Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Today -100: February 4, 1914: Of immigration, parcels, women’s suffrage, and dreadnoughts in the air
The House, working on an immigration bill, rejects amendments excluding Asiatics (and Africans) by 203-54 after appeals by the Wilson administration that they not fuck up relations with Japan.
People are still getting the hang of the new parcel post system. A two-year-old was just posted by his grandmother in Oklahoma to his aunt in Kansas. To answer your next question: 18¢.
Pres. Wilson removes the ban on arms sales to Mexico (either side) imposed by Taft two years ago.
Pancho Villa says he will execute any Spaniards siding with Federal forces. Pancho Villa does not like Spaniards.
The lower house of the New Jersey Legislature passes a women’s suffrage bill 49-4.
At the national level, the Congressional Democratic caucus votes 123-57 that women’s suffrage is a matter for the states, not for a national constitutional amendment.
British Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey admits that Britain was partly responsible for setting off the naval arms race by building the first dreadnought, but, he says, at the time the idea of dreadnoughts was in the air.