Friday, January 22, 2016

News of the Week January 22, 1916 --January 22, 2016

The 22-January-1916 Motography featured "News of the Week as Shown in Films," with items from current newsreels.

"Horses at Boston waiting to be shipped to the French Government.  Copyright 1916 by Paramount News Pictures."   I have mentioned it before, but the armies still depended greatly on animal power.

"Gas explosion wrecks an oil tank steamship, Aztec, in its New York dock.  Copyright 1916 by Pathe News."  On 04-January-1916, Norwegian steamer Aztec blew up in Brooklyn, where she was docked.  Several crewmen were killed and injured.  The ship had carried a load of gasolene to France. 

"Major-General Bell, who has just taken command of the Western division of the U. S. Army.  Copyright, 1916, Mutual Weekly."  George Bell, Jr. was a West Point graduate who commanded the El Paso District during the border troubles.

"Pittsburgh police department takes motion pictures of the rogues it captures.  Copyright 1916 by Paramount News Pictures."   I think I have seen this one before.

"Fair swimming fans of Chicago go bathing in Lake Michigan despite ice and snow.  Copyright 1916 by Pathe News."  I wouldn't do that.

"Italian line 'Guiseppe Verdi' arrives in New York armed to repel submarines.  Copyright 1916 by Pathe News."  Verdi was a new liner armed with two three-inch guns.  There was controversy about arming civilian ships.

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