Friday, April 17, 2015

Today -100: April 17, 1915: Of wasted lives, censorship, shrapnel shells, and excommunications


Headline of the Day -100:


Well, it’s refreshing to see one religious leader resist cheerleading for the war... wait, what now?


Sigh.

In censorship news, Austen Chamberlain MP (future leader of the Conservative party) says secrecy is detrimental to the war effort. But it’s the German government that takes his advice to heart, belatedly clearing for publication the news from last July that Russia is mobilizing its troops. Berlin newspaper readers must be wondering if some sort of war might develop out of that. “Ought we to be concerned?” they must be saying to themselves.

The American Locomotive Company of Schenectady is making a deal with Russia to supply $65 million worth of shrapnel shells.

The pope lifts the excommunication of Bulgarian King Ferdinand, which was imposed because his son the crown prince, his son mind you, converted to Eastern Orthodoxy.


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1 comment:

David Chappell said...

Well, the bishop does belong the the Church Militant.