John Doe is charged by Army Surgeon General William Gorgas of acts hostile to the government, among those are reckless use of the handkerchief. The spread of bacterial disease among the troops is blamed on the troops. In Kenvil, NJ a massive munitions factory explosion kills several men and destroys numerous surrounding buildings.
Source: "Carelessness is Health Menace," Rock Island Argus, Rock Island, Illinois, July 5, 1918. Page 4, Column 3.