1918 started with a deep cold and government offices shut due to restrictions on coal. The newspapers were also filled the arrest of draft resisters, socialist French Deputies being denied visas for peace talks, Bolshevik wins and losses, and claims that the US troops would be fully armed with machine guns by July. 1918 would become the year in which more people would die from an influenza outbreak. The outbreak would be reported one day at a time. In these next 364 days we will provide this report.
Source: "Coal Famine Here Unbroken; Milder Weather Promised," New York Tribune, New York, New York. January 1, 2018. Page 1, Column 1.