Item #49589 The Hatchet: Series 1. Vol. 11 -- A DAILY NEWSPAPER on "The President's Ship" U.S.S. George Washington "Outward Bound" Carrying The President On His Second Trip To Europe. Woodrow WILSON, Edward Jr McCAULEY, -in-chief.

The Hatchet: Series 1. Vol. 11 -- A DAILY NEWSPAPER on "The President's Ship" U.S.S. George Washington "Outward Bound" Carrying The President On His Second Trip To Europe.

On The High Seas: United States Navy, 1919. Paperback. Small 4to. Stiff tan wrappers. (14pp). Very good. Outer wrapper (only) rather age toned, edgeworn and rubbed, but internally tight and near fine. Item #49589

One of the most intriguingly odd newspapers ever: On March 5, 1919 President Woodrow Wilson departed the White House for Paris, boarding the U.S.S. George Washington on March 7th for the seven-day journey to Europe. By March 14 he was in France for the Paris Peace Conference, having been there in December 1918 for a preliminary conference. He remained until June 18. The U.S.S. George Washington was an enormous German ocean liner seized by the U.S. government for a troop transport that twice carried Wilson to Europe -- accompanied of course by a formidably large escort. The ship's daily newspaper was "The Hatchet," a reference to the apocryphal George Washington cherry tree story. Begun in 1918, its masthead claims "The Largest Circulation on the Atlantic Ocean" and it consisted of a single 8" X 9" leaf ("distributed free to 'all hands'") that compiled leading news stories culled from the International News Service, Associated Press, United Press and the New York Times. A shipboard press at first produced 5,000 copies daily, a number that eventrually increased to 7,000. An "Editorial" for issue No. 1 of this Volume 11 begins, "Mr. President, we welcome you back to the George Washington. We are proud to be entrusted again with the safe conduct overseas of our President; we are proud to fly again the flag of our Commander-in-Chief." Articles about the president and this very trip appear regularly; several articles have been checked in ink by this recipient, among them "Lamar Reveals a Bolshevist Plot to Overthrow U.S.," "Conviction of [Eugene V.] Debs by Supreme Court a Blow at Bolsheviki" and "Drastic Anti-Red Bill Recommended to Congressmen." Apparently at journey's end issues could be bound together within this printed wrapper -- on the front wrapper of this rare survivor a ship's crew member has penned "Compliment / of [illegible] / Ensign / USN." Interestingly, the newspaper's masthead originally included above its name the motto "We Cannot Tell a Lie" (another reference to the cherry tree tale), but by the time of this issue that motto has been dropped. Quite scarce.

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