The Chronicle -

By Erin Tierney
Chronicle Columnist 

Offbeat Oregon History

'Traitorous, disloyal' librarian's crime: Failure to lend money to government


November 1, 2018

Image provided/UO Libraries

A political cartoon by the legendary Tige Reynolds, on the front page of the April 13 edition of the Portland Morning Oregonian, illustrated the response to assistant librarian M. Louise Hunt's refusal to invest in war bonds.

On April 12, 1918, Oregonians opened their newspapers to learn that there was a traitor in their midst.

“Portland librarian radical in declaring loyalty to kaiser!” shrieked the Salem Statesman. “Declaring that she would rather be ravished by a Hun than support the United States in this war, M. Louise Hunt, assistant librarian at Central Library here, brought down a storm of indignation from Portland citizens today.”

“Miss Hunt’s attitude is an insult to the motherhood of our Nation and to their boys who are knee-deep in the muddy trenches of France fighting for liberty,” ful...

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