Tunnels Under Washington Lincoln Evening Journal (Lincoln, Nebraska) 26 Sept 1924 page 2
noticed be is REVIVE WAR TALK. W A S H I N G T O N , 26.-A labyrinth of subterranean passages discovered beneath several blocks of Washington's most exclusive residential section, littered with German newspapers of 1917 and 1918, has revived some of the old war atmosphere in the capital and talk of spies. A gaping hole made when the wheels of a motor truck sank thru the earth led to discovery and investigation. Once penetrated it was found to be large enough for a person to stand upright, walled with enameled tiles and wired for electricity. A searching party has followed several avenues but has as yet failed to trace them all to their ends. WASHINGTON, Sept. 26--One tunnel found here today skirted the rear of the home of Edward HcLean, local publisher, and is thought to have an unlocated outlet o n x a street several hundred yards away. Another passage led to a walled garden on an street, still another was blocked by a cement door which could be moved, while a fourth, only partly explored, extended as far the banks of Rock Creek, two blocks away. The walls of the passages lined with white enameled brick. On the ceiling were pasted numerous copies of German newspapers dated during the summer of and 1918. By electric torches it was possible to discern in newspaper articles frequent reference to submarine activities. The were defaced to some extent cryptic designs and engravings cipher. Investigators also discovered an iron ladder extended into the earth. After considerable digging, several rungs of the ladders were uncovered and a arch, which is believed to -be connected with apartments still in the earth was revealed. As the party moved on in its explorations some passages narrowed and the investigators were forced to worm their way on hands knees. At one place the labyrinth widened into a. cross roads 'miniature avenues branching out (in several directions. The newspapers and other have led to the belief that the tunnels may have been the of spies during the war but its extent and the purpose of its avenues are not yet understood. The electric light installation a profusion of bottles are believed by some to be due later Inhabitation of bootleggers.