Friday, August 26, 2016

Today -100: August 26, 1916: Is Mr. Wilson a simple vacillator, or is he an old-fashioned political humbug?


New York City polio death toll = 1,785 and they think it’s nearly over and the schools can open in a month.

A national railroad strike is close. The owners are willing to accept an 8-hour day – “in principle” – but not for the same pay, with pay to be determined by the arbitration they love so much. And they want to be allowed to increase freight rates, which would require Congress’s approval, which is unlikely before Congress’s imminent adjournment. Rep. Augustus Gardner (R-Maine) plans to make a speech accusing Wilson of... something: “Is Mr. Wilson a simple vacillator, or is he an old-fashioned political humbug?”


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