Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Today -100: August 11, 1915: Trust German sense and justice

Sir Hiram Maxim, inventor of the Maxim gun and a shitload of other things, says he has invented a method to protect against poison gas, something about detonating incendiary bombs in the path of the gas, heating it and thereby forcing it to rise. The article doesn’t say what device he’s proposing be used to hurl the incendiaries; I’m picturing a sling shot.

Another multi-zeppelin air raid on the coast of England, killing 14.

Carranza telegrams Argentina’s president complaining about that country’s participation in Wilson’s conference on Mexico’s future. “Argentina has made herself an accomplice in a crime against our race, which possibly may help to bring on a war between two American nations.”

Prince Leopold of Bavaria, who leads the troops that occupied Warsaw, issues a proclamation, calling on the remaining inhabitants to “undertake no hostile action, to trust German sense and justice...”  Speaking of German justice, the same proclamation says that the army is taking hostages. Leopold asks the Poles to inform on anyone planning actions against German soldiers. What’s the Polish for “Snitches get stitches”?

Disappointing Headline of the Day -100:

An oil steamer, not a furry Andean animal.

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