Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Today -100: July 25, 1918: Of smiths, sedition, and tsarevitches


In a win for Tammany, NY Democrats nominate Alfred E. Smith, the president of the NYC Board of Aldermen, for governor. The guy who was supposed to nominate William Randolph Hearst decides not to bother.

The NYT steadfastly neglects to mention that Smith is a Catholic, although NY has never had a Catholic governor and it’s kind of a big deal.

Simon Engle, originally of the Netherlands, gets 30 days for sedition for saying that the only way Americans would reach Berlin would be as prisoners. No lawyer would defend him.

The French Chamber of Deputies is considering a bill to punish generals who fail to hold positions or otherwise fail to achieve a task assigned to them, or is negligent or loses troops, with up to 5 years in prison.

News (finally) of the death of Tsarevitch Alexei Romanov, the 13-year-old hemophilic son of the former tsar. The report says he died of exposure some days after his father was executed. Nope.


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