Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Today -100: August 27, 1913: I am tired of being a girl

There is a Carnegie Commission investigating atrocities during the Balkan Wars. First I’ve heard of it. Anyway, the Serbs are boycotting it, as is the custom.

Headline of the Day -100: “Girl Wears Male Garb.” The NY police “had been receiving complaints that a girl masquerading as a man was going about his precinct, and had been seen in various saloons.” Naturally a police captain and a detective investigated, tracked her down and arrested her for vagrancy. She told the magistrate, “I am tired of being a girl. I want to work with men and get a man’s pay. I am tired of the worries of a girl who works in factories at a salary that will not keep body and soul together.”

Leo Frank is sentenced to death for the murder of Mary Phagan, which he did not do.

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  1. I had forgotten that the Anti-Defamation League was born out of the Frank case.


  2. The imminent ritual murder trial in Kiev must have had an influence as well.