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Thursday, February 04, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday: Why Fear Death?

I've been busy compiling a death index for Pittsburgh. Naturally, there are a number of us working on this project. In the last two weeks, we've been able to index and post something like 5600 deaths. Kinda cool. Click here if you would like to go hunting for your kin.

What is even more cool is reading the old newspapers. I found this little treasure today and thought I'd share it.

Kaiser Wilhelm (20 years ago) writes a letter to his sister, the Queen of Greece: "Our offensive is progressing successfully on all fronts. On the eastern front the Russians have lost since the beginning of the war, 700,000 men, including 70,000 officers. On the western front, the French have had a few local successes, but so great are their losses that it will suit us admirably if they continue to have a great number of similar successes. Our final victory is certain. Woe to those who still dare to draw the sword against us.".... Charles Frohman's last words as he went down on the Lusitania: "Why fear death? It is the most beautiful adventure in life.
Source: Pittsburgh Post Gazette, May 13, 1935

Interesting that the 20 years before would have been in 1915 right at the beginning of the World War I era. Guess we know what happened!

Ah, genealogy. Aint' it illuminating?

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