Friday, February 22, 2013

Today -100: February 22, 1913: Crimes excusable only in primitive people

Huerta reassures the US that he’s definitely, absolutely not going to have Francisco Madero killed. So that’s okay then.

Millicent Garrett Fawcett, president of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies, the major non-militant women’s suffrage group in Britain, gives a speech highly critical of the Pankhursts’ Women’s Social and Political Union’s escalation of militant tactics: “They had induced women, who ought to be symbols of refinement and civilization, to commit crimes that were excusable only in primitive people – in savages or in children. It was a very serious menace to our civilization.” However, she also castigates the government for force-feeding suffragette prisoners. (The next issue of the WSPU’s The Suffragette will fire back that Fawcett supported the Boer War and the use therein of concentration camps and farm-burning.)

Suffragettes may or may not have tried to burn down the grand stand of the Kempton Park Race Course. Starting at about this point in time, it will become a little hard to affix responsibility for fires, since The Suffragette will pointedly report on any fire anywhere in Britain, whether started by suffragettes or not. It’s going to be a great time to be an arsonist in Britain. Cabinet ministers are adding guards for fear they’ll be kidnapped or something.

Headline of the Day -100: “Wouldn’t Stamp Czar’s Face.” Russia withdraws postage stamps issued for the tricentenary of the Romanov dynasty, because patriotic postal employees are unwilling to stamp them.

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