Monday, April 15, 2013

Today -100: April 15, 1913: Of arson trusts, general strikes, and mongolians

The Chicago Grand Jury says that arson in that city has been “organized into a perfect system” carried on by insurance adjusters, an “arson trust,” as they describe it.

Sports Name of the Day -100: there is a boxer who calls himself Kid Ghetto.

The general strike for suffrage in Belgium is spreading.

Headline of the Day -100: “Six Hundred Quit the I.W.W.” Well, not so much “quit” as submit to extortion. Here’s the article, datelined North Providence, RI, in its entirety: “After renouncing their connections with the Industrial Workers of the World and signing an agreement not to join the organization again under penalty of dismissal, the 600 operatives at the Esmond Blanket Mills returned to work to-day.”

Japan plans to appeal California’s proposed Alien Land Bill to the Supreme Court. Adorably, they think they’ll win by proving that Japanese are not of Mongolian origin. Because that’s why Californians hate Japanese people: it’s all just a wacky ethnological misunderstanding.

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