Saturday, January 26, 2013

Today -100: January 26, 1913: Of noms du legislature, menacing Mormons, and pancakes

The governor of Wyoming refuses West Virginia’s request for extradition of WY state Rep. E.H. Manson, who is believed actually to be a Mr. F.G. Roberts who is wanted for forgery and stealing school funds. Gov. Carey claims it was a false charge brought to intimidate Manson into voting for Francis Warren (R) for US Senator.

Headline of the Day -100: “Mormons Menace the Swiss.” American Mormon missionaries, expelled from Germany into Switzerland as undesirables.

An article in, I think, the NYT Magazine on dueling in France says it is common and not very serious or dangerous, and sometimes it’s filmed for the cinema. An owner of some waste land near Paris has even set up a dueling ground you can rent out, with the distances all measured out, so that the seconds don’t have to do it each time.

Cops in Berkeley are shooting every cat they see, because it is thought that they spread smallpox.

Correction of the Day -100: “Pastor Didn’t Eat Pancakes.” A wonderfully snotty denial by a Rev. Harold P. Sloan that he won a pancake-eating contest.

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