Monday, April 27, 2020

Today -100: April 27, 1920: Of scab gamblers, poles, and German attitude

There’s rebel activity near Mexico City, and yet another general has defected from the federal government.

Tacked on to a story about events in Mexico is this from Agua Prieta, Sonora: “American gamblers employed here went on strike today. Employes of gambling houses demanded a raise from $10 a day to $15. Chinese gamblers were being employed as strikebreakers.” I have questions.

Explorer Roald Amundsen gives up his attempt to reach the North Pole, although giving up doesn’t mean much when your ship is stuck in the ice, as it has been for two winters now. Also: polar bear attacks.

The San Remo conference issues a statement accusing Germany of bad faith in implementing the Versailles Treaty and threatening to force Germany to comply by measures up to and including military force. Also, Germany’s application to retain an army of 200,000 instead of the 100,000 in the treaty, is rejected due to Germany’s “attitude.” Another conference is called for next month, to which Germany is invited to send delegates to explain itself.

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