Sunday, October 14, 2012

Today -100: October 14, 1912: Of ultimata, and sore throats

Greece, Bulgaria & Serbia send an ultimatum to the Ottomans to grant autonomy to the Christian provinces of the Empire. The Balkan League did not communicate through the Great Powers because, obviously, it does not want war averted.

Greeks fleeing from the Ottoman Empire are being required to pay taxes through the end of the year before being allowed to leave. The Turks are also requisitioning every horse owned by foreign residents.

In Germany, they’re pretty sure this war won’t be confined to the Balkans. Certainly, Austria is moving its troops around.

Theodore Roosevelt is cutting back on speech-giving because of a sore throat. Spoiler alert: He may soon look back with nostalgia on just his throat being sore.

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