Monday, August 25, 2014

Today -100: August 25, 1914: Of censorship, European time, the kaiser of Europe, punitive expeditions, and cocks

The US, still deciding how much censorship to impose on wireless stations, discovers that the Germans have been evading it through relay ships in the Atlantic.  The US has now shut down a German wireless station operating without a license on Long Island.

Germany plans to establish its own government in Belgium, and to impose the use of European time rather than Greenwich Mean Time.

The German ambassador to Italy has been trying to get Italian newspapers to support Italy joining the war on the Central Powers’ side, but has found no takers, even after offering to give Italy Algeria as well as Tunisia.

German soldiers wrote “Wilhelm II, Kaiser of Europe” on the walls of houses they burned in Li├Ęge.

Fog of War (Rumors, Propaganda and Just Plain Bullshit) of the Day -100?: German soldiers are said to have burned down the Belgian village of Hussigny and carried off its male population after civilians fired on German troops.

Fog of War (Rumors, Propaganda and Just Plain Bullshit) of the Day -100: Austrian Emperor Franz Josef is dying (LA Times headline: Death of Franz Josef A Question of Hours)(the LA Times uses that German spelling, while the NYT calls him Francis Joseph, by the way).

Austria has down-graded its war with Serbia from a war to a “punitive expedition,” because it has to go fight the Russians now.  Or to put it another way, the much smaller Serb Army handed them their asses.

Austria agrees to dismantle its sole cruiser in Chinese waters so that Japan doesn’t declare war on it too.

Name of the Day -100: Augustus C. Cock, whose name appears in the obituaries.

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