In 1914, a letter was received from Mabel Williams of Dunkirk, who with her sister and nephew, had been abroad since the middle of June. The party was in London, waiting for passage back to this country. Williams wrote that they were in Munich, Germany, on July 31. During the day everything was quiet and there was no talk of war but in the evening troops began to march through the streets amid great enthusiasm. The next morning, Williams and party started for Cologne. The boat went no farther than Coblentz and the passengers were obliged to disembark and go the rest of the way by train. Many of them were held up for identification and there was much excitement.