Lowell in World War One: Nov 26 to Dec 1, 1917
This is the 33rd 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:
November 26, 1917 – Monday – Evacuation of Cambrai begun. British victory opens way to further exploitation. Bolsheviki controls Moscow. Senator Stone urges war on Germany’s allies. Seeks declaration of war against Austria, Turkey and Bulgaria. Another Hockmeyer check for $1200. Otto Hockmeyer, campaign manager of the Red Triangle in Lowell, this morning sent in a check for the Armenian relief fund of $1200. Lowell man killed in war. Among the Canadian overseas casualties announced last night was F. Bower, of Lowell, Mass.
November 27, 1917 – Tuesday – German attempts to drive British from positions near Cambrai fail. British close in on Turks. British cavalry is now three miles west of Jerusalem and is closing in on the Turkish defenses from the southwest. Russia on verge of civil war. Efforts of the Bolsheviki government to arrange an armistice with Berlin continue. Looking after the soldiers. S. Wales Dixon, a representative of the war department commission on training camp activities, has opened an office at the war work headquarters on Merrimack street to coordinate Thanksgiving entertainment for the men at Camp Devens. Early morning fire in Merrimack Square. School meeting at Keith’s Theatre. Lowell high school pupils and teachers had their first general assembly in several years this morning when the entire school went to Keith’s theatre for the first of a series of monthly meetings of pupils and teachers.
November 28, 1917 – Wednesday – Germany to negotiate for armistice with the new Bolsheviki government of Russia. 63 crew members of the American steamer Actacon are reported missing after the ship was torpedoed by a German submarine yesterday off Cape Finisterre. War time observance of Thanksgiving. A real old-fashioned snow storm struck Lowell this morning which will give the city a white Thanksgiving.
November 29, 1917 – Thursday – Thanksgiving – no newspaper
November 30, 2017 – Friday – American engineers played prominent part in breaking famous Hindenburg Line. Also entered firing line during General Byng’s push to act as volunteer stretcher bearers. First American troops engaged in military operations on British front. National Guardsmen from every state and vanguard of American aero fleet have arrived in France. Lowell welcomes boys from Camp Devens. If there was any soldier from Camp Devens in Lowell on Thanksgiving day who was not perfectly happy as far as material comfort goes, it was not the fault of the people of Lowell. War tax on deeds into effect tomorrow. It was announced at the office of the register of deeds today that all war stamps on deeds will become operative tomorrow. The tax amounts to 50 cents for every $500 worth of property.
December 1, 1917 – Saturday – Germans checked after taking 4000 British in turning movement near Cambrai. Desperate attempt to break up broad salient created by general Byng’s recent victory. British counterattacks stop Teutonic rush and save the day. Storm causes heavy damage. Wire communications between Boston and western Massachusetts was interrupted today by a heavy rain that froze as it fell which caused numerous wires to come down.