Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Today -100: May 22, 1913: How beggarly appears argument before defiant deed

British suffragettes blow up the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh, leaving the message “How beggarly appears argument before defiant deed. Votes for women.” And if you have any information about this crime, the Observatory would like to hear from you.

French bankers loan $100 million to the Mexican coup regime (with Mexico’s customs receipts as collateral).

Headline of the Day -100: “Negro Legislators Vexed.” Cuban ones. White legislators were sent tickets to a gala opera performance for themselves and their families, black legislators for themselves alone.

The Protestant Episcopal diocese of Philadelphia planned to distribute 10,000 copies of a report by Vice Commission investigators on vice in Philly, but the chief postal inspector calls the report unprintable filth and vows to ban its distribution through the US postal service. He says it would fall into the hands of children. These days, of course, children can read the report on the web, although a quick skim suggests it’s not quite the non-stop wankfest that Inspector Cortelyou suggested.

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