Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Today -100: April 17, 1913: I am insulted. Protect me!

The Belgian manhood suffrage strike continues to grow, to 300,000+. It’s day, 3 I think, and has been peaceful.

Some Germans visiting a casino in Nancy, France a few days ago were berated by some French students, and the German newspapers haven’t shut up about it since. The indignities supposedly inflicted on the tourists have only grown in the telling, in the German press anyway, while remaining on the level of youthful hijinks in the French press – “four or five young men surrounded the Germans, singing ‘You shall not have Alsace-Lorraine.’ One of the Germans went up to an official and said: ‘I am insulted. Protect me!’”

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