Saturday, April 06, 2013

Today -100: April 6, 1913: Of dirigibles, wild women, and freaks

Oo, mysterious: an unnamed US senator is accused of “a criminal assault on a married woman,” but the US attorney refuses to prosecute.

The French parliament will be called back into session early, so it can authorize the purchase of more dirigibles for the military, to keep up with the Germans.

Headline of the Day -100: “‘Wild Women’ Burn and Smash for Vote.” The first retaliations for the imprisonment of Emmeline Pankhurst: the grandstand of Ayr racetrack is burned and the flower beds in Armstrong Park, Newcastle are “devastated.” Guards are now protecting various country houses and the Shakespeare memorials in Stratford.

The Sunday NY Times Magazine section has an article (with pictures) on Barnum & Bailey’s freaks.

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