LONDON REPORTS GERMANS MAKING MOVE TOWARD PEACE
London (JFK+50) 100 years ago today, March 21, 1917, The Chicago Daily Tribune published a front page story reporting that London had received a dispatch from The Hague* saying that "prominent Germans recently have visited Holland and Switzerland under instructions to try to ascertain what
the present attitude of Great Britain is toward a possible cessation of hostilities."
The Tribune said that the sources of the dispatch included "a leading German businessman" and "a high official in the German war service."
The Russian Revolution**, the story asserted, made it possible for Germany to discuss terms "more favorable to the entente" and "has started serious agitation in some German industrial towns, including Dresden and Munich, where strikes and other disturbances are taking place."
*The Hague is a city on the west coast of the Netherlands dating back to 1230. It sustained heavy damage in WWII.
**The Russian Revolution began in Petrograd (now St. Petersburg) on March 8, 1917 when riots & strikes erupted over shortages of food. The revolution would lead to the eventual withdrawal from WWI by Russia.
"Germany Makes New Peace Move, London is Told," The Chicago Daily Tribune, March 21, 1917, www.archives.chicagotribune.com/