Saturday, June 29, 2013

Today -100: June 29, 1913: Of immortal stetsons, bad clams, bacon, and the twin evils of our civilization

Headline of the Day -100: “Mrs. Stetson Feels She Is Immortal.” She leads a splinter Christian Scientist group.

Death of the Day -100: G. Waldo Smith dies after eating bad clams. Because if anyone ever had a destined-to-die-after-eating-bad-clams name, it was G. Waldo Smith.

The federal government approves plans for the dissolution of the merger between the Union Pacific and Southern Pacific railways, as ordered by the Supreme Court under the Sherman Anti-Trust Act.

Sen. Augustus Octavius Bacon (D-Georgia) suggests that the solution to Mexico’s problems is for all the white men of the educated classes to take up arms to establish order throughout the country. I don’t know why no one thought of that before.

The LAT interviews Mississippi’s new US senator, James Vardaman, about his plans to introduce legislation to ban saloons in the District of Columbia, segregate the entire city, and add Jim Crow cars to every passenger train in the country. “I am going to fight whisky and the negro,” he said. “They are the twin evils of our civilization.” He wants the 14th and 15th Amendments repealed and negroes barred from voting throughout the US. He complains that the continuing racial issue means that the South is a one-party region dominated by that single issue. White Southerners disagree about the tariff, for example, but vote together to put down the negro, and that’s just not healthy. Like every racist pig, he insists that “I am the best friend the negroes have in the United States”.

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