The British shipbuilding industry is experiencing 35 to 50% absenteeism, a transient but marked effect on output. The hottest day in New York City history "only" kills nine people. A tax on pay the President and all public officials is proposed as a way to spread the burden of taxation.
Source: "British Ship Losses Drop in July While Building Increases," New York Tribune, New York, New York, August 8, 1918. Page 1, Column 2.