Sunday, January 22, 2012

Today -100: January 22, 1912: Of flower nations, nurses, and booms


China will now call itself Chung Hwa-Kwo, meaning Middle Flower Nation.

As part of its war in Libya, Italy seized a French steamer last week. Its captain then handed over 29 Turkish Red Crescent nurses, possibly at the orders of the French government, though France denies it.

The behind-the-scenes turmoil in the Republican Party has rather confused the press. The NYT reports that Taft supporters have (finally) figured out that the Roosevelt boom isn’t spontaneous but well planned-out and financed. The LAT, on the other hand, explains that Taft is serene despite the Roosevelt boom because he’s sure TR won’t accept the Republican nomination if it’s offered, much less run for it.

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