The first atomic bomb was dropped on Japan Sunday, but the Vineyard knew nothing of It until yesterday, and then only through the radio announcements. In the night there was wind and rain, and this morning a heavy fog wrapped the Island, not as impenetrable, however, as that which still shrouds the scene of destruction in Japan.
The events have no association except in our own minds, but this is how Islanders will recall the time when the release of atomic energy was made known to the world.


Vineyarders who turned on their radios this morning heard that Warsaw had been bombed, and that the incredible war of destruction seemed to have begun in Europe. On the Vineyard the northeast storm of the past few days was clearing, the sun coming through the morning clouds, and the air reviving with all the clarity and sweetness of early fall. Since Sept. 1, 1939, will be remembered long by all mankind, it is better for Vineyarders to be able to remember how the day dawned on the Island.


The great war has come quite near to Edgartown people this week in the sinking on Saturday last, Aug. 10th, by a German Submarine, of the fine fishing schooner Progress of this port, Capt. Robert Jackson, one of the most dauntless and successful fishing masters sailing from this place.


On Wednesday, April 4th, the resolution declaring that a state of war exists with Germany was passed by the U.S. Senate, 82 to 6, after 12 hours of debate. On Friday morning, April 6th, at 3 o’clock, the House of Representatives by a vote of 373 to 50 adopted the resolution. President Wilson has since signed it. The military forces are fast being mobilized, and enlistments are being called for in all branches.


President Johnson recently remarks: - “Mercy has been slain. Let us now take care that Justice is not slain also.”
Another mercantile firm of New York, has added its proffer of $10,000 toward the half million fund proposed to be offered for the capture of Jeff Davis, which makes $30,000 already proffered.
It is proposed to raze Ford’s Theatre, and to raise on its site a monument to President Lincoln.
Gen, Halleck has taken command at Richmond.