Richard Harding Davis

on Wartime Lifeboat Drills


        "Apparently those in each boat were selected by lot . . .The only other persons originally in my boat were Red Cross nurses of the Post unit and infants. In trampling upon them to safety I foresaw no difficulty.
        "But at the dress rehearsal the purser added six dark and dangerous-looking Spaniards. It developed later that by profession they were bull-fighters. Any man who is not afraid of a bull is entitled to respect. But being cast adrift with six did not appeal.
        "One could not help wondering what would happen if we ran out of provisions and the bull-fighters grew hungry. I tore up my ticket and planned to swim."

--"President Poincare Thanks America,"

The New York Times, November 6, 1916



Funston Plans to Avoid Famine
The New York Tribune/May 5, 1914

Mexicans Kill and Burn U.S. Soldier
New York Tribune/May 11, 1914

R.H. Davis Tells Story of 
Arrest by Huerta's Police

New York Tribune/May 11, 1914

Baseball and Bullfights in Vera Cruz
New York Tribune/May 18, 1914


Half Funston Men Dead, Mexicans Say

New York Tribune/May 19, 1914


Huerta Doomed; Ex-Minister Flees

New York Tribune/May 19, 1914


Vera Cruz Bares Secrets to Airmen

New York Tribune/May 25, 1914


​Mexicans Fire Volley on US Naval Aircraft  Soaring at Vera Cruz

New York Tribune/May 25, 1914


Anarchy Sure as U.S. Leaves Mexico

New York Tribune/May 30, 1914


Bold Tejar Marines Scorn to be Rescued

New York Tribune/May 31, 1914


Army at Vera Cruz

Marks Time Under the Portales​

New York Tribune/June 14, 1914


When a War is Not a War

Scribner's/July, 1914


Navy Suffers in Loss of Gibbons

New York Tribune/July 12, 1914


The Lusitania. Taking Sporting Chance, Wins

New York Tribune/August 13, 1914


London Though Eager for News,

Gladly Yields to the Censor

New York Tribune/August 15, 1914


Davis Sure Germans Were Withdrawing

New York Tribune/August 20. 1914


Like a River of Steel it Flowed,

Gray and Ghostlike

New York Tribune/August 23, 1914


Germans Got Cold Cheer in Brussels

New York Tribune/August 25, 1914


Horrors of Louvain Told by Eyewitness;

Circled Burning City

New York Tribune/August 31, 1914


Germans Censor Notes of Envoys

New York Tribune/September 1, 1914


Tells Experience as War Prisoner

The New York Tribune/September 2, 1914


Says Kaiser, Breaking Word, Tricked Czar

New York Tribune/September 4, 1914


Eight American Writers Arrested

New York Tribune/September 4, 1914


Paris Standing Strain of War Complacently

New York Tribune/September 15, 1914


Public Opinion Ends Aero Visits

New York Tribune/September 15, 1914


War Blights Neighborhood of Soissons

New York Tribune/September 17, 1914







R i c h a r d  H a r d i n g  D a v i s  A r t i c l e s

Vivid Description of the 
Shelling of Rheims Cathedral

New York Tribune/September 22, 1914

Rheims Cathedral Not Used by Army
New York Tribune/September 26, 1914

Rheims a Wreck Around Cathedral
New York Tribune/September 29, 1914


French Capital Sees Its Oldtime Activity
New York Tribune/October 3, 1914

The Germans in Brussels​
Scribner's/November, 1914

The Appalling Waste of the European War
New York Tribune/November 1, 1914


"Under Fire"--By Richard Harding Davis
New York Tribune/November 8, 1914

Uncle Sam's Diplomats in War Zone 
Do Him Honor

New York Tribune/November 15, 1914

War Correspondents' Fight for

Place in the Sun
New York Tribune/November 22, 1914

Rheims During the Bombardment
Scribner's/January, 1915

Wengler's "Two Shots"
New York Times/January 8, 1915

"They Can't Do That!"
New York Tribune/February 22, 1915

An Insult to War
New York Times/July 11, 1915

Poincare Thanks America for Help
New York Times/November 6, 1915

'War as Usual' Motto of France
New York Times/November 16, 1915

Allies in Serbia Fighting in the Clouds
​New York Times/December 9, 1915

Allies in Saloniki Preparing to Stay
New York Times/December 11, 1915

Arras, The Unburied City
New York Times/December 12, 1915

Americans Escape Safely From Gievgeli
New York Times/December 13, 1915

Allied Casualties in Retreat Given as 1,700
New York Times/December 15, 1915

Luring Teutons on to Saloniki
New York Times/December 31, 1915

Air Raiders Aimed at Allies' Warships

 New York Times/January 2, 1916

Allies' Grip on Food Keeps Greece Still
​New York Times/January 12, 1916


French Made Merry in Serbian Retreat
​New York Times/January 19, 1916

A Deserted Command
New York Times/January 23, 1916

A Peep at the Famous St. Mihiel Salient
New York Times/February 6, 1916

The War That Lurks in the

Forest of the Vosges

 New York Times/February 13, 1916

Blinded in Battle, But Not Made Useless
New York Times/February 27, 1916

Verdun's Traps and Mazes
New York Times/March 5, 1916

President Poincaré Thanks America
New York Times/November 6, 1916



Richard Harding Davis
The Great War Reporter: 

Journalism 1914 - 1916


ISBN: 978-0-9907137-4-6

List Price: 24.95/Online Price: 19.95

Release Date: November, 2015


The well-traveled and photogenic Richard Harding Davis represented all that was edgy and glamorous about that new breed of American journalist: foreign correspondent. Fearlessly tramping by rail, road and horseback to the front lines of the “Great War,” he sent back colorful dispatches on the murderous trench warfare in France, shocking German atrocities in Belgium, and the convoluted fighting in the Balkan mountains, where tribal loyalties and murky national rivalries created a confusing strategic chessboard.  The Great War: Journalism 1914 – 1916 is the first compilation of Davis’ reporting in history, a publishing landmark that will help students, historians and casual readers understand the most important single event of the 20th century.

Jameson's Fatal Error

The Sun/September 6, 1896


The Death of Rodriguez

New York Journal/February 2, 1897


With the Greek Soldiers

Harper's/November, 1897


Davis Replies to Bigelow

New York Herald/June 6, 1898


Shafter and Sampson Go Ashore to Confer With General Garcia

New York Herald/June 22, 1898


How Hamilton Fish and Allyn Capron Died, Fighting Bravely​

New York Herald/June 26, 1898


Rough Riders Gave Spaniards

A Sample of American Pluck

New York Herald/June 28, 1898


The Landing of the Army

​Scribner's/August, 1898


Miles Fooled Spaniards

New York Herald/August 2, 1898


Ponce Back in Business

New York Herald/August 2, 1898


The Rough Riders at Guasimas

Scribner's/September, 1898


The Battle of San Juan Hill

Scribner's/October, 1898


The Relief of Ladysmith

Scribner's/January, 1900


Awful All-Night Fight at Pieters

​New York Herald/February 28, 1900


With Buller's Column

​Berliner's Magazine/June, 1900


The Boer in the Field

New York Herald/July 29, 1900


R.H. Davis on Boer War

New York Tribune/August 5, 1900


Along the East Coast of Africa

Scribner's/March, 1901


Marking Time in Tokyo:

The Forty-Eighth Ronin

Collier's/May 21, 1904


A War Correspondent's Kit

Scribner's/April, 1905


The Passing of San Juan Hill

Scribner's/August. 1905


Who Owns the Isle of Pines?

Collier's/June 2, 1906


Winston Spencer Churchill

Collier's/July 28, 1906


Captain Philo Norton McGiffin

Collier's/September 8, 1906


Baron James Harden-Hickey

Collier's/October, 1906


General William Walker:

The King of the Filibusters

Collier's/October 10, 1906


The Army of Pacification

​Collier's/November 3, 1906


Major Burnham. Chief of Scouts

Collier's/November 24, 1906


The Coasters

Collier's/May 18, 1907


My Brother's Keeper

Collier's/June 15, 1907


The Capital of the Congo

Collier's July 13, 1907


Americans in the Congo

Collier's/July 20, 1907


Hunting the Hippo

Collier's/August 17, 1907


Old Calabar

Collier's/September 7, 1907


5 Regiments Start From Galveston Today

The New York Tribune/April 24, 1914​


Galveston Cheers as 5th Army Brigade

Sails for Vera Cruz

The New York Tribune/April 25, 1914


​Soldiers Relieve Navy

On Shore in Vera Cruz Today

The New York Tribune/April 30, 1914


Vera Cruz Marvels at Khaki-Clad Men

New York Tribune/May 1, 1914


Davis Finds Huerta Men True to Type

New York Tribune/May 3, 1914


Cruiser Sails with Vera Cruz Dead

New York Tribune/May 4, 1914