Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Today -100: February 22, 1917: Of helmets, food riots, and the great Bavarian-Prussian War of 1917


The Wilson administration is warning newspapers not to say that the threat of war with Germany has passed.

Congress has postponed replacing soldiers’ current helmets with steel ones.

The two baseball leagues are implementing military drill for their players.

There have been food riots in New York City, although you’d barely know it from the New York Times. Mayor Mitchel tells a deputation of women that they should complain to Albany and D.C., not to him. He has asked the commissioner of health to determine how many people have starved to death recently.

Minnesota’s lower house passes a bill for a referendum on women’s suffrage in 1918, Maine’s lower house for one in September of this year, while the Vermont House rejected women’s suffrage. And the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage objects to Puerto Rico possibly getting self-government before women get the vote.

Fog of War (Rumors, Propaganda and Just Plain Bullshit) of the Day -100: Supposedly, a huge fight between Prussian and Bavarian soldiers in Belgium has resulted in 32 deaths.


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