Thursday, September 05, 2013

Today -100: September 5, 1913: Of refugees, the basest impulse of crooked politics, train crashes, and hotel jurists


The House appropriates $100,000 to help Americans get out of Mexico.

Theodore Roosevelt (a former governor of New York, it should be remembered) writes to semi-deposed NY Gov. Sulzer, telling him that “there is no question that all of your assailants are the enemies of the public and that their aim is to acquire the evil domination of the State Government, and that the conspiracy against you has not one saving impulse behind it that can in the remotest degree be ascribed to patriotism or civic spirit, or to anything save the basest impulse of crooked politics.”

Meanwhile, the Fawley Committee is now accusing Sulzer of spending $8,000 on printed matter promoting direct primaries, when the executive department’s entire printing budget was only $1,000.

The engineer of the train that crashed in Connecticut two days ago is arrested after a closed-door coroner’s inquest in which the coroner allowed the railroad company to review and edit all the evidence, so that looks totally above board.

NYT Index Typo of the Day -100: “HEHRY B. BROWN, HOTEL JURIST, DIES.” That should be Henry B. Brown, Noted Jurist. In fact, former US Supreme Court Justice Brown (1890-1906), who wrote the majority opinion in Plessy v. Ferguson, which is not mentioned in his obit.

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