Lowell in World War One: February 25, 1918 to March 1, 1918

This is the 46th weekly installment of my Lowell in World War One series which commemorates the centennial of the entry of the United States into World War One. Here are the headlines from one hundred years ago this week:

February 25, 1918 – Monday – Bolshevik surrender fails to halt German invaders. Wide areas captured. 43 aboard Red Cross liner, wrecked near Cape Race, rescued. 103 perished. Report 10,000 persons killed by earthquake in China. 38 firms accused of unfair trade practices. Doping out the estimates. City Council still struggling with the annual budget.

February 26, 1918 – Tuesday – Last quota of Lowell men in first draft go to Camp Devens. 48 future members of National Army left Lowell this morning. Send off to soldiers included speechmaking at City Hall, band music and parade. Large crowd at depot.

February 27, 1918 – Wednesday – Senator Lodge says government price fixing caused coal and sugar shortage. Action served to curtail production of coal. Price plan for sugar kept western beet sugar from eastern states. Declares closing of industries unnecessary. Denounces fuel administration. US Naval tug sunk off coast. 30 lives lost. Order canned goods held for war purposes. Mayor names new liquor squad and increases vice squad. Mayor Thompson announced the changes this morning. He believes that having eight to ten men serving on the vice squad should convince the authorities at Camp Devens to lift the ban on soldiers visiting Lowell, especially on Saturday nights.

February 28, 1918 – Thursday – Balfour replies to Hertling, sees no basis for peace in chancellor’s speech. Declares professed acceptance of President Wilson’s four principles only “lip service.” Germans meet resistance in Russia. Gas attacks on American sector. New liquor squad on duty today.

March 1, 1918 – Friday – not available

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