Millennium countdown: 1918
81 days to the millennium – 81 years ago – Thursday, April 11, 1918
Paper: The Carson City Daily Appeal, published each evening except Sunday by the Nevada Printing Company
Editor and manager: T.D. Van Devort
Subscriptions: 1 year in advance by carrier $12. One year in advance by mail $9.
Offices: Corner of Carson and Second streets.
In its “Editorial and Otherwise” column, the Carson City Daily Appeal was showing its patriotism and concern for those fighting WWI and offered the following prayer:
“In Time of War”
O, Almighty Lord God, Who neither slumberest nor sleepest, and without Whom the watchman waketh but in vain. Protect and assist we beseech Thee, all those who at home or abroad, by land, by sea, or in the air, are serving this Nation; that they, being armed by Thy defense, may be preserved evermore in all perils; and being filled with wisdom, and girded with strength, may do their duty to Thy honors and glory, in Whom alone we trust; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The prayer was greatly needed – 8.5 million died in the war, 116,516 from the United States. About 21 million were wounded. High casualties were caused by the destructive power of new weapons, especially the machine gun and the failure of leaders to adjust to the changing conditions of warfare. The Great War, later known as World War I, ended Nov. 11, 1918 at 11 a.m. Veterans Day in the U.S. is celebrated for all veterans but began as a remembrance to those who lost their lives in the Great War.
Following the prayer, the Appeal printed a call for prayer.
“Will You Offer A ‘Victory Prayer?'”
Most of us believe in prayer, especially in time of trouble. Even if we are not “Believers” in the sense of being members of some church we all wish friends “Good-speed” when they start on a long journey and our thoughts go with them to the end.
Our boys have started on the longest journey of all and some of them will never return. They are giving their all offering life itself. Would it not cheer them if they knew that at a certain hour each day the heart of every Nevadan was offering up a silent prayer to God to strengthen them in their fight for the right; to grant them victory, and if the summons comes to walk through the valley and shadow of death, that the angel of mercy be with them?
When the clock strikes 12 each day why not everybody pause for a second or two from the day’s worries and pleasures and send our the thought, “God bless our boys; grant them victory and send them safely home again!”
In its local columns, the paper wrote on another hot topic. Under the headline: “Alarms for Fire Must Be Turned in Right” they wrote:
The following has been received from Fire Chief Meyers:
To the Editor of the Appeal:
Will you please publish the following for the benefit of the citizens of Carson City.
The following order has been issued to the Telephone company by the Fire Department.
“Carson City, Nev. April 10, 1918.
“Nevada Consolidated Telephone and Telegraph Co. Carson City, Nev.
“Gentlemen: On and after this date you are asked not to turn in any alarms for fire, inside city limits, unless same are given to you in the proper manner.
Party sending alarm in to you should give fire district and name of person whose property is ablaze, or name of person occupying same.
“In the event of party sending in alarm not knowing name of property owner or occupant, he or she must give fire district and name of sender.
“The above order is made for the protection of the Nevada Consolidated Telephone and Telegraph company, so that they will not be blamed by parties not sending in alarm properly.
“A. G. Meyers,
Chief of Fire Department.”
The fireman in the fire house will not turn in an alarm unless he knows definitely where the fire is located, so if you do not hear the whistle in one minute from the time you phone in alarm, call central again, as you have not turned in alarm properly.
To blow an alarm without knowing location of fire results in the department losing time hunting for a fire in somebody’s house were there is not chance of seeing it. It also deceives the person sending in the alarm, as he thinks the department is on the way, when in reality they probably have no idea where the fire is located, and are at a loss where to go.
Another reason why the whistle should not be blown until fire is properly located is: The minute the whistle blows every drop on the telephone board comes down, everybody in town wishes to know where the fire is, and all of the particulars.
The poor telephone girls on the board have their hands full for the ensuing ten minutes. You can easily see what chance you would have to get central again if the department did not arrive on time. So get the above instruction into your head, and keep your head when sending an alarm. A little help to your fire department.
We have just received a new wheel that will blow two blasts four times. this is to be blown as a rush call to the fire house, or for a fire outside the city limits, or for whatever duty the department may be needed.
A.G. Meyers, Chief.
On a less serious note the Appeal reported on a baseball game, a porch and the V.&T.
“Prison team Takes First of Series From Indians”
The local baseball season was inaugurated Tuesday afternoon at Stewart field by a splendid exhibition of the national sport between teams from the state prison and the Indians.
The score of 4 to 3 is a correct indication of the character of sport put up and the error column showed but two foozles for each side, while the hits garnered were 10 and 7 as noted by the scorer.
The Indians gathered their three runs in the first frame before Farber had thoroughly gotten his bearings on good consecutive hitting and splendid base running; but from then on the prison moundsman had the aborigines eating from his hand, even forcing them to pop up a measly little “Texas Leaguer” for the final out in the ninth inning after the sacks were full and any little hit would have changed the result.
The prison team gathered two in their half of the first, one in the fifth and one in the seventh.
R. H. E.
Prison…………….. 4 10 2
Indian School …. 3 7 2
Batteries – Faber and Churchill, White and Mike
A second game between the teams will be played in Carson within a short time, the proceeds of which will be devoted to the Red Cross.
“Another porch Coming Down”
The porch in front of the Sacramento Saloon, at the south end of town, is being taken down today. Who’s next?
“Again in Service”
The V. and T. motor after a thorough overhauling and painting made its first trip to Minden today as a sort of try out, and on Saturday will resume its regular schedule between Carson, Minden and Reno.