Friday, October 04, 2013

Today -100: October 4, 1913: Of bosses, cannibals & radium, undesirable aliens, and tariffs

Woodrow Wilson’s secretary Joseph Tumulty denies that he is now the Democratic Boss of New Jersey (a newspaper claimed that he tried to impose a choice for state chairman on the NJ Democratic Party).

Cannibals in Papua New Guinea kill an American mineralogist who was searching for radium. I just like the combination in one story of cannibals and radium.

The secretary of labor allows Marie Lloyd and her fella into the country.

The Underwood-Simmons Tariff Bill becomes law. It reduces average tariffs from 37% to 27%, exempts many products altogether, and does various other tariff-billy things.

Oh, and introduces a federal income tax.

Theodore Roosevelt is off to South America for six months.

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