The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.
Dec. 30, 1918
THE HAPPY NEW YEAR
We shall soon be writing it 1919, whose coming will be celebrated as the world’s happiest New Year. When 1918 dawned, we eagerly greeted it as the year that promised peace. The promise has been fulfilled, and now, with hearts aflame with ardent hope for the future, we are confidently expecting that 1919 will be the Red Letter year in history. Before us is the prospect that 1919 will see the death of war in the birth of universal enduring peace created and enforced in the organization of a league of nations. That outlook is very beautiful and while to the mere students of history, who know that the end of each war has been greeted as the end of all wars, it may seem more alluring than probable, to the mothers of the world and to the soldiers who have taken part in the great conflict it is at once very close and very real. Even the doubting students admit that the tremendous anomaly of the times resides in the belief that between individuals or nations there can be any dispute whose settlement requires that the world shall be turned into a shambles.
Because we passionately longed for the end of the war, we are looking forward in confidence to 1919 as the year of the holy covenant of universal peace. It is that hope that gives emphasis to the greetings of a Happy New Year.
ASHLAND SHOWS FINE RECORD IN RED CROSS WORK
For the past eight months, specifically from April 1 to Nov. 30, 1918, the Ashland branch of the American Red Cross makes a most gratifying financial showing, which implies energetic service and able management.
Originally the activities of the organizations were principally confined to the sewing, knitting and surgical dressing departments. Later on the canteen, the salvage depot and the department of home service were added as specific adjuncts of the local branch. Inasmuch as the kind officers of the canteen are practically rendered without expectation of financial profit, the salvage depot has assumed a goodly share of expense incident to the canteen’s outlay in extending a cordial greeting and glad hand to the army and navy representatives passing through Ashland, the welcome as aforesaid being supplemented by serving refreshments to the soldier boys. Some idea of the extent of this labor of love may be judged from the fact that over 30,000 men have been entertained by the canteen service during the period embraced in this report. Not only has good cheer been dispensed in behalf of the able bodied, but first aid has been at the disposal of the sick and wounded.