Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Today -100: August 21, 1918: But how about three tons of eloquence?


French Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau thinks the war will be over by the end of 1919.

Gabriele d'Annunzio declines to attend a celebration in Rome of his pamphlet air-drop on Vienna. “Three tons of explosives dropped on the enemy are more effective than three ounces of eloquence.”

23 suffragists imprisoned after protesting across from the White House are released after a 6-day hunger strike. They were in for the crime of holding a demonstration without a permit. Their release and the fact that tomorrow they will be issued a permit for their next demo strongly suggest that the Wilson Administration is worried about the optics internationally of imprisoning people demanding the vote.

Some fishermen whose boats were destroyed by u-boats near Nantucket say they chatted with a German officer who boarded their ship, I guess before sinking it, and he showed them a Broadway theater ticket stub from 2 days before because u-boat crews totally went on leave in Manhattan like all the time, that was just one of the perks.


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