Thursday, July 03, 2014

Today -100: July 3, 1914: Of funerals, faulty poisons, pardons, and freak vegetables

No foreign royalty will be attending the Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s funeral, presumably for security reasons.

Today Princip admits he was part of a larger plot after all. He’s rather annoyed at the guys who didn’t throw their bombs. Also, every one of the conspirators had a bottle of poison they were supposed to drink. I seem to recall that one did, but it didn’t work, because someone got cheap and didn’t buy the, you know, good poison.

A petition of 350,000 women calling for women’s suffrage is received by the Swedish parliament.

The governor of Alabama pardons Frank Williams, a negro convicted of stealing 50¢, after Williams has served only 20 years out of his 50-year sentence.

Huerta denies having sent his family out of Mexico City.

The Netherlands names a date for the next Peace Conference: June 1, 1915.

Headline of the Day -100 (LA Times): “VERSATILE NEGRO PREACHER.: Uses Freak Vegetables to Paint a Moral and Illustrate the Power of God.” Didn’t read the article; I thought it better if we all just imagine how freak vegetables paint a moral and illustrate the power of God.

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