Monday, July 07, 2014

Today -100: July 7, 1914: Of smuggling, sillimen, and kissing weddings


200,000 rounds of ammunition are smuggled into County Down for the Ulster Volunteers. Funny how that keeps happening.

There’s a strike at the British government’s Woolwich Arsenal, the chief provider of guns for the military.

The Mexican Constitutionalists court-martial the British vice consul at Zacatecas, George St. Clair Douglas, on charges of assisting the Federales. He is released. Still don’t know what that’s all about.

Name of the Day -100: John Silliman, the envoy of the United States to the Mexican rebels, who says he will ask them not to kill Huerta after they capture him. Silly man.

Suffragettes throw leaflets at King George and Queen Mary at the Edinburgh train station, from the balcony of the house opposite.

Headline of the Day -100: “BURNS NEGRO TO DEATH.; Just a Joke, Says White Man, Who Set Goslee Afire.” Alcohol was involved.

Wedding Headlines of the Day -100: 1) “WEDDING BY KISSING UPHELD; ‘Diamond Gus’ Hall’s Wife Gets Separation and Alimony.” Diamond Gus being some sort of Wall Street type who likes to wear diamonds on his suspenders, garters, lapels, etc and even carries around handfuls of loose diamonds in his pockets, but is cheap enough to try to get out of paying alimony. The court awards her $7,200 a year.
2) “TO WED IF SHE HAS NO FITS.; Fiance’s Family Will Watch Bride-Elect Constantly for a Month.”

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