Turkey declares War and formally enters World War 1, on November 4, 1914. Turkish military Governor of Palestine, Djemal Pasha, and ministers are seen leaving the government building in Jerusalem. Turkish mobilization begins. People show enthusiasm. Crowds are seen including a few soldiers, some on horseback, and people beating drums and marching with massed flags.
Turkish mobilization activities in World War 1. Turkish and Bedouin Cavalry engaged in exercises. Turkish authorities have enlisted every horse and camel in Syria for the anticipated military engagement with British forces defending the Suez Canal in Egypt. Individual Cavalrymen ride their horses at a gallop, while others watch. Turkish troops of the Fourth Turkish Army in Palestine, preparing to depart. They begin assembling in formation and start to march, accompanied by a brass band, in Jerusalem. Later, well-drilled and equipped troops march in good order through the streets. Turkish cavalry move through the crowded streets on horseback. Change of scene shows column of troops led by a military band,as they march out of a town. Turkish troops make their way marching, with shouldered rifles, through streets packed with people.
People in the Ottoman Empire display enthusiasm for entry into World War 1. Opening scene shows a Bedouin girl performing a "wild sword dance" in Palestine, near the Dead Sea on the Sinai peninsula. Other girls and women are lined up near her and clap and sway to the same rhythms. Sequence shifts to Turkey and a large gathering of people at start of Ottoman mobilization for World War 1. Uniformed soldiers wearing the fez are seen mingling with civilians. In a change of scene, camels walk along carrying supplies for Ottoman troops in Jerusalem. Camel tenders are seen at a water hole, washing items and drawing water. Turkish boy scouts and ship boys parade in the midst of the war mobilizing activities.
National Chairman of the United Palestine Appeal, Doctor Abba Hillel Silver gives a speech in New York City, United States. He holds several documents in his hands. He talks about building a new hope for the Jews by upbringing of Palestine. He expresses hope that American Jewry will raise funds. United Palestine Appeal aims to aid in resettling of Jews in Palestine.
United Garment workers (UGW) Union members discuss plan for 1914 convention in Nashville Tennessee. View from locomotive traveling on a straight train track. A steam locomotive pulling a passenger train. Trainman on rail car waving a lantern. Views of the convention, October 12, 1914, in Nashville, headed by UGW President Thomas A. Rickert of Chicago. Union locals from New York, Boston, Rochester, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, and Baltimore, were deemed in arrears on dues (although they had been on strike) and not allowed to participate. They walked out, with the Chicago delegation too. View of Telegram sent from Nashville, by the dissidents, to Sidney Hillman in New York, October, 1914, asking him to head a rival union. Photo of Hillman taking telephone call. A special convention at Webster Hall, in New York City, where dissidents join with Journeyman Tailors union and form the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, with Sidney Hillman as President. Key members of the new union are seen standing in front of a car. Sidney Hillman in his office dictating to his secretary. Copies of the new union's House organs in various languages. Amalgamated Clothing Workers holding signs in various languages. Workers pose on a truck by a sign reading:"A Fair Deal, A Chance to Live, Arbitration is all we ask." Workers in cars. Girls on roller skates wearing sashes reading: "Don't Be A Scab." A man in a barrel with sign reading: "Can't afford to wear pants. Pa works in an open shop." Women pose in sandwich boards that spell out: "Closed Shop." Philadelphia garment worker ostensibly writing letter to Sidney Hillman. Shop owners examine sewn item and shop records while man works at sewing machine.
Opening scene shows a man being roughed up by a group of men in an alleyway. A slate comments (in French) that when nations are bellicose, an assassination can cause a world war. Next, a slate shows picture of the world and states (in English) "One murder may start a world war." Another slate (in French) states that In 1914, while Europe's armies and fleets were more powerful than they had ever been, the nephew of the Emperor of Austria (Archduke Ferdinand) was assassinated. A front page is shown of newspaper, "Journal De Geneve" carrying the story. Next scene is a view of the city of Sarajevo. The ancient Emperor's Mosque dominates the scene. A slate appears asking Where is Sarajevo? It is followed by a map of Europe in 1914, which zooms in on Austria and Serbia and identifies and labels Sarajevo,in Austria, close to the Serbian border. Slates (in French) says Austria accused Serbia of War and other nations enter the melee. Animated World map shows the nations getting involved, starting with the German Empire in 1914, including its African colonies, and then successively showing Russia, France, Belgium,Great Britain, Japan, and the Ottoman Empire. Map advances to 1915, showing the Italian empire, Bulgaria,and Central Arabia. In 1916 it adds Portugal, Roumania. Next, the U.S.A. is added in, 1917, along with Central and South America, Greece, Siam, and China. Finally, the slate shows the war ending in 1918. Slate shows Armistice Day, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th Month (November), with time shown on hands of Big Ben in London.