Saturday, December 19, 2015

Today -100: December 19, 1915: It is no use

Pres. Woodrow Wilson marries Edith Galt. “In the background stood Mrs. Galt’s two negro women servants, giving a picturesque Southern touch to the scene.”

Supposedly, Pancho Villa’s war council tells him that his revolt has failed and Villa agrees, issuing a statement: “It is no use. For five years I have fought the enemies of our great republic, and I have lost.” He blames the US for backing Carranza, which could be awkward because he plans to leave Mexico and live quietly in the US. He legally marries Mrs. Villa in a civil ceremony (Mexico not recognizing their previous church marriage) to make sure the US can’t raise moral objections to their immigrating.

Suffragist women in New York are planning to respond to the failure of this year’s suffrage referendum by emigrating to more progressive lands – like Kansas.

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