Saturday, February 23, 2013

Today -100: February 23, 1913: Of repressed women, sent-down students, warts jubilees, and standing presidents-elect


Headline of the Day -100: “Repress the Women, Clamors England.” The women being suffragettes, of course.

The NYT passes along a ridiculous rumor that the anonymous person paying the fines of some of the suffragettes, much against their will, is none other than Lloyd George.

Cambridge University (and town) authorities are not happy about the mock funerals sometimes held for students who have been expelled. The authorities’ idea of tradition is only college fellows being allowed to walk on the grass. The students’ idea of tradition sounds more fun: in one case a mile-long procession complete with coffin and weeping widow, with every hurdy-gurdy that could be found, thousands of mouth organs, and the former student accompanied by friends in pajamas, wearing Chinese mustaches and opera hats.

German actors are appealing against the provision of the new national insurance law where they have to give their ages.

A Catholic priest in the German town of Schnittweiler insulted a woman from the pulpit and ordered her to leave the church because he didn’t like her clothes (too modern), saying “This is no comedy theater.” She sued for being insulted and was awarded 50 marks.

NYT Index Typo of the Day -100: “KAISER DESIRES NO GIFT.; Warts Jubilee Funds to be Devoted to Charitable Purposes.”

President-elect Woodrow Wilson rode a train from NYC to Princeton; this is front-page news at the New York Times. He had to stand part of the way (the New Jersey part). Fellow passengers knew who he was, but no one gave up their seat to him. Later he got one, but quickly gave it up to a lady, as was evidently not the custom, because he was the only one to do so.

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