Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Today -100: February 19, 1913: The people should embrace one another and live in peace

Just what Mexico needed: a coup. Troops loyal to Gen. Victoriano Huerta seize Pres. Madero and the vice president and all but one member of the Cabinet and Madero’s brother Gustavo, who was actually eating lunch at a restaurant with Huerta when Huerta had him taken into custody. They force Pres. Madero to resign and proclaim Huerta provisional president as reward for his complete inability to defeat Díaz’s forces. Díaz says he and his followers will declare allegiance to the Huerta dictatorship. The Times notes that “The peace was brought about through the intermediation of the American Ambassador, Henry Lane Wilson and other diplomats.” If by “intermediation” you mean conspiring to overthrow the elected leader of a sovereign nation (Amb. Wilson left Taft more or less in the dark about what he was up to).

Huerta makes a speech from the balcony of the National Palace: “The killing of brother by brother is over. The people should embrace one another and live in peace.” Sweet.

Stupid Headline of the Day -100: “Huerta Has Been a Loyal Soldier.”

Headline of the Day -100 (which I have slightly improved by the addition of three words): “Taft is Relieved By Madero’s Fall and Forthcoming Murder.” The article says that the Taft administration’s preference for Huerta over Madero is entirely based on the belief that the former will keep Americans resident in Mexico safer than the latter.

The Senate votes 72-18 to override Taft’s veto of the immigration bill, with its literacy requirement.

Lloyd’s of London is offering a special rate to insure golf greens against having “Votes for Women” inscribed on them with vitriol.

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