Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Today -100: April 16, 1913: Of sore winners, arson, alien land, and two-cent lunches

The winners of the (not quite over yet) Balkan War are less and less unified. Bulgaria is happy to accept the Powers’ proposed terms, but Serbia wants more territory – a lot more territory – than the treaty the allies made before the war accorded it, and Montenegro is insisting on keeping Scutari, refusing monetary compensation (from whom?) for it.

British suffragettes burn down a house belonging to Arthur Philip Du Cros, anti-suffrage Tory MP and founder of Dunlop Rubber Company.

The home secretary bans suffragette meetings in Hyde Park and other public spaces in London on public order grounds. So the thugs who attack those meetings win.

The lower house of the California Legislature passes the Alien Land Bill 60-15. They’ve made it ostensibly non-racial by banning land ownership by aliens unless they declare their intention to become citizens, an option which is barred to Japanese by racist federal citizenship laws. If such aliens hold land more than a year after the bill passes (or in the future if an alien inherits land), the state can seize it.

Headline of the Day -100: “Two-Cent Luncheon Delights Roosevelt.” He had bean soup and an egg sandwich at a public school.

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