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1918: Huns Playing Possum

In celebrating the 125th anniversary of The Aspen Times, we are printing a story or two from each year the newspaper has existed – 125 historical selections in 125 days. This series is in conjunction with the Aspen Historical Society.Huns Playing PossumWITH THE BRITISH ARMIES IN FLANDERS, May 3 -There is still a big concentration of men and guns opposite the Franco-British lines and a terrific new outburst is liable at any time.Hindenburg is playing possum until his armies are refreshed-then he will be ready to strike again with all this power.It is now common talk among the ordinary German soldiers that conditions at home necessitates some sort of a decision.Facts That Are Worth Knowing About ColoradoMay 7 -Reports of the State Tax Commission show that the per capita assessed valuation of property in Colorado is $1,276.39.Data compiled by the State Board of Immigration shows that in 1917 the total area cultivated in Colorado was 4,073,250 acres, exclusive of that devoted to orchards and small fruits. This is but 6.41 percent of the area of the state. The most rapid increase in acreage cultivated has been in the non-irrigated sections of eastern Colorado. The population of Colorado per square mile of area at present is 9.86 as compared with 7.70 for 1910. The total population at present is put at 1,022,639, as compared with 799,024 for 1910. In 1910 the lowest population per square mile was in Jackson and Dolores counties, being 0.6. The lowest at present is 0.72 for Hinsdale county.What’s the Color of Your CardMay 14 – All the people who have subscribed to any of the War Relief funds have a nice white card testifying to their loyalty and Americanism. Those who have not contributed to the support of their country have a red card, which testifies to the fact that they have not contributed to the support of their country. What’s the Color of Your Card?The Pitkin Council of Defense is making a list of all the people in our county and, of course all of us want to be named in the right list-in the list of true blue Americans. So if you have one of those measly red cards get a wiggle on yourself and go and see Mr. Newton, chairman of the Council of Defense, and tell why you have not subscribed to any war relief work, and if your reason is a good one you will be put in the loyal list and be among the patriots of your country.If you have a red card and don’t give a whoop what it means why keep away from the Council of Defense and you will not be placed on the Honor Roll and you may, we say you may, be placed on the other roll.Anyway, get a white card and be 100 percent American.


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