Monday, February 01, 2010

Today -100: February 1, 1910: Of the dignity paid by Americans to high office, and getting gay

Taft tells reporters that he enjoys strolling around D.C., looking in the shop windows, and “seeing some person give him a long look and then look away, while the next person would give a second look, then poke his companion in the ribs, ‘and in the dignity paid by Americans to high office, call out, “Hello, Taft!”’”

A NYT editorial says “We should advise our friends the protectionists not to ‘get gay’ over the statistics that show that more goods have come in free under the Aldrich tariff than under any other, and rather more than the total of dutiable goods.” So don’t get gay over that.

I’ve been skipping the many NYT stories about flooding in Paris, but there’s a new book, “Paris Under Water: How the City of Light Survived the Great Flood of 1910,” (see the NYT Book Review review of it).

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