Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Today -100: February 20, 1913: To wake him up

A secret (and no doubt very scared) session of the Mexican Congress elects Gen. Victoriano Huerta provisional president.

Gen. Félix Díaz cables the NYT that yesterday’s coup was “the beginning of peace and progress for the republic.”

In one example of the this peace and progress, Díaz has Pres. Madero’s brother Gustavo, who was arrested yesterday, murdered. Why did Díaz have custody of the Madero brothers? Because Gen. Huerta, who just two days ago was supposed to be fighting Díaz, handed them over to him. The two signed an agreement ending that fighting in the American Embassy, where Amb. Henry Wilson and the coup leader “chatted for some time and mutually felicitated each other on the end of the fighting.” Wilson isn’t even trying to hide his complicity in the coup.

The irony of this is that when Díaz was captured a couple of weeks ago, Pres. Madero decided to exercise mercy and not execute him.

The House fails to override Taft’s veto of the immigration bill.

Romania is threatening to go to war with Bulgaria, because why not.

Remember those suffragists marching from New York to DC for the inauguration? In Delaware a couple of Southerners asked whether they supported negro women voting. Ru-roh. “General” Rosalie Jones replied that it was up to “certain states” to “solve their own problems.”

In Britain, where suffragists are less wimpy, the country house of British Chancellor of the Exchequer Lloyd George is blown up. Mrs. Pankhurst gives a speech taking responsibility. Someone in the audience asks “Why did you blow him up?” “To wake him up,” she replied. Just to clarify, Mrs. P. didn’t personally blow anything up, and no one was in the house, which wasn’t actually Lloyd George’s house, but a house he planned to rent.

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