colonel of the regiment declined to accept the gift for his men.
  • · At a meeting of American toy manufacturers in New York the plan to burn a shipload of German toys was loudly cheered. Meanwhile, there are orphanages and children’s homes in the country whose juvenile populations cannot yet appreciate national distinctions, but who could put outlawed toys to excellent use.
  • · President Macauley of the Packard Motor Car Company says that Colonel Vincent, named in the Hughes aircraft report, resigned a large salary with the company to accept the position of chief engineer of the Liberty Motor for the Government at a salary about one-fifth as much. The Packard Company’s patents and inventions, upon which it spent several hundreds of thousands of dollars before the declaration of war, he said, were donated to the Government for use during the war.


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