Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Sunday State Leader for April 15, 1917: A plot against Pathfinder.

I've stopped the frequent updates of Wyoming newspapers here as the story I was really tracking, the Punitive Expedition, has closed out as a day to day item of concern.  Not that Mexico doesn't keep appearing, as this paper demonstrates.  But by mid April it finally seemed evident to everyone that the US was not going to be fighting Mexico as a stand in for Germany. We were really going to fight Germany.

Not that the papers don't remain interesting, and here's an example.

As far as I know, there was never a serious attempt to blow up Pathfinder Dam, but a story about a belief that there was hit the front page of this Cheyenne newspaper.  Lots of panicky stories like this were going around as people saw German agents everywhere.

As is also evident here, the war was giving a boost to prohibitionist.

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