15, 1915 - Reporting from the Funeral of Mr. Constantine Kallikantzari
Mr. Constantine Kallikantzari, a citizen of Greece, was laid to rest
today following services at St. Asaph's. Attendance was heavy as mourners,
well-wishers, and other spectators overflowed from the cathedral and spilled
out into 4th Avenue. Among those in attendance were Ambassador Salvatore
and other diplomats from the Greek consulate. Speaking from the steps
of the cathedral, the Honorable Mr. Salvatore declared, "Mr. Kallikantzari
was a man of peace who sought to come to America on business to feed his
family. The British killed him simply because they did not like the flag
on the peaceful passenger liner he sailed on. How can shooting at an unarmed
passenger liner ever be justified? Do the British think they own the seas?
Only God owns the seas, and it is into His hands that we have laid my
countryman to rest this day."
An unnamed British spokesman, when shown the text of Mr. Salvatore's
remarks, replied, "Great Britain and Germany are at war. Do people
really need to be reminded of that fact? Let the Honorable Mr. Salvatore
ask families in Belgium about Germany and war. He would get some sharp
replies from them, I'd wager. As for safely traveling the high seas, I
would think it rather obvious that one simply should not travel on a German
ship. His Majesty regrets the loss of innocent lives, of course. Traveling
on a German liner, however, seems an act of lunacy, and hardly a proper
choice for an innocent traveler."
United States Navy spokesman, Commander Leverett, confirmed today that
inspections of the German liner Imperator had cleared her of several
allegations, complaints, and other charges filed by the British embassy
in Washington, DC. "The United States Coast Guard and the Navy are
both satisfied," Lionel stated, "that Imperator is just
what she professes to be, an innocent merchant ship flying the flags of
Germany and Hamburg America Lines. Her damage is superficial, and she
Also prominent at the services, were two dozen German officers and sailors,
looking smart in their uniforms. When asked for a statement, their spokesman,
LT Lionel, stated, "We greatly regret we failed to prevent the loss
of Mr. Kallikantzari's life. Many British warships hide just out of sight
of your coast and who catch or stop or sink any ship they want. To get
past them safely is difficult. It is why so few products from my country
are here, and why we can buy none of America's products, no matter how
much we are willing to pay." LT Lionel asked one of the uniformed
American servicemen, who also attended the services in force, for directions
to Macy's. When asked why he wanted directions, LT Lionel replied, "We
are here and we have money. We want to spend it. Will Macy's accept gold?"
The American officer and the reporter
both assured LT Lionel that Macy's would indeed accept gold.
The German consulate today announced that the cruiser Strassburg
had been denied permission to leave on schedule this evening by United
States officials, due to the scheduled departures of three British freighters.
The document announcing the denial of sailing permission was delivered
to Strassburg this afternoon, signed by Vice-Admiral Stennis, USN.
The German consulate announced that Imperator and Kaiser Wilhelm
II, both scheduled for departure today, would not sail as scheduled,
but would await the clearance of Strassburg. This was due, they
explained, to the British warships known to be blockading the United States
and which had already demonstrated their intentions by firing on Imperator
previously, killing Mr. Kallikantzari.
A spokesman for Admiral Stennis stated that the delay was in accordance
with the requirements of The Hague 1907 treaty, to which the United States
was a signatory. And that citizens and passengers should stop calling
telegrams to Admiral Stennis at the United States Naval Yard. On a related
note, reportedly Congressmen and Senators from New York, New Jersey, and
Delaware have made inquiries as to the cause of the denial or delay. Admiral
Stennis could not be reached for comment, and USN spokesmen would neither
confirm nor deny that they had been contacted by Members from the Hill.
The White House also declined to comment.
16 JUNE 1915
SENATORS WARN WILSON!
A delegation of democrat Senators, including Sen. Duncan Fletcher of
Florida and Sen. Francis Newland of Nevada called on President Wilson
today to warn him of the extreme danger to the democrat party arising
from welcoming Germans warships into American ports.
Senator Fletcher, speaking after meeting with the President, said his
office had was being inundated with telegrams from angry voters demanding
the U.S. stay out of the war. Senator Newland echoed Sen. Fletcher "Voters
are mad about this mess... Americans don't want to get in to the Europeans
wars...Americans hate war, added Newland. Except for the war
with Spain of course interjected Sen. Fletcher
was an entirely different matter. Absolutely agreed
Sen. Newland Spain just got what she asked for.
Senator Fletcher went on to say the meeting with President Wilson was
very cordial and productive. I don't believe the President realized how
seriously Americans viewed this incident." "The President has
told the Asst. Secretary of the Navy to provide him with a full report
on the conduct of this matter at the earliest instant added Sen. Fletcher."
Both Senators expressed confidence the matter would be quickly resolved.
"If the Germans are foolish enough to send ships over here, it is
not the place of the U.S. to save them from the Royal Navy... After all,
everyone knows Britannia rules the wave declared Sen. Newland.
Page 23 - Social News
Former President Theodore Roosevelt and his wife Edith Carow Roosevelt
hosted a magnificent dinner at his family home Sagamore.
The guest list included many well known dignitaries, including the Governor,
Mr. Hamilton Fish, former Secretary of State, Lord Richard Fitmaurice-Ward,
General, Sir Harvey Rawlerson, Admiral Lord Waverley, Senator Davis, Mr.
Randolph Hurst of California, Lady Alice Ismay, Congressman Albin Hunt,
Mr. John Morgan and many others.
The dinner featured game from all over the country that was brought to
the Roosevelt home especially for the gala.
The former President personally supervised the preparation of the game,
which was cooked in the upper garden of the Roosevelt estate over open
Lady Ismay, speaking to the World Social Editor as she savored filet
of rattlesnake, observed, " I simply can not understand WHY Mr. Roosevelt
was not elected President... but there is always 1916 isn't there"....
"Did you know chicken tastes rather like rattlesnake"
Mr. Roosevelt told reporters he has no aspirations to live in the White
After the dinner, Mr. Roosevelt gave a demonstration of fancy and trick
shooting using his new Smith and Wesson "Triple Lock" Revolver
and with his favorite Winchester Rifle. Mr. Ed. McGivern of Montana also
demonstrated his fancy shooting after Mr. Roosevelt. The former President
commented "If the Rough Riders had all been able to shoot like that,
we wouldn't have needed any other troops in Cuba"... "What a
bully shooter Mr. McGivern is" added Mr. Roosevelt.
17 June 1915
Officials of the Wilson administration were stung yesterday by the speech
made by Mr. Theodore Roosevelt, the former president of the United States
in a peace rally on the steps of the Customs House in this city.
President Roosevelt roundly decried the cowardly actions of President
Wilson in allowing German warships to use United States ports for the
benefit of the German Empire.
TR pointed told a crowd estimated at over seven thousand Wilson had promised
neutrality and now Wilson was turning his back on that solemn commitment
by acting in favour of the Germans.
The former President, joined on the podium by a number of his fellow
"Rough Riders' from the late war with Spain, was repeatedly interrupted
by wild cheers and applause when he called for the United States to stop
supporting the rapers of Belgium and France. Roosevelt also demanded the
German ships be ejected from U.S. Territory at once.
The former President then led a march to Tammany Hall where the Mayor
joined Mr. Roosevelt in denouncing the "spineless Wilsonites."
The two leaders then invited other civic leaders join him in signing a
letter to President Wilson demanding strict neutrality on the part of
the U.S. Such dignitaries as the Governor, both Senators from New York
and several members of Congress signed the letter.
Roosevelt vowed to stop the exploitation of the United States by the
armed forces of the Evil German Empire. "Decent men everywhere must
join forces to save humanity" declared President Roosevelt.
"SHAMEFUL!, SHAMEFUL! Cried the angry audience when Roosevelt pointed
out the Wilson's support for the German cause. The former President called
for the U.S. Navy to act at once to deny the Germans the use of any part
of the sacred soil of America.
Mr. Roosevelt's remarks were echoed by citizens all over the city. Sailors
from the USS Montana and several destroyers that saved the German
ships from the Royal Navy have refused shore leave, because of their shame
at their actions.
The president of the Longshoreman's Union, Mr. Peter Yeoman said there
would be a vote tonight to decide if the Union should stride the German
docks to prevent them from taking advantage of American neutrality.
"Someone has to stop this madness if Wilson doesn't have the b---s
to do it" Yeoman told the Times.
More expressions of outrage by the people are expected later tonight
18 JUNE 1915
ROOSEVELT & FORD SAY GOVERNMENT AIDING THE HUNS
At a second mass peace rally this week, Mr. Theodore Roosevelt, former
President of the United States, and hero of the war with Spain was joined
by Mr. Henry Ford the noted industrialist, motor car designer and peace
Messrs. Roosevelt and Ford roundly criticized the Wilson government,
accusing Wilson of being soft on the German evil, in allowing the Germans
to use United States ports for bases to attack the peace loving people
of the world.
More than 15,000 gathered at the U.S. Customs house to voice their demand
that the Wilson administration immediately expel the German ships from
U.S. waters. Mr. Ford made an emotional appeal to all Americans to wire
the White House demanding immediate action to free the sacred American
soil from the blood soaked hands of the Germans. Ford told the cheering
crowd that Wilson was on a course that must lead to American boys dying
in the trenches of Europe
something he said must not be allowed.
Mr. Roosevelt, in one of his most moving speeches to ever, condemned
Wilson for plotting to circumvent the neutrality laws by allowing the
Germans to stay in the Untied States past the time allocated by international
treaty. The former President told an enraged crowd, that his "contacts"
in the Washington have told him the government was plotting to ignore
the law even as he was speaking.
The crowd interrupted both President Roosevelt and Mr. Ford with wild
cheering numerous times. Finally, Mr. Roosevelt called on the crowd to
come to the docks tomorrow where they would intern the Germans ships themselves
tomorrow at 10 a.m. if the government will not. The hero of San Juan Hill
said he would personally lead the "peoples forces" to intern
and "if the Wilson government wants to shoot anyone,
let it be me!"
When challenged by Roosevelt and Ford to join in direct action to the
audience cheered wildly. Mr. Roosevelt stated 25,000 Americans at the
docks tomorrow can not be stopped, and promised to be at the docks tomorrow
to prevent the blood of American boys from being wasted to advance the
political ambitions on Wilson. Mr. Roosevelt said no step must go un-taken
to save American youth from the meat grinder of European war.
Mr. Ford, speaking with great emotion, described the horror of modern
war, and lavishly praised Mr. Roosevelt for his efforts to keep the Wilson
administration from entangling the United States in the war in Europe.
Mr. Henry Ford has promised all the beer and food anyone who joins in
the great crusade tomorrow, could want. He went on to urge everyone in
the city to come, eat drink and then join in the crusade to save the youth
of America from a bloody death in the trenches of Europe. "It will
be a splendid adventure for one and all as well as a chance to help keep
American out of the war" said President Roosevelt.
NEW SUPER-DREADNOUGHT TO JOIN
The Royal Navys newest super-dreadnought battle-ship, HMS Barham
is completing fitting out at the massive ship building yards of Messrs.
John Brown & Co. at Clydebank, on the River Clyde in Scotland. The
completion of the ship has been greatly expedited and is expected to sail
in a matter of days to join the Grand Fleet. Spokesman for the great ship
builder, John Brown & Co. praised the efforts of the workers at the
yard to finish the ship ahead of schedule. "Ever since the battle
with the Germans off Dogger Bank earlier this year, we have been working
very hard to finish this magnificent ship for the Navy
have worked seven days a week, and 24 hours a day. As is well known, ships
built at John Brown have been among the finest existent and Barham will
be no exception to this tradion." "In order to meet our goal
to deliver this ship to the Fleet six months ahead of schedule, yard technicians
will sail with the ship to the Orkneys to make final adjustments and calibrations
that would in a time of peace be made prior to delivery of the ship. This
along with omitting the normal sea trials has saved alone over a month
in the completion process"
HMS Barham, armed with massive 15" guns is one of five ships
of the Queen Elizabeth class that have so greatly advanced the Royal Navys
sea power of late. No other nation has such powerful ships in commission.
Fifteen more battle-ships and battle-cruisers armed with this powerful
new gun are under construction in British shipyards, along with one that
will be armed with the even more powerful 18" guns. The new 18"
gun is many times more powerful than the Royal Navy's 15" gun, which
itself is much more powerful than any gun afloat.
ROYAL NAVY ANNOUNCES 16 NEW
In London, spoksmen for the British Admrialty announced work was starting
on 16 new super dreadnought battle-ships and battle-cruisers.
The announcement included expedition of work on a sixth ship of the very
fast and powerful "Queen Elizabeth" class armed with 15"
guns that has already been undertaken as well as expedition on the work
on a sixth example of the Royal Soverign class also armed with the 15"
gun, also already under construction. In the same announcement, the Lords
of the Admrialty announced work is starting on six improved ships of the
fast Queen Elizabeth type and six more ships of the Royal Soverign class.
The Admrialty spokesman also stated work on the four additional battle-cruisers
of the Admrials class would be under taken forthwith.
Reports from TIMES naval correspondents state the new ships may be armed
with the new 18" super gun which has been designed by Messrs. Armstrong
& Co. at their great gun works at Elswick in Scotland. If this is
the case, these ships will be able to catch any other battle ship afloat
and smash such a ship with their massive armament.
Spokesmen at the Admrialty in London state these ships have been undertaken
to ensure Brittania continues to rule the waves and is able to protect
the freedom of the seas for all peaceful peoples.
by Sir Henry Porter, k.c.b.
18 JUNE 1915
GERMANS MUST LEAVE TODAY!
After much foot dragging on the part of President Wilson the German warships
currently in New York Harbour have been ordered to leave United States
territorial waters today. It is unclear exactly at what time the Germans
will have to sail because of the manner in which the Wilson government
interpret the requirements of the Hague Accords to which the United States
Under that agreement the Germans were entitled to stay in U.S. waters
for 24 hours and prohibited from making their ships more combat worthy.
However, because of the Hague Accords require 24 hours be allowed following
the sailing of a hostile merchant ship, the Germans have been able to
extend their stay. Now, with there being no Allied ship sailing for 24
hours the Germans must leave New York today, though it is unclear if the
Wilson Administration plans to abide by the Hague Accords.
In order to bring the TIMES readers the most up-to-date news possible,
the TIMES has chartered a fast steamer which will act as a photographic
cruiser to record the great battle that must happen off the U.S. Coast.
The photographic cruiser is also equipped with a wireless set, and will
provide a blow-by-blow account of the destruction of the German ships
as it happens. The TIMES has, as a service to the citizens of this city,
provided a great bulletin board at the TIMES offices in Time Square in
this city. As reports of the battle are received, they will be posted
for all to see. The TIMES will also have a special edition following the
sinking of the Germans that will include details from our reporters at
sea, photograph and interviews from Germans pulled from the sea. The TIMES
photographic cruiser will endeavor to rescue some of the German survivors
so that the Times may provide first hand accounts of the battle.
TIMES correspondents have been advised by reliable correspondents at
the Navy Department, that U.S. Warships will follow the German ship to
ensure they do not engage in hostile acts against the Untied States as
the depart American waters. We understand, as many as five battle-ships
and three armoured cruisers will be on hand to guard against hostile German
Reports received at the TIMES overnight indicate the Royal Navy now has
more than 30 warship assembled off New York to intercept the German ships
as they sail. The most recent report says Admiral Sir. Horace Hood has
only just arrived with the newest fast battle-ships HMS Queen Elizabeth,
HMS Warspite and HMS Barham along with armoured cruisers and scout cruisers.
At the same time other armoured cruisers, and light cruisers are already
in place to ensure the Germans receive a warm welcome Royal Navy style.
ADVERTISEMENT THE TIMES
18 JUNE 1915
SEE THE GREAT BATTLE IN PERSON!!
Citizens of New York are invited to see the Great battle off our city
later today when the Royal Navy destroys the German ships sulking in New
York Harbour. The new New York Travel Agency, Henry Porter Tours Ltd.
has chartered several cruise boats so that citizens may see the great
battle in person.
The boats will sail at 1 oclock p.m. today and will follow the
Germans to the great battle. Readers are advised the number of places
to witness this great battle are strictly limited and are expected to
sell out very rapidly. Dont miss this opportunity to see history
made. This will be an educational event, and something that parents will
not want their children to miss. Henry Porter Tours Ltd. is offering reduced
fares for children when accompanied by their parents.
This excursion will be quite safe, and tour boats, while getting as close
as possible to the battle action, will stay out of the line of cannon
Interested persons may apply at Henry Porter Tours Ltd., Madison Square
New York City.
places are limited and are sure to sell out quickly.
by Sir Henry Porter, k.c.b.