German Chancellor Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg says “We Germans do not cherish hate. To hate is not a German trait. The vendetta belongs to the Latin races.” On charges of German atrocities: “Our boys are not bad boys. They do not do such things.”
Oregon Gov. Oswald West appoints Kathryn Clarke to a vacant seat in the state senate. She would be the first woman state senator in Oregon. The attorney general says the governor doesn’t have the power to make the appointment, but either way she’ll win a special election later in the month. The lower house will also see its first female member in the next session, Marion Towne, who was elected in November. Clarke is a Republican, Towne a Democrat.
Ghent, Belgium will raise the German extortion money in part by putting a tax on bachelors.
In an article in The Independent, Theodore Roosevelt blasts Woodrow Wilson and William Jennings Bryan for “acquiescing” in the German invasion of Belgium, a policy he calls “contemptible,” “short-sighted and timid inefficiency” and “selfish indifference to the cause of permanent and righteous peace” and “the cult of cowardice.”
Headline of the Day -100: “Turkish Opium Dearer in London.” War is indeed hell.