Friday, January 29, 2016

News of the Week January 29, 1916 --January 29, 2016

The 29-January-1916 Motography featured "News of the Week as Shown in Films," with items from current newsreels.

"Allegheny River reaches a flood stage of twenty-one feet during recent storms.  Copyright 1916 by Paramount News Pictures."  The Allegheny River passes through Pittsburgh.

"State militia arrive at East Youngstown, Ohio to quell riot.  Copyright 1916 by Pathe News."  Steelworkers at the Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company went on strike because of intolerable working conditions and starvation wages.  The workers made $500 a year while the company paid a 12 percent dividend. 

"The old river packet 'Kanawha' strikes pier and sinks at Parkersburg, W. Va.  Copyright 1916 by Pathe News."  Steamer Kanawha sank on 06-January-1915.  At least eight passengers died.

"U.S.S. Flagship 'Virginia' leaving Charlestown Navy Yard with fleet for Southern waters.  Copyright 1916 by Paramount News Pictures."  USS Virginia (BB-13) was a pre-dreadnaught battleship commissioned in 1906.  She was part of the Great White Fleet.  During World War One she escorted convoys.  She was decommissioned in 1920 and sunk in 1923 as part of General Billy Mitchell's bombing demonstrations. 

"Rear Admiral Robert E. Perry and a committee choosing a site for aerial patrol station.  Copyright 1916 by Paramount News Pictures."  Robert Peary and Matthew Henson had reached the North Pole in 1909.  In 1916 the retired Admiral was chairman of the National Aerial Coast Patrol Commission, which advocated the use of coastal patrol aircraft. 

"Employees of East Youngstown are paid off while under guard.  Copyright 1916 by Pathe News."  See above. 

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