Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Today -100: May 3, 1917: Sagacious pigs are the worst kind

Assistant Treasury Secretary Byron Rufus Newton attacks recent price increases for flags. As much as double. Which he calls a penalty on patriotism imposed by “a few opportunists and sagacious pigs.” Newton has asked the attorney general if something can be done.

Posters go up in Berlin offering a $750 reward for anyone turning in “spies” spreading discontent. Why, they might even be disguised as good-natured old men or soldiers in uniform.

In the House of Lords, the archbishop of Canterbury objects to the bombing of the German city of Freiburg in retaliation for a German attack on a hospital ship. The only support for the attack comes from Lords Curzon and Milner, who are both former colonial governors.

A New York Supreme Court justice bans The Awakening of Spring, an old play by Frank Wedekind of Pandora’s Box fame. He thinks it’s too sexy and shit.

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