Saturday, December 31, 2011

Today -100: December 31, 1911: Beware the Purple Death!


France creates the world’s first aerial military regiment.

President Taft has told several people that he plans to nominate 8th Circuit Court judge William Hook to the vacant Supreme Court seat. I know he didn’t do that, but why? Opposition is emerging because of his ruling against a railroad rate.

A couple of days ago I mentioned the large number of dead homeless people in Berlin – now more than 75 – supposedly due to bad herring. The rumors that this is cholera or the plague or something are running rampant, and not only in Germany – in Paris it’s being called the Purple Death.

In the first elections in proto-state New Mexico, Republicans get more than 2/3 of the seats in both houses of the Legislature.

Headline of the Day -100: “Peace Diners Make Mr. Taft Wait an Hour; Committee Keeps the President Cooling His Heels in a Waldorf Anteroom.”

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