Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Today -100: February 5, 1913: Of pepper, islands, and dead explorers

British Cabinet ministers receive letters from suffragettes containing red pepper. Hilarity ensues.

William Jennings Bryan, widely and correctly rumored to be the next secretary of state, will visit the Isle of Pines, Cuba, possibly to support the campaign of the Americans who own most of that island to get the United States to annex it. The Cuban government is thinking about using it as a penal colony for the rebels captured during the “negro revolt.”

The widow of Capt. Scott, the Antarctic explorer, not knowing that she’s a widow, has left Los Angeles for a steamer trip to New Zealand where she thinks she will be reunited with her husband.

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David Chappell said...

Red pepper in the British sense is cayenne pepper (or chilli powder)so the ladies action is a sort of precursor to modern day pepper sprays. One sniff...