Looking Back


100 years ago

August 28, 1914

British war vessels swarm (just out of sight) off our coast, says the Hartford Courant. German war vessels (just out of sight) are hovering about the Atlantic to capture French or British ships. Mysterious searchlights flash along the eastern horizon for the entertainment of those at the seashore. Startling, indeed-and then “nihil fit.” What does it recall to the adult mind? Don’t you remember that mysterious “Spanish fleet,” which spread a scare all along the coast, not by any means omitting Washington? There never was any such fleet, but that made...

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