Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Today -100: February 26, 1913: Of spanking, governments NOT of retaliation or revenge, loud noises that strike fear and terror into the hearts of all present, despicable scoundrels, and dog livers

A letter to the NYT suggests the solution to British suffragette militancy: spanking. “Convert the Pankhurst movement into the spankhurst and it is strangled forever.”

Mexican coup leader Victoriano Huerta says that his will not be a government of retaliation or revenge. So that’s okay then. Amnesties have been issued for some of the regime’s opponents who it hasn’t already assassinated.

Zapata’s men are still out there, happily raiding and looting. They’re negotiating to join the regular army; they all want to keep the ranks they’ve granted themselves.

Rumor has it that another of murdered Mexican Pres. Madero’s brothers, Emilio, a general, has been killed. The NYT says this is based on “reliable information.” Man, their track record on getting events in Mexico right is abysmal. In fact, Emilio Madero would die in 1962 (after spending a bit of time in exile, he returned to Mexico and the army, retiring at 80).

Pres. Madero’s widow and mother go into exile in Cuba, as was the custom.

Huerta orders all the portraits of former dictator-for-life Porfirio Díaz, which Madero had had removed from public buildings, put back.

6,000 silk workers in Paterson, NJ go out on a strike called by the IWW, protesting new machinery. The police break up meetings (which they admit were not disorderly and therefore not illegal), prevent strikers parading from factory to factory to call workers out on strike, and arrest IWW organizer Elizabeth Gurley Flynn for “attend[ing] a meeting of tumultuous persons and did make loud noises that struck fear and terror into the hearts of all present against the peace and dignity of the State of New Jersey.” The police ride other IWW activists out of town on a rail, as was the custom.

Lord Alfred Douglas calls his father-in-law a “despicable scoundrel” on a postcard and two telegrams; father-in-law sues. They’re in a custody fight for Bosie’s son.

Another Antarctic expedition is not going well. Two members of Dr. Douglas Mawson’s expedition died. One fell through the ice, the other from illness brought on by eating dog liver, which is evidently not a good idea. Mawson himself missed his rescue ship by a matter of hours, so he’ll be stuck there until December.

In England, the master of a fox hunt takes out insurance against the hunt losing subscriptions because of a general European war.

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