Washington State National Guard troops maintain order in Centralia, Washington, following Armistice Day deaths involving the Industrial Workers of the World union (I.W.W.). Soldiers, armed with rifles, patrol a roadway, as cars pass. Armed soldier moves several men from street to sidewalk. Contingent of soldiers march to police station, where they stop and fix bayonets to their rifles. A soldier posted in a vacant lot outside the Centralia jail where 37 anarchists are being held pending trial. A derelict wagon sits in the lot and a dog sniffs about. A group of men gathers outside building where slate states: " I.W.W.s maintained headquarters and from which they opened murderous fire that resulted in death of four ex-soldiers." (The headquarters was attacked by members of the American Legion during the Armistice Day parade.) Slate states: "Members of the American Legion demolished the headquarters of the anarchists and destroyed their seditious literature." Several men are seen rummaging through papers strewn about in front of the building. A final slate quotes statement by Representative Johnson, Chairman of the U.S. Immigration Committee: "The Country must be purged of seditionists and revolutionists, and if this means war, the quicker it is declared the better."
Some 2000 Germans, interned at Fort Oglethorpe and Fort McPherson, are being repatriated after the end of the war, in 1919. They arrive by train at the port in Charleston, South Carolina, where they assemble with their personal belongings. They are assisted and supervised by U.S. Army soldiers. They board the USS Martha Washington transport ship. Another large ship is seen behind her at the pier. U.S. Navy officers and sailors are seen watching as the passengers board. Among the passengers are civilians who had been detained as suspected spies. They are boarding the ship with members of their families. A small child and a babe in arms are seen as well as other children. After boarding, passengers and crew line the deck of the ship. "USS Martha Washington," is clearly displayed on her side. She is seen moving slowly away from the pier and getting underway. to Germany.
U.S. Army soldiers are seen in their trucks, leaving the front Gate of Camp Meigs, Washington, DC. The trucks are canvas covered and carry posters on their sides about U.S. Army motor convoy trip from Washington, DC, via the Lincoln Highway to San Francisco, California. A car follows the trucks.
Wright brothers' first flight together near Dayton Ohio in 1910. Wilber is in the pilot's seat with Orville as passenger to his right.(Until this flight, the Wrights had never flown together so that if one of them was killed, the other could continue their work.) Next, a view of Alberto Santos-Dumont, and the first European flight made by him on 13 September 1909. Following segment shows crowds gathered at Washington DC Polo field as truck arrives carrying mail to be loaded on the first U.S. Air mail flight, May 15, 1918. Army pilot, Lieutenant Webb, in his JN-4H airplane, on Southbound flight from New York, takes off from Philadelphia, where he stopped to pick up more mail. He flies over the Washington Polo Field upon arrival. We see his airplane being unloaded as he jumps down from cockpit and crowds watch. Views of first transatlantic flight begins with takeoff of three out of four existing United States Navy Curtiss flying boat aircraft from Newfoundland, on May 16, 1919. Curtiss flying boats NC-1, NC-3, NC-4 are seen at takeoff from Newfoundland on first leg of the transatlantic journey. Flying Boat NC-4 is also seen at one of its foreign ports, though which is unclear (Azores, Lisbon, or England).
Location is the Ellipse, south of the White House, in Washington, DC. The occasion is the dedication of a temporary Zero milestone in ceremonies at the start of the U.S. Army Motor Transport Corps'so-called "Truck Train," a convoy of military vehicles that is to travel the "Lincoln Highway" across the United States, to San Francisco, California. The ceremony begins with a flag raising, where all stand and uniformed Army officers salute. Congressman Julius Kahn, of California, salutes with his hat over his heart. The temporary marker is covered with white cloth and two wreaths, which officials remove and Secretary of War Newton D. Baker, begins his speech accepting the temporary marker. (A permanent marker needed an act of Congress for approval. So a temporary one was approved to allow the launch of the Army cross-country convoy.) The Washington Monument is visible in the background, as Mr. Baker delivers his remarks.
President of the United Mine Workers of America(UMWA) John L. Lewis addresses the Congress of Industrial Organizations. He presents a report about a mining accident that occurred in the Centralia coal mines of Illinois. The accident which occurred on 25 March 1947, claimed the lives of 111 mine workers. Mr. Lewis presents statistics about the families of the dead. Press and members of the congress listen to him. Photographs taken.