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May 9, 1918

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An Egyptian-born recruit voluntarily has a finger cutoff in order to join the war effort. Once the digit is removed with cocaine as a local anesthetic, he is passed fit by the recruiting doctor. The Railroad Wage Commission recommends an increase in wages upto 43%. 

Source: "Gives Finger To Go To  War," The Sun, New York, New York, May 9, 1918. Page 1, Column 4.

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