Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Today -100: November 16, 1910: Of smoking & voting, trust, cowboy leaders, and porcupine prospectors

One result of the introduction of women’s suffrage in Washington: Seattle’s City Council is considering a bill to ban smoking in polling stations.

James N. Huston, the Treasurer of the United States under Benjamin Harrison, is on trial with several others for fraud through their National Trust Company. Here’s a letter entered into evidence which the company wrote to the National Bond Company in reply to a request for information on the company’s history:

You can see why they called it the National Trust Company.

Anti-American violence is still occurring sporadically in Mexico, and there are (false) rumors that 400 Mexicans are marching on Rock Springs, Texas, the town where a Mexican national was burned at the stake two weeks ago. 2,000 armed American ranchmen and cowboys (many of them former Rough Riders from the Spanish-American War) have poured into the town to defend it. The “cowboy leaders” issued a statement claiming that the lynching was not racially motivated: “the cowardly brute’s nationality was not considered.” So that’s okay, then. In fact, they claim, many Mexicans took part in the lynching and it was they who insisted that burning rather than hanging was the proper course of action.

Another move towards militarizing aviation: a plane has taken off from a ship, the scout cruiser USS Birmingham, and flown five miles to shore. They haven’t figured out how to land a plane on a ship yet, but they’re working on it.

Headline of the Day -100: “Miners Die in New District: Porcupine Prospectors Cut off from Base of Supplies.” Porcupine prospectors were hardy men, working in the porcupine mines of Canada... oh, all right, there’s evidently a mining district in Northeastern Ontario called Porcupine.

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