The Great War: A Historically Fictional Newspaper

A Coming Plague? How to Remain Hygienic
With the recent news that the Spanish flu killed over 8 million people just this May, and rumors of the disease spreading to American training camps in Kansas, it may seem that one can only pray that the epidemic does not affect the whole nation. However, there are several precautions you and your family can take to ensure health in the case that it does come:
Refrain, as much as possible, from meeting in public spaces, as several leading health officials say that the virus can spread through the air. If you do decide to go to a public space, make sure that it is not crowded and is well ventilated. Parks, for example, are much safer than theaters.
Do not use common cups or dinnerware, as it can be used to spread the disease easily.
Wash your hands vigorously before and after every meal, and after doing any work in or outside.
Wear a face mask when being in public surroundings. They are effective in minimizing the spread of the flu.
Build resistance to the Spanish flu and other diseases by getting plenty of rest and fresh air.
Following these procedures will make it unlikely that you will obtain the disease, and for the wives of soldiers, ensure that your husband will have something to look forward to once this Great War comes to a close.

Cuisine from the Front Lines
Surrey Stew: a British dish that is flavorful without stock or garlic (for four)

  • One pound of any stewing or lean beef.
  • Two carrots.
  • A small bunch of herbs.
  • Seasoning to taste.
  • Non-wheat flour, to thicken.
  • One tablespoon of butter, margarine, or another suitable substitute.
  • Two thinly sliced onions.
  • One turnip.
  • Two cloves.


  1. Season a tablespoon of the flour with a healthy serving of pepper and salt.
  2. Dice the vegetables.
  3. Slice the meat into pieces, and cover in the seasoned flour.
  4. Melt the fat in a casserole dish, and place the meat in when it becomes hot.
  5. Remove the meat when it becomes golden brown, and add the onion, frying it lightly.
  6. Add the meat again, the remaining flour, and the rest of the vegetables.
    Put in the herbs, if they are desired.
    Pour in a breakfastcupful and a half or more of water, and cover the dish.
  7. Place in a moderately hot oven for 2 and a half to three hours. (Or, simmer over fire with care)
    Add seasoning, take out the herbs, and serve. Careful, it may be hot!

Old Fashioned Doughnuts: a delicious American-style dessert (makes 12-18 small doughnuts)

  • One egg.
  • 1 tablespoon of melted butter.
  • ½ a cup of sugar.
  • 1/3 of a cup of milk.
  • 2 cups flour.
  • ½ a teaspoon of vanilla.
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder.
  • ½ teaspoon of salt.
  • Powdered sugar – as much or as little as you like.


  1. Beat the egg in a large bowl until it becomes light and lemon colored.
  2. Add in the sugar, while beating, until the mixture thickens.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in another bowl.
  4. Add the two bowls together with the melted butter, milk and vanilla.
  5. Stir until flour is moistened.
  6. Chill for 1 hour, while preheating deep fryer.
  7. Take the mixture and roll it out to a ½ inch thickness.
  8. Cut using floured doughnut cutter.
  9. Fry 1 minute per side, until golden brown.
  10. Drain, sprinkle with powdered sugar, and serve.

Corn Willy Hash: a breakfast simple enough for anyone to prepare (serves 4)

  • 3 cups of chopped cooked or frozen potatoes.
  • 4 cups of chopped cooked or canned corned beef.
  • ¼ a cup of butter or suitable substitute.
  • Freshly ground pepper.


  1. Combine potatoes and beef.
  2. Melt butter in a heavy skillet.
  3. Add in water left from canned or cooked beef, if desired.
  4. Place the potato/beef mixture in the skillet.
  5. Season with pepper, if desired.
    Cook over very low heat for 15 minutes or until a brown crust has formed on the underside of the hash.
  6. Fold over and place on serving dish.
    If desired, a poached egg can be added on top of the dish.

War within War: A European Revolution?
This month was a loss for democracy, as Bolshevik Russia, who has been out of international war since the treaty of Treaty of Brest-Litovsk last year, but has been fighting a civil war since, recently passed policies nationalizing industry and requiting food. They were met with mixed results by the Russian population, as the former even resulted in peasant revolts. With good reason, too – in April, Vladimir Lenin, the current ruler of the country, ordered the execution of dissenters to the Communist government. In May, he removed opposition parties from the government, continuing his move towards tyranny. Other nations might be intimidated to join the leadership of Lenin and ideals of Communism, which is cause for concern as the Great War continues, because of Russia’s several recent invasions. Even ignoring their Communist ideals, Russia’s removal of their monarchy may influence other countries to do so as well. Germany may be a prime target, as their emperor, Wilhelm II, has been disliked among the German populous for years. This will be a story to keep track of in the coming months.

Bellau Wood: Our First True Battle of the Great War
One is reminded of the fact that the American force had done little in the grand scheme of this war, with emphasis on the word ‘had’. The recent battle in the woods near Bellau, France has been called the most important one involving US forces since the Civil War by General John J. Pershing, one of the effort’s commanders. Possible vanity aside, this is the first point of this war that will undoubtedly change relations worldwide where our country has had any role, and therefore this battle is also undoubtedly important not only in the context of this war but any so far in our history. In the context of this war, the defeat of the Germans mean that their Spring Offensive, which had forced the Allies out elsewhere, should become easier to counter. This, in turn, should help to finish the European conflict as a whole.
The battle itself began with an attempt by the 2nd and 3rd divisions of the Army and the 4th Marine Brigade of the Marines to clear up the wood from German soldiers, which was difficult due to the Germans’ strong artillery. Getting into the woods resulted in the highest number of casualties in the Marine Corporal’s history up to that point, but once inside, the thick trees made it easy to shoot the opposing troops. None of this would have been possible, however, without the remarkable marksmanship and resourcefulness of the troops – hand to hand fighting was reportedly common in the fight to clear the woods, earning the troops the nickname “Teufel Hunden”, or “Devil Dogs”, from the Germans. While the efforts were successful and will hopefully help to stop the German war effort, it did come at the cost of almost 10,000 American soldiers, some of which were uncounted for. In the end, one can only hope that it will have been worth it.

Local Men Begin Soft Drink Production in Lehigh Valley
Joe and Jack Egizio have begun to make a soft drink they call “A-Treat” in downtown Allentown. While not the first or the biggest fountain drink bottler in the Lehigh Valley (the recently opened Coca-Coca plant in Bethlehem comes to mind), the local population seems to have quickly taken a liking to the new beverage, especially in the grapefruit flavor. This story seems to only show how even during wartime, the ingenuity of savvy businesspeople can create something great. One can only wish the best of luck to the two gentlemen. Interested buyers can go to the 600 block on Front Street in Allentown to purchase.

Zion’s Reformed Church of Christ: Upcoming Events
By Reverend Samuel Richards
Thanks to all who attended the summer luncheon on June 21st, especially those who provided food and beverages. The Lord thanks you!
Even during wartime, masses are at 7:30 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. every Sunday.
Our next event is our Fourth of July mass and luncheon. To anyone who wants to provide food or assist in setting up, please come the day of the event at 6:00 A.M. For those who are attending, be here at 7:30 in the morning. God bless you all!
Donations for needy families continue. We will take canned and otherwise packaged food items, gently used cloths, and volunteers. Talk to Reverend Lewis for more information if you are interested, and thank you.
Remember… as it says in Matthew 24:42, “…stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.” Let us all pray for a peaceful resolution to this Great War.

A Pointless Conflict
No other string of events in recent memory has had such a negative effect on the entirety of the world as the Great War, which if I may add, is not deserving of the name. There were several points throughout the last couple of years where any of the countries that took part, such as Germany, Britain, or Russia, could have stopped and provided a peaceful resolution to the tensions. The July crisis of 1914 is of note, as it was essentially where the War began. From the assumption that a lone wolf who assassinated Austria’s Archduke represented all of Serbia to the domino effect that led to bigger nations facing off, the road to conflict was paved with miscommunication.
So because the War could have been so easily prevented, every life lost seems wholly unnecessary. Nearly 10,000 American troops were uncounted for in the recent battle at Bellau Wood, most of those I can only assume were deaths. Even the reward of pushing Germany out of France only makes sense once you remember their previous rivalry over the Alsace region. In short, most of the reason Germany entered France in the first place was because of a prior dispute – the conflict between Serbia and Austria just gave them a good reason to send their troops there. Considering that the assassination of Franz Ferdinand has sparked a global War, we can only assume that the arguments over Alsace could have been settled diplomatically. And in the middle of a War that has been seen going nowhere, the fact that it could have been easily settled makes what’s happening in Europe all the more maddening.

An End to War Might Slow Coal Growth in the Valley
With all the recent talk of an ending Great War, one can only think of the celebration. However, amidst the returning soldiers and peace across the planet, the Lehigh Valley might very well witness a slump in coal sales. Besides literally powering the War machine, Lehigh Valley Coal Company (LVCC), a subsidiary of Lehigh Valley Railroad, provides plenty of jobs for people in the area. Though the Company has reported its highest ever earnings in 1917, to the tune of almost 2.5 million dollars, most of that could be attributed to the increase in activity supporting the war. Factories that are currently supporting the War effort will slow if it ends, therefore decreasing demand for coal in decreasing profit for LVCC. One can only imagine if the War will truly end soon, and what it means for the Valley if it does.

A Prediction for the 1918 World Series
Though it is not until September, the Queen City Gazette’s sports writer, Boris Brone, has some predictions on what this year’s World Series in baseball will look like. As they are only predictions, we must preface this with a message: do not use the following to place bets or anything of the like, as you will solely be responsible for any consequences.
Boris believes that the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs will face off, given their recent successes. He also believes that the Red Sox will win the Series, and adds that his living in the city prior has nothing to do with his prediction. Babe Ruth, he says, is such a strong player that he will be the pivotal focus of all the games in the Series, as there is no single person on the Cubs that beats him, either in skill or personality.
No matter which team wins, however, it is assured that this year’s championship of baseball will be exciting and enticing for millions of Americans eager to take part in our national pastime.

Georgia Joins 12 Other States in Ratifying Prohibition
Recent cries for the United States to ban alcohol have gained considerable traction, as earlier in December of 1917 a resolution calling for a Constitutional amendment passed through both houses of Congress. As of the writing of this article, 13 states, Georgia being the most recent, have ratified the new amendment, which would be the 18th if it succeeds. Though all 48 states should ratify the prohibition amendment, Rhode Island chose not to join the other states in March, where the amendment failed to pass the state’s Senate. The choices of the other 32 states will decide if prohibition will become a reality. The entire thought of banning spirits and other types of alcohol is most popular with women and Protestants. There has also been a push for the passage of a 19th amendment, which is currently in being voted on in Congress that would allow for women to vote. One can only wonder if the passage of one act can influence the passing of the other.

What Students Think of the New Allen High School Building, a Year Later
Finished in 1917, the new building that houses 9th through 12th grade students at 17th and Turner streets has finally been used. The Queen City Gazette has interviewed two students to find out their thoughts.
Marcus Oberlin, who finished his first year of high school in the building, loves the architecture. He told our reporters that the exterior, with its marble columns, “invites” him “to learn like nothing else”. Marcus also described a dislike for the small and plain buildings he used to learn in, commenting that “having so much pride in the structure only makes it can only make others want to follow.”
Herbert Johnson, who is planning to complete his last year in 1919, has a slightly different view. “I can only wonder how long this building in its current form will last”, he began, commenting that the existence of the edifice will only cause more growth in the long-term. While Herbert does worry, he finished by saying that he is“…thankful that those who want to learn now have their own space to do it in.” One can only hope that any growth in the size of any local school will only be a good thing.

As Russia Turns To Communism, Its Children Take Up Democracy
Though Russia proper is going through a rendezvous with communism, Georgia and Azerbaijan, who both declared their independence from the former fatherland, have both become Democratic Republics. The latter country is a unique one, in that it is the first Muslim-majority country to use this type of a political system. The former has always been allies with Russia up to this point, forming an alliance in 1783 that resulted in their eventual annexation. Whether or not either country can keep resisting, or better said, defending against, Russia’s economic system is a mystery. The current civil war that is taking place in the father country, on the other hand, might influence other portions of Russia to become independent as well. One can only wait until after this current Great War is over to see the result of these experiments.

Dubbs Memorial United Church of Christ: Upcoming Events
Remember to pray daily!
Masses are always at 8:45 A.M. and 1:00 P.M. on Sundays.
Reverend Victor’s son, Bryan, died this past month. For anyone who wants to support the family, the funeral will take place at the church on the seventh of July at 7:30 A.M.
For anyone who wants to donate cloths, packaged food, or similar products, to our supply room, please talk to Reverend Victor, and God bless you!

Hammer v. Dagenhart: Keeping Interstate Child Labor
The Supreme Court ruled that Congress has overstepped their power in trying to ban child labor in interstate commerce. The Hammer v. Dagenhart decision overrules the Keating-Owen Act of 1916, which attempted to control child labor, a topic that has recently become controversial due to safety concerns. Roland Dagenhart, of North Carolina, sued to call the Keating-Owen act unconstitutional, citing that the Tenth Amendment left power over child labor to the states. This led to Attorney W.C. Hammer appealing to the Supreme Court. Justice Holmes disagreed with the ruling, expressing that child labor is necessary to control. It cannot be known if child labor laws will come into effect in the near future.

First Presbyterian Church: Upcoming Events
Enjoy your weekly Bible verse: If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. [John 15:10]
Sunday masses are at 5:30 and 8:30 A.M. weekly.
Our choir will be singing patriotic songs on July the fourth. Entry is free, and the doors will open at 6:00 P.M.
Bless the lord!

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