Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Today -100: March 1, 1911: Of senators, cowboys & Indians, and long-distance hypnotism

The proposed constitutional amendment for the direct election of senators falls 4 votes shy of the required 2/3 vote in the lame-duck Senate. Both parties were split on the subject, southern Democrats and New England Republicans accounting for most of the no vote.

A party of Shoshone Indians battles with the Nevada State Police. 8 of the former – some of them children – and 1 of the latter are killed, possibly because the Shoshones (actually the “squaws” in the group) used bows and arrows. The Shoshone had killed some ranchers.

Amateur hypnotist Fernando Loutzenheimer will attempt to hypnotize a subject over a long-distance telephone wire (NYC to Canton, Ohio).

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